GirlSummer Session II finished with a joyful flourish. This last session was a mix of girls taking part in signature programs such as Writer’s Retreat, English Language and Leadership, and Emma Codes, as well as exciting electives such as Mixed Media, Podcast, Advanced Jewelry Design, Basketball, and Jazz.
Rowing began at Emma Willard in the mid-1980s. It didn’t take long before crew became a popular program. Today, the Jesters are members of the nationally recognized and highly competitive New York State Section 2 Interscholastic Rowing Association, a junior rowing division. The fleet includes sweep and sculling boats and calls the boathouse on Green Island home. Close to one in ten students at Emma are on the crew team during the fall season, and in the spring the field narrows to a selective set of experienced rowers. The season runs right to the end of the academic year and most times the finals are wedged into the end-of-year celebrations.
Investing in girls is what we do. We know the research confirms that one of the more effective methods to impact our world for the better is to invest in girls and women. Emma Willard School’s founder and namesake knew that empowering young women helps shape the world.
Nicole B. ’22 and Jenna D. ’21 joined the Albany Symphony Orchestra’s new music “Dogs of Desire” ensemble chorus at the EMPAC Theatre at Rennsealer Polytechnic Institute on Friday, May 31 to perform composer/singer Clarice Assad’s, Ain’t I A Woman, inspired by Sojourner Truth’s 1851 “Ain’t I A Woman” speech.
Carney Sandoe & Associates is featuring stories about women leaders in independent schools, the importance of mentorship, and their professional journeys. As part of the series they profiled Head of School Jenny Rao and her mentor Peter O’Neill, former head of school at Garrison Forrest.
Emma Willard School Chinese Instructor and International Student Coordinator Preston Sundin recently attended the National Chinese Language Conference in San Diego, California where he represented the school by leading the session “Race, Sex, and Gender in the American Chinese Language Classroom.” We asked him about the experience and his takeaways from the conference.
Emma Willard School’s capstone program, Signature, empowers juniors and seniors to dive deep into a personal project of their choosing. Jennifer L. ’19 used her Signature to bring new understanding to China’s often underrepresented autonomous regions of Inner Mongolia and Xinjiang.
We asked Jennifer about her Signature experience and how she came to curate her final collection, which was displayed in Dietel Gallery earlier this month.
Emma Willard School sophomore Yuma M. has received an Honorable Mention in this year’s Congressional Art Competition for her piece, “Boston Museum in Boston, Ireland,” which will be displayed in the Albany District Office for the next year.
Emma Willard School welcomed Parker Hamilton Poling ’95 back on campus as this year’s Honors Convocation speaker. Parker, a former Emma Willard Cum Laude and E.W. Award honoree who now serves as the Executive Director of the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC), drew on her experiences in Washington, D.C. to discuss mentorship.
We caught up with Parker about how Emma prepared her for life outside our castle walls.
Last Wednesday, April 17 our students attended our fourth and final event of the Speaker Series for the school year. Emma Willard School hosted Sarah McBride, an author, activist, and the National Press Secretary for the Human Rights Campaign.
Each year Emma Willard School’s academic departments honor outstanding students with Kudos during Morning Reports. Our Spanish, Chinese, and Latin instructors awarded the first Kudos of the year on Tuesday, April 16.
Emma Willard School is proud to announce senior Issac H. has earned the status of National Merit Finalist by the National Merit® Scholarship Program. Head of School Jenny Rao made the announcement at Morning Reports on Friday, March 1.
Emma Willard School’s independent programs enable girls to pursue projects they feel strongly about. Senior Aira A. saw her family’s struggle with balancing screen time in their lives and was inspired to research the topic further, ultimately launching the company Bye Bye Screen and publishing “7 Step Digital Cleanse for Families,” now available on Amazon.
Communications spoke with Aira to learn more about her project and milestones she has reached. Read the full Q&A below!
Our athletics department celebrated our basketball, indoor track and field, and ski racing teams at our winter sports desserts ceremony. This season, 12 students earned their varsity letter and pin for the first time; 24 earned a bar pin, signifying their second or more time playing at the varsity level, and 15 earned a pin marking their first time playing at the varsity level in one sport after getting their varsity letter in another. Coaches also handed out Most Improved and Coaches Awards for each team.
The Cluett House program, which focuses on the practices of positive world change, hosts inspiring guest speakers during their weekly seminar series. Recently, Cluett House students were joined by a wonderful guest speaker who is very familiar with the Emma Willard School community: alumna Arica Crootof '03, who joined the group via video conference from her home state of Montana.
Emma Willard School senior Hyeyon “Stella” Rim held a public reception for her exhibition “Painting Inspiration: FOR CHILDREN TO THRIVE NOT JUST SURVIVE” at the Arts Center of the Capital Region on Friday, January 25.
Each year the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (LLS) hosts “Students of the Year,” a philanthropic leadership development program for exemplary high school students, that teaches them professional skills including entrepreneurship, marketing, and project management as they promote and fundraise for the organization.
This year, Emma juniors Mimi L. and Ava T. have been selected as the 2019 Students of the Year candidates for the Albany area, and the first ever to represent Emma Willard School. Their aim is to raise $50,000 for the LLS to establish an Emma Willard research grant.
Emma Communications spoke with them about their project and why it is so meaningful to them.