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St. Margaret’s School graduates 25

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Above, the graduating class of 2018 at St. Margaret’s School in Tappahannock participates in commencement on the river lawn. The graduates are, back row from left, Yiwen Zheng, Tran Hoang Khanh Linh, Catherine Payne, Maria Ogg, Heather McMahon, Christine Johnson, Amaiyah Herndon, Jaleh Javadpour, Lissel Mason, Khailan O’Connor, Laura Pace, Sara Pierce and Alicia Turner; front row, Brianna Harris, Shannon Greenspon, Elizabeth Curry, Arianna Ceballos, Mackenzie Burckbuchler, Lily Blackshaw, Enyonam Agbemadzo, Katherine Bruneault, Kyndall Carey, Shengqi Chen, Chloe Daun, and Danielle Hamilton.

St. Margaret’s School in Tappahannock sent 25 seniors in the class of 2018 on their way rejoicing last week at its 95th annual commencement exercises.

Hillary Pugh Kent, vice president of Al Pugh Distributing Company, a beverage distributor in Virginia’s Northern Neck, gave the commencement address. Kent, who is an alumna of St. Margaret’s from the class of 1999, encouraged the graduating seniors in her address saying, “St. Margaret’s has given you the tools to be successful. Don’t be afraid to use them. St. Margaret’s has given you the resources to do more than just dream about opportunities. Don’t just be dreamers. Be doers.”

The 25 graduates received 110 college acceptances this year. This achievement reflects a high level of academic rigor—96% of the senior class was dual enrolled, taking classes both at St. Margaret’s and Rappahannock Community College. In addition, 46% of seniors took Advanced Placement exams. Two students in the graduating class are National Honor Society members. Members of the class received over $475,000 in scholarship awards from colleges, universities, and organizations, including winning the top scholarship from the Virginia Bankers Association, a scholarship from the Woman’s Club of Essex County, and one from the King and Queen County Farm Bureau.

Twenty-four seniors completed independent study projects, including providing production support for CBS on Face the Nation, and learning about the feature film business at STX Entertainment in Los Angeles. Their independent study projects also included conducting sea turtle conservation in Costa Rica, learning about curating fine art at the Peninsula Fine Arts Center in Newport News, exploring work done by the Essex County Sheriff’s Office, learning about pediatric medicine at INOVA Hospital in Fairfax, among others. The graduates excelled in academics, athletics, art, music and drama, and performed community service projects throughout the year. Three seniors led the varsity softball team to win their fourth League of Independent Schools Championship title and go on to compete in the VISAA state tournament.

Head of school Catherine M. Sgroi reflected on the ceremony and the graduates saying, “St. Margaret’s girls know who they are, what they can do, and how to do it. We are very excited for the class of 2018 and the achievements they made during their time at St. Margaret’s. We look forward to seeing what they will do from here, and we have faith they will make great things happen for themselves and our world.”

posted 06.06.2018

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