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The Moonbeams Circle Years may come and years may go, future all unknown, but there is a way that you can help ensure that the future of the school is more certain. Join in the legacy of visionary leadership that has been the school’s tradition since its founding by becoming a member of the Moonbeams Circle.

Ways to give a visionary gift Vision Make a simple gift and maximize the charitable deduction

Avoid capital gains tax liability on appreciated securities.

Make a gift that does not affect income and assets now. Defer significant gift until after your lifetime.

Receive a guaranteed fixed income for yourself or another beneficiary, while making a gift to the school.

Provide immediate income to the school and leave the principal to your heirs.

Provide income for yourself or another, leaving the remainder to the school.

Make a gift of an asset/property that is no longer needed.

Make a significant gift at a minimum cost.


Bequest or Name Miss Porter’s School as the beneficiary of your retirement plan.

Charitable Gift Annuity

Charitable Lead Trust

Charitable Remainder Trust

Donate property to the school

Paid-up Life Insurance Policy

Notify the Gifts Administrator that you wish to transfer stocks.

Include Miss Porter’s School in your will, as a recipient of a percentage of your estate, a specific dollar amount, or a share of the residue. Name Miss Porter’s School as the residual beneficiary of your retirement plan (such as an IRA, 401(K) or Keogh).

Create a charitable gift annuity contract with the school ($10,000 minimum) that pays a fixed amount based on the age of the beneficiary at the time the annuity is established.

Create a charitable lead trust by transferring assets for at least 10 years, naming the school as the beneficiary of the trust income. Part or all of the principal is retained for heirs.

Create either a charitable remainder annuity trust (fixed payments with a minimum payout rate of 5%) or unitrust (fixed percentage of at least 5% of the trust asset value).

Property may be donated outright or, with a gift of a personal residence you may retain lifetime use (called a “life estate”).

Make Miss Porter’s School the beneficiary of a paid-up life insurance policy you no longer need.

No tax on the capital gains and provides a charitable income tax deduction and you have the satisfaction of knowing your gift is going to work for the school immediately.

Control of your assets during your lifetime and a donation that is exempt from estate tax. Making a gift of your retirement plan also saves the estate the taxes due on the retirement plan. You have the satisfaction of knowing your gift will be part of the school’s future.

You or your beneficiary receives fixed payments at a high rate of return for life. Reduces current and future income taxes. You have the satisfaction of knowing that your gift will ultimately benefit the school.

The trust income (which immediately benefits the school) is not taxable during the term of the trust. Reduces taxable estate. Family may keep part or all of the assets, which reduces gift and estate tax.

Receive income for life and a charitable income tax deduction for a percentage of the assets. You have the satisfaction of knowing that the assets will ultimately come to the school.

Receive a charitable income tax deduction, avoid the capital gains if the property were to be sold, and remove the asset from the estate (to avoid estate taxes). You have the satisfaction of donating property that the school will either use, or sell, with the proceeds benefitting the school.

Receive a charitable income tax deduction and you have the satisfaction that your gift will ultimately support the school.

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Miss Porter’s School The Bulletin of Miss Porter’s 60 Main Street | Farmington, CT 06032 School Phone: (860) 409-3500 | Fax: (860)2 409-3517 Volume 35, Number Miss School HeadPorter’s of School 60 Main Windsor, Street Ed.D Katherine Gladstone Farmington, CT 06032 Phone: (860) 409-3500 Director of Communications Fax: (860) 409-3517 Siobhan Federici, editor

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New Commitments of $25,000 or november 22, 2011 to June 7, 2011 Mr. and Mrs. david J. cadenhead P’13

elisabeth nicholson Holmes ’54

anne cox chambers ’38

Mimi colgate Kirk ’57

diana russell terlato ’86

©2010 Porter’s Joan PatonMiss tilney ’46 School

Mr. and Mrs. Philip deSantis P’12

lisa J. Kunstadter ’70

catherine Whitney Welles ’79

isobel l. ellis ’81

roxanne Mccormick leighton ’63

Ms. Barbara S. Wells

valerie greene Flynn ’81

Mr. and Mrs. regis B. lippert P’03

lillian S. Wells Foundation

carolyn cutler goodman ’61

Sally Hill lloyd ’66

estate of Margaret c. Whitman gP’02

dianne t. goodnow ’77

darcy S. Mauro ’83

Jean Hudson Witmer ’73

Mr. John K. greene P’81, gP’12, ’14

dr. and Mrs. J. Michael McQuade P’11

Mr. and Mrs. John c. Wilcox P’10

Mary ann Bondurant Hodgkins ’54

anne Stillman nordeman ’65

Judith Milliken Holden ’68

Marnie Stuart Pillsbury ’61

deming Pratt Holleran ’61

Katrina Weiss ryan ’98

Ania Dulnik ’10, one of the co-heads of the Literature Club, catches up on her reading. For the Literature Club’s reading list, please turn to page 28.



The Compounding Effect of Collective Effort


n the Winter 2010 issue of The Bulletin, I shared the news that the school and the board of trustees had begun work on a strategic process to plan for the future of Miss Porter’s School. I am pleased to announce that this issue of The Bulletin shares the outcomes of this work in a special feature titled, “Within Our Legacy Lies Our Future.” The essence of our work serves as a tribute to those who came before us—students, faculty, staff, trustees, Ancients and parents alike; those on whose shoulders we stand today. For generations, our school has relied on the contributions of these individuals whose past work on behalf of Miss Porter’s School remains meaningful today. Their work continues to afford for our success as an exemplary girls’ school and provides a valuable lesson. Too often, we believe that our individual contributions cannot meet the vast needs of the school, but to advance Miss Porter’s School as the leading girls’ school in the 21st century, we must believe in the compounding effect of our collective effort. We learn from those who came before us that there is no time like the present to offer our very best contributions to Miss Porter’s School through gifts of time, hard work, event participation, and financial support, as well as unanimous belief in the transformative power of a girls’ school. Together, our collective effort ensures Sarah Porter’s vision for her school will progress with unwavering continuity. Our predecessors have taught us that today is no mere fleeting moment—what we do now can and will affect the future. And, just as the Miss Porter’s School community is grateful everyday for the legacy provided to us by the leadership of those who came before us, we are equally as thankful for those who are taking the lead today with foresight and with fortitude. Thank you to our students who accept the challenge of our mission and make every great effort to be the best they can be every day. Thank you to our parents who believe in giving their daughters the gift of a Miss Porter’s School education. Thank you to our Ancients who exemplify our mission and in doing so, serve as the finest ambassadors of our school.

Elizabeth (Liddy) Renner ’14 takes a break in the Main Parlors, beneath the photo tribute to former heads of Miss Porter's School.

Thank you to our trustees who boldly lead our school ethically and resourcefully. Thank you to our faculty and staff who are the heart and soul of our school and of Sarah Porter’s vision. Our individual contributions gain even more strength, influence, and impact when combined with the efforts of many, and we should be inspired to be inspiring. Our actions can influence others; our collective contributions can assure the legacy of our school. When we hear Farmington’s call, the answer is clear: the power of one can empower us all.

Katherine Gladstone Windsor, Ed.D Head of School



Bulletin | points While New England ably presents each of the four seasons with ample charm, there may be no more perfect season in Farmington than spring. Springtime at Miss Porter’s School means classes held on stretches of green lawn, first cookouts on the patio, breakfasts of strawberries and cream, gardens enchanted by girls lifting their voices in song, shiny rings gracing New Girls’ fingers, and many special moments leading up to graduation. Springtime events nicely suit this issue of The Bulletin, which shares the message of “Within Our Legacy Lies Our Future,” for they too remind us that as things change, the more they stay the same. Girls still gather in friendship with their classmates, teachers alongside, to mark the

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traditions held dear by the school for generations before us and generations to come. They reflect on the relationships I hope you enjoy this issue in the same fashion. Please

Siobhan Federici Director of Communications

consider The Bulletin just one example of your ongoing

P.S. Since our last issue, senior Emily Harris was named

relationship with Miss Porter’s School. Share news with

a finalist in the National Merit Scholarship Program

school or send a class note; for you are remembered in

and went on to earn a National Merit Scholarship.

Farmington, and we want to hear from you.

Congratulations to Emily!

made here; ones they know will pass the test of time.

Farmington Women Honoring Farmington Women Head of School Kate Windsor was among those honored at a Farmington Historical Society luncheon titled “Farmington Women Honoring Farmington Women.” The event, now in its second year, honors Farmington women who have made contributions in the arts, health care, politics, education, business, civic organizations, athletics, and other fields.

Dr. Windsor is in good company. In 2010, Sarah Porter was posthumously honored at the Farmington Historical Society luncheon as a “visionary of her time who championed the importance of women receiving educations equal to those available to men.”

Dr. Windsor was recognized as a frequent lecturer on leadership and single-sex education who “advances the opportunities available to young women by championing their ability to become informed, bold, resourceful and ethical global citizens who will shape a changing world.”

Legacy Within Our

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Outcomes of Miss Porter’s School’s Strategic Planning Process


From the very beginning of Miss Porter’s School, Sarah Porter balanced tradition with innovation to provide a rigorous and dynamic education for young women. In doing so, she set her school on a course that continues to allow it to serve as the clear leader among girls’ schools. Now more than ever, Miss Porter’s School possesses a unique position in history and in the independent school market as the premier girls’ boarding and day school in the country. To continue to advance the work of our founder, it is our responsibility to assert our legacy and our vision for the future. To fulfill this responsibility, faculty, administrators and trustees engaged in a comprehensive strategic planning process during the 2009-2010 and 2010-2011 school years to identify goals for the future of Miss Porter’s School. The work of this group determined the following outcomes: the school’s core characteristics, mission, vision and diversity statements, educational philosophy, and goals for the future.



t Miss Porter’s School, students develop their innate gifts and discover new talents. They grow, reach out, and connect with others who share their potential to stand out in any field, to make a difference in any community, and to make lasting contributions to the world. This is the most important feature of a girls’ school.

Our Core Characteristics Define Our Community

The Miss Porter's School community cultivates and commends the following core characteristics:

• Intellectual Curiosity • Leadership • Global Citizenship

• Integrity • Courage



ere, young women refine their abilities as scholars, artists, athletes and friends. Through their experiences in the classroom, in the arts studio, on the athletic field or stage, and by their service to others and engagement with the wider world, our students become self-motivated. Their vision and purpose is captured in their focus, passion and voices as they demonstrate their ability to lead.

Our Mission Statement Shares Our Purpose Miss Porter's School educates young women to become informed, bold, resourceful and ethical global citizens. We expect our graduates to shape a changing world.

Our Vision Statement Guides Our Work In keeping with our founder's vision, Miss Porter's School joins tradition with innovation to provide an exemplary education to young women. Generation after generation, our leadership is defined by our ability to articulate how young women think, how young women learn, and why gender matters. Within our legacy lies our future.



ur community—adults and students alike—is comprised of individuals from Connecticut, the United States and around the world, all of whom share ideas, opinions and experiences freely. Each Porter’s student is encouraged to be fully herself so the school community can benefit from a variety of viewpoints.

Our Diversity Statement Inspires Awareness At Miss Porter’s School, the world is welcomed and invited in. We value diverse perspectives and individual voices. Our academic, extra-curricular, residential and professional programs foster the productive exchange of ideas and encourage personal growth. As we learn about ourselves and each other, we strengthen our community of students and their families, faculty, staff, administrators, Ancients and trustees.


hen Sarah Porter founded her school, she was determined to create a superior educational environment for girls. Today, her visionary leadership lives on in current students as they step confidently into the larger world, bolstered by a tradition of lifelong commitment to education and a deep understanding of global issues.

Our Educational Philosophy States Our Promise Miss Porter’s School provides young women with a rigorous and excellent liberal arts education. Our community commits to mutual respect and high standards of achievement. Our curriculum challenges students to think and work collaboratively and creatively, make connections among disciplines, and apply knowledge to increasingly complex problems. Our students think critically and analytically, communicate authentically, and develop the strategies necessary to become competent, confident, and compassionate leaders in a global environment. Miss Porter’s School empowers young women to become the architects of their own experience.



iss Porter’s School sets the standard—through our programs, by our practices, and with our people. We have the opportunity, the ability and the responsibility to leverage our unique legacy and proven practice for preparing girls to shape a changing world. The strategic planning process has informed our ability to lead Miss Porter’s School well into the future while ensuring we equip our students with the tools and habits of mind they need to succeed in a rapidly changing world.

Visionary Goals To achieve all of our goals for our school, we will embrace three visionary strands in the years ahead. We will: • Become intellectual leaders in women’s education and advocacy • Embrace globalization and the creation of meaningful partnerships • Advance our technological resources and education These visionary strands define our institution uniquely as we continue to best prepare our students for the future. These strands will support the best practices of the school while inspiring our strategic actions.

Strategic Actions To achieve our visionary goals, we will implement the following strategic actions: • We will partner with the Center for the Study of Boys’ and Girls’ Lives. • We will develop the Sarah Porter Leadership Institute into a center for both students and adults. • We will hold leadership positions with the National Association of Independent Schools and the National Association of Principals of Girls’ Schools, as well as lead and participate in mentoring programs. • We will continue to study and implement research findings of the National Coalition of Girls’ Schools. • We will welcome scholars in residence, particularly to study our vast archives. • We will grow to understand, establish and leverage our relationships with others around the world, including our vast network of Ancients. • We will become a consortium member of Online School for Girls. • We will institute a new graduation requirement for all students to participate in an online course. • We will become a device school.

Our Best Practices

The most forward-looking planning assumes the school will embrace and execute best practices for foundational work and function on an annual basis. With a commitment to best practices in place, the school is able to be visionary in determining strategic actions. These best practices articulate what the school will continue to achieve daily, monthly, and annually. • The board of trustees will ensure mission is central; vision is achieved. • The academic program will align with the school’s mission and vision. • The academic program will make certain each student has reached her potential effectively. • The school will commit to recruiting, rewarding and retaining excellent faculty and staff. • The school will recruit and enroll students who benefit from and contribute to the community. • The school will engage alumnae, parents, and friends to support and promote our mission. • The school will exercise fiscal responsibility. • The school will support current and future needs of our historic campus. • The school will be an inclusive community. • The school will maintain the traditions that are part of our history.

