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Oakleaf Fall 2018

2017-18 ANNUAL REPORT inside
OAKLEAF
A publication for Alumnae, Parents and Friends of Oakcrest School
FA L L 2018


Academics
HABITS OF THE MIND 2 TEACHING THE TEACHERS 4 FACULTY SPOTLIGHT 5
Leadership
L.E.A.D. WORKSHOPS 6 Parents
SHARED WISDOM 8 BECOMING AN OAKIE 10
Faith
THE HEART OF OAKCREST 12 Service
BLANKET OF HOPE 13 The Arts
WHO TELLS YOUR STORY? 14 Athletics
HOME FIELD ADVANTAGE 16 Permanent Home
CROWELL ROAD FIRSTS 18
Giving
WHY WE GIVE 20
MISSION
Oakcrest School in partnership with parents challenges girls in grades 6-12 to develop their intellect, character, faith and leadership potential to thrive in college and throughout their lives.
PHILOSOPHY
Oakcrest, an independent school, educates the whole person. Guided by the teachings of the Catholic Church and the spirituality of Opus Dei, we weave together a rich liberal arts curriculum, character education, one-on- one mentoring and service to create a vibrant environment that graduates confident young women—young women who will make a dif- ference in all they choose to do.
Head of School Mary T. Ortiz, Ph.D.
Academic Dean Cecilia Márquez
Director of Mentoring and Parent Support Kate Hadley Director of Student Life Christie Keuchel
Dean of Students Ginny Boles
Chief Financial Officer Matt Buonocore
Director of Institutional Advancement Michael J. Barvick Director of Alumnae Relations Terri Collins
DEDICATION & GRATITUDE
Commencement
TO LEARN AND GLADLY TEACH 22 Community
21 Director of Admissions Carolina Agostini
Director of Middle School Admissions Cynthia Bertolini
Director of Communications and Special Events Marty Lerner
Design & Production Alston Taggart, Studio Red Design Printer Day & Night Printing
Photography
ANNUAL REPORT
Alumnae News
CLASS NOTES 33 OAKLEAF
Photography, Laura O’Neill, and generous contributions from Oakcrest faculty, students, parents, and alumnae. We apologize for any inadvertent omissions.
Front cover: 7th graders share a smile during Oakcrest’s Service Day. Photo credit: Klotography
Back cover: The middle school lacrosse team cheers before a big game. Photo credit: Mitch Layton
Rui Barros Photography, Klotography, Marty Lerner,
24 Cecilia Hadley, Marie Welsh, Camille Pozderac, Julie Ciatti
Oakcrest
TABLE OF CONTENTS


FALL 2018 1
FROM the HEAD of SCHOOL
PORTRAIT ofan OAKCREST GRADUATE
Oakcrest recognizes the vocation of women as trustees of humanity† and provides a culture of freedom and responsibility in which young women thrive. The joy that comes from knowing she is a child of God impels our graduate to positively impact family and society through:
An understanding of faith and a com- mitment to personal friendship
with God
Academic excellence that drives her to pursue lifelong learning
The ability to recognize and articulate truth, and the courage to stand by it Self-knowledge that informs her growth in virtue
A love for beauty in the world, and a sense of responsibility to sustain and create it
Leadership and a spirit of collaboration that inspire her to serve
† Saint John Paul II, Apostolic Letter, On the Dignity and Vocation of Women, n. 30
DEAR FRIENDS,
“GRADUATION THIS YEAR will be the last first in this year of continuous firsts,” someone commented to me as we approached
June 9th, and the momentous first time we would hold graduation in our permanent campus. Yes, it was a school year unlike any other, singular in the history of Oakcrest, as we all worked together to put down roots at 1619 Crowell Road. Graduation was unique in that the location was completely new. More than ever we could almost touch the Oakcrest spirit of joy, gratitude, humor and enthusiasm for all that lies ahead for our Class of 2018. What a won- derful, fitting conclusion for a beautiful year of firsts! Please enjoy the remarks
from that day that we share in this issue of Oakleaf (pg. 22-23).
Of all that has made an impression on me this past year I would say that seeing the expressions of the alumnae, alum parents and grandparents, and former faculty and staff as they walked
through our permanent campus has been the highlight. We so looked forward to sharing the new school with all who have come before us. Seeing the delight and surprise of alumnae with the details we love so much—the windows, the fireplace, and the commons, for example—has been a recurring joy. When we hear your stories of Oakcrest over the years, we have seen again and again that the mission has remained strong and steady, while we have at last the outward beauty to reflect it.
This makes me think of the mission of The Art of Living program, which aims to teach how we can serve the people we love with skill and art. In some ways I see the building of the permanent campus in this light. So many have contrib- uted, with skill, art, and yes, love, to create a school to serve our students and families for generations to come.
We are delighted to thank everyone who has brought us here, and to welcome so many new students, families and faculty members. We look foward to all that the newest members of our school community will bring to us, as we share with you Oakcrest’s beautiful mission.
Warm regards,
Mary
Oakcrest
WELCOME


CAPSTONE EXPERIENCE: The Senior Thesis
Just a few days before graduation, Oakcrest seniors cap their high school education by presenting a thesis – a paper they have spent months researching and writing – to the community. Although the senior thesis is written under the auspices of English department head Lisa Kenna, students choose subjects as varied as Russian literature, Broadway musicals, and the family meal, which they study with the help of faculty advisers. Kenna spearheaded the senior thesis project in 2012 and leads students through the sometimes-daunting project with patience and passion.
Why did you initiate the senior thesis?
I remember my college professor defin- ing the thesis from the ancient Greek as “taking a stand.” At my liberal arts col- lege, all students were required to write and publicly present a thesis during their senior year. Because my own expe- rience of writing a thesis gave me the opportunity to reflect on my education and the confidence and experience to continue my studies in graduate school, I wanted to bring this transformative experience to my students.
Why does Oakcrest require all seniors to complete a thesis?
The senior thesis provides the opportu- nity for each senior to learn and accom- plish more than she had dreamed she could. One of its main goals is to increase the students’ ability to con- tinue learning through life, sparking an intellectual curiosity, which is the best preparation for whatever work they
may be called upon to do. The thesis is the capstone to the Oakcrest educa- tion because we seek to convey to our students a love of learning and a sense of hope in what they may accomplish throughout life.
What do the girls learn about think- ing, researching, writing, and speaking through the process?
After spending so much time with a subject, the students learn to ask the right questions, and they learn to think more deeply, seeing that the answers are more complex than they initially thought. It is important for them to enter into the conversation with schol- ars and see that they sometimes dis- agree or even contradict one another. After entering the conversation through their reading of different sources, the students must attempt to form their own ideas based on their own analysis and interpretation of a primary source.
How has the project and/or the process changed since it began five years ago? One of the most important develop- ments is that most students are excited to research and to write the thesis. Because the student body is invited to the presentations, we now have the whole Oakcrest community involved in the thesis. The parents are also more supportive of the extra work involved because they now see it as part of the Oakcrest experience.
Anything special you want to share about the theses for the Class of 2018? Last year was so successful because the girls were so excited to write the thesis. They also worked well with their advis- ers and stayed on schedule meeting all of their deadlines. I really enjoyed work- ing with such dedicated students.
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ThoughTs on The Thesis
What was your thesis about?
What was your thesis about?
My thesis analyzed the protagonists’ stories in light of nar- cissism, arguing that Amory Blaine, of This Side of Paradise, is a narcissist saved by self-knowledge, and Jay Gatsby is a narcissist consumed by a narcissistic ideal.
How and why did you choose your subject?
I read This Side of Paradise the summer before junior year and I loved it, but I did not understand it. When writing the senior thesis gave me the opportunity to devote time and write about anything under the sun, I chose to work on try- ing to understand this novel. Eventually, literary research led me to focus on narcissism, and my knowledge of The Great Gatsby inspired me to connect both books.
What, if anything, surprised you along the way?
The whole process surprised me! I started working on my paper with a very simple idea and an open mind: I knew I loved This Side of Paradise but did not know where to pro- ceed from there. My research shaped my paper into what it became and guided my focus. The final paper was nothing like I thought it would be when I started.
What were you most proud of when you finished the paper?
My senior thesis, a 15-20 page paper, was essentially writ- ing small essays about aspects of the books and eventually connecting them with an introduction and conclusion that were interesting. It was as complicated as it sounds, but my final organized structure of it made me very proud. I was also proud of the amazing connections I found between the two novels.
My thesis analyzed the symptoms and dangers of atheism and the denial of morality as depicted in the works of C.S. Lewis, particularly That Hideous Strength and The Abolition of Man, concluding with an overview of Arthurian imagery in That Hideous Strength and of Christianity as the path by which humanity might be saved from self-destruction.
How and why did you choose your subject?
At first, I had intended to discuss the importance of studying the Classics, based on my love of Latin and Greco-Roman civilization, but I then had an idea to contrast Greco-Roman ideals with modern ideals. I have long been a fan of Lew- is’s works, so his thoughts on modernism seemed a good source for my analysis of modern ideals. In the end, I real- ized I was trying to fit too much into a 15-page paper, so I narrowed my topic.
What, if anything, surprised you along the way?
I was surprised by how relatively easy it was to come up with 15 pages’ worth of information on a single topic. I think the key is to make sure the topic is one that you are truly pas- sionate about, and the ideas will flow.
What were you most proud of when you finished the paper?
Throughout high school, we write papers on assigned top- ics that everyone in the class is also writing about and that many scholars have written about before us. The thesis was different; we picked our own topics that we were interested in and that few scholars, if any, had written about in quite the same way we were writing about them. I think, therefore, that I was most proud of having written a paper about a truly original topic in a unique way.
Martina Bucheli, advised by Kathleen Sullivan, wrote a thesis paper entitled “Leaving Paradise: Narcis- sism in F. Scott Fitzgerald's Protagonists, Amory Blaine and Jay Gatsby.”
Sophia Dort, advised by Elizabeth Black, explored the world of C.S. Lewis in a thesis entitled “Pride Goeth Before: Transgression of the Natural Law in That Hid- eous Strength.”
Bucheli and Dort received the Edwina Maksym Senior Thesis Award in 2018. The award honors two students who show excep- tional dedication and discipline during the writing process and produce a final paper marked by thoughtful research and analy- sis, clarity of style, and original insight.
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Habits of the Mind
THOUGHTS ON THE THESIS


