Upper School Science Teacher Kathleen Flood took Cecelia Gadina '19 and Madeline Fontana '21 to a Social Entrepreneurship Summit at Saint Stephens and Saint Agnes School in April. The event was an empowering one-day summit for high school students throughout the Washington D.C. metropolitan area who are interested in brainstorming, creating, or expanding a social impact business or nonprofit organization.
Students who attended the summit took part in an enriching experience that helped them: define their core values and passions for social change; develop personalized blueprints for sustainable leadership; receive direct mentoring from experienced social entrepreneurs, business coaches, and civic leaders; explore tangible strategies and build community networks for translating their social impact vision into sustainable practice.
The Stone Ridge 26th Annual Golf & Tennis Classic, held last Friday at Argyle Country Club, was a wonderful success. All who attended enjoyed a beautiful day filled with friendly competition, camaraderie, and most important, an enormous support for Stone Ridge Athletics.
In total, there were 127 golfers and tennis players, including two students from the SR Golf Team and four students from the SR Tennis Team. This year's Classic raised a whopping $70,000 for Stone Ridge Athletics! Thank you to our sponsors and all who came out to show their support.
This year's tennis tournament winner was Genie Strong. The Harkins Award, awarded to a person in the community with standout dedication to Stone Ridge Athletics, went to outgoing Director of Athletics Jason McGhee for his outstanding leadership and service to the Sacred Heart mission.
First Place - Gross
First Place - Net
Second Place - Net
Third Place - net
Closest to pin: Chris Trump and Mary O'Connor
Longe drive: Jason Meisch and Maureen Dolan
Several Fourth Academic students presented their STEAM Certificate Portfolios on April 25 to over 40 curious underclassmen. Catherine Heming '19, Zoe Barnette '19, Addi Poole '19, Jillian Perry '19, Beyer Bullard '19, Nia Williams '19 and Hannah Joseph '19 shared their digital snapshots of their work in various STEAM related endeavors. Underclassmen heard about research internships, STEAM independent projects, environmental stewardship, designing and building in a maker space, science competitions and more. The girls interested in the STEAM Certificate Program then mingled and asked questions of the student presenters while enjoying a pizza lunch. The Fourth Academic students shared their passion and joy to those interested in the program.
Kudos to Sofia Rojas '19 for her excellent and informative contribution to a panel discussion on sustainability, the environment and ways through which we can all contribute to making the world a better place. The discussion was preceded by a concert by Sandbox Percussion, a New York City based percussion quartet, and the New Orchestra of Washington featuring Viet Cuong's percussion concerto, "Re(new)al", which featured music celebrating nature and renewable energy.
Neil Weston, Cross Divisional Chorus Teacher at Stone Ridge, had this to say of Sofia's participation in the panel of local leaders, "Sofia inspired the audience at the Re(new)al discussion. Her passion and eloquence on sustainability issues was apparent, and she represented Stone Ridge in a remarkable way. On a panel of heavy hitters, including Rabbi Warren Stone, a climate change leader for three decades, and Alan Yu, from the Center for American Progress, Sofia gave a unique perspective, which referenced her experience at Stone Ridge, and how Stone Ridge has helped her develop a passion for activism."
Special thanks to science teachers Joanna Caudle and Heidi Johnson for mentoring Sofia.
Dr. Beverley Robinson Wheeler, a graduate of Stone Ridge Class of 1972, will be the Stone Ridge Commencement speaker on Thursday, June 6, 2019. Dr. Wheeler became the director of DC Hunger Solutions in 2015. In this role, she is responsible for leading the efforts to improve public policies to end hunger, reduce poverty, promote nutrition and increase the availability of healthy affordable food in low-income areas; maximize participation in all federal nutrition programs; and educate the public about both the stark reality of hunger's existence in the nation's capital and the real opportunities for effective solutions.
Dr. Wheeler has over 30 years of experience in all phases of public and private sector policy development working in process development, crisis resolution, civic engagement, community/economic development and planning as well as policy development and implementation. She has 20 years of experience working with the DC government and the DC Council at the executive level as Executive Director of the State Board of Education and Neighborhood Action; Chief of Staff to Phil Mendelson; and Special Assistant to three City Administrators. She is the former president and CEO of Center City Public Charter Schools.
She holds a B.S. in Social and Decision Science and a M.S. in Management and Public Policy from Carnegie Mellon University, as well as a Master's and Doctorate in Education from Harvard University. She is a past member of the Board of Trustees at Carnegie Mellon University and past President of the Carnegie Mellon Alumni Association. Dr. Wheeler served as a Trustee for Stone Ridge, from 1994-2000, is a past recipient of the Barat Medal from Stone Ridge, and has been an active alumna by returning to campus to speak to our students at Social Action assemblies and on various alumnae panels.
We are honored and grateful to welcome Dr. Wheeler to join us at Commencement for the Class of 2019.
Beyer Bullard '19 Earns Girl Scout Gold Award and Scholarship
Congratulations to Beyer Bullard '19 for earning both the Girl Scout Gold Award and becoming a Gold Award Scholar—earning a $1,000 educational scholarship from the Girl Scout Council of the Nation's Capital (GSCNC).
Beyer's Gold Award project, SOAR with SCIENCE, focused on introducing STEM topics and activities to elementary school children in the DC metropolitan area. The project addressed teachers' need for time and resources to provide interactive science activities for their students in grade 3-5. Beyer's two hour science workshops, which included activities from fossil making to studying organisms in local ponds, gave students hands-on science experience and teachers with easy ideas to make science more interactive for students without using up a lot of time and resources.