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Trustee Judy Milliken Holden ’68 Chairs the Strategic Directions Committee By ceSeli dillingHaM FOSter ’60


udy Milliken Holden ’68 wants young women to have a strong, single-sex education available to them, with all of the

necessary resources. As a trustee, Judy makes sure Miss Porter’s School provides just that type of opportunity. To understand Judy Milliken Holden’s contributions, one most first understand that Judy is not simply an enthusiastic champion of Miss Porter’s School, but a volunteer who brings a wealth of experience and leadership to her role. A graduate of Hollins College, Judy earned her Master of Science degree in economics from the New School before working for Sotheby’s International. In 1977, Judy dedicated herself to a

“If, as a volunteer, you ever get tired or feel unmotivated, spend some time with those you are helping.” —Judy Milliken Holden ’68

vocation of volunteering in Greenwich, Conn. She became very involved in the Junior League and was elected as its president.

For the past two years, Judy has served as the board’s secretary

Understanding that education is the key to success, Judy ran

and led the board’s Strategic Directions Committee. The work of

a Junior League program to train others on how to write grant

the committee was to engage the school community in looking

proposals. Later, she and a group of friends co-founded a program

forward. In collaboration with Head of School Kate Windsor,

now known as “Kids in Crisis,” a very successful youth shelter

Judy and the committee designed and oversaw the strategic

program in the late 1970s and early 1980s. In 1990, Judy became

directions process on campus, with Judy actively involving the

director of development for the Greenwich Library.

full board of trustees in strategic directions exercises during

In 1998, Judy founded McKelvey & Holden, a strategic consulting

their board meetings.

firm designed to help nonprofit and educational institutions with

Judy is excited to see Porter’s claim its leadership as the premier

strategic action plans, annual and capital campaigns, research

girls’ school. She believes she received a first-class education at

and diversification of funding sources, and major gift programs.

Porter’s and in the benefit of a single-sex education. However, she

During her nine years with McKelvey & Holden, Judy continued

recalls the late sixties as a complicated time during which students

volunteering as a board member with the United Way and Porter’s.

were limited in where they could go and what they could do. This

Judy’s first engagements with school came through her service to the Nominating Committee and Alumnae Board, of which she served as president. She also volunteered as the Alumnae

is a sharp contrast from today’s student experience—of which Judy got a first-hand glimpse when she joined the school service trip to the Olof Palme Orphanage in Tanzania in 2009.

Annual Fund chair and for the school’s reaccreditation committee.

“…Watching Porter’s young women rally to the occasion and try

A member of the board of trustees since 2004, Judy is on

to understand and process the incredible circumstances the African

the Campaign, Nominating, and Executive Committees, the

young women were dealing with was clearly watching the Porter’s

Committee on Trustees, and previous responsibilities included

mission at work,” Judy recalls. “They were strong, caring for each

her time as co-chair of the first phase of the current capital

other, and so anxious to shape a changing world.” And through her

campaign from 2004 to 2008 and co-chair of the Marketing

work at Porter’s, the same can be said of Judy Milliken Holden ’68.

Committee from 2008-2009.



One Penny Can Make a Lot of Change Anita (Penny) Barker Weeks ’77 Retires as President of the Board of Trustees


In her tenure, Penny Barker Weeks ’77 worked closely with M. Burch Tracy Ford, former head of school, and Head of School Katherine G. Windsor.

he January 2011 board meeting weekend began with a festive start as trustees and special guests gathered to honor Anita (Penny) Barker Weeks ’77.

From left to right: Trustee Clover Drinkwater ’64, Penny Barker Weeks ’77, Penny’s son Peter Weeks, her mother, Anita Barker, and Penny’s nephew Alex Barker.

A member of the board of trustees for 16 years, Penny began her board work in 1995 by serving as an exofficio member as co-president of the Alumnae Board. In 1998, she became a full board member and was named president in 2003. Previously, she chaired the Finance and Investment Committees, and she has volunteered extensively for school as a member of the Planned Giving, Reunion and Gift Committees, Reunion chair, branch

officer, class representative, Farmington Finder and Alumnet member. “The hallmark of Penny’s tenure on the board of trustees is her commitment to a fiscal focus for our school. During her years of leadership, Miss Porter’s School’s endowment grew to exceed $100 million,” states Senior Director of Institutional Advancement Julia McCormack. “Along with our head of school, Penny and the board of trustees have worked to build a strong foundation for the successful and stable future of Miss Porter’s School.” At her retirement party, Penny was celebrated for her dedication and commitment to Miss Porter’s School. She was presented with two gifts to commemorate her years of service: a sterling silver compass to thank her for the course she charted for Farmington and an antique gavel in recognition of her leadership of the board of trustees. Penny was also congratulated by several of her colleagues in a series of toasts. In her remarks, Trustee Judy Milliken Holden ’68 recounted her experience with Penny as members of the school’s Tanzanian service trip as a meaningful memory for both of them as they “shaped a changing world.” Miss Porter’s School thanks Penny for her dedicated service.

Board leadership 2011-2012 Barbara Higgins epifanio ’79 has been elected to lead the board of

honor the school can bestow upon an ancient.

trustees, beginning in the 2011-2012 school year. Barbara previously

incoming officers for 2011-2012 are listed below:

served on the board of trustees from 1998 to 2009, and during this

Barbara higgins epifanio ’79, president

service, she worked closely with Penny Barker Weeks ’77. She has also served the school as a class representative, branch president,

anne stillman nordeman ’65, vice-president

reunion chair, reunion gift chair, and nominating committee

Judy milliken holden ’68, secretary

member. Barbara is also a recipient of a daisy Pin, the highest

Fraser Bennett Beede ’81, treasurer

g n i v a W Good-bye



Flags fly in farewell for Associate Head of School Laura Danforth


fter ten years of service, Associate Head of School Laura Danforth has decided this year will be her last at Miss Porter’s School. Her leaving is bittersweet, notes Head of School Kate Windsor: “Laura will be greatly missed. But, our good-bye is a celebration of Laura as well as her accomplishments and contributions to Porter’s. All of us wish her well as she delves into her next exciting opportunities.”

Laura’s farewell celebration was conceptualized by Kate Doemland, chair of the English department, and Susan Reeder Moss, art teacher. “We wanted to honor and thank Laura with a gift that spoke to her generous spirit of compassion and the meaningful connections she has fostered with each of us: students, staff, parents, trustees, and Ancients,” said Ms. Doemland. To achieve this goal, members of the community were invited to share a

After the presentation, the individual flags were collected and presented to Laura to keep as a collective gift from school.

introducing carol santos carol Santos has been appointed the associate head of Miss Porter’s School with an anticipated start date of July 1, 2011. currently the assistant head of groton School, Ms. Santos has served as assistant director of admission, director of diversity, dean of students, and interim director of studies at Westover School in addition to teaching, advising, and coaching. She is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, and she earned her teaching certification at Sacred Heart University. in 2009, she earned her ed.M. in Private School leadership at columbia University teachers college, Klingenstein center. through her academic preparation, her work history, her references and the interview process, Ms. Santos earned the respect of the Porter’s community. We look forward to welcoming her to campus this summer.

story, poem, blessing, or well-wishes for Laura in the style of a Tibetan prayer flag. In this ancient tradition, small colorful squares of cloth are hung together on a line, printed with Buddhist prayers, mantras, and symbols for happiness and good fortune, and offered to the wind to lift and spread to all beings. “We wanted to give a farewell gift that came from the heart: a full representation of our school and the unique stories of our connections and relationships with Laura,” explained Ms. Reeder Moss. “We pictured varied paper flags strung together, carrying wishes and stories for Laura as we gathered here on campus to express our gratitude and wish her well.” “Everyone is an artist when it comes to expressing gratitude,” noted Ms. Doemland. Indeed, for a multitude of flags were submitted by every group within the campus community and ranged in style from colorful to subdued; sentimental to sparkly. But, as the flags were unfurled on campus on May 16, they were uniquely their own while uniformly sincere in their gratitude for Laura.



We’re a Best Place to Work! Miss Porter’s School was named one of the Best Places to Work in Connecticut 2011 by the Hartford Business Journal and Best Companies Group. This statewide survey and awards program identifies, recognizes and honors the best places of employment in Connecticut, benefiting the state’s economy, its workforce and businesses. Porter’s joined companies from across the state in entering the two-part process to determine the Best Places to Work in Connecticut. The combined scores determined the top companies and the final ranking with extra weight placed on the anonymous surveys completed by employees. truly thoughtful about the work they do, how it affects the people around them and how to impact the lives of young women.”; and “Miss Porter’s School provides a missiondriven organization in which I can thrive as an employee. I feel valued, challenged and empowered to help our students learn and grow while in Farmington.” Chief Financial Officer Michael Bergin agrees with the opinions expressed in the survey. “While the best employees are attracted by vigorous recruitment and generous benefits, they are ultimately retained by our culture of respect, appreciation, and positive relationships,” he notes. “This is why, during our annual service awards, we routinely applaud employees who have worked at Miss Porter’s School for 10, 20, and 30-plus years.” “One of the things that make Miss Porter’s School exceptional is our strong sense of institutional pride. We are a community that knows its history and looks forward to its future,” notes Head of School Kate Windsor. “We believe in our mission, and we place significant value on the experience of our employees and their satisfaction in order to offer our students the best educational experience.” Results of the employee survey support the concept of a work community united in one goal. A sampling of responses read, “I feel valued personally and professionally … it is rare to find a place where you can have the feeling of community at the same time you are working.”; “People are

the people have spoken to be considered as a Best Place to Work, the Porter’s community participated in a two-part evaluation. the first part consisted of evaluating each nominated company’s workplace policies, practices and demographics as shared by a school representative. this part of the process was worth approximately 25 percent of the total evaluation. the second part consisted of an anonymous employee survey to measure the employee experience. this part of the process was worth approximately 75 percent of the total evaluation. Best companies group managed the overall registration and survey process in connecticut and also analyzed the data and used their expertise to determine the final rankings.



Sarah Porter Scholar Dr. Louise Stevenson ’66 Addresses Students on Founder’s Day

Founder’s Day celebrates different times in the history of Miss Porter’s School and in February, Porter’s welcomed Ancient Louise Stevenson ’66 as

Head of School Katherine G. Windsor with Dr. Louise Stevenson ’66.

Founder’s Day speaker. Dr. Stevenson has written extensively on the history of Miss Porter’s School and has published several articles about Sarah Porter.


fter graduating from Miss Porter’s School, Louise Stevenson earned a bachelor’s degree from Barnard College, a master’s degree from New York University, and a doctorate in American studies from Boston University. She has taught at Franklin & Marshall College since 1982, where she is professor of history and American studies. She has chaired the history department and the women’s studies program and has been the campus representative for the James Madison Fellowship Foundation scholarship competition for the past 11 years. Louise has written extensively on American higher education and nineteenth century cultural and intellectual life in scholarly reviews and articles. During her visit, Louise engaged students by addressing the community at a school-wide assembly, attending classes, and participating in a dinner discussion. During her presentation, she spoke about her experiences as a student, her educational

pursuits after Farmington and elements of her scholarly research on Sarah Porter. In a light-hearted moment following the presentation, Head of School Kate Windsor presented Louise with varsity letters in recognition of her athletic achievements when she was a student. Dr. Windsor noted Louise had waited quite long enough; the letters were supposed to have been mailed to her after her graduation! Miss Porter’s School looks forward to welcoming Louise to campus again this fall for her 45th Reunion.

Dr. Stevenson engages students in AP U.S. History.



Making History

Her Stories

Sarah Blake ’78 earns acclaim for her latest novel, The Postmistress.

Sarah Blake ’78 is the author of a chapbook

of poems, Full Turn, an artist book, Runaway Girls, and two novels. Her first, Grange House, was named a “New and Noteworthy” paperback in August 2001 by The New York Times. But it is her second novel, The Postmistress, that has resonated with readers and critics alike.


work of historical fiction, The Postmistress was a labor of love for Sarah. “I started The Postmistress in the beginning of 2001 and handed in the final draft eight years later,” she shares. Her work is proof that good things are worth the wait; The Postmistress spent four weeks on The New York Times bestseller hardcover fiction list in 2010. In February 2011, the soft-cover edition earned a spot on their paperback fiction bestseller list where it remains to date. Set in 1940, The Postmistress tells the stories of three young women whose lives are loosely intertwined. “I wanted to write a war novel that took place off the battlefield and that centered on the lives of women,” explains Sarah. Sarah’s portrayal of these women, two of whom live in a small Massachusetts town and one in war-torn Europe, was described by Publishers Weekly as a successful endeavor: “Blake captures two different worlds— a naïve nation in denial and, across the ocean, a continent wracked with terror—with a deft sense of character and plot,

and a perfect willingness to take on big, complex questions, such as the merits of truth and truth-telling in wartime.” After years of work on the novel, Sarah finds its positive reception to be especially meaningful. “The response has been dumbfounding. It’s amazing! Especially because this book took such a long time and went through so many iterations to arrive in the form it’s in now,” she says. “Never in my wildest dreams did I imagine it would find so many readers. It’s been so humbling and so inspiring to talk to people about the book I struggled so hard to finish. To hear them makes it real for me!”

“I wanted to write a war novel that took place off the battlefield and that centered on the lives of women.”

The Postmistress also reached bestseller lists in Canada and England, and has been sold in 16 countries. It won South Africa’s Reader’s Choice Boeke Prize in September 2010, and there has been some discussion about its film adaptation. “I’d love the book to find life on the screen; there’s been a lot of talk but nothing as yet of anything concrete,” notes Sarah.

15 myself to a vast array of writing and paying close

Sarah Blake ’78 reflects on her career with The Bulletin.

