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HORIZONS Dramatic Growth,

Spectacular Performances

A Fresh Take

on Reading & Writing Workshops

At the Heart of

Self-Expression The Alumnae

Career Network

in Action

The Magazine of Sacred Heart Greenwich

Spring 2017 2018

Where young women become global leaders

“From a developmental standpoint, art skills are foundational skills; skills upon which all future educational skills are built.” CHRISTINE D’ALESSANDRO, HEAD OF THE LOWER SCHOOL

Welcome to Sacred Heart


EAR SACRED HEART COMMUNITY: Every person has her own unique identity, personality and God-given gifts. At Sacred Heart Greenwich, we create opportunities to develop those talents for our students to share with the world. All Sacred Heart students are encouraged to express themselves, learn new skills and give the world the gift that only they can give. You’ll find in the following pages that this kind of personal creativity is fostered in all of our programs, whether they are spiritual, academic, athletic or artistic in nature. Creativity is also an important part of our academic philosophy at all grade levels. We strive to build leaders who design and redesign; ones who develop solutions but continue to search for alternatives. Leaders who act on well-constructed ideas and understandings but are never quite satisfied with final answers. This design thinking mentality prepares young women to develop into global leaders capable of tackling the challenges ahead of them, no matter their future interests or professions. Enjoy these pages and the breadth of accomplishments highlighted as they reflect the many ways that creativity, both figuratively and literally, permeates our campus. Warmly,

Christopher R. Ryan P ’12, ’16 Pamela Juan Hayes ’64 Chair of the Board of Trustees Head of School

1177 King Street, Greenwich, CT 06831 203-531-6500 | Board of Trustees 2017–2018 Christopher R. Ryan, Chair Dreux Dubin Claiden ’77, Vice Chair William D. Hirshorn, Treasurer Joseph A. Tranfo, Secretary Carolyn Dursi Cunniffe ’58 Douglas M. Mellert 2 PMS Colors: Erinn Laragh Denson ’85,342 & 416Timothy Muccia Kathleen Plunkett Alumnae President O’Connor ’89 Jan Dunn, RSCJ Paulette Pipher, Parents’ Lisa Burke Fallon ’89 Assn. President Paula S. Gruner, RSCJ Bernadette Prato Pamela Juan Hayes ’64, Barbara Quinn, RSCJ Head of School Thomas Simisky, S.J. Sarah Jorquera ’79 Katherine “Kate” Lavin ’98 Cynthia van Eck Abbas “Eddy” Zuaiter Peter A. Marshall Dolly Mayer Mission Statement Sacred Heart Greenwich, founded in 1848, is an independent Catholic college preparatory school for young women from kindergarten through grade 12, with a coed early childhood education program. Sacred Heart, steeped in a solid academic tradition, educates women to have independence of judgment, personal freedom and strength of character so that they can become leaders with broad intellectual and spiritual horizons. The School welcomes students of all races, socioeconomic backgrounds and religious beliefs. True to its international heritage, the School provides students with experiences of diversity. Cultivating prophetic leaders is a compelling commitment of our education, and the entire school community, and as a member of the Sacred Heart Network of Schools, it is dedicated to the Goals and Criteria: › A personal and active faith in God › A deep respect for intellectual values › A social awareness which impels to action › The building of community as a Christian value › Personal growth in an atmosphere of wise freedom

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in this issue The Magazine of Sacred Heart Greenwich HORIZONS SPRING 2018

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A collection of the news from this school year, including the St. Philippine Bicentennial Prayer Service, Egypt Museum and more

Featuring the fall season with highlights from winter and spring sports

Inside Our Classrooms

Sacred Heart Athletics


At the Heart of Self-Expression Learn about how the arts impact all academic disciplines and grade levels on campus

departments Welcome to Sacred Heart Our Community Happenings Alumnae News Class Notes In View

Head of School Pamela Juan Hayes ’64

Rachel Zurheide Communications Associate

Editors Melissa Canoni Director of Advancement

Meghan Mara Ryan ’01 Director of Alumnae Relations

Haley Sonneland Director of Communications

Katherine Colihan Scott ’06 Assistant Director of Alumnae Relations

Lizzie Ryan Communications Manager

Elyse Schultz Director of Special Events

Contributing Writers Melissa Canoni Jayne Collins H ’11 Kathleen S. Failla Pamela Juan Hayes ’64 Lizzie Ryan Meghan Mara Ryan ’01 Katherine Colihan Scott ’06 Haley Sonneland Rachel Zurheide

Contributing Photographers Christie Allen P ’20 Beverly Guido P ’21, 20 John McKeith Photography Dave Olson Christopher Pope Photography Daisy Steinthal ’19 Ellyn Stewart Joanna Toto, The Day Rachel Zurheide

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Design: Good Design LLC Printing: Service Press On the Cover: Middle School students Zoe Young ’22, Isabel Lehrman ’22 and Emilia Bernal ’24 perform in the production of “The Lion King, Jr.”

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Alumnae Generations Tea attendees in 2017.

Upcoming events April 11 • 2:30 p.m. Alumnae Generations Tea April 12 • 6 p.m. Upper School Film Festival April 19 • 7 p.m. Lower School Celebration of the Arts April 23 • 7 p.m. Middle and Upper School Spring Concert April 26 • 6:30 p.m. Barat Society Leadership Donor Reception

April 28 • 10 a.m. Father-Daughter & Barat Center Games May 3 • 6:30 p.m. Head of School’s Reception for New Parents

May 29 • 8:45 a.m. Lower School Prize Day May 30 • 9:30 a.m. Middle School Prize Day May 31 • 9:30 a.m. Upper School Prize Day

May 10 • 10 a.m. Ascension Thursday Liturgy May 16 • 6:30 p.m. Alumnae Career Gathering in New York City May 20 Katie Cassidy Higgins ’96 Memorial Lacrosse Tournament: Alumnae Lacrosse Game at noon

June 1 • 1:30 p.m. Graduation June 2–3 USA Field Hockey Regional Club Championships June 20 2018 Under Armour Underclass Lacrosse Tryouts

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OU R C L A S SRO OM S GATHERING GREEN RIBBONS During a recent chapel, Reece, a fourth grader, spoke about the life in the Lower School at Sacred Heart Greenwich: “There is something very special about going to an all-girls school. Girls can be girls! The girls at Sacred Heart are smart, athletic, thoughtful and fun! We have the best time together — all day, every day. We are supportive of one another inside and out of the classroom, we celebrate the good times together and help each other through the harder ones. Our relationships are strong and forever growing. I know that the friendships I make during my years at Sacred Heart will be the ones that last a lifetime!” The Lower School regularly congregates for gatherings and chapel services to celebrate the gratefulness and thankfulness Reece mentioned through green ribbon recognitions. At every gathering, Lower School Head Christine D’Alessandro reads submissions given to her by community members as the honored student stands prominently in front of her peers. Green ribbon recognitions give the Lower School community a formal outlet to express appreciation for students’ contributions in maintaining and weaving the School’s mission into their daily lives. Students proudly receive a green ribbon when they have been observed living the five Goals. The children at every age in the Lower School are highly attuned to the Goals &

Criteria and are thankful to their classmates for facilitating and demonstrating them regularly, no matter how small the action or gesture. Often a Lower School student will see another classmate in need and help them by cleaning up a spill, provide support on a classroom project, hold open a door, or assist a younger student. Students and community members alike then nominate others for green ribbons. In the Lower School, the academic programs are tailored to the individual student’s cognitive, creative, social and emotional development. While maintaining a focus on the individual, students simultaneously develop awareness for others through the sharing of experiences

by students and faculty. Those moments of awareness are recognized in these green ribbon ceremonies. When combined, these tenets, which are at the core of the Lower School philosophy, foster skills in collaboration, problem-solving, critical thinking and communication — all of which are critical to today’s 21st-century student.

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“May Philippine help you to expand the boundaries of your heart.” SENIOR EUCHARISTIC MINISTERS

Celebrating the Bicentennial of St. Philippine Duchesne By Jayne Collins H’11, Head of the Upper School

In November, the school community gathered to celebrate the life of St. Philippine Duchesne and to honor the Religious of the Sacred Heart (RSCJ) in the Fairchester community: Sr. Imma De Stefanis, Sr. Reyna Gonzalez, Sr. Paula Gruner, Sr. Joan Magnetti, Sr. Margo Morris, Sr. Sherry Smith, St. Margie Strom, and Sr. Rosemary Sheehan, who passed away in June 2017. The Feast Day held special meaning this year, as it kicked off a bicentennial celebration of St. Philippine Duchesne and the 200 years since she founded the first free school west of the Mississippi in September 1818. The Society of the Sacred Heart and all of the network schools will celebrate the bicentennial with a variety of activities over the year, including a ‘Year of Prayer’ and a global service day. At this year’s prayer service, our guest speaker was Sr. Maureen Glavin, RSCJ, former head of the Academy of the Sacred Heart in St. Charles, Missouri, which is the first school in the U.S. Network of Sacred Heart Schools and was founded in 1818 by St. Philippine. Sr. Glavin told inspiring stories of St. Philippine and gave us memorable words that St. Philippine lived by, including this: “Anyone who discovers God within themselves will live with more courage. Anyone who discovers God among themselves will live with more compassion. Anyone who discovers God around themselves will live with more curiosity.”


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St. Philippine is a true example of a woman “filled with the Spirit of Adventure.” Her stories, words and actions have inspired, motivated and impelled young women to action for 200 years. Through her example, our students have learned, lived and committed themselves to carry forth her courage, humility, idealism, determination, strength of character and intense love of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. Perhaps the most moving part of this memorable prayer service was the commissioning of our community “to develop a contemplative outlook and to expand the boundaries of our hearts.” The Art Department, in all three divisions, made more than 1,400 ceramic pendants in the shape of an acorn — the symbol of the strength and endurance of St. Philippine, who like an oak tree opened herself to the possibilities of God’s love. The RSCJs blessed the pendants and placed them on each other, Head of School Pamela Juan Hayes ’64, and the seniors who are Eucharistic Ministers, saying, “May Philippine help you to expand the boundaries of your heart.” Then, the Eucharistic Ministers gave pendants to all the students, faculty, staff and visitors, repeating the words of commissioning. “The Woman Who Prays Always,” a song written by Art Department Chair Eva Carrasquero, framed the beginning and end of the prayer service. For more information about the year-long bicentennial celebrations, please visit the Society of the Sacred Heart website: Sacred Heart Greenwich •


New Leadership Roles in the Upper School for 2018–2019 School Year Sacred Heart Greenwich has appointed Jennifer Phelan Bensen H’15 as the next head of its Upper School, beginning on July 1, 2018, for the start of the next school year. Bensen will succeed Jayne Collins H’11, who has led the Upper School for the past 18 years. Collins will remain at Sacred Heart where she will serve as the dean of faculty and curriculum in the Upper School. Bensen, an experienced educator and a highly effective communicator, excels at building relationships with colleagues, as well as students and their families. Ms. Bensen graduated from Gettysburg College with a Bachelor of Arts degree and received her master’s in education from the University of New England. She has one daughter, Tory, who is a graduate of the Class of 2010. Since arriving at Sacred Heart in the fall of 1995, Bensen has served in many roles, including teacher, coach, advisor, academic dean, dean of students for both the Upper and Middle Schools, and coordinator of the international exchange program. “Whether motivating Upper School students on the playing field as a coach, mediating parent-teacher conferences or leading our exceptional academic program, Jenn always promotes inclusivity, honesty and understanding,” said Pamela Juan Hayes ’64, head of school. “As an independent school educator, she believes in the holistic development of each student and challenges them to be engaged citizens, articulate critical thinkers and compassionate community members. Her fellow faculty and staff members deeply respect her collaborative approach and her dedication to living out the Goals and Criteria of a Sacred Heart education.” Bensen said she is looking forward to taking on the responsibilities of her new position. “Sacred Heart Greenwich provides an empowering learning environment for young women with many opportunities for leadership development that provide an outstanding foundation for success in college and in life,” said Bensen. “As a school leader, I hope to encourage, support and inspire our young women to become intelligent, confident and compassionate leaders who will to use their knowledge and insights to change the world.”


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In addition to Bensen’s new role, there are multiple new leadership appointments in the Upper School. Dr. Saffron Castle, a 12-year veteran of Sacred Heart’s science department, has been named Academic Dean for the Class of 2022. She received her Bachelor of Science and doctoral degrees in chemistry from the University of London. Mr. Joel Padilla has been named Academic Dean for the Class of 2020; most recently, Mr. Padilla has served as the Math and Computer Science Department Chair at Sacred Heart. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Cornell University and a Master of Studies in adolescent mathematics from Fordham University. Señora Montserrat Garcia has been appointed the next Network Exchange Coordinator. Señora Garcia received her Bachelor of Arts from Universidad de Huelva, Spain, a Master of Arts from City College of New York, and a Masters of Philosophy from The Graduate Center CUNY. She is currently the World Languages Department Chair for the Upper School, teaching all levels of Spanish through AP Spanish Literature. Lastly, Mrs. Kerry Bader takes on the role of Peer Leadership Co-Moderator in addition to her role as Director of Community Service in the Upper School. Bader is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame with a Bachelor of Science and holds a Master of Science in urban planning from Hunter College, and she teaches the Ethics and Morality course offered junior year to all students.