Beyer's decision to focus on science in the classroom stemmed from her own love of science. "I am passionate about the importance of science in the classroom and feel that often science is not considered as important as other subjects. Frequently, schools are unable to give students a regular opportunity to explore science in a hands-on and interactive way. I believe that if students were exposed to the wonders of science more frequently and in a more engaging way, they would be less likely to become intimidated by it as it becomes more difficult, and more likely to consider one of many science careers as they go to college."
Beyer created a booklet that she gave to teachers at the conclusion of her workshop containing instructions for the activities, materials, the main purpose of the activities and other resources that she found related to the station topic in the hopes that teachers will consider using some of the activities in future years or classes.
Andi Poole, Beyer's Girl Scout troop leader had this to say about Beyer's accomplishments, "As Beyer's Girl Scout leader for the past 13 years I can say unequivocally there was no question that Beyer would get this Gold Award. Her commitment to a task, a project, our troop and herself are never in question. She approaches everything she does with passion and complete dedication. Her final project expressed her joy in working with young children and her sincere concern for introducing, enlightening and educating our kids and our community about the value and need for STEM programs. I am so proud of Beyer and so blessed to have had a role in her life and have her in mine!"
In deciding who of many applicants would earn the scholarship, a Gold Award Scholarship Selection Committee, comprised of local businesswomen, reviewed written applications and identified finalists to be interviewed in-person. Based on the interviews, committee members selected scholarship recipients from all areas of the Council.
Beyer and other scholarship finalists will be recognized as a group at this year's In Your Honor ceremony on Saturday, May 11 at Trinity Washington University in Washington, DC.
Congratulations to sophomores Callie Mowry and Cam Saxon! These two student artists, from Tom Doyle's Ceramics 1 class, were chosen for this year's National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts (K-12 Exhibition). Their work was selected from over a thousand entries and were shown in Minneapolis at the end of March 2019. In addition, they both won several awards:
Cam Saxon 21'
For her work "Take Note"
Awards: Artistic Achievement Award Jack Troy Award
Bailey Pottery Equipment Award
Callie Mowry 21'
For her work "The Great Wave"
Awards: Honorable Mention Award
Bethany College Inspiration Award
On March 16, Stone Ridge student Chieko Wong '20 graduated from the Washington Japanese Language School (WJLS) after 11 years. WJLS hosts its Saturday classes at Stone Ridge. There are approximately 700 students enrolled, and they attend six class periods on 42 Saturdays throughout the year. Students study Japanese, mathematics, music, physical education, natural science, and social science in Japanese at each grade level.
Chieko reflected on her experience, "Going to school for six days a week has been my routine for the past 11 years. Every Saturday, I conversed in Japanese in a classroom I had studied English in the day before. Though Japanese School was tiring, I was very fortunate to have this opportunity to be involved in two very different communities, but also be able to connect them through Stone Ridge."
Stone Ridge values its relationship with WJLS and is happy to share the campus with this organization that is designed to educate K-12 students with Japanese academic skills and culture. Congratulations, Chieko!
Congratulations to Annie Kelly '19 on earning the prestigious Girl Scouts Gold Award. For her Gold Award project, Annie decided to serve the community of Darnestown, Maryland and those who are always looking beyond themselves to help others.
Annie is a parishioner at Out Lady of the Visitation Parish. When she is on school breaks she tries to attend daily Mass at the small Thomas More Chapel, Parish Barn. Over the years during her visits to this chapel, she noticed the chapel was getting tired and needed an update. When Father Ray Fecteau mentioned renovating the chapel as a project, Annie knew it was the right thing to do.
The scope of the project included repairing drywall and patching up holes and cracks where necessary, completely repainting the room with new bright colors, and reupholstering the chairs. Annie and her team also replaced the ceiling tiles, polished the furniture, and cleaned the radiator heating. Annie invested far more time than the required 80 hours necessary. Of the project Annie said, "It has been my pleasure to serve the community by helping the church through my project. For those who attend daily Mass, their devotion was my motivation!" She hopes that everyone enjoys this renovated quiet place, tucked in a barn, amongst the cornfields of Darnestown to comfortably meditate in God's presence.
Annie would like to thank Debbie Waechter who was her Gold Award Project Advisor, Steve Waechter, Father Ray, Aileen, her parents and all her friends who were there to help.
Junior Chorus Performs with Trinity Chamber Orchestra
The Stone Ridge Junior Chorus represented Stone Ridge with a truly beautiful performance along side the Trinity Chamber Orchestra on Sunday, April 7.
They sang the premier performance of "Sancta Trinitas," composed for them by composer, Dr. Joseph Santo. Dr. Santo said the girls "sang like angels." After the concert, Dr. Santp also said "The girls did a marvelous job with the singing of the chant and verses--and all memorized!"
Dr. Elaine Walter, Dean Emeritus of the Catholic University School of Music wrote to Director Nancy Fazio, "I loved EVERY MINUTE of your concert. I'm so glad I came!"
Numerous Orchestra and audience members commended the Junior Chorus on the excellent tone, diction and feeling with which the girls sang, especially when singing the orchestrated version of "Over The Rainbow" in an arrangement that progressed into three higher keys where the chorus stunningly sang and sustained the high G, at the end of the song.