Madeline Fontana ‘21 began Irish dancing 13 years ago. After a two year hiatus, Madeline prepared for the Southern Region Oireachtas last December and placed 19th out of 125 dancers. Madeline qualified for a spot at the National Irish Dancing Championships in Nashville, Tennessee in July. Madeline hopes to qualify for worlds at the upcoming national competition. Throughout her years of Irish dancing, Madeline competed at the regional level six times, the national level four times, and world level two times. Only 1% of Irish dancers qualify for world competition. Currently, Madeline dances with the McGrath Morgan School of Irish Dance. Congratulations Madeline! #gatorstrong #Irishdancing
Ainsley Coleman '29 participated in the Jack and Jill of America Montgomery County, Maryland Chapter 11th Annual Spelling Bee at Montgomery College. She made it to the final round against stiff competition! Ainsley medaled in 3rd place.
Congratulations to our super Grade 3 Gator speller!
On February 6, 2020, 33 Stone Ridge Upper School students traveled to Baltimore to compete in the 23rd annual Johns Hopkins Model United Nations (MUN) conference. In MUN, each school receives a country assignment for the delegation of students. The students are tasked with researching their country’s political positions and economic interests in order to act as a diplomat of the nation. At the conference, students attend committee sessions modeled after the United Nations, such as the General Assembly or the World Health Organization.
Our Stone Ridge delegation attended committee sessions for over 18 hours during the course of the weekend--networking, gathering information, researching, and presenting--in order to reach a resolution by Sunday morning. MUN requires patience, diligence, and diplomacy. Our Stone Ridge Gators showed up in full force, ready to tackle the challenge.
Lauren Duvall '22 shared, “I very much enjoyed my trip to MUN. Because it was my first year attending MUN, I was overwhelmed, at first, by the new language and procedures. However, it was interesting to form "blocs" with other countries, allowing me to learn about their views and better understand current events. I am very proud of myself for speaking during the conference because it was so new and intimidating. It was such an amazing experience and I honestly can't wait for next year's conference.”
We are proud of the excitement and passion our students showed for the topics and procedures. From navigating press leaks to creating resolutions inspired by their literature classes to evading termination from their committee position, the Stone Ridge students had a very successful weekend!
The Stone Ridge Equestrian Team had an excellent showing on Sunday, February 9 at NFF Stables! Varsity started out strong in the Advanced Division with Mary Kate Hogan '21 finishing second in all three of her classes and winning the Medal class. Elle Hogan '23 rode beautifully in her classes and finished 4th and 5th on the flat and 4th in the Medal. Caroline Hwang '21 made her debut performance in the Intermediate Division and pinned in all three of her rides: 4th in both flat classes and 2nd over fences. Isabella Calogero '21 made an excellent effort on a trying mount in the Intermediate Division. She rode so valiantly and with such skill, continually looking out for the safety of her competitors, that the judge and the show organizers gave her a special sportsmanship shout out at the conclusion of her division.
The JV Team also came to ride in the Novice and Maiden Divisions! Jane Howard '26 earned Reserve Champion in the Novice Division with two blues on the flat and a 2nd over fences. Caroline Bailey '23 and Samantha Oti '26 also earned ribbons in their flat classes. Caroline pinned 4th and 2nd in the flat and 3rd in jumping, while Samantha pinned 3rd and 4th on the flat. In the Maiden Division, Jasmine Hastens '27 rode in her second class ever with a beautiful ride on big palomino. Alex Russoniello '26 also showed for her second time with SR and earned 5th place on the flat. Kaitlin Stokes and Sonja Pietrucha '26 finished their busy season with ribbons, too. Sonja had a fantastic 4th place finish on the flat, and Kaitlin earned 3rd and 2nd in her flat classes and 2nd in a competitive over fences group. #GatorStrong
Congratulations to Stone Ridge Speech Captain Celeste Cubbage '20 who continued her winning streak this past weekend at the 45th Annual University of Pennsylvania Speech and Debate tournament. Celeste finished in first place in original oratory. This traditional Ivy League tournament was very competitive with a large field of entries from around the nation, some as far away as Texas. This win comes on the heels of her first place victory last weekend in original oratory at the Pennsbury Falcon Invitational.
Celeste also finished fifth in Extemporaneous Speaking at the U Penn tournament. She was the only female in the finals of that event. You Go Gator! She also met several Sacred Heart sisters earlier in the event from the Convent School of the Sacred Heart in NYC. Extemporaneous Speaking (extemp) is a limited-preparation speech event based on research and original analysis. Students draw topics on various subjects like currents events, foreign policy, domestic and international economics and politics. Extemp provides 30 minutes of preparation time, followed by a seven-minute memorized speech. In the finals there is also a three-minute cross examination period where students defend their arguments.
Celeste’s outstanding finish at U. Penn secured her coveted Tournament of Champions bids in both Original Oratory and Extemp. The Tournament of Champions (TOC) is THE preeminent national high school debate tournament held at the University of Kentucky every year on the last weekend in April. The TOC is considered to be the national championship of the “National Circuit.” It is one of the most prestigious and competitive American high school Speech and debate tournaments.
On February 15-17, Celeste is competing in the 46th Annual Harvard National Forensic Tournament where she’s hoping to make another great showing on behalf of Stone Ridge Speech and Debate Team. Chomp, chomp—Go get ‘em Celeste!
Hello from the Stone Ridge Parent Association (SRPA) Community Service Committee!
On the afternoon of December 7, 2019, a group of 50 Stone Ridge students and parents shared in the Christmas spirit by volunteering for those in need at A Wider Circle, in Silver Spring, Maryland. A Wider Circle is a metro area organization that supports individuals and families to rise out of poverty. Through the Neighbor-to-Neighbor program, A Wider Circle provides furniture, kitchen items, baby supplies, and many other essential home goods to families transitioning out of shelters, escaping domestic violence, or otherwise living without basic need items. Families simply come to the showroom and select the items they need, free of charge. Each year, A Wider Circle furnishes the homes of more than 4,000 families, helping to create the stability and dignity that everyone deserves.
The SR Day of Service began with a discussion on the prevalence and causes of poverty in our area in order to connect our work to the question “what can we do to end poverty, individually and collectively.” Our group then participated in roles including carrying items off the trucks donated by local families; staging children’s toys and books in the Children’s Corner and furniture items in the showroom; and carrying items to trucks for delivery after families selected their items. To end the service, our group gathered in a backroom of the warehouse for a Mass, to reflect and pray about the experience.
Our next Stone Ridge family service will be Tuesday mornings during Lent for Cup Of Joe by Catholic Charities. Students in Grades 2 to 12, parents, and faculty/staff will prepare “on-the-go-bags” for the Cup Of Joe program. Each year the Cup of Joe provides a healthy breakfast for tens of thousands of children and families in emergency and transitional Catholic Charities operated shelters in our area. Our Stone Ridge community will package 1,750 bags during our service activity. We will also discuss and reflect on the causes and responses to poverty and food insecurity.
Stone Ridge families are committed to Goal III, A Social Awareness which Impels to Action. Learn more about our Mission.
On Friday, February 7, 2020, Stone Ridge arrived at the rink ready to defend their championship title, their 18-0 two season undefeated streak, and their 9-0 three season record against Georgetown Visitation. The Gators knew they needed to come out hard and fast and they did just that with Vivi Rowan ‘21 scoring in the first minute of play. Two minutes later, Katherine Khramtsov ‘22 skated the puck end to end tallying her first goal of the game. Visi, as expected, was not about to let a two point deficit put them on their heels and a scrum in front of the SR net resulted in the first Cub goal. SR responded with three more goals in the first period; Khramtsov scored off a set-up from Rowan and Grace Muldoon ‘21 netted two back to back SR goals in one shift (assists: Olivia Seitz ‘21, Izzy Chiperfield ‘21, Langley Steuart ‘20, and Khramtsov).
Two minutes into the second period Khramtsov increased SR’s lead to 6-1 and it was one for the highlight reel; after backchecking to shut down a 1-0 Visi opportunity, she skated end to end and flicked the puck off her backhand into the net as she was being pulled down. The Gators continued to put pressure on the puck and generate opportunities, but, at the three minute mark, a shot from the point put Visi on the board again.
As the game progressed, SR could clearly smell victory and Visi’s frustration translated into increasingly chippy play, including a five minute major penalty for the Cubs in the third period. The Gators capitalized on those penalties with Nora D’Arcy ‘21 scoring on the power play--a gorgeous shot from the blue line--and Khramtsov netting her fourth goal of the game.
Despite being outshot 34-24, Visi was not able to convert beyond two goals thanks to stellar SR defense, backchecking offense, and an outstanding performance by Ellen Montgomery. At the final buzzer, the scoreboard read: SR 8, Visi 2 and the gloves and sticks went up into the air! Congratulations to the 2019-2020 MAGHL Champions and to their coach, Mary Carpenter, on an undefeated season!
Read the additional coverage of the event in The Washington Post.
The Stone Ridge Swim and Dive team had 64 girls on the team this year. 22 girls qualified for Washington Metropolitan Interscholastic Swimming and Diving championships that were held February 7-9, 2020. The Gators put in the performance of a lifetime and came away with the WIN!
Stone Ridge won 7 out of the 12 events and earned a total of 442 points. Holton-Arms, the defending champion, took second place with 396 points. Walter Johnson came in third with 295 points.
Phoebe Bacon won the Frank Martin Award for Outstanding Performance at Metro’s for the 3rd year in a row.
2018 for the 100 Fly
2019 for the 200 IM
2020 for the 100 Back
“Being part of the Stone Ridge team, you can’t beat it,” Phoebe declared. “It’s the best feeling ever.”
Read more from The Washington Post.
