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[21 May 2010 | admin | Comments Off | 1,790 views]
St. Margaret’s Music Man jr. 2003 Cast Reunion Reinforced Impact of Performing Arts In the Development of Students

Last week, during the 2010 Lower School musical, The Music Man, jr., the actor who played Harold Hill in the St. Margaret’s 2003 Music Man jr. production, stood side-by-side on stage with the performer playing the role in the 2010 production, much to the delight of the St. Margaret’s community in the audience.
This coming together of St. Margaret’s performers from the 2003 Lower School Music Man cast was coordinated by St. Margaret’s Vice President of the Board of Trustees and parent Stacey Nicholas. Ms. Nicholas saw this year’s Lower …

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[21 May 2010 | admin | 3 Comments | 3,288 views]
Christian Tanaka Reflects on Winning 2010 National Chess Tournament

Through this journey, I learned chess was an outlet to help me discover who I am as a person. Chess was a vehicle for me to express myself without words. It made me understand my own thought process and gave me the skills to assess and solve problems in any given situation. It allowed me the opportunity to express myself in a creative way. Although I am an easy going person in general, I learned that I was also a ferocious fighter. It probably came from my stubbornness and unwillingness to concede. Chess gave me the opportunity to see the world. I realized how much I love to connect with people.

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[14 May 2010 | admin | Comments Off | 3,225 views]
Cum Laude Society Inducts 21 Top St. Margaret’s Students

Last month, seven juniors and 14 seniors were inducted into the Cum Laude Society, an international honors organization for which only a small percentage of high school juniors and seniors are qualified. To be eligible, juniors must rank in the top 10 percent of their class, and seniors must rank in the top 20 percent of their class. In addition, each inductee must be approved by the Cum Laude committee, consisting of school faculty and administrators who evaluate whether they strive for perfection in their coursework and set high academic …

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[7 May 2010 | admin | Comments Off | 3,241 views]
Johnny Li Represents St. Margaret’s in Prestigious State and International Science Competitions

Next week, St. Margaret’s student Johnny Li, grade 11, will represent our school and Orange County at the California State Science Fair, May 17–18, at the California Science Center in Los Angeles. He will be competing against 958 other participants from 394 schools throughout California. Although Johnny is excited about this great honor, resulting from his win at the Orange County Science Fair, this is not his only recent science victory. Just a few days ago, the members of the United States Physics Team were announced, and Johnny was among …

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[7 May 2010 | admin | Comments Off | 3,520 views]
A World of Wonderland: Library Luncheon

Last week’s Parent Teacher Fellowship Library Luncheon, “Teatime in Wonderland,” provided a beautiful occasion for our St. Margaret’s community to gather together at a parent’s home to support the Library by raising funds in a whimsical atmosphere. The Luncheon featured many beautifully decorated tables, the companionship of friends and family brought together by a great cause, opportunity drawings, and a wonderful view of Santa Catalina Island.

The word “Wonderland” evokes images of a mystical place with imaginary and peculiar creatures living in a dreamlike, whimsical world. In the literary classic, “Alice in Wonderland,” Alice falls down a rabbit hole and meets characters including the Queen of Hearts, and the Cheshire Cat, all of whom were present at the luncheon

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[7 May 2010 | admin | Comments Off | 978 views]
Dance Performers Deliver "Extra! Extra!"

The Spring All-School Dance Recital, held on April 30, featured about 125 skilled St. Margaret’s dancers from Preschool through grade 12. This year’s theme was “Extra! Extra!” The dancers’ repertoire drew inspiration from news stories from the past year, highlighting traditional and contemporary dances, many choreographed by St. Margaret’s students.
From the opening number, “The Typewriter” choreographed by Ms. Jamie McCann, to the music of the Boston Pops Orchestra, to the finale featuring the entire ensemble performing to the comical tribute “Linus & Lucy,” the variety of topics and styles covered …

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[30 Apr 2010 | admin | Comments Off | 1,411 views]
SMES Speech and Debate Team: Growing and Excelling

As the capstone to a great year of team competition, students in the St. Margaret’s speech and debate team won the state qualifier tournament and competed at the state level last month. During the past few years, this team has grown in size and scope: In the 2007–2008 school year, there were only four members in the speech and debate club; the next year, it had had grown to 16 students. This year, grade 11 student Sam Malagon coaches the 19 team members, who competed in 12 tournaments during the …

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[23 Apr 2010 | admin | One Comment | 967 views]
Talented Performers Play and Sing in Spring Concerts

The performing arts are thriving at St. Margaret’s across all divisions. The Spring concert season at St. Margaret’s included the Lower School Pipers performance, a Band concert, an Orchestra concert and a Vocal concert. Headmaster Marcus D. Hurlbut remarks, “In April, students from Lower to Upper School demonstrate their growth and commitment in a series of exceptional performances. Our school community benefits from the inspiration and talent our faculty and students share so enthusiastically.”
The Lower School Pipers were directed by Lower School Choir Director Diane Hawkins and Lower School Music …

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[16 Apr 2010 | admin | One Comment | 780 views]
Director of College Counseling Roland Allen Serves on National Presidential Scholar Committee

Roland Allen, St. Margaret’s Episcopal School Director of College Counseling, recently spent four days in Washington, D.C., as a member of the Presidential Scholars Program 2010 Review Committee. The program, started by President John F. Kennedy, is funded annually by an act of Congress to recognize and honor our nation’s most distinguished graduating high school students. There are only 18 members on this national committee, and serving  on the Review Committee is considered an honor.
The role of the Review Committee, Mr. Allen explains, is to choose semifinalists from each state …

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[8 Apr 2010 | admin | Comments Off | 1,043 views]
Japanese Language Students Welcome Visitors from Motegi, Japan

Students from Motegi Junior High School, in Motegi, Japan, visited St. Margaret’s last week. The 16 students spent a day paired with St. Margaret’s students enrolled in Japanese language class, practicing their English skills while helping St. Margaret’s students practice their Japanese language skills. At the end of their daylong visit, they performed a traditional dance for the St. Margaret’s community, afterward teaching origami and calligraphy.
The energetic folk dance performed by the colorfully-outfitted students symbolized the fishing tradition of North Central Japan. Language teacher Ron Lanning explained that “the song …

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