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St. Margaret’s School graduates 23

St. Margaret’s Head of School Catherine M. Sgroi with the graduating class of 2019.

St. Margaret’s School in Tappahannock sent 23 seniors from the class of 2019 on their way rejoicing last week at its 96th annual commencement exercises. Alumna from the class of 1975, Dr. Elizabeth Hinton Crowther, gave the commencement address. Dr. Crowther is president of Rappahannock Community College and incoming chair of the St. Margaret’s Board of Governors.

“St. Margaret’s is one of many places that will define your identity,” said Dr. Crowther. “Your experience here comes at a critical time when you are locking in to values, ideals, and passions. How lucky that you could construct this foundation in this supportive place, with the close friends you have made, and how lucky you could share this time learning from girls from a diversity of places and experiences.”

Students in St. Margaret’s class of 2019 were offered more than $800,000 in scholarship awards from colleges, universities, and organizations. St. Margaret’s graduates will enroll at 23 different colleges and universities in 14 states. Eight graduates will stay in Virginia for college and two graduates are headed to colleges in North Carolina and South Carolina. The states beyond Virginia, North Carolina, and South Carolina where St. Margaret’s graduates will enroll include Alabama, Connecticut, Kentucky, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Utah, and Washington.

Speaking about the graduating seniors’ many accomplishments, St. Margaret’s Head of School Catherine M. Sgroi said, “The class of 2019 has artists who brightened our lives with their works, including an artist whose painting placed third in our congressional district in the annual high school visual art competition, singers who shared their beautiful songs with our community and touched the souls of parishioners at local churches, thespians who delighted us with their winter production of Cinderella, and nine scholars who sat for 16 Advanced Placement exams in a total of eight different courses.”

Collectively, the class of 2019 received college credit through dual-enrollment in seven courses with Rappahannock Community College. “Between dual-enrollment and their AP scores,” Sgroi added, “our St. Margaret’s graduates have a solid college preparatory education, including experience with college-level coursework that requires critical thinking, and a clear understanding of college-level expectations.”

While seniors at St. Margaret’s, the students also completed independent study projects, including exploring biomedical research at the University of Chicago, shadowing a doctor at Henrico Doctors Hospital in Richmond, interning with the marketing office at Spartanburg Methodist College in South Carolina, conducting environmental research in the Grand Canyon, and working with first responders at the Chesterfield County Fire and EMS mobile response units, among others.

The graduates also excelled in athletics. Two seniors led the varsity softball team to win their fifth consecutive League of Independent Schools Championship title and went on to compete in the VISAA state tournament. Senior Tanner Robertson of Quinton was named the 2019 LIS Softball Player of the Year and will go on to play NCAA Division I softball with Longwood University in fall 2019.

Senior Sasha Pereira of Alexandria will play soccer for Mitchell College this fall.

posted 06.06.2019

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