Here are the Stone Ridge event-specific results:
2nd Genevieve Thibodeau '20 All American Consideration
5th Michelle Mazzara '23 All American Consideration
26th Stefany Sparks '22
28th Rosie Schramm '23
200 Medley Relay
1st Place Stone Ridge (Phoebe Bacon '20 Eleanor Sun '23 Erin Gemmell '23 Tia Thomas '21)
SR Team Record, Metro Meet Record, ISL League Record, WMPSSDL League Record, Automatic All American
1st Place Erin Gemmell '23 Automatic All American
5th Place Erika Chen '23
8th Place Makenzie Higgins '20
26th Place Darby LeFaivre '23
1st Place Phoebe Bacon '20 SR Team Record, Metro Meet Record, ISL League Record, WMPSSDL League Record, Automatic All American
4th Place Eleanor Sun '23 All American Consideration
28th Clara Attar '22
32nd Ava Brooks '22
3rd Tia Thoma '21
27th Jolie LeFauve '20
30th Darby LeFaivre '23
48th Katie Muscatello '20
31st Melina Anschutz '22
36th Cate Walter '21
52nd Liza Goetcheus '23
57th Malia Fong '21
1st Erin Gemmell '23 Automatic All American
4th Tia Thomas '21
5th Makenzie Higgins '20
34th Jolie LeFauve '20
3rd Erika Chen '20 All American Consideration
12th Lauren Tucker '23
25th Caitlin Hofmann '22
26th Cate Walter '21
200 Free Relay
1st Place (Makenzie Higgins '20 Erika Chen '20 Tia Thomas '21 Erin Gemmell '23)
SR Team Record, Metro Meet Record, ISL League Record, WMPSSDL League Record, Automatic All American
1st Place Phoebe Bacon '20 SR Team Record, Metro Meet Record, ISL League Record, WMPSSDL League Record, Automatic All American, National High School Record
18th Ava Brooks '22
20th Melina Anschutz '22
22nd Liza Goetcheus '23
2nd Eleanor Sun '23 All American Consideration
22nd Caitlin Hofmann '22
26th Clara Attar '22
55th Greta Stubner '21
400 Free Relay
1st Place (Makenzie Higgins '20 Erika Chen '20 Eleanor Sun '23, Phoebe Bacon '20)
SR Team Record, Metro Meet Record, ISL League Record, WMPSSDL League Record, Automatic All American
Congratulations to our Gators! #GatorStrong
The Stone Ridge Speech and Debate team was out in force on February 1, 2020. With students competing at the local WACFL V tournament and others debating at a national tournament at the Pennsbury Falcon Invitational in Philadelphia.
Hallie Stallings '22 and Abby Jacobs '22, debated at the Washington Area Catholic Forensic League (WACFL) V tournament at Alice Deal Middle School in DC. They debated Resolved: States ought to eliminate their nuclear arsenals. Both Abby and Hallie had competed well enough during the year, that this final tournament could have qualified them to debate at WACFL Metrofinals to be held in March (generally reserved for juniors and seniors). This was their first time competing on this tournament topic, and the competition was keen as the stakes were high. They are both very competitive debaters and while the competition did not go as they had hoped, they will be back next year.
At the Pennsbury Falcon Invitational Tournament, a national tournament that Stone Ridge first competed in last year, our Varsity team also debated the topic Resolved: States ought to eliminate their nuclear arsenals. Anna Stallings '20 had a winning record of 3-2 defeating two opponents from Dallastown High School, PA and one from local powerhouse, Broad Run. Charlotte Gidley '20 had a record of 2-3 with speaker points that were high enough to put her into the top half of the tournament for speaker points. Charlotte received a rare, perfect score of 30 in her final debate. While there were 280 opportunities for a perfect score this tournament, only 5 30’s were awarded at the tournament. Sophia Trone '20 scored consistently round after round some of her highest speaker points ever, with a personal best of 28.7 on the 30 point scale. She achieved a 1-4 record despite the fact she debated arguably the 1st and 3rd best debaters at the tournament.
Celeste Cubbage '20 rocked the Pennsbury Falcon Invitational finishing First Place in Original Oratory and Third Place in Extemporaneous Speaking. She walked away with trophies in both events and a standing ovation for her overwhelming first place performance in Original Oratory. Celeste’s performance this weekend earned her a bid in each event towards qualifying for the elite Tournament of Champions (the Super Bowl of Speech and Debate) which is held in April.
Madeline Fontana '21 and Caroline Vining '20 made a great showing in Original Oratory as well. Both students delivered impactful speeches that challenged the listeners to view the world in a different way and address serious issues facing women, children and our future on this planet. Madeline also competed in Extemporaneous Speaking and gained great experience for WACFL Metro Finals coming up in February, which she qualified in at WACFL 4.
Finally, Madeline teamed up with a student from Collegiate High School of NYC for the supplemental event of Improvisational Duo. They were the only team to have members from two different schools compete. In all, 45 teams competed in this event and the Collegiate High School/Stone Ridge team of Sam Friedman and Madeline made it to finals and finished 2nd Place in Improvisational Duo.
Congratulations to our Stone Ridge Debaters!
Amelia Lawlor '22 has been selected to sing with the 2020 Maryland All State Senior Chorus. According to Neil Weston, Stone Ridge Chorus Director, "This is an extraordinary achievement for a singer. All State Chorus is extremely competitive, with over 4,000 students from public and private schools auditioning from all over the State of Maryland, for a Chorus that only accepts 200 members. Amelia is the only soprano in the Chorus from a private school in the entire state. The All State Senior Chorus truly is the best of the best in terms of choral musicians in our state."
The All State Senior Chorus will perform Sunday, March 15 at Morgan State University in Baltimore.
Many congratulations to Amelia on her extraordinary achievement!
Photo: Amelia on the left
Congratulations to our AMAZING divers and swimmers!
- Of the 12 events competed in (11 Swimming, 1 Diving), Stone Ridge won 10 events.
- 18 different swimmers or divers scored at least 1 point towards the team total of 374 points
- 16 Individual top 5 finishers
- 8 Meet Records Broken
- 5 League Records Broken
- 1 National Independent High School record Broken
- Phoebe Bacon '20, Erin Gemmell '23, and Eleanor Sun '23 each won 2 individual events and were each members of 2 winning relay teams.
200 Medley Relay: Phoebe Bacon, Eleanor Sun, Erin Gemmell, Tia Thomas
200 Free: Erin Gemmell
100 Butterfly: Phoebe Bacon
100 Free: Erin Gemmell
200 Free Relay: Makenzie Higgins, Erika Chen, Eleanor Sun, Erin Gemmell
100 Backstroke: Phoebe Bacon
100 Breaststroke: Eleanor Sun
400 Free Relay: Makenzie Higgins, Erika Chen, Tia Thomas, Phoebe Bacon
200 Medley Relay: Phoebe Bacon, Eleanor Sun, Erin Gemmell, Tia Thomas
100 Butterfly: Phoebe Bacon
200 Free Relay: Makenzie Higgins, Erika Chen, Eleanor Sun, Erin Gemmell
100 Backstroke: Phoebe Bacon
400 Free Relay: Makenzie Higgins, Erika Chen, Tia Thomas, Phoebe Bacon
National Independent High School record
100 backstroke: Phoebe Bacon
Photos by Susie Shaffer
Congratulations to former Stone Ridge Head of Upper School Meg Frazier who will become the 34th Head of School at Sacred Heart Greenwich (SHG) in Connecticut, our sister school in the Network of Sacred Heart schools.
In a letter to community members, SHG's Board Chair wrote "On behalf of the Board of Trustees and the Head of School Search Committee, I am pleased to announce that the Board has voted to appoint Margaret Frazier as the 34th Head of School at SHG. Meg, who currently serves as Headmistress of Marymount International in London, U.K., will begin her term on July 1, 2020."
Before Marymount International, Meg served as Head of Upper School at Stone Ridge from 2015-2017 and worked at Georgetown Preparatory School for 15 years. Serving at SHG is a homecoming of sorts as Meg grew up in Connecticut. Congratulations and welcome back to the Network, Meg!
“I feel so privileged to be selected as the next Head of School at such an outstanding all-girls Catholic school, with a well-known history of preparing young women for lives of leadership and service to others,” Meg writes. “Now in the third decade of the 21st century, the School’s mission is just as important today as it has been in the past and our care for each girl’s needs will drive our brave work together. I have every faith that active partnerships with students, faculty, staff, parents, and alumnae will allow me to guide Sacred Heart Greenwich forward in gratitude and grace."
The January/February Bethesda Magazine was the popular Best of Bethesda issue. Under the category of Kids & Schools, Readers' Picks, Stone Ridge was "A Top Vote Getter" in several categories:
Private School (Lower School)
Private School (Upper School)
Private School (with a Religious Affiliation)
Phoebe Bacon '20 was one of the Editors' Pick for Best Teen Athlete.
We are proud to be a part of a 200-year tradition of Sacred Heart education with a global network in 41 countries and 150 schools. Stone Ridge makes a consistent commitment to educating the mind and the heart of our students so that they may grow in wisdom, faith, and grace and with purpose and integrity.
Delia Friel '16 is a senior at Dartmouth College. She was recently awarded a Schwarzman Scholar. The Schwarzman Scholars is a highly selective, one-year master’s program at Tsinghua University in Beijing that is designed to prepare the next generation of global leaders for the challenges of the future. Delia is was selected from more than 4,700 applicants from students from 41 countries.
Delia is majoring in biomedical engineering with a minor in Spanish. As a Darmouth James O. Freedman Presidential Scholar, Delia worked as a research assistant studying the mechanics of morphogenesis in embryonic brain and heart development at Thayer School of Engineering and was a learning fellow for a scientific computing class at Thayer, serving as a teaching assistant. She served as a counselor for the U.S. State Department's Women in Science Program in Kosovo and was an intern for the Ways and Means committee in the U.S. House of Representatives. She was also a player on Dartmouth's national championship women's rugby team in 2018.
"I am absolutely overjoyed and honored to be a Schwarzman Scholar," Delia says. "This is an absolute dream come true, and I am excited to continue learning about the intersection of global affairs and science."
Delia says she looks forward to learning more about China and thinking about how the global community can work to pursue innovation and improve healthcare delivery.
At Panasonic's Tech Talk during CES 2020, Stone Ridge alumnae and five-time Olympic gold medalist and 15-time World Champion swimmer Katie Ledecky '15, along with Panasonic of North America, announced the launch of her STEM education program, "Katie Ledecky's Dive Into STEM Education powered by Panasonic." The digital program delivered to schools is aimed at enabling and encouraging students to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.
"Education has always been a really critical and central aspect of my life” said Katie. “I think a lot of people think that swimming comes first, but for me, the two have always gone hand in hand."
Catherine Ronan Karrels '86, Head of School, said "Our teachers at Stone Ridge inspired Katie to pay it forward. Our graduates often speak about the passion Stone Ridge teachers have for their subjects and how that has sparked their interests in ways they would not have predicted. We are so proud of Katie."
Read more from The Washington Post.
