Julia Bell '17

Saint Mary's offers girls in their junior or senior year the opportunity to work on an intensive project of their choosing. Focusing on one or a combination of four areas - academic, creative, service, and/or career, a student may do an off-campus internship, an on-campus project or a more individual project. This year, senior Julia Bell's Pathway Project is an internship at The Trilogy School, a school for children with learning differences. Here's what Julia has to say about the experience, in her own words...

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Erin Russell P'19

I was happy to be on a recent parent panel for prospective families, although I worried I might flashback to the moment a student host picked up my daughter, a then prospective student on the verge of tears clearly feeling uncertain about her night away from home. Having returned the next day to find that she had a great night and was excited about her Saint Mary's experience, I hoped I could do my part in on the parent panel to help new families find the same excitement as they explored all that Saint Mary's has to offer.

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Terry Thompson

Tuesday night, January 31, the Smedes Parlor Concert Series presented to a full-house enthusiastic audience two distinguished members of the North Carolina Symphony Mary Boone, harp, and Vonda Darr, flute, in an extraordinary performance of "Music for Flute and Harp Inspired by Literature". What made this concert extra special was hearing the French poetry read so exquisitely in French by SMS senior Juliette Ellis, her readings alternating with the musical works of Debussy inspired by the poetry.

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Emilie Hoke '17 and Lillian Liu '17

Community Service Club members Emilie Hoke '17 and Lillian Liu '17 delivered the Word of the Day during this year's Community Service Chapel in October. It was a reflection on the meaning of community, service, and community service.

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Jennifer Rundles, Associate Dean of Students

The 35th annual National Association of Independent School's People of Color Conference, affectionately referred to as PoCC by those attending each year, was held in December in Atlanta, the hometown of the great Civil Rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. The conference brought together over 3,500 faculty, staff, administrators, trustees, and activists from schools and educational organizations from around the country and the world to focus on advancing human and civil rights and fulfilling "the dream" together. At the same time, over 1,600 students from the same schools as their adult counterparts came together to do the exact same work at the Student Diversity Leadership Conference.

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