What appeals to you the most about your work? the


chance to vanish into another world, a world that is made

How did your interest in writing develop? Did it flourish

up. the chance to write blindly toward what i don’t know

in Farmington? i have been writing since i was about

and find out what the images in my head are adding up to.

eight, little stories and poems, scenes. rennie McQuilken pushed me to think about language—about words and loving words—in a way that was invaluable for a growing writer. i was on the literary magazine at Farmington and remember vividly the Prescott talks of Jerzy Kosinski and Maya angelou, so i was thinking of myself as an apprentice in some way or another even as i sat in the auditorium. How did Porter’s prepare you for college? i learned from Brendan Burns and Shirley langhauser how to write analytical, well-organized research papers. i learned how to read well, and read closely, from alice delana. Did the focus of your advanced studies influence your writing? i majored in english at yale, and got a doctorate in victorian literature at new york University, so i pretty much focused on reading, writing, and words. i loved nothing more than losing myself in big, fat books and then talking about them. there were some great literature professors at yale who taught poetry, and in some ways, my apprenticeship as a growing writer was in poetry and in imitating the great poets. that’s how writing was taught—through imitation. i think because of that, i really did learn how to get great prose rhythms inside my own work because i had to internalize the structures of the masters.

What advice would you give would-be writers? read, read, read and read. and try and snatch writing time every single day—half an hour, fifteen minutes even. think of writing like a muscle that has to be stretched and toned. i’ve found that the more i write, the easier it is to dive back down into the world i’m writing, almost as though my imagination—like a muscle holding the memory of how to bend or extend—holds its own memory, holds its own place. What do you know now that you wish you knew while a student at Porter’s? i have learned—finally—how to be patient. if something isn’t coming right away, i’ve learned to walk away and come back to the problem. What did you learn at Porter’s that you have carried with you throughout your life? i think, in hindsight, that Farmington taught me how to have fun intellectually. i was challenged by great teachers, but also i remember laughing a lot. there was a playfulness about Shirley langhauser and alice delana and rennie McQuilken that somehow got into my bones. More than anything, i think this habit of serious fun underscores and validates a desire to wade into strange territory—like writing a World War ii novel when you know next to nothing about the period!

Earlier in your career, you were a teacher. Would you

the ancient connection

share a bit about that experience? For me, writing comes

in her career, Sarah has had the opportunity to

hand in hand with reading. teaching is the best way to

work with fellow ancients—even a classmate. Her

learn how to read really well and deeply, how to keep

book, Runaway Girls, is a collaboration with her

going back to a work and re-see it. So the teaching i did

classmate and great friend artist robin Kahn ’78,

(high school english for five years, and college english for

and Stephanie cabot ’81 currently represents Sarah

five years) was another great apprenticeship, harnessing

as her literary agent.

Perhaps the success of this novel can be attributed to Sarah’s assessment of her own evolution as a writer. “I think I am beginning to learn how to layer images in a way that builds emotional resonance,” she reflects. “That makes me most happy because it’s the concatenations of feeling that go off throughout a piece of writing that I most admire in the work of my heroes: Virginia Woolf, Alice Munro, George Eliot.” Sarah lives in Washington, D.C. with her husband, the poet Joshua Weiner, and their two sons. Her impressive

resume also includes writing essays and reviews for Good Housekeeping, US News and World Report, and The Chicago Tribune, and she has taught fiction workshops at the Fine Arts Works Center in Provincetown, Mass., The Writer’s Center, in Bethesda, Md., The University of Maryland, and The George Washington University. What’s next for this Ancient author? “I’m working on another novel,” Sarah says enthusiastically, and her readers are sure to be just as enthused.


the apprentice





of Texas

Students at Tierra Prometida.

Porter’s students spend spring break with Habitat for Humanity in Laredo, Texas.


ed by faculty advisor Cindy Petrillo, nine Porter’s students headed to Texas in March to support Habitat for Humanity efforts. Susanna (Suzy) Jivotovski ’11, Julia Shelzi ’11, Niki Kovacs ’11, Sarah Cottone ’11, Sarah-Palmer Garrett ’12, Erica Bilodeau ’12, Mairi Poisson ’12, Lillian Corman ’12, and Kelly Hires ’12 spent one full week assisting at “Tierra Prometida,” or “Promised Land,” a planned community being constructed in Laredo.

and got to know some incredible people—where we were

Tierra Prometida is a community of 50 houses, with nearly 20 built or in progress at the time of the Porter’s visit. Students were able to work on four homes in differing stages of completion during their service. During their first days on site, the group installed cabinets, trim, doorknobs and stops, using a variety of power tools to achieve their tasks. Later in the trip, students aided with landscaping and planting trees before tackling framing and roofing work. The lessons taught at Habitat’s safety orientation were put to good use as students became skillful in their use of circular, table and miter saws, power drills, nail guns, and routers.

“Habitat is a great organization for kids to be able to help. They meet the people who they are helping as future homeowners are on site, they see the effects of their efforts, and there is a finished product,” states Ms. Petrillo. “Our students were able to see that what they were doing had a real importance.”

from and how old we were really wasn’t relevant.” “We were part of an extremely diverse group of people united by a common cause,” explains Suzy Jivotovski ’11. “The work we accomplished would not have been possible without our partner volunteers from Minnesota, our work site supervisor, or the Habitat administrators who coordinated our trip.”

“Almost every day we were on the work site, the future homeowner of the building paid us a visit. Watching her reaction to the installation of cabinets and blinds was rewarding—she was so excited to see the progress on her house,” shares Suzy. “We spoke with her in Spanish and she told us about her daughters and asked us questions about the construction. Knowing her story and how thankful she was made our work more personal and meaningful.”

“Porter’s was the only high school group present at the time we were there,” notes Ms. Petrillo. “The girls worked long, hard days and they were amazing. They were eager, learned quickly, and wanted to be hands on in their use of tools. They “By the end of the week, we boasted a knowledge of took the work seriously and there were no complaints, despite power tools, a newfound fluidity in our Spanish-speaking, the hot weather and limited amount of breaks.” and most importantly, a sense of equality among the Tierra “On the first day, Habitat pointed out to all the participating Prometida community,” recalls Suzy. “In working towards a schools that Porter’s was the only high school group, but common goal, we found new friends and became closer with I didn’t think about it much after that first introduction,” each other.” remembers Sarah Cottone ’11. “We really had fun together



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7 1) The group gathers at the build site. 2) All hands on deck to pitch in. 3) Power tools rule! 4) Kelly Hires ’12 tames the circular saw. 5) Porter’s at the Rio Grande. 6) Students tackle roofing tasks. 7) The group gets their certificate of completion at the closing event. PHOTOS BY CINDY PETRILLO

Almost at the summit! Students pause on their climb of Volcan Chico.

Spring BrEak ScholarS


ighteen students traveled to Ecuador during spring break for the school’s annual participation in the Harvard Association Cultivating Inter-American (HACIA) Democracy Summit. Following the conference, the group went on to explore the living laboratory of the Galapagos Islands.

the 18 student travelers & advisors spring Break scholars rebecca aklilu ’11, graciela arango ’12, alexandra (alex) Bayer ’11, Mallory Brown ’11, alyssa calder ’12, andrea consuegra ’12, clare deSantis ’12, Sarah goldman ’12, charlotte grove ’12, anne (annie) Hill ‘12, natascha lamprecht ’12, Maura McQuade ’11, Brandie Morris ’11, lauren roemke ’11, christen (Kiki) Safko ’12, celia Sobelman ’11, emily (em) Surprenant ’11, Sarah Walker ’12

The HACIA Democracy organization describes the annual summit as “a unique opportunity for students across the continent to learn about the problems that affect the region and thus prepare them to be the future leaders of the Americas.” Similar to a Model U.N. program, participating students are assigned a country among the Americas whose interests they will represent during committee sessions on topics relevant to the region. MELISSA COURTEMANCHE

Porter’s students had varied assignments, representing countries such as Antigua and Barbuda, Trinidad and Tobago, Chile and Peru, in conferences on topics which varied

advisors Heather and robert Mooney, tricia davol, and Melissa courtemanche

Em Surprenant ’11 presents to the Pan American Health Organization Committee.

from the Inter-American Children’s Institute to the Inter-American Commission on Hemispheric Security. The group experienced incredible success at the summit: Lauren Roemke, Celia Sobelman, Rebecca Aklilu, and Graciella Arango were named junior chairs; Annie Hill, Charlotte Grove, and Maura McQuade each earned best delegate awards for their committee work; Alyssa Calder and Em Surprenant were recognized as outstanding delegates, and special recognition went to Alex Bayer and Andrea Consuegra for participating in their committee debates in Spanish. Following the conference, the group traveled 600 miles off the coast of South America to the Galapagos Islands. The Galapagos archipelago was created from a volcanic eruption in the Pacific Ocean and consists of 13 major islands and 17 smaller ones, which have never been part of a continent. This combination of unique characteristics








Students receive a geology lesson on the island of Isabela.


Turtle Encounter: Charlotte Grove ’12, Andrea Consuegra ’12, Sarah Walker ’12 and Gracieia Arango ’12.


Visiting Volcan Sierra Negra: Charlotte Grove ’12, Annie Hill ’12, Lauren Roemke ’11, Natascha Lamprecht ’12, Em Suprenant ’11 and Rebecca Akilu ’11. Clare DeSantis ’12 and Lauren Roemke ’11 (upper right corner) with the Committee on Hemisphere Security.

On hand to welcome the group was Amy Mallozzi ’08. Amy, who was participating in a University of Miami marine biology program, served as the perfect island guide as her course of study included classes such as political and marine ecology, terrestrial biology, and geology. She joined the group for dinner one evening before spending a day with Sarah Goldman ’12, who accompanied Amy to her classes. “It was great to see the girls from Porter’s,” says Amy. “Giving the MPS group a brief introduction made me realize how well

I had gotten to know the islands, and it made me happy to share some of my experience with them, especially Sarah.”

Sarah Goldman ’12 and Natascha Lamprecht ’11 pose by the statue of Charles Darwin.

The group’s Galapagos Islands visit also included incredible excursions. Students hiked the Sierra Negra Volcano, visited Tortuga Bay to see marine iguanas, snorkeled in the Concha Perla to examine marine turtles and a variety of fish, explored the Charles Darwin Research Station, climbed the Frigate Bird Hill, traveled to Isla de Lobos to swim with young sea lions, and examined the remains of an underground volcano at Kicker Rock. Our spring break scholars enjoyed their experiences in diplomacy and scientific discovery, and they eagerly await their next adventures.


have made the Galapagos Islands a sanctuary for exotic animals and plants, and the perfect spot for Porter’s students to gain a greater understanding of biology, botany, geology and environmental science.



Stellar Seniors



Mallory Brown ’11 Named Morehead-Cain Scholar

Alyssa Calder ’11 Earns STAR Scholarship

The Morehead-Cain Foundation selected senior Mallory Brown as a 2011 Morehead-Cain Scholar. The Morehead-Cain Scholars Program at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is the first merit scholarship program established in the United States. The award is given to top high school students with demonstrated achievement in four criteria: leadership, scholarship, moral force of character, and physical vigor.

Senior Alyssa Calder has been awarded a STAR Scholarship by the Philanthropic Educational Organization (PEO), an international philanthropic educational organization that celebrates the advancement of women by promoting educational opportunities. The STAR Scholarship provides a $2,500 award to high school senior women who wish to pursue post-secondary education and exhibit excellence in leadership, extracurricular activities, community service, academics and potential for future success.

The Morehead-Cain Foundation seeks top high school students who are dynamic leaders in their schools and communities, rank near the top of their class academically, and exert positive and meaningful influence in non-academic areas. Only select secondary schools are invited by the Morehead-Cain Foundation to become official nominating schools. Porter’s was invited to become a nominating school in 2008, and in our inaugural year, Ancient Deirdre Dlugoleski earned a finalist position. Now, just two years later, a Porter’s student has earned this prestigious scholarship.

PEO’s Sarah Burns was clear to note the significance of Alyssa’s award. “This is a highly competitive scholarship—over the past two years, less than nine percent of the national applicants have been awarded the scholarship,” she states. “Alyssa is certainly in an elite group with the announcement of this award, and our local Farmington chapter is thrilled to have been able to get to know her and sponsor her…[Alyssa] has represented Miss Porter’s very well!”

Ayanna Ayanna Hall ’11 Selected as a Gates Millennium Scholar Ayanna Hall ’11 has been named a Gates Millennium Scholar in recognition of her strong leadership, community service and academic achievements. Ayanna is one of just 1,000 students selected for this award out of more than 23,000 students who applied. The Gates Millennium Scholars program was established in 1999 and was initially funded by a $1 billion grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The scholarship provides support for the cost of education by covering unmet need and self-help aid; renewable awards for Gates Millennium Scholars maintaining satisfactory academic progress; graduate school funding for continuing Gates Millennium Scholars in the areas of computer science, education, engineering, library science, mathematics, public health or science, and leadership development programs with distinctive personal, academic and professional growth opportunities.

daedalus and icarus: demise of the

First Place Poet Senior Susanna (Suzy) Jivotovski earned first place in the Connecticut Poetry Society’s Lynn DeCaro Poetry Contest for high school students. Suzy's poem, "Daedalus and Icarus: Demise of the Dreamers," earned high praise from contest judge Elaine Zimmerman who evaluated it as "a well-crafted poem with depth and lyricism. The language is poignant and the ultimate message is strong." Suzy's poem will be published in the Connecticut Poetry Society publication Long River Run.

Those waxy feathers rise and fall with grace My wings beat fast and wind sweeps past my face To fly the line between our sky and sea Is something altogether new to me. Swing too low and ocean salt will har den My means of transport; something Dad won’t pardon. My wings will melt if I soar up too high The hot sun shows no mercy, and so I Am sealed in fate by wax stamps and thereby Am sure to fail my father—I will die. Perhaps this means that men cannot be birds Dreamers can only seize the clouds with words. Universal laws of gravitation Keep us from attaining aviation. So here I am (or here I was): a sign, I’m martyred by the golden rays that shine I serve to warn the thinkers—those who try To scheme and plan and dream of way s to fly. We’ll have our hours in the sky, but not Until we breathe our last and turn to rot.