Top: Jennifer Bensen will begin her role as Head of the Upper School in July 2018. Above: (L–R) Kerry Bader, Montserrat Garcia, Saffron Castle, and Joel Padilla will assume new leadership posts in the Upper School for next school year.


Honoring Mater and All Mothers Each October, we honor Mater with a wonderful tradition known as the MotherDaughter Liturgy. As an all-girls school and with Mater as our example, this liturgy provides a unique opportunity to reflect on and strengthen the special bond shared by mothers and daughters. Each year, the reflections from an eighth grade mother, an eighth grade daughter, and a mother-daughter pair from the senior class prove to be inspiring exchanges of love, confidence and motivation. What follows are excerpts from this year’s reflections:



My mother’s favorite expression is “with freedom comes great responsibility.” She always encourages me to keep an open mind, to never stop questioning and learning, and to think beyond myself. My mother never stops teaching me — no matter if the lesson is about how many hours an average person watches TV or how to solve inequalities in math. I love my mother because my mom is not just my mother. She is my truest friend. I can tell her anything, and I do because I know she will never judge me. She may not agree with me all the time, but she will keep an open mind. We tell each other stuff I wouldn’t even tell my best friends.

Have you ever looked at your mom and thought about everything that she has been through and she has done for you? Reflecting back, I realize that my mom has been there for me through it all, good and bad. I have always been able to rely on her in any situation. Thank you for giving me the strength to push through even when I had convinced myself I couldn’t. You are my role model. I will forever look up to you and I hope one day I will have the opportunity to be like you. You are my inspiration. Everything that we’ve been through, I’ve been glad to have you by my side. I know that I may not be the easiest to handle, but I thank you for never leaving my side. I thank you for giving me the strength to conquer any obstacle and being there to catch me if I fall. I appreciate you so much. I may not tell you this every day, but I truly mean it.

KAREN HAMILTON P ’19, ’22, ’27: Although you may not realize it, you girls are doing God’s work. Your acts of kindness, however small you think they may be, have the power to change someone’s day and someone’s world. Please remember this as you move forward with your lives because kindness can change the world. Each of you has the power to change the world — and I know you will — as you have for Annie and our family. This community has helped me teach my daughters how to pray, how to live and how to love. For Annie, this has given her the strength and resilience that we learn from every day. Nothing is an obstacle for us because nothing is an obstacle for her.

MARIA PIRIZ P ’18, ’26: When I look back, I realize that sometimes we need to be strong, stay strong and always keep our faith in the worst situations, because the best is yet to come. What I have given [my daughters] Sofia and Eugenia is more than an education. It is the values, courage, opportunities and strength to face challenges with confidence. I feel complete because everything was worth the sacrifice.

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Model United Nations Inspires a New Generation of Leaders Model United Nations is an experiential platform for high school students to engage in issues being debated globally and to learn how diplomacy works, ultimately developing the leadership and public speaking skills needed to effect compromise and consensus building. The Upper School has participated in the annual Model UN conference at Princeton University for 30 years. This year, 13 students represented Sacred Heart Greenwich as delegates at the prestigious conference, which draws participants from all over the world. The Sacred Heart delegates included six seniors, two juniors and five freshmen. “With a rigorous schedule ahead of them, our students jumped right in to delegate training and session work upon their arrival,” said their faculty adviser, Upper School history teacher Jillian Bozzi. “Over the course of the next three days, our students delegated, debated and represented each of their Committee.” Seniors Kate Ruberti and Magdalena Dutkowska received the top Verbal Commendation Award for their representation of South Korea on the Disarmament and International Security Council. “This year at Princeton, I served with more than 100 delegates on the Disarmament and International Security Committee,” said Kate, who has participated in Model UN since freshman year. “I debated the topics of cyber-security in the 21st century and small arms trade in Latin America, all while representing South Korea’s perspective. It was so inspiring to see how many teenagers in this era of globalization

were passionate, hard-working and willing to reach a general consensus that benefits all nations alike. Ultimately, it is assuring to realize that there are thousands of determined young individuals of society who are eager to create positive change for our future.” Magdalena believes that the best aspects of Model UN are the acquisition of knowledge about other nations and topics, and the experience gained in learning to collaborate with students from around the world. “Model UN compels students to think quickly on their feet, and present ideas and propositions,” she said. “It provides students with the resources to become courageous, well-spoken and perceptive future world leaders.”

Members of the Model UN team at Princeton are, from left to right: Bottom Row: Karina Adams ’21, Destini-Joy Green ’21, Gigi Jervis ’19, Naomi Buccieri ’21, Stephanie Browder ’19; Top Row: Rachel Bellissimo ’18, Caroline Finn ’18, Sasha Rivera ’21, Helena Duenkel ’21, Magdalena Dutkowska ’18, Kate Ruberti ’18, Kaitlin Edwardson ’18, Sofia Piriz ’18.

SPEECH AND DEBATE TEAM STRIKES GOLD Speech and Debate captains Meredith Wilson ’19 and Cara Janney ’19 struck gold during a highly competitive and challenging Duo competition during the School’s 19th annual Speech and Debate Tournament in January 2018. More than 300 competitors from 16 schools participated in the tournament, making it one of the largest and most well-attended New York Catholic Forensic League tournaments of the year.


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A Fresh Take on Reading and Writing Workshops Since introducing Reading and Writing Workshops in the Lower School, which are based on the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project at Columbia University, the philosophy of collaboration, creativity and discovery has created an army of wellprepared readers and writers across our King Street campus. The Workshop curriculum builds on techniques learned each year, and now the first class of Workshop students has grown from first graders writing basic how-to stories into eighth graders putting together compelling research papers. What continues to excite Lower School Language Arts specialist Geri Pelliccio about the Reading and Writing Workshops are the constant iterations to the curriculum and customized learning experiences. Reading and Writing Workshops now have coordinated curriculums, and the courses of study are fine-tuned based on the individual students in a classroom. The Workshop curriculum also provides a learning progression for teachers to follow as a built-in assessment for students during each workshop. Speaking about this customization in action in the classroom, Pelliccio explained, “If a group of students is struggling with elaboration, a small strategy group session

during independent reading or writing time can immediately address the points of difficulty. If another group of students is excelling at beginning a nonfiction piece by naming a subject and trying to interest readers, the teacher has a reference for how to move them forward more quickly.” The customization doesn’t end there. Extra time is built into the Workshop curriculum to meet the interests of the readers and writers in any class. Once, in second grade, the students enjoyed learning about fairy tales so much that the teachers added a unit on writing and reading fairy tales to the Workshop curriculum. Similar events have happened with topics like poetry and mysteries. Since the Lower School curriculum is not driven by state testing, teachers have the ability to meet both the individual needs and interests of students. The Workshop curriculum is designed to do exactly that: to give teachers the guidelines and preparation that make classroom flexibility not just possible but essential to success.

Each summer, Lower School teachers leverage The Faculty and Staff Professional Development Fund to attend Summer Institutes at the Teachers College at Columbia University on either reading or writing. The teachers become the students during these Institutes, spending their afternoons completing all the writing and reading techniques their students are asked to complete during the year during grade-specific workshops. Reflecting on her recent Writing Institute, second grade teacher Elissa Apar said, “Attending the Institute last summer was the single most impactful and inspiring workshop I have experienced in my teaching career. Being able to come back to my classroom, implement countless new and engaging writing workshop strategies, and then see the incredible growth in the writing my students produced was truly magical. I have never felt more empowered and eager to teach writing than I did after attending the Summer Writing Institute.”

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SophieConnect is an online learning initiative started at Sacred Heart Greenwich and serving the entire community of Sacred Heart schools in the U.S. and Canada. Sharing the expertise of Sacred Heart faculty from across the country, motivated students can pursue a wider variety of courses through the self-directed learning offered via SophieConnect.

Supporting Student Wellness and Academic Success “The newly formed Department of Student Support Services helps us coordinate our many existing proactive programs to support our students from preschool through twelfth grade,” said Middle School Head David Olson. “Our new coordinated approach has also allowed us to identify and address areas of both strength and weakness in our efforts to inspire all students to live healthy and balanced lives.” Why do we need a wellness program? Anxiety and depression are on the rise among adolescents nationwide, said school psychologist Dr. Melissa Otero. Sacred Heart is getting out in front of this societal trend by providing a program that will offer students education on brain development and training in skills to improve their handling


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of emotions. For example, she said, starting in kindergarten, coping skills can be taught to teach children how to take care of their bodies and take charge of their emotions. “There has been a traditional view that success engenders happiness, but research has shown that the opposite is true,” she said. “And kids need to be taught how to manage their emotions early to enable them to create

happier, more fulfilling lives that will lead them to a successful future.” Dr. Otero is excited about her additional role as chair of the Wellness strand. “The establishment of the new department speaks to the School’s commitment to wellness,” she said. “It formalizes and takes concrete steps toward putting programming in place and integrates support into the fabric of the School.”


Interested in learning more about Sacred Heart’s online course offerings through SophieConnect? Check out the newly launched for the latest course offerings for Upper School students, from AP Computer Science A to AP Music Theory.


SKYPE WITH A SCIENTIST The Middle School “Skype with a Scientist” program is off to a strong start in its second year. Middle School and Upper School students already have regular access to the area’s leading geneticists and biotechnologists through the School’s partnership with the Cold Spring Harbor DNA Learning Center. This newer partnership creates hands-on learning experiences beyond the standard curriculum. By partnering with the national “Skype with a Scientist” and “Skype with a Ranger” programs, Middle School science teacher Katie Donahue hopes to provide opportunities for the students to connect with scientists who utilize and apply the science concepts the girls are studying in class. This fall, seventh graders had the opportunity to speak with two scientists and one park ranger. After talking about different types of ecosystems both on land and in the water, the seventh grade Skyped in with Rebecca Mott, an education program manager for the Inwater Research Group, and Katharine Egan, a student working on her master’s degree at the University of the Virgin Islands. Mott is completing research on sea turtles, and Egan is working on research related to coral reefs. Then, following the geology unit, a seventh grade section talked with an

NPS Park Ranger stationed at Mount St. Helens about active volcanoes on U.S. soil and how seismologists determine whether or not towns should evacuate given the data collected around the volcano. Donahue reflected on the program, saying, “The students enjoy connecting with experts in the field, as it makes science less abstract and more concrete. So often, the girls think of scientists as older men in lab coats. I love that these programs enable the students to see positive, female role models in fields that interest them; they hopefully will start to see themselves as future scientists!”

I love that these programs enable the students to see positive, female role models in fields that interest them; they hopefully WILL START TO SEE THEMSELVES AS FUTURE SCIENTISTS! —Katie Donahue

BROADCAST JOURNALISM STUDENTS TAKE ABC & CBS Looking for the broadcast journalism students? There’s a good chance you’ll catch them if you tune into the morning news shows. In November, “Today from the Heart” executive producers Ava Bloom ’18, Christina DeConcini ’18, Olivia Monahan ’18 and Charlotte Sheehan ’18 joined teachers Ellyn Stewart and David Pisani in New York City for a tour of “CBS This Morning.” The group received an in-depth, behind-thescenes tour of CBS from Senior Production Manager Ray Ortiz, to whom they were

connected by Emily Berry P’27, ’28, ’31. From the control room to meeting the anchors, the girls had the rare opportunity to see firsthand how different career paths contribute to the success of the show. A few weeks later, in January, 26 broadcast journalism students traveled to ABC Studios for a tour and taping of “LIVE with Kelly and Ryan.” The morning kicked off with an exciting run in with Ryan Seacrest, who gave the students a warm welcome. Before taping began, the students got a behind-the-scenes look at the studio thanks to Faith Cromas

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P ’21, who works with the LIVE team. During the taping the students not only got to see how a LIVE show comes together but how interviews with celebrity guests are taped. And most notably, Sacred Heart’s very own Christine Gerrity from College Guidance was chosen as the daily trivia dancer on-air. A highpoint of the day was when Kelly Ripa sat down with the students and encouraged them to continue to explore opportunities in the media industry.