Teaching the Teachers
It is four o’clock on a Friday, but school is still in session. Rows of students look expectantly at the lectern, pencils poised to jot down notes, or scrutinize the photocopied
story in front of them. The teacher reads out a passage and asks, “So how do we read this?” It might be any English class at Oak- crest, except for the glasses of wine that many pupils are sipping.
On this spring afternoon, the tables—or desks, if you will— were turned. While the real Oakcrest students ran drills at lacrosse practice or relaxed after a long week, their teachers discussed Alexis de Tocqueville’s Democracy in America and analyzed Flannery O’Connor’s short story “Greenleaf” under the guidance of Dr. Glenn Arbery, the president of Wyoming Catholic College.
Pursuit of lifelong learning is a hallmark of Oakcrest alumnae, a pillar in the school’s “Portrait of a Graduate.” And this is where it starts: teachers and staff who have that same desire to con- tinue growing in knowledge and understanding.
It shows in break-room conversations about recently-read books or in teachers’ summer plans to attend conferences and seminars, but it’s most visible at formal professional develop- ment events such as Professor Arbery’s seminar.
Arbery visited Oakcrest in March to deliver the 2018 O’Donovan Humanities Lecture. A scholar, author, and longtime college pro- fessor, Arbery also has years of experience working with educa- tors as the director of the Teacher’s Academy at the Dallas Insti- tute for Humanities and Culture. Knowing this, Lisa Kenna, head of the English department, suggested he conduct a special semi- nar for staff and faculty in addition to his public lecture.
In a soft Georgian drawl particularly suited to discussing Flan- nery O’Connor, Arbery guided the group of 30 staff members deeper and deeper into “Greenleaf,” the story of Mrs. May, a wizened widow obsessed with ridding her farm of an interlop- ing semi-wild bull before it taints her herd.
Though the story itself is brief, with an insular setting and petty, even venal, characters, it runs “all kinds of spiritual movement,”
Arbery argued, comparing the story in that regard to Dante. Gently prodding his students, asking questions, and drawing attention to significant passages, he led the group to see mean- ings and make connections as only a good teacher can. What followed was a spirited discussion about the narrative’s richly symbolic end.
Dr. Arbery concluded the seminar with a few words on read- ing good literature, and reading it attentively: “A story like this, the more you read it, the more you think into it, the more it takes you into depths that you didn’t quite think were going to be there. “
After the seminar, math teacher Jen Kilmer, who was new to O’Connor’s writing, admitted that she hadn’t seen this spiri- tual depth at first: “Honestly, when I first read it, I thought it was a kind of silly story.” But the discussion made her want to read more of O’Connor’s work, and she admired Arbery’s genial guidance of the group. The seminar also gave her a keener appreciation for the English classes her own daugh- ters, Christina ’15, Michelle ’18, Julie ’19, and Rosemary ’25, take at Oakcrest.
“It helped me get a much better sense of the liberal arts educa- tion that the students are getting,” she said.
The seminar was an opportunity for the staff and faculty to develop as a whole, as well as a shared experience that can strengthen their bond, according to Visual Arts teacher Nicole Havey. Additionally, pondering important ideas in the company of friends and col-
leagues gave Havey a welcome boost after a long week of teaching. “I walked away feel- ing spiritually renewed, which I wasn’t expecting. Because when you talk about profes- sional development, spiritual renewal just really isn’t my first jump, you know?”
Academics
TEACHING THE TEACHERS
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Balancing Act
WHEN SPANISH TEACHER Celia Zamora first arrived in Miami from Venezuela at six years old, her mother had a rule: English television only. LearningEnglishquicklywasapriority,andwiththehelpofBartSimpsonandother TVcharacters,Celiaandhersiblingssoakedupthenewlanguagelikesponges.
And she hopes she can be an example to our students as they become, in the words of the school philosophy,
“confident young women—women who will make a difference in all they choose to do.”
“I choose to teach at an all girls’ school so that girls can see that a woman can have a career, receive awards and accolades and have a strong faith and family life balance,” she says. “Girls are the future. I want to be a part of molding and shap- ing the future leaders of tomorrow.”
Achieving that balance is “a day by day thing,” she adds. It’s not a matter of apportioning herself equally among her teaching, her family, and her other passions and responsibilities. “Some- times my job will entail more work, sometimes my son will need me more, sometimes I need to spend more time with my husband. It’s a matter of being fair as much as possible.”
And when everything escalates at once? “That’s when coffee comes in,” she smiles.
But when her parents noticed little Celia creating her own “Spanglish” by appending vowels to English words, it was time for a new rule: only Spanish in the house. Dinner-table discussions of politics, religion, and geography were held in Spanish, with regular pauses for the children to look up Spanish vocabulary in the dictionary. And as they grew up, Celia and her sib- lings were expected to study Spanish in middle school and high school as well as speaking it at home.
Zamora credits her parents’ rules with making her a “balanced bilingual”—a person who has a fairly equal grasp of two languages and two cultures. In fact,
“balanced” is a good word to describe Zamora in other ways too: she bal- ances not only languages and cultures, but also the pulls of personal and pro- fessional life, the desire for family and the pursuit of academic excellence.
Before she began teaching at Oakcrest in 2017, Zamora earned her doctorate in Spanish Linguistics at Georgetown
University. While at Georgetown, she was honored as “Graduate Student Teacher of the Year” and then “Faculty of the Year” in the language depart- ment, and published three papers in peer-reviewed journals.
Along the way, Zamora married her high school sweetheart, Edgard, in 2006. Their son, Jude Francis, was born in 2014; he is now a precocious and dangerously cute four-year-old.
A gifted teacher, Zamora has been an immediate hit with Oakcrest students.
“She’s always really full of energy,” says Kathryn Herrick ‘18, who was in Zamo- ra’s Honors Spanish V class. “She loves what she does and because she loves it, you love it too.”
Zamora loves teaching at Oakcrest because she values the school’s com- mitment to educating the whole child:
“It’s nice that I can actually focus on the holistic person, and just being able to teach as opposed to teaching to a test or to fill a quota.”
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Academics
BALANCING ACT


ONE OF THE KEY PARTS of an Oakcrest girl’s experience is getting the chance to extend the learning process outside the classroom. Through the L.E.A.D. (Leadership-Experience-Academics-Daring) Program, students have the opportu- nity to be exposed to engaging professionals in leadership positions and participate in service projects, team building experiences, and other intellectually stimulating opportunities that bring the school’s mission to life. Here are a few highlights from Oakcrest’s recent L.E.A.D. Workshops.
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Girl Talk
When 7th and 8th graders walked into the library for Girl Talk, the set-up looked more like what you’d expect to see at a sleepover than a school workshop. Girls sat on the pillows and blankets lining the floor and readied themselves for a relaxed and informative discussion. Girl Talk, a program that seeks to create a sisterhood of self-worth through personal storytelling and active learning, explored the topic of Failure & Healthy Risk-taking. In their Coffeehouse & Conversation format, speakers shared personal stories of their high school and middle school experi- ences of failure, what they learned, and how they grew to be strong women of virtue. The speakers also highlighted the beauty of authentic friendship and the importance of getting to know yourself.
“What it means to be an Oakie”
Specifically designed with the youthful exuberance of the 6th-grade class in mind, this series explored the important traits and characteristics of being an Oakcrest girl through storytelling, workshops, and interactive discussion. The idea in introducing this program is to help Oakcrest’s newest students form a solid understanding of ‘the Oakcrest way’ so that these acorns, along with the faculty and parents, may form part of the stable, guiding force in the class throughout their seven years at Oakcrest.
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Healthy Friendships
Navigating friendships can be a challenge, but sometimes it can be made a little easier by someone who has already been in your shoes. Oakcrest was thrilled to welcome back alumnae Sophie Frelk ’14 and Anna Weber ’16 to lead a workshop for 9th and 10th graders on developing healthy rela- tionships during high school and college years. Sophie and Anna tackled the topics of good friendship qualities, friendships with people who have different interests or values, being friends with guys, creating boundaries, and awareness of oversharing in friendships. They gave practical wisdom about being yourself (use your time at Oakcrest to figure that out!) and how to be a good friend.
Relationship Chat
After noticing the sometimes-negative view of marriage and commitment in our cul- ture today, Oakcrest L.E.A.D. workshop planners wanted to present the girls with posi- tive examples of young, happy, healthy marriage relationships. The juniors and seniors listened as two young married couples shared stories of how they came to know one another and learned about commitment to marriage. Additionally, students learned about the ways in which the couples managed to maintain friendships while dating. The couples did a fantastic job communicating very important messages to the girls in a fun and lighthearted, yet completely respectful and deep, manner.
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Shared Wisdom
The Catholic Church teaches that parents are the primary educators of their children and that the school’s role is to support them. Therefore, Oakcrest views itself as being responsible to have a role in forming the parents; in order to educate the students, the parents’ formation is crucial. Oakcrest Parent Support offers seminars, speakers, and forums for parents so they can gain from the wisdom of other parents and professional educators.
Parents
SHARED WISDOM
COFFEE WITH THE HEAD
and TEA AND TALK
Oakcrest believes that parents have the right to understand why the school does things the way it does. That is one of the roles of the Oakcrest Parent Association’s Cof- fees with the Head and Thursday Tea and Talks with Faculty. They support parents by giving them a deeper understanding of Oakcrest’s mis- sion. In the coffee chat, Head of School Dr. Mary Ortiz makes herself available to the parents to answer any questions they might have and to explain Oakcrest’s reasoning for different decisions. Thursday Teas are an opportunity for parents to meet with teachers from different disciplines to get
a sense of what and how they teach.
ADVENTURES IN PARENTING
In October 2017, parents were invited to an evening of con- versation with Julia and Martin Boles, parents of Ginny Boles, Oakcrest’s Dean of Students. The seminar, entitled Parties, Peer Pressure, Popularity (& Parenting), gave the Boleses, parents of nine children ranging in age from 13 to 27,
founding parents of St. Monica’s Academy in Montrose, CA,
and Family Enrichment facilitators, the chance
to candidly share their vision and strategies for rais- ing children eager to embrace the adventure of life.
COLLEGE COUNSELING
From the outside, the college application process is certainly daunting. There are choices to make, essay questions to answer, and the nerve-racking anticipation of waiting for the schools to make final decisions. And it can be just as stress- ful for parents as it is for the students applying. But at Oak- crest, College Counseling aims to minimize the application angst, one girl at a time. “We strive to make it a stress-free process,” explains Oakcrest college counselor Whitney Mor- rison, “with everyone having proper expectations and being supported in each step of the journey.”
Oakcrest seeks to have the students themselves drive the college counseling process, but offers a support structure to bolster students’ independence. College counseling begins in ninth grade, with meetings to help cultivate girls’ passions and interests. “Those early meetings made sure that Sophia was on the right path with her course load,” says Juliana Dort, mother of a 2018 alumna. “We especially appreciated the annual checklists provided by college counseling to help us plan appropriately.”
As each girl grows and understands her goals and needs more acutely, college counseling aids in the identification of which colleges might be the best fit. Parents complete the picture by being careful listeners and guiding the col- lege selections based on their aspirations for their daughter.
At a small school like Oakcrest, the counseling process is made even more successful by the counselor’s close relationship with each senior. “Whitney was very instrumental with the subjective measures of the universities that Sophia was choosing between. Based on her experience with the various schools, Whitney made her recommendations on where could she really see Sophia living
and thriving,” Dort explains.
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FAMILY ENRICHMENT
Established by the International Federation for Family Devel- opment, the Family Enrichment program came to Oakcrest last year under the leadership of theology teacher Joana Allen and Director of Parent Support Kate Hadley. The mis- sion of Family Enrichment is to help parents reach their full potential as educators of their children and to develop their very own personal and family plan.
Using the case study method and led by trained moderators who are also parents, the course allows couples to analyze and discuss cases involving real-life family scenarios. Parents gain a deeper understanding of their teenage children and improved parenting skills. The course also fosters deeper communication between husband and wife on important family issues.
In 2017-18, Oakcrest’s Parent Enrichment offered A Journey Through Adolescence, five case studies dealing with issues faced by parents of pre-teen and early adolescent children. In 2018-19 it will continue this course with five additional cases. They do not depend on each other and parents can take the second series without having taken the first. The title for this year is Adolescence as an Adventure.
According to Hadley, Parent Enrichment can offer something for everyone, from singles to grandparents. “At Oakcrest we would love to see many of our parents participate, both as a way to grow in wisdom and as a way to build community,” she says. “Just as Oakcrest students’ friendships often last a lifetime, the friendships fostered in Family Enrichment often last for many years, acting as a source of encourage- ment and hope.”
For more information on how to sign up for this year’s Family Enrichment series, visit the Parent Support section of oakcrest.org.
PODCASTS
Oakcrest’s podcast channel fea-
tures recorded media highlight-
ing the depth and breadth of an Oakcrest education. Check out the latest recordings of Oakcrest’s Par- ent Support lectures, workshops, and seminars at oakcrest.podbean.com.
We all need guidance, encouragement and support in the important role of parenting.
Think of it as professional development!
— KATE HADLEY, DIRECTOR OF MENTORING
AND PARENT SUPPORT
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Parents
SHARED WISDOM


Becoming an Oakie
Enrolling in a new school can definitely be a big transition for students and their families. At Oakcrest, the community works to ensure that new Oak- ies are given the support they need to flourish in their new environment.
To get a little peek into the experiences of two first-year Oakcrest families, check out these interviews with Ana Gamonal de Navarro, whose daughter Lourdes entered Oakcrest last year as a ninth grader, and Ellen Myseros, whose daughter Nicolia entered in sixth grade.
THE MYSEROS FAMILY
Why did you choose Oakcrest for your daughter?
We chose Oakcrest for our daughter, Nicolia, for many reasons, the first being aca- demics. I was very impressed by [Academic Dean Cecilia] Márquez’s speech at the Open House in October 2016, as well as the college acceptances for the seniors. We wanted Nicolia in a school that would challenge her academically and guide her in her growth as a young woman. Additionally, we were looking for a school that she would attend through her senior year.
What was the experience for you with your daughter entering as an "Acorn" in 6th grade?
Our first year at Oakcrest was better than expected! Nicolia really thrived during her sixth-grade year. We think it’s exciting to enter Oakcrest as an “Acorn” know- ing that you are starting at the beginning of the Oakcrest journey and continuing through senior year. The girls are entering a new environment while experiencing it all together!
What do you love about Oakcrest?
We love everything! We really believe that Nicolia is where she belongs to grow through the important years of sixth to twelfth grades! One thing that really stood out for us is that Nicolia was always happy to go to school and happy when we picked her up! It speaks volumes to know that your child is in a positive and encouraging environment.
Any favorite moments or memories from this first year?
Our first and best favorite memory has to be the middle school play, The Boxcar Children. Nicolia was so great as “Cookie.” She really loved the whole process of the production!
Nicolia (left) performs in the middle school show, The Boxcar Children.
The Myseros family: Nicolia ‘24, Steve, Panagiotis, and Ellen.
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The Navarro family: Alexander, Veronica ‘25, Lourdes ‘21, Ana, Bianca ‘23, and Dominic. After Lourdes’s first year in Upper School at Oakcrest, the Navarros chose to send their other daughters to Oakcrest for Middle School.
THE NAVARRO FAMILY
Why did you choose Oakcrest for your daughter(s)?
During the summer of 2000, while working at the RNC, I was informed that a group of high school girls from a school named Oakcrest would be coming in for a few days to volunteer. My initial reaction was, “Oh no, high school girls?! How helpful can they be?” Boy, was I ever set straight. They were wonderful! Mature, professionally dressed, capable and hardworking! These girls and their school made such a positive impression on me that I remember thinking then that if I ever had daughters, I’d want them to go to Oakcrest.
What was the experience for you and your daughter
entering in Upper School?
It was no doubt a year of growth for all of us, intellectually, as well as spiritually. From day one, Oakcrest was a very welcoming community. From the front office personnel, to the admissions team, to the head of school, Oakcrest exemplifies the type of ambiance you want to raise your daughters in: respectful, faithful, intel- lectual and joyful. We’re so grateful Lourdes is attending high school at Oakcrest, and immediately wished our two younger daughters, Bianca ‘23 and Veronica ‘25, were attending as well.
What do you love about Oakcrest?
Oakcrest is focused on the girls’ futures, while fulfilling their current academic, as well as spiritual needs. While simultaneously offering a rigorous academic curric- ulum, complemented by the reading of classics, a variety of athletic and physical fitness activities, and an array of the arts, Oakcrest works to instill a solid foundation in its students, so they can bravely and proudly take on the world, armed with truth.
Any favorite moments or memories from this first year?
As parents, we would have to say one of our favorite memories was being able to follow and remotely partake in Lourdes’s pilgrimage to Rome with the school choir through the photos and videos shared by Oakcrest’s communications department personnel and parents who accompanied the girls on this beautiful journey. We felt so blessed that Lourdes was able to take part in this special pilgrimage, but even more so that we were able to entrust her to such a worthy group of school faculty and parents while she was thousands of miles away.
Lourdes smiles under an umbrella with other mem- bers of the Oakcrest chorus during the pilgrimage trip to Rome.
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NEW FAMILY SPOTLIGHT


