Around the Quad
This past summer, four St. Markers participated in month-long summer STEM internships.
Veteran St. Mark's coach Henry Large, this fall beginning his 52nd year and 107th season coaching St. Mark's athletes, was recently recognized with a feature piece in an early September edition of the MetroWest Daily News, written by longtime local sportswriter Lenny Megliola.
On Friday evening, September 9, the 2017-18 school year at St. Mark's was officially opened by the traditional Convocation ceremony in the Putnam Family Arts Center's Class of 1945 Hall.
A week filled with pre-season practices, registration, and orientation saw the 2017-18 academic year get underway.
As St. Mark's prepares for the start of classes, athletes are back for early practice, in anticipation of the upcoming fall season. Hopes are high for strong showings by all the Lions' varsity teams this autumn.
Two young St. Mark's alumni—Peter Kazickas '11 and Eli Lubick '12—have founded an educational program to bring STEM (Science-Technology-Engineering-Math) skills to communities around the world.
On Tuesday, August 29, St. Mark's faculty and staff assembled in the Putnam Family Arts Center's Class of 1945 Hall to kick off the 2017-18 school year.
This summer, as in each of the last 96 summers, students from St. Mark's School have gone up to Brantwood Camp in Peterborough, NH, as volunteers working with inner-city youth. In addition, St. Mark's alumni and faculty are continually involved with the Camp in a variety of ways: as trustees, supporters, and advocates to the greater community.
On Monday afternoon, August 21, members of the St. Mark's community gathered at the front of the School to experience the "Great American Eclipse."
This summer, three St. Markers were involved in co-hosting two Worcester Public Radio broadcasts.
This summer, the Town of Southborough's won the Massachusetts State Senior Little League Championship, and six St. Mark's students were on the team.
Two members of the St. Mark's Class of 2013—Jessica Maposa and Katie Von Campe—were honored with special prizes at the Amherst College 2017 Senior Day.
Two St. Markers—Henry Thrun '19 and Sean Farrell '20—were recently selected to USA Hockey's National Developmental under-20 team, putting them among the top 23 players nationally in their age group. Farrell is a forward from Hopkinton, MA. Thrun is a defenseman from Southborough.
What could a Lion read this summer? Recently, a small group of current St. Mark's faculty and SM alumni leaders shared some of their favorite books as suggested summer reading for Lions with time on their hands. Here are some of their recommendations.
Over seven days, from July 9 through July 15, more than 40 participants— students and faculty from several different schools—took part in the 4th Annual Global Citizenship Institute at St. Mark's. A collaboration between St. Mark's School and Austria's Salzburg Global Seminar, the Global Citizenship Institute's mission is to educate and support faculty and students from public, private and international secondary schools as they learn ways to become engaged global citizens, actively working to solve problems of global and local significance.
Summer is now here, and it is time to look back at the more than two dozen SM alumni who saw athletic action in college and university teams during this past spring season.
The school year has ended, but that does not mean an empty and silent campus at St. Mark's. A number of programs—academic, athletic, and more—are scheduled to take place here throughout the summer months.
The annual Southborough School luncheon took place on the Saturday of St. Mark's Reunion Weekend. As usual, the luncheon took place at Choate House, home to both the Southborough School Room and the Southborough School Garden.
More than 200 alumni, former faculty, and guests were on campus on Friday and Saturday, June 16 and 17, for the 2017 St. Mark's Reunion Weekend. "In one word, the weekend was 'terrific'!" said SM Director of Planned Giving Bill Bagley.
On Thursday evening, June 8, three St. Mark's faculty members performed on Worcester, MA public radio station, WICN.
On Tuesday, June 13, the entire St. Mark's adult community, faculty and staff, gathered in the main dining room for the annual Milestone and Farewell Luncheon.
At a special reception and dinner at Choate House on Monday evening, June 12, St. Mark's said farewell to two dedicated members of the School's adult community: Bob and Denise Meyer.
On Saturday, June 10, Jason Hwang '18 competed in the Schmidt Youth Vocal Competition at New England Conservatory. Jason placed an impressive third.
On Friday, June 9, graduating senior Matt Thalmann '17 was honored with a plaque in the St. Mark's Cross Country "Grove of Champions."
On Saturday, June 10, 90 St. Markers received diplomas at the School's 152nd Prize Day exercises. Fifty-three graduated with distinction, twelve were members of the Cum Laude Society, and nine earned Classics Diplomas, having mastered both Greek and Latin, entitling each to wear a laurel wreath at the ceremony.