Sacred Heart is more than just a school. The people who teach you also love you and will nurture you with the KNOWLEDGE YOU NEED SO YOUR GIFTS WILL GROW. —Bishop Caggiano

Bishop Installs 22 Seniors as Eucharistic Ministers Throughout the United States, Sacred Heart schools marked the opening of the 2017–2018 academic year with the Mass of the Holy Spirit. It is a tradition at Sacred Heart Greenwich in which the community gathers to thank God for the gifts of creation and to seek the guidance and wisdom of the Holy Spirit in the coming year. The Most Reverend Frank J. Caggiano, Bishop of the Diocese of Bridgeport, celebrated the liturgy and, in his homily, discussed the gifts of the Holy Spirit, as revealed by the Gospel from John, Chapter 15, “I am the vine, you are the branches. Whoever remains in me and I in him will bear much fruit, because without me you can do nothing.” “Each of us is endowed with unique gifts and talents,” Bishop Caggiano told the school community of more than 700 students, administrators, faculty, staff and guests. God has given you these gifts, he said, to nourish, develop and share with the world. “Sacred Heart is more than just a school. The people who teach you also love you and will nurture you with the knowledge you need so your gifts will grow.” The bishop encouraged students to share their gifts “for God, for justice, for greatness, for honesty, and truth.” During the Mass, Bishop Caggiano commissioned 22 seniors as Extraordinary Ministers of the Eucharistic. The students are serving as Eucharistic Ministers at liturgies throughout the school year.

Eucharistic Ministers in the Class of 2018: Maria Barbosa Rachel Bellissimo Maddie Black Emily Coster Christina DeConcini Caroline DeVita Magdalena Dutkowska Caroline Finn Morgan Hennessy Victoria Huchro Barbara Jones Stephanie Jordan Jillian Larkin Abigail Leyson Katherine McCabe Bridget Murphy Nathalie Perreault Caleigh Pope Jackie Shannon Charlotte Sheehan Madeline Squire Mary Jane Tranfo


Walk Like a Fifth Grade Egyptian No matter the topic, fifth grade history teacher Courtney DePeter sets out to immerse her students in the land or time about which they’re learning. With no simple way to transport her students to Ancient Egypt, DePeter created an interdisciplinary project to bring Ancient Egypt to them. First, the students learned about religions, governments, accomplishments and relationships between Ancient Egyptians and other civilizations in the classroom. Every topic from mummies and pharaohs to fashion and pyramids helped highlight the relationship between the tools and technology of this ancient society and its lasting impact on modern society. Next, students put on their art historian hats and traveled to the Egyptian art wing of the Metropolitan Museum of Art to experience many of the artifacts they had learned about in the classroom. In-person notetaking and sketches helped students bring pieces of this wing back to campus with them. With so much research already compiled, the historians completed research papers on the Ancient Egyptian topic of their choice. Fifth graders Scarlett and Starr were both interested in learning more about Egyptian fashion and how it represented the ancient class system. “Combining art, history and design, now I feel like an expert in Egyptian fashion,” Scarlett said. DePeter wanted to incorporate ways for the fifth graders to express their creativity and apply it to their newly acquired knowledge of Ancient Egypt. Two projects were born: the first, in the Makerspace and the second, in the art studio. In the Makerspace, each student designed and 3-D printed an amulet with special meaning to them using Tinkercad, a 3-D CAD design tool that translates student designs to the 3-D printer. And to complement their research papers and amulets, the students created artifacts using clay, paint, cardboard and everything else they could dream up. Giving the students the independence to create freely was important to DePeter and illustrated the high level of enthusiasm her students had for the project. “As we started working,” DePeter said, “it seemed like artifact ideas became more creative than originally planned, and the results were great.” For Dave Olson, head of the Middle School, the Ancient Egypt Museum project is all about examining history across disciplines and opportunities for collaboration. Reflecting on the project he said, “The museum project allows fifth graders to develop a detailed yet broad understanding of ancient Egypt as they examined history through the lenses of culture, technology, and innovation. Additionally, the project requires the girls to develop research, creativity, technology, writing and public speaking skills — skills that are essential for future success.” The final component of the project, the Ancient Egypt Museum, required the girls to put their studies — from the classroom to the MET to the artifact and amulet development — to the test. Leveraging public speaking and storytelling tactics developed in drama class, the girls showcased their creations and learnings for all the Museum guests.


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SENIORS RECEIVE ACCOLADES FOR ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENTS Sophia Brusco ’18 and Head of School Pamela Juan Hayes ’64

Madison Day ’19 and Maria Barbosa ’18

Sophia Brusco ’18 was named a Commended Student in the 2018 National Merit Scholarship Program this fall. About 34,000 Commended Students from throughout the nation are recognized for their exceptional academic promise. Commended Students placed among the top 50,000 scorers of more than 1.6 million students who entered the 2018 competition by taking the 2016 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. In addition, The College Board has named Maria Barbosa ’18 and Madison Day ’19 National Hispanic Scholars for 2017–2018. Every year, the College Board’s National Hispanic Recognition Program (NHRP) recognizes about 5,000 of the 250,000 Hispanic/ Latino juniors who take the eligibility test. Maria and Madison were invited by the College Board last spring to apply for the NHRP after they scored in the top 2.5 percent among Hispanic and Latino PSAT/NMSQT test takers.

College Guidance Expands with New Programs, Staff and Facilities The Upper School’s new College Guidance center features a new staff, an improved location, expanded facilities, and new programs. The team is under the leadership of Marcie McDonald P ’14, who is the dean of college guidance. McDonald previously worked at Sacred Heart as dean of students and interim head of the Upper School. Two new co-directors of College Guidance, Alycia Crane and Christine Gerrity, joined the School this year. Crane is a graduate of Williams College and received her Juris Doctor from Fordham University School of Law. After practicing law for a period of time, she received a Master of Arts in school counseling from Fairfield University. Prior to Sacred Heart, she was a college guidance counselor at Trinity Catholic High School. Gerrity graduated from St. Michael’s College. Her career in college guidance includes four years at Our Lady of Good Counsel High School and more recently as the

director of guidance and college placement at John F. Kennedy Catholic High School. The College Guidance Department has also expanded its facilities, which are now more conveniently located in the Upper School. The department launched a new curriculum this fall to improve the

college planning process for all students and families. The program is designed to provide close, personal attention to each student so she is afforded the information, the encouragement and the guidance to make the most informed, well-suited decision for her future. Juniors during a class period in the College Guidance Suite with co-director of College Guidance Alycia Crane.

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HIGHLIGHTS Congratulations to our Middle School, junior varsity and varsity teams, who sustained excellence as they concluded the fall season and competed in the Fairchester Athletic Association (FAA) and New England championship tournaments.

CREW In the Head of the Charles Regatta, the world’s largest two-day rowing event, Sacred Heart Greenwich placed 48th and 77th.

CROSS COUNTRY RECORD: 26–2 Sacred Heart’s cross-country team finished the regular FAA season undefeated with an outstanding record of 24–0. The team won the FAA Championship with an impressive score of 44. Five Sacred Heart runners finished among the top 15 in the FAA Championship race. Grace Lillis ’21 won the varsity race with a record-breaking time of 19:22.3. Gabby Davitch ’19 won the JV race with a time of 22:50.5.


Save the Date! The 16th annual Katie Cassidy Higgins ’96 Memorial Lacrosse Tournament will be held on Sunday, May 20, at Sacred Heart Greenwich. Join us as we celebrate Katie’s memory, spirit, work ethic and love of athletics. Katie, a three-sport varsity athlete in field hockey, basketball and lacrosse, attended Sacred Heart from kindergarten through 12th grade. After graduating in 1996, she went on to play lacrosse at St. Lawrence University. Tournament proceeds support a four-year scholarship to Sacred Heart in Katie’s honor. Since it began, the tournament has sponsored the education of four Upper School students. The tournament is open to girls’ lacrosse teams in seventh and eighth grades in Fairfield and Westchester Counties. Each year, hundreds of lacrosse players, their families and alumnae come together for an afternoon of sport, music, food and games.

Grace Lillis ’21 Wins All-New England Honors At the 2017 New England Division II Cross Country Championship at Berkshire School on November 11, freshman Grace Lillis finished in third place with one shoe on and one off. She also set a new school record during the race with a time of 19 minutes and 18 seconds. The previous record of 19 minutes and 19 seconds was established by Mackenzie Jordan ’17 at the 2016 New England Division II Championship at Tabor Academy. Grace’s performance qualified her for All-New England honors.

Go, Heart, Go!

Six members of the Class of 2018 inte nd to continue their athletic careers after they depart King Street: • Kalyna Carroll (St. Lawrence Univ ersity, swimming) • Clara Geffs (Columbia University, rowing) • Morgan Hennessy (Bucknell Univ ersity, golf ) • Ciara Henry (Johns Hopkins Univ ersity, track and field) • Tory Huchro (Cornell University, squash) • Caleigh Pope (Middlebury College, swimming)

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VARSITY FIELD HOCKEY RECORD: 17–3 Sacred Heart Greenwich captured the FAA Field Hockey Tournament title in a dramatic 2–1 win over top-seeded rival Greenwich Academy. The Tigers’ triumph ended Greenwich Academy’s long reign as FAA Tournament champions. The team went on to compete at the New England Class A Tournament. After the 2016–17 season, Beth Yeager ’21 was named to the 2017 United States U-17 Indoor National Team, including the World Cup Squad, and she was selected for the Western New England Preparatory School All-Star Team.


VARSITY SOCCER RECORD: 9–9–2 The team earned third place in the FAA.

Varsity Field Hockey Coach Gheorghe Tapped By USA Field Hockey

Sacred Heart Greenwich Varsity Field Hockey coach Alexandru Gheorghe was tapped by USA Field Hockey to lead the organization’s Level 2 Instructional Clinic in March. The clinic drew coaches from throughout USA Field Hockey to the newly resurfaced Magnetti and Sheehan Turf Fields for two full days of instruction from Gheorghe. The nod from USA He Field Hockey comes after a period of great achievement for Gheorghe. tion Associa Athletic ter coached Varsity Field Hockey to its first Fairches title in decades, with an overtime win over Greenwich Academy in the is fall. Plus the club team he founded and directs, AGH Field Hockey Club, former the is he Gheorg levels. age multiple gaining national attention at coach U.S. Women’s National Indoor Team assistant coach and former head of the Romanian Women’s National Team.


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VARSITY VOLLEYBALL RECORD: 13–9 The team placed second in the FAA and competed in the New England Class A Tournament.


Middle School Sports Middle School sports teams showed they had what it takes to compete at the highest level this fall. Two teams — Grade 6 Field Hockey and Grade 6 Soccer — went undefeated in their regular season play with records of 6–0 and 8–0, respectively.

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WORTH NOTING Taking a look back at highlights from the Spring 2017 season: • Varsity Golf took home the 2017 FAA Championship, with Morgan Hennessy ’18 winning the FAA and New England Championships. • Varsity Lacrosse also won the 2017 FAA Championship and had nine players selected to the 2017 Connecticut National Team. In addition, Grace Paletta ’17 was named an All-American. • Sacred Heart hosted its first U.S. Squash Tournament from May 19–21, 2017. With 120 players from throughout the U.S. and Canada, more than 225 matches were played in the Mayer Squash Center. Four Sacred Heart athletes competed, with Daphne Fallon ’25 and Mary O’Connor ’21 finishing second overall in their respective age groups.


In Progress Winter seasons were still underway as Horizons went to press; here are some highlights from the beginning of an exciting season. For a complete winter sports recap, visit the Sacred Heart Greenwich Athletics website. • Caroline Fouts ’24 took home gold at the U.S. Squash Junior Open Squash Championship in December 2017, defeating a series of international opponents at the world’s biggest junior tournament. • The Middle School Squash A Team took home second place in Division 1 at the U.S. Squash National Championship and the B Team took home first place in Division 2 at Nationals. • Varsity Squash took home second place in the FAA, with a record of 13–4.


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• Varsity Basketball advanced to the semifinals of the FAA Tournament before falling in a heartbreaker to Hamden Hall, 46–49. • Varsity Swimming finished third in the FAA Tournament, with Annie Bingle ’20 taking first place in the FAA Diving Championship and Kalyna Carroll ’18 winning the 50-yard freestyle event. Bingle also snagged second place in the New England Diving Championships. • After a successful inaugural club fencing season this winter, Sacred Heart Greenwich announced the addition of water polo to the roster of spring sports for the 2017–2018 school year.

