All my life my parents have expressed the importance of helping others and bettering our community. From a young age, my parents encouraged me to engage and participate in many of our local community service projects. Their guidance has helped me find my passion for helping others. I've experienced firsthand how amazing it feels to help others who need it and how I, even from a young age, can make a difference in my community. That feeling is unforgettable and priceless. For the past six years, I have been a part of an organization called National Charity League, also known as NCL. The mission of the NCL is to foster mother-daughter relationships in a philanthropic organization committed to community service, leadership development and cultural experiences. Through this organization, I have experienced the instantaneous gratification that comes from helping others. NCL partners with many local organizations such as The Alliance Medical Ministry, The Food Bank of N.C., The Green Chair Project, and The Salvation Army to help supply volunteers for the programs. Two of my favorite organizations to volunteer with are the Helen Wright Center and Loaves and Fishes.
I am so happy to welcome you to the 2017 Spring Orchesis Concert in Pittman Auditorium. This concert is sure to be an exciting, one-of-a-kind program that we know you will enjoy.
This concert includes performances by 18 Orchesis Dance Theatre dancers. I would like to give special recognition to J'Lah Johnson '20, Ashton Vermillion '17, Ashley White '20, and Fran Williams '20, as this is their first Orchesis spring concert. We are happy to have them as part of our company this year. They all bring their own unique style which enriches and diversifies our group, our choreography, and our performances.
One year ago, like most people who have been juniors in high school, I felt that the next five years of my life were a series of question marks. Which classes did I want to take my senior year? What did I want to study once I graduated from Saint Mary's? One question dominated all the others: what college would I be deciding upon attending next year? However, as I explored schools over COMPASS Week and with Ms. Higgins in her Smedes office, I found a school that was a great fit for me and my family—academically, socially, and financially. Looking back, I've reflected upon some things I've learned through my college search process.
As part of a mission to prepare girls for college and life, Saint Mary's focuses on the habits of a lifelong learner – critical thinking, communications, and character. Students are engaged in growing these skills through creative, hands-on, and collaborative teaching and learning. The Introduction to Operations Research course is an example of this in action. Designed for seniors who have completed Algebra II and are looking for an alternative mathematics class, the focus of the course is on using mathematics to solve problems and make decisions involving day-to-day operations as well as long-range issues. Kitty Strawn '17 shares a little about her experience with this course, in her own words...
My exam in my Introduction to Operations Research class this fall was a math project where I had to incorporate three different math concepts into one cohesive project. I chose a subject for this project that I felt I could use in my future life
In 1984, Sunday in the Park with George opened on Broadway. The protagonist of the musical is the artist George Seurat. One of the songs, written by Stephen Sondheim, accurately describes the creative process of art.