On Friday, June 9, on the eve of St. Mark's 152nd Prize Day ceremony, the traditional Baccalaureate Service was held in Belmont Chapel. Mr. John Camp, St. Mark's English Department Chair and Assistant Director of the School's Center for Innovation in Teaching and Learning was this year's speaker, elected by vote of the Sixth Form.
On the Friday afternoon before Prize Day, the final St. Mark's Athletic Awards ceremony recognized spring season successes and the accomplishments of St., Mark's athletes for the entire year.
Prize Day Week got underway on June 6.
The first-ever St. Mark's Lion term experience wrapped up this past week, as students from Forms III through VI presented the results of their three-week adventure.
On Monday evening, June 5, Helynna Lin '18 (pictured here) presented a solo piano recital in the Putnam Family Arts Center's Class of 1945 Hall.
This past weekend, the St. Mark's Class of 2012 celebrated its 50th Reunion. On June 2nd and 3rd, some forty members of the Class of 2012 gathered for a series of Reunion events.
During the second week of their three week Lion Term experience this spring, Third Formers traveled to Brantwood Camp in Peterborough, NH, continuing their exploration of "mindful sustainability."
Jason Hwang '18 participated in the national Classical Singer Competition, held this past weekend in Chicago, where he advanced through four rounds. While he was not chosen as one of the top three finalists, he ended the weekend ranked in the top ten among 1,700 competing singers nationwide.
This spring, students in the SM Saturdays Museum Exploration Class visited six different museums around New England. Each student then selected a favorite piece and the class created an audio tour for the exhibit.
In the final weekend of the 2017 spring athletic season at St. Mark's, the Girls' Varsity Crew 2nd and 3rd boats medaled, while three varsity teams were victorious over Groton.
The new St. Mark's Lion Term has been successfully launched and is now fully underway. The three week program includes specialized curriculum for Forms III, IV, and V; individual projects and internships for Form VI; and a global travel feature: Lions Roam, to Bhutan.
Each year, art teacher Aggie Belt and her ceramics students host a fundraiser to benefit local efforts combating hunger. Ceramic bowls (occasionally filled with ice cream) are sold. This year, the money raised will go to Our Father's Table, the soup kitchen in neighboring Marlborough.
On Sunday evening, May 21, the annual St. Mark's year-end concert was held in the Putnam Family Arts Center's Class of 1945 Hall. More than 80 students participated in the various performances, while the School's musicians graduating with the Class of 2017 were recognized in the program.
Some thirty alumni and more than a dozen guests gathered on campus this past weekend to celebrate the SM Class of 1967's 50th Reunion.
On Thursday, May 14, author and conservationist Liz Cunningham visited St. Mark's as this month's Gray Colloquium speaker. She spoke on "Ocean Conservation, Globalization, and Hope for our Environmental Future."
On Monday evening May 15 and Tuesday evening, May 16, St. Markers in the Independent Performance Studio music program at St. Mark's presented concerts to appreciative SM audiences for their final projects.
At School Meeting on Wednesday, May 17, four St. Markers received Class of 1968 Fellowship Grants.
Over two nights, May 12 and 13, the annual Broadway Nights event rocked the Class of 1951 Lobby in the Putnam Family Arts Center. Broadway Nights is a benefit sponsored by the St. Mark's Haiti Partnership Committee.
With a speech on the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Rebecca Lovett '18 (pictured at right with Head of School John C. Warren '74) was named the winner of the 2016 Shen Prize public speaking competition this week.
On Friday, May 12, St. Mark's celebrated fifteen Sixth Formers who will be showcasing their athletic talents at the collegiate level over the next four years, with a recognition event in the Hinkle Room.
On Friday morning, May 12, the band Old Horse performed at the morning service in Belmont Chapel. Old Horse is the husband-and-wife acoustic folk duo of St. Mark's English teacher Jason Eslick and Sarah Eslick, Associate Director of the SM Center for Innovation in Teaching and Learning.
The Classics Club held their annual banquet in the Hinkle room on May 11th. Students enjoyed a delicious meal of Greek food and dessert followed by an evening of edifying and entertaining festivities.
The Taft STEM Fellowship program at St. Mark's experienced a highly successful academic year in 2016-17. There were a dozen Taft STEM Fellows this year, all of whom engaged in challenging research projects ranging from neurobiology to computer science to engineering. Several excelled at both the Regional and Massachusetts Science Fair competitions.