State-of-the-Art Field Hockey and Lacrosse Fields Unveiled This fall, the entire student body gathered for a ribbon-cutting at the newly renovated field hockey and lacrosse turf fields. The celebration included a demonstration of the water cannons and irrigation system and featured the Varsity Field Hockey and Lacrosse teams showcasing the new surfaces in their respective sports. The student body cheered on the ribbon cutters with immense school spirit and rally towels provided by the Parents’ Association. The renovations of the turf fields, originally installed and dedicated in 2006, were made possible by the School’s Capital Improvement Fund. The Joan Magnetti, RSCJ field hockey field is a fast surface, international-level, water-based artificial turf that is blue in color to provide high visibility both on the field and for spectators. It is the only one of its kind at a Connecticut secondary school. Manufactured by GreenFields, and installed by NET Sports Group, the field is the same construction that was used in the 2014 Field Hockey World Cup in The Hague, Netherlands. With the completion of the 2017 field hockey season, head coach Alexandru Gheorghe reflected on how the new turf field has changed the way the game is played, saying, “The new field helped improve the pace of the game and allowed us to practice

and execute skills in high speed. From a tactical standpoint, the field gave us a different understanding of the game and let us build the game through defense. The high speed allowed for faster, stronger passes and accurate finishes.” The varsity field hockey team finished the season with a 17–3 record, capturing the first FAA championship title in program history. Lacrosse players are looking forward to the spring season and the turfing of the Rosemary Sheehan, RSCJ lacrosse field, which is adjacent to the field hockey field. The turf, GreenFields MX, is unique in its woven, not tufted, construction. The result is a more natural grass-like product that plays true to all sports. GreenFields, the official artificial turf partner of US Lacrosse, installed

the exact same lacrosse field at the US Lacrosse Headquarters and Training Center in Spark, MD. When speaking about the new fields Pamela Juan Hayes ’64, head of school, said, “The extensive upgrades to these fields as part of our outstanding athletic facilities will provide a maximum, state-of-the-art experience for our young women athletes as they develop their skills on and off the field and improve their level of competition.”

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Studio art. Bell choir. Drama. Madrigals. Orchestra. Photography. Madeleines. Instrument lessons. A Ca-Bellas. Architecture and design. Nightingales. Filmmaking. Options to explore the arts and simultaneously explore yourself abound at Sacred Heart Greenwich. In the following pages, we’ll dive into some of the art curriculum highlights and catch up on the awards our talented students have won honing their crafts.


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Visiting artist Rebekah Raye reveals a completed crankie project to Lower School students



nter the School through Salisbury Hall, walk down the Upper School hallway, head into the Middle School, weave down through the Cohen Library and Media Center to the Lower School, and climb up the stairs through the Gillespie Science Center. The path you just walked? That’s the visual arts gallery at Sacred Heart Greenwich. The volume of artwork created by our youngest Barat Center students through our most specialized AP Studio Art students lines every wall and every display case throughout the academic buildings. This walking tour of accomplishments blends in seamlessly outside a second grade classroom, or a sixth grade science lab, or a 10th grade history classroom. The arts program at Sacred Heart Greenwich provides hands-on learning experiences that make all academic disciplines — from world languages to history, science to writing, theology to reading — more meaningful. Integrating the arts directly into the academic curriculum stimulates curiosity in students and makes the subjects come alive. In the Lower School, this type of cross-curricular collaboration happens naturally since all activities — whether in gym, social studies, math or art — reinforce similar concepts important across the whole division, including self-expression and small motor skills. During a visit from artist Rebekah Raye this winter, the Lower School set to work on one of its signature cross-curricular projects. Raye shared the art form of the “crankie,” a 1600s moving panorama art form used in storytelling, with the students. Each grade worked together to write a story and illustrate it, and then Raye affixed the stories to the crankie. In addition,


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A print made by Jackie Franco ’23 while studying biomes and animal habitats


CONCEPTS WILL STICK. Fourth graders work together to draft the storyboard for their crankie project


the students created their own songs and music to accompany the stories and performed them for the entire Lower School. Christine D’Alessandro, head of the Lower School, believes that the visual art courses for our youngest students benefit all aspects of their intellectual and emotional development. From a developmental standpoint, art skills are foundational skills; skills upon which all future educational skills are built. At the Middle School level, teachers work hard to continue this spirit of cross-curricular learning and collaboration. According to Middle School English teacher Megan Monaghan, who works closely with Middle School art teacher Annette Grueterich on an annual project for fifth graders called “Women Who Dare,” having students work together with their minds and hands increases the likelihood that new concepts will stick.

Abigail Barnett ’22 perfects a 3D line drawing in the Middle School art studio


Julia Sutherland ’19 works on a water color project in the Upper School art studio

“Mixing writing and visual arts challenges students to think deeply about their research subjects,” said Monaghan. “Students must consider how to represent their ‘Women Who Dare,’ and this requires careful reflection on their subject’s most important qualities, identifying symbols, and impact on the world. The result is a more thorough and holistic understanding.” Middle School science teacher Katie Donahue recognizes a similar pattern. Together with Grueterich, the duo developed a printmaking project for seventh graders who were simultaneously studying biomes and animal habitats in Donahue’s lab. The goal of the project was to determine how to communicate learnings about endangered species through visual images; to learn how the graphic impact of images can communicate complicated issues. The project simultaneously solidified new learnings in science and new techniques in art, and the end result, from a visual perspective, was a series of stunning prints.

Gabriella Leveille ’30 learns about mixing acrylic paints in the Lower School art studio


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Rhinoceros print by Ava Kim ’23

By the time students reach the Upper School, courses — especially at the Honors and AP levels — are extremely structured. Collaborations with the arts provide a change of pace capable of recalibrating the students, allowing them to engage more meaningfully with their work. When studying “Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” in 11th grade, teachers Linda Vasu and Cristina Baptiste created an unstructured learning environment that allowed students to “hack the essay,” and create graphic novels based on snippets of “Huckleberry Finn.” Explaining the project, Baptiste said, “The goal behind this ‘Adventures of Huckleberry Finn’ graphic novel project is to allow students to be imaginative and creative — and to recognize that these traits are far more than just artistic talent. Imagination and creativity can open the channel of critical thinking, too, as students have to find clever ways to use a symbol, color, motif, or character portrait to show, rather than tell, a story.”

IMAGINATION AND CREATIVITY CAN OPEN THE CHANNEL OF CRITICAL THINKING. Upper School students studying graphic novels in the Makerspace



MORE MEANINGFUL Ryan Smith ’19 works on her graphic novel

Whether at the Lower, Middle or Upper School level, the visual arts courses are all about creativity, curiosity and critical thinking. Certainly, students learn new artistic techniques and styles during class, but the time spent on cross-curricular and collaborative projects defines the Sacred Heart Greenwich art program. Lower School art teacher Ricki Bogin summed up the visual arts department’s philosophy succinctly, saying, “We believe that by integrating the arts with academic subjects we are not only able to meet the challenge of reaching all learners by expanding strategies for effective instruction and understanding, but also by making learning more enriching, more exciting, more holistic, more engaging and more meaningful.” During your next trip through the hallways at Sacred Heart Greenwich, take note of all the work — months in the making — lining the walls. Then, take a closer look and read the project description nearby to uncover how the students did more than just create photos or watercolors; they combined curiosity and critical thinking to create polished and collaborative works, many of which have taken home local and national awards.


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Lower School art teacher Ricki Bogin works with Mary Kate McBreen ’29

check out our latest awards and art-related news on the following pages.

Art by Andy Bella ’18


Four Sacred Heart Greenwich students won CT Scholastic Art Awards in January. Senior Andy Bella won two Gold Keys for her sketchbook and mixed media piece called “Translations,” in addition to a scholarship to the Hartford Art School. Also representing Sacred Heart were Sammy Clark ’18, whose art portfolio took home a Silver Key for photography; Sarah Boutelle ’22, who won an honorable mention for her photograph “Upside-down World;” and Elisa Taylor ’22, who also won an honorable mention for her mosaic in the Ceramic and Glass category.

Mosaic by Elisa Taylor ’22 Photo by Sarah Boutelle ’22

Photo by Sammy Clark ’18

This fall, several art students participated in the 10th Anniversary Awesome Tree Contest sponsored by the Greenwich Tree Conservancy. Giselle Grey ’20 was a finalist in the competition and presented her painting at an awards ceremony at the Bruce Museum in November. She was awarded an honorable mention for her pastel painting of one of the beautiful pine trees on the Sacred Heart Greenwich campus.

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Photo by Abby Knight ’19

PHOTOGRAPHY Photography students entered their best shots of people,

places and animals in Greenwich into Greenwich Magazine’s annual photography contest again this year. Abby Knight ’19 won the back cover image for the January issue of the magazine for her work “Snow Day or Play,” Julia Welsh ’20 won third place in the animal category for her work “Skittle,” and Caitlin Natiss ’19 won third place in the places category for her work “Walk.”


EXPANDED MUSIC LESSONS This fall, the Lower School after-school music program — which is open to all students and their siblings — expanded with the addition of violin lessons for students in the Barat Center and kindergarten.


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Photo by Caitlin Natiss ’20

Photo by Julia Welsh ’20


This year, Columbia Scholastic Press Association issued Gold Circle awards — given annually for achievement by student writers, editors, designers and photographers — to two seniors. Emily Coster ’18 earned First Place with her work “Why We Should All Be Feminists,” in the non-fiction column category. Nina Rosenblum ’18 earned a Certificate of Merit in the “use of a designed or art headline” category for her double-page spread “Mist.” Additionally, Upper School literary magazine Perspectives earned a Gold Circle award. The 2017 issue of Perspectives also earned a rank of “Excellent” from the National Council of Teachers of English’s “2017 Program to Recognize Excellence in Student Literary Magazines.” Sofia Caruso ’18 was accepted into Writopia’s Youth Essay Writing Conference for her piece “Energy, Empowerment and Entrepreneurship: Female Figures in American Literature.” She originally developed her piece for her 11th grade Honors American Literature class. Writopia Lab, in partnership with the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards and Manhattanville College, announced the 2018 Scholastic Writing Awards Ceremony for the Hudson to Housatonic Writing Region. This year, Writopia Lab honored more Sacred Heart Greenwich writers than ever before with gold, silver and honorable mention awards, with a total of 56 Middle School writers receiving 73 awards and eight Upper School writers receiving nine awards. Gold Key winners this year included Sophie Broll ’22, Dylan Drury ’22, India Harris ’22, Elsa Latrille ’23, Catriona Marangi ’22, Annie O’Connor ’22, Jessica Thompson ’22 and Camilla Truesdale ’22. Broll and Harris were also named winners of the Village Bookstore of Pleasantville, NY’s middle school prizes for Broll’s poem “Moving Away” and for Harris’ short story, “Talent Illuminated.” Three Middle Schoolers then went on to win national awards from Scholastic. Drury and Latrille won gold keys and Thompson took home a silver key.

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22 Sacred Heart students were recognized as finalists for their work at the 2017 All-American High School Film Festival. The following students were recognized in the drama category: Ava Bloom ’18, Sloane Kratzman ’18 and Jillian Larkin ’18 for “David Yarrow: WILD;” Quinn Butler ’17, Juliette Guice ’17 and Kendall Newman ’17 for “St. Mary’s: A Home, Not A Hospital;” Carly Haines ’20 and Katelin Ulmer ’19 for “Dancing to Freedom;” Madeline McLane ’17 and Ellen Pucel ’17 for “Take It Below;” Jacqueline Prata ’18 for “What It Takes To Be Special;” Lorraine Rinaldi ’19 for “The Godmother of Comedy;” and Jacquelyn Shannon ’18 for “Silver Linings.” In the drama category, seniors Sophia Brusco ’18, Megan Doherty ’18, Lily Lemkau ’18 and Jacquelyn Shannon ’18 were recognized for “Lilah.” And in the experimental category, Christina DeConcini ’18 was recognized for “365.” The following students were recognized for public service announcements: Lily Brown ’19 and Olivia Monahan ’18 for “How Things Were;” Maggie Davis ’17 and Margo Muccia ’19 for “Subway Therapy;” Christina DeConcini ’18 for “Save the Reefs;” and Marguerite Wolankse ’18 for “The Ongoing List.” Additional broadcast journalism awards are announced in May; head to the Sacred Heart Greenwich website then to learn more about our students’ accomplishments.


Each April, northern Greenwich turns a little

serve as the Festival’s judges. Winners are

Shannon P’04; Emmy-winning documentary

bit Hollywood with the annual Sacred Heart

announced across four categories: creative,

producer Molly Paul; A&E Networks President

Greenwich Film Festival. Students from the

experimental, documentary and public

Paul Buccieri P’21, ’23; TV producer Michelle

Broadcast Journalism, Real World Filmmaking

service announcements, in addition to an

Thomas; and former Film Festival hosts and

and Creative Filmmaking classes put their

audience’s choice category.

documentary producers Grace Jorgensen ’13

advanced video and storytelling techniques

This year’s Film Festival will take place on

and Jackie Batrus ’13.

to the test in front of a sold-out audience of

April 12 at 6:00 p.m. and features an amazing

friends, family and industry executives who

crew of guest judges: radio host Scott


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A MADRIGAL ADVENTURE The Upper School singing group the Madrigals just returned from their fifth European tour over March break. After a visit to Greenwich by our sister school Sacre Coeur Riedenburg from Bregenz, Austria, a few years ago, Madrigals director and Middle School music teacher Annette Ethridge helped dream up the singing group’s annual global leadership adventures. While on the tours, the Madrigals visit other Network schools, spend time in the homes of Network students, perform concerts, visit landmarks and fully immerse themselves in local cultures. Over the course of the five European tours thus far, the Madrigals have visited Sacred Heart sister schools in Vienna, Austria; Nantes and Tours, France; London, England; Bregenz, Austria; and this year’s tour included stops in Madrid and Barcelona, Spain. The musical talents of Sacred Heart Greenwich students are another important point of commonality with the vast Network of Sacred Heart Schools across the globe.


