Wagley Scholar Named at St. Paul’s School for Girls

Sonal, who would like one day to research the causes and cures for diseases, is very interested in the Scholars Program at SPSG, which allows students to independently explore topics that will lead to a deeper understanding of and create changes in their local and global communities, a program that runs in partnership with Johns Hopkins University.

“I feel that the Scholars Program at SPSG will be especially useful in achieving this goal. The school’s strong academic program will help to challenge my mind and provoke my intellectual curiosity,” she says.

Committed to academic pursuits, Sonal’s teachers at Harford Day describe her as “outstanding” in every area of school life. She is very interested in world languages and studies both Spanish and French. She also speaks Hindi fluently. In 2011, she placed eighth in the counrtry on the National French Contest. An athlete, she plays soccer, basketball, and lacrosse on Harford Day’s “A” teams.

She is also the project manager of the school’s robotics team, a representative on the school’s Green School Committee to win recertification as a State Green School, a Toastmaster for her school, a member of the Harford Day’s Mathalon team, and a singer in the school’s Show Choir.

An accomplished musician, Sonal plays the violin and is one of the First Violinists in the Harford String Orchestra. She has studied Classical Indian dance for more than five years, performing in recitals and school talent shows.

“We are delighted Sonal will be attending St. Paul's School for Girls,” says Susan Hasler, SPSG Director of Admission and Enrollment Management. “She is an exceptional thirteen-year-old girl and a very talented student and leader. We look forward to her pursuing her strong interests in languages, sciences, arts, and athletics at St. Paul's School for Girls.”

The Wagley Scholarship is a competitive, full-tuition scholarship, renewable annually. It was established by the Board of Trustees at SPSG to encourage and reward academic excellence and outstanding scholastic achievement and was named in honor of the school's second Headmistress, Mary Frances Wagley, who served SPSG from 1966-1978.

All new students applying for admission to Grade IX at St. Paul's School for Girls and students currently enrolled in a state-accredited or approved school are eligible to compete for this scholarship. The award is based on scholastic ability, achievement, and citizenship. (Click here for more information on The Wagley Scholarship.)

A premier school for students in grades V-XII, St. Paul’s School for Girls offers challenging academics, leadership opportunities, championship athletics, dynamic arts, global initiatives, and an Episcopal heritage of service to others. Teachers teach girls the way girls learn best and support the school’s mission of respecting each student for her unique talents and interests.

A leader in educational technology, the school is a consortium member of the Online School for Girls, the first such venture for girls in the United States. Designated an official Green School by the state of Maryland, SPSG is in the forefront of environmental initiatives, including creating an Earth Day Symposium for area independent schools.

While officially on the hillside at Falls Road and Seminary for 50 years, the school traces its roots to 1799, when the Benevolent Society of the City and County of Baltimore established a place for poor girls to learn domestic skills as well as reading and writing, a visionary move in the early 1800s. The school changed names and locations over the next two centuries, closed for a few years in the 1950s, and reopened on September 16, 1959, as St. Paul’s School for Girls.

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