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School Spirit: Waldorf School of Baltimore

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WALDORF SCHOOL OF BALTIMORE 

HESHY, a fourth grader at the Waldorf School, is always willing to lend a helping hand around campus. He especially enjoys caring for the community chickens and exploring the outdoors surrounding his school.

Which two adjectives best describe your school?

Fun and exciting. Waldorf is fun because we do a lot of different activities and not just sit behind a desk. There are also a lot of different fun classes and electives like library, woodworking and nature studies. It’s exciting to have festivals and special events both in class and together with the whole school.

What is the greatest lesson from your school you will take away with you?

Always try and put in your best effort.

School Spirit: The St. Paul’s Schools

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THE ST. PAUL’S SCHOOLS

Senior AIDAN believes he has “truly taken advantage of everything St. Paul’s has to offer” in his nine years at the school. As a theatre student, a member of the varsity golf team, the head of the SP photo and video club, a pianist, travel enthusiast, and aspiring filmmaker, he feels St. Paul’s has helped cultivate and support his many talents and interests.

Which two adjectives best describe your school? 

Diverse and inclusive. We have so many different groups of people who are in our community, and yet every group is compatible with one another. Half of the kids in choir are on the varsity lacrosse team. The dance company Inertia has several boys in it. Many students taking high level classes are also heavily involved in extracurriculars. One quote that I will never forget from the middle school is this, “You are part of something bigger than yourself.” This togetherness, this sense of brother and sisterhood, is what makes me excited and happy to be a part of St. Paul’s.

School Spirit: Mercy High School

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MERCY HIGH SCHOOL

Mercy High School senior, LEANDRA, has been a school leader on and off the field. A soccer player, track runner, and cheerleader, Leandra has also served as class president during her sophomore and junior years. She shares her gratitude for her school.

What makes you feel proud to be a student at your school?

I know that this institution represents important values like compassion, hope and service–qualities known of all Mercy girls. I feel extremely proud when people say, “Oh, you are a Mercy girl!” because I know they immediately associate me as a person that lives and emulates the strong values of Mercy.

What is the greatest lesson from your school you will take away with you?

The greatest lesson from my school that I will take away is that you have to go out into the world and spread love. When you see that the world is full of poverty, sickness and disparity, you have to be that change you wish to see.

School Spirit: McDonogh School

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MCDONOGH SCHOOL

KIBIR, a junior at McDonogh, has immersed herself in the life of the upper school as a violinist in the strings orchestra, a participant in the school plays, and a member of the Comic Book Club and Fellowship of Christian Athletes.  She reflects on what makes her school so special, including Roots Farm, where she enjoys spending time.

Which two adjectives best describe your school?

One word would be supportive. I can’t count how many times teachers and administrators have reminded us that we can always reach out to them if we need any support either academically or personally.  The second word is hardworking. This describes both the faculty and the students. The teachers use different teaching strategies and ask us for feedback so they can make sure that we are all learning fully. When it comes to the students, I believe that every one of us has at least one thing that we are passionate about in school that we work hard to grow in.

School Spirit: Garrison Forest School

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GARRISON FOREST SCHOOL 

The call to “Be Spirited” is at the heart of Garrison Forest School’s mission and represents one of its five core values. Embodying this are the student leaders who rally the girls in their division to not only showcase their spirit but to compete in team events, from games to service projects. Garrison’s spirit captains, MINARAYAHLIVYMOLLY and LUCY, lead the school’s two teams, the Light Blues and the Dark Blues. Students, faculty and staff are sorted in a school-wide celebration, often to loud cheers, colorful outfits, and resounding spirit. Each captain tells how Garrison Forest has instilled her to “be spirited.”

School Spirit: Boys’ Latin

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THE BOYS’ LATIN SCHOOL OF MARYLAND

Boys’ Latin LakerJONATHAN, will serve as the school’s student body president during his senior year. He brings to this role involvement in theater, Diversity Club and Black Awareness Club as well as a great appreciation for his school and a commitment to diversity.

School Spirit: Students at Bryn Mawr, Gilman and RPCS

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Resilient, thoughtful, resourceful and spirited, today’s independent school students juggle academics, extracurriculars, service and leadership. Meet upper school students from Bryn Mawr, Gilman and Roland Park Country School whose passion for and commitment to their school communities are evident in all they do.