WITH VIVIAN POMEX SABBATICAL WINNER KEV FILMORE Photography teacher Kev Filmore has been

her Abandoned series for the Tree Talk

while making personal artwork for the

busy during her sabbatical working on

exhibit at The Griffin Museum at Lafayette

past 40-plus years. This gift of time is

printing, editing, writing and forming goals

City Center, which opened in Boston in

priceless and I feel very grateful. I look

for her latest project: an autobiographical,

January 2018. Filmore is exhibiting her

forward to curating a student and teacher’s

limited-edition book titled “21 Magnolia

series “21 Magnolia Rd.” through May 6,

photography exhibit based on the theme of

Rd.” The mixed media work illustrates

2018, at Davis Orton Gallery in Hudson,

home, and sharing many experiences and

Filmore’s search for the truth about her

NY, along with a handmade, limited edition

new skills with our students and staff when

upbringing by seemingly successful, but

book showcasing the work.

I return in the fall.”

mentally ill parents in the 1960s.

In addition to working on her book,

Images from the series have been

Filmore has been attending classes and

selected to be included in exhibitions at

lectures, openings and exhibits at a variety

Garrison Art Center, Tilt Gallery, The Griffin

of venues up and

Museum, Candela Gallery and on The

down the East Coast.

Curated Fridge, 2014 through 2018. The

Reflecting on her

project was featured in the October 2017

sabbatical thus far,

issue of The HAND Magazine and is in the

she remarked, “I

permanent PhotoPlace Online Gallery for

have been raising my

Myths, Legends, and Dreams. Juror and

family and juggling

curator Paula Tognarelli selected work from

my teaching career,

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SPECTACULAR PERFORMANCES This year’s Middle School musical production of “The Lion

drama electives in their areas of interest in eighth through

King, Jr.” and the Upper School productions of “Jesus Christ

12th grades. Studying costumes and stage makeup is a

Superstar” and “Pride and Prejudice” wowed guests in

favorite for Middle School students. At the Upper School

the de Csepel Theater. Equally impressive? The number of

level, Gorman has quadrupled the number of course offerings

performers and crew in each spectacle: double the number of

and customizes her courses to meet the interests of students.

participants over productions from three years ago.

Upper School students experience units in Drama I and II

The drama program has grown exponentially since Michaela

focusing on acting, directing, playwriting, dramaturgy and

Gorman ’05, current Upper School drama teacher, took

theatrical production. Then, during Drama III and Drama IV,

over the drama programs four years ago. All fifth, sixth and

students choose areas of concentration and create high-level

seventh graders take drama during the year as part of their

project work. At last year’s Upper School Celebration of

core classes, and Gorman and current Middle School drama

the Arts, one needed not look further than the impressive

teacher Dawn Fuller-Medhurst have completely revitalized

original production of Abigail Leyson ’18 to see how much

that curriculum. Asked to describe the course load, Fuller-

the drama program has grown.

Medhurst said, “Drama is an important creative outlet for

With the tremendous growth of the program, Gorman

middle school girls. It’s an age where having the opportunity

said she relies on Goal Four — the building of community as

to find your voice and gaining the confidence to share that

a Christian value — to help foster an inclusive environment

voice is not only appealing but essential to their education.”

for casts and crews that starts with respect, acceptance and

Working through character development, character

passion for an art form.

relationships and storytelling prepares students to choose

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happenings 2017 Summer Outreach

GOLF & TENNIS OUTING Since 1991, Sacred Heart Greenwich has opened its campus over the summer to educate more than 250 young authors, scientists, artists, scholars and athletes from local, financially disadvantaged families. To support Summer Outreach, the School hosts an annual Golf & Tennis Outing, which was held in October at the Greenwich Country Club. It was a day full of sport and camaraderie thanks to the work of Chair Timothy Muccia P ’18, ’19, ’21 and Tennis Chair Doreen Griffin P ’22. That evening, cocktails and dinner featured a live and silent auction in addition to a robust paddle-raise. More than $135,000 was netted to support Summer Outreach. Special thanks to Coach Panarella and the members of our Varsity Golf Team (Captain Morgan Hennessey ’18, Lianna Amoruso ’21, Lauren Burd ’18, MaryGrace Farrell ’21, Carly Haines ’20, Lexi Herrmann ’19 and Tory Huchro ’18). Together they raised $2,400 through some good-natured competition on the course, which will sponsor three students for Summer Outreach.


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Major Donor Dinner for our

PHILANTHROPIC LEADERS In November, Head of School Pamela Juan Hayes ’64 hosted an annual dinner honoring donors from the previous school year who contributed $10,000 or higher (at the Cor Unum, Stuart, Duchesne, Mater and Barat giving levels). This special dinner was held on an unusually warm evening at L’Escale in Greenwich. More than 60 guests were treated to cocktails and hors d’oeuvres at the water’s edge before adjourning inside for an elegant seated dinner. Mrs. Hayes thanked everyone for their generous support, which ensures Sacred Heart’s commitment to academic excellence, global leadership, and an education steeped in faith. Guests included current and past parents, alumnae, and current and former Trustees. Each year, the School receives over 80 gifts at or above $10,000. We are truly grateful for everyone’s passion, leadership and investment in Sacred Heart Greenwich.




1. Allison and Kevin Gasvoda P ’20 • 2. Emily and Joe Berry P ’27, ’28, ’31, The Fund for Sacred Heart Co-Chairs • 3. Siobhan Toohey and Christopher Marangi P ’22, ’24, ’25

PLANNED GIVING at Sacred Heart Greenwich Fathers’ League

OKTOBERFEST Special thanks to Fathers’ League Co-Chairs Michael Caruso P ’18, ’20, ’23 and Marco Caruso P ’23, ’25 for their leadership and commitment in overseeing the annual Fathers’ League Oktoberfest back in October. It was a festive, social evening for fathers from all divisions and fathers of alumnae.

Did you know that there are ways to support the School that don’t affect your current lifestyle or your family’s security? Such gifts are called planned or estate gifts and include bequests, charitable trusts, and gifts of life insurance or retirement plans. For more information, please contact Melissa Canoni, director of advancement, at 203-532-3326 or

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Each December our campus comes to life as we celebrate the Come Home for Christmas events. The Friday evening cocktail party and merriment plus Sunday’s mass officiated by Trustee Rev. Thomas Simisky, S.J., brunch, holiday boutique and Santa’s Secret Shop benefit the Faculty and Staff Professional Development Fund. The weekend netted over $80,000. The events were a big success thanks to event chairs Christine and John Di Capua P ’23, their committee, Holiday Boutique co-chairs Nicole Russo Steinthal ’88, P ’19, ’21 and Paula Tennyson, and Santa’s Secret Shop co-chairs Camille Mourdant P ’25 and Liz Waldrup ’77. Thank you, as well, to the Board of Trustees, the Greenwich-Maplehurst Alumnae Association and The Parents’ Association for their collaboration and support. There’s no better time on King Street than during Christmas, when everyone from students to parents to alumnae can celebrate together!


Creating Healthy, Resilient, Thriving Learners Lisa Miller, Ph.D., professor of psychology and education at Teachers College, Columbia University and author of “The Spiritual Child: The New Science of Parenting for Health and Lifelong Thriving,” visited campus during the fall to speak with faculty and staff and then parents across all divisions. Dr. Miller shared her research on the quantifiable effects of spirituality in health, resilience and thriving, and the overall sacred and joyful life in children.


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In March, alumnae, parents of alumnae, grandparents, parents, students and friends of the School gathered in Palm Beach, FL for a festive evening full of school pride. The event, hosted by William and Kathy Georgas P ’20, brought together multiple generations of the Sacred Heart Greenwich family.

Lower School Celebrates

GRANDPARENTS AND SPECIAL VISITORS DAY Grandparents and Special Visitors Day is an annual tradition celebrated by the Lower School, when students welcome their grandparents and special friends to a morning filled with entertainment in the de Csepel Theater and visits to the classroom. During the event, celebrated the morning before dismissal for the Thanksgiving holiday, students have the opportunity to express their gratitude for their grandparents and friends who have made such a difference in their lives.

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ALUMNAE news Greenwich-Maplehurst Alumnae Association Board 2017–2018 President Erinn Laragh Denson ’85, P’15, ’22

Dear Alumnae and Sacred Heart Family: The alumnae community plays an important role in the life of each current student, and this year is no exception. Through giving back, volunteering, mentoring and attending events, we continue our long tradition of supporting Sacred Heart Greenwich together. This school year, alumnae support at Sacred Heart events has been extraordinary. We welcomed home over 200 alumnae and guests to Reunion in September where Dreux Dubin Claiden ’77, P’13 was honored with the Outstanding Alumna Award. Alumnae then volunteered and attended Come Home for Christmas in early December, with Nicole Russo Steinthal ’88, P’19, ’21 and Paula Tennyson co-chairing the boutique and Liz Waldrup ’77 and Camille Mordaunt P’25 co-chairing the children’s boutique. This winter, alumnae who competed on the volleyball, basketball and swim teams returned to campus for sports reunions. We also welcomed Julen Harris ’04, Vance Hynes ’01, and Danielle Cavanna Ogden ’99 to campus for our annual Career Morning. You can read more about their inspiring conversation with Upper School students on page 50. Lastly, the newly formed Young Alumnae Council has worked to promote alumnae events, our new alumnae career network and participation in The Fund for Sacred Heart. Beyond the alumnae stories in this annual publication of Horizons, be sure to follow along with the monthly issues of Alumnae Au Courant that are shared over email. Each robust edition is full of alumnae accomplishments and the latest news from campus. I look forward to seeing many of you on King Street at our upcoming activities, including the 16th annual Katie Cassidy Higgins ’96 lacrosse tournament and alumnae game on Saturday, May 20. In addition, I encourage you to join us in New York City on Tuesday, May 16 for a compelling discussion on career networking and mentoring from startup investor and media executive Fran Hauser. And don’t forget to save the date for Reunion on Saturday, September 22! With Heart,

Erinn Laragh Denson ’85, P ’15, ’22 President, Greenwich-Maplehurst Alumnae Association


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Vice President Nicole Russo Steinthal ’88, P’19, ’21 Treasurer Margot Kearney Navins ’02 Secretary Colby Gargano Summers ’01 Board Members Gabriella Almeida ’07 Alessandra Badioli ’11 Tory Bensen ’10 Caitlyn Harrington Bertoncin ’03 Maureen Mara Brown ’82, P’19 Michelle Vittoria Gelinas Buford ’88, P’27 Roxana Maffei Burciago ’99 Kristin Carey ’09 Meghan McGuinn Chew ’05 Johna McCoy Clear (91st St.) ’91, P’25, ’28 Sara Callagy Finn ’88, P’18, ’23 Katy Grogan Garry ’95 Noël Ausserlechner Gilbert ’00 Rita Houlihan ’66 Debbie Busby Kunces ’73 Vanessa Palo Lowry ’99 Deana McGlasson McCabe ’89, P’18 Kathleen Plunkett O’Connor ’89, P’20, ’21, ’22 Jennifer Bentley Rivera ’94, P’21, ’22 Liz Waldrup ’77 Kelly Whipple ’06 Ex Officio Members: Pamela Juan Hayes ’64, Head of School Melissa Canoni, Director of Advancement Meghan Mara Ryan ’01, Director of Alumnae Relations Katherine Colihan Scott ’06, Assistant Director of Alumnae Relations

Young Alumnae COUNCIL Council Members: Katherine Colihan Scott ’06, Assistant Director of Alumnae Relations Kelly Whipple ’06 * Gabriella Almeida ’07 * Libby Henry ’08 Sarah Julian ’08 Kristin Carey ’09 * Alessandra Knight ’09 Tory Bensen ’10 * Alessandra Badioli ’11 * Maria Rincon ’11 Sarah Tranfo ’11

Francesca Libassi ’12 Alli Sciarretta ’12 Emma Molloy ’13 Meggie Purcell ’13 Catherine Cunningham ’14 Margot McCloskey ’14 Claire O’Neill ’15 Grace Campbell ’16 Lizzie Considine ’16 Juliette Guice ’17 Helen Rail ’17 *Alumnae Board liaisons

Established in the fall of 2017, the Young Alumnae Council seeks to actively engage Sacred Heart Greenwich alumnae who have graduated in the past 12 years. The Council strives to advocate for the needs of young alumnae, and develop programs and communications tailored to enhance the social, professional and philanthropic lives of our alumnae leaders. As ambassadors for their graduating classes, Council members are instrumental in connecting their fellow Tigers with current Sacred Heart initiatives including increasing participation in the Fund for Sacred Heart and raising awareness for the new Alumnae Network, a mobile-friendly networking tool offered exclusively to Sacred Heart Greenwich alumnae (read more about it below). As the program matures, we anticipate it will expand into helping sponsor future events geared toward our young alumnae, including social events and networking opportunities.

