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Students, faculty, alumnae, and friends gathered to hear students share their project presentations and participate in panel

One of the most exciting events of the year at Emma Willard School is the Spring Showcase. In this moment, we celebrate the accomplishments of students who have been working all year on Signature capstone projects and Emma Artists performances.

Head of School Jenny Rao welcomed families and alumnae guests to the special day, highlighting the special curiosity that it takes to pursue Signature and Emma Artists projects. “Today’s event is one of my favorites,” she shared. “Curiosity is the most important engine for learning. Today, we witness our students’ hard work, find inspiration, and bring our own curiosities into this space.”

From writing and creating to experimentation, research, and internships, Signature capstone projects illustrate the wide range of interests of Emma Willard students. Juniors and seniors take time to deeply explore a subject that interests them. During the Spring Signature Showcase, they bring their projects to culmination with a presentation and panel discussion. The students’ enthusiasm is contagious as they reveal what they learned, the challenges they encountered, and the next steps for their work.

Liza N. ’24 presents her new-found passion for computational chemistry

Liza N. ’24 presents her new-found passion for computational chemistry

We invite you to explore the project posters and video presentations for the following Signature presentation groups:


Addressing Global Issues

Connection through Storytelling

Constructing our Realities

Exploring the Human Mind

Fashion: Expression and Functionality

From Personal to Program

Gender Equity and Empowerment

Innovation and Design

Investigation of the Human Body

Research and Discovery

STEM in Practice

Technology and the Human Experience

Emma Artists filled three recitals with performances from vocalists, instrumentalists, and dancers. Each student reflected on their preparation for their performance through written artists statements, which can be found on the Emma Artists Showcase.

Hanh N. ’24 performs “Hungarian Rhapsody” by David Popper

Hanh N. ’24 performs “Hungarian Rhapsody” by David Popper

To round out the day, the Class of 2023 was invited to share artwork in the Senior Art Showcase in Dietel Gallery. Their amazing talent was a source of wonder for all those who visited, read their artists’ statements, and took a moment to talk to the artists themselves.

A parent comments on one of the senior art exhibits

A parent comments on one of the senior art exhibits

A day filled with stimulating presentations and discussions, amazing performances, and artistic displays…what a great way to end the year!

Continue to explore the Spring Showcase at and find more photos from the day on SmugMug. Special thanks to Roya S. ’24 for her assistance with the day’s photography.


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