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Mary Virginia Swain '77C

Students in Instructor of English Alison Chernin's A.P. Language class presented advertising projects in their classes recently. The assignment, designed to better understand ethos, pathos, and logos through the creation of advertisements promoting Saint Mary's School, allowed students to apply what they were learning to a real-world context that had relevance for them. The assignment also engaged the girls in exercising key competencies like communication and collaboration.

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Wilder Semans '20 and Annabel Semans '22


On Thursday, October 25, 2018, a group of Saint Mary's students attended a book talk about Glimmer of Hope: How Tragedy Sparked a Movement, written by the founders of the March for Our Lives movement. Two of the authors, Delaney Tarr '18 and Sarah Chadwick '19, of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., spoke on a panel moderated by North Carolina State University professor Rupert Nacoste.

In their book, Glimmer of Hope, each member of the organization speaks on a different aspect of their journey. This approach allows the unique voices of each activist to be heard and appreciated. As Sarah and Delaney, both survivors of the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, clearly expressed, this is important because it takes a group of passionate and diverse people to create a movement. Both girls emphasized to the audience that they were simply ordinary teenagers who had gone through a terrible ordeal and decided to do something about it. In fact, the March for Our Lives movement started with 25 teenagers sitting on a living room floor. Any one of us with a drive for justice could do the same.

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