ALUMNAE NETWORK in Action Find Your Tiger Connections with the Alumnae Network!

As for Antonacci, she has found a friend and mentor in Mahoney. “It is really empowering to see a woman leading a company that employs a majority of women. She leads by example. She is gracious and kind and is not afraid to share her opinion, and I try to emulate that behavior.” With the recent launch of the Alumnae Network, the Alumnae Association hopes to facilitate more alumnae connections in the workplace. Powered by an exclusive partnership between EverTrue and LinkedIn, this directory can help alumnae connect with other Sacred Heart Greenwich alumnae in their industry and find their next adventure. Learn how to sign up at right.


Have you ever wondered what it would be like working alongside a fellow Sacred Heart Greenwich alumna? Turns out, it happens more often than you would think! Two of our very own alumnae work together at Chronicle Books, an independent children’s publishing company based in San Francisco. Tyrrell Hammer Mahoney ’87, President of Chronicle Books, and Laura Antonacci ’01, Director of Marketing, only realized this shared connection when Mahoney noticed Sacred Heart Greenwich on Antonacci’s resume. She explained, “When Laura’s resume came across my desk, I was immediately excited about the prospect of a Sacred Heart alum joining Chronicle Books. Lesson learned: Always list Sacred Heart on your resume — you just never know when you will meet a fellow alum!” Sure enough, Antonacci was hired for the job and has quickly become an “inspiring and thoughtful leader who is already making a big impact at our company,” said Mahoney.

Have you signed up for the new Alumnae Network, a desktop- and mobile-friendly networking tool offered exclusively to Sacred Heart Greenwich alumnae? You can sign in online using the web version or download the app for iOS or Android. To download the app, search for “EverTrue” in the Apple App Store or Google Play Store. Once installed on your device, open the app and you will be prompted to search for our community. Begin typing “Sacred Heart Greenwich” and select the correct community. You can also sign up by visiting

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Welcome Home Reunion 2017

Class of 1982

Jenna Harris ’07, Nedjra Manning ’07, Shirley Jean-Baptiste ’07, Lizeth Cervantes ’07 and Alina Tsouristakis ’07 Class of 2012

Liz Waldrup ’77, Mary Davis Stanton ’77, Mary Ellen Tirelli Pais ’77, Debbie Mirelli Wygal ’77, Carol Madden ’77 and Lisa Carvin Palazzo ’77

Alumnae Association President Erinn Laragh Denson ’85, Pamela Juan Hayes ’64 and Outstanding Alumna Award recipient Dreux Dubin Claiden ’77


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The Classes of 2011 and 2016 were honored with the Young Alumnae Spirit Award. The Award was established in 2016 to recognize the young alumnae class (2006–2017) with the highest participation in the Fund for Sacred Heart. Sarah Tranfo ’11 and Debra McLaughlin P’16 accepted the award from Pamela Juan Hayes ’64 on behalf of these classes.


Michael Maida H ’17 (center), Middle School math teacher, was recognized as an honorary alumnus and thanked for his service. Class of 2007

Pamela Juan Hayes ’64 and Rachel Vuono Jensen ’52

Susie Schruth ’67 and Flat Philippine

Class of 1992

Class of 1967 50th Reunion

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Alli Sciaretta ’12, Margo Bugniazet ’12, Caroline Eagan ’12, Katie Mather ’12, Lindsay O’Callaghan ’12 Class of 1987

Class of 2002

Outstanding Alumna Award recipient Dreux Dubin Claiden ’77 with her family and Pamela Juan Hayes ’64 Class of 1977

Class of 1962

Class of 1997


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Welcome Home Reunion & Fall Festival

Fall Festival

Children of all ages enjoyed games, activities and food at the annual Fall Festival.

Saturday, September 22, 2018 • Connect with classmates and experience Sacred Heart Greenwich • Bring your children and grandchildren to Fall Festival • Attend the liturgy and the awards ceremony • Honor the Class of 1968 at its 50th reunion and classes ending in 3 and 8 • ALL alumnae and parents of alumnae from EVERY year are invited home to Reunion • Enjoy a cocktail reception and class photos • Tour the School

11 a.m.–2 p.m. 1 p.m.

Fall Festival Seated luncheon for the Class of 1968 and earlier classes 3 p.m. Tours of the School 4 p.m. Mass in the chapel and Alumnae Awards ceremony 5 p.m. Cocktail reception and class photos

To volunteer for your class reunion, contact Assistant Director of Alumnae Relations Katherine Colihan Scott ’06 at

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SACRED HEART gatherings SPORTS reunions







1. Alumnae swimmers gather at the January 2 reunion 2. Fast start for alumnae 3. Alumnae basketball players returned December 28 for the first annual basketball reunion 4. Past and present basketball players, including alumnae players

Colleen O’Neil ’14, Madison Sirabella ’14 and Claire O’Neil ’15 5. On the court at the November 25 volleyball reunion 6. Parents of volleyball alumnae reconnect at the reunion 7. Alumnae volleyball players gather for the second annual volleyball reunion 7


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1. Meghan Mara Ryan ’01 and Meghan McGuinn Chew ’05 with her daughter 2. Daughters of Meghan Mara Ryan ’01 and Patreece Williams Creegan ’84

3. Children of Noël Ausserlechner Gilbert ’00 and Charelle Anderson Grgas ’00 4. Katy Grogan Garry ’95 and her son 3


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1. College-age alumnae gathered January 3 for the annual networking lunch with the seniors

2. Lilly Morriss ’16, Corina Gonzalez-Molina ’16, Eva Carrasquero ’16, Anneliese Hummel ’15

3. Lauren Capalongo ’17 and Katie Kablack ’17 4. Mary Grace Henry ’15 and Alexandra Bolanos ’15



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Join us for conversation with startup investor, media exec

FRAN HAUSER Join the Alumnae Board for a night of cocktails, conversation and career leadership at The Princeton Club in New York City on May 16 at 6:30 p.m. Hear from keynote speaker Fran Hauser, startup investor, long-time media executive and a vocal advocate for women across the globe, as she discusses on how leaders can unlock the keys to reaching their career goals. She will also discuss why women are positioned, now more than ever, to transform the image of what a strong, successful leader looks like.

Alumnae CAREER MORNING Confident, self-directed, compassionate and successful. Those are the four words we would use to describe the dynamic group of alumnae who returned to campus for the annual Alumnae Career Morning on February 1. Vance Hynes ’01, Dr. Julen Harris ’04 and Danielle Cavanna Ogden ’99 spoke to the entire Upper School student body about their careers in law, medicine and the arts, respectively. An inspiring morning for students and faculty alike, each alumna communicated how her Sacred Heart Greenwich education specifically impacted her career trajectory and successes to date. After graduating from Sacred Heart in 2001, Hynes went on to receive her Bachelor of Arts from Brown University and J.D. from Fordham University School of Law. She currently works for the Westchester County Law Department as an Assistant County Attorney, where she is responsible for representing the county in civil litigation matters including negligence and tort cases, employment actions and federal lawsuits. She encouraged the students to consider what motivates them and to explore career options that align with their passions. For Hynes, the confidence instilled in her at an early age at Sacred Heart has allowed her to pursue her passion: protecting the rights of those in her community. Dr. Harris is a first-year pediatrics resident physician at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. She received her Bachelor of Arts from Brown University, Master of Public Health from Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health and her Doctor of Medicine from the University of Minnesota Medical School. For Dr. Harris, a “social awareness which impels to action” is the Goal that has very much influenced her profession as a doctor. During medical school, she served as co-president of the university’s chapter of the Student National Medical Association, the oldest national student organization committed to supporting underrepresented minority medical students, addressing the needs of underserved


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(left to right): Vance Hynes ’01, Julen Harris ’04 and Danielle Cavanna Ogden ’99

communities and increasing the number of socially conscious physicians. As a pediatrician, Dr. Harris continues to advocate for social justice by supporting health equality and treating her patients with dignity and compassion. Ogden is an art advisor, museum educator and professor with over 13 years of national and international experience working in art museums, historic houses, national heritage sites and cultural institutions. She currently serves as the Associate Director of Academic Programs at The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum and as an Adjunct Professor at Fairfield University. After receiving her Bachelor of Arts from Trinity College, she attended Boston University, where she earned her Master of Art History and then Harvard University, where she earned her Master of Education. She credits Sacred Heart with instilling a sense of self-direction that has allowed her to explore different career opportunities in the arts and become a global leader in her field.

Senior ‘Lifers’ welcome our youngest Barat Center students to Sacred Heart Greenwich during the Opening of School Prayer Service.

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1955 Penny Fishel Carr writes that she and husband Mike are seasonal Florida residents but always return to their White Plains home to celebrate the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays with children and grandchildren. Deidre Cassedy Hitch has been traveling the globe! This year’s travels included European bus tours in Ireland in May and Bosnia and Croatia in September. Deirdre very much enjoys these tours, because they include a very nice mix of people and are fun and informative. Joanne O’Connor Hynek sends everyone in the class Happy Birthday wishes (for a birthday requiring a not insignificant number of candles, one might add!). Cynthia Crump Klein and husband

Arvid enjoyed a wonderful trip to Germany last summer to attend performances of Wagner’s Ring Cycle at Bayreuth. She and Kacy Conway Morrish are able to catch up with each other each summer when Kacy and David visit their daughter, who lives next door to Cynthia. Jane Gillespie Steinthal had a busy spring and summer this year full of family gatherings and some classmate visits. May found her in Dallas twice: The first was for Courtney Kent (Mary Jane’s daughter) who graduated from SMU and the second was for the July 2 wedding of Kristin Kent to Michael Spanos. The reception was at the Fort Worth Museum of Modern Art. The elegance of that evening was preceded by a true Texas party the night before... even a real bull! Grandsons David

Kent and Nicholas Steinthal both graduated from high school and are now at Oklahoma University and University of Vermont, respectively. Kim Smith Wayne and her family celebrated their 18th Thanksgiving Family Reunion at their beach house on the California coast. The clan includes 12 grandchildren, and Kim reports that she loves the mixing and matching of the cousins who all really like and enjoy each other.

1956 Kathy Dolan is still working parttime at the Sacred Heart Schools in Atherton, leading prayer groups and serving on the Formation to Mission team. Margi Brown Gregory’s family is going strong.

Her oldest grandchild is 29, with the youngest being 5 years old. Margi’s daughter Kate is a grandmother! Four of Margi’s grandchildren are out of college and are working, plus two will graduate this June, and Michigan twins Chloe and Peyton will begin college in the fall. Her youngest grandchild, Zach from Maryland, will be in kindergarten in the fall. Margi is still working on the book she and Jim began, and she will soon begin the process of figuring out what to do with it! Dorothy Hochschwender Shannon is still living in Skillman, NJ, and loves living there with her dog, Zeke, to keep her and Bill company. Bill has joined the Old Guard, which is composed of retirees who hold weekly lectures. Dorothy enjoys being so close to Princeton where she

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plays bridge. Three of her grandchildren are in college and the fourth grandchild will go next year. Mary Ann Tragesser Skelly is in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. She had her first great grandchild in February, so the entire family is very excited. She is so grateful to God that she is still able to be “up and take nourishment!”

1957 Ann Lind Bowers-Matthews has eight grandchildren (five boys and three girls), and they are all in very close touch. She continues to work as an interior designer and currently has projects in Virginia, Florida, New York and New Jersey. Ann lives in Far Hills, NJ, and loves to garden in the spring/summer, as well as keep up with theatre and the art scene in New York at all times of the year. Sheila McAnaney Kostanecki is living in Vero Beach, FL. She has four children, 12 grandchildren and two stepchildren. She has an active life as there is so much to do in Florida with lots of theatre, music

and art shows to attend. She actually looks forward to the slower summer months and takes time to visit her children and grandchildren in their various locations. Peg Power Mulry is living in Gulfstream, FL, and happily, four of her five children live nearby. She has seven grandchildren. Life is very busy. Suzanne Assheton Van Vechten and her husband of 52 years, Ben, are living in Kennett Square, PA. She has come to love all forms of horticulture and bonsai, being close to Longwood Gardens, Winterthur and the Brandywine River Museum. Suzanne has a master’s degree in social welfare from Stony Brook, and has been the first director of a program called WIC (Women, Infants and Children) at the Stamford Health department. She became director of the Town of Wilton Social Services department in 1984, and remained there for 22 years. During that time, she also had a private therapy practice. Today she is a volunteer in the public elementary school, and also volunteers in hospice once a week.


nights a week. They celebrated 55 years of marriage in December.