It’s then that we’ll find peace among

To dance with angels, gods, heavenly

For now we turn our gaze to worlds

the clouds crowds.

above We envy sparrows, crows, the owl, the dove.

The Porter’s Playwright Sophomore Alaina (Ali) Demopoulos was selected as a winner in two writing competitions: the Hartford Stage's annual Write On Young Playwrights' Competition and The Edith Wharton Writing Competition. Each year, the Hartford Stage invites student playwrights to submit their own ten-minute plays in their Write On Competition. Six winners are given the opportunity to work on their scripts with a professional playwright and have professional actors perform their plays as part of Hartford Stage's annual Brand:NEW Fall Festival of New Work. Ali's play, "Unfinished Business," was performed at the Hartford Stage on Monday, May 2. The Edith Wharton Writing Competition is an annual creative writing competition featuring categories in fiction and poetry. Ali was awarded first prize in fiction in the ninth and tenth grade category. An award ceremony was held at The Mount, Edith Wharton's estate, on Saturday, April 30.



By SUSanna JivOtOvSKi ’11





Write Stuff

Junior Caroline McCance will attend the New England Young Writers'

Conference at Middlebury College's Bread Loaf Campus. At the conference,

students attend workshops led by professional writers in their topic of choice, meet one-on-one with workshop leaders, and experience readings from noted writers and other students attending the conference. Students have the option to attend additional workshops to explore areas of creative writing outside of their selected topic of study. “I am very excited to have the honor of being accepted [to the conference] and am thrilled to be going," shares Caroline, who began the application process in October. "Through the conference, I hope to gain more tips for improving my writing, inspiration from my peers, and a generally great knowledge and confidence in my own writing abilities.” Caroline plans to concentrate on poetry at the conference.

Science Stars


n april, a group of 15 Porter’s students headed to the 2011 Science Olympiad competition, held at the University of connecticut.

the Science Olympiad is a nationwide organization dedicated to promoting science education through conducting competitive science tournaments. competitors included:

carina Benadiva ’11

annie tang ’11

lucy shen ’12

katie mcelheny ’13

dana Fry ’11

ada anammah ’12

Bettina tamesis ’12

Bryn portella ’13

adanna ironnah ’11

natascha lamprecht ’12

rita chang ’13

koeun seol ’13

Francesca childs ’13

lizzie kim ’14

lulu ouyang ’11

according to Science Olympiad’s website, “Science Olympiad is a team competition where cooperation within small groups of students is essential, and where the actual competitive project runs, labs, or written events are done at the tournament. a science fair is intense, individual, and quiet. a Science Olympiad tournament is full of yells, cheers, and enthusiasm.” natascha lamprecht ’12 feels that enthusiasm.“every girl, even if she didn't win an award, was absolutely fantastic and should be proud of what she did!”

Dana Fry and Koeun Seol dazzled in the optics competition, earning first place.


Dance Workshop made their Arts Week performance debut with accompaniment from Porter’s Advanced Performance Ensemble. The musical group provided the score for the first performance of the evening,


dance! entitled “Musings.”

(right) Maddie Murphy ’14, Larkin Meehan ’14 and Emily Saulnier ’14 perform "All Over,” choreographed by Emily Saulnier. (far right) Clare Grady ’14 and Emily Saulnier ’14 perform “Only You,” choreographed by Larkin Meehan ’14.

High Praise for Porter’s Photographers Virginia (Daisy) Hilliard ’12 was awarded third place in Drexel University’s College of Media Arts and Design Photography High School Contest. Daisy’s photograph (pictured on the left) will be exhibited in the Drexel University High School Contest exhibition. More than 1,600 images from across the United States were submitted to the contest, with just 140 images chosen for the exhibit. Emmie Skinner ’11 and Isobella Stanton ’13 also submitted entries, and each had a photograph chosen for display in the exhibition.



Puppet Masters M

iss Porter’s School’s Players/ Mandolin Performance Troupe presented Metamorphoses as their winter production. Based on the myths of Ovid, the play, written by Mary Zimmerman, used a combination of live actors and puppetry to tell the ancient stories of the transformative power of love. To prepare, students participated in campus workshops led by John Bell, an internationally renowned puppeteer, professor, and historian of puppet theater and director of the University of Connecticut’s Ballard Institute and Museum of Puppetry. Mr. Bell accepted the invitation extended by Director of Theater Eric Ort. “One show each year, we invite a master teacher to have a workshop on a performance skill related to that performance,” shares Mr. Ort. “Mr. Bell’s visit was an enriching opportunity for students to learn about a performing art to which they would likely have little exposure.”

The puppetry master classes were funded by a generous donation from Regis and Diane Lippert, parents of Angelina Lippert '03. “Mr. Bell’s work with the students gave striking examples of the power of gesture to communicate meaning, the value of stillness, and the way movement and text can successfully reinforce each other," says Mr. Ort, reflecting on the impact of the Lipperts' gift on the students' performance. “I was remarkably impressed with how much the girls learned through the rehearsal process. They took Mr. Bell’s instruction to heart and found moments, big and small, and invested them with powerful meaning." Mr. Bell also found value in his partnership with Porter’s. "It was a pleasure to work with Eric Ort and his talented colleagues (the puppets were designed and executed beautifully), and his great students,” he shares. “I was very impressed with the level of work they achieved, despite never having performed with puppets before. I hope [the Ballard Institute] can collaborate again with Eric and Miss Porter's School!" On this page: Students attend workshops led by puppeteer John Bell. On next page: Students offer a captivating performance.



Metamorphoses on Stage



New Recruits

Rowers Reflect on Their Path to Division I Competition

Corinne (Coco) Schoeller ’11 Brown University Coco, a sixth-generation legacy student and past USRowing Junior Women’s National Team CanAmMex Selection Camp participant, is off to Brown University this fall to row for their varsity crew team. “I am incredibly excited and honored to be rowing for Brown next year. Olympians have come out of this program, and I look forward to practicing with that caliber of athlete beginning day one of my collegiate carrier. Brown has also won more NCAA DI crew championship titles than any other team in the country, and I can't wait to reach my full potential with that kind of team.

Alexis Bowen ’11 University of MiaMi Alexis, a Porter’s varsity crew team captain, heads to the Hurricanes; she will attend the University of Miami next year. “The college recruiting process was very involved, time consuming, and difficult at times. I had to talk to coaches, visit schools, and make hard decisions while continuing to perform my best at my sport and school. But, when the student and faculty body heard about my recruiting trips and the interest I received from colleges, their pride and happiness for my success was the best support in the world. I felt like my entire class was right there with me throughout the process and felt the same elation when I finally signed my letter of intent; that is the most amazing feeling.

“The DI recruiting process is long, tiring, and hard. Few people have a perfect recruiting process, but it almost makes the ride more interesting when you don't know where it will take you. Being recruited is similar to life—you get out of it what you put into it, and the best things come with time. Brown really is the best thing for me, and all of the work it took me to get there was well worth it. “My team has helped me foster my love of this sport, and Head Coach Jennifer Wrobel-Sybert ’03 taught me how important it is to push expectations and how success is only achieved after failure. Miss Porter’s School has taught me how to manage my time, be a leader, and achieve my goals. Most importantly, I've learned how to be a well-rounded person. I can go from class to the water without skipping a beat and have the ability to do well in both.” “Rowing is my passion and I am thrilled to be able to pursue it at the highest collegiate level possible. It's what I've always wanted. Being able to be a DI athlete means so much to me and it's a commitment I feel privileged to be able to make. My coaches have done an amazing job of preparing me for the next level. My coach of three years, Jennifer Wrobel-Sybert ’03, pushed me out of my comfort zone and challenged me to be a better rower, even when it was really hard for me. Even now as a senior and captain, I'm still learning and growing, and I can thank my team for that. “It was a privilege to work with such a great group of girls and experienced, passionate coaches. When I go to Miami, I will try to recreate the unity and bond that welcomed me to the team here and continue to push myself like my coaches have for the past four years.”

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Juniors Genelle Green and Alexa (Lexi) Menard were voted New England Preparatory School Athletic Council (NEPSAC) basketball All Stars. Genelle received the second-highest number of votes in New England, and Lexi received the most votes for a point guard in Class A/B. Genelle and Lexi represented Porter’s in the NEPSAC All-Star basketball game in March. “Both Lexi and Genelle felt it was an honor to be selected to the All-Star team,” recalls Head Coach Joe Chetelat. “They were excellent representatives for our school, our team and our athletic program.”

Genelle Green

Alexa (Lexi) Menard

June Conti ’13 Earns PGA Scholarship Sophomore June Conti has earned two golf scholarships: a PGA Ryder Cup Junior Golf Academy Scholarship and an American Junior Golf Association Achieving Competitive Excellence scholarship. June was one of two athletes selected by the PGA Connecticut Section to receive the PGA Ryder Cup Junior Golf Academy Scholarship. The week-long program will be held at the PGA Center for Golf Learning and Performance in Port St. Lucie, Fla. June also received a scholarship from the American Junior Golf Association ACE Grant program, to be used towards expenses while participating in the elite AJGA. The program provides talented young golfers with the opportunity to participate in AJGA events, regardless of financial resources. June Conti

June participated in three Junior Golf Association events in 2010 and is a member of Porter's varsity golf team.

Heather Flynn ’14 Competes in IEA National Finals Freshman Heather Flynn competed in the Interscholastic Equestrian Association (IEA) National Finals competition in Upper Marlboro, Md. Heather qualified for Region 4 Finals for jumping and flat early in the season, and won her flat class at Regionals to move on to Zone 1 Finals. She then placed third at Zones, qualifying her for Nationals. “Heather spent countless hours training and practicing for Regionals, Zones, and Nationals,” shares Porter’s equestrian coordinator and head coach of the varsity equestrian team DeeDee Wilbur. “She prepared and perfected her skills and position with her trainers.”

Heather Flynn


Genelle Green ’12 and Lexi Menard ’12 Named All Stars




Keigwin + Company The Suzannah Ryan Wilkie ’53 and Janet Norton Bilkey ’53 Program (known as the Wilkie-Bilkey) was established in 1988 by the Class of 1953 in honor of their 35th Reunion. The fund supports an annual performance from the world of dance, drama, or live performance. On January 7, Porter’s welcomed Keigwin + Company as this year’s Wilkie-Bilkey performer. While on campus, Larry Keigwin, founder and artistic director, offered a master dance class in the Gaines Dance Barn, and Keigwin + Company gave an evening performance in the Hacker Theater.

snow day!

Howdy, ParTner

Seniors marked an important calendar date by attending Alumnae and Development’s annual 100 Days ’til Graduation Party. This year’s theme, “100 Days ’til You Ride Off Into the Sunset,” inspired the modeling of some genuine cowboy mustaches.


Farmington experienced a recordbreaking winter and students enjoyed what seemed to be a record-breaking number of snow days! Thankfully, there was plenty of hot chocolate to go around after days of igloo-building and snow ball tussles.

cold, yes. cold Feet, No! c

Porter’s Penguins were freezin’ for a reason at the Farmington Penguin Plunge. The event raises funds for Special Olympics Connecticut’s year-round programs of sports training and athletic competition for people with intellectual disabilities. The Porter’s team took an icy dip in 32 degree water at Winding Trails after successfully raising $1500+ for the cause!


♥ Admission’s head tour guides posed for this Valentine’s Day greeting which was shared on the school’s Facebook page. It quickly earned a top spot as a fan favorite. Interested? Check out our page at We’re hoping to reach 2011 people who like our page in honor of our graduates. Help us reach this goal this summer!


Freedom Walk In April, Porter’s partnered with the Not For Sale organization to host a Freedom Walk to raise funds and awareness to fight human trafficking. Porter’s provided a home base for the walk, with the school’s Christian Fellowship club offering assistance with registration and handing out water and other supplies to the walkers. The 1.7 mile walk featured both local historical markers and contemporary stories, including personal experiences shared by a woman who was rescued from human trafficking. “Here at Porter’s, we pride ourselves in being globally aware and shaping a changing world, and events like this give us ways to do that,” shares Christian Fellowship club head Anna Preston ’13.

Life Lessons

Porter’s welcomed financial journalist Stacey Tisdale to campus as keynote speaker for Financial Literacy Day. Ms. Tisdale has reported for CNN and was a business correspondent for CBS’ Market Watch, The Early Show, CBS Evening News, and CBS Radio. Ms. Tisdale currently appears as a financial expert on NBC’s Today Show and reports for The American Consumer, a weekly nationally syndicated show on PBS. She is also the U.S. contributor for Shattered: Breaking the Glass Ceiling, a magazine for professional women, and is the author of The True Cost of Happiness: The Real Story Behind Managing Your Money. Following Ms. Tisdale’s presentation, students attended a variety of workshops. Juniors and seniors benefited from the counsel of Ancients. Karen Staib ’90, a partner at the law firm of Shipman & Goodwin LLP; Shakira Ramos ’98, a technical analyst at Pratt & Whitney; Maura Droney ’01, an associate at Halloran & Sage LLP; and Jennifer Wrobel-Sybert ’03, manager of the annual fund at Miss Porter’s School, offered advice based on their financial and career experiences while Trustee Nancy Wheeler ’90 provided a detailed overview of key considerations for income earners.

Orchestra of Voices This year’s Fritzinger Concert on Friday, April 8, featured Grammy Awardwinning Chanticleer. Called “the world’s reigning male chorus” by The New Yorker, and named Ensemble of the Year by Musical America in 2008, Chanticleer is the only full-time classical vocal ensemble in the United States. Based in San Francisco, Chanticleer is known around the world as “an orchestra of voices” for the seamless blend of its twelve male voices ranging from countertenor to bass and its original interpretations of vocal literature, from Renaissance to jazz, and from gospel to venturesome new music.


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pring at Miss Porter’s School means campus involvement in the annual American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life.

