Audrey Nolan '24 won the Declamation event on January 15 at the Washington-Arlington Catholic Forensic League (WACFL) speech tournament. She placed first in each of her four rounds and beat out 28 competitors from throughout the DMV with her performance of "Why Women Should Tell the Stories of Humanity" by Jude Kelly.
Ella Patil '30 recently competed in the USA Climbing Regionals. The top 15 athletes in her age group from MD, VA, and DC showed their strength on the wall. Elle studied the beta and climbed each route to the best of her ability. She finished in first place!
Stone Ridge School of the Sacred Heart is thrilled to once again appear in the January/February Bethesda Magazine's annual Best of Bethesda edition. Readers voted Stone Ridge one of the Best Private Schools-Upper School AND one of the Best Private Schools with a Religious Affiliation. Stone Ridge was named a “A Top Vote Getter” in Bethesda Magazine’s Best of Bethesda Readers’ Poll!
In December, the Upper School Social Action program received a virtual visit from Katherine Liola, CEO of Concentric Private Wealth, who engaged the students in a holiday card drive for older adults. Katherine grounded the activity in the principle of Catholic Social Teaching, "Family, Community, and Participation" that the Social Action Leaders used to frame the day. Our Grade 9 students produced over 150 cards for the effort.
Congrats to alumna Lauren Ferridge ‘19 who is celebrating a phenomenal close to the women’s rugby season at Dartmouth. She and her teammates are not only enjoying an undefeated season and winning the 2021 Ivy Championship, they beat Army West Point in the NIRA National Championship. While at Stone Ridge, Lauren played on the field hockey team, was the captain of the swim team, and was a leader in Campus Ministry.
Alumnae Clarke Jamison ’13, Chelsea Kelly ’07, and Talyne Walsh ’08 visited Fourth Academic students on Tuesday, November 3o as part of an SR Connects Career Panel, connecting current students with alumnae. From playing volleyball to being in theater productions and taking a photography class, the trio shared their favorite Stone Ridge experiences that helped shape who they are today.
Congratulations to Mr. Peter Rook and Mr. Stanley Johnson, winners of the High School Principal Association’s 2021 Educator of the Year Award. The awards recognize the devotion of veteran and novice Catholic secondary school educators in the Archdiocese of Washington. They speak to the value we all place on faithful service, excellence, best practices, and innovations in Catholic secondary school teaching.
Middle School drama teacher Rick Westerkamp has joined the cast of the Olney Theatre’s production of Beauty and the Beast. A double-major in Dance and Theatre from George Washington University, Mr. Rick has performed for most of his life. Since he was four years old, competing in dance competitions across his home state of New Jersey. Through dance, Mr. Rick found other opportunities to perform on stage, appearing in many school productions, and once he started voice lessons, he added musical theater to his forté as well.