I've always been committed to using my platform to make a difference. I'm thankful to my partner, @PanasonicUSA, who shares my vision to empower the next generation of students. We’re working together to provide opportunities in #STEM education. https://t.co/Q8I7jHV3IE— Katie Ledecky (@katieledecky) January 8, 2020
Karen Farrell '05 experienced an impressive eight-day winning streak on "Jeopardy!", winning $159,603. The shows aired December 26, 2019-January 8, 2020. Her numerous victories qualified her for the annual “Jeopardy!” Tournament of Champions, which brings back the year’s top champions to compete against one another.
In a video posted on the “Jeopardy!” Karen said, "[H]onestly, it felt like it was always something I was meant to do. Being part of the whole world of Jeopardy!, something that I've been watching my whole life."
Karen came to Stone Ridge in Grade 7 and graduated with the Class of 2005. While in the Upper School, it is not surprising that Karen was on the It's Academic Team. Karen received her undergraduate degree from Princeton University, and holds two degrees in foreign affairs from The University of Virginia, a master’s earned in 2011 and a Ph.D. earned in 2015. She is currently a political consultant.
Stone Ridge congratulates Karen and is proud to have played a part in her education!
Congratulations to Corinne Cannon '96 for being selected as a Washingtonian of the Year 2019. Corine is one of 11 locals who help make Washington a better place for everyone. Her nonprofit nonprofit, Greater DC Diaper Bank, works with more than 50 area organizations to provide 11,000 families with items such as baby food, car seats, and 2 million diapers a year. Corinne founded the diaper bank in 2010 out of her home and now operates a Silver Spring warehouse stuffed floor to ceiling with family products. #Goal3
"Katherine Khramtsov is just a sophomore, so she has ample time to build on her list of defining moments, but it might be tough to top this one from her freshman season: Battling asthma and strep throat, Khramtsov scored seven goals to lead Stone Ridge to the Mid-Atlantic Girls Hockey League championship over Georgetown Visitation in February."
Read more from the December 26, 2019 Washington Post article, She went to Russia annually to hone her skills. Now she’s an elite hockey prospect.
After Feast Wishes on Friday, December 20, the Stone Ridge Singing Club, a student-led club, went to visit Hillhaven Senior Living. The Singing Club decided to spend their free time right before Christmas bringing joy to the elderly who appreciated their energy and voices. Goal III reminds us to be socially aware and to act!
Stone Ridge hosted its 6th annual 3D Printed Christmas Ornament contest in the Middle and Upper School and had a record of 35 entries! Students learned how to use Tinkercad (a design tool) to design and create their 3D ornament renderings as well as had to ensure their design met specific criteria (size, color, file type, and originality). Students submitted their files to our Educational Technologists who printed the ornament using our many 3D printers. Mrs. Karrels selected her favorite ornaments. Congratulations to Upper School winner Alexandra Roberts '22 and Middle School winners Elisabeth Brown '26, Tayla Williams '24, Pai Mautone-Smith '26, and Emma Person '24!
On Tuesday, December 10, David Ehrhardt (father of Becca Ehrhardt '20) joined the Upper School Economics Class for a talk on the economics of infrastructure. David Ehrhardt, CEO of Castalia Advisors, explained to students how his firm applied fundamental economic principles to real infrastructure problems around the world. His talk walked the class through three case studies: Cape Town's water supply, the market for electricity in Victoria, Australia, and the express lanes on the Virginia part of the Beltway. Mr. Ehrhardt challenged students to use what they already knew about supply and demand, incentives, free markets and government policy to think about how market failures in these three different scenarios might be corrected. Students in the economics class are constantly challenged to apply theoretical concepts to the "real world" -- Mr. Ehrhardt's visit helped students do just that!
This fall, the Stone Ridge Equestrian Team started strong with new team members and a commitment to doing their very best at the Interschool Horse Show Series (ISHS). This team is the largest in the school’s history!
Early in the season, ISHS honored all graduating seniors with a "Senior Day Ceremony." We celebrated Charlotte MacBride’s '20 (co-captain) commitment to the team as a leader. Other highlights this season included a Reserve Champion finish for Elle Hogan '23 on October 6, along with multiple wins throughout the season so far, overall wins for Mary Kate Hogan '21 (co-captain) and Ella Nascone '22 as the Champion and Reserve Champion, respectively, for the Advanced Division at the November 3 show at NFF Stables. At this same show, the Stone Ridge Varsity Team earned the title of Varsity School Champions! Along with Charlotte MacBride '20, Isabella Calogero '21 (co-captain) and Katherine Kappaz '23 who represented SR in the Intermediate Division with beautiful riding on challenging mounts in flat classes and over fences. Their wins contributed to the overall success of the team this fall.
Our Junior Varsity team also made big strides in the arena. Alexis Battle '22 is our sole rider in the Future Intermediate Division, and she earned her ribbons with grace and calm on some energetic horses. Caroline Bailey '23, Jane Howard '26, and Samantha Oti '26 make up our Novice Division riders this season, and all three ladies rode a variety of mounts, from stubborn ponies to feisty mares, with great success on the flat and over fences. Our representation in the Maiden Division is strong and actively growing! Lilly Aldridge '24, Josie Colomb '27, Jasmine Kastens '27, Sonja Pietrucha '27, Alex Russoniello '26, and Kaitlin Stokes '27 showed up for each of their classes this season with determination and grit, and it showed in the arena.
Junior Isabella Calogero '21 on the season: “I think that the team is very strong this year, not just in the ring, but also in terms of team spirit. We’re a team that cheers each other on and works together in a really awesome way.” #GatorStrong
Thanks Coach Heidi Johnson and Coach Amber Ludwig for the fall season.
We are looking forward to the spring shows in 2020!
Sunday, February 9 at Co-Exist Stables in Mt. Airy, MD
Sunday, March 29 at NFF Stables in Darnestown, MD (Invitational)
All shows begin promptly at 9 am and continue until around 4 pm.
The 2019 Toyota U.S. Open was held at the Georgia Tech McAuley Aquatic Center from December 4-7. Mixed in the crowd of National Team athletes were 27 Olympic medalists, including Stone Ridge alumna, Katie Ledecky ‘15.
All eyes, however, were on current SR Senior, Phoebe Bacon ’20, after she surprised many by beating Regan Smith, the current world record holder, in the 100 meter backstroke final. Phoebe’s time of 58.63 bested Smith (58.68) and is currently the 4th fastest 100 meter backstroke time in the world for the 2019 calendar year. Smith was the favorite coming into this meet after she broke the world record in this event at the World Championships, but it was Phoebe’s strong finish that solidified the win, lowering her best time by four tenths in the process, a time that she is "extremely happy with."
Earlier this year, Phoebe won the Pan American Games in this event and committed to the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Yet, she still gets excited about her upcoming high school meets: "I am super excited for the Holton vs. Stone Ridge meet...I think this year might be one of our best years, and the Holton meet should be a good judge of that."
Congratulations, and we cannot wait to see what's next for you, Phoebe! #GatorStrong
Notably, three other current members of the Stone Ridge Swimming program participated in the elite meet, with Erika Chen '20, Eleanor Sun '23, and Erin Gemmell '23 all competing in multiple events. Make sure to come see the Gators in action next week on December 19 at 4:30pm at the Holton-Arms School!
Students in the Engineering class took a field trip to the largest solar farm in Washington, DC. The farm is built on the grounds of the Missionaries of Charity Convalescent Home. The girls had a tour and enjoyed a discussion with Rick Peters, President of Solar Saves, the architect-engineering firm that designed and managed the construction of the project.
This project was fully developed by Catholic organizations, particularly Catholic Charities, with the help of the nonprofit Catholic Energies. Learn more.
A one-hour program with a panel from Suburban Hospital and the Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center in partnership with Stone Ridge and the American Lung Association was recently hosted on campus. Stone Ridge Middle and Upper School student leaders and administrative representatives from about eight area private schools attended the event. Others were invited to view the presentation on Suburban Hospital’s Facebook page.
Dr. Philip Corcoran, a surgeon at the cardiothoracic and vascular clinic at Johns Hopkins Medicine at Suburban Hospital and Stone Ridge father, said "All the nicotine and chemicals inhaled while vaping are harmful to your lungs. It is clear this is not a safe undertaking.”
On November 26, students from the Voices from the African Diaspora took a field trip to the National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC). The African Diapora half year class examines the rich literary traditions of the African diaspora--the dispersion of people of African descent away from their ancestral homeland and throughout the world. The students explore the scattering of people from the continent and the consciousness of shared origin and struggle. The trip to the NMAAHC made a great impact on the students as you will note from these wonderful comments from Lily, Aileen and Ally.
Student Lily Montemarano '20 commented "The museum trip was a fantastic way to remind us of and further elaborate everything we had learned in American Lit and African Diaspora. It was my favorite field trip at Stone Ridge. It was extremely thorough and engaging. A highlight was learning more about the Civil Rights era. I feel like it is so difficult to cover the majority of that unit and it was interesting to learn more about the big events and be informed of smaller ones and less recognized contributors.
It was a completely different experience to face artifacts, pictures, and personal stories rather than learning in a classroom with no one in the room who had experienced that type of racial discrimination. I feel like every person should visit this museum in order to truly understand the history of African American and the struggles they face to this day. It reminded me that racism is still very present."
Eileen Hannah '20 said "I really loved this museum. It was one of my favorite experiences in the Smithsonian museums, and I learned so much. Not only did the lessons coincide with the curriculum of our class, but I also felt like I was walking through many lessons from my AP US History class. I was amazed and so moved by everything in the museum and the physical proof of our past. I was impacted by the segregated train, the exhibit on Emmitt Till, and all of the documents that showed the dispute on slavery. All of the historical events from the past have some connection to slavery, which is really shown in this museum. I was amazed by everything and honestly could have spent so much more time than one day in the museum. I would go back to this museum and spend even more time. I loved everything about this field trip and learned that while as a country we've moved past a lot of racism, but still have some improvements to make."
Ally Kabo '20 reflected "I loved the museum!!! I have been trying to go for the longest time however, I never have time. It was extremely interesting to see the different levels and see the transition for slavery to current-day. My highlight was the Emmitt Till exhibit because I had done some personal research on his case. I liked that the museum had many videos and audios to listen to that came from the family and friends of Emmitt Till. I will definitely be visiting the museum again because there is so much to learn and I would really like to get a chance to cover most, if not all the exhibits."
Stone Ridge values the access of our extended classroom of the incredible offerings of our Greater DC area. These excursions enrich a deeper curriculum and broaden our students' curiosity and imagination.