Relay For Life represents the hope that those lost to cancer will never be forgotten, that those who face cancer will be supported, and that one day cancer will be eliminated. Because cancer never sleeps, Relay teams camp out and take turns walking or running around a track or path during the 24-hour event.



Coordinated in partnership with Avon Old Farms School, the event has been held on Brooks Fields for the last two years and has garnered great support among students, teachers, and the entire school community. This year’s Relay For Life was held at Avon Old Farms School, and students raised a staggering $76,000! This total broke their previous record of $50,000, which had earned them recognition as the number one youth mini-relay in New England in 2010.



Events and Receptions Enjoy more photos from Porter’s events at London, December 2010 Catherine Prevost Heeschen ’85 and Andreas Heeschen hosted a reception for Head of School Kate Windsor at their home in London, England on December 8, 2010.

Washington, D.C., February 2011 Ancients, parents, and friends gathered for a reception at The Sulgrave Club on February 22. Front, from left to right: Darcy Mauro ’83, Ania Dulnik ’10, Penny Ratsey Hunt ’54, Elisabeth Brillembourgh ’71, Georgina Cooke Philipps ’69, Catherine Prevost Heeschen ’85, Lisa Belshaw Ham ’78, Libby Pierpont Engstrom ’77, Sarah McMillan ’04, Amy Hutchings ’01; Rear, from left to right: Claire Van Cleave Brainerd ’82, Stephen Zinser, Cristina Quazzo ’82, Marie-Denise Dormis ’97, Julie Oyogoa ’00, Kate Rowland ’86, Kate Windsor, Victoria Greene Guillaume ’84, Kelly Ashton Barel di Sant Albano ’83, Kris Moller Henley ’85, Andrew Henley, Peter Ham, Margaret Cox Abbott ’67, Matthew Guillaume, Kathy Boyle Stewart ’77, Henk Van Halle, David Goldman, Kate Brett Goldman ’95 Missing from Photo: Geoffrey Abbott, Missy Evans Grose ’61, Tom Grose, Andreas Heeschen, Malcolm Stewart.

Front, from left to right: Pam Gadsden Dahill ’81, Cataline Keilhauer ’86, Isobel Ellis ’81, Sana Hussein ’00, Kathleen Holmes P’14, Page Vietor Winstead ’69, Anita Bhatt ’87, Betsy Terry ’59, Mary Mendle Bird ’60, Madhavi Rao ’98. Jody Haller Drake ’73, Alexa Jurczak ’04, Ariana Baldomero ’08, Caroline Puckowski ’09, Nicole Fleury ’10. Middle, from left to right: Katie Rae Mulvey ’05, Barbara Waberski Braffett ’98, Merrielle MacLeod ’98, Alexandra Rankin Macgill ’98, Katherine Boisture Pippert ’96, Elizabeth Barrett Silva de Balboa ’89, Nisha Kapur ’07, Jeff Tignor, Jim Garrett, Juliana Garcia-Uribe ’99, Laurie Barth ’08, Joanne Espanol Csedrik ’92, Ana Dimen Kiss ’90, Kate Windsor, Vivian Trinidad Diamond ’90, Giny Mitchell Hunter ’43, Louise Vietor Oliver ’62, Kemi Ogidan Tignor ’94, Edie Hoyt Garrett ’63, Lauriel Flower Dalier ’86. Rear, first row, from left to right: Kelly O’Brien ’05, Alden Tullis O’Brien ’80, Elisabeth Nicholson Holmes ’54. Rear, second row, from left to right: Robin Rowan Clarke ’56, Jorge Garcia-Garcia P’99, Trustee Mimi Kirk ’57.

Vero Beach, March 2011

Farmington, March 2011

Ancients gathered in Vero Beach, Fla. for a luncheon.

On Saturday, March 26, the Alumnae Board welcomed singer and songwriter Susan Kean Cattaneo ’82, engineer Shakira A. Ramos ’98, photographer and founder of The Wolf School Mary C. Sloane ’75, P’13, and animal behavior specialist Sara Seigle Matters ’79 as speakers for their annual Imagining Life program. More than 35 junior and senior students participated in the program.

From left to right: Mary (Molly) Slocum Harris ’47, Joan Jessup Eddy ’47, Nancy Pardue Scheerer ’47, Nancy Bryan Taylor ’47, Isabel (Izzie) Bryan Leib ’46


The Alumnae/Development Office recently announced new assignments for current administrators. The Bulletin caught up with Susan MacColl Walker and Allison Coleman Frey to learn more about their new responsibilities. After nineteen years of service as director of alumnae relations and reunion programs, susan MacColl walker has assumed the position of director of planned giving and stewardship. Susan, a graduate of Wheaton College, counts among her new responsibilities sharing information with donors on how to support Miss Porter’s School through their estate planning, thanking those who have already done so, and communicating with donors of established endowed funds about the ways their Susan MacColl Walker gifts contribute to the mission of the school.

Parents for Porter’s donations made by parents in support of the annual Fund reflect their belief in the mission of Miss Porter’s School. the support provided by families of both current and past students is essential to the continued success of the school. this year, under the leadership of Sharon and Michael McQuade, parents of Maura ’11, the Parents’ Fund is poised to raise $300,000 with 65 percent participation from current families.

“As director of planned giving and stewardship, I am very eager to understand donors’ aspirations and to help them meet the goals they have for themselves, their families, and Miss Porter’s School,” Susan shares. “There is tremendous potential to use estate planning to support the school in ways they may never have imagined and at a level they may not have thought possible.” She continues, “Just as importantly, I want to be able to thank donors right now for their commitment to the school’s mission and future success.” Susan welcomes the opportunity to connect with members of the Miss Porter’s School community who wish to learn more about planned giving or want to notify the school of an existing planned gift. She can be reached at 860-409-3626 or allison Coleman frey is the school’s new director of alumnae relations and reunion programs. Allison, a graduate of Middlebury College, has served as assistant director of annual giving for the past two years. As alumnae director, her primary responsibilities include planning the school’s annual Reunion celebration, collaborating with Alumnae Board and Nominating Committee volunteers, and arranging events and opportunities for Ancients to connect with each other and the school.

Mrs. and Dr. J. Michael McQuade

Parent Leadership Committee 2010-2011 dr. and Mrs. J. Michael McQuade, chairs dr. and Ms. claudio a. Benadiva P’11 Mr. and Mrs. donald r. Blakelock P’11, ’12 Mr. edward childs and Mrs. anita dunlap P’13 Mr. and Mrs. dave a. cyr P’13 Mr. and Mrs. William l. davis P’14 Mr. and Mrs. Philip deSantis P’12 Mr. and Mrs. Henry g. dillingham ii P’12

Allison Coleman Frey

For Allison, building relationships is the very heart of her work, and the component that is most rewarding for her and for Ancients. “I am forging relationships and deepening connections with and between Ancients who know Miss Porter’s School as their home,” she shares. “I want to help each of them and the unique Porter’s community of which they are a part—whether by class or by region—remember where they have been and define where they can go together.” Allison invites Ancients who are interested in Reunion planning, branch events, and other school programs to contact her at 860-409-3635 or

Mr. and Mrs. richard Foyle P’14 Mr. and Mrs. david B. Hill P’12 Mr. and Mrs. lyle B. Himebaugh iii P’14 Mr. and Mrs. Jeffrey Hires P’12 Mr. and Mrs. thomas ives P’08, ’12, ’14 Mr. and Mrs. lawrence J. levere P’12 drs. gerard and dawn Murphy P’14 Mr. and Mrs. douglas g. Oberg P’11 Mr. and Mrs. James a. Skinner iii P’11


Familiar Faces in New Places



The MooNbeaMs CIrCle of MIss PorTer’s sChool The former heriTage SocieTy iS renamed.


henever Ancients gather, link arms and sing Moonbeams, the essence of the school is expressed—multiple generations joined together to perpetuate the friendships, experiences and achievements that shaped them as young women. Each link in the circle is essential. To honor this meaningful tradition, and to recognize those forward-thinking individuals who have made an especially personal and meaningful gift through their estate plans, the school’s planned giving society has been renamed Moonbeams Circle. Although the “Years may come and years may go, future all unknown,” Moonbeams Circle members have chosen to ensure that the future of the school is more certain. You too may join in the legacy of visionary leadership that has been the school’s history since its founding by becoming a member of the Moonbeams Circle.

MeMorIes, MeMorIes: Why I Give Nancy Klingenstein Simpkins ’73 Moonbeams Circle Member Like many Ancients, Nancy Klingenstein Simpkins ’73 appreciates both the close friendships she formed at Miss Porter’s School and the teachers who provided an intellectually safe and caring environment. “It’s an institution that made a big difference in my life,” Nancy shares, and as such, the school was the first charitable organization she ever included in her estate planning. Through a planned gift bequest that is noted in her will, Nancy intends for her contribution to honor the faculty, “Many of the teachers I had at Porter’s were passionate about what they taught and creative and flexible in allowing students to express themselves.” She continues, “The other part of that environment I would like to honor through my bequest is giving girls an opportunity to form the lasting, close friendships that I did.” It is Nancy’s hope that people recognize the value of estate planning at a young age: “A will is important. Not only is it an expression of what is significant to you, but it takes the pressure off of those left behind by letting them know what you value. I’ve made provisions for organizations that mean something to me. It’s not that I can’t change the number of institutions or the amount in future wills, but it’s important to make a start.” She advises others to reflect on their opportunities for planned giving, “Put in your will those institutions that made a difference

A planned gift to Miss Porter’s School strengthens the school’s future while providing you with the satisfaction that you are linking arms within an extraordinary circle of support. It may also help lower your tax burden and/or provide a more reliable income stream. It is important that you let school know of existing planned gifts in order for us to thank you and make sure your wishes are clear. In every case, a planned gift celebrates your support of Miss Porter’s School. To request more information or to notify the school of an existing planned gift, please contact Director of Planned Giving and Stewardship Susan MacColl Walker at 860-409-3626 or (Editor’s Note: Turn to the inside back cover for more information about planned gift options.)

in your life. We have each benefited from the generosity of those who came before us. Now it’s our turn to pay it forward to the girls of the future.” Nancy encourages those who have named the school in their will to share this good news with the school. “It is important for school to be able to plan,” she states. “We know that the finances of running a school are incredibly challenging, and the ability to project future revenue is so important to the planning process. We can ease the burden of that process.” For Nancy, her planned gift honors her Porter’s memories while providing for the school’s future and for students for generations to come. “I really want other girls to have the opportunity to feel nurtured like I was,” says Nancy. “I think Porter’s is a crucible, an incubator, a place for girls to grow in whatever direction they respond to.” “Miss Porter’s School is like a garden composed of a variety of flowers, and Porter’s allows them all to flourish.” –Nancy Klingenstein Simpkins ’73


The following members of the Miss Porter’s School community have joined in a legacy of visionary leadership by becoming members of the Moonbeams Circle. aNCIeNTs

Margaret Cox Abbott ’67 Augusta Robinson Alsop ’42 Barbara Babcock ’55 Lucille Parsons Balcom ’30 Edith McBride Bass ’50, P’75, ’76, GP’07 Elizabeth Collin Biddle ’47, P’73, GP’13 Mary Mendle Bird ’60 Elizabeth Kilcullen Blake ’69 Susan Robinson Bowers ’59 Sandra Bramhall ’54 Nancy Pierce Briggs ’50 P’76 Dale Pirie Cabot ’49, P’77 Deborah Winston Callard ’56 Nora Leake Cameron ’60 Elisabeth Cole Carpentieri ’57 Anne Cox Chambers ’38, GP’87 Jean Marckwald Chapin ’56, P’82 NancyBell Coe ’66 Nancy Tenney Coleman ’38, P’62, ’80 Hope Stout Connors ’55, P’81 Marjorie Wyckoff Cook ’44, P’69 Cynthia Laughlin Cooper ’47, P’75, ’77 Mary Martin Craigmyle ’55, P’75 Emily Ridgway Crisp ’59, P’83, ’87 Lucy Pulling Cutting ’54, P’78, ’81 Maude S. Davis ’52 Alexandra F. Ehret ’56 Judith Peck Erdman ’44 Mary Ellen Nichols Fahs ’54 Cynthia Greenleaf Fanton ’65 Ann Posey Ferguson ’56, P’85 Paulette Bragg Fownes ’42, P’68 Charlotte Johnson Frisbie ’58, P’86, ’90 Peggy Nash Gifford ’48, GP’11 Linda Boyer Gillies ’57 Carolyn Cutler Goodman ’61 Jean McBride Greene ’51, P’81, GP’12, ’14 Joan Wyeth Greer ’51 Ann Richards Gridley ’58 Jingle Igleheart Hagey ’65 Kirke Hoffman Hall ’89 Margaret Taube Harper ’53 Mary Slocum Harris ’47 Jane Snow Hatch ’53 Joanne Fleming Hayes ’64 Lucile Walker Hays ’56, GP’09 Kris Moller Henley ’85 Sheila Lewis Henry ’60 Diana Ferris Hobson ’60 Mary Ann BonDurant Hodgkins ’54