Boys’ Latin: Athletes, scholars, actors are all leaders at BL

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Boys’ Latin

Photo by Whitney Wasson

At Boys’ Latin School of Maryland, student leaders walk the halls in all shapes and sizes. They emerge in the classroom, on the athletic field, on stage, and, most importantly, as those who serve as role models for their peers. 

Seniors Lowell and Braden embody this idea.  While both serve as officers in clubs and organizations, it is their leadership in and out of the classroom that makes them stand out.

Garrison Forest School: Educating Girls

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Since 1910, Garrison Forest has been educating girls and young women.  Within its 110-acre campus, the school endeavors each day to inspire its day and boarding students to lead and serve with lives of passion, purpose and joy.

The preparation begins with encouraging students from kindergarten through 12th grade to find their voice and use it to create and make change. Girls become leaders, for one another and the future.  In the process, they learn what lies at the heart of a Garrison Forest education: a lasting sense of friendship and community that unites students, faculty, and administrators. 

Senior Ryleigh and junior Annie are teammates, friends, and school leaders. 

Elected as the 2019-2020 co-spirit captain, Ryleigh embodies the enthusiasm that permeates Garrison Forest and the traditions that tie its rich history with its forward-facing curriculum.  At all-school events, games, and celebrations, Ryleigh will don her spirit tunic, decorated by generations of Garrison Forest spirit captains, to rally school-wide pride.  As a leader of the field hockey team, Ryleigh carries her devotion to the school onto the athletic field as well, encouraging other players to give their all and do their best. For her, Garrison Forest has been home for 13 years, and she looks to her senior year with mixed emotions.

Like Ryleigh, Annie competes on the field hockey team and also plays lacrosse and squash, experiences that fuel her school pride.  But it is the violence prevention non-profit the One Love Foundation, focused on preventing domestic abuse, that inspires Annie’s quest for change.  As a co-leader of the One Love club, Annie increases awareness about relationship abuse and rallies support for this vital cause.  She also shares the Garrison Forest experience with prospective families as a Grizzly Guide for the admissions office. 

At Garrison Forest, leaders wear many costumes and take on many roles — from spirit tunics to athletic gear, from vocal advocates to dedicated scholars, embracing each one and growing empowered to use their voices in meaningful ways. Visit gfs.org for open house dates at Garrison Forest School.

McDonogh School: passion, life skills and character

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McDonogh School

Every day at McDonogh School, students are discovering passions, developing LifeReady skills, and becoming people of strong character who will make a difference in the world. At the heart of the school’s vibrant 800-acre campus is the Rosenberg Campus Green, a popular spot where students of all ages congregate, collaborate, and socialize. The space, recently the site for the lower school math carnival and an all-school art pop-up day, is where a few students gathered to talk about their McDonogh experience.

Teddy, an eighth-grader, was still buzzing about the opportunity to play “Donkey” in the cross-divisional production of Shrek. The spring musical provided the perfect platform for the aspiring actor to stretch himself and get to know other middle and upper school students who were part of the cast and crew. He was thrilled with the support the show received from the entire community and his love for school grew even greater from the experience.

Maya, a senior who is very active in many aspects of school life, has made her mark at McDonogh as a leader of the D4M (Diversity for McDonogh) club. Drawing on the school’s commitment to be a welcoming and inclusive community, she recently helped plan Diversity Week, an event that united various student-led diversity clubs and featured activities that encouraged self-discovery and offered opportunities for upper schoolers to share in and learn about the different experiences each student brings. As Maya looks toward college, she cannot help but compare each school she visits to McDonogh. For her, McDonogh is the measure against which nothing seems to compare.

Deni, a fifth-grader, agrees. In fact, she never wants to miss a day of school. A highlight of her fourth-grade year was the leadership and service group, an opportunity for her and her classmates to gain knowledge and skills essential to lead by example and become active participants in every aspect of their lives. Deni used what she learned in her role as a reading buddy and a bus buddy to younger students.

Each of these students is discovering passions, developing talents, and becoming LifeReady. And it is clear they are having fun and finding joy doing so. It’s no wonder they love McDonogh. Visit mcdonogh.org/admissions/ways-to-visit for open house dates and times at McDonogh School.

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