Gator Fall Recap - Congratulations to all our athletes for their grit and spirit. #GatorStrong
1st in Small School Race at Disney World Cross Country Classic
1st at MoCo Private School Championship Meet
4th/15 at ISL Championship
All-ISL Team: Katherine Strong '22, Maria DiBari '22, Kate Walter '21
Varsity Field Hockey
Won ISL Championship Tournament - 1st time ever
4th/12 in regular season
All-ISL Team: Becky Felker '22, Vivi Rowan '21, Lily Montemarano '20, Julia Carr '21
All Met: Vivi Rowan '22 Honorable Mention
4th/15 in regular season
All-ISL Team: Francesca Ciatto '20, Maeve Dolan '20, Grace Muldoon '21
Won ISL A Division Championship Tournament
2nd/7 in ISL A Division Regular Season
6th/15 in regular season
All-ISL Team: Katherine Pane '20 (Honorable Mention)
Kate Walter '21
Maeve Dolan '20
In case you missed it: the Stone Ridge Cor Unum • One Heart Campaign video is award-winning! The video recently received a Telly Award! Stone Ridge partnered with the team at Copper Hound Pictures, who then nominated our video for a Telly Award. The Telly Awards honor excellence in video and television across all screens. Stone Ridge and Copper Hound Pictures won a Silver Award in the category "General Online Commercials". Thank you to those Stone Ridge family members who support the Cor Unum • One Heart Campaign, which is investing in the next generation of women leaders. #corunum #wearesacredheart #transformingcampus #StoneRigeCentennial
Stone Ridge formally recognized and congratulated 9 student athletes in the Class of 2020 today who signed National Letters of Intent to compete for their respective colleges and universities:
Phoebe Bacon University of Wisconsin - Swimming
Francesca Ciatto College of the Holy Cross - Soccer
Erika Chen Northwestern University - Swimming
Caroline Hertzberg College of William & Mary - Lacrosse
Makenzie Higgins: Johns Hopkins University - Swimming
Brooke Lennon Fairfield University - Lacrosse
Lily Montemarano University of Denver - Lacrosse
Chetanna Nweke: Princeton University - Basketball
Genevieve Thibodeau Yale University - Diving
Athletic Director Dr. Andrew Maguire reflected, "The incredible growth in spirit and support for athletics, as well as in the performance represented by the recent influx of championship trophies and banners, can all be attributed to these student athletes efforts. Their aspirations to compete at the highest level are undeniable; they not only improved the teams they were on, but improved all Stone Ridge teams. These young women have each played a role in the incredible growth of the athletic identity and culture at Stone Ridge. And we all thank you for that!"
Middle School math teacher Giovanna Basney, recently earned a degree of Doctor of Philosophy: Education Leadership, Research, and Policy from the University of Colorado. Dr. Basney's dissertation was titled: An exploration of racial climate, retention, and job satisfaction among teachers of Color at K-12 independent schools in the United States. As an undergraduate, Dr. Basney double majored in Mathematics and Spanish at the University of Toronto. She received her Masters of Arts in Education from the Notre Dame College of Maryland and her MBA from Santa Maria La Antigua.
Dr. Basney teaches Middle School Pre-Algebra and Geometry. She also coaches the Middle School Cross Country and Softball teams and is passionate about Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) work. Dr. Basney is the proud mom of two young daughters at Stone Ridge.
Congratulations, Dr. Basney!
Cailley Slaten ’20 is Stone Ridge’s first-ever representative on the Smithsonian Institution’s National Portrait Gallery Teen Museum Council (TMC). The Council serves to give youth a voice in programming at the museum and to build community with the teen population from DC, MD, and VA.
On November 17, the National Portrait Gallery hosted its biannual American Portrait Gala, honoring American achievement and celebrating several new commissions.
honoring American achievement and celebrating several new commissions. Cailley was fortunate to join Clive Davis on stage as he honored award-winning American band Earth, Wind & Fire.
The red carpet event was attended by national cultural icons, celebrities and artists from across the country, and raised more than $2 million in support of the museum’s endowment for exhibitions. The event honored Frances Arnold, scientist, engineer and Nobel Laureate; Jeffrey P. Bezos, tech entrepreneur and philanthropist; Earth, Wind & Fire (Maurice White [posthumously], Philip Bailey, Verdine White, Ralph Johnson), award-winning American band; Lin-Manuel Miranda, composer, lyricist and actor; Indra Nooyi, business executive; and Anna Wintour, editor- in-chief of Vogue, U.S. artistic director and global content advisor of Condé Nast.
Throughout the 2019-2020 academic year, Cailley and her TMC members have the opportunity to work on a variety of activities such as creating teen-centered events, participating in workshops and training sessions with museum professionals, and gain experience at the museum while developing creative and critical thinking skills. TMC is a year-long commitment that meets once a week on Wednesdays during the school year.
All the students who are taking Foundations of Studio Art, took a field trip to the Barnes Foundation in Philadelphia on Friday, November 8. Philadelphia art collector Albert C. Barnes chartered the Barnes Foundation in 1922 to teach people from all walks of life how to look at art. Over three decades, he collected some of the world’s most important impressionist, post-impressionist, and modern paintings, including works by Renoir, Cézanne, Matisse, and Picasso. He displayed them alongside African masks, native American jewelry, Greek antiquities, and decorative metalwork.
The Stone Ridge artists were also fortunate to see the 30 Americans special exhibit. 30 Americans presents works by 30 important and influential contemporary African American artists.
After lunch, the SR artists walked up Franklin Parkway toward the Philadelphia Museum of Art. As they walked, they were to create art "on the go" by video-making, sketching, painting, sculpture studies, or photography.
Getting out of the classroom and into a museum increases our students’ ability to think critically about art, as well as their ability to appreciate and understand what life was like for people from other time periods. Each work of art is a window onto new worlds for students. #StoneRidgearts
Stone Ridge Alumna Emma Holland Denvir ’06 is making quite a name for herself in the design world. Currently head of US business development at Hem, a modern design furniture store, Emma also sells and features her own handmade jewelry, furniture, sculpture and accessories, which interweave gorgeous artistry with function, online at www.emmahollanddenvir.com. Emma, who lives in Los Angeles, recently teamed up with fellow designer Leah Ring to create an exhibition series entitled “Object Permanence” which highlights artistry that reimagines household objects. Details on their exhibitions, which are one-night-only, were featured in the most recent issue of Surface Magazine.
Veteran’s Day is a time when Americans have a chance to say “thank you” to those veterans who have served and those who are currently serving in our Armed Forces. To honor Veteran's Day, the Stone Ridge Middle School students recently engaged in a day of service. Our students took part in a panel discussion which included military veterans from across the Stone Ridge community, including alumnae, spouses, and parents who are members of the Army, Air Force, Navy, and Coast Guard as well as those who work with service members and their families. Students wrote over 250 letters of gratitude, which were delivered to retired veterans in the Washington DC area and service members currently deployed overseas. Additionally, students crafted more than 20 hand-made blankets which were given to wounded veterans receiving care at Walter Reed National Medical Center. The thoughtful sentiment behind each heartfelt note and cozy blanket is a beautiful testament to the five Goals of Sacred Heart education in action as our students remember and acknowledge the service members in our wider Stone Ridge community.
On September 20, Dr. Marcia Chatelain spoke to parents, faculty, and staff about where and how students are receiving messages—explicit and implicit—about race, gender, social class, sexuality, ability, and religion. In thinking about these messages, she helped the group understand the tremendous power they have in shaping not only how our children see the world, but also about their ability to demonstrate courage, integrity, and care for others who are different than them. The presentation also addressed the anxiety and fear we all feel when dealing with difficult topics in our families and communities.
Dr. Chatelain is the Provost’s Distinguished Associate Professor of History & African American Studies at Georgetown University. We were honored to have her visit with us at Stone Ridge.
Congratulations to the 2019 High School Principals Association (HSPA) Teachers of the Year from Stone Ridge, Ms. Marisela Montiel-Bodelle (Veteran Teacher) and Dr. Katharina Matro (Novice Teacher). These awards were established to recognize the devotion of veteran and novice Catholic secondary school teachers in the Archdiocese of Washington. They speak to the value we place on faithful service, excellence, best practices, and innovations in Catholic secondary school teaching.
Marisela Montiel-Bodelle - Veteran Teacher of the Year
spring. She majored in history at the University of Guadalajara, where she also taught Spanish linguistics as a second language for ten years. Then, Marisela taught both subjects at the middle and high school levels in her hometown at the Colegio Quinet and Colegio Tlaquepaque.
Marisela taught Spanish at the Centro de Estudios para Extranjeros at the University of Guadalajara in the division dedicated to foreign students who came to study the language. She also served as head of the Spanish program for one year and taught Jesuits who came from Syracuse, NY, at the Colegio Jesuita.
She and her husband, who she met in Guadalajara, moved to Washington, DC in 1998, and a year later found a teaching home at Stone Ridge. After teaching for seven years in the Middle School, she moved to the Upper School.
Marisela's passion for teaching Spanish at Stone Ridge resides in being in front of a group of eager minds. Not only are the students interested in learning the language, but they have a desire to open their own borders and learn about other places, cultures, and people. This drives a dynamic interaction that is mutually rewarding.
Dr. Katharina Matro - New Teacher of the Year
Katharina Matro teaches World History and Economics at Stone Ridge. She holds a PhD in Eastern European History from Stanford University, an MA in International Economics from Johns Hopkins University, and a BA in History from Amherst College.
At SR, Katharina has found a position that lets her combine her training in international economics and her graduate work in history. Both disciplines, she finds, allow students to examine today's world and its challenges with valuable analytical tools. A parent to two small daughters (who are both at Stone Ridge), she is especially excited to work with young women and to accompany them on their way to becoming passionate life-long learners, critical thinkers, talented writers, and empathetic students of the past and present.
The Social Action Day on October 30 began with an Upper School assembly on the topic of Migration. We were joined by Fr. Jacek Orzechowski, a Franciscan Friar of the Holy Name Province who serves as a minister for Catholic Charities in parish community organizing and advocacy. Fr. Jacek spoke with the Upper School girls about the connections between migration and climate change. His engaging presentation weaved personal anecdotes of his time in Mexico and Peru and first person accounts of migration due to climate change with a discussion about population statistics and Pope Francis's call for us to care for our common home in the Laudato Si.
