Walker's Weekly

May 12, 2017

Middle School talents were on display during Thursday night's Middle School Night of Excellence. View Photos

Seniors Celebrated at Annual Grace Academy Event in Hartford
On Thursday evening, Grace Academy celebrated its inaugural eighth grade class of girls who are now graduating high school seniors at their annual The Power of Grace event at the The Bushnell in Hartford. Our own Ximena Franco '17 and Jessica Hariprisad '17 were members of that class. Guests, including the mayor of Hartford, Luke Bronin, and Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy, celebrated with the girls, their families, Associate Head of School Amy Wheeler and the girls' advisors, Ms. Isabel Ceballos and Ms. Mallory Pasquariello. Ximena was the featured speaker for the evening. Grace Academy serves girls in grades five through eight at their Hartford school where they prepare students for high-performance high schools and provide support for students throughout their high school careers (www.graceacademyhartford.org).

Students Give Back with Habitat for Humanity Hartford
On Saturday, May 6, Ella Chang '18, Keeley Duran '18, Jessica Hariprasad '18, Liza Phillips '17, Cheyenne Watts '17, and Lyrica Yanaway '17 worked with with Hartford Area Habitat for Humanity to help build a house on South Marshall Street in Hartford.

Addie Friedlander '18 and Daniela Ramirez '19 Named Athletes of the Week

  • Addie Friedlander, JV Tennis (Lake Placid, NY): "Motivated, Resilient, Happy" Addie played an amazing match against Westover. Playing in the position of first singles and down two games to five, she made a decision to change her game strategy. That decision forced her opponent to make a considerable amount of errors. She maintained her mental focus and stayed positive in order to win the match. Addie is always striving to improve her game.
  • Daniela Ramirez '19, Varsity Tennis (New York, NY): "Never Gives Up" Daniela has played a series of tough matches this season and has compiled a record of 4-1. Two of these victories have been come-from-behind wins. Her quiet competitiveness, determination and drive to win are exemplary.

Robotics Updates

  • During Chapel block on Wednesday, members of Walker's robotics team, the Wirecats, shared their team history, accomplishments, structure, and competition life with the Walker's community.
  • Come support the team this Saturday at Guilford High School for the Connecticut State Championships, 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. More Information
  • Robotics will be offered as a winter sport starting next school year.

Required Free Speech Forum on May 18
On Thursday, May 18, two of our graduates, Catherine Terry Taylor '79 and Yvette Larrieu '80, will engage in a Free Speech Forum where they will talk about having dialogue across political lines. Catherine, a Republican, and Yvette, a Democrat, have been long-time friends who have throughout their friendship engaged in healthy debate on politically-charged issues. Students in the Young Republicans and Young Democrats clubs will facilitate the discussion. This is a required event (dress code mandatory) for Upper School students beginning at 7:00 p.m. in the Chapel. The event will conclude by 8:00 p.m. Parents are invited and encouraged to attend.

Parents Invited to Reunion Weekend Events
Reunion Weekend is May 19-20! Parents are welcome to attend the following events on campus:

  • Saturday, May 20: Reunion Chapel,
    11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., including the Alumnae Association induction, choir performance and memorial service
  • Friday, May 19 and Saturday, May 20: Alumnae Art Exhibit in the Letitia McClure Potter ā€™55, Pā€™85 Gallery and adjacent gallery space featuring the work of:
    • Elizabeth "Betsy" Hubbard Stott '37, oils and watercolors
    • Jesseca Ferguson '67, photography
    • Judith Scott Larsen '67, photography
    • Caroline "Docey" Baldwin Lewis '67, textiles
    • Alicia "Liss" Couch-Edwards '07, illustrations for children's book

Important Upcoming Dates

  • Saturday, May 13: Horizons Saturday Academy
  • Sunday, May 15: Mother's Day
  • Wednesday, May 17: Horizons Giving Day
  • Wednesday, May 17: Horse Show at EWS, 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, May 18: D.E.A.R. Milk Lunch Special Schedule - Classes Start at 8:15 a.m.
    Reading hour: 2:25 p.m. - 3:25 p.m.
  • Thursday, May 18: Free Speech Forum - Required/Upper School (Chapel),
    7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Dress Code is Mandatory
  • Friday, May 19: Middle School Fun Night (Middle School), 3:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
  • Friday May 19-Saturday, May 20Reunion Weekend
  • Saturday, May 20: Prom

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Weekend Activities

Friday, May 12: Prom Dress Swap (Living Room), 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Saturday, May 12: Support the Wirecats at Guilford High School for the Connecticut State Championships, 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Saturday, May 12: Area Drive,
6:30 p.m. - 10:30 p.m.
Sunday, May 12: Open Library,
1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Sunday, May 12: Church Street Eats Community Partnership, 10:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.


Golf Team Members Competing in
Annual Tournament

Best of luck to the following students who will be competing in the annual New England Pippy O'Connor Golf Tournament, held at the Watertown Golf Club on Monday, May 15: Elise Namnoum '19, Stefania Pirro '20, Valentina Pirro '18, Kayla Foster '18, and Katherine Tian '18.

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