Head of School John C. Warren '74 has announced that SM alumna Alexis Scott Faber '95 will be the keynote speaker at St. Mark's 153rd Prize Day on June 9, 2018.
Around the Quad
Starting February 15, an exhibit of photographs by biologist and artist Nigella Hilgarth will be on display in the Taft Hall lobby. The exhibit is titled Icebergs in Disco Bay, Ilulissat, Greenland.
Two students—Tyreese James '18 and Will Allen '18—presented the results of their research on "The Effects of Overfishing within Island Cultures," on Thursday, February 15, as part of the SM 15-Minute Lecture Series.
On Monday, February 12, busloads of St. Markers travelled to New York for the annual Opera Trip. They dined out in the City and enjoyed a production of Il Trovatore at the Met.
In honor of Valentine's Day, the St. Mark's Parents Association gave out gift cards to all faculty and staff.
February 7 was the national signing day for prospective college soccer players, and Hailey DuBose '18 signed her Letter of Intent to play on the UMass-Lowell women's soccer team.
In January, Nayla Aoude, owner of Aoude Mobil on Rt. 9 in Southborough, presented a $500 grant from the Exxon Mobil Educational Alliance to St. Mark's in support of the School's STEM program.
Last summer, Liz MacNeill '11 and Ford Abrecht '12 (pictured at right) were married, continuing a long-standing tradition. This summer, SM classmates Erin Horgan '08 and Austin Brock '08 are getting married. When they tie the knot, they will be the 27th St. Mark's couple to walk down the aisle together. Austin and Erin will be following in some heartwarming footsteps.
On Monday, February 5, six students shared their musical talents on the stage of the Putnam Family Arts Center's Class of 1945 Hall as part of the annual Winter Student Showcase.
Students, faculty, and staff took part in the annual Community & Equity Day at St. Mark's on Thursday, February 1st. The events were co-sponsored by the School's Community & Equity program and the Gray Colloquium Committee, with very special support from Assistant Director of Admission Kwame Gayle and the School's Arts Department (Mr. James Wallace—Music; Mr. Chris Kent—Theater) who put together the evening's big event.
As part of this year's St. Mark's Community & Equity Day, journalist and filmmaker Clennon L. King presented his Civil Rights documentary Passage at St. Augustine: The 1964 Black Lives Matter Movement That Transformed America as part of the School's Gray Colloquium Series.
Seven students from the Grange School in Santiago, Chile, are visiting campus this winter as part of an established exchange program with St. Mark's, through the SM Global Citizenship Initiative.
With a month left in St. Mark's winter athletic season, a number of teams and programs are looking strong. Wrestling, both boys' and girls' squash programs, girls' hockey and basketball have all posted winning numbers to date.
Head of School John Warren '74 announced recently that Nat Waters has accepted the offer of an ongoing appointment as Dean of Academics. Mr. Waters has served in an interim Dean of Academics role since July 1, 2016.
The international Consortium for Mathematics and Its Applications (COMAP) recently announced the "Outstanding Winners" in its 20th Annual High School Mathematical Contest in Modeling (HiMCM). A total of 938 teams from 256 different schools around the world competed. Teams from just nine schools (representing the United States, China, and Singapore) were named "Outstanding Winners." One of the winning teams—Gillian Yue '18, Jenny Shan '19, and Lora Xie '20—was from St. Mark's.
Acapella music reigned at St. Mark's on Friday, January 26 and Saturday, January 27, as the 26th Annual Wick Choral Festival took place in the Putnam Family Arts Center's Class of 1945 Hall. Over both nights, the two St. Mark's acapella groups—the Royal Blues and the Marksmen—were joined by guest performers: groups from both high schools and universities.
On Sunday, January 21, the St. Mark's choir took part in a choral evensong service at the Groton School chapel. It was an historic event, as for the first time the combined choirs of St. Mark's, Groton, and St. Paul's sang together in a service.
Earlier this month, six students and four faculty from St. Mark's traveled to Haiti to visit sister school Ste Marguerite's in Latournelle.
Jiwon Choi '19 has been accepted into the prestigious MIT PRIMES program and will be participating in intensive mathematical research for the next year.
The St. Mark's Board of Trustees were on campus for two days—Friday, January 19 and Saturday, January 20—for its annual Winter Meeting. It was a busy time for members of the Board, serving on various committees and discussing issues and making decisions as a full Board. Highlighting the weekend, however, were trustee interactions with St. Mark's students.
Head of School John Warren '74 announced recently that Lindsay Allen, Assistant Vice President for University Advancement and Campaign Director at Clark University, will be joining St. Mark's in early March, 2018, as Chief Advancement Officer.
Lennon Isaac, a Fifth Former from Sarasota, FL, gave a recital in the Putnam Family Arts Center on Wednesday, January 17. A double bassist, she delivered the performance in fulfillment of her Independent Studio music course.
On Friday, January 12, attorney Malcolm Farmer, St. Mark's Class of 1957 and a recent inductee into the School's Cloister of Distinguished Alumni/ae, visited campus and gave a presentation to the Third Form from the stage of the Putnam Family Arts Center's Class of 1945 Hall. The event was sponsored by the St. Mark's Office of Community & Equity Affairs.
On Tuesday, January 9, members of the St. Mark's Large Robotics class visited the Amazon Robotics production facility in North Reading, MA.
During the week of January 8-12, renowned artist and art educator Meredith Dean was on campus as a visiting artist. Working with veteran SM art teacher Barbara Putnam, Ms. Dean spent time with students in several classes, sharing her knowledge of and perspective on art, focusing primarily on color theory and practice.
On Tuesday evening, January 9, Jason Hwang '18 sang a solo recital on the stage of the Putnam Family Arts Center's Class of 1945 Hall. The Sixth Form baritone from South Korea gave the performance in fulfillment of his Independent Performance Study course.
St. Mark's alumna Ginny Walsh '17 returned to campus on Monday, January 8, to deliver the first "15-minute lecture" of the year. This lecture series, sponsored by the SM Dean of Students office, features alumni, faculty, current St. Markers, and special guests talking about topics of interest and importance to them. Walsh, a freshman at the University of New Hampshire, spoke about her participation in the Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) there.
For the past four years, the St. Mark's Center for Innovation in Teaching and Learning has sponsored Career Day at the School. The objective of Career Day is to provide St. Mark's students with a dynamic and tangible experience that connects their academic pursuits with potential professional endeavors in the future. It is also an exciting opportunity for alumni and parents to connect with St. Mark's students and to provide expert insight from their wealth of experiences.
On Thursday, January 4, a massive winter storm swept much of the United States. Between eight and eighteen inches of snow fell on Massachusetts while fierce winds swept the region. St. Mark's cancelled classes for the day, so students, faculty, and staff captured the experience with some wonderful photographs.
More than two-dozen St. Mark's graduates participated in college and university level athletics this past autumn. Their experiences covered a range of sports opportunities, including field hockey, football, soccer, cross country, women's rugby, and fall crew.
Bill Knowlton '65 has been no stranger to St. Mark's in recent years. He has been a regular at St. Mark's Career Day, meeting with students about serving in the military (he is a retired Lieutenant Colonel in the United States Army), and in 2015 he attended the St. Mark's Distinguished Alumni/ae ceremony, accepting that distinction on behalf of his late father, General William A. Knowlton, SM Class of 1938.
In the midst of exams, a refreshing respite is always welcome. This year, the Hinkle Room was filled with baked treats during the final stretch before the winter holiday break, and students lined the halls waiting for the doors to open for this most welcome "Exam Bake" and a break from their studies.
On Wednesday evening, December 13, SM alumnus Scott Young '85 was inducted into the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame. Scott Young is pictured here at the Hall of Fame ceremony with current SM athletic director John Levandowski.
This past week, St. Mark's held its annual Service of Lessons and Carols on Thursday evening, December 7, and again on Sunday afternoon, December 10. The service is considered a traditional Christmas event at many (if not all) Episcopal boarding schools, as well as numerous colleges and churches around the world.
On Thursday, November 30, SM alumnus William Ewald '72 delivered the annual Salmon P. Chase Distinguished Lecture in Washington, DC. Head of School John C. Warren '74, and Barbara and Charlie Putnam were among the St. Markers in attendance. Mr. Ewald's topic was "James Wilson and the American Founding."
On Wednesday, November 6, St. Mark;s celebrated St. Nicholas Day, the beginning of the Christmas season in Germany, with a typical German Christmas market stall, located outside of the Hinkle Room during lunch. Proceeds will go to benefit the Worcester Food Bank and Our Father's Table.
From November 30 through December 2, seven faculty and six students from St. Mark's were in Anaheim, California for a pair of important conferences sponsored by the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS).
With the advent of December begins the holiday season at St. Mark's. Christmas and Hanukkah are celebrated in a number of venues over several days as the winter vacation break nears.
Author and blogger Khe Hy visited campus on Thursday, November 30, as part of the ongoing Gray Colloquium series. He is the founder and editor of Rad Reads, an online newsletter for founders, investors, and social entrepreneurs. Hy is also "Entrepreneur in Residence" and Contributing Editor for Quartz, the global business news website of Atlantic Media.
Three St. Markers were among a group of fifteen international students from independent schools throughout New England who spent Thanksgiving break in the Boston area with the Envoys Thanksgiving program.
Prospects are good for the upcoming 2017-18 winter sports season at St. Mark's.
The very first St. Mark's School Thanksgiving was celebrated in Southborough, hosted by the School's Founder, Joseph Burnett, as two of the earliest students were his sons and it was not possible for their schoolmates to travel home and return during the brief time allotted to the holiday. So a Thanksgiving spread was served for all at the Burnett manse on Main Street: one school family, together giving thanks.
It was a very successful fall season for St. Mark's sports. Out of fourteen teams representing six sports programs and all levels (Varsity, JV, 3rds), thirteen (93%) had records of .500 or better.
LEO, the St. Mark's online Academic Journal, is going strong in its fifth year of operation. Recently, it surpassed 130,000 online views.
Notching its twelfth victory of the season, St. Mark's Varsity Field Hockey advanced to the semi-final round of this year's NEPSAC tournament with a 5-1 victory over BB&N on Wednesday.
This term, eleven St. Markers—students in Ms. Jeniene Matthews VI Form Literature on Trial course—participated in the trial of Arthur 'Boo" Radley, from the Harper Lee novel To Kill a Mockingbird, for the murder of Robert E. Lee Ewell.
On Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday evenings this week, the St. Mark's Theater Arts Department will present Noises Off, a 1982 comedy by English playwright Michael Frayn. Often considered one of the funniest plays ever written, Noises Off is not one play but two - simultaneously a traditional British farce as well as the backstage farce that develops during fictional play's final rehearsal and tour. Over the course of three acts, the two storylines begin to interlock, as the characters make their exits from the stage only to find themselves confronted by the chaos and infighting going on between the cast backstage.
On Tuesday, November 14, the St. Mark's Admission Office hosted an Open House on campus for prospective families.