The Heart of Oakcrest: OUR CHAPEL
From the very beginning, many people have contributed to the decoration of the Chapel. To celebrate their graduation and to show gratitude to Oakcrest, the Class of 2018 made their class gift a portion of the new Stations of the Cross cycle to be installed during the 2018-2019 school year. The new chair and podium were also gifts.
Throughout the school year, Oakcrest opens its doors every second Saturday of the month for a Morning of Recollection for mothers, including those in the local community who are not otherwise affiliated with the school.
The faith born out of each person’s love for the Blessed Sacrament has been a strong contributing factor to the beauty and wonder of this very central part of our lives at Oakcrest.
From the moment the Oakcrest community arrived at the new Vienna campus, the Chapel became the physical and spiritual heart of the school. Located directly across from the front entrance, students, parents, and families have a chance to take part in daily Mass, a monthly recollection, or quiet prayer and reflection on their own.
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The Chapel plays host to a variety of important annual Oakcrest events, including the Mother- Daughter Alumnae Mass, the Baccalaureate Mass, and Junior Ring Ceremony
Faith
THE HEART OF OAKCREST


Blanket of Hope
Hope Partrick ’20 was not even born yet when her grandfather, Dr. Amin Barakat, established
the American Foundation for Saint George Hospital in 2000. But she didn’t let her youth stop her from setting big service goals and making a difference. Last year, Hope worked with her Oak- crest classmates and her grandfather’s organization to bring warmth and good- will to hospitalized kids in Lebanon.
While the mission of the foundation is to help cover healthcare costs for needy families and to advance technology and research at Saint George Hospital in Beirut, Hope decided to take a differ- ent approach for her service initiative. Instead of raising money for the hospi- tal, she would use handmade blankets to raise spirits. She decided to enlist the Oakcrest community in order to make 100 blankets for children who might need a little comfort.
Hope looked to her grandfather’s exam- ple to help her accomplish her goals. “He has always given a lot to Lebanon and dedicated himself to helping others everywhere,” she says. “My grandfather inspires me to be a strong, willing, and hardworking leader.”
Hope learned quickly that managing a service initiative would mean learning to communicate with others, finding a smaller core group of collaborators, and figuring out how to manage time. She decided to make “no-sew” blankets, which allow for ease of production and “fun prints” that she thought the kids would like. She recruited other members of the class of 2020 (Mackenzie Masiello,
Natalia Ivanauskas, Alydia Ullman, and Jane Kearns) to cut the fleece, and then got the whole school to take part in the tying of the seams.
Hope admits that she was particularly moved by the Oakcrest community’s excitement for her cause. “It was heart- warming for me to see everyone in the school rally behind this initiative and help create a positive experience for children halfway across the world,” she says.
Many hands made light work, and with 100 blankets made, Hope found herself working on the next step of her initiative: fundraising so she could afford to ship
them to Saint George. After appealing to 350 potential donors at the foundation’s gala, she raised the money to send them, reaching her initiative’s objective with surprising quickness.
So, what do you do when your service project ends sooner than you thought? You keep it going, obviously.
“With my main goals reached success- fully, the project picked up interest and is being established as a more continuous initiative,” Hope explains. “I love doing good work and helping others! Every opportunity I get, I will take.”
New Service Initiative Program
Oakcrest wants to facilitate more projects like Hope’s by inaugurating the Service Initiative Program (SIP) for the 2018 -2019 school year. SIP will be comprised of 14 student service coordinators who organize and manage 12 different service opportunities. Each SIP project has the goal of at least one service activity monthly.
Coordinator of Student Activities Holly Salls hopes SIP will help the student volunteers realize that service done locally is just as valid as the services offered by large companies and worldwide programs. SIP also helps girls understand that they can make a difference in their local communities and that small acts of service to people who may not be recognized for their work create the bridges of charity and goodwill that are the fabric of the common good.
The SIP projects range from gardening at Oakcrest and rais- ing flowers to be used in the chapel to “All You Knead is Love,” which bakes cookies for the local firemen, the policeman who directs traffic at the entrance to school in the mornings, and other community helpers. Another project will make cards and write letters to a different group of people each month.
“I think that this program gives Oakies a way to contribute their own ‘good’ to society in a more meaningful way,” Salls says.
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Service
BLANKET OF HOPE
Photo by Michael Pettigrew


Last spring, the Oakcrest community enjoyed a theatrical first: an after- noon of plays written, directed, and performed by students. Although the performance itself was less than an hour, it was preceded by months
of hard work and preparation. Here is a little look into how Oakcrest’s first 10-Minute Play Festival came to be.
In the beginning, the 10-minute plays were just a solution to a problem. I wanted the theatre arts department at Oakcrest to be more inclusive and offer more opportunities for student growth, and the idea of student-gen- erated new work allowed for lots of chances for girls to be involved: as playwrights, directors, and actors. What I didn’t foresee was exactly how much they (and I!) would learn and grow through this experience.
The topic of my Advanced Theatre class this year was playwriting, which was a gift. My class had four students: TT Weidenkopf ’18, Helena Tanner ’19, Emma Pelletier ’19, and Eli Crishock ’20, all of whom rose to the task of cre- ating scripts for the 10-Minute Play Fes- tival. The three-month creation process began with a barrage of brainstorming questions: What kind of plays do you think an Oakcrest audience would like to see? What kind of plays do you think an Oakcrest student actor would like to perform in? What lessons and themes
do we want our plays to convey? How can we make these performable in Walsh Hall with a cast of middle and high school girls?
Each playwright went off to write her 10-minute play, taking time at home to develop ideas and plotlines. Then, she would return to class and we would read and workshop the plays together, gen- erating ideas for dialogue adjustments, character development, and narrative twists. As weeks passed, we discovered that we had four thought-provoking, relatable, and entirely unique short plays: I’m Scared, which tells the story of a little girl who discovers some scary creatures living in her bedroom; Forever Forgotten, an exploration of the evolving relationship between a socially anxious teenager and his imaginary friend; The Café, the story of a teenage writer look- ing for inspiration; and Pen Pals, which tells of two pen pals who struggle to be completely honest in their letters.
After the plays were written, we held auditions and eventually had a cast of
26 middle and upper school actors. Two of the playwrights, Eli and TT, did dou- ble duty, directing their own plays and performing in others.
There were certainly days where I feared that maybe we had bitten off more than we could chew, but the diligence and resourcefulness of the student actors, playwrights, and directors never ceased to amaze me. As the rehearsal process wore on, I realized that this was one of the great- est educational experiences I could offer. Part of the magic of theatre is the ingenuity that comes from prob- lem-solving the issues that arise while working on a production. In some of the bigger Oakcrest shows, that prob- lem-solving falls to me. However, by giving students more responsibility, they collaborated as an ensemble to find solutions. Since the plays were written by the students themselves, the directors and actors felt a real sense of ownership and a dedication to making the playwrights proud. We performed on the last day of April at a school assembly, and in the blink of an eye, the whole process
was over. But I know the lessons learned will last.
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The Arts
WHO TELLS YOUR STORY
Who Tells Your sTorY?
By Camille Pozderac, Theatre Arts Teacher


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OHome Field Advantage
NE OF THE GREATEST JOYS OF OAKCREST’S BEAUTIFUL CAMPUS is hearing the excited cheers of students, friends, and family echoing from the new fields during home games. Whether it was when faculty stayed
after hours to watch from one of the school’s balconies or when Student Council hosted a “White Out” that encouraged students to dress to match the team’s home jerseys, Oakcrest’s sports teams had a successful first year at 1619 Crowell Road, earn- ing a variety of honors in the Potomac Valley Athletic Conference.
Varsity Volleyball
FALL 2017
C O A C H Jessie Harmon CAPTAINS MaryWall,
Mary Grace Nugent
• PVAC Honorable Mention: Mary Wall
Midd Bas
Athletics
HOME FIELD ADVANTAGE
Tennis
FALL 2017
C O A C H Amanda Hernandez CAPTAINS MariaBaird,MegHale
• Team finished 3RD in PVAC
• #1 Doubles Champions: Meg Hale, Claire Falatko
• PVAC 1ST Team All Conference: Meg Hale, Claire Falatko
Tennis
Middle School
Soccer
FALL 2017
C O A C H Christine Nussio CAPTAINS CarolineNaegele,
Ashley Schroder, and Suzy Zischkau
• Undefeated season
• 2017 PVAC Middle School
Tournament Runner Up! • Best season ever with a
9-1-2 record
Volleyball
Varsity Soccer
FALL 2017
COACHES Jen Pruskowski, Clare Polis ’17
CAPTAINS Lauren Chamandy, Grace McGiffin, Kathryn Herrick
• Regular Season Champions
• PVAC Tournament Runner Up
• PVAC Soccer Player of the Year:
Alex Murphy
• PVAC 1ST Team All Conference:
Alex Murphy, Lauren Chamandy
JV Basketball
Cross Country
• PVAC Runner Up
• PVAC 1ST Team
All Conference:
Hannah Lu
• PVAC 2ND Team All Conference:
FALL 2017
COACH Laura Kuah CAPTAIN Michelle Kilmer
Emma Myers and Isabelle Jackson
Crossss Country
Varsitity Soccer
Middle School Soccer
JV Soccer
Varsity
Lacrosse
SPRING 2018
COACHES Michele Bulger, Patty Romano
CAPTAINS AnnaNoone,Therese Goyette, Julia Weber
• Finished 2ND at the Washington Girls Lacrosse League Tournament.