Follow Fr. Jacek on Twitter @JacekOGM
On October 9, 2019, Stone Ridge hosted Ned Johnson to launch our parenting and education speaker series for the year. The founder of PrepMatters, an educational company providing academic tutoring, educational planning, and standardized test preparation, Johnson has spent more than 40,000 one-on-one hours helping students conquer an alphabet of standardized tests and honing his insightful interpersonal skills. With Dr. William Stixrud, Ned co-authored The Self-Driven Child: The Science and Sense of Giving Your Kids More Control Over Their Lives, and this text was the focus for his talk with parents and staff in early October.
In his remarks, Johnson focused on “parent as consultant” rather than manager. Exploring this dynamic, Johnson encouraged parents to give advice to children, but not to force change, allowing space for children to understand that parents trust them to make decisions about their lives. Johnson highlighted autonomy as key to developing motivation in young people; “a low sense of control,” he argued, “is enormously stressful.” Emphasizing the key partnership between parents and schools, Johnson highlighted a need for discussions around homework and collaboration, to help students be more self driven and to learn best how their own minds work.
Our task is to celebrate the dynamic, flexible growth of our children. Failure, boredom, and downtime for reflection all foster creativity, self-actualization, and growth. Johnson urged us to practice these skills with our children. In keeping with our own Sacred Heart mission, we are reminded that “education is transformational because students are engaged in learning for the purpose of coming to self-understanding, intentional formation in critical thinking, a life-time long love of learning, and a sense of hope.”
Joy, Laughter, and Fun! A memorable moment at Stone Ridge and a milestone in our Cor Unum • One Heart Campaign as we opened our new playgrounds in the heart of what will be our Campus Quad. Our Little Hearts and Lower School students were met by Head of School Catherine Ronan Karrels '86, administrators, Trustees, donors and members of Gilbane Building Company, Hord Coplan Macht and all those team members intimately involved in the planning and building of these glorious spaces! Middle School students got to play around later in the day.
“Let us respect childhood; let us honor the soul of that small creature of God..." St. Madeleine Sophie
Meaghan Kilner ’20 and her family’s ongoing concerted efforts to raise money and awareness for blood cancer research are never ceasing. On October 11, Meaghan, a Hodgkin lymphoma survivor, was the featured guest on the Fox 5 News “Mission Moments” podcast. In the podcast, Meaghan discusses the mission of, and her involvement in, the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society; her own personal fight with Hodgkin lymphoma; the support she received from Stone Ridge classmates during her illness, and the promising advancements being made in the fight against blood cancers. Listen to the podcast.
October 12 marked the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s Light the Night Rockville event, supporting cancer research. Fox News was at the event to capture its activities and mission and featured interviews with Meaghan and her mother Maura.
We are so proud of Meaghan, who brings so much light to our community!
Thanks to Lydia Otero '31 who told her dad, Carlos Otero, that her class was studying the properties of the sun in STEAM class, Mr. Otero put Grade 1 teacher Miss Kate Bigler in contact with Justin Kasper. The Grade 1 students skyped with Justin Kasper from the Department of Climate and Space Sciences and Engineering to learn more about the Parker Solar Probe. The Mission of NASA's Parker Solar Probe is to revolutionize our understanding of the sun. The Parker Solar Probe was launched in 2018 and has swooped to within 4 million miles of the sun's surface, facing heat and radiation like no spacecraft before it.
The class had several questions ready for Mr. Kasper, and they were given some wonderful answers.
What a great educational opportunity. #SRSTEAM
The Upper School Social Action assembly today focused on Human Rights. We welcomed Maeve McKean, Executive Director of the Georgetown University Global Health Initiative. Ms. McKean is a public health and human rights lawyer and her work focuses on the intersection of global health and human rights. Ms. McKean's mother is Stone Ridge graduate, and former Lt. Governor of Maryland, Kathleen Kennedy Townsend '69. We were honored to have Ms. McKean speak on her experience working with human rights initiatives worldwide.
Katie White, Director of Social Action said, "Ms. McKean helped our students make connections between unjust systems and standards of care and access. McKean has been a Peace Corps volunteer and studied human rights issues all over the world, yet she insisted that we do not have to go far to do good work. She encouraged the audience to investigate the ways in which the U.S. could become more equitable for all, echoing the sentiment of Sr. Barbara Dawson, RSCJ who encouraged the Stone Ridge community to start right here with acts of service and community building." #Goal3
Fourth academics taking “Voices of the African Diaspora” were treated to an intriguing classroom visit last week from alumna Zoe Sheppard '16, who discussed her experience in a program in Ghana earlier this year. A student at St. John's University in Queens, NY, Zoe presented takeaways from her service trip at Trashy Bags, a social enterprise based in Accra that makes recycled eco-friendly bags and gifts from plastic trash. She also shared pictures of her visit to the Cape Coast Castle, a 1642 European-built fortress, which students in the class will learn about later in the semester. Seniors asked many questions and were thrilled to host her. It is always wonderful to have alumnae visit, and even more special when they engage with, and give back to, the students at Stone Ridge. Thank you again for your visit, Zoe!
Join us on Wednesday, October 9, 7:00 pm, in the Athletics Center for a Parent Talk with co-author Ned Johnson about his recent book The Self-Driven Child: The Science and Sense of Giving Your Kids More Control Over Their Lives. Learn more at www.stoneridgeschool.org/the-self-driven-child
Hard work and a kind heart drove Caroline Bailey ‘23 to recently complete her Girl Scout Silver Award project—a “buddy bench” for Jamestown Elementary School in Arlington, Virginia. Caroline’s project, which creates a welcoming seat for kids who are feeling lonely and need a friend, was featured in this “Inside Nova” news article. Congratulations, Caroline!
Kudos to Upper School History Teacher Christopher Murray for his insightful contribution to the recently released Teaching About Religion in the Social Studies Classroom published by the National Council of Social Studies (NCSS). Murray contributed a full chapter entitled “Navigating Media Sources to Study World Religions.”
The book, as described by its publishers, offers advice to educators on religious instruction in the modern classroom: “The U.S. Supreme Court has made clear that teaching about religion is constitutional in public schools, as long as the approach is academic, not devotional. The contributors to this book offer guidelines for classroom instruction that is both constitutionally and academically sound. They clarify the First Amendment issues that impact teachers and schools, and emphasize that the study of religion in schools is an essential part of a good education.”
Coinciding with the book’s release, the NCSS and the Newseum’s Religious Freedom Center held a panel discussion titled “Religious Literacy in Public Schools: What to Teach and How” at which Murray was a panelist.
Prior to teaching at Stone Ridge, Murray taught world history and world religions in Montgomery County Public Schools for 13 years and created one of the first religious literacy professional development courses for educators at the district level.
The Cum Laude Society is a national organization that recognizes academic achievement. The Society was founded in 1906 to recognize scholastic achievement of seniors in secondary schools, and its motto is Areté, Diké, Timé - Excellence, Justice, Honor. Mr. Malcolm McCluskey, Head of School, reflected, "When I look out at this group of students, I cannot think of three better words to describe them. These 19 young ladies strive for excellence in all that they do. Their achievements both in and out of the classroom are due to hard work, effort and persistence."
Missing from photo Catherine Harwood
Congratulations to Meaghan Kilner ‘20 for her acceptance into the Folger Shakespeare Library’s Lily McKee High School Fellows Program! In her acceptance letter, representatives from Folger deemed Meaghan’s application as “outstanding” and they were impressed by her energy and “burn to learn.”
The Lily McKee High School Fellows Program is a rigorous four month curriculum in which students explore a range of approaches to Shakespeare and the humanities, with “deep dives” into Shakespeare’s language and, for this year, the Folger Edition of Henry IV. As explained in their program material, the program is a collaborative and exceedingly educational experience. “Working with scholars, actors, directors, teachers, editors, conservators, curators, and digital humanists, McKee Fellows form a community of learners gathered around knowledge and materials found only at the Folger.”
The program brings together exceptional high school students from around the DC area for a challenging and fulfilling experience. Meaghan will be an essential member of a group that hails from 15 different schools in DC, Maryland and Virginia.
Way to go Meaghan!
On Thursday, September 12, Grade 5 students visited the Queens of Egypt exhibition at the National Geographic Museum in Washington, DC. As they traveled through approximately 1,400 years of history, students became acquainted with some of Egypt’s most powerful royal women and female deities, explored features of everyday life along the Nile, and stepped inside a 3D rendition of Queen Nefertari’s stunning burial tomb. While on the National Geographic campus, the Stone Ridge girls enjoyed a private screening of Mummies: Secrets of the Pharaohs in 3D, an hour-long tour of the exhibition, and a challenging scavenger hunt through the exhibition’s three-hundred plus artifacts. Ms. Hibbard, Grade 5 Social Studies teacher, organized the trip to enhance the girls’ understanding of ancient civilizations, specifically the roles of women in Ancient Egypt.
Ella and Eleanor play Senet, a board game from ancient Egypt that represents the journey to the afterlife.
Izzy samples perfumes from Ancient Egypt; myrrh was her favorite.
Hearty congratulations to Celeste Cubbage ‘20 who qualified and competed at the two biggest US national tournaments for speech and debate this summer—the Catholic Grand National Tournament and the National Speech and Debate Association National Tournament.
At the Catholic Grand National Tournament, held in Milwaukee, Wisconsin over Memorial Day weekend, Celeste finished strong in the middle of the national pack, competing with students from around the country. To qualify for this tournament, Celeste placed third at the Washington Arlington Catholic Forensic League (WACFL) Metro Finals in Extemporaneous Speaking in March.
The Grand National Tournament incorporates a service project component. The project this year benefited a homeless shelter house called Pathfinders. Thanks to the generous donations collected from our Stone Ridge speech and debate team, Celeste was able to purchase feminine hygiene products for the shelter and donate them at the Mass held at the Milwaukee Theatre.
Celeste’s second performance of the summer was at the National Speech and Debate Association (NSDA) Tournament in Dallas, Texas in June. She qualified for NSDA Nationals by placing Second in Original Oratory at the Chesapeake District Tournament in February. Celeste made it to the round with the top sixty speakers (breaking to eliminations rounds) in Original Oratory and finished in the top 45 out of over 250 of the best orators from across the United States. Top twenty percent in the US! For Celeste’s first year competing in oratory this is a huge accomplishment.
Celeste also competed in the supplemental event of Extemporaneous Debate and broke to the first elimination rounds, but her run was cut short by way too many topics about China and fierce competition. She made friends with a team from Idaho, and they worked together on evidence and arguments during the 30 minute prep periods with one of her Idaho colleagues placing 23 out of over 800 entries.
