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The 6th grade class stepped into the shoes (literally!) of women of character and courage and brought them to life for the annual 6th grade capstone "wax museum" event today. Dressed in costume, furnished with props, and equipped with the knowledge of this capstone project, each 6th-grade student presented a monologue from the perspective of a woman who has left her mark on the world and represents a certain level of personal character and courageous action (given the circumstances of her time or social expectations). Several women were highlighted for the first time this year in the museum's more than 20-year history, including First Lady Abigail Adams, Bessie Coleman, the world's first African American woman aviator, and feminist activist and journalist Gloria Steinem.
Each student also makes a ThingLink page media page including a biography, a timeline, information on an organization in action today addressing something meaningful to the woman she is honoring, and other supplemental information discovered in their research. (These will be posted on a class Weebly page – a link to which will be sent when it becomes available).
"This project ties together so many of the skills the girls work on in the Lower School—research, analysis, writing, identifying their own passions," said 6th Grade Humanities Teacher Christine Kiphart.
Students and their "Women of Character & Courage":
Lindsay B. – Mary Edwards Walker
Audrey B. – Maria Montessori
Rosemary B. – Gloria Steinem
Ella B. – Abigail Adams
Marissa C. – Marie Curie
Kimberly C. – Tu Youyou
Lindsay C. – Keiko Fukuda
Tanvi C. – Wangari Maathai
Sophie C. – Temple Grandin
Alice C. – Alice Hamilton
Mirella C. – Nancy Wake
Cindy C. – Zaha Hadid
Kristen D. – Amy Tan
Ariana E. – Mavis Batey
Ellie F. – Alice Waters
Amanda G. – Bessie Coleman
Mia G. – Mary Oliver
Abby H. – Mary Seacole
Florence J. – Dian Fossey
Pauline K. – Sally Ride
Saba K. – Linda Sarsour
Anja K. – Julia Child
Emily L. – Mary Wolstonecraft
Ellie L.-S. – Hedy Lamarr
Holly N. – Eleanor Roosevelt
Camille O. – Sophie Scholl
Abby P. – Betty Friedan
Luciana P. – Maya Lin
Isla R. – Policarpa Salavarrieta
Sandhya R. – Indira Gandhi
Gabby R. – Joan of Arc
Sophia S. – Jane Goodall
Lily S. – Billie Jean King
Jaedyn T. – Katherine Johnson
Reagan V. – Aleen Isobel Cust
Tilden W. – Jane Addams
Gladys Y. – Rachel Carson
Emily Z. – Anna May Wong
The annual Cum Laude and Senior Recognition Ceremony celebrated 40 individual students this year. Departmental Honors were presented to Seniors for academic and creative excellence and junior and senior Cum Laude Society inductees were recognized.
“[These students] embody the Westridge purpose in that they have developed their intellectual and creative powers and their unique qualities as individuals in impressive and noteworthy ways,” said Head of School Elizabeth J. McGregor.
The art department recognized Ashley F., Bailey G., Olivia N., Audrey W., and Elizabeth W. for the exceptional development of their intellectual and creative skills, creating artwork that demonstrates integrity, courage, and perseverance.
The English department awards honors to students whose love of language and literature inspires themselves and others. The English faculty asked the senior class to decide who amongst their peers has inspired them and has enriched their experience in their English classes. The class of 2019 chose to honor Ava C., Sophia K., and Frances S.
Kimi A., Salomé A., Ava C., Rachel H., Sophia K., Kalila P., Zia S., and Frances S. were recognized by the history department for going above and beyond in their understanding of the complexities of history and demonstrating superior writing, critical thinking, and analytical skills.
Hannah B., Sarah B., Iyla R., and Kaitlin Z., were recognized by the mathematics department for their perseverance and the determination to tackle difficult and unfamiliar problems and in applying mathematical concepts to real-life situations.
The modern and classical languages department commended Kimiko A. and Hannah B. for Latin, and Rachel H. and Isabella L. for Mandarin. These students were honored for their dedication to communication, drive for perfecting language skills, and their interest in the development of a culture’s language and history.
The science department recognized Sarah A., Hannah B., Sarah B., Kate Crowell, Sophia K., Iyla R., and Kaitlin Z. for excellence in the life and physical sciences and their pursuit throughout their time in Upper School, as well as their pursuit of mastery over the sciences through independent science projects.
The dance department honored Lauren G., Molly M., and Amy S. for their excellence in technique, style, choreography, unique interpretations, and showmanship.
Mia B., Melissa B., Mason G., Zellie O., and Lydia P. received music honors for their musical excellence, outstanding leadership, and a dedication to music beyond the Westridge community.
Cum Laude Society
The Cum Laude Society recognizes academic achievement in secondary schools for the purpose of promoting three essential qualities: excellence, justice, and honor. Established in 1906, the society is recognized both nationally and internationally, to promote learning and sound scholarship. The following students were inducted and received their pins:
2018 Cum Laude Recipients
2019 Cum Laude Recipients:
Abbey P. P.
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