Swimming
17
Varsity/MS Swimming
WINTER 2017-18
C O A C H Caroline Heeter CAPTAINS IsabelaWilson,
Mary Wall (V),
Therese McGovern (MS)
• 200 Medley and 400 Free Relays qualified for State Tournament
• State Swimmers: Edith Barvick, Theresa McNulty, Emma Myers, Elizabeth Sypal, Maite Talavera, Mary Wall
• 2018 Charger Invitational Champions
• Isabelle Jackson finished 13TH out of 200
swimmers in the 50 yard free
Athletics
HOME FIELD ADVANTAGE
Varsity
Basketball
WINTER 2017-18
COACH Annie Smith CAPTAINS Colleen Beatty,
Julia Rudy
• PVAC 2ND Team All Conference: Colleen Beatty
• PVAC Honorable Mention: Julia Rudy
• Won the Barrie School February Fever Tournament.
dle School asketball
Varsitity Track & Field
COACH Annie Smith
Golf
SPRING 2018
• Finished 3RD at PVAC Champs as the only all girls team competing
Varsitity Basketball
Golf
Varsity
Softball
SPRING 2018
COACHES Caroline Heeter, Kat Hussmann,
Alyson Haggerty CAPTAINS Meg Hale,
Grace Ferguson
• PVAC 1ST Team All Conference: Emma Pelletier, Brigid Hale
• PVAC 2ND Team All Conference:
Sadie LeClair, Clare Escobar
Varsitity Softftball
Middle School Track & Field
Middle School
Track & Field
SPRING 2018
COACHES Jen Pruskowski, Christine Nussio
CAPTAINS ZoeBurke,AdeleWhite
• Finished 3RD in PVAC
• Zoe Burke set school record (5:43)
in 1600m
Middle School Lacrosssse
Varsity
Track & Field
SPRING 2018
C O A C H Jen Pruskowski CAPTAINS AlexMurphy,LilyJames,
Grace McGiffin
• Runner Up at PVAC Championship Meet
• State Tournament Awards: Lily James (800m
Division II Champ), Grace McGiffin (Discus
Silver Medalist), Team (4TH overall)
• Lily James named Athlete of the Year
• 1ST Team All Conference: Lily James, Alex
Murphy, Julia Cipollone, Kateri Castillo, Grace McGiffin, Hannah Byrne, Colleen Beatty, Michelle Kilmer and Hannah Lu
Lacrosssse
200M (26.24)
Grace McGiffin
800M (2:19.07)
Lily James
Varsity
Track & Field
NEW SCHOOL RECORDS
DISCUS (96’3”)
Grace McGiffin
4X800 RELAY (10:06.58)
Hannah Lu, Michelle Kilmer, Lily James, Alex Murphy


Viva Vienna
In its decades-long history, Oakcrest has developed
an array of traditions and events that help to give the school its own unique culture. During the first year in
our permanent home, we had the opportunity to meld our time-honored customs with the exciting freshness of the manor house on Crowell Road. Among other things, the 2017-2018 school year brought the first soccer goal scored on our home field, our first outdoor class cheer competition, and the first Baccalaureate Mass in our new chapel. From Walsh Hall to the commons, from the softball diamond to Mt. Oakcrest, we have loved using every inch of our beautiful new campus to its fullest.
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Permanent Home
CROWELL ROAD FIRSTS


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Permanent Home
CROWELL ROAD FIRSTS


WHY WE GIVE:
The Bells
Early in their marriage, Tom and Laura Bell did not have a plan for giving. They never even thought of themselves
as having the capacity to give. As the parents of young children, they saw they were financially stretched with their own family’s needs. But the Bells took a leap of faith and followed the example of oth- ers to give to charitable causes because everything is a gift from God.
“We saw more and more clearly that God only puts the means in our hands to send on to those who can make better use of those gifts,” Tom says of that growing awareness. For the Bells, becoming part of the Oakcrest family and participating in the school’s mission has only solidified this sense of passing on the “gifts” received.
The Bells were initially introduced to Oakcrest while they were living in Hel- sinki, Finland, in the mid-1990s. At the time, their son Stephen attended kinder- garten at an English-language immersion program, and his teacher had formerly taught in the United States at an all-girls’ school called Oakcrest. When she visited the hospital after the birth of the Bells’ third child, a second daughter, Kathryn, the teacher’s enthusiasm for her old school spilled over: “She’ll have to go to Oakcrest! Your girls will have to go
“Our giving, in some small way, will be shaping young women for generations to come.” —LAURA BELL
to Oakcrest!” she exclaimed. The Bells had never lived in the D.C. area and had no plans to move there, but something about the teacher’s description grabbed Laura’s heart as an educator herself.
“Oakcrest sounded like some mythical dreamland where girls were treated with dignity and respect, where they were loved, where they were challenged with academic rigor, and where each was inspired to discover her talents and voca- tion,” Laura explains.
In 2006, when Kathryn was finishing sixth grade, the Bells learned they were being transferred to D.C. from their cur- rent home in St. Louis. “Choosing Oak- crest for Kathryn was an easy decision with that news,” Laura says. Their older daughter was not able to attend given that she was in her final years of upper school, but the timing was perfect for Kathryn to transfer into Oakcrest as a seventh grader.
After enrolling Kathryn, the Bells’ appre- ciation for Oakcrest only grew. Laura began volunteering at the school early on, and while substituting for an AP U.S. History class, she noticed the students’ excitement about the subject. “[They] were enthralled by learning, with asking questions, with wondering, with work- ing,” she remembers. That observation had a lasting impact.
Laura joined the Oakcrest faculty in the fall of 2011, and her experience of being immersed in the mission and joining
Oakcrest during Kathryn’s senior year cemented the Bells’ commitment to support the school. When Kathryn grad- uated that spring, the Bells saw firsthand that Oakcrest had helped their seventh grader blossom into what Tom calls “a strong, confident woman.”
As parents of an alumna and engaged members of the community, the Bells believe that Oakcrest is a unique school where each girl can grow into the woman who God meant her to be. “Forming all people is integral--but Oakcrest was established by brave visionaries who saw that focusing on educating girls could form strong women for future gener- ations,” Laura says. “And they saw that these women would go on to benefit their own families, their places of work, their communities, their cultures.”
Laura and Tom feel a strong sense of grat- itude that someone before them cared enough about their daughter and her formation to establish Oakcrest. Inspired by the courage of those visionaries, the Bells have singled out Oakcrest as the main focus of their giving. Tom and Laura hope that with what they can give now, Oakcrest will continue to nurture girls to go out into the world and live the life mission they have realized at Oakcrest. Additionally, the Bells look forward to Oakcrest’s future. As the enrollment continues to flourish, Tom dreams that Oakcrest will be able to accommodate
“as many students as God sends its way.”
“When we are gone and quickly forgotten, we will still be participating in the mission of Oakcrest. Our giving, in some small way, will be shaping young women for generations to come,” Laura says. “May the world be better with the countless Oakies who are educated and formed in a school where the dignity and unique- ness of each person is celebrated.”
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To learn how you can support Oakcrest's mission, contact [email protected]
Giving
WHY WE GIVE


Director of Student Life Christie Keuchel and Academic Dean Cecilia Márquez reveal the new portrait of Mrs. Debbie Duffy.
Michael, Vincent, Elena ’21, Sophia ’14, Frank, and Miriam Buono celebrate the dedication of the statue of Our Lady in the name of Frank’s father, Dr. Anthony M. Buono.
Dedication ONE BENEFIT of the permanent campus is the oppor- tunity to show our gratitude in a variety of meaningful, personalized ways. If you were to take a tour through our per- manent campus, you would see important dedications that cele- brate those who have given so much of themselves to Oakcrest.
& Gratitude
One of the first faces to greet girls in the morning is that of Debbie Duffy, whose portrait hangs in the lobby. Throughout her life, Mrs. Duffy was Oakcrest’s most generous benefactor, giving the school her time, talent, and treasure. The por- trait, which was painted by Henry Wingate, was revealed to the community at the 2018 Awards Day ceremony. At its presentation, Wingate explained that he wanted the portrait to truly capture “her lady-like qualities, her gracefulness and elegance, her love of nature, and her love of education.”
Another area that has been a blessing is the instrumental room located on the first floor at the end of the West academic wing. It was dedicated last spring as The Howard and Alma Mitchell Instrumental Room. As the longest-tenured con- ductor in the history of The National Symphony Orchestra, Howard Mitchell not only elevated the culture in Washington but also in our nation as a whole. Two of the Mitchells’ granddaughters were students at Oakcrest and experienced first- hand the benefits of our music curriculum. In naming it in honor of Howard and Alma Mitchell, Oakcrest will carry on their legacy of promoting beauty and uplift- ing our culture.
The final stop on the permanent campus stewardship tour is the library. The light pours in the large windows as students quietly read at the tables or in the com- fortable chairs. If you look closely, you notice a handsome, modest-sized statue of Mary. It is a replica of a statue of Our Lady of Fair Love, made in 1965 for the University of Navarre, dedicated to Dr. Anthony M. Buono, grandfather of Sophia ’14 and Elena ’21. Dr. Buono devoted his life to the field of liturgical pub- lishing, authoring three books on liturgy, prayers, and devotion to Our Lady. This statue of Our Lady is a fitting tribute, since she presides over the beautiful library filled with books and dedicated to study and work.
THIS PAST YEAR, Oakcrest, in partnership with the O’Beirne family, established the Kate Walsh O’Beirne Scholarship Fund. This fund seeks to support young women who would otherwise be unable to attend Oakcrest and put them on a path to become women who bring good to all sectors of society.
Kate O’Beirne was a highly influential voice in culture, politics and journalism. She was a champion of political and religious freedom and left a distinguished mark on society through her work as a writer, policy expert and media personality. Not having daughters her- self, she encouraged friends and family mem- bers to attend Oakcrest, including her niece, Laura Rowell O’Neill.
In the fall of 2017,
her granddaughter,
Charlotte, joined the
first 6th grade class
to attend Oakcrest’s
permanent campus in
Vienna, Virginia.
If you would like to support scholarships at Oakcrest, contact [email protected]
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Mary Ortiz with Martha Mitchell, Gerry Mitchell, Lorraine (Mitchell) Lutz and Glenn Mitchell at the reception dedicating the Oakcrest Instrumental Room in honor of their parents Howard and Alma Mitchell.
Giving
DEDICATION & GRATITUDE


OTo Learn and Gladly Teach
N JUNE 9, 2018, Oakcrest hosted its first graduation at its new home. This year’s commencement speaker was Oakcrest alumna and faculty member Cecilia Hadley ’99, whose address, which emphasized the power of teaching and learning from oth-
ers, moved the crowd with its humor, thoughtfulness, and poignancy. Below are excerpts from that speech:
Class of 2018, it is a great honor to speak at your graduation. You girls have a special place in my heart as the only class I’ve seen all the way through Oak- crest, from sixth grade to your reign as red-clad seniors.
Thinking about teaching you over the years, for some reason my mind kept returning to a line in one of our 10th grade readings: the prologue to The Canterbury Tales. Chaucer’s tone is often ironic, exposing faults and hypocrisies in most of his pilgrims, and one of the few to emerge with any credit from his pen is the unworldly Oxford Cleric, devoted to his studies, unconcerned with material gain. His portrait ends, “A tone of moral virtue
filled his speech / And gladly would he learn, and gladly teach.”
I love this last line, and since it kept running through my head, I decided
to reflect on it and subject you to those reflections.
You girls are excellent students. Your teachers have seen you “gladly learn,” and we hope you continue to do so for the rest of your life. Our intellects seek to know the Truth, which means that, in a way, we have a vocation to be students all our lives, always pursuing a greater understanding and love for
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Commencement
TO LEARN & GLADLY TEACH


the truth. And we should do it “gladly” because doing so makes us more fully human, and we have faith that at the end of our searching, the truth is a divine person who knows and loves us.
But Chaucer’s line also captures the natural extension of our student voca- tion: “gladly would he learn, and gladly teach.” Learning goes in both direc- tions; it should be outward as well as inward, something to be shared gladly. We don’t all work full-time in a class- room, obviously, but I think we do all have a vocation to teach in different ways—as a boss or manager, mentor, coach, tutor, big sister, friend, and especially as parents. I encourage you to reflect on this part of your vocation in the coming years and how, specifi- cally, you are called to live it.
I can tell you from experience that liv- ing it will help you grow in many ways.
For starters, teaching strengthens your own understanding and inspires you to learn more. Second, teaching fosters many virtues, especially patience and humility. It helps you know what you don’t know, which is a healthy perspec- tive to have. Teaching can be hard, as most things worth doing can be hard. Most importantly, teaching takes you out of yourself; it is an act of service to another person, rooted in love of the truth and love of others.
Over the next several years you’ll be exploring your vocation as a student, figuring out what you love to study, what aspect of the truth you are espe- cially glad to learn. As you do so, think about how you might imitate the Oxford Cleric by also sharing what you learn. You are very good at being stu-
dents; I hope you start to think of your- selves as teachers too.
As encouragement, I’ve written a little update of the Oxford Cleric for the 21st century in the style of Chaucer’s rhym- ing couplets:
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The Oakcrest Senior
And then the Oakcrest senior comes along
In her eyes a twinkle and on her lips a song
That is, unless it’s homeroom, in which case Excuse her dragging steps and haggard face.
With just a little coffee she’ll perk up
Do you happen to have an extra cup?
Now let me tell exactly how she’s clad:
A polo shirt of red and skirt of plaid.
(And though she’s up to write a twelve-page thesis She doesn’t seem to know just where the knee is.) A pair of Nike socks, or maybe tights.
No make-up; that comes later, at the Heights.
In class, she’s full of questions, hand up high, Quick to wonder how and when and why.
She revels in discussion and debate
But always does so kindly, without hate.
A tone of joyful virtue fills her speech
And gladly does she learn and gladly teach.
Commencement
TO LEARN & GLADLY TEACH