Judith Milliken Holden ’68 Deming Pratt Holleran ’61 Pauline Kammer Hudson ’61 Ginevra Mitchell Hunter ’43, P’71 Eleanor Koehler Ingersoll ’49, P’71, ’73, ’78 Emily Graves Jones ’60 Virginia Lowry Kalat ’39, P’67 Marie B. Kalat ’67 Katharine Daniels Kane ’52 AnnaRose M. King ’04 Mimi Colgate Kirk ’57, GP’11 Isabel Bryan Leib ’46 Phyllis Holbrook Lichtenstein ’60 Sally Shepley Lilly ’51 Margery Jones MacMillan ’37, P’62, ’65 Caroline Morgan Macomber ’50, P’81 Lois Cochran Marshall ’58, P’87 Barbara Loether Mathieu ’68 Katrina Kanzler Maxtone-Graham ’52 Evelyn B. McVeigh ’59 Elizabeth Mead Merck ’38, P’65 Nancy Snow Middleton ’44 Edwina Shea Millington ’49 Binney White Nast ’55 Sherley Smith Newell ’57 Adelaide McAlpin Nicholson ’40, P’66 Diane A. Nixon ’53 Ann Oberrender Noyes ’76 Theodora Oakes O’Hara ’43, P’71, ’73, GP’98, ’02, ’04 Ellen McCance Parker ’54, P’96 Susan Bissell Parker ’60 Jean Hamilton Pearman ’59, P’79 Margaret Taylor Phelps ’44, P’68 Marnie Stuart Pillsbury ’61 Ann Ellis Powel ’38 Victoire Griffin Rankin ’60 Nina S. Reeves ’73 Emily Parsons Ridgway ’29, P’59, ’67, GP’83, ’87 Letitia Roberts ’60 Sarah Finnie Robinson ’74 Eleanor Perkins Robinson ’76, P’09 Carlin Whitney Scherer ’52 Tina Shapleigh Schmid ’66 Lisa Townson Seaman ’77 Barbara Bates Sedoric ’75, P’05 Leslie Powell Siggs ’57 Lisa A. Silhanek ’77 Anne Larsen Simonson ’47, P’71

Nancy Klingenstein Simpkins ’73 Anne Dodge Simpson ’53 Margot Hawley Spelman ’53 Martha McKown Spofford ’55, P’78, ’81 Marcia Dines Strickland ’50, P’77 Milbrey Rennie Taylor ’64 Chartis Bell Tebbetts ’58 Elizabeth Terry ’59 Susan D. Thomas ’54, P’82 Susan Fisher Thorness ’66 Barbara Burke Tilley ’35 Marilen Grosjean Tilt ’60 Katharine Richmond Trotman ’60 Josephine Ross Turner ’42, P’65 Marjorie Greenleaf Valliere ’61 Marcia Doherty Vermillion ’47 Ruth Robinson Warner ’45, P’77 Anita Barker Weeks ’77 Nancy White Wheeler ’90 Magrieta Livingston Willard ’66 Patricia Plum Wylde ’58 Six Ancients who prefer to remain anonymous PareNTs aNd GraNdPareNTs

Mr. Bruce B. Bates P’75, GP’05 Mr. Thomas C. Clarke GP’13 Mr. and Mrs. Gregory S. Clear P’03 Mrs. Jerri Clear GP’03 Mr. and Mrs. Robert G. Dettmer P’78, ’81 Mr. John K. Greene P’81, GP’12, ’14 Mr. Henry R. Horsey P’78, ’80, GP’10, ’12 Mr. H. Gates Lloyd P’70, ’73, AR sister ’52 Dr. and Mrs. J. Michael McQuade P’11 Dr. William A. Petit, Jr. P’07 Mr. and Mrs. Glenn Sherwood GP ’02, ’06 Mr. and Mrs. John Wilcox P’10 relaTIVes of aNCIeNTs & frIeNds

Dr. Samuel F. Babbitt; mother, Margaret Fisher Babbitt ’14 Dr. Thomas L. Lincoln; sister Jean Lincoln ’52, nieces Katherine Clark ’80, Fiona Clark ’84 One Friend who prefers to remain anonymous forMer eMPloyees of sChool

Alice M. DeLana M. Burch Tracy Ford

* Members as of 6/7/11


The Moonbeams Circle of Miss Porter’s school



giVing BacK:

Alice Hamblin Williams ’79 and Sloan Frazer Pendleton ’85 by Ceseli Dillingham Foster ’60

The new presidents of the Alumnae Board believe Miss Porter’s School is the best girls’ school in the country and share a desire for maintaining high standards while remaining open to changes and new ideas.


lice Hamblin Williams is a native of Shaker Heights, Ohio, but moved to Waterville Valley, N.H. when she was entering fifth grade. Her school was just one room with under 25 students. (The town had 96 inhabitants…until Alice’s family arrived, and the population leapt to 100!) When it came time to go to high school, Alice was eager for new horizons and she chose Farmington. A four-year senior whose freshman class had just fourteen students, Alice graduated with 116 other girls, still the largest class to graduate from Porter’s. Alice appreciated the education she received as well as the opportunity to meet girls from all over the United States and Mexico. Alice believes the school gave her not only a great education, but a diversity of friends. She shares that other than her family, Porter’s has had the most influence on her life and still does today. “The school gave each student the ability to see whom she wanted to be,” says Alice. “It instilled in its students the idea that each girl was capable and able to accomplish things in life.” For Alice, one of the things she accomplished was remaining close to Miss Porter’s School. She has been involved with every one of her Reunions since she graduated, recently attending her 30th, which she loved. Alice’s volunteer experience broadened when her daughter, Lucy ’10, began at Porter’s. At first, Lucy had no interest in Farmington, until a visit at her mother’s urging on one rainy day. Lucy fell in love and enrolled. Alice chaired the Parents’ Committee in 2006, and joined the Alumnae Board later the same year. The Parents’ Committee gave her a wonderful chance to get to know other parents, school employees and Head of School Kate Windsor. She valued this work, sharing, “Porter’s is the best educational institution for girls in the country. Giving to the school gives many young girls the opportunity to enjoy the best girls’ school there is.”

“Miss Porter’s School was always my first choice,” confides Sloan Frazer Pendleton, who came to Porter’s from Del Ray Beach, Fla. A number of girls had gone to Farmington from neighboring towns, and Sloan too wished to branch out of her resort town to find a greater diversity in her peers and in ideas. A perfect fit from the start, Sloan was so happy at school. She immediately felt her classmates and friends were a sisterhood in which everyone got along with everyone else. Perhaps her class was unusually close, but Sloan happily notes that they remain so. In her junior year, Sloan spent a year abroad in Nice, France, where she solidified her love of the French language. Sloan taught French to young students until she had children of her own, and she now teaches part-time. She also helps out at her children’s school as a room parent. Four years ago, Sloan joined the Alumnae Board after a fifteen year period as a class representative and a three-time Reunion volunteer. She became the chair of friend-raising initiatives and is truly passionate about the importance of the school being in touch with Ancients. Members of the Alumnae Board call or email Ancients, and through said contacts the caller determines not only the Ancient’s life information but how the school can be of any service.

Giving Back

Sloan loves to meet people and to hear their stories, while reminding those Ancients they are part of a greater whole. “It is important to reach out and important to let people know that they are part of a family,” she says. Being a co-president of the Alumnae Board requires excellent leadership, and Alice and Sloan certainly fit the bill. Both also possess great enthusiasm and love for Miss Porter’s School, traits which will suit them well in their roles!





Class Representative

Class Representatives

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Class Representatives

Margery Jones MacMillan

Patricia A. Kuchar Nina S. Reeves Rita Ingersoll Seltzer

Celina Moore Barton Kirke Hoffman Hall Lisa Rahe Hough Katherine Cassidy Sutherland

Jordan E. Dudeck Kelly O’Brien Emily M. Taylor

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Class Representatives

Alice Mauran Freed Patricia H. Mueller

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1947 Class Representative

Nancy Bryan Taylor

1948 Class Representatives

Barbara Mitchell Erskine Peggy Nash Gifford

1952 Class Representative

Carlin Whitney Scherer

1954 Class Representatives

Anne Meserve Davis Elisabeth Nicholson Holmes Ellen McCance Parker

1955 Class Representatives

Pamela Yardley Paul Beverley Waud Sutherland

1960 Class Representative

Marilen Grosjean Tilt

1962 Class Representatives

Nancy Dewey Hoppin Diana Hamilton Stockton

1963 Class Representatives

Sheila M. Coy Brenda Cravens

1964 Class Representatives

Abigail Bingham Endicott Sally Dodge Mole

1972 Class Representative

Mary Willis Thompson



Heather Anderson Heuston Megan C. Lane

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Lynne Sillcox Stewart Julie Westcott

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Maria Ginebra Chase Joli A. Moniz

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Allison Cooper Hamilton Lucy Eyre Lindeyer

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1979 Class Representatives

Paige Jones Benedict Anne Lundy Paisley

1982 Class Representatives

Gwendolyn Hornblow Homicki Cameron McConnell Sperry

1983 Class Representatives

Jennifer Stone Grimes Audrey L. Klein Susan Cassidy Maronde Leslie Moseley Rioux


Lorie McGee Ogbar Elizabeth A. Olear Katherine F. Osterman

1998 Class Representatives

Ana D. Calciano Sarah B Cummings Caroline M. L. Dean Alexandra M. Hashemi Nisha Kapur Cordelia M. Sklansky

2008 Class Representatives

Madison J. Kenda Muryum K. E. Khalid Sarah C. Lummis Lauren C. McCay Samantha A. Milbauer Allison E. Miller Catherine A. Rizzoni

Bridgid Godbout Joseph Anita Foden Mierisch



Maria L. Anselmi Andree H. L. Dean Gillian M. Dudeck Alexandra D. Ley Rachel A. McGrath Hanah Y. Suh

Class Representatives

Kristin M. Alberti Stephanie Higgins Bealing

2002 Class Representatives

Caroline K. Holden Kelley B. Mooney Catherine D. Pearson

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Samantha Haine Jensen Rebecca Kaufman Schonman

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Kate E. Clifford Charlotte C. Cowles

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R. Lanier Allen Melissa Grey Jones Carolyn Meltzer Simons Beverley M. Sutherland

Class Representatives

Francesca S. Brewer-Krebs Gizelle L. Clemens AnnaRose M. King

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2010 Class Representatives

Kathleen M. Cronin Nira A. P. Gonçalves Melissa C. Picon Lucia K. Williams


2011 annual fund Class representatives




Class|notes 34 Marjorie starr frazier writes, “I am

still in my own house and can do some garden work, walk my dog, and visit with friends.”

36 75Th reunion

41 70Th reunion reunion Chair Patricia Landon Kauders


us and bryan is just down the road! I am taking a Norway, etc., cruise in June with Nancy Pierce briggs ’50 and husband. Life has been very kind to us!”

I have an active and healthy 14-yearold Yorkshire terrier, Toby, and two beautiful canaries. With snow on the ground they are especially appreciated with such beautiful song. My daughter in Maine teaches voice to 25 students, and my granddaughter Renee (17) will go to college next fall. Hard to believe. The years—where have they gone? My son Randy works in telecommunications for Global Crossing in Manhattan. I will always have fond memories of my years at MPS.” Marion (Taddy) Taylor dann writes, “I still consider Audubon’s Beaver Meadow Nature Center my second home and my dog, Zack, my faithful companion! Life is busy and good!”

Nancy Pardue scheerer writes, “I

am still very involved with prisoners and their kids through Offender Aid and Restoration in Newark, N.J. It’s something I love and have been doing since 1985.” Nancy l. Tuckerman was recently

featured on the Faith Middleton Show, where she was interviewed about Dear Mrs. Kennedy, a new book of condolence letters sent after JFK’s death. She also spoke about her role in the White House and friendship with Jacqueline bouvier onassis ’47. Ms. Tuckerman also recently gave a talk at the Hotchkiss Library as part of the First Family Sunday in Sharon, Conn., where she spoke about her friendship with Ms. Onassis and the Kennedy family.

Mary (Molly) slocum harris

writes, “I enjoy having anne Gibb MacKenzie ’49 around the corner from

65Th reunion

Class|notes GuIdelINes

reunion Chair Joan Paton Tilney

Share your class note by emailing You may also share your class note online by visiting Class notes submitted online will be reprinted in The Bulletin.

Iris Jennings Vail writes, “Still counting my blessings. I’m still living such a utopian life! Tom and I hopefully will have our 60th wedding anniversary in September. We have one son and one daughter in their mid-fifties and three grandsons, ages 21, 18, and 8!”

47 Grace dyer aarons writes, “It has been

a while since I last jotted down a few lines, just to let you know I am still kicking and doing the things I can, what with sore knees and a few other health issues—nothing major. I have been blessed with a very understanding friend and companion for over 20 years, and

PhoTo subMIssIoN Please provide the full names of every Ancient in the photo (from left to right) and the date and location of the occasion. Wedding photos should show the bride with other Ancients or faculty members. Please supply the date and location of the wedding or commitment ceremony and the full names of every person in the photo (from left to right). Please indicate the relationships of the Ancients to the bride. Photos will be published as space and photo quality permit. Please send photos as email attachments to Digital photos are preferred. We can only reproduce hard copies of photos submitted as traditional prints on glossy paper. We reserve the right to limit photographs to those of two or more Ancients. Thank you for sharing your news with Miss Porter’s School.


60Th reunion reunion Committee Anne Firestone Ball Elizabeth N. Boyd Nancy Livingston Hopkins Elizabeth Cushman Putnam Sarane Hickox Ross Melissa Moffett Rumbough ann Wigglesworth Clemmitt writes,


“I recently moved from Maryland to a retirement community in New Hampshire. The retirement community is called Kendal at Hanover. M. Virginia (Ginny) Cadbury lives here. Remember her husband, Mr. Cadbury, who taught us at MPS?”

anne Meserve davis writes, “We

are expecting our fifth grandchild in July. We are hoping it will be our first granddaughter. Chet and I went to Botswana in May for 11 days. This was our second trip there and our first in the Kalahari Desert section of the country.”

Carol hardin henderson writes, “I

susan (sally) d. Thomas writes,

continue to teach flower arranging at the Sunset Club in Seattle, and look forward to exhibiting at the World Association of Flower Arrangers (the 10th World Flower Show) in Boston in June 2011 at the Seaport World Trade Center.” duane lloyd Patterson writes, “In

2010 I was lucky enough to participate in two trips abroad. The first was to Yorkshire and Northumbria in August with a compatible group from Bellport. In October, I joined a Barnard group to Lake Como, which was gorgeous!”

52 Maria-helene (Mia) Manville de laire

writes, “I have moved to Boston and have a fabulous view. I am looking forward to seeing classmates who live here or near. I am in France usually from the end of April to mid-September every year.” Jean G. lincoln writes, “I am still living comfortably in my house in our Two Echo Cohousing community. I am also enjoying new friends and activities in Brunswick and Bath. I do love Maine,

“I continue to enjoy the Lifelong Learning program at Harvard and all the activity in Cambridge. I took all six grandchildren to the Tetons this past summer, which was very rewarding. Holding body, soul, family and friends together is my higher priority. My eldest daughter finally got her Ph.D. from Oxford this December. Triplet granddaughters are now 14. How did that happen? Best to all.”

