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Why I Chose George School – Kirsten

Our George School Ambassadors were asked to share their stories about why they chose George School. There is no typical George School path but they all share a common thread: a love of people and learning. Read on to find out what made Kirsten ’15 join the George School community.

A wet and dreary day it was when I took my first steps on this otherwise breathtaking campus. Lucky for me, the sun still shone the day of my interview and tour through the faces of the admissions officers and the students. As an eighth grader from a Catholic school, the idea of a campus was overwhelming. The tour I received quickly eased my anxieties and transformed them into excitement. Under my big George School umbrella, I took in the new scenery. With an amazing tour guide who became a very close friend of mine throughout my George School career, the reasons why my brother bragged about this school were revealed to me. Continue reading

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Tour Guides: A Glimpse of Life at GS

by Ashley Pettway, Admission Office

First term is in full swing and our campus is buzzing with visitors. It gives us great joy here in the Admission Office to share our campus with you and it takes a lot of people behind the scenes to make your visit special. Last week, I introduced the ambassadors, a select group of students who blog, take pictures, and talk with families during visits. This week, I’d like to introduce you to our tour guides. Each year, the Admission Office selects outgoing sophomores, juniors, and seniors to serve as student leaders in our office. These students have shown a love for George School and often hold additional leadership positions on campus.  They are the heart of our office and we could not function without them. Continue reading

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Follow a Student: Sara ’14

Sara is a senior and a day student. She practically lives at the barn and loves taking photos.

Personally, I love Tuesdays. I start the day in World Literature with one of my favorite teachers. I learn more from Kim McGlynn in a week than I have from some other teachers in an entire year. I have so much respect for her as both a teacher and a person. Today we discussed the motif of singing/ rhymes in 1984 by George Orwell.

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8:00 a.m. classes are always hard, but I had some Navajo tea that I brought home from my service trip to make the morning a little better.

Next I have a lab period of my Alternative Photo class. I love that George School’s photo program is not the stereotypical program. We have learned to shoot meaningful, truthful images instead of bowls of fruit and smiling friends. I feel completely prepared to continue photography in college.

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Danielle demonstrated, in the dark room, how to print the pictures we took over break with a Holga camera. Then, I worked with her to plan out my AP project. Danielle is the sweetest, most caring teacher I have ever had. She cares about her students as if we are her own kids and wants the best for us. She, just like Kim, pushes us because she knows that we are capable of so much.

After a quick consultation with my history teacher about a project I went to Physics. Today we did a lab on momentum and measured the velocities from different types of collisions.

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Almost every Tuesday we do a lab, my favorite part of any science class.

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I learn best by doing so this really helps me understand the concepts we discuss in class.

Then I walked down meeting house hill to the library for my Simplicity class. Despite the power going off, we were still able to have a good discussion about time and how it controls our lives.

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We ended the class with meditation, guided by our teacher Carolyn (pictured).

On Tuesdays my classes end at 12:50. I have my free period after lunch, which I either use to get some of my work done before practice or to go down to the barn early to get in extra time with the horses and our coach Tiffany (pictured).

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I love spending time at the barn. I have been riding at the GS barn since I was little so it is a home away from home for me.

The trainers and my teammates have become like one big family. This horse, Bob (owned by Courtney Smith), is one I have been riding and caring for over the past year. This winter has been hard for us with all the snow. We have barely been able to ride since the rings are full of snow and ice, but I take every opportunity I can find to spend quality time with Bob even if it’s just some bareback snuggling. Developing relationships with the horses and people at the George School Equestrian Center is an experience truly unique to George School and is one that has shaped who I am. I will be forever grateful for the experience that the equestrian program has given me.

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Follow a Student: Hanna ’15

Hanna ’15 is a day student in the International Baccalaureate (IB) program. She is a member of the cross country and winter track teams and she intends to play softball in the spring. When she isn’t studying for class she enjoys reading poetry, yoga, and leading the school’s women’s rights club.

Despite the snowy weather on Tuesday, December 10, George School held classes (since many of our students are boarding students and many of our faculty live on campus, we rarely have to cancel school). Hanna took photos throughout her day to share what a typical “snow day” is like at George School.

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6:00 a.m. Time for school. When Benjamin Franklin said, “Early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise,” he must not have been thinking of teenagers.

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7:30 am. Driving to school in the most beautiful, yet terrifying, weather.

7:31 am. Thankfully the blizzard has given me some extra time in the car to study quadratics.

7:31 am. Thankfully the blizzard has given me some extra time in the car to study quadratics.

8:00 am. Looks like my math class will be pretty empty today.

8:00 am. Looks like my math class will be pretty empty today.

8:45 am. Now it's time for my favorite class, español. This is me posing with my friend Carol as we try to interpret news articles from Nicaragua, where I will be going this March on my George School Service trip.

8:45 am. Now it’s time for my favorite class, español. This is me posing with my friend Carol as we try to interpret news articles from Nicaragua, where I will be going this March on my George School Service trip. *Each student is required to complete a 65-hour service project before graduation. Many students fulfill this requirement by participating in service trips led by George School faculty and staff. Previous service trip destinations include France, Cuba, China, Mississippi, Arizona, Israel/Palestine, and Costa Rica.*

10:00 am. After running around in the cold, I need to refuel with peanut butter cookies from Bettye's Place.

10:00 am. After running around in the cold, I need to refuel with peanut butter cookies from Bettye’s Place. *Bettye’s Place is the on-campus snack bar at George School.*

10:15 am. A ping-pong match wouldn't hurt either.

10:15 am. A ping-pong match wouldn’t hurt either.

11:00 am. After our pig heart dissections, Polly moved forward with a lecture about immune systems.

11:00 am. After our pig heart dissections, Polly moved forward with a lecture about immune systems.

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1:00 pm. After a delicious lunch, I have painting and drawing class. We worked on watercolor experiments and perspective.

3:45 pm. After a long day, it was nice to relieve some of my stress at track practice. Unfortunately, the track was more of a skating rink, so it was difficult to run, but the strange circumstances made practice much more exciting and a perfect end to the snowy day.

3:45 pm. After a long day, it was nice to relieve some of my stress at track practice. The snow made the track more of a skating rink, so it was difficult to run, but the strange circumstances made practice much more exciting and a perfect end to the snowy day.

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