Annual Giving 2017-18
KEY
AG Alumna Grandparent AL Alumna
AP Alumna Parent
BD Board of Directors CG Current Grandparent CO Company
CP Current Parent FA Faculty
FBD Former Board
FF Former Faculty FR Friend
FS Former Staff
MG Matched Grant ST Staff
TR Board of Trustees
OAKCREST IS DEEPLY BLESSED with a generous family of supporters. The following individuals, families, foundations, and corporations have made contributions to Oakcrest during the past
fiscal year (July 1, 2017, to June 30, 2018). This includes all gifts so generously given during that time period to help Oakcrest flourish, including gifts to the 2017-2018 Annual Fund, the 2018 Gala and Auction, and the Patrons of the Arts program, as well as countless volunteer hours. We are so grateful for the generosity and commitment to providing Oakcrest girls and young women with an extraordinary education in mind, body, and soul.
Veritas Society
(GIFTS OF $1,500 TO $2,499)
The 40th Anniversary Society
(GIFTS OF $15,000 TO $29,999)
Chris and Lee Goodwin Christina and Brian Mahoubi Sheila and Brian Svoboda Tamias Foundation
School Spirit Society
(GIFTS OF $2,500 TO $4,999)
AP, CP CP CP FD
Nela and Joe Crnkovich
Patty and Don Dawn
Sophia and Steve Tanner
Christie and Frank Keuchel Nancy and Arthur Krummenoehl Caroline and Ignacio Lulli
Janet and Jim Monroe Dianne and Steven Nolin Sheila and Gabriel Paris Consuelo and John Pluta Julia and Clinton Randolph Joellen and Richard Wall Deborah and Edward Whelan
Oak Tree Society
(GIFTS OF $500 TO $1,499)
Lorraine Anderson
Nani and Babo Babendreier Jean and Dan Beatty
Elaine Besh
Maria and Matt Buonocore Julie and Brian Burke Jennifer and Tom Callahan Jessica and Paul Carlsen Hanh and James Casey Michele Casey Bueno
Therese and John Cermak Sandra and Gregory Conway Barbara and Allen Currano Liliana and Mario De Castro
CP CP CP ST AP
CP, AP AP, ST CP FR, FF CP, AP, FBD FR CP AP
TR, AP AP CP, AP FR ST CP CP FP AP AL, BD CP, AP CP AP CP
Rebecca and Mariano Diaz-Bonilla Maureen and Mike Ferguson Germana and Gerry Mitchell Jennifer and Stephen Payne
CP BD, CP TR, AP, FBD BD, CP
Oakcrest Foundation Society
(GIFTS OF $10,000 TO $14,999)
Maria and William Fischer
Sue and Bob Gasser
Mary and Jim Klote
Pat and Shaun Pacious
Kathy and Dan Smith
Elizabeth and Matthew Spalding Amy and Tom Spence
Lidiya and Paul Szerszen Valerie and Paul Waddelove Sue and Jerome Wilkowski Mary Carmen and Othon Wiltz
CP CP, AP CP BD, AP, FBD AP CP BD, AP, CP CP BD CG AP, FBD
Kathleen and Andrew Abela
The Boeing Company Gift Match Miriam and Frank Buono Joseph Duffy
Kathleen and Phil O’Beirne Veronica and Christopher Tierney
Green & White Society
(GIFTS OF $5,000 TO $9,999)
Laura and Tom Bell Blue Mantle Inc.
Julia and Martin Boles
“The thing that I appreciate most from my Oakcrest education are the relationships between myself and my teachers. I know that I am a stronger person because of their effort. Even though it has been 5 years since I’ve been an Oakcrest student, I know that I could still rely on some of my old teachers if I ever needed to. The differences that they have made in my life have inspired me to become a teacher myself.”
— KAT OWCZARSKI ‘13
CP MG BD, CP, AP FTR CP BD, CP, AP
AP, FA MG FR
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Community
ANNUAL REPORT 2017-18


