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Installation Service Welcomes New Faculty to SM

On Monday evening, September 17, St. Mark's held its annual "Celebration of Education and Service of Installation" in Belmont Chapel, at the conclusion of seated dinner in the School's dining hall. Ten new faculty were welcomed, the 2018-19 St. Mark's choir made its debut, and the Rev. Barbara Talcott delivered a sermon entitled "Wisdom, Compassion, and Humility."

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98 Years: Brantwood and St. Mark's Still Going Strong

For 98 summers, students from St. Mark's School have gone up to Brantwood Camp in Peterborough, NH, as volunteers working primarily with low-income youth. This year was no different. In addition to students volunteering their time, St. Mark's alumni and faculty are continually involved with the Camp in a variety of ways: as camp staff, trustees, supporters, and advocates to the greater community.

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SM Summer Construction: New Coolidge Center

The St. Mark's campus is busy this summer with new construction projects at various stages of completion. Highlighting the efforts to date is the work being done to create the T. Jefferson Coolidge Jr. '50 Athletic Performance and Wellness Center. The Coolidge Center, scheduled to open in time for the 2018-19 school year, is designed to support academic success through fitness and conditioning.

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Alums Create Kenyan Support Project in Memory of St. Marker

"You think all this is important, but all that really matters is loving people and being kind" - Caitlin O'Hara, SM 2001 (pictured here)

Two SM alumnae—Jessica Danforth '02 and Alyssa Viano Baker '01—have begun "The Leo Project," an effort to provide supportive services, creative outlets, and opportunities not traditionally available to vulnerable youth in Nanyuki, Kenya. The Leo Project is a memorial tribute to the late Caitlin O'Hara '01, who passed away in December 2016 after a long battle with cystic fibrosis.

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Looking Back: a Triumphant 2017-18 in SM Sports

At St. Mark's, 2017-18 was among the most successful years overall athletically in the history of the School. All SM teams—varsity, JV, and 3rds—amassed a record total of 357 victories for an overall winning percentage of .600. To accomplish this, 28 out of the 47 St. Mark's teams (60 percent) posted records of .500 or better. Varsity teams won 59 percent of their scheduled games, for a total of 207 victories.

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The 5th Annual Global Citizenship Institute a Success

Over seven days, from July 8 through July 14, more than 40 participants— students and faculty from several different schools—took part in the 5th Annual Global Citizenship Institute (GCI) 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.

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Wells, Cullina and More: Saying Goodbye to Faculty and Staff

On Monday and Tuesday, June 10 and 11, the St. Mark's community said goodbye to departing faculty and staff. Ken and Lee Wells, with 71 years between them on the faculty, are retiring. So are staff members Jack Cullina and Betsy Cullina. Assistant Chaplain Stephen Hebert is also leaving from the faculty, while staffers Sheri Barich, Grace Camuso, Mary Martell, Julie Nugent and Dolores Russo are also moving on.

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95 Graduate at 153 rd St. Mark's Prize Day Ceremony

On Saturday, June 9, 95 St. Markers received diplomas at the School's 153rd Prize Day exercises. Sixty-one graduated with distinction, 14 were members of the Cum Laude Society, and four earned Classics Diplomas, having mastered both Greek and Latin, entitling each to wear a laurel wreath at the ceremony. The Prize Day speaker was St. Mark's alumna Alexis Scott Faber '95.The valedictorian was Anthony D'Angelo '18.

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Year End Concert Honors VI Form Musicians

On Tuesday, May 22, the St. Mark's Music Department held its traditional Year End Concert in the Putnam Family Arts Center's Class of 1945. It featured performances from the School's Choir, Orchestra, and Jazz Ensemble, involving as many as eighty different students. Sixteen graduating VI Formers were also recognized for their contributions to the St. Mark's music program during their time at the School.

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Clipper Ship  "Southern Cross" Finds Home in SM Library

One of the highlights of this most recent Reunion Weekend was the gift to St. Mark's of a beautiful ship model. A hand-crafted replica of the clipper ship Southern Cross, it had belonged to the late Ben Dillingham, SM Class of 1963. A member of the St. Mark's Athletic Hall of Fame (the first manager to be so honored), Ben Dillingham passed away in November of 2017. A gift from the Dillingham family, it now resides on the second floor of the School's library.

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Southborough School Luncheon: Sharing Past and Present

The annual Southborough School luncheon on Reunion Weekend was a small, intimate gathering at Choate House. Three members of the St. Mark's Class of 1978—the first class of young women to graduate from St. Mark's, but who had spent the majority of their high school careers at the Southborough School—were on hand. Rochanya Hickman Generous, Nancy Cocks Karuzis, and Suzannah Cox Halliday were back for their 40th Reunion, and they were joined at Choate House by former Southborough School (and later St. Mark's) staffer Sandy Campbell, along with two honorary Southborough School alumnae: Colleen Finnerty '11 (current faculty member and winner of the Pierson F. Melcher Prize at her VI Form graduation and Nick Noble '76 (current staffer and SM historian).

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Learning by Becoming: Exploration Science at SM

On Thursday, May 17, students in the Exploration Sciences advanced elective course shared the fruits of their research into various explorers, discoverers, adventurers, and risk-takers on land and sea. Taking on the personas of well-known individuals—in short, becoming the explorers they were studying—students gathered in the Faculty Room, where faculty and staff asked them questions and evaluated their responses.

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