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Forty years ago, in June of 1973, the first-ever graduating class from the Southborough School walked down the boardwalk and into history. This June, members of every Southborough School class, along with former faculty, staff, and more, gathered at Choate House for a special 40th anniversary celebration, hosted by the SS Class of 1973.
Two St. Markers were named to the 2013 High School All-America Team by US Lacrosse, the national governing body of lacrosse. Hope D’Orsi ’14 led St. Mark’s in scoring, was team MVP, earned All-ISL honors, and was selected to play in the recent Girls’ National Lacrosse Tournament. Mikaela Karlsson ’14, who helped lead St. Mark’s to the most girls’ lacrosse victories in School history (15) from he goaltending position, also earned All-America status.
More than 160 people gathered in the dining hall on Wednesday afternoon to honor Mrs. Sandy Campbell, the long-time St. Mark’s receptionist, who is retiring after almost 40 years. Former and current faculty and staff and a handful of Mark’s graduates joined Head of School John C. Warren ’74 and Business Manager Bob Meyer in this special event recognizing Mrs. Campbell’s record-setting tenure at the School. Sandy has been involved with St. Mark’s longer than any other female employee in its history.
The school year may be over, but the echoes of St. Mark’s athletic successes continue to reverberate. At Prize Day, VI Formers Mark Upton and Teal Gosselin were presented with the School’s highest athletic honor—the Fearing Athletic Prizes. On the season, St. Mark’s tied with Groton for a share of the Burnett-Peabody Cup, with a 19-19-3 record between the two longtime rivals this past school year. Against the Zebras on the season’s final day, the St. Mark’s Boys’ Varsity Tennis team eked out a thrilling 8-7 victory, while Boys’ Varsity Lacrosse triumphed 13-8. Both Girls’ Lacrosse teams also defeated Groton. This season’s Girls’ Varsity Lacrosse team finished at 15-2, its winningest season ever (2nd place in the ISL), while Girls’ JV Lacrosse was undefeated at 14-0 and once again earned the Wiedergott Award for the spring. Both the 3rd and 4th boats for Boys’ Varsity Crew finished the season impressively, with Bronze Medal finishes at this year’s New England Interscholastic Rowing Association Regatta this past Saturday on Lake Quinsigamond. The first four boats for Boys’ Crew this spring posted an impressive overall 9-3-1 record, while boats 5 and 6 were 2-0-2. Girls’ Varsity Crew was equally impressive, going 10-4-1 this spring, with their 5th and 6th boats at 2-0-3.
The 2013 Girls’ Lacrosse program at St. Mark’s—the Varsity and JV teams combined—was the outstanding success story of this spring. And their victories over Groton—16-11 for the SM Varsity and 12-5 for the JV squad—guaranteed for St. Mark’s a share of this year’s Burnett-Peabody Bowl.
Even as the applause and the music from Monday’s Prize Day exercises dies down, St. Markers remain focused on their work. Exams are taking place for II, IV, and V Formers, and this morning, the competition for the Ely Public Speaking Prize got underway.
On Monday, May 27, the 84 members of the St. Mark’s Class of 2013 graduated in the 148th St. Mark’s Prize Day Exercises. Fourteen were members of the Cum Laude Society, and nine received Classics diplomas, entitling them to wear a garland of laurel. Alumna Vanessa Ryan ’93, an Assistant Professor of English Literature at Brown University, delivered the Prize Day address. Katerina von Campe ’13 was the valedictory speaker. (Texts of both addresses can be found following the list of award winners). The Founder’s Medal, the School’s highest honor, was also presented to von Campe.
On Sunday morning, May 26, the St. Mark’s Class of 2013 processed into Belmont Chapel for the traditional Baccalaureate Service on the eve of Prize Day. Graduating VI Formers read prayers in a variety of languages, hymns and anthems were sung, and retiring history teacher David Suitor delivered the Baccalaureate address.
The Prize Day Weekend celebrations are underway! On Friday evening, the Alumni/ae Executive Committee (AEC) sponsored the annual VI Form clambake on the main Quadrangle. There, the members of the Class of 2013 were welcomed to the ranks of St. Mark’s Alumni/ae Association. The seniors were served chowder, clams. lobster, chicken, and more by an intrepid band of waiters made up of faculty and staff, including SM graduates Nick Noble ’76, Liz Cavanaugh ’04, and Rob Calagione ’04.
The 148th Prize Day exercises at St. Mark’s School will take place this Monday morning, May 27th, 2013. The Prize Day event will be the capstone to five days of end-of-year events, including the traditional Baccalaureate Service, Athletic Awards, and the graduation ceremony itself.
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