Saint Mary's News

Maddison Wooten '19 and Dora Yang '19

In Saint Mary's School Thanksgiving Chapel on November 13, seniors Maddison Wooten and Dora Yang reflected on what they are grateful for this Thanksgiving season.

Maddison: Reflecting on our shared memories over the years, from the first time we met each other, to now, and everything in between, we realized that we oftentimes forget to intentionally appreciate these experiences. Additionally, in reflection, we have recognized how our experiences come together and make us into the people we are now. And for that, we are grateful. So, as we approach Thanksgiving, we thought we'd share some stories of our experiences and our gratefulness with you all today.

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Rim Metina-Belknap '19

I am so excited to welcome you to the 80th Anniversary Orchesis Dance Theatre Concert being performed on Friday, Nov. 9, at 7 p.m., and Saturday, Nov. 10, at 2 p.m. Our Saturday performance includes a one-of-a-kind celebratory reunion piece featuring not only current Orchesis Dance Theatre members but Orchesis Dance Theatre alumnae as well!

We have 14 dancers who are currently members of the Orchesis Dance Theatre company. I would like to recognize as first-time Orchesis members Cokie Daniel '22, Rebekah Elam '22, Riley English '21, Chloe Lias '22, and Sims Roberson '21.

We are extremely excited about Orchesis Dance Theatre alumnae joining us in concert! Orchesis alumnae have helped build and transform Orchesis over the years and continue to support the company. We are truly thankful for and indebted to you for your constant support. Thank you!

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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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Mary Virginia Swain '77C

Orchesis Dance Theatre, founded in 1938 by Jane Goss, celebrated 80 years at Saint Mary's with a weekend of reunion activities and concert, November 9-10. Orchesis has a long and rich history at Saint Mary's. According to The Heritage by Martha Sprouse Stoops, Saint Mary's was, in fact, one of the first educational institutions in the state to teach modern dance.

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Mary Virginia Swain '77C

Saint Mary's Visual and Performing Arts Department fall theater production, The Young and Fair, a play by N. Richard Nash, delighted audiences in historic Pittman Auditorium, October 27-28. A standing ovation for the cast and crew! The Young and Fair, is the story of a young and idealistic former student of a fashionable New England women's college who returns to work as a teacher and discovers her younger sister, a student at the college, falsely accused of stealing by a group of trustees' daughters attempting to cover their own crimes.

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Louise Whitmire Catania ’77C, Director

I read through many scripts before I found Richard Nash's The Young and Fair. I wanted a play with a large all-female cast. What I found was a beautifully written play complete with 18 female roles. Even though the play was written nearly 70 years ago, it is still as relevant now as it was then. The cast and crew lovingly refer to it as Mean Girls - 1945. I think the main takeaway is that human nature, unfortunately, hasn't changed. We still live in a broken world with broken people.

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Mary Virginia Swain '77C

It's not often that the author of a book you are reading for school comes to your class to discuss it with you, but that is just what happened to Saint Mary's writing students, who enjoyed a visit this week from Rysa Walker, author of the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award winning Timebound, a time travel novel being read in Virginia Boyd's Narrative Studies classes.

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Victoria Fusco '19

Saint Mary's prides itself on giving students new and enriching experiences, adding color and beauty to their lives. The Chorale concert on Friday of Family Weekend was no exception. For the first time, a Chorale concert was held under the night sky. Everyone gathered together on the Hannah Smith Quad for the 7th Annual Music Theatre Revue. Children played, friends and family "fellowshipped." The theme of the program was "A Year in the Life of a Saint Mary's Girl." Through song, we told the story of the experiences of the everyday girl at Saint Mary's. From jitters and fears to deep friendships and successes, the story unfolded.

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