56 55Th reunion reunion Tri-Chairs Susan Thompson Buck Beulah Woolston Durfee Nancy Niles Faesy reunion Gift Chair Ann Posey Ferguson robin rowan Clarke writes, “My

granddaughter Celia O’Brien is a member of the class of 2013. It has been great to reconnect with MPS through her. Celia makes five generations in my family to attend the school!”

57 alice eaton schernthanner writes,

“The class of ’57 is getting smaller. I feel fortunate I’m still ventilating, vertical and verbal. All our children are the same. We now have five grandchildren. We are not very active ‘grands’ but enjoy them all. The oldest is 5 so a basket of toys graces our living room again! Neither Andy nor I have fallen over anything YET. Wish I could make it to Reunion but probably won’t. I learned to learn at MPS. The difference between schooling and educating! Very important lesson!” laning (lanny) Pepper Thompson

writes, “I have grandchildren at last! Three girls now ages 3, 2 and 1. We’re all near Oakland, Calif., so I get to play with them often. It was a long wait, but well worth it!” debora Wolfe Tuck writes, “I finally took the plunge and had a joint replacement in my right knee. Mobility is better and now I spend my days going to the YMCA. I look to connect with any who venture to Maine.”

60 Katherine houston bradford’s paintings were featured in an exhibit at Brick Walk Fine Art in West Hartford, Conn. Brick Walk Fine Art described Katherine’s pictures as “perfectly balanced with a dream-like quality in the implied narratives.” Mary T. emeny writes, “Well life gets

better and better. My daughter Alicia graduates from medical school June 1 and starts her residency in New Haven in mid-June. Will have two babies, I’ll be coming up as often as possible. My sons are in New York City and Beijing. Sustainable - actually regenerative community project is gaining traction and continually more interesting.”



in spite of its recent political turn back. The rugged coastline is interesting to explore (mostly by car these days) and fortunately I’m friendly towards all weather—even snow. All four offspring are doing fine. One is an artist, one a lawyer, one a children’s book author, and one in government in D.C.”






50Th reunion reunion Chair Pauline Kammer Hudson special Gift Co-Chairs Deming Pratt Holleran Marnie Stuart Pillsbury Class Notes Co-Chairs Wendy Taylor Foulke Susan Bell McIntosh


Planning Chair Kirk Dyett Huffard reunion Committee Candace R. Carlisle Mary Jane Churchill Dillon Gay Moulton Georgi Carolyn Cutler Goodman Anne McCutcheon Lewis Laura Neuhaus Pew Page Poinier Sanders Bonnie Boas Scott Marjorie Greenleaf Valliere

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Tangley C. lloyd poses with

former faculty member Alice Delana in Provence, France in September 2010. Photo courtesy of Alice Delana.

66 45Th reunion reunion Chair Susan Schneider Riggins Gift Chair Janet Isham Field reunion Committee NancyBell Coe Brenda Johnson Dick May Humphreys Fox Susan Rath Latos Sally Hill Lloyd Edith Townsend McGreevey Tina Shapleigh Schmid Louise L. Stevenson Magrieta Livingston Willard

Margaret s. Cadbury writes, “I’m winding up more than 20 years working at UCSF Medical Center, with plans to retire from nursing in April and spend more time on my art. Our three children are all grown and gone, though nearby. Benjamin lives in Santa Cruz installing solar power all around the Bay; Justin lives in Mill Valley working at Whole Foods; and Mei-ling C. Wong ’05 has graduated from USF nursing school and is working here at UC in the pediatric ICU. Mei-Ling introduced me to Kelly a. Norsworthy ’04, who’s now working with me in asthma research and is a wonderful addition to our team. I’m looking forward to our 45th Reunion!”

68 anne spence seidlitz writes, “All’s

well with us. We’re still in Washington, D.C., but are spending more and more time in Delray Beach, Fla. Our daughters, Liz and Ashley, are living in New York City. Liz is at Columbia studying occupational therapy, and Ashley is in the fashion business. Both are having a great time. Would love to catch up with any classmates who find themselves in town.”

eliza Kimball writes, “After a year working for the U.N. in eastern Chad, I am back in the U.S. My son Arthur is a lawyer in Boston and is married to Dr. Grace Farris. My son David is working for City Councilman Dan Garodnick in New York City.”

71 40Th reunion reunion Co-Chairs Delphine Espy Eberhart Jennifer Goff Goodspeed reunion Gift Chair Sonia Holden Evers reunion Committee Bonnie Alexandre Emmons Lindsay Porter Diehl Christina Morris Raymond Andrea Notman Sahin Eleanor Ingersolll Sylvestro Susan Whipple Wald



lee f. fox writes, “Jean

(Jeannie) hudson Witmer, Carol (Kerry) e. dinneen, Julie P. lewis

and I visited elizabeth (lisa) dwyer fielding’s D Dot Ranch on the eastern slope of the Sierras in Doyle, Calif. Riding, sorting cows, telling tales, hiking mountain meadows and big sky, laughing and delicious fare equaled a wonderful visit. We missed deborah

41 was participating in a 440 mile dog sled race along Kotzebue Sound, Alaska and could not join us.”

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City children from disadvantaged communities.



(debbie) Clarke Moderow who

77 dianne (Tracy) T. Goodnow writes,

lydia Collins bailey writes,

“I received the 2010 Volunteer Administrator of the Year award for our region, from the Forum of Volunteer Administrators.” sarah finnie robinson writes, “This

year I launched Practically Green, an online service that encourages people to take healthy and eco-friendly actions in their daily lives. Check it out at!”

76 35Th reunion reunion Tri-Chairs Deborah Mathias Burton Nina LeRoy Hunnewell Elizabeth Seacord reunion Committee Mary D. Aarons Linda N. Cabot Martha Russell Davis Anne Melissa Dowling Erica Lindberg Gourd Jamie Johnson Eleanor Perkns Robinson Eleanor Washburne Talburtt Elizabeth S. Turner Teresa Taggart Bogel

Former editor of The Bulletin Nancy Davis shared news of Julia smith Gould’s profile by Mainline Media News. The article noted that Julia would be stepping down as leader of Southeastern Pennsylvania’s Fresh Air Fund after volunteering with the organization for the past 13 years. The Fresh Air Fund provides free summer vacations in the country to New York

“I intended to write in early 2009 to update my class on recent developments in life, but time seems to pass more quickly the older I become. On December 8, 2008, my longtime friend and companion Robert Lindsay Thayer died unexpectedly. He was 59 years of age. An antiquarian and pickerextraordinaire who specialized in the Federal Period, he is remembered for his kindness, wisdom, and sense of humor.”


lisa a. silhanek (left) and

Christine a. Matava ’94 (right) at

Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Tents in Lincoln Center. Photo provided by Christine A. Matava.

78 Miss Porter’s School was pleased to learn that ann slimmon Woolsey was appointed interim director of the Museum of Art at Rhode Island School of Design in Providence, R.I., and was profiled in The Providence Sunday Journal.



79 5 Associate Director of Admission Tricia Davol shared this photo of Ancients in Panama. The photo was taken at the home of Maria (Maruja) arosemena arango and her husband, Ricardo, who hosted the event. Pictured from left to right: ursula J. Galindo ’94, Carmen arosemena de la Guardia ’78, Tricia Davol, Maria (Maruja) Arosemena Arango, sandra Kardonski Mendez ’77, and Graciela Arango ’12.


42 town. Madeline wants to attend the MPS summer program and hopes to attend starting in 9th grade. We will see. Kristin ryan stockton writes, “ On Cameron is 11 and loving all the sports November 16, 2010, my husband passed he can try. Chris is still working in the away from a three-and-a-half year fight Green Tech space and our chocolate with cancer.” lab, Ella, finally turned the corner and is calming down a bit. I can’t wait for our 30th Reunion. I will be working with lisa as co-heads!”



30Th reunion reunion Tri-Chairs Holly Spofford Bell Keith V. Darby Heidi Goodman Spizman reunion Committee Fraser Bennett Beede Valerie Greene Flynn Elizabeth Markham McLanahan Sarah Buffum Prud’homme Melissa Wheeler Waud Ariel M. Zwang Mercedese (ellie) roane large shared that she heard Nancy l. Tuckerman ’47 interviewed on the Faith Middleton Show, and found her to be “quite straightforward and charming.”

Editor’s Note: Please see Class of 1947 for news about Nancy L. Tuckerman. Mary Weaver renner’s daughter

Elizabeth (Liddy) Renner ’14 shared that Laser Plus, the print sustainability company owned by Mary and her husband, received the Green Plus People’s Choice Award and was named the Green Plus Small Business of the Year. Two years ago, Laser Plus became the first company in Pennsylvania to receive its Green Plus certification, a nation-wide certification for companies to recognize their efforts to be sustainable.

82 ashley Jones Tagatac writes, “Life in

Stowe has been wonderful. The children are growing so fast and thriving in this

86 25Th reunion reunion Chairs Angela Tilley Crates Alexandra D. Hare Virginia Gimbel McLucas Katherine Blaydes Mittelbusher Gift Co-Chairs S. Gregg Renfrew Tina M. Tong Class Notes Chair Felicia M. De Sanctis dinner Planning Chair Rosemary S. Walker

Catalina L. Keilhauer Jennifer Ross McNulty Karla Staib Streeter

89 Katharine (Katy) Clemow barrett

writes, “We continue to live in Boston with our two children, Liam (4) and Sophie (2). I am back at work part time, which has been terrific, especially with the winter we’ve had! It’s good to get out of the house. My husband, Gary, threw me a surprise birthday party and dukin (Inne) Kim barber and her husband, JK, flew in from D.C., and deborah a. Kurnik and her husband, Chris, were there. Karla P. lema got the best friend award for driving eleven plus hours in a snow storm to try to be there that night. Hope all is well. Best wishes!”

91 20Th reunion

reunion Committee Pippa Tubman Armerding Eliza M. Doolittle Lauren Hasenhuttl Marjorie Prendergast O’Neal Mary Stubbs Palmer Katherine Rowland Renee C. Triay

reunion Co-Chairs Chandra R. Keyser Leslie White Siek

Gift Committee Wendy T. Button Carter Schmitt Learnard

reunion Committee Saba S. Brelvi Suefan Wellons Johnson


Gift Chair Kristin N. Morrison dinner Planning Chair Elizabeth Glaser Whitley


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Christine a. Matava

writes, “I have started a website,, which is focused on the best of Manhattan and excellence everywhere. It is named after our 10th grade English class with Mr. McQuilkin, whom I have interviewed in addition to Anna Wintour (twice), Mayor Bloomberg, Mayor Koch, Fern Mallis, and many more. We’ve written 6,000 posts since we started and are read in about 25 countries in 15 languages every day. I write under the pen name Peachy Deegan, and I have been recently honored to have had a drink named after me at Swifty’s. Surely many Ancients have been to Swifty’s and to Mortimer’s before that! Cheers.” Christine also recently attended Fashion Week, where she saw Ancients sarah Cichon douglas, Jean (GiGi) Newhard Mortimer ’79, Courtney Chamine Moss ’83, and lisa a. silhanek ’77. Pictured from left to right: Sarah Cichon Douglas and Christine A. Matava at the Andrew Buckler Star Vodka event for Fashion Week.

96 15Th reunion reunion Chair Emily B. Hartley dinner Planning Chair Nydia Durand Shipman reunion Committee Eloise Saglio Patton Laura Beeler Vetter



Tenysa Jayne Kennedy santiago

stephanie higgins bealing writes,

shared that her daughter Eloui Clare was born on April 12, 2011. Eloui joins Tenysa, her husband, Roberto, and son Ryukicki.

“My business, Replacement Lens Express, won the HYPE (Hartford Young Professionals and Entrepreneurs) Entrepreneurship Award in the New Business Launch category! It was an incredibly surreal night of networking, presenting, and award winning at the Hartford Science Center, and I was awarded a great trophy!”


leah M. Wright-rigueur

writes, “On October 9, 2010, I married Philip Rigueur at Guastavino’s in New York City. I had a great time celebrating with family members, including my darling Porter’s Girls! The class of 1999 was well represented—Tia M. benjamin was my maid of honor! It was amazing to see everyone, and I can’t wait until the next MPS mini-reunion!” Pictured from left to right: daja d.T. o’bryant, Tia M. Benjamin, Leah M. WrightRigueur, Michelle Kurnik, elizabeth (bess) W. sorensen, roxanne Wadia, and ann harrison Pember. Not pictured: deana Jones-Jean.

01 10Th reunion reunion Chair Cara A. Scotti dinner Planning Chair Alicia B. Sands reunion Committee Maura A. Droney


Jennifer Watts labinski

writes, “On October 2, 2010, I married the love of my life, Maciej Labinski. We were married at Calistoga Ranch in Napa Valley, Calif. We had a very small, intimate wedding weekend celebration. I was lucky enough to have my sister Jessica a. Watts ’03 as my maid of


44 honor. Maciej and I feel extremely blessed to have such wonderful family 8 Pictured from left and friends.” to right: Jessica A. Watts ’03, sophia 9 elizabeth burkhardt bos brittan, Cara a. scotti, Jennifer Watts writes, “On September 17, 2010 I Labinski, laura M. Wagstaff, Maura married Mr. Evan Powell Bos in a. droney, and Jennifer (Jenny) Madison, Conn. I was very fortunate Zimmermann Manley. to have many of my wonderful Miss


Porter’s School friends in attendance to celebrate. Caroline K. holden and Caroline Gottlieb were two of my bridesmaids.” Pictured from left to right: amber C. berry, story scott Miraldi, beata u. Celejewski, Elizabeth Burkhardt Bos, dinah l. saglio, Megan e. Craig, Caroline Gottlieb, and Caroline K. Holden.


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alexandra d. ley ’09

shared the happy news that her sister samantha J. ley was married to Matthew Curtis Burkholder Zaremsky on October 9, 2010, in Guilford, Conn. The couple met at Kenyon College, have two calico cats, and will move to Germany for a year this summer. Pictured from left to right: Rose Calnin, elizabeth G. booth, Samantha J. Ley, francesca (Chessy) P. brady, and Alexandra D. Ley ’09.

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Mallory a. Cushman writes,

“I was recently in LA for work and got a chance to visit with Margaret (Maggie) r. Goddard.” Pictured from left to right: Margaret (Maggie) R. Goddard and Mallory A. Cushman.

12 “The next week I was in Paris for work and sarah C. McMillan came over from London (where she’s getting her Master’s at the Courtauld) for a visit … and a crepe! The triple was almost together again!” Pictured from left to right: Sarah C. McMillan and Mallory A. Cushman. Editor’s Note: Please see Class of 1966 for news about Kelly A. Norsworthy.






emma s. labrot writes, “Hey girls! It

was so lovely to have seen some of you a few months ago at our Reunion! As some of you know, I’ve been working at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute for the past year or so on prostate cancer and the research I have been helping with has been published in Nature! Hope everyone is doing well and I hope to see you all very soon!”


Editor’s Note: Please see Class of 1966 for news about Mei-Ling C. Wong.

06 5Th reunion reunion Co-Chairs Elizabeth M. Bohinc Sharifah S. Holder dinner Planning Chair Ashley K. Walker reunion Committee Lisa R. Albert Ashton R. Rohmer Hillary B. Vanaria Kaitlin K. Van Wagner writes, “Having graduated from Dickinson College, I’ve returned to New York where I’m currently working for Transperfect Translations International as an account manager in their consumer products group. I’m looking forward to returning for our fifth Reunion.”

08 The parents of emily G. Cummings shared, “Emily started her third year at Dartmouth College after being accepted in the dual degree engineering program at the Thayer School of Engineering. She will complete one year at Dartmouth, return to Hobart and

William Smith to finish her senior year and graduate with her class of 2012, and then return to Dartmouth to finish her engineering degree in 2013. Emily spent last summer at Hobart and William Smith in Geneva, N.Y., and worked as part of a research team that took water samples in lakes and streams in the Finger Lakes region. Along with her professor, John Halman, Emily traveled to Denver, Colo., to present their paper at the Geological Society of America’s annual meeting.” The parents of brittany e. Johnson shared, “Brittany competed at Zone Finals at St. Lawrence University. She was first in the individual open flat and second in the individual open fences.

She qualified to compete at the National finals in Kentucky for individual open flat, individual open fences, and USEF Cacchione Cup.”

13 The parents of allison e. Miller shared, “Since competing on the

varsity soccer, ski, and tennis teams at Porter’s, Allie has taken up running and recently finished the Richmond, Va., half marathon. This was her first official race. When she isn’t running, she finds time at the University of Richmond to participate in student government (she will serve as student president of the University next year), serve on the steering committee for the Jepsen School of Leadership Studies, volunteer


46 at Church Hill Activities and Tutoring, and tutor fellow students in writing. She is double majoring in leadership studies and economics and is a member of Delta Gamma sorority. She credits Porter’s with preparing her for success in college.”


09 According to the school’s website, hannah P. Mirza recently scored a hat trick in a UC Davis lacrosse victory over Fresno State.

10 14 As part of her role as

Our Foundation

Her Future

Our graduates will shape a changing world.

Discover how at our Open Houses on Oct. 10 and Nov. 11.

Miss Porter’s School • Farmington, Connecticut • Since 1843 Miss Porter’s School admits students of any race, color, national origin or any other class protected by relevant law.

Youth Leadership Fellow for Roots & Shoots, Philippa (Pippa) biddle recently traveled to Abu Dhabi, UAE, where she gave a keynote speech at the Global Issues Conference at the American Community School, lead two workshops on youth leadership and project planning, and joined a clean-up service trip to local mangroves. Pippa also attended a reception for women, speaking about empowering women to get more involved in service, and finally gave a presentation and facilitated a brainstorming session at New York University—Abu Dhabi. Pictured from left to right: Abigail Biddle, Pippa biddle, Jane Goodall, Edward Biddle, ridgely horsey biddle ’80.


Faculty Member John Eells conducted the orchestra of the New England High School Music Festival, held in March. This was the second time Mr. Eells has been selected to conduct this orchestra. Diane Foley, director of the Colgate Health Center at Miss Porter’s School for the past 25 years, earned the 2010 Award for Excellence from the Mental Health in Independent School Communities organization. Faculty member Kate Henson will present at “Advancing Girls in STEM: An NCGS Symposium” at Wellesley College.

Miss Porter’s School was named as a Best Place to Work in Connecticut 2011 by the Hartford Business Journal. Miss Porter’s School was sorry to learn that Gloria C. Gavert passed away on April 8, 2011. Ms. Gavert taught English for 22 years, serving for many years as department head. She also served as head of Archives for 10 years. Miss Porter’s School was sorry to learn that Rose Cone passed away in November 2010. Mrs. Cone was a house mother from 1982 to 1986, and her niece shared that she had very fond memories of her time at the school.

r eM e M b r aN C e ann flershem Gaylord ’29

Jane Pierce slick ’41

Mother of Nancy Gaylord Thompson ’55 Mother of Susan Gaylord Cooper ’57 Aunt of Barbara Gaylord Blanchard ’55 †

Mother of Phyllis Slick Cowell ’64 Aunt of Patty Slick Beem ’65 Cousin of Juliana Seeligson ’74


Carolyn (lyn) elkins foster ’57


Daughter-in-law of Mary Johnson Foster ’20 †

Nancy burroughs requardt ’45


Katherine dart Messick ’30

Cousin of Jane Williams Chisholm ’49

Cousin of Mia J. Prior ’72



helen (Noonie) Zanetti Marx ’56 1/12/11

olga Griscom Walsh ’46

laura (lollie) ford ’63

Daughter of Laura Evans Ford ’29 † Niece of Mary Holland Ford ’25 †

elizabeth (billy) Vought henshaw ’31 6/13/07

Sister of Frances Griscom Brewer ’49 Aunt of Cynthia Brewer Capaci ’74



faith rogers lancereau ’63

Carol Cosden Price ’36 1/26/11

Clarissa (babs) Cady leslie ’47 10/6/10

Daughter of Beatrice Brown Guthrie ’36 † Sister of Beatrice Rogers ’61

Virginia (Ginny) humphrey Grosscup ’37

ada Weld osborn ’49


Mother of Marguerite Jamison Sisson ’57 12/6/10 ruth humphreys brown ’38 12/30/10 Marion (bonnie) Payne Tubbs ’38

Granddaughter of Marion Hillard Woodward 1883 † Daughter of Marion Payne Woodward 1914 † Aunt of Marion (Quita) Atchley Schillhammer ’74 Great-Aunt of Marion (Molly) W. Merrick ’02 6/23/10

† deceased

Mother of Amanda S. Osborn ’81 11/3/10 barbara Chappell Copello ’51

Daughter of Caroline Smith Chappell ’30 † Cousin of Adelaide Chappell Booth ’29 † Cousin of Ellen Stuart Poole ’26 † Cousin of Elizabeth Chappell Reeves ’26 † Cousin of Joan Stuart Richardson ’24 † Cousin of Jean S. Chappell ’56 Cousin of Ann Chappell Nyhan ’62 Cousin of Lisette J. Bross ’89 Sister of Susan Chappell McCabe ’54 5/26/08 Jane M. ober ’54 11/7/10

Kendra P. Gamble ’64

Granddaughter of Pauline Foster Reed 1910 † Daughter of Priscilla Reed Gamble ’36 † Niece of Rosamond Reed Wulsin ’39 † Sister of Hathaway Gamble Barry ’68 Sister of Polly Gamble Cherner ’69 Cousin of R. Reed Wulsin ’74 10/26/10 Nancy rogers bowen ’66

Niece of Beatrice Brown Guthrie ’36 † 4/29/11 Janice Chumbley ’67 12/30/10 Kilby hickox Whitney ’70 2/12/11 harriet M. Martin ’73 4/15/09


faC u lT y & sCho o l N eWs




Plainly Plein Air

widely practiced in Europe, especially by grier De langley torrenCe in France, in the Barbizon Forest, and in America, particularly in Farmington. Visual arts Department Director and margaret how Wallace ’27 Robert Brandegee, who taught at Miss teaching Chair Porter’s School from 1880-1903, painted n plein air is a French term for en plein air. He was among several artists working outside in the open air. (including Charles Foster) who formed Plein air painting is a healthy practice and a colony of artists here in Farmington, a a great way to see nature, color, and space place he described as being “of the stuff of which paradise is made.” They painted in natural light. The process of painting at the height of Post-Impressionism in nature can be a transforming and following the invention of tube paint in transcendent experience. 1843 which enabled artists to transport At Porter’s, plein air painting is part their colors to the field and allowed them of studying the genres of painting: the to work directly from nature. figure, still life, landscape, and inventive Among the artists who visited Farmington abstraction. in those days was Mary Cassatt, a friend Students go out into the landscape mindful of Ancient Theodate Pope. Mrs. Pope of gesture, basic volumes, spatial systems, lived just up the hill from Porter’s in and light. They bring these schemata and what is now the Hill-Stead Museum, sensitivities to the exhilarating feeling where Cassatt’s work can be seen today. of earth, air, and color where the light Brandegee’s and his artist friends’ work is is constantly changing and the weather permanently on view in Farmington at the varies from one day to the next. Barney Library, at St. James Church, and Around the time of the founding of Miss at Porter’s own Timothy Cowles House, Porter’s School, plein air painting was making Farmington a distinct art resource.


The tradition of painting outside continues today in Farmington with a contemporary sensibility and often, now, with the addition of digital studies. For Porter’s students today, painting landscape, the challenge of being outside in all conditions, awakens both a physical and aesthetic experience. Upon reflection, nature is humbling and ever wisely instructive, as a tree delineates infinite wisdom. Students reach to discover about themselves, about identity, about relationships, about making selections from the abundant transience before them. And the landscape presents them with forms for personal expression. Creating with the elements of nature invites our students in a sense to pass through a threshold into a place, “un paysage”, as they continue a tradition that has existed since the beginning of our legacy. Puellae venerunt, abierunt mulieres.

The Moonbeams Circle Years may come and years may go, future all unknown, but there is a way that you can help ensure that the future of the school is more certain. Join in the legacy of visionary leadership that has been the school’s tradition since its founding by becoming a member of the Moonbeams Circle.

Ways to give a visionary gift Vision Make a simple gift and maximize the charitable deduction

Avoid capital gains tax liability on appreciated securities.

Make a gift that does not affect income and assets now. Defer significant gift until after your lifetime.

Receive a guaranteed fixed income for yourself or another beneficiary, while making a gift to the school.

Provide immediate income to the school and leave the principal to your heirs.

Provide income for yourself or another, leaving the remainder to the school.

Make a gift of an asset/property that is no longer needed.

Make a significant gift at a minimum cost.


Bequest or Name Miss Porter’s School as the beneficiary of your retirement plan.

Charitable Gift Annuity

Charitable Lead Trust

Charitable Remainder Trust

Donate property to the school

Paid-up Life Insurance Policy

Notify the Gifts Administrator that you wish to transfer stocks.

Include Miss Porter’s School in your will, as a recipient of a percentage of your estate, a specific dollar amount, or a share of the residue. Name Miss Porter’s School as the residual beneficiary of your retirement plan (such as an IRA, 401(K) or Keogh).

Create a charitable gift annuity contract with the school ($10,000 minimum) that pays a fixed amount based on the age of the beneficiary at the time the annuity is established.

Create a charitable lead trust by transferring assets for at least 10 years, naming the school as the beneficiary of the trust income. Part or all of the principal is retained for heirs.

Create either a charitable remainder annuity trust (fixed payments with a minimum payout rate of 5%) or unitrust (fixed percentage of at least 5% of the trust asset value).

Property may be donated outright or, with a gift of a personal residence you may retain lifetime use (called a “life estate”).

Make Miss Porter’s School the beneficiary of a paid-up life insurance policy you no longer need.

No tax on the capital gains and provides a charitable income tax deduction and you have the satisfaction of knowing your gift is going to work for the school immediately.

Control of your assets during your lifetime and a donation that is exempt from estate tax. Making a gift of your retirement plan also saves the estate the taxes due on the retirement plan. You have the satisfaction of knowing your gift will be part of the school’s future.

You or your beneficiary receives fixed payments at a high rate of return for life. Reduces current and future income taxes. You have the satisfaction of knowing that your gift will ultimately benefit the school.

The trust income (which immediately benefits the school) is not taxable during the term of the trust. Reduces taxable estate. Family may keep part or all of the assets, which reduces gift and estate tax.

Receive income for life and a charitable income tax deduction for a percentage of the assets. You have the satisfaction of knowing that the assets will ultimately come to the school.

Receive a charitable income tax deduction, avoid the capital gains if the property were to be sold, and remove the asset from the estate (to avoid estate taxes). You have the satisfaction of donating property that the school will either use, or sell, with the proceeds benefitting the school.

Receive a charitable income tax deduction and you have the satisfaction that your gift will ultimately support the school.

Gift Type Cash

Ways to Give Send a check or make an online gift with a credit card.

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Gift is easy and provides a charitable income tax deduction and you have the satisfaction of knowing your gift is going to work for the school immediately.

StrategiC PartNer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 HoNoriNg aNita BarKer WeeKS ’77 . . . . 10 WaviNg gooD-Bye . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11 We're a BeSt PlaCe to WorK . . . . . . . . . 12 foUNDer'S Day WitH Dr. loUiSe SteveNSoN ’66. . . . . . . . . . . . . 13 maKiNg HiStory Her StorieS . . . . . . . . . . 14 tHe Heart of teXaS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16 SPriNg BreaK SCHolarS . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18

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