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.”

Where is your favorite place on campus?

Mina, 2019-20 Lower School Spirit Captain: The outdoor classroom because we can explore nature and have fun!

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

Rayah, 2019-2020 Middle School Spirit Captain: I feel proud to go to Garrison Forest because the teachers and students are amazing. The community has always pushed me to try harder and fulfill my intent to improve. I also feel proud to have classes with friends from all over the world and learn about their cultures and their languages.

Which two adjectives best describe your school?

Livy, 2019- 2020 Middle School Spirit Captain: Garrison has five core values which include being authentic, brave, compassionate, curious, and lastly, being spirited. These words signify what a Garrison girl is all about. If I had to describe Garrison in two adjectives, they would be nurturing and diverse. I believe that Garrison guides and structures every student to become an amazing young woman who will be ready to take on the world when she completes her final years at Garrison.

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

Lucy, 2020-2021 Upper School Spirit Captain: The greatest lesson I will take away from Garrison is that you should always ask for help if you need it. Garrison has taught me to be confident and not afraid to be who I am. This confidence that I have gained will stick with me for the rest of my life.

What do you think distinguishes your school from the other independent schools?

Molly, 2020-2021 Upper School Spirit Captain: What I think distinguishes Garrison from all of the other independent schools is that we are an all-girls school that supports students in all areas of the school. Our teachers, coaches, advisors, and counselors all want the best for us and will support all students in any way possible. All of the teachers are willing to do whatever is needed to get each student to be her best and achieve the best results possible in every situation. At Garrison, we are taught to be young women who will go out into the world and make a difference wherever we end up.

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