Rita Murphey Cleary’s daughter Sharon, husband and grandson now live just one mile away from Grandma Rita. Sharon and Rita went to London for a mini-reunion of John Cleary’s Yale Class of ’54 in October. They had a wonderful week at the Hotel Goring and a visit with her niece, Vivian, and family who have lived in London for 20 years. They also took a side trip to Plymouth to see Nelson’s HMS Victory and Henry VIII’s flagship the Mary Rose, which were real treasures. Rita also spent the year recuperating from Achilles tendon surgery. Her son Jimmy is doing well at age 40 with his Muscular Dystrophy; he is an amazing survivor, going to work full time. Rita’s other son, Mark, in California, is a nurse supervisor at a community center. Mary Earl Fox and family are blessed with good health. Her greatest joy is that Blitz works part time, flies his plane and cooks three

1962 Seven classmates from the Class of 1962 attended their 55th Reunion on Saturday, September 23. Anne Harris Majic, Sheila Hickey Cameron, Elizabeth King, Pat Meyer, Christina Norris Diskint, Jackie Paterno Kirby and Sandra Steinthal Powell gathered at our beautiful school on a warm, sun-filled day for a lovely sit-down lunch, tours of our campus, especially the new Athletic Center, mass and a cocktail reception. The group continued their chatting and catching up over dinner at Sheila’s home in Pelham. Pat and Jackie announced their upcoming retirements after long veterinary and pediatric careers. Congratulations to both. Many others couldn’t join the fun on the special day. Rosario Arguelles Kennedy was in the midst of pre-election lobbying activities in Miami. Beth Coakley Dolce was

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Members of the class of 1967 celebrating their 50th reunion with a brunch at Westchester Country Club

undergoing physical therapy after a hip replacement. Karen D’Elia Alofs was on her way home from a trip to Italy and Greece with husband John. Christine Donovan was on a two-week tour in the Dordogne region of France. Sis Keller Sperling was hosting family from Colorado. Peggy O’Connor Finucane couldn’t get away from activities in Boulder. Carol Patrick Breslin had just returned from touring Ireland with husband Bob. Carolina Santos Camps couldn’t get away from her volunteer commitments in Miami. Kathy Shea Anfuso had family activities that kept her in Portland. Ingrid Slezak was in Toronto caring for grandchildren. And Pam Wall Madden was recuperating at Mary Manning Walsh from being hit by a van in NYC. Pam is so grateful to have her mobility back and especially grateful to Sheila for providing all the notes and her home for the dinner.

1967 1 In September, nineteen classmates from the class of 1967 celebrated their 50th reunion in Greenwich and at a brunch at Westchester Country Club hosted by Mary Francina Golden and her husband, Ken. Those who attended either

the school festivities or the brunch, or both, were: Evelyn Cole, Cathy Moran Vermylen, Libby White, Mary Francina Golden, Bettina McKee (from Florida), Patsy McKegney Dunn (from San Francisco), Michele Jones Delmhorst, Marian Howley, Dorothy Houlihan Soklaski (from Utah), Chris Hohl Hubbard (whose daughter’s wedding was the very next weekend), Celeste Pinto McLain (from Los Angeles), Anne Sundermann Diedrick, Martha Murray Holmes (from Florida), Mabs Coyle Brady, Nancyellen Brennan, Jackie Machan Callery, Melissa Ricci Stewart, Susan Schruth, and Louise Correa Newland. Regrets were sent from Mary Mountain Dare, Teedee Donahue Keister, and Mary Pat Murphy Slater, who was awaiting the birth of her grandchild.

1969 Gloria del Valle Christopher is enjoying retirement with her husband. She enjoys visiting her daughter, Annie, on the West Coast, and hosted Dee O’Grady and Jean Roberts at a wonderful fundraiser for Cuban residents in December. Joan McAnaney Fay and husband David are often on

the road; they visited Patagonia for vacation in January. Maureen Williams Fay welcomed two new grandchildren and lives in Norwalk, CT. Marie Gerlie is headed back out to Colorado for winter break from her home state of New Hampshire. Marie’s son, Tyler, was married in Vail in September, and both Elizabeth Teichgraeber and Lee Rodriguez Schneider attended the celebration. Morgan Barry Morton reported that all three of her daughters, spouses and grandchildren spent Christmas with her and husband Alan at their home in northern California. Ingrid Cronin Packard celebrated her youngest son Matt’s marriage to long-term girlfriend Kasha in June 2017. The wedding was blessed with hours of joy, music and dancing. Barbara Banks Schwam bought a beautiful vacation home on LI and plans to spend more time with her children and grandchildren there. Peggy O’Neal Shepard’s oldest grandchild started college this year! She is studying marine biology at The University of California, Santa Barbara. Peggy’s granddaughter, Olivia Brooks, is a junior at Taft, where her sister, Keeley, hopes to join her in the fall. Grandson Rhys Brooks is playing squirt hockey and Peggy’s husband, Rocky, is one of his coaches! Brian’s two little girls

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attend Greenwich Academy. Joannie Wooters-Reisin, Gloria del Valle Christopher, Barbara Banks Schwam, Joan McAnaney Fay and Dee O’Grady had a wonderful Christmas dinner in NY.

1973 Alice Burlinson is still practicing law in Roanoke, VA, and enjoying her vacation travels. Missy MacKenzie Cumings continues to run the successful family business in commercial painting. She is a fabulous golfer and does pretty well on the game tables in Las Vegas in her leisure time. Congratulations to Kathy Williams Dunn who celebrated 40 years of teaching and working at Sacred Heart Greenwich! Her daughter Magee ’11 is an executive pastry chef in Lake Placid and daughter Jeanie ’10 is a freelance

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Debbie Busby Kunces ’73 and family at her son’s wedding in Portugal

writer. 2 Debbie Busby Kunces and her family celebrated the wedding of her son, Rob, in Estoril, Portugal in September 2017. Debbie continues to organize trade shows for INFORMA, is currently on the Alumnae Board at Sacred Heart Greenwich and is living in Darien, CT. Susan Mara McDonnell continues to work in Real Estate in Rye and loves being the doting grandmother to three adorable boys. Caroline Riley has retired after a fabulous career in the radio industry with both CBS and Clear Channel. She is having a grand time traveling and is doing something new every day. Meggin Ziminsky has moved to Colorado and is enjoying those Rocky Mountains. Kathy McGovern has already gone out to visit and had a blast!

1977 Patti Marchand Bradbury spent the past 21 years working in a private OB-GYN practice and is now working in a hospital parttime as a physician advisor to care management. She spends winters skiing and working as a volunteer ski patroller at Okemo. Patti has two grown children: a daughter in


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D.C. and a son in Boston. Joan Campo Carter is married to Chris Carter. They have a 21-year-old son, Reilly, who is a junior at Boston College and headed to Rome to study this spring. Joan is working for Steve Rodger (a Brunswick classmate) as SVP, Communications and Development for the two Caribbean medical schools that his private equity firm owns. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling to fun places like India, Morocco and Cuba. Hilly Dunn continues to serve as VP on the International Hildreth Meiere Association board, which perpetuates her grandmother’s legacy as a prominent Art Deco artist. Throughout the year, she visits Salt Lake City to see her daughter Kimberly ’05, daughter-in-law Lauren, and grandson Paxton. In between she goes to Boston to visit her other daughter, Anna. Pat Nischan is living in Greenwich and working for BMW as a computer consultant. She has had a lot of fun and traveled a great deal. Andrea Shakespeare Renna is loving being a grandmother! She has a very happy marriage, three wonderful married sons, two grandchildren, and is working part-time. Andrea was so sorry she was not able to make the reunion, but heard it was

3 Maggie Malloy ’06 with parents Ken and Jeryl Tardio Malloy ’79

4 Schuyler DeBree, daughter of Genevieve Lynch DeBree ’85

fun. Nancy Rodriguez works as a petroleum geologist for Shell Oil and was transferred to The Hague, Netherlands in 2014. She loves the Netherlands lifestyle where she bikes to work, walks to the markets, and rarely drives her car because the public transportation is amazing. Nancy has three children: Alex (#1) lives in Houston and is working as a fitness trainer. Brian (#2) is now living in Gothenburg, Sweden, and works as a vehicle designer. Her daughter, Martha (#3), is a student at the University of Texas at Austin. Mary Davis Stanton lives in New Canaan, CT, with her husband, David, and is the Director of Marketing and Patient Relations at The Center for Advanced Pediatrics. They are celebrating their fourth and youngest son’s graduation from college this spring. Liz Waldrup has been busy in the retail world traveling to China and North Carolina. She spends time in Arizona when she can. Liz has been the co-chair of the Santa’s Secret Shop at Sacred Heart Greenwich for the past four years and is a member of the Alumnae Board.

1979 3 Jeryl Tardio Malloy celebrated the wedding of daughter Maggie ’06 at their home in Rhode Island with classmates Tori Vallely Cox, Franny Rooney Cifrino, Barbara Palazzo Sulliman, Tricia Davis Verrochi and Barbara Carey Vermylen. Maggie and her new husband, Jesse, reside in Montauk on Long Island.

1985 Ann Marie Mara Cacase lives in Harrison with her husband, Timmy, and three children. They are opening a restaurant in Rye in 2018 called Rafele, Authentic Southern Italian. Their chef and partner recently won “Chopped;” he also has a restaurant in the city. Cathleen Mendelson Daly and her husband, Kevin, live in Bronxville with their three children. Caitlin is a junior at Fairfield University, Connor is a sophomore and captain of the Villanova golf team, and Quinn is a junior at Bronxville HS. Cathleen is teaching yoga and says it’s the best. 4 Genevieve Lynch DeBree’s daughter Schuyler is in her final season of soccer at Duke. It has been

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an exceptional season for Schuyler and her teammates, highlighted with 19 wins in a row (school record was eight), 10–0–0 ACC record, ACC regular season champions and ESPN Sports Center #6 goal of the day after Schuyler scored on a 50-yard free kick at Boston College, where she had torn her ACL two years previously. Schuyler hopes to play professionally overseas next year. In the meantime, she is loving every minute of being a collegiate athlete at Duke. Megan Cassidy Foley and her husband, Larry, live in Southport, CT, with their five children. LJ is a freshman at Holy Cross, Liam is a junior at Greens Farms Academy, Clare is a sophomore at GFA, Aidan is an eighth grader at Fairfield Country Day School, and Declan is a second grader at FCDS. Barbara Linsenmeyer Malone and her husband, Tom, have been married going on 28 years. They are parents to two children. Ian Thomas Malone (26) is a writer of 10 books including, most recently, “The Transgender Manifesto.” Daughter Barbara (16) is a junior in high school as well as a varsity swimmer and water polo player. They live in Riverside.

1989 5 The families of Lisa Burke Fallon, Meghan Mara Brennan and Kathleen Plunkett O’Connor

5 Charlotte Fallon ’22, Annie O’Connor ’22, James O’Connor, Charlie Brennan, J.P. Brennan, Meghan Mara Brennan ’89, Griffin Brennan, Lisa Burke Fallon ’89, Mary O’Connor ’21, Claire Niehaus (daughter of Erin Plunkett Niehaus ’87), Daphne Fallon. ’25, Kathleen Plunkett O’Connor ’89, Billy Fallon

6 Kirsten Caffrey Kellogg ’94, Mary Phelan Beaudry ’94, Nicole Fontanella ’94, and Aimee (Lynch) Tusa ’94


Jennifer Bentley Rivera ’94


Evan Urso, son of Dina Cortese Urso ’95

gathered for a summer birthday celebration of Meghan Mara Brennan and Mary O’Connor ’21, daughter of Kathleen Plunkett O’Connor.

1994 6 Kirsten Caffrey Kellogg, Mary Phelan Beaudry, Nicole Fontanella and Aimee Lynch Tusa enjoyed time together in Greenwich this fall. 7 Jennifer Bentley Rivera is mother to seven beautiful children and recently took on the role of Program Director at Kids Helping Kids in Stamford, CT. Her daughters Micaela and Caitlyn Rose are in ninth and eighth grade respectively at Sacred Heart Greenwich, where Jennifer is currently serving her second term on the Alumnae Board.

1995 Elyse Mueller Dunbar has been promoted to Assistant Director of Admission at Wilbraham and Monson Academy in MA. Elyse credits her Sacred Heart experience for her passion to work in an independent school. Her daughter is currently in grade 6 at the Academy and loving it! Katy Grogan Garry has launched her own original fine art business. Katy’s pop art style is very colorful and expressive. She is currently in a number of stores in the area, including Nest Inspired Home in Rye and Decoration Day in Larchmont. She works

on custom artwork, so be sure to check out! 8 Dina Cortese Urso had her third son, Evan Thomas, on May 12, 2017. He joins his big brothers, Luke, 7, and Jonathan, 5. Sheila Ventre recently moved to New Canaan, CT, with her husband, Salvatore. Sheila has a beautiful 2 1/2 year old son, Jackson, and a dog, Stella. Sheila is a first grade teacher and her husband is in I.T. Sheila and her family enjoy traveling and spending their summers at their home in Italy.