Alba and Robert Di Maria Jean and Anthony DiPaola Juliana and Jonathan Dort Wendy and James Duncan Karen and Ted Early
Laura and Scott Eckel
Jamie and Brian Finch
Meg and Dan Foeckler Christina and Ron Friddle Mary Kay and William Friend Mary Gasser
Jennifer and Gary Hale
Megan and Scott Hamberger Rebecca and Jack Hanssen Mary Sue and Bill Himpler Elisabetta and Kotaro Ishi Cassandra and Daniel Jackson Tigist and Kifle Kassa
Lisa and Chris Kearns
Joelle and Joseph Khoriaty Sharon and Chris Klein Michael Maibach
Kelly and Mike McGiffin
Callie and Phil McGovern Shannon and Don McLaughlin Helena Metzger
Nancy and Pat Miggins Brandee and William Murphy Mary and Tobias Naegele Flynn O’Hara
Mary Ortiz
Rana and Jerry Partrick
Kelly and Ray Payne
Shelly and Eric Pelletier
Mark Prenty
Terri and Andrew Rudy Maureen and Frank Russo Deborah and Rob Schroder Teresa and John Shultz
CP FR CP CP
AP, FP CP CP AP CP, FS CG AL CP, AP CP FF CP, AP CP CP CP CP, AP CP FP FR CP CP, AP CP TR, AP, CG AL CP CP CO ST CP CP CP FR CP, AP FR CP FR
Lisa and Brad Smith
Wendy and Craig Stark
Theresa and Alejandro Talavera Jill and Jamie Thompson
Kelly and James Veccia
Mary Anne and Thomas Wahle Deborah and Thomas Wallace Kathryn and Mark Weber Yajaira and Robert Wilson Brinks Inc.
Mr. Li
SolariSource, Inc.
Chargers Society
(GIFTS UP TO $499)
Carolina and Yuri Agostini Giorgina Agostini
Mr. Salvatore Ales
Joana and Rick Allen
Kathleen and Robert Anderson Marta and Roderick Anderson Margaret and Michael Andrews Justine and Eugene Aronne Kate and Bryan Baird
Alix Baldwin
Evangeline and John Bartz Abby and Mike Barvick
Melissa and Timothy Beall Irina and Yuri Belova Marylou and Michael Bergeron Roison Bergeron
Cynthia and Lorenzo Bertolini Vickie Bigliano
Elizabeth Black
Claire and Kevin Boler
Ginny Boles
Theresa and Doug Branch Leigh and Daniel Bryan Ximena and Javier Bucheli Michele Bulger
CP
CP AL, CP CP CP AP CP CP CP CO FR MG
AP, ST, FA AL FR AP, CP, FA CP CP AP, FS AG CP, AP FA FR CP, ST, FBD CP CP CP FRST CP, ST FA, ST FA AL FA, ST CP CP CP ST
"Oakcrest truly cares about our daughters, not just academically, but as a whole person. That is the gift that Oakcrest gives to us and that is why we support the annual fund."
— ALVIN AND CHRISSY CASTILLO, PARENTS OF KATERI ’21, GIANNA ’23, AND CARMEN ‘25
Sophie Buono
Joan Burger
Jacqueline and James Callahan Gabrielle and John Carrington Ramona and John Carter
Anne and James Cassedy
Ellen Cavanagh
Laura Cermak
Gilda and Joe Chamandy
Terri and Skip Collins
Lucy Collins
Laurel Conrad
MBS Corp
Jacqueline and Manuel Datiles Barbara and Matt Dauchess Mary and James Dausch
Becka and George Davis
Heather Delisle
Nancy and Daniel DeMarinis Courtney and Alex Diederich Stephanie and Greg Dinapoli Carlie and Lee Dixon
Rosanna and Mike Dundon Liliana and Andrew Economakis Cecilia and Jimmy Escobar
Jose Esposito
Lucy Maher Felix
Marilyn and James Ferstl
Para and Rick Fiesel
AL FBD AL AL CP CP TR, FHOS AL CP, AP AP, ST, FBD AL AL FR AP CP, AP CP, AL AP, FBD FA CG CP, AP CP FBD AP AL CP, FA CP AL AP, FF CP
Participation Rate
Board of Trustees 100% Board of Directors 100% Faculty and Staff 100% • Class of 2024 95% • Class of 2023 88% • Class of 2022 81% • Class of 2021 82% • Class of 2020 78% • Class of 2019 87% • Class of 2018 94% Total 86%
95%
94% 87%
88%
81%
82%
78%
’24 ’23 ’22 ’21 ’20 ’19 ’18
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Kate Fitzpatrick
Angela Fortunato
Maika and Thomas Fowler
Kathy Frank
Peggy and Steve Gabriel
Anita and Richard Gaggioli
Meg Gargulinski
Kathleen and Kevin Gilday
Theresa and Rich Giuntini
Marie and George Gomez-Quintero Alexis Gutierrez
Kate and Jerry Hadley
Liz Hadley
Cecilia Hadley
Tonya and Jack Haefner
Bonnie Hanssen
Elizabeth and Austin Hatch
Nicole Havey
Caroline Heeter
Caroline and Curtis Herrick
Jeannie and Curt Herrick
Lauren and Stephen Higgins
Irene and Mike Hill
Patricia Hogan
Lourdes and Nicholas Horton
Kat and Patrick Hussmann
Annie and Bill James
Sarah and Matt James
Fabiana and Juan Jauregui
Jane Johnston
Ann and James Kendrall
Lisa and Walt Kenna
Angela and Brian Kennedy
Nassim and Altaf Khan
Loice and Duncan Kiara
Jen and Larry Kilmer
Sherri and Tim Knight
Rebekah and Keith Koffler
Jane and Michael Kolf
Ellen Kolf Smith
Eleanor LeClair
Susan and John Lenczowski
Katherine and David Lenczowski Bridges Libby and Joe Lenseigne
Mary Ann Hayes and Christopher Lent Lisa and Kenrick Leoung Tat
Marty and Alan Lerner
Cinty Lim
Therese and Robert Lipovsky
Mary and Eddie Love
Kim Lowinger
Lilly and Frank Lu
Yvette and Nick Luketic
Kate and Christopher Makuc
Elizabeth and Rick Mann
Cecilia and Horacio Marquez
Nicole and Christian Marrone
Tanya and James Masiello
FF FA AP ST AP AG AL AP
CP, AP CP AL AP, ST AL AL FA CP AP, FA CP FA AL, ST CG, AG CP, AP CP CP, AP AL AP FA CP FR CP FR AP FA CP CP CP CP, FA CP CP AP AL CP AP AL CP AP CP CP, ST ST CP FR FA CP CP FF CP AP, ST CP CP
Kelly and Tom McCabe
Suzanne and Jack McCreery
Kathy McGarry
Lori and Tim McGovern
Fiona McMahon
Christine and Michael McNall
Margaret and John McNerney
Terry and John McNulty
Nikki Melnyk
Michiko Mihara
Mary Jane and Jean-Yves Milette
Amy and Chuck Miller
Eileen and Dale Miller
Anne Miller and Chris Mooney
Kim and Steven Mislock
Denise and Rigg Mohler
Cara Molinari
Patricia and Ronald Molteni
Muriel and Luis Montealegre
Pamela and Bruce Morrison
Whitney Morrison
Leah and Rich Moss
Tracey Moss
Angela and Michael Moynihan
Ellen and Steve Myseros
Theresa and Frank Nava
Meg and Tom Navin
Julie Mitchell Newlands and Brandon Newlands AL
Holly Salls
Martha Savino
Daina and Matthew Scheider Carolina and John Schindler Celina and Joe Schneider Catherine and Pat Senftle Annie Smith
Gail Smith
Richelle and Kirby Smith Sandra Stankiewicz
Kathleen Sullivan
Vanessa and Steve Talbott Elinor Vancen
Ann and Peter Vitz
Ann and Robert Vogler
Joanna and Bob Waggoner Ivone and Mark Wells
Meg and Paul White
Harvey Williams
Celia Zamora
Tory Zehnder
Alice and Jonathan Zischkau Eric Zischkau
Marsh & McLennan Companies Harris Teeter
Sage Publishing
FA FR CP CP AL AP FA AG CP
FA, ST FA AP, CP CG, AG AL CP AP CP CP, FS AP FA AL AP, CP FR MG CO MG
CP, AP CP TR CP CP AP CG CP AL FR AP, ST CP AP FA CP CP AL CP AP CP ST CP FR CP CP CP AP
Cheka and Tom Noone Ellen and Stuart North Amanda and Ruben Nova Nora and Rory Nugent Christine Nussio
Sharon O’Donnell
Laura and Mark O’Neill Maureen and Vincent O’Neill Mercedes Oetgen
Cecilia and Varnum Ouyang Kathleen Ouyang
Ellen Payne
Marianne and Andres Paz Mary and Nimal Perera Stephanie and John Paul Pluta Monica Pompei
Roger Porres
Camille and Jon Pozderac Eleanor and Edward Prozeller Jenn and John Pruskowski Maria and Michael Reisz Mary and Lewis Rhodes
Lia and Louis Ridout
Gianna Ridout
Lisa and John Rita
Joanna and Terry Roberts Patty Romano
Brenda and Barry Royden Cathy and Austin Ruse
Andie and Adam Salerno
CP CP CP CP FA
FS, AP ST, AL CP FA CP, AP AL, FA FA CP CP FF FA ST FA FR FA CP AL, CP AL, AP, FS AL AP FR FA AP, FBD CP FF
Please note: Oakcrest makes every effort to ensure the accuracy of our gift records. However, if there is any discrepancy between our records and yours, we apologize for the oversight. Please let us know by contacting
the Oakcrest Advancement Office at [email protected]
Many thanks!
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Gala Volunteers & Sponsors
Gala and Auction Committee
Lisa Whitehead Smith and Brad Smith Gala Co-Chairs
Sophia Mellos Tanner and Stephen Tanner Thompson Gas
Joellen and Rich Wall
SUPPORTERS
McGuire Woods Heritage Landscaping Kathy and Dan Smith APM
Donors of Auction Items and Other Services American Eagle Outfitters Foundation Arena Stage
Ashburn Ice House
Barcelona Restaurant and Wine Bar Bertucci’s Restaurant
Ginny Boles
Bowl America
Brio
Brookfield Homes
Buca di Beppo
Caboose Brewing
Cabot Cheese
Cafe Oggi
Caffe Amouri
Chariots for Hire
Chick Fil-A Reston at Village Commons Chipotle Mexican Grill
Christie and Frank Keuchel
Church Street Pizza
Class of 2018
Class of 2019
Class of 2020
Class of 2021
Class of 2022
Class of 2023
Class of 2024
“We support the Annual Fund
in order to ensure that students have the best resources to support Oakcrest’s noble mission of inspiring girls to become the Trustees of Humanity that our culture desperately needs.”
— ROB AND DEBORAH SCHRODER,
PARENTS OF ASHLEY ‘22
Coopers Hawk Winery & Restaurant Creative Cauldron
Custom Ink
Dave & Busters
Dining, Asian Fine
Elevation Burger
Entertainment Cruises Washington DC Fabbioli Cellars
Fairfax Ice Arena
First Watch: The Daytime Cafe
Flight Trampoline Park
Flynn & O’Hara
Angela Fortunato
Arlington Gang
Great American Restaurants
Great Country Farms
Great Harvest Bread
Bonnie Hanssen
Maricel and Charlie Heeter
Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens Historic Ships in Baltimore
I Drive Smart
International Spy Museum
Jammin Java
Jammin’ Java - Union Stage
Karin’s Florist
James and Molly Klote
Kreeger Museum
La Madeleine
Lake Anne Brew House
Listrani’s Italian Restaurant
Caroline and Ignacio Lulli
Luray Caverns
Mike & Jennifer Mayne
Suzanne and Jack McCreery
Helena Metzger
Newseum
Sanaz Noorbakhsh
Norm’s Beer and Wine Oakcrest College Counseling Oakton Academy
Theresa Currano Talavera ’93 Juliana Dort
Fiona McMahon
Janet Monroe
Acquisitions Chair Acquisitions Committee Acquisitions Committee Acquisitions Committee
Ramona Carter Suzanne McCreery
Mary Metzger Rhodes ’83
Sponsors
CHARGER CIRCLE
Helena Metzger
C R E S C E N S
C I R C L E
United Bank
Miriam and Frank Buono Martha and Chip Jordan
Sally and Leonard Leo
Mary T. Ortiz
Susanne and Jack McCreery Jennifer and Stephen Payne Amy and Tom Spence
Kathy and Mark Weber
Mary Carmen and Othon Wiltz
FRIENDS OF OAKCREST
Maricel and Charlie Heeter
Laura and Tom Bell
Jessica and Paul Carlsen
Maria and William Fischer
Maribeth and Denis Harper
Christie and Frank Keuchel
Molly and James Klote
Germana and Gerry Mitchell Consuelo and John Pluta
Lisa Whitehead Smith and Brad Smith Sheila Smith and Brian Svoboda
Tracking & Acknowledgement Chair Database Chair Silent Auction Chair
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Patrons of the Arts
The Patrons of the Arts sponsorship program helps to defray the cost of Oakcrest School’s theatre productions and ensures that the visual and performing arts program at the school continues to flourish.
The Boxcar Children November 2017
GOLD
Molly and James Klote
PATRONS
Abby and Michael Barvick Laura and Tom Bell
Ann Brach
Wendy and James Duncan Maricel and Charlie Heeter Joellen and Richard Wall
BENEFACTORS
Miriam and Frank Buono Jennifer and Tom Callahan Megan and Scott Hamberger Elizabeth and Rick Mann Helena Metzger
Amy and Chuck Miller Kathleen and Phil O’Beirne Amy and Tom Spence
Kris and Chris Ullman
Mary Carmen and Othon Wiltz
CONTRIBUTORS
Jean and Dan Beatty Juliana and Jonathan Dort Mary and Tracy Mehan Germana and Gerry Mitchell Kathy and Dan Smith
Veronica and Chris Tierney Yajaira and Rob Wilson
SPONSORS
Lourdes and Fransisco Arguello Maria and Matt Buonocore Michele Casey Bueno
and Rick Bueno Barbara Falk
Lori and Tim McGovern
Little Women
February 2018
GOLD
Becca and Mariano Diaz-Bonilla
PATRONS
Laura and Tom Bell Angela and Kevin Bogucki Ann Brach
Maricel and Charlie Heeter Joellen and Rich Wall
BENEFACTORS
Miriam and Frank Buono Trisha and Tom Crishock Megan and Scott Hamberger Molly and James Klote
Dr. and Mrs. Kurt Maggio and daughters
Kris and Chris Ullman
CONTRIBUTORS
Maria and Matt Buonocore Juliana and Johnathan Dort Jennifer and Gary Hale Elizabeth and Austin Hatch Suzanne and Jack McCreery Callie and Phil McGovern Amy and Chuck Miller Yajaira Ortiz-Wilson
and Robert Wilson Pat and Shaun Pacious Kathy and Dan Smith Amy and Tom Spence Sophia Mellos Tanner
and Steve Tanner
Sally and Anthony Yenson
SPONSORS
Barbara Falk
Lisa and Christopher Kearns
ALUMNAE
Michele Casey Bueno ’99 Callie McGovern ’12 Paula Kaufman ’12 Fatima Tundo ’12
Mercedes Oetgen
Olde Towne Pet Resort
Otterbox
Kathleen Ouyang
Karen & John Owczarski
Kelly Sprissler and Ray Payne
Pazzo Pomodoro
Monica Pompei
Potomac River Running
Potomac Riverboat Company Camille Pozderac
Jennifer Pruskowski
Red Velvet Cupcakery
School Uniforms by Tommy Hilfiger Shadowland Laser Adventures
Simply Elegant
SkateQUest
Annie Smith
Lisa Whitehead Smith and Brad Smith SolariSource Inc.
Strathmore
Julka Syska
Terrapin Adventures
The Cheesecake Factory
The Choral Arts Society of Washington The Mount Vernon Ladies’
Association of the Union
The Original Pancake House
The Virginia Gold Cup Association The Wine House
Thomas Sweet
Total Wine & More
Tysons McLean Orchestra
Vienna Green Spa & Massage Vienna Pet Spaw
Washington Capitals
Washington Redskins
Washington Wizards
Westfields Marriott
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Whole Foods Market Wintergreen Resort Wolf Trap Foundation
for the Performing Arts Dr. Celia Zamora
“Raise the Paddle” and Other Donors and Purchasers
of Auction Items
Lourdes and Xavier Arguello
Kate and Brian Baird
Abby and Mike Barvick
Cindy Bayliss
Jean and Dan Beatty
Laura and Tom Bell
Marylou and Michael Bergeron
Cynthia and Lorenzo Bertolini Catherine Heeter Bishop and Matt Bishop Angela and Kevin Bogucki
Raymond Bradley
Michele Casey Bueno and Rick Bueno Miriam and Frank Buono
Maria and Matthew Buonocore
Shannon Campbell
Nancy Brewer-Carlsen and Jerry Carlsen Ramona and John Carter
Anne and James Cassedy
Chrissy and Alvin Castillo
Gilda and Joe Chamandy
Nancy and Michael Christiani
Emanuele Cognetti
Terri and Skip Collins
Trisha and Tom Crishock
Becka and George Davis
Patty and Don Dawn
Juliana and Jonathan Dort
Wendy and James Duncan
Laura and Scott Eckel
Kerry and Bo Elam
Maureen and Michael Ferguson
Para and Richard Fiesel
Maria and William Fischer
Susan and Robert Gasser
Theresa and Rich Giuntini
Katherine and Jerry Hadley
Jennifer and Gary Hale
Bonnie Hanssen
Matthew Hassan
Nicole and Brian Havey
Maricel and Charlie Heeter
Bill Heeter
Chris Heeter
Joanne Heeter
Sharon Hefferan
Jean and Curt Herrick
Angela Baker Howard and Doug Howard Martha and Chip Jordan
Pascale and Claude Karam
Susana and Daniel Kelley
Angela and Brian Kennedy Christie and Frank Keuchel Joelle and Joseph Khoriaty
Jen and Larry Kilmer Kathleen and Robert Kingsley Denise and Michael Kissinger Molly and James Klote