To sum it up, in the first full year of Speech and Debate, Celeste did an amazing job representing Stone Ridge Speech and Debate in the national circuit.
Officials of National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) announced the names of approximately 16,000 Semifinalists in the 65th Annual National Merit Scholarship Program. “These academically talented high school seniors have an opportunity to continue in the competition for some 7,600 National Merit Scholarships worth about $31 million that will be offered next spring,” according to a news release from the National Merit Scholarship Corporation.
We congratulate our Stone Ridge National Merit Semifinalists Charlotte Gidley '20, Meaghan Kilner '20, and Anna Looney '20. We also have two commended scholars, Clare Barloon '20 and Anna Stallings '20.
About 1.5 million juniors in more than 21,000 high schools entered the 2017 National Merit Scholarship Program by taking the 2018 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT®), which served as an initial screen of program entrants. The nationwide pool of Semifinalists, representing less than one percent of U.S. high school seniors, includes the highest scoring entrants in each state.
To become a Finalist, the Semifinalist and his or her high school must submit a detailed scholarship application, in which they provide information about the Semifinalists academic record, participation in school and community activities, demonstrated leadership abilities, employment, and honors and awards received. A Semifinalist must have an outstanding academic record throughout high school, be endorsed and recommended by a high school official, write an essay, and earn SAT® scores that confirm the student’s earlier performance on the qualifying test.
From the approximately 16,000 Semifinalists, about 15,000 are expected to advance to the Finalist level, and in February they will be notified of this designation.
Three types of National Merit Scholarships will be offered in the spring of 2020. Every Finalist will compete for one of 2,500 National Merit® $2500 Scholarships that will be awarded on a state-representational basis. About 1,000 corporate-sponsored Merit Scholarship awards will be provided by approximately 220 corporations and business organizations for Finalists who meet their specified criteria. In addition, about 180 colleges and universities are expected to finance some 4,100 college-sponsored Merit Scholarship awards for Finalists who will attend the sponsor institution.
It is with a heavy heart we say goodbye today to our dear friend and esteemed alumna, Cokie Boggs Roberts '60. Her gift of friendship and her love for Sacred Heart will live on at Stone Ridge and throughout the Sacred Heart family. May she rest in peace and may perpetual light shine upon her.
And may her Philippine spirit continue to inspire us all, "Strength of character is certainly needed to face life in the world and to stand by right principles, especially in the age in which we live." ~St. Rose Philippine Duchesne
Please the many reflections from our community about Cokie Roberts '60 who was "true blue and pure gold."
Ms. Fitzpatrick's AP Literature students were recently honored to welcome a special guest, Georgetown University Department of English professor Michael Collins--grandfather to Sophia '17, Francesca '20 and Julianna '22. Professor Collins is an expert on Shakespeare; British theatre since 1950; Anglo-Welsh poetry, articles on Shakespeare (with a focus on performance and pedagogy), Anglo-Welsh poetry, and American literature. He earned his Ph.D. and M.A. from New York University and his B.A. from Fordham College.
Professor Collins led students through an acting exercise on King Lear. With six students alternating roles as actors and the rest of the class "directing," Professor Collins showed the students that "there is no Lear until you make one," meaning that we must always read as actors and directors, working to understand characters' motivations and imagining and reimagining how they react and interact. The reason Shakespeare endures, he reminded the class, is that his stories revolve around quintessentially human relationships and connections.
Ken Woodard, Upper School history teacher and department chair, spent 21 days on a hiking trail this summer. Read all about his journey, as only Ken could tell it. And if you know Ken, you can hear his distinguished voice sharing this experience.
An outdoor adventure trip leader of many years experience at Keewaydin—an adventure camp in Vermont—most of my camping opportunities involved leading boys and other staff on week-long canoe and backpacking trips. Three years ago, I applied my accumulated experience to hiking the Long Trail with my college-age children, Luke and Lauren (Stone Ridge School of the Sacred Heart Class of 2016).
The Long Trail is America’s first extended walking path offering a 273 mile maintained and marked foot route from Massachusetts’s northwestern border, over the Green Mountains of Vermont, and ending at the Canadian border. Built between 1910 and 1930, the LT was the inspiration for the Appalachian trail and other similarly extensive pathways in America.
Luke, perhaps inspired by his and Lauren’s rapid acclimation to 22 days of life on Vermont’s trail, finished college in 2018 and immediately set out on a south-bound attempt at the Pacific Crest Trail, a route from Canada to Mexico through the highest mountains in the western coastal states. Five months and 2600 miles later, he arrived at the southern edge of California in freakishly good walking shape and uncharacteristically tan after months outside in mostly good weather.
I followed his progress and sent his resupply packages with some envy. Recalling the simplicity of life on the Long Trail (wake up, eat, walk, drink water, eat, walk some more, eat, sleep, repeat) and the psychologically cleansing effect of being outside 24 hours a day, every day while matching the rhythms of the sun, I found myself wishing I could go again.
My wife Terri, a hiker and backpacker of some experience herself, understood this and while she taught art at Horizons, a summer enrichment program for DC area youth, I returned to the Long Trail during July 2019. In contrast to my 2016 effort with two companions walking south to north, last summer I set out alone to head south from the Canadian border for a 21 day walk along the length of Vermont.
Solo backpacking evokes images of extended solitude, but on the well-travelled LT I met dozens of interesting people at campsites or on mountain peaks where walkers collect to enjoy views and eat snacks. Long Trail campsites, combinations of wooden shelters and tent sites, offer opportunities for quick temporary friendships wherein the usual East Coast rules of cautious familiarity give way to presumptions of common concerns about access to water, weather, pack weight, and the next simple meal. I did do all my walking alone and enjoyed the opportunity to think deeply or, more often, let my mind wander while progressing steadily, often two hours at an interval without stopping, to my next snack, water break, meal, or campsite after totaling 8 to 10 hours of walking during a typical day.
I cannot claim to have completely unplugged: I carried a phone that was almost always off to preserve its battery, but I turned it on to take pictures or, signal permitting, communicate quickly via text or Email to send pictures or arrange encounters with friends and family. I did cut way down on my use of electronics, a diminishment that seemed to go well with the profoundly healthy feeling of waking up at sunrise and going to bed at sunset.
Thru hiking, the term for uninterrupted navigation of an extended point A to point B trail, has a sub-culture of specialized vocabulary and a network of passionate enthusiasts who deeply understand the compulsion to take walking great distances to an unusual extreme. Participation in thru hiker culture is easy: plan a walk, research and buy adequate gear (light and functional), and set out. You’re in.
By the end of my second day, I met Granite Man (thru hikers take or are given trail names) at Tillotson Camp, woke up on day three, exchanged a customary fist bump as a parting gesture, and headed south with a mix of nervous excitement at the prospect of discomfort in the face of bugs, heat, exhaustion, hunger, physical adjustment to the rigors of the trail, and thirst, but confident that the rewards of deeply resonant natural forest beauty, expansive views earned one upward step at a time, connection to other people on similar journeys, incremental onset of walking fitness, and satisfaction of portable self-sufficiency in a well-assembled backpack would far outweigh (and be enhanced by) the challenges.
18 days later and many stories too long to summarize here, I crossed into Massachusetts and stepped into the family minivan with Lauren at the wheel to recount facing and even enjoying challenges while reasserting my thru hiker identity, an identity that Lauren will fully embrace when she sets out to hike the entire Appalachian Trail after she graduates from college this spring.
Next to the obelisk that marks the northern terminus of the Long Trail. Mr. Woodard is standing on the border of Canada and the United States at Day 1.
Mr. Woodard's dwelling for most of his 21 days on the trail.
Big moment: this is where the Long Trail and the Appalachian Trail converge going south. Here Mr. Woodard about 85 miles from finishing at the southern end.
Kimberly Falatko, Upper School Network Exchange Coordinator, Assistant Dean of Students, and English teacher, went on an exchange of her own in August to teach English at the Sacred Heart High School for Girls in Taipei, Taiwan. She worked with students in Grades 8-10 on their conversational English skills, experienced Yilan County with the school's Cultural Exchange Camp, and engaged with Sacred Heart faculty from Taiwan, the United States, and England. This formative experience has provided a new perspective on teaching and exchange and as Janet Erskine Stuart shared, "no one who has the good of children at heart, and the training of their characters, can leave the subject without some grave thoughts on the formation of their own character, which is the first order of importance, and in the order of time must go before, and accompany their work to the very end." This continued education of our faculty has fostered the relationship between the two schools and will allow for future opportunities for our students.
Anya Pilgrim '23 joins the Class of 2023 this year on the heals of making the U.S. Gymnastics Junior National Team. Anya competed recently at the 2019 US Gymnastics Championships held in Kansas City, MO.
Anya has been a competitive gymnast for 10 years and trains at Hill’s Gymnastics in Gaithersburg, MD. She practices 32 hours/week. Anya comes to Stone Ridge from St. Elizabeth's Catholic School and tells us that she "chose Stone Ridge for high school due to its ability to nurture a student-athlete’s personal growth, and support the balance between challenging academics and a highly competitive sport."
Director of Athletics Andrew Maguire says, "We are so excited to have Anya join the Stone Ridge community. Her commitment to gymnastics and experience competing at such a high level is is admirable and will be a great example of dedication to all Gator student-athletes."
The 2019 Junior Olympic Archery Development (JOAD) Nationals were held in Raleigh, NC from July 11-14, 2019. As the largest and most premier youth archery event in the country, the event serves as the national championship, comprised of four intense days of competing. Archers from every state competed in front of supportive crowds of friends and family.
In her final year competing at the youth level, Taylor Kim '20 had a great individual showing early in the tournament, making it to the 1/16 Round. Competing later in the tournament as part of her team, Taylor contributed to her team's gold medal showing during the Team Round Eliminations - her best finish in 5 years of competing at the tournament! Taylor, your dedication and commitment are admirable - congratulations! #GatorStrong
Stone Ridge is the first Catholic school in Maryland to offer the opportunity to earn a Seal of Bilteracy. Ten members of the Class of 2019 earned the Seal of Biliteracy! This seal recognizes students who have achieved a high level of linguistic and cultural proficiency and demonstrate an international mindset and appreciation for a variety of perspectives.
As the winner of the 2019 National Symphony Orchestra Summer Music Institute (SMI) Concerto Competition, Piper Suk '20 will be playing the Schumann Cello Concerto in A minor, Op. 129, with the SMI Orchestra at the Kennedy Center Concert Hall.
