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The Show Must Go On - Walsingham Students Hone their Skills in Local Summer Performing Arts Programs 

School may be out, but when it comes to the Academy's aspiring young performers, the curtain never closes. Hats off to the Walsingham thespians performing this summer! 

Stagelights Williamsburg: Performing Disney’s Peter Pan Jr.
Allison Mock (’19) – Wendy
Ronnie Littman (’22) 
Olivia Robinson (’21)
Ellie Chason ('21) - Skunk, one of the Lost Boys

Williamsburg Players: Performing Peter Pan
Abby Curran (’19) – Peter Pan 

William & Mary Shakespeare: Performing Twelfth Night
Mary Catherine Chason (’19)
Nick Kearns (’20)
Sam Masser (’19) 

Lyric Opera Virginia’s Opera and Musical Theatre: Performing scenes from Carmen, La Bohème, The Barber of Seville, Hansel and Gretel, The Sound of Music, Phantom of the Opera, Oliver, and The King and I
Mia Strup (’20)

VA Gazette: Walsingham Academy launches strength and conditioning program

Eleven Walsingham Academy field hockey players hit the gym hard Monday night, but it wasn’t a typical workout. The girls’ training session was led by a professional strength and conditioning coach as part of a new Walsingham program, launched in early June, that aims to raise the bar for its student athletes.

"What we’re doing is allowing our students an opportunity to work on their strength, conditioning, flexibility and functional movement during the off-season," said Walsingham’s athletic director, Neil Bailey, who arrived at the school about a year ago. "When I first got here, I noticed that was a part of our program that we could definitely boost. … We’re in the sixth week of our program and we’ve already seen the benefits, so it’s been great so far."

Bailey, a former college basketball coach, said the goal is to give the students a chance to build core strength, improve mobility, tone their muscles, and gain quickness and agility. He said the training will also help student athletes prevent injuries by correcting any poor movement patterns – patterns that they often don’t know they have developed – even in simple movements such as running or jumping.

"It was really eye opening for our kids," Bailey said. "…We don’t want to build strength on top of dysfunctional movement. In the end, that could lead to injuries."

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VA Gazette: 'Learning Garden' to be planted at Walsingham Academy

"Walsingham Academy plans to transform an under-utilized courtyard into a 'learning garden,' an exciting place for students to discover nature and a peaceful spot to honor one of the school's most loved leaders.

School administrators say the garden idea has its roots in a recent ceremony honoring Walsingham Academy president Sister Mary Jeanne Oesterle, who recently celebrated her 50th year of service to the Sisters of Mercy.

'We thought, 'What could we do that would be meaningful for Sister Mary Jeanne and meaningful for the children, because that's really where her heart is?'' said Mary Johnston, Walsingham's director of curriculum development. 'At the same time, we wanted it to be an extension of our beautiful campus.'

The courtyard itself is a sunny space between the lower school cafeteria and the preschool, measuring about 125 feet by 200 feet. Contributions from faculty members will get the garden off the ground before summer's end, Johnston said. She laid out a vision for what the garden could be: a seating area surrounded by flowers and trees, perhaps with an arbor, with raised beds and walkways and spaces dedicated to student projects – maybe even an area where a teacher could take a class for story time."

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VA Gazette: Walsingham Academy Celebrates its Class of 2014



"In a tradition dating back to the school's founding in 1947, Walsingham Academy's 49 graduating seniors on Saturday donned long white gowns or white suit jackets and bowties to walk across the stage and accept their high school diplomas.

Not only did they look the part – they acted it, too. During the past year, they collectively totaled 197 college acceptance letters and $3.2 million in scholarships and awards.

Three student speakers reflected on making difficult choices, not fearing rejection, and turning uncertainty into opportunity.

'The best advice I can give you is not to dwell on the uncertainties of life, but rather, dwell in them," co-valedictorian Liam Kiniry said. "What I mean is embrace them, because the uncertainty of life is what makes it beautiful.'

Co-valedictorian Dylan Sullivan urged his classmates to be bold and original. 'There is no reason why you should fear not being accepted if you present yourselves in a genuine and honest manner,' he said.

Salutatorian Carley McQuain joked that "following perfection is tough – good luck to the class of 2015." Then she got serious, saying students now have the chance to 'blaze new trails.' 'We don't have to follow anyone' she said.'

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