Sheri and Timothy Knight Jane and Michael Kolf
Sally and Leonard Leo Marty and Alan Lerner Sharon and Daniel Lewis Caroline and Ignacio Lulli Kelly and Tom McCabe Suzanne and Jack McCreery Kelly and Michael McGiffin John McGranahan
Fiona McMahon
Terry and John McNulty
Sophia and Stephen Tanner
Helena Metzger
Anne Miller and Christopher Mooney Fr. Marty Miller
Denise and Rigg Mohler
Patricia and Ron Molteni
Janet and James Monroe
Pamela and Bruce Morrison Sydney Morrison
Whitney and Richard Morrison
Leah and Rich Moss
Angela and Michael Moynihan Brandee and William Murphy Mary and Tobias Naegele
Ana and Alexander Navarro Charlotte Nicholson
Francesca and Thomas Noone Mitra Noorbakhsh
Geraldine Novak
Christine Nussio
Maureen and Vincent O’Neill
Mary Ortiz
Pat and Shaun Pacious
Jennifer and Stephen Payne
Shelly and Eric Pelletier
Consuelo and John Pluta
Camille Pozderac
Jennifer and Jon Pruskowski
Mary and Lewis Rhodes
Mary Riechers
Clare and Shannon Rowan
Theresa and Andrew Rudy
Celina Heeter Schneider and Joe Schneider Maria Alejandra and Enrique Segura Lisa and Brad Smith
Cheryl Southworth
Amy and Tom Spence
Kelly Sprissler and Ray Payne
Wendy and Craig Stark
Sheila Smith and Brian Svoboda
Theresa and Alejandro Talavera
Jill and Jamie Thompson
Veronica and Christopher Tierney
Kris and Chris Ullman
Gillian and Ron Vance
Valerie and Paul Waddelove
Mary Anne and Tom Wahle
Joellen and Rich Wall
Mark and Kathy Weber
Margaret and Paul White
Mary Carmen and Othon Wiltz
Gail and Dong Xue
Alice and Jon Zischkau
“Many places emphasize education, but Oakcrest recognizes that education is only a part of the total formation of the young woman. More than ever, our culture needs Oakcrest graduates - intelligent young women of faith who carry themselves with courage
and conviction.”
— RORY AND NORA NUGENT, PARENTS OF MARY GRACE ‘19
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Volunteers
Jill Thompson Joellen Wall
Admissions Volunteers
Hala AL-Janab Jean Beatty Elizabeth Black Leigh Bryan Miriam Buono Mona Carter Alvin Castillo Trisha Crishock Patty Dawn Juliana Dort Bob Gasser
Sue Gasser
Megan Hamberger Maricel Heeter Anna Noone
Ewa Syska
Oakcrest Alumnae Association Board
Michele Casey Bueno ‘99 Katherine Lenczowski Bridges ‘04 Julie Mitchell Newlands ‘90
Lia Abello Ridout ‘85
Laura Rowell O’Neill ‘96
Maria Kilner Sousa ‘99
Meg Gargulinski ‘11
Oakcrest Parents Association Officers and Coordinators
Annual Fund Committee
Jennifer Payne
Shelly Pelletier Shannon McLaughlin Mary Rhodes
Daina Galiñanes-Scheider Meg White
Chrissy Castillo
Lisa Smith
Nilda Muñoz-Torres Katy Ryland
Mary Naegele
Irene Hill
Lori McGovern
Caroline & Ignacio Lulli Jean Beatty
President VP Treasurer Chick-fil-A Coordinator Secretary Room Mother Coordinator Volunteer Coordinator Hospitality Coordinator Faculty Appreciation Thursday Tea and Talk Thursday Tea and Talk Pizza Lunches Family Support Ski Trip Father/Daughter Dance
Maureen & Mike Ferguson Maricel & Charlie Heeter Lucy Collins ‘11
Jean & Dan Beatty Lourdes & Xavier Arguello Therese & John Cermak Courtney & Alex Diederich Sue & Bob Gasser
Nora & Rory Nugent Terri & Andrew Rudy
Co-Chairs Alumnae Parent Captains Alumna Captain Class of 2024 Captains Class of 2023 Captains Class of 2022 Captains Class of 2021 Captains Class of 2020 Captains Class of 2019 Captains Class of 2018 Captains
Oakcrest Parents Association Volunteers
MaryLou Bergeron Tigist Alemayehu Becky Byrne
Anne Cassedy Therese Cermak Sandra Conway Juliana Dort Maureen Ferguson Maria Fischer Megan Hamberger Nicole Marrone Callie McGovern Terri Rudy
Deb Schroder Craig Stark Ewa Syska Lisa Tribuce Kathy Weber Meg White
Room Mothers
Kathleen O’Beirne 6th Julie Burke 6th Patty Dawn 7th Megan Hamberger 7th Meg White 8th Courtney Diederich 9th Marty Lerner 9th Trisha Crishock 10th Kelly Sprissler 10th Suzanne McCreery 11th Joellen Wall 11th Lisa Whitehead-Smith 11th Checka Noone 12th
Checka Noone Kevin Bogucki Maggie Crishock Tom Crishock Joe DeLisle Wendy Duncan Steve Falatko Chris Kearns Molly Klote Philip Klote
Joe Lenseigne Chuck Miller Max Miller Jon Pozderac
Cappies Coordinator
Board President
Annual Fund Alumnae Phonathon
Michele Casey Bueno Lucy Collins
Julie Mitchell Newlands
Show Volunteers and Set Build
Parent Ambassador Committee
Kathleen Anderson Lourdes Arguello Doug Branch Alvin Castillo Mary Dausch Liliana de Castro Mario de Castro Juliana Dort
Lilly Feng Chen Maria Fischer Megan Hamberger Irene Hill
Rebekah Koffler Libby Lenseigne Joe Lenseigne
Amy Miller
Maria Reisz Richelle Smith Elizabeth Spalding Kelly Sprissler Theresa Talavera
Mother-Daughter Alumnae Brunch Volunteers
Rob Anderson
Anne Marie Fagan Harrill
Ana Maria Bobbio Miriam Buono Nancy Christiani Sophia Dort Cecilia Escobar Anna Freska
Lea Gargulinski
Sue Gasser
Liz Hadley
Maricel Heeter
Trish Hogan
Alexa Lerner
Marty Lerner
Linda Maher
Kelly McGiffin
Michael McGiffin
Fiona McMahon
Nildi Melendez-Muñoz
Angelica Maria Melendez-Muñoz Chuck Miller
Muriel Montealegre Anne Perrottet Laura Porterfield Blanca Reilly Andrew Rudy
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Austin Ruse Veronica Tierney Mary Carmen Wiltz
Volunteer Speakers
Jean Beatty Laura Bell Elizabeth Black Miriam Buono Alvin Castillo
Terri Collins Becka Davis Cecilia Escobar Frank Fahrenkopf Bob Gasser
Sue Gasser
Cecilia Hadley
Liz Hadley
Molly Klote
Julie Larkin
Alan Lerner Elizabeth Mann Anna Noone Laura O’Neill
Katy Ryland
Mark Ryland Maria Kilner Sousa Chris Ullman
Athletics Volunteers
Flanagan Anderson Rob Anderson
Liz Barrett
Dan Beatty
Jim Cassedy
Tom Crishock Mariano Diaz-Bonilla Max McGiffin
Michael McGiffin Richard Mann
James Masiello
Chuck Miller
Rich Moss
Andrew Rudy
Veritas Award Speaker and Interviewers Gabrielle Anderson Carrington ‘92 Melanie Van Zupten Brown ‘90 Maritere Gramatges Crum ‘91 Catherine Heeter Bishop ‘99
Katie Gabriel Carney ‘99 Anne Crum Kelley ‘02 Claire Wahle Toms ‘08 Clare Meehan ‘11 Kathryn Bell ‘12 Madeline Manaker ‘12
International Student Host Families
The Gassers
Graduation Speaker
The Bairds The Lenseignes The Bendecks The Barvicks The Spences The Arguellos The Friddles The Nugents The Rudys
The Xues
The Madans
Family Enrichment Event Volunteers Rick Allen
Joe Crnkovich
Nela Crnkovich
Father’s Club Coordinators
Rob Anderson Matt Dauchess
Prom Volunteers
Jerry Hadley
Shelly Pelletier Richelle Smith
Sophia Mellos Tanner Stephen Tanner
Field Trip Chaperones
Cynthia Bertolini Jonathan Dort Juliana Dort Maria Fischer Jeannie Herrick Molly Klote Libby Lenseigne Marty Lerner Pam Morrison Cecilia Ouyang Consuelo Pluta
Adjunct Mentors
Elizabeth Bergin Peggy Gabriel Judith Haala Mary Love Pauline McKeown Stephanie Pluta
Gala Volunteers
Nelson Bendeck Sara Bendeck Mona Carter
Alan Lerner
Jack McCreery Suzanne McCreery Fiona McMahon Mary Rhodes Theresa Talavera Brad Smith
Lisa Whitehead-Smith
Graduation Volunteers
Angela Bogucki Mario De Castro Daniela De Castro Chuck Miller
Denise Mohler Maureen O’Neill Vincent O’Neill Yajaira Ortiz-Wilson Shelly Pelletier Brian Svoboda Joellen Wall
Richard Wall
Patrons of the Arts Volunteers
Jennifer Callahan Tom Crishock Courtney Diederich Sophia Dort
Ana Gamonel de Nararro Elizabeth Hatch
Mike Hill
Irene Hill
Amy Miller
Denise Mohler Kerry Myers Carolina Schindler Kris Ullman Joellen Wall
Mary Carmen Wiltz Yajaira Ortiz Wilson Rob Wilson
Move-In Volunteers
Keynote
Flanagan Anderson Rob Anderson
Netty Babione Joseph Buonocore Stephen Buonocore Tom Crishock Maggie Crishock George Davis
Jerry Hadley Frank Keuchel Matt Kilmer Paul Kleiner Chuck Miller Jim Monroe Jack Ryland Mark Ryland Kirby Smith Bobby Spence Peter Spence Buc Syski
Volunteers
of the Year Theresa & Andrew Rudy
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Alumnae Giving
THANK YOU to the following alumnae, who sup- ported the Annual Fund, and/or the Gala and Auction in 2018-2019.
Margaret I. Gargulinski ’11 Mary C. Gasser ’08
Alexis Gutierrez ’99
Cecilia Hadley ’99 Elizabeth J. Hadley ’98 Caroline S. Heeter ’97 Celina Heeter Schneider ’95 Patricia L. Hogan ’84 Leslie Holland Jones ’81 Laura Kendrall Beglis ’97 Teresa B. Kolf ’03
Ellen Kolf Smith ’07
Katherine Lenczowski Bridges ’04 Jacqueline Livaudais Callahan ’06
Callie McGovern ’12
Laura McGraw Clark ’83
Nicole T. Melnyk ’17
Julie Mitchell Newlands ’90 Cara Molinari ’87
Kathleen C. Ouyang ’09
Gianna Ridout ’14
Laura Rowell O’Neill ’96
Ann Royals Vitz ’01
Melanie Van Zutphen Brown ’90 Katherine Waggoner ’16
Nancy Williams Miggins ’98 Tory Zehnder ’12
Muriel Montealegre AP Lucia Montealegre ’16
Nilda Muñoz-Torres AP Mary O’Keeffe AP Kathleen Ouyang ’09
Cecilia Ouyang AP Anna Rita Ouyang ’17
Celina Heeter Schneider ’95
Karen Owczarski AP Kat Owczarski ’13
Sandra Ramos AP Sandra Ramos ’10
Amy Spence AP Katie Swedo Beatty ’07
Kathy Weber AP Marie Welsh AP Mary Carmen Wiltz AP Natasha Wiltz ’15
Lia Abello Ridout ’85
Giorgina Agostini ’15
Gabrielle Anderson Carrington ’92 Sophia Buono ’14
Liliana Canali-Economakis ’06 Michele Casey Bueno ’99
Laura Cermak ’15
Lucy M. Collins ’11
Audrey Collins ’16
Jill Collins ’17
Laurel Conrad ’10
Theresa Currano Talavera ’93 Elizabeth Deiss Hinish ’99 Rachel Elliott ’11
Maria Fagan Harrill ’06 Lucy Maher Felix ’09
Mary Ferstl Dausch ’94
Mary Gabriel Baptist ’01 Claire Gabriel Boler ’95
Katie Gabriel Carney ’99
Alumnae Brunch Donations
Giorgina Agostini ’15 Carolina Agostini Mary Beth Beatty ’14 Jean Beatty
Emma Beatty
Colleen Beatty ’18
Monica Beatty ’24 Catherine Heeter Bishop ’99 Ana Bobbio
Lourdes Bobbio ’11 Ximena Bucheli
Martina Bucheli ’18 Miriam Buono
Elena Buono ’21
Hanh Casey
Michele Casey Bueno ’99 Anne Chapman
Laura Chapman Keim ’82 Nancy Christiani Alessandra Christiani ’11 Terri Collins
AP CP, AP
AP AP AP AP AP AP AP
Lucy Collins ’11
Jill Collins ’17
Becka Davis AP Elizabeth Deiss Hinish ’99
Juliana Dort AP Sophia Dort ’18
Rachel Elliott ’11
Stella Franco AP Therese Franco’10
Anna Freska AP Katherine Gabriel Carney ’99
Lea Gargulinski AP Meg Gargulinski ’11
Elizabeth Hadley ’98
Kate Hadley AP Grace Hanlon ’16
Querine Hanlon AP Caroline Hanlon FS Maria Harrill Fagan ’06
Caroline Haymans
Catherine Haymans AP
Maricel Heeter Caroline Heeter ’97 Leslie Holland ’81 Mazie Holland
Jen Kilmer
Christina Kilmer ’17 Mary Leaver ’16 Cynthia Leaver Trish Loria
Linda Maher
Angel Maimone ’12 Julianne Maimone Onalee McGraw Angélica-María
Melendez-Muñoz ’12 Daniela Alejandra
Melendez-Muñoz ’18 Helena Metzger
Mary Metzger Rhodes ’83 Mary Jane Hojilla Milette Janet Monroe
AP, FS ST
AP AP
AP AP AP
AP AP
TR, AP, AG
AP AP
Photos from the Alumnae Mother-Daughter Brunch
Class of 1998 Reunion. Back: Cathy Kolf Gara and Katie Dunn Wright. Front: Karen Ferstl Bierie, Kathryn Brown Battle (w. baby), Nancy Williams Miggins, Irene Porres.
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Class Notes We would love to hear from you!
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’90s
Melanie Van Zupten Brown ’90 currently works at The Heights School in Potomac, MD. Melanie and her husband Will are the proud parents of six children. Her second Oakie, Leah, is a 10th grader at Oak- crest.
Julie Mitchell Newlands ’90 is a partner with the law firm Stein Mitchell Cipollone Beato & Missner LLP, where she specializes in representing seriously injured persons in civil cases. She has been prac- ticing this type of law for over 10 years. She and her husband Brandon live in Chevy Chase, D.C. with their dog Pete. They are avid Nationals fans.
Alumnae Veritas interviewers and keynote speaker: (back row) Clare Meehan’11, Katie Gabriel
Carney ’99, Anne Crum Kelley ’02, Catherine Heeter Bishop ’99; (front row) Melanie Van Zupten Brown’90, Maritere Gramatges Crum ’91, Kathryn Bell ’12, Madeline Manaker ’12, Claire Wahle Toms ’08 and Gabrielle Anderson Carrington ’92
Maritere Gramatges Crum ’91 attended George Mason University and graduated with a B.A. in English Writing. Ten years ago, she founded The Preppy Cottage, an online business specializing in personalized gifts. Maritere and her husband Richard have eight children, ranging in age from 4 to 22 years old, and one in heaven. They recently moved to a house up the road from Oakcrest.
Laura O’Neill ’96, Lisa Coyne ’80 and Eileen Jacxsens ’96 at the Fall Homecoming 2017.
Laura Rowell O’Neill ’96 is pursuing a Master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling at Divine Mer- cy University in Arlington, VA. She currently works part-time for Oakcrest as the school nurse. She lives in Sterling, VA, with her husband Mark.
’80s
Lia Abello Ridout ’85 is a lung cancer advocate, committed to advancing awareness and funding for
research, especially for ALK+ lung cancer that affects younger non-smokers. Her daughter Gianna ’14 is an Oakcrest alumna.
International Homecoming
Adriana Herrasti ‘90 was an interna- tional student from Mexico City who attended Oakcrest in 1987. She recently came for a tour of the new campus in Vienna. She wanted to reconnect because of the profound impact only one year of an Oakcrest education had on her life. She remembered dearly Dr. Biruta Meirans (Head of School) and Miss Phyllis Savino (Math teacher).
Reflecting back, Adriana wrote in an
email: “Oakcrest was my first encoun-
ter with my ‘independent’ life, and I
was very fortunate to be surrounded by great people to develop whatever skill I needed to confront the world ahead of me. I developed relationship skills (in a new language), conflict management (without my Mom or Dad solving it), adapting to a new reality (which is one of the most important skills for these days), and I learned to observe more closely who I really am by making choices and finding out what I liked and what I didn’t like, for example the sports we practiced (soccer, basketball and softball).”
Adriana reached out to three of her former classmates and was able to spend time with them as well. She met with Julie Mitchell Newlands, her best friend in 7th grade. Julie even stayed with Adriana’s family in Mexico the following summer. Adriana also connected with Kelly Grasty and Jane Trimber, both of the class of 1990. They all enjoyed reconnecting and reminiscing.
Oakcrest has 13 international students enrolled for the 2018-2019 school year.
Adriana reunites with Julie Mitchell Newlands ’90.
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Alumnae News
CLASS NOTES