1998 9 Liz MacKinnon Haak lives in Boston with her husband, Andy, and son, Henry. Margaret Brennan joined the team at CBS’ ‘Face the Nation’ as a moderator in February, in addition to her role as CBS News Sr. Foreign Affairs Correspondent. 10 Tara Varbara ran the TCS NYC Marathon for the second year in a row with a PR time (4:19:46)!

9 Liz MacKinnon Haak ’98’s family on Thanksgiving


Tara Varbaro ’98

2000 Margaret Feeney was recently nominated for a global “Living Our Values” award at RBS (NatWest Markets). Margaret is also Chair of the Board at 3i; a partnership that identifies disruptive blockchain startups and introduces them to the Connecticut Angel Venture Capital community. Lindsay Smith was recognized by the Fairfield County Business Journal as a 2017 “40 under 40” for her work with Abbey Tent & Party Rentals and the Fairfield Emerging Leaders Organization (FELO).

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11 Henry Bell, son of Natalie Hernandez Bell ’01

2001 Laura Antonacci made a crosscountry move from New York to San Francisco in July for her dream job as Director of Marketing for Children’s Books at Chronicle Books and is loving every minute of it. The President of Chronicle Books is fellow alumna Tyrrell Hammer Mahoney ’87 (for more on this Sacred Heart connection, see page 43). 11 Natalie Hernandez Bell and husband Jim welcomed their second baby, Henry, this past June. Big sister Emily is in love! 12 Cristin McGuinn Hayes and husband Chip welcome their second child, William Francis Hayes, on January 12, 2017. 13 Tanisha Miles Huffstead graduated from nursing school and is now


Cristin McGuinn Hayes ’01 and family

a registered nurse at White Plains Hospital. Katie McGurty Hutter moved with her family from Hawaii to San Diego, CA, where she is an Active Duty Navy pilot. Katie is now flying the C40, the military version of the Boeing 737, which provides worldwide logistic support for the Navy. Her husband is a Navy helicopter pilot in San Diego and their children (Harper Grace, 3.5 years old, and Dean Thomas, 1.5 years old) are happy that they still live next to the beach! 14 Kate Stuebe married Alexander Hearne on June 24, 2017, at her grandparents’ home in New Jersey. There were many Sacred Heart alumnae (and future alumnae) in attendance, including Patricia Duffy Murphy (Eden Hall 1949), Sarah Duffy Lazo (Eden Hall 1950),

13 Tanisha Miles Huffstead ’01 with husband Ruel, daughters Imani and Tori, and mother Joan Spence

Sheelagh Murphy Masterson (91st Street 1950), Avery Bruno Armas ’01, Meghan Mara Ryan ’01, Sarah Quick Stuebe ’04, Kaitlin Webb (Omaha 2008) and Sienna Stuebe (91st Street 2020)! Kate and Alex were lucky enough to meet Pope Francis during their honeymoon in Rome and currently live in NYC. Kate is the integrated marketing director at Elle magazine. 15 Katie Henry Zentko welcomed her third son, Michael Patrick Zentko, on January 3, 2018, who joins big brothers Noah (4) and Brayden (2).


Kate Stuebe Hearne ’01


Katie Henry Zentko ’01 and family

2003 16 Charlotte d’Orchimont Lamb and husband Steve welcomed their second child, William Alexander

16 William Alexander Lamb, son of Charlotte d’Orchimont Lamb ’03

The 16th Annual Katie Cassidy Higgins ’96 Memorial Lacrosse Tournament SUNDAY, MAY 20, 2018 Alumnae Lacrosse Game: noon Contact Meghan Mara Ryan ’01 at for more information. See page 19 for additional details about the event.


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17 Lois Kessel ’04 and husband Austin Hines

Lamb, to the world on January 10, 2018. Big sister Madeleine is very proud of her new baby brother. The Lambs reside in Rowayton, CT.

2004 17 Lois Kessel married Austin Hines in Northern California on August 11, 2017, in a private ceremony with immediate family.

2005 Emily Grubert, who recently received her Ph.D. in Environment and Resources at Stanford University, returned to campus last June to deliver a compelling and inspirational commencement address during graduation.

2006 Claire Lorentzen joined the Society of the Sacred Heart as Director of Mission Communications back in April 2017. The new role allows Claire to return to King Street in an official capacity regularly!


Keith Duffy and Sarah Julian Duffy ’08


Sacred Heart alumnae at the wedding of Sarah Julian Duffy ’08


Sylvia Khoury ’08


Tara Cochran ’09 and her Sacred Heart Greenwich classmates

2007 Kerry Morrison, M.D., graduated from Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons in May 2017 as a member of the Alpha Omega Alpha (AOA) Honor Medical Society. At Columbia’s graduation, she received the Doctor Allen O. Whipple Memorial Prize for outstanding performance in Surgery, and the Glasgow-Rubin Achievement Award, which is presented to women graduating in the top 10 percent of their medical school class. Kerry matched to her first choice for residency, and will start as a Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Resident Physician at NYU Langone Medical Center in July 2018.

2008 Colleen Considine is a first year medical student at the George Washington School of Medicine. 18 19 Sarah Julian married Keith Duffy on September 2, 2017 in Rye, NY. Meg Larson was maid of honor and Liana Khandji was a bridesmaid. Mary Raho Julian ’78, the mother of the bride, was also the wedding planner! 20 Sylvia Khoury’s original play, “Against


the Hillside,” had its off-Broadway premiere in January and February of this year. She is a student at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. 21 Cassidy Mara was admitted to the Connecticut Bar and practices labor & employment law at McCarter & English in Stamford, CT. She resides in Manhattan. Keller Wilson moved to Nashville, TN, to pursue her MBA at

Cassidy Mara ’08

Vanderbilt University. She’s working on saying “y’all” and loves running into fellow classmate Taylor Griffin, who lives just down the road.

2009 22 Tara Cochran married Matthew Korinek in August 2017. In attendance were Sacred Heart

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Parents of Alumnae Even after graduation, parents remain an important part of the Sacred Heart Greenwich community.

If you would like to get involved with Parents of Alumnae, please contact committee co-chairs Debra McLaughlin P’16 and Val Gonzalez-Molina P’16 at There are great opportunities to stay in touch with the School after your daughter graduates, from attending Reunion to stuffing care packages for college-age alumnae and other events in the fall. We also welcome all Parents of Alumnae to the Athletic Center Team Room Scala Walsh Team Room for coffee and conversation after each all-school liturgy. We hope to see you at the Ascension Thursday Liturgy on Thursday, May 10, 2018, at 10:00 a.m.

Parents of college-age alumnae celebrated a congé of their own by putting together care packages.


Kyla Harrington ’09 with bridesmaids (CREDIT: JOANNA TOTO, THE DAY)


Kyla Harrington ’09

(CREDIT: JOANNA TOTO, THE DAY) 26 Katie Randolph ’10 and Julie Randolph ’13 at the NYC Marathon

Susie Callagy McCloskey ’84, P’14, ’20 and Lynn Rhatigan Callagy ’57, P’84, ’88

Lorena Ferrara P’04, ’09, ’14 and Jeannie Van Buitenan P’01, ’04, ’06, ’08 25

classmates Kristin Carey, Liz Carr, Kate Foley and Morgan Forester. 23 24 On September 30, 2017. Kyla Harrington and Andrew Hilboldt were married at Sacred Heart Greenwich. Kyla and Andrew met at the Sacred Heart Junior Prom. The wedding was graced with many Sacred Heart bridesmaids including Jacka Harrington (NCDS), Kristin Carey, Amanda Weber, Erin O’Callaghan, Morgan Forester, Antonia Libassi and Olivia Ruggiero, and there


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were many Sacred Heart wedding guests too! Sr. Joan Magnetti led all guests in an amazing prayer to start off the wedding reception. Kyla thanks Sacred Heart for being such an amazing wedding ceremony venue! 25 Alex Jung married in September 2017.

2010 Katie Randolph ran the NYC Marathon this past fall. 26

Alex Jung ’09


27 Kelsey Mara ’11, Emily Harrington McGuire ’07 and Casey Mahoney Parrish ’02

27 Kelsey Mara lives in New York and works at P. Schoenfeld Asset Management with Emily Harrington McGuire ’07 and Casey Mahoney Parrish ’02. 28 Grace McMorrow is in her second year living and working as an English teacher in Madrid, Spain. 28 Grace McMorrow ’11 rowing a boat in Parque de Retiro in Madrid, Spain

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Tara Hammonds ’14

2013 Alison Brett is a post-production coordinator at the production company Studio City. She is living in L.A. and works with the creative team in both NY and L.A. to create promos for the “The Dr. Oz Show.” As a coordinator, she manages editors, writers and graphic artists to deliver show promos by deadlines. Prior to this position, she was working on the development side, researching talent and storylines for shows that are going to air on networks such as TLC, Lifetime and HGTV. She has also been freelancing as an on-set production assistant on some web series, short films and commercials, and as a portrait and event photographer in her spare time. Catherine Considine graduated from Villanova University’s nursing school in May and is working as a pediatric oncology nurse at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. Margaret Dunne is in Botswana working as a Peace Corps volunteer in a small village called Maun in the northwest part of the country. She is working at both the District AIDS Coordinator’s Office and a female empowerment organization called Queen Esther. The DAC coordinates HIV activities in the


Marisa Licursi ’14

district that focus on prevention that are then implemented by NGOs. Queen Esther works in schools to teach life skills and leadership skills to girls in Maun and the surrounding villages. She will be there for two years. Sarah Hirshorn graduated from Stanford with distinction in June with a degree in public policy and a self-designed concentration in social entrepreneurship. Sarah was awarded the alumni award of excellence and was voted the most outstanding senior in her public policy department. She now lives in NYC and works as an investor relations analyst at Morgan Stanley. Allie Kenny graduated from Duke in 2017 as part of the school’s Phi Beta Kappa society. Nicole Polemeni-Hegarty graduated with a master’s degree in mechanical and aerospace engineering and will work at a private aerospace company on the West Coast next year. She will be working as a rocket engineer on a reusable launch vehicle. Molly Smith is working at St. Andrew’s Academy in Bridgeport, CT, as the technology and media coordinator. She is also the fifth and eighth grade religion teacher.


Bridget Scaturro ’14


2014 29 Tara Hammonds spent part of her study abroad semester in Madagascar conducting research on the effects of the introduction of European cattle breeds on the dairy industry, which was later published by the study abroad program and has readership across 24 countries. She plans to continue researching the livestock sector in developing countries through two research projects in Kenya over the course of the next year. 30 Marisa Licursi studied abroad in Rome, Italy, and during her time in Europe, traveled to 22 European cities and 14 countries! Pictured is her last trip to the beautiful Lisbon, Portugal. Marisa’s most recent trip was in January,

Grace Campbell ’16

where she went to the other side of the globe to Brazil and Argentina. 31 Bridget Scaturro started working with the ACC Network at UVA where she does sideline reporting for ESPN and ACC Network televised events. She also interviews athletes and coaches for Virginia’s Orange & Blue Report for the Virginia Sports Network. Both of these opportunities have given her great experience to better prepare her for the sports broadcasting industry.

2016 32 Grace Campbell visited the original Mater painting while on a trip to Rome with a class she took at Colgate University this fall.

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Beauty of the Heart Saint Madeleine Sophie Barat believed in developing an eye for the beautiful. The beauty of our expansive campus is in view each day, but what other beauty presents itself to us daily at Sacred Heart Greenwich? When walking through the crowded hallways of the Upper School, hurrying between floors in the Middle School, and moving from classroom to classroom in the Lower School, take a minute to look up. If you do, you’ll notice the 3D sculptures, mosaic tiles, solar prints, brushstroke paintings and much more that line the walls, and you’ll see how the work evolves in intricacy and execution from September to June. Our campus inspires students to combine advanced techniques and concepts to create everything from contour drawings in second grade or intricate digital prints in sophomore year.


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Clockwise from top left: Elysia Shively ’26 (Repetitive Contour Drawing), Barrett Hausmann ’28 (Clay Symmetry, collaboration with Monarch Butterfly science class), Nina Rosenblum ’12 (AP Studio Art Portfolio), Megan McGrath ’25 (Sculpted Relief Face, cardboard), Clara Bonomo ’26 (Brush Painting, collaboration with Chinese New Year class), Morgan Felletter ’21 and Sydney Duncan ’21 (Photo 1, Darkroom Print), Jackie Erensen ’22 (Monochromatic landscape, acrylics on canvas), Justine Hounsell ’22 (Perspective Drawing, pen & ink), Anna Bella ’12 (AP Studio Art Portfolio, watercolor, pen & ink), Amelia Sheehan ’20 (Photo 2, Digital Print)

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