The concert will take place Sunday, July 28, 2019, at 6:00 pm. No tickets are required to attend the concert, which also will be live-streamed on the Kennedy Center website and archived at www.kennedy-center.org/video/upcoming
Piper began studying cello with Mark Evans of the NSO in 4th grade, and has been a National Symphony Orchestra Youth Fellow since 9th grade. She has performed at venues such as the Kennedy Center Millennium Stage, Strathmore Hall, and Carnegie Hall. he has performed in masterclasses with Alban Gerhadt, David Teie, Johannes Moser, and Yo-Yo Ma, and has attended summer music festivals such as the Brevard Music Institute and Festival and Tanglewood Institute Cello Workshop.
The Kennedy Center/National Symphony Summer Music Institute is a 4-week tuition-free program for approximately 60 students (ages 15-20) from all over the United States and a number of other countries. The program consists of orchestral and chamber music coached by NSO musicians, conducting and master classes, private lessons with NSO musicians, two side-by-side rehearsals with the NSO; and enrichment sessions concentrating on music literature, health and wellness, entrepreneurship, and Citizen Artistry.
For her work as Director of Music Ministry for Youth at St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church, the Archdiocese of Washington Office of Youth Ministry presented the For God and Youth Award to Dr. Jeannie Downey-Vanover, Assistant Head of Upper School. The award recognizes adults in youth ministry who have faithfully lived out their call of service, exemplified Christian examples and dedicated service to the Church and is a positive role model to youth.
Of Dr. Vanover's service Sherry Moitoza, Director of Social Concerns at St. Rose of Lima says, "For many years Dr. Vanover has been a true example of paying attention to young people by inviting, instructing, and mentoring them to lead the parish in liturgical music. Children, teens, and parents learn by her example what it means to serve the Church. Jeanne models discipleship by selflessly sharing her love of the faith, her vocation to teach, and the gift of her time. Her gift of mentoring empowers them to sing more than notes on a page by starting first with prayer. They in turn inspire us to lift our hearts and our voices to God. Young people learn to take risks and lead, knowing that they are well prepared and supported by the entire community. The youth of Saint Rose of Lima move all of us, through song, to deepen our communion as the Body of Christ. We give thanks to God for Jeannie's gift of leadership that inspires all parishioners and visitors to recognize the Lord in our midst."
In addition to her role as Assistant Head of the Upper School, Dr. Vanover is the Chair of the World Language Department and teaches AP Spanish Literature.
Congratulations, Dr. Vanover.
Madeline Fontana '21 has become Stone Ridge’s first ever competitive rower. Since her start of crew this spring, Madeline has represented Stone Ridge in several regattas as a member of the Montgomery Boat Club. Stone Ridge offers the opportunity for girls interested in rowing to practice and compete with the Montgomery Boat Club, with boats comprised of girls from several area schools. The regattas that Madeline competed in include the Baltimore City Championships, where her 4+ women’s boat finished first, resulting in Madeline’s first medal in her first season of crew for Stone Ridge.
Madeline’s hard work also enabled her to qualify and be selected by the Coaches to compete with a limited squad, given the level of competition at the regional level at the Mid-Atlantics (a qualifier for Youth Nationals) in Princeton, New Jersey with her 4+ boat finishing an impressive fourth place racing at the highest level in our region the first day.
Crews are selected on the basis of rowers’ physical ability, technical ability and attitude, which includes effort and attendance.
Congratulations, Madeline! #GatorStrong
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.
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.
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.
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.
Well done to our singers.
Congratulations are in order for numerous Gators who have been recently recognized for their achievements in winter sports.
Competing on the hardwood, Chetanna Nweke '20 and Kristin Lucas '21 were recognized as All-ISL team members by the head coaches of the ISL basketball teams. Nweke ranked second in the league in points per game, averaging 19.6, while Lucas was both an anchor on the defensive end and significant contributor on offense—with a team-leading 20 blocks on the season while averaging 11.4 points per game.
In the water, several Gators were acknowledged at the conclusion of the championship meets at the end of a historic season. Phoebe Bacon '20 and Genevieve Thibodeau '20 were each named to the All-ISL and All-Met teams for individual events, while Erika Chen '20 and Mackenzie Higgins '20 received honorable mention acknowledgement to the All-Met team for individual events. The 200 and 400 freestyle relay teams—comprised of Bacon, Chen, Higgins, and Tia Thomas '21—received All-ISL accolades, as well as All-Met recognition as the top 400 Freestyle Relay in the Washington Metropolitan Area. Lastly, Thibodeau and Bacon were named the Washington Metropolitan Private School League Diver and Swimmer of the Year, respectfully; and Bacon was also recognized as the Performer of the Meet at both the National Catholic High School Championships and the Metro Championships.
On the ice, both Katherine Khramtsov '22 and Charlotte Flannery '19 were named to All-Met teams, with Khramtsov garnering 1st Team accolades and Flannery receiving an honorable mention. Notably, the All-Met recognition for ice hockey is co-ed, recognizing the top players from all-boys and coed schools as well. Khramtsov and Flannery led all girls players in the DMV, averaging 5.0 and 2.0 goals per game, respectfully, and both significantly contributing to the Gators undefeated season run to the Mid-Atlantic Girls Hockey League (MAGHL) Championship crown. In the coming weeks, the All-MAGHL awards will also be announced.
These dedicated student-athletes will be be recognized in front of their peers later in the month, as well as at the end of year SR Celebration of Athletics banquet on May 21.
We are proud to call them Gators!
SR collects and donates more than $10,000 worth of used and new sports equipment to local DC organization.
Stone Ridge's Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) recently completed its inaugural Sports Equipment Drive, collecting used and new sporting equipment to donate to Level the Playing Field (LPF). Level the Playing Field is a local non-profit organization that collects and donates used sports equipment to kids' programs in the the Washington, DC area to enable the opportunity for more children to participate in sports. In total, 458 donated items were accepted by LPF, with an estimated value of $10,663!
Lauren Cerretani '19 and Sophia Trone '20 were the leaders in coordinating the equipment drive with both the staff and administration at Stone Ridge and LPF. In commenting on the original purpose for SAAC's decision to run the equipment drive, Lauren stated, "Our goal was to partner with LPF to give kids in the DC area the best opportunity to participate in sports. Many of us at Stone Ridge have been fortunate to experience numerous growth opportunities through sport, and we were hopeful that by organizing the drive we could positively influence the lives of other kids." Looking forward to the future and realizing the potential for such drives at Stone Ridge, Sophia stated, "I think our first year of this drive was a tremendous success! The generosity of the student body was amazing, and the outcome is impressive in only our first year. Level the Playing Field is an amazing charity and these donations will truly help kids get off the sideline and play sports they love. I am excited to see what we can do in the future!"
Stone Ridge Athletics is proud of Lauren and Sophia and all of the other SAAC members and the Stone Ridge community that made the drive possible. Living Goal III! Go Gators!
Genevieve Thibodeau '20 Takes First in Diving at Metros
For the first time in Stone Ridge history, a Gator diver has won the diving competition at the Washington Metropolitan Interscholastic Swimming and Diving championships – the meet affectionately known as "Metros." Metros is the culminating swimming and diving championship meet for all public and private schools in the greater Washington, D.C. area, including schools from across D.C., Maryland, and Virginia. Metros represents the most competitive high school swimming meet of the season, and for Genevieve Thibodeau '20, the competition was not competition. Genevieve's cumulative 11-dive score bested more than 50 other divers at the meet!
The past four weeks have been busy for Genevieve, collecting a lot of hardware throughout a historic championship season for both herself and the swimming and diving program. At the National Catholic High School Championships in January, which the Gators won for the first time in program history, Genevieve placed second. Since then, motivated by the team victory, she has not looked back – winning both the Independent School League and Washington Metropolitan Private School League Championship meets preceding her victory at Metros. In doing so, Genevieve also became the first Stone Ridge diver to ever win three individual championships in one season.
Commenting on motivation to be the best she could be and already looking forward to next year's season, Genevieve stated, "The team dynamic makes going to meets lots of fun instead of feeling like an obligation. Everyone is so supportive and to have a team that is there pushing you to do your best makes all the difference. Personally, I am very excited to come back next year coming off so much of the team success and I know I'm not the only one. I think that having such a great season this year is really motivating because it shows us how much we can achieve together."
The Stone Ridge community is incredibly proud of Genevieve's accomplishments this season. Of being Genevieve's teammate, fellow diver Mary Fromm '20 stated, "Genevieve's humility with all of her success this season has been incredibly inspiring as she leads by example, laying a foundation for future Gators and a strong diving program for years to come."
Although she won't be competing for Stone Ridge until next winter, Genevieve is already busy training fo upcoming USA Diving competitions with regional, zone, and national competitions taking place between April-June. Stay tuned as she continues to compete across the country - we know that she will continue with great success!
Genevieve and diving coach Adam Travelpiece at Metros after Genevieve won!
Freshman Katherine Khramtsov '22 scored seven goals to help lead Stone Ridge's hockey team to their first Mid-Atlantic Girls Hockey League championship. The Gators defeated Georgetown Visitation 9-5 on Friday, February 8, to cap an undefeated season. Coach Mary Carpenter's game plan of "hard work, taking it to the net, getting rebounds, and playing smart," paid off. The Gators had a great showing of fan support, packing the Gardens Ice House in Laure, MD. The SR ice hockey team only formed in 2013 and has been growing with the number of players and skill level every year. Way to go Gators! Read more from The Washington Post. #Gatorstrong
The SR Varsity Cross Country team won their first Montgomery County Private School Championship on Wednesday, November 7 at Covenant Life School with an impressive team score of 21 points – the second best winning score in meet history!
Racing in muddy and slow conditions, the entire varsity squad earned All-County (top 15 honors), lead by Katherine Strong '22 with a 2nd place finish and personal best time of 20:36. Hannah Gutierrez '21 ran her fastest time of the season (23:34) to finish 10th overall and complete our scoring top five runners for the first time in her career. Emma Attar '20 ran a lifetime best of 24:54 to finish 21st overall to help lead a strong junior varsity pack.
Running in the same race as the varsity runners, the JV squad (runners #8 - #14) all finished in the top half of the field, ahead of many competitor school's varsity runners.
The team will look to complete the trifecta of championships at the Maryland Private School State Championship on Monday, November 12 at McDaniel College.