Oakcrest School Alumnae Involvement Acaemc ear

of enrolled students are related to alumnae
alumnae and alumnae parents reconnected )y
attending our Winter 0ea, Gala, and Spring Mother/Daughter
Brunch


Alumnae Association mem)ers
daughters of alumnae are enrolled
alumnae sered as speakers, olunteers, judges, performers,
interns and leadership panelists
staculty and mentors are alumnae parents

alumnae attended our fall Homecoming
alumnae are faculty, staff and coaches

Other Fun Alumnae Facts
akies hae graduated hose mothers ere alumnae alumnae ere commencement speakers in the last years
alumnae hae sered on the Board of Directors
attended reunions asses o and in annin staes
Maria Kilner Sousa ’99 is the Digital Director at The Heritage Foundation where she has worked for the past 14 years. Maria’s team handles all dig- ital communications for The Heritage Foundation including web, social media, video, and audio con- tent. She and her husband live in Washington, D.C. with their four children.
Catherine Heeter Bishop ’99 with Caroline Heeter ’97 and Catherine’s daughters, Lyla (6) and Amelia (3)
Catherine Heeter Bishop ’99 and her husband Mathew have five children ages ranging from 10 years old to 2 months. The Bishop family returned to the U.S. in 2017 from the Kingdom of Bah- rain, where they had relocated for Mathew’s job. While there, Cath- erine worked as a staff assistant in the Politi-
cal and Economic Section of the U.S. Embassy.
Katie Gabriel Carney ’99 worked as a photogra- pher shooting private and corporate events, wed- dings and family lifestyle for 10 years. She and her husband have six children and reside in Maryland. Katie’s oldest daughter Lucy started Oakcrest as a sixth grader in the fall of 2018.
Gabrielle Anderson Carrington ’92 earned a Bach- elor’s from University of Virginia and a Master’s in National Security and Foreign Policy from George- town University. Over the last 15 years, she has worked at the U.S. Government Accountability Of- fice, serving as the Analyst-in-Charge of multiple engagements conducting performance evaluations of the Departments of Defense, State, and Home- land Security. She lives in Alexandria, VA, with her husband and three children.
00’s
Laura Ferstl Cramer ’01 and her husband Kenn recently completed two years of mission work on the Fort Belknap Indian Reservation in north
band relocated to Phoenix, AZ, and are both work- ing as teachers.
Anne Crum Kelley ’02 received her degree in Com- munications from George Mason University. Now, she owns a wedding and event planning com- pany - Anne Kelley Events & Design. She and her husband donate their time and resources to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and S.O.M.E. in Washington, D.C. She lives in Falls Church, VA with her husband, Mike, and three children.
Maria Fagan Harrill ’06 and her husband Ste- ven live in Sterling, VA, and have four children: Claire (5), Michael (3), Nicholas (2) and Cecilia (6 months). Over the past few years, Maria and Ste- ven have helped organize several Family Enrich- ment courses in VA.
Katherine Swedo Beatty ’07 is currently a stay at home mom with four children. She and her husband John have three biological sons and a newly ad-
opted daughter,
Rose, from South
Korea. Rose first
met her brothers
Leo (3), Paul (7),
and William (4),
at Dulles airport
when she was
17 months old.
In the picture,
the boys’ shirts
say “안녕 little
sister” which
means “Hi little
sister” in Kore-
an, and Rose’s says “오빠들” which means “Hello big brothers.”
Claire Wahle Toms ’08 studied Psychology at De- Sales University. After graduation, she worked as a task manager at two different online market-
central Montana. Laura took on the roles of Director of Religious Educa- tion and Business Manager for the three parishes on the reservation. This past summer, she and her hus-
TheBeattyswelcomeRoseto the United States.
Laura and Kenn Cramer
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C L A S S? ? N? O T E S


ing companies. She currently is married with two young children and works part time as an Office Assistant at Our Lady of Lourdes in Bethesda, MD.
10’s
Meg Gargulinski ’11 is a financial planning asso- ciate at Morgan Stanley. Meg spends a lot of her spare time in lacrosse: she coaches middle school lacrosse, plays for a post-collegiate team, and ref- erees high school games. She also is an assistant coach of the Oakcrest Varsity team.
Clare Meehan ’11 earned a B.S., cum laude, in International Business Management from Fran- ciscan University in 2015. She has lobbied at the United Nations in New York City, and studied with business executives at companies such as SAP, BMW, and Estée Lauder throughout Europe. She is currently an Associate with Saffron Ventures.
the American Civil War. She won a $500 cash prize for best thesis in the Distinguished History Major program at UVA. She coaches swimming as a vol- unteer at UVA and works for the Langley Swim Club for her summer job.
Sophia Buono ’14
graduated in May 2018 from the University of Notre Dame with the high- est Latin honors, summa cum laude. She majored in the Program of Liberal
Studies, Notre Dame’s Great Books program, and minored in education. Sophia is current- ly pursuing journalism at The Weekly Stan- dard, where she works as Editorial Assistant. For a more in-depth profile of Sophia, visit www.oakcrest.org/alumnae-news.
Grace Pluta in Morocco.
Grace Pluta ’15 is a senior at the College of William & Mary where she enjoys studying History as a major. Grace’s love and cu- riosity for the subject brought her to Seville,
Spain, for her junior spring semester. While there, Grace crossed the Strait of Gibraltar to spend a week- end in Morocco, where she rode a camel in Tangier.
Mother-Daughter Alumnae Brunch
“Oakcrest is the place in which you can be yourself and you are loved for who you are and not for what you do or have. It is a love that looks deeply at you and calls out to the very best that is in you, that perhaps you are overlooking, or hiding, or compromising.”
– Mary Ortiz’s Brunch Remarks
The Alumnae Mother-Daughter Recollection, Mass, and Brunch on Saturday, May 12, 2018 was the quintessential bookend event to welcome home our alumnae at our new, permanent campus in Vienna. Over 150 alumnae, parents, and future Oakies came together to pray, celebrate, and reminisce.
The celebration included talks given by the chaplain in the chapel, and a reflec- tion by Cecilia Escobar, a current teacher and mother of Clare Escobar ’18, on deeper ways to live family life. During an Ave Maria Prelude to the Mass, the alumnae and their mothers and daughters came forward to place red roses at the foot of the statue of Our Lady of Oakcrest.
Alumnae and parents were involved in every aspect of the Mass, including Marie Welsh and daughter Chelsea ’11, who provided lovely flowers, Lucy ’25 and Katie Gabriel Carney ’99, who performed the readings, Jacqueline Livau- dais Callahan ’06 and Kim Livaudais who brought up the gifts, and Grace Gilday ’09, who was the cantor.
After Mass, the guests proceeded to a beautifully decorated Walsh Hall for a champagne brunch. In addition to the music of Oakcrest harpists, the lunch included inspiring remarks by the President of the Board of Directors, Miriam Buono, and Head of School Mary Ortiz. Since amusing performances are key to any good Oakcrest event, there was a skit featuring Jen Kilmer and Kate Hadley, who took on the persona of aging staculty being interviewed by Oakie reporter Liz Hadley ’98.
Many thanks to the amazing team of alumnae parent volunteers, alumnae and the Oakcrest Alumnae Association for the great work of love. We look forward to seeing many more alumnae, their mothers, and their daughters at our next Alumnae Mother/Daughter Brunch on Saturday, May 4, 2019.
Alex Gadiano Haraczy
’12 graduated from Col-
gate with a degree in Bio-
chemistry in 2016. While at
Colgate she played on the
Varsity Softball team, and
she was a member of the
Delta Delta Delta sorority.
Following graduation, Alex
took a full-time research
position as a post-bacca-
laureate research fellow at Johns Hopkins Drug Dis- covery. She is excited to be going back to school this fall as a medical student at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. She and her new husband, Scott, will be classmates--as he is going to be studying medicine at UM as well!
Madeline Manaker ’12 attended Vanderbilt Uni- versity, completing a double major in Mathematics and Education and a minor in Music. After gradu- ation, she spent the summer studying in Nashville before returning to the Washington, D.C. area in order to pursue music full-time with the intent of attending graduate school for music performance. She currently works part-time and studies voice both locally and in New York City.
Monica Rudy, Maggie Gasser and Kat Owczarski from the Class of 2013.
Kat Owczarski ’13 is working on her mas- ter’s in education at the University of Virginia. She wrote her capstone thesis at UVA entitled: Changing Perceptions of Roman Catholic Clergy- men and Women during
Alex and Scott Haraczy were married on July 13, 2018.
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Alumnae News
CLASS NOTES


In Memoriam
Lawrence Kilmer, Grandfather of Christina Klimer ’13, Michelle Kilmer ’18, Julie Kilmer ’19, Rosemary Kilmer ’25 and father-in-law of Jennifer Kilmer, Oakcrest teacher
Ambassador Antonio Fernando Lulli Avalos, Grandfather of Cecilia Lulli ’11, Carolina Lulli ’12, Sofia Lulli ’16, Daniela Lulli ’18
Andrew Masiello, Grandfather of Mackenzie Masiello ’20
Eric Mitchell, Cousin of Julie Mitchell ’90 and Mary Mitchell ’11
Don Murphy, Uncle of Grace McGovern ’21
Paul K. Mwose, Father of Pauline McKeown, Oakcrest mentor
Robert Nolin, Grandfather of Grace Nolin ’20
Henry Roehrich, Grandfather of Ginny Boles, Oakcrest Dean of Students
Marguerite Salls, Mother of Holly Salls, Oakcrest teacher
Evelyn Sanford, Grandmother of Sadie LeClair ’18
Martha Savino, Mother of Phyllis Savino, Oakcrest teacher
Jonathan Seager, Brother of Samantha Seager ’01
Ida Bonicelli Trigiani, Grandmother of Mary Alessandra and Anna Noone ’18
Donna Weber, Grandmother of Anna Weber ’16 and Julia Weber ’18
Constance L. Wong, Grandmother of Eva Knight ’23
We sincerely apologize if we have missed anyone in our community. Please send updates and corrections to [email protected]
Dr. Emília Cano Allen, Grandmother of Emília ’13, Rosemary ’16, Grace ’18 and Christina ’20
Alexius Owen Bishop, Brother of Brendy Esmond and Uncle of Maggie Esmond ’10, Mary Esmond ’13 and Andy Esmond ’14
Noel Black, Grandfather of Elizabeth Black, Oakcrest teacher
Ligaya Supapo Borbajo, Mother of Maria Cecilia Borbajo ’90 and Marialee Borbajo Jorda ’93
Marta Francisco, Mother of Nicole Francisco ’09 and Desiree Francisco ’12
Orlando Frontera, Brother-in-law of Cecilia Márquez, Oakcrest Academic Dean
Joseph Girgis, Father of Jessie Harmon, Oakcrest teacher
Fenton Boogher Goodwin, Grandmother of Mary Goodwin ’08, Claire Goodwin and Callie Goodwin ’19
Bill Homa, Husband of Terri Homa, Father of Kathryn Homa ’23 and Mary Homa ’25
JOINING IN PRAYER
EACH NOVEMBER, beginning with the feast of All Souls, we pray together with the Church for the repose of the souls of the deceased. We invite you to send along the names of those departed loved ones whom you would like to have prayed for at our daily Mass. Please email Blanca Reilly, [email protected]
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FA L L 2018
ODEAR FELLOW PARENTS AND MEMBERS OF THE OAKCREST FAMILY,
ur beloved school continues to flourish and mature in its permanent home. The Oakcrest Board of Directors wants to offer gratitude and congratulations to Dr. Mary Ortiz, our Head of School, and her team for a peaceful and joyful first
year in our permanent campus. They hit the ground running last summer, preparing the building in a very short period of time for the arrival of the students. In addition, they hosted a series of special events, such as the dedication of the chapel, an open house for neighbors, and the spectacular Homecoming celebration. They showed tremendous flexibility and sporting spirit throughout the school year in a brand new and unfamiliar facility. We are very grateful for such a successful inaugural year in our Vienna campus.
I also would like to give thanks to all of you who referred new families to our outstanding school. You have helped us exceed our enrollment goals for the 2018-19 school year. This, along with your continued generosity to our fundraising efforