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.
Around the Quad
On the afternoon of St. Mark's 2018 Prize Day—Saturday, June 9—a bench was dedicated in memory of the late Ellen Collins: longtime SM receptionist who died in 2015.
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.
Over Prize Day weekend, athletic honors were announced for the spring season and for the 2017-18 school year overall.
On Friday, June 8, on the eve of St. Mark's 153rd Prize Day ceremony, the traditional Baccalaureate Service was held in Belmont Chapel. Carl Corazzini—St. Mark's Director of Wellness, history teacher, and head coach of boys' varsity hockey—was this year's speaker, elected by vote of the Sixth Form.
Prize Day Week got underway on Wednesday, June 6.
On Thursday morning, June 7, the first-ever Lions Roar awards ceremony was held to honor a successful finish to the 2018 Lion Term.
On Tuesday evening, June 5, Helynna Lin '18 gave her Senior Recital, playing the piano on the stage of the Putnam Family Arts Center's Class of 1945 Hall.
Lillian Stout '19 was recently named the Independent School League's Most Valuable Player for girls' lacrosse. A three-time All-ISL selection, Stout helped lead St. Mark's to its third league championship in four years.
On four Wednesdays this spring (beginning in May and ending on June 6), the Rotary Club of Southborough has been sponsoring a Food Truck Festival for the greater Southborough community, in collaboration with St. Mark's.
For the past sixteen days, all St. Markers have been actively participating in Lion Term: a two-and-a-half-week Form-based experience. Each Form has its own theme and schedule of activities, with students getting involved in team-building, community service, and experiential learning. In addition, the Lions Roam program provides a global experience for its participants.
With an impressive 16-7 victory over Groton on Friday, May 25, the St. Mark's Girls' Varsity Lacrosse team capped a 15-2 regular season and earned a share of the 2018 Independent School League (ISL) championship. This was the Lions' third ISL title in four seasons, all under head coach Channing Warner.
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.
Two St. Markers, Edna Kilusu '19 and Frances Hornbostel '21, have been selling Rafiki bracelets during lunch, to support communities in Africa.
On Wednesday, May 23, the annual Ely Public Speaking competition was held, and Leila Frederick '21, a day student from Hopkinton, MA, was the winner.
On Saturday evening, May 19, the last night of Reunion Weekend, a band featuring St. Mark's students put on a self-described "indie rock concert" in the Putnam Family Arts Center's Black Box Theater. Fellow students, faculty, and even some alumni attended the event and enjoyed the show.
On the afternoon of Saturday, May 19, during Reunion Weekend, veteran SM art teacher Aggie Belt and several of her students hosted the annual Empty Bowls sale to help the hungry.
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.
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).
For the first time in several years, Reunion Weekend was held during the school year. From May 17-19, all Reunion classes gathered on campus, to share memories of St. Mark's yesterdays while discovering much about St. Mark's today and its goals for tomorrow.
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.
St. Mark's alumna Amanda Abend '14 (pictured at right making final adjustments to one of her gowns) was recently winner of the Saks Fifth Avenue 2018 Emerging Designer Award at the Washington University Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts' 89th annual Spring Fashion Design Show.
Despite the stormy weather nearly 40 St. Markers attended this year's Classics Banquet hosted by the Classics Club.
On Wednesday evening, May 16, and Friday evening, May 18, the St. Mark's Theater Arts Department will present three student-directed one act plays in the Putnam Family Arts Center's Black Box Theater. One of the plays was also written by a St. Marker: Kaela Dunne '18.
Four St. Mark's students—Alan Gao '19, Hans Wu '19, Justin Zhang '19, and Mo Liu '18—scored in the top tenth percentile on the challenging National German Exam and earned gold medals from the American Association of Teachers of German (AATG).
Highlighting mid-May at St. Mark's this spring were two music concerts. On Friday, May 11, the Spring Music Showcase featured a dozen student performers, while on Monday, May 14, Jason Hwang '18 gave his solo Senior Recital. Both concerts took place on the stage of the Putnam Family Arts Center's Class of 1945 Hall.
On Thursday, May 10, Colin Capenito '19 won the Shen Public Speaking Prize competition, for his speech about the Federal Reserve Act of 1913.
At School Meeting on Wednesday, May 9, nine St. Markers were awarded Class of 1968 Fellowship Grants.
On Tuesday evening, May 8, eight current St. Markers were installed as new members of the Cum Laude Society.
Five St. Mark's students earned honors at the 2018 Massachusetts State Science and Engineering Fair over the weekend of May 4 and 5 on the campus of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Two of them—VI Formers Sophie Haugen and Sada Nichols-Worley, advanced to the International Science Fair for their outstanding achievement.
At school meeting on Wednesday, May 9, Classics department Chair Jeanna Cook announced that Luke Lee '20 had earned a perfect score on the International Latin Exam.
Recently, Ernesto Diaz, an assistant professor at Boston's Berklee College of Music, visited St.Mark's and spent time with student musicians.
On Saturday, May 5, the St. Mark's Center for Innovation in Teaching and Learning hosted its inaugural Educator's Meetup event: "Purposeful Learning: A Meetup for Educators in the St. Mark's Community."
On consecutive evenings, Friday and Saturday, May 4 and 5, more than a dozen St. Markers performed songs from a number of Broadway productions as part of the annual Broadway Nights event. Funds raised at these shows went to benefit the St. Mark's Haiti partnership.
On Friday, May 4, St. Mark's recognized 21 graduating VI Formers who intend to play college sports next year. These 21 SM athletes represent nine different sports—football, field hockey, soccer, ice hockey, squash, baseball, lacrosse. tennis, and rowing—at 20 different colleges and universities.
Despite the ravages of a harsh and prolonged winter season, the Southborough School Garden at Choate House is ready for the upcoming Reunion celebrations.
St. Mark's III Formers participating in this year's Global Seminar have been working on collaborative projects focusing on the impact of globalization and a variety of other factors on the spread of infectious diseases. Mentored by V Form biology students, the III Form students have worked for several week on the research and writing involved in this project. On Tuesday evening, May 1, the groups presented the results of their research in the form of a poster presentation, similar to poster presentations give at science fairs and academic conferences.
During the first week of May, the St. Mark's Orchestra traveled to nearby Framingham, MA, to perform at MetroWest Medical's Framingham Union Hospital.
This May, ten St. Markers were named recipients of grants for specialized study. The Matthews Educational Fund, the Anthony A. Jones International Studies Fund, and the Kean '53 Fellowship program providing the funding. The announcement recognizing those receiving these grants was made at an all-school meeting by Mr. John Camp, associate director of the St. Mark's Center for Innovation in Teaching and Learning in charge of student enrichment.
Miles Borchard '15, a student at the Theater Conservatory of the Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University, was recently named recipient of a Robert & Ellen Marks/Sarah Siddons Society Scholarship. Sarah Siddons Society scholarships are given "to outstanding theatre students in the Chicago area, enabling them to further their education in fine arts."
Tough weather may have made the start of this spring's St. Mark's athletic campaigns definitely challenging, but just past the mid-season point, with just three weeks remaining until Groton weekend, the Lions are looking strong. Seven varsity teams have posted records of .500 or better, with St. Mark's winning 62% of all varsity contests (as well as winning 62% of all games played by St. Mark's this spring, at any level).
"Happy Poetry Week, St. Mark's!" declared Ms Maggie Caron of the SM English Department. "May your week be filled with verse during National Poetry Month." Once again, the third week in April was Poetry Week at St. Mark's, part of the nationwide Poetry Month celebration.
On Wednesday, April 25, the St. Mark's Parents' Association hosted the 12th Annual Faculty/Staff Appreciation Day in the Hinkle Room. Many parents donated wonderful items in a tremendous demonstration of appreciation for the year-round efforts of St. Mark's faculty and staff.
Six St. Markers and two teams will be honored at the 2018 St. Mark's Athletic Hall of Fame ceremony, which will take place at 10 AM in the Putnam Family Arts Center's Class of 1945 Hall on the Saturday of this year's Reunion Weekend.
On Monday, April 23, the two St. Mark's acapella singing groups—the Marksmen and the Royal Blues—performed at nearby Algonquin Regional High School's Acapocalypse Festival.
This April, St. Mark's welcomed ten visitors from Bhutan. Seven students, two teachers, and the CEO of the Desi High School in Thimphu, Bhutan arrived on the Southborough campus and immersed themselves in the life of the School.
On Friday and Saturday evenings, April 20 and 21, the St. Mark's Musical Theater Club wowed audiences in the Black Box Theater with their production of Hairspray.
On Sunday, April 22, St. Mark's hosted a Gay-Straight Alliance brunch open to students from New England independent schools.
On Sunday afternoon, April 22, 20 St. Markers were confirmed,while one student and one faculty child were baptized, at a special service in Belmont Chapel. The Rev. Barbara Talcott, Head Chaplain at SM, noted that this is the largest single confirmation class at St. Mark's since 22 students were confirmed here in 1958.