2018 Campus News
BLUE/GOLD was one of the greatest examples of Holy Child's sense of spirit and community. The game ended in a 35-35 score between the Blue and Gold teams. Both teams embraced the tie, and celebrated their love of Holy Child together. The hallways and locker rooms were buzzing for a week about this unexpected finale! However, at the end of the school year, the Blue team took home the cup.
THE TIGER TROT was a blast this past year! On a gorgeous fall morning, students, faculty, pa-rents, and alumnae all joined together for the annual 5k run benefiting the Cabin John Fire Department (and had so much fun while doing it!). A very special thank you goes to all of our sponsors!
WALK-A-THON. Last October, Holy Child students and faculty walked with a purpose in our annual walk-a-thon. Our community raised a total of $4,403 for two great causes this year: New Endeavors by Women and Bethesda Cares. In addition to donations, we as a community also raised awareness for those struggling with homelessness.
THE MIDDLE SCHOOL MUSICAL this year was The Little Mermaid, Jr. All of the participants—cast and crew alike—had a great time putting on such a spectacular production. The singing, dancing, and acting was incredibly lively. At each show, the audience could feel the joy and excitement radiating from the stage.
FATHER DAUGHTER BREAKFAST. Special guest Mara Bellino '06 spoke to the guests at this January's father-daughter breakfast, a tradition she participa-ted in during her own years at Holy Child. Mara, who is the Director of Disability Services at Georgetown Law, was accompanied to the breakfast by her dad, Joe!
NEW ARTWORK. On February 26, we unveiled a gorgeous bust of Maryland’s own Harriet Tubman, a generous donation from sculptor and Holy Child grandparent Brendan O’Neill and his family. Kayla Smith ('20), Bailey Skeeter ('19), and Khoudia Diop ('19) gave a presentation about Harriet Tubman and her legacy. Mr. O’Neill then shared the story of how the original bust was commissioned for the Maryland State House, how he wanted to portray Ms. Tubman, and the symbolism within the sculpture. He also spoke about how this courageous woman is such a wonderful example of the power of one person to change the world and how Tubman lived “Actions Not Words.”
GO GO GO JOSEPH! The Upper School's winter musical this year was Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. Maggie Rudman's '18 coat (made by Charlotte Bell '19) was truly amazing, lighting up the stage with every color of the rainbow. Between the music, lights, set, and acting, the show was a spectacle that would have made Jacob proud! Sr. Connie especially enjoyed the performance, as Joseph is her favorite musical of all time.
BLOOD DRIVE. This year's annual Blood Drive event was hosted in February by the National Honor Society, in collaboration with Inova Blood Donor Services. As a community, students, faculty members, and parents collectively donated 32 units of blood, potentially saving 96 patients with 3 lives per unit.
INTERNATIONAL WEEK. Students and faculty kicked off the festivities with a food tasting celebration during lunch where different cuisines were offered from countries repre-sented in our community, including India, Denmark, South Korea, and Egypt among others. The students also en-joyed performances including traditional Mexican dan-
ces by incoming sixth graders Maria and Esther Gon-zalez. We also held a panel discussion with a group of parents from different international organizations and discussed the United Nations Sustainable Development goals and how their work contributes to achieving them.
Additionally, we celebrated the 29 countries represented at Holy Child with different activities throughout Hispanic Herita-ge Month, Mardi Gras, French Week, the Day of the Dead, the Feast Day of Our Lady of Guadalupe, and the Chinese New Year
GLOBAL LEARNING. A group of juniors, seniors, and faculty members traveled to Italy over Spring Break for a Young Women's Leadership Trip with ACIS Educational Tours. Students had the opportunity to meet women in leadership roles in Italy as well as learn more about Italian monuments and culture. As part of the Holy Child network of schools, sophomores from our sister schools traveled from and to Ireland and California. Also, students from Middle School and Upper School participated in two immersion language programs to Guadeloupe and Costa Rica. We are planning a service abroad opportunity to Jamaica for next year, as well as another immersion and leadership Spanish program to Spain, Costa Rica, and to other schools in the Holy Child network.
HEAR US ROAR! This year's gala was a smashing success. Tickets sold out within days, and many items had competitive bids! An incredible thank you to all of those who attended and donated, as well as all of those who supported from afar.
SENIOR TRADITION. Congratulations to our college bound seniors! The Class of 2018 took part in the spring tradition of painting their skirts with their school's logo. Pictured to the right: Caroline Puccini (College of Charleston), Mackenzie Whipp (Tulane), and Gabby Hanley (College of Charleston). Our seniors were accepted to 118 prestigious and rigorous institutions.