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Top 10 Moments at SPSG in 2016
Posted 12/29/2016 11:28AM
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Dear Members of the SPSG Community,


There were many fantastic stories at St. Paul's School for Girls this year. As we prepare to welcome 2017, join us in taking a look back at 10 of those stories from 2016.

1. The Class of 2016 graduates

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On Saturday, June 4, 2016, the 65 members of the Class of 2016 graduated from SPSG. These women are attending 55 different colleges and universities in 21 different states and three countries. Over 66% received merit-based college and university scholarships. While at SPSG, they graced us with their many accomplishments, including just under 7,000 hours of community service.

2. The Ward Center celebrates 25 years of artistic excellence

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When it first opened in 1992, The Ward Center for the Arts ushered in a new era of artistic excellence across The St. Paul's Schools, giving rise to programs renowned throughout the region for their high quality and enhanced opportunities created by increased coordination. During spring, the joint Middle School production of Into the Woods was a resounding success, and this fall's sold-out run of the Upper School musical Hairspray! kicked off a year-long celebration of The Ward Center's enduring impact.

3. Students gain real-world experience throughout Baltimore and beyond

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In addition to active learning within the classroom, students in both the Middle and Upper Schools have had numerous opportunities to continue their education beyond the SPSG campus. Through the combined efforts of faculty, administrators, and community partners, several Upper School students have completed 10+ industry visits to local businesses, such as Betamore, and participated in enrichment opportunities including the FPA Women in Finance summit. In partnership with Under Armour, our 8th grade had the opportunity to visit and volunteer at the Under Armour Performance Center. Additionally, all students were treated to a Q&A session with Kaitlyn Grasso, Founder & CEO of the women's empowerment network GenHERation, when she visited campus this fall.

4. Varsity Soccer is victorious in IAAM Championship

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After an undefeated 13-0 season, the varsity soccer team, under Coach Joie Gill, took home the IAAM conference championship, earning a 3-0 victory. The victory marks the first soccer championship title in SPSG history. Following the championship, Alexis Hogarth '16, Darby Welsh '17, and Zari Hayes '18 were named to the B Conference Soccer All-Star Team.

5. Philanthropic support leads to a record-breaking Gator Day

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The SPSG community exceeded expectations once again, raising an impressive $277,061 to surpass the goal of $165,000. We asked for participation in three fundraising challenges, and all three challenges were met! As a result, gifts were secured from 419 alumnae, parents, and friends, directly benefitting students and faculty members through The Gator Fund.

6. SPSG earns major award in Kinetic Sculpture Race for third year in a row

For the third year in a row, The St. Paul's Schools' coordinated STEM Club entry won a major award in the American Visionary Art Museum's East Coast Kinetic Sculpture Race Championship. Employing engineering design and historical accuracy, and built with 3D computer designs, laser cutting, pulleys, and microprocessor control, "King Bal-Tut-More" won the Art Award. The Schools' 2015 "Rainbow Fish" entry also won the Art Award, and the 2014 "Fire" entry earned the Engineering Award. Team members included Sophie Nasrallah '16, Kavie Yu '16, Emma Tong '17, and nine students from St. Paul's School.

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7. National Conference on Coordinate Education comes to campus

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Together with St. Paul's School, we hosted the 2016 Conference on Coordinate Education, the second of its kind, in conjunction with the National Coalition of Girls' Schools and International Boys' School Coalition. We welcomed 100 educators to campus from independent schools across the country, as well as Australia and Canada. The conference began with a keynote address by Dr. Cheryl Holcomb-McCoy, SPSG Trustee and Dean of Education at American University, followed by a series of panels on which students, faculty, and administrators from both Schools were featured.

8. SPSG community comes together for inaugural campus events

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This year, the SPSG community celebrated two new events across campus with great success. March brought parents, alumnae, faculty, and staff together for an evening of southern fun at the first Swamp Soiree, benefitting The Gator Fund and raising $72,000 for the school. In August, our first-ever Back-to-School Picnic led to fun and frolicking on the Gator fields as families, faculty, and staff from SPSG and St. Paul's Plus united to kick off the academic year.

9. Alumnae give back to the next generation of Gators

After another exciting Green & White Weekend in the spring, alumnae involvement continued into the fall with many alumnae returning to conduct mock interviews with students during Junior Reflection Days and teach students about their industries during our STEAM Career Explorers event, part of the Maryland STEM Festival. In addition, several alumnae have visited campus to speak in Prayers, meet with students, and share their myriad experiences since graduating from SPSG.

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10. SPSG is ranked among Top Workplaces in Baltimore

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Most recently, SPSG was awarded a 2016 Top Workplaces honor by The Baltimore Sun. Ranked amongst small-size employers throughout Baltimore, our recognition was based solely on the results of an employee feedback survey administered earlier this year. We are honored that our faculty and staff shared their positive sentiments about our community.

There are, of course, many more moments to celebrate, ranging from our Maryland Green School recertification to our AIMS reaccreditation. On behalf of St. Paul's School for Girls' students, faculty, and staff, we thank you for making 2016 such a memorable year. We look forward to more great stories in 2017!

Sincerely,
Penny B. Evins
Head of School

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