Way to go Gator runners! #GatorStrong
The Stone Ridge Varsity Cross-Country team placed second overall at the Landon Invitational with a strong team score of 45 points, just behind St. John's 62 points. The varsity squad was led by Katherine Strong's 3rd place overall finish (21:08). The Gator Varsity squad was 2nd out of 13 teams and JV team was 4th out of 8 teams. "I was incredibly proud of them," said Head Coach Peter Rook. "They ran super tough. Our top seven were all freshman and sophomores, and for a few of them this was their first ever invitational...I was almost in tears at the finish line I was so proud of them."
Stone Ridge had terrific fan support at the event thanks to the new Swamp Shines initiative by the SR Boosters who encourage Gator fans to attend meets/games/matches. Head of School Catherine Ronan Karrels '86 came out to cheer on the Gators. According to Andrew Maguire, Assistant Athletic Director for Athletic Training, "I don't think it would be a stretch to say we had the most support/spirit/best tent set up of the 10+ teams there!" Read more
Phoebe Bacon '20 returned to Stone Ridge for the start of the school year coming directly off the trip of a lifetime. She competed for Team USA in Fiji at the Junior Pan Pacific Championships. Upon return, Phoebe sat down with the Athletic Department at Stone Ridge to describe her experiences, what the trip meant to her, and what she will be able to bring back to the Stone Ridge community from the experience.
In total, Phoebe came home from the championship meet with an individual gold medal, two relay gold medals, three meet records, and achieving several personal best times throughout the meet – all while serving as one of the Team USA captains for the meet. The Stone Ridge community could not be more proud of her.
SR Athletics: You have had an amazing summer in the pool - most recently representing, captaining, and medalling for Team USA at the Junior Pan Pacific Championships in Fiji last week. Can you briefly explain what the process was for obtaining a spot on the USA Team?
Phoebe: In short, I made the team by my finish at the USA Swimming National Championship in early August as that was the official selection meet for several USA Team rosters... but it was actually a pretty hard process! My summer was a culmination of a lot of hard work over the last few years and included a lot of meets and all of the training throughout the summer I had to do. Going into this summer, my goal was to hopefully make the Jr. Pan Pac team. Throughout the summer, I was preparing for USA Swimming Nationals – which included a lot of early mornings in the pool, then workouts during the day, and then pool practices also at night – not much free time! Heading into Nationals, I was really nervous because the progress I had made over the last two years set me up for my first real shot to be selected for a USA Championship Team.
I was nervous! The 100 backstroke was the event that I had the best chance of placing high enough to be selected to a USA Team. The event was on the 3rd or 4th day of competition at Nationals – which was later than usual. However, I had to swim a few other events first, which built my confidence headed into the day of the 100 backstroke. In the preliminary heats in the morning, I tried not to focus on making a USA team and simply focused on trying to finish in the top 8 swimmers in the morning so that I would be swimming in the championship final at night. Based on the seeding, I would have to go a best time. During the preliminary heat, I was swimming against a former Olympian and another girl that would go on to set the world-junior record later that night – and I won the heat – in a best time! This helped to calm my nerves, but I knew that I would have another swim that night, which would be the deciding factor in selection to a USA Team.
The heat of 8 swimmers that night was comprised of two former Olympians, and I was seeded 2nd from my time in the preliminary heats. At the end of the race, I finished 4th in a time that was just off my best time from that morning. The top two finishers in the race were selected for the Pan Pacific Championship team to represent the USA in Tokyo, Japan and I was selected for the Junior Pan Pacific Championship as a top finished under the age of 18. Despite just missing the top USA team that was selected, I WAS SO EXCITED TO MAKE THE JR. PAN PAC TEAM AND ACCOMPLISH MY GOAL!
SR Athletics: Can you tell us more about the team you were selected for? How many girls were selected for the team?
Phoebe: The Jr. Pan Pac team was a team of 20 girls and 20 boys, all under 18, and then a whole bunch of coaches and other staff members. Being one of the 20 girls that went, which is a not a big group, was very cool. Since our numbers were not as big as many college, club, or high school teams, we were able to bond and become really close.
SR Athletics: What was it like to travel, compete, and be part of a team with girls from across the country?
Phoebe: I knew a bulk of the people that were selected to the USA Team from seeing them at other club team meets over the past few years in the US. I had also met a few of them at swim camps that I had been selected for in the past. There were also a lot of new faces that I was excited to meet and spend time with. Being able to be there with all these people that I am friends with and representing Team USA and our home country was a really awesome experience and a lot of fun.
SR Athletics: What was the international aspect of the competition like?
Phoebe: It was a really fun experience! You could see that Canada was there, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, and Fiji among a few others. The meet was open to all countries that border the Pacific Ocean. The venue had all of the flags of these countries flying, which was awesome to see. It was really fun to meet the Canadians and Australians. We hung out with them between sessions of the meet and at the meet. It was incredible to make these friendships with people all over the world that I don't think I will ever lose because of this shared experience. I am hoping we continue to see each other at meets in the future.
SR Athletics: What was most exciting part of the trip to Fiji, both in and out of the pool?
Phoebe: One of the best parts of the meet in competition was being selected to be on the mixed-medley relay, which was comprised of 2 boys and 2 girls, each doing 100 meters of one of the four different strokes. Mixed-medley relays are rarely an event a meets in the US and are mostly included as a fun and unique event in international competitions. Being able to swim with two of the fastest boys and another girl on the USA Team was such a unique experience I will never forget.
Out of swimming, we finally got to go to the beach on the last day! Being in Fiji - that is all I wanted to do! Before the trip I had looked up pictures and the beaches were so beautiful with white sand and crystal clear water. We went with the whole team and it was such a great way to end the trip.
SR Athletics: You have been fortunate to compete internationally on a few occasions. Are there any upcoming international meets that your Stone Ridge fans should mark on their calendars to follow and support you?
Phoebe: This past spring I went to Ireland to compete and I also got to go to Vancouver, Canada to compete as part of the USA Swimming National Junior Team, which I had been selected for last summer. From these experiences, I am hopeful that I will be selected for and have more opportunities to represent Team USA abroad in the future.
SR Athletics: What will you bring back to Stone Ridge from your experiences representing Team USA? Both to the school community and the swimming program.
Phoebe: I was elected as one of the team captains for the girls' team on this past trip to Fiji - it was a great honor. Being able to come back to Stone Ridge and show the underclassmen, or even the middle school and lower school girls that you can go somewhere and be a leader and act like a leader, without ever being on a trip or without ever doing something like that before or that you thought you could do. I was just myself!
This year I will be a junior on the Stone Ridge Swim team, I have learned how the season and everything goes, I am really excited to show the underclassmen how much fun it can be with all of the cheering and different meets we go to and how important it is to hang out and bond outside of just the swim practices and meets.
SR Athletics: Congratulations, Phoebe!
Zoe Barnette '19 and her Senior Women's Foil Fencing Team won the gold medal at the 2018 National Championship on June 29, in St. Louis, MO. Zoe is the team captain of her team, the Dazzling Panda Stars.
A foil is one of the three weapons used in the sport of fencing, all of which are metal. It is flexible, rectangular in cross section, and weighs under a pound. Points are only scored by contact with the tip. Way to go, Zoe! #GatorStrong
Zoe is the second from the right.
Zoe is on the left.
The Associated Press named Stone Ridge alumna Katie Ledecky '15 its Female Athlete of the Year. Editors and news directors voted on the winner, giving Ledecky 351 points and second-place Serena Williams 343 points. She was the eighth female swimmer to earn the honor and the first since Amy Van Dyken in 1996. Katie is also the first Washington-area star ever to earn the women's award. Several of the AP's male athletes of the year have had Washington ties, including DC native Maury Wills (who won in 1962), Orioles star Cal Ripken (who won in 1995) and Baltimore's Michael Phelps (who won in 2008 and 2012).
The vote reflected Katie's dominance in the July 2017 world championships in Budapest, Hungary, where she earned five gold medals and one silver medal.
Katie attended Little Flower School and Stone Ridge School of the Sacred Heart. She is now a sophomore at Stanford University. Katie told the Catholic Standard that attending Catholic schools in the Archdiocese of Washington helped make her the person she is today. "I received an excellent, faith-filled education at both schools. Having the opportunity to attend academically rigorous schools has facilitated my interest in the world and in serving others, and has enriched my life so that it is not solely focused on my swimming and athletics" she said.
Katie talks with Middle School students at Stone Ridge (August 2016)
Anyone who is part of the Stone Ridge community knows about the Sacred Heart Network – a vast group of Sacred Heart schools that spans the globe. As part of this Network, SR students go on exchange and/or attend leadership conferences at a "sister" school.
The Network connection includes athletics. Over the past couple of years, SR has competed in basketball, field hockey, and swimming with fellow Network schools Stuart Country Day School (SCD) from Princeton, NJ and Convent of the Sacred Heart/91st St. Convent (CSH) from New York, New York. Recently, SR played host to both schools. First up was CSH, who arrived for lunch and tours on Friday, November 17. The students were greeted at historic Hamilton House along with many coaches and swimming student-athletes. They enjoyed lunch in the large parlor and were led on tours by senior swim captains. After a brief practice on campus, they checked into their hotel and enjoyed an evening of sight seeing in Washington, DC. On Saturday, CSH came back to campus to compete in varsity basketball and swimming. (Last year, our SR varsity basketball and swim teams made a trip to New York City and made lasting memories connecting with their sister school. The SR girls toured the 9/11 Memorial museum, Times Square, and the CSH.)
Stuart Country Day (SCD) also arrived on Friday afternoon to compete in junior varsity and varsity basketball. The relationship with SCD has been growing over the past few years with competitions in field hockey and basketball. Both schools have made the trip, and the relationship continues to strengthen. While visiting SCD last year for a basketball tournament, the SR students were able to take in some laser tag, bowling, and team meals. The team also had the chance to watch a women's basketball practice at Princeton as well as tour their athletic facilities.
The Sacred Heart connections reach all areas of Stone Ridge. In October, the varsity cross country team competed in a race in New York and stayed in a hotel just blocks from 91st Convent. The Sacred Heart students always notice the familiar Five Goals banners, and pictures of St Philippine and/or Mater. It is very special to observe the girls excitement upon seeing familiar Sacred Heart traditions. SR Athletics plans to continue to provide Network opportunities for all sports. There's even talk of having a 3-4 team swim and basketball tournament next year as well as adding some spring competitions! #WeAreSacredHeart #GatorStrong
Photo includes Stone Ridge coaches and seniors and coaches from the Convent of the Sacred Heart