Exceptional weather, engaging activities, and terrific turnout marked 2019 Alumnae Weekend held May 17-19 on the MHS campus.
More than 150 alumnae from classes ending in “4” and “9” celebrated with classmates at formal and informal events across campus and experienced life at the School today. There were also opportunities to interact with students, who gave tours, spoke about their innovative work, sold plants at the Horizons Plant Sale, and presented an encore performance from the Winter Musical.
Among the weekend’s highlights, Board of Trustees President Stacey Sotirhos ’89 received the Barbara Humes Euston ’29 Distinguished Service Award, Marian Phelps Pawlick ’44 received the Distinguished Alumnae Award, and Tsega Meshesha 09 received the Young Alumna Leadership Award (click here to read more highlights).
Events kicked off on Friday with campus tours, lacrosse games against Nichols School, and a Welcome Home Reception in Linn Hall. Alumnae then moved to Centennial Hall for a performance by the cast of Mamma Mia! in honor of the Class of 1984 and in memory of Avery Chappell-Smith ’84. Dinner followed, with a welcome from Trustee and Alumnae Council President Katie Grace Deane ’05, remarks by Head of School Julia Heaton, a Grace Notes performance, and the Snake Dance, led by Class of 1949 classmates Judith Hill Kittredge, Elizabeth Pitlik Kruidenier, Anne Crosby Nichols, and Sheila Carey Smith.
Saturday’s events began with a STEAM Roundtable on Innovation with Christopher Himes, Ph.D., MHS Director of Engineering and Technology Innovation/STEAM Coordinator. Seven students — Gaea Cortes ’19, Ashley Hehir ’20, Kate Nguyen ’20, Katarina Petrovic ’20, Jiho Shin ’21, Matilda Tran ’20, and Ayla Wallace ’20 — spoke about the work they have been doing this year. An Arts Interactive Tour followed in the Klein Center, where Expressive Arts Department faculty led workshops with alumnae in ceramics and studio art and took fun photos in the Photo Studio.
During Saturday’s Alumnae Luncheon, members of the Class of 1969 were recognized for their 50th reunion, awards were presented, and class gifts were announced (A reminder: The 2018-19 Annual Fund for MHS
closes on June 30.) After the luncheon, alumnae gathered at the “Brew & Gold” Spirit Tent to cheer on varsity lacrosse against Marianapolis on the Class of ’57 Field. Additional afternoon events included a panel discussion, “Life After MHS — Advice from the Sister You Never Had — with alumnae from the Class of 2014, and “Dragons: Myth, and Reality,” a presentation by Courtenay Compton McGowen ’64.
At that afternoon’s Heritage Society Tea, Shelley B. Miars ’69 and Tricia Casey Shepherd ’69 received Heritage Society pins, and the tea was followed by a conversation with Ms. Heaton and former Interim Head of School Mary H. Grant, Ph.D., on “The Importance of Girl-Centered Education Today.” The day closed with a reception on the Klein Arts Center terrace, followed by class dinners.
Alumnae Weekend concluded Sunday with an ecumenical service in memory of MHS alumnae who have passed away since the last reunion and with a closing brunch in the Dining Room.
Attendance was wonderful all weekend and there was a lively buzz on campus. Thank you to all students, faculty, and staff who contributed to making the weekend a great success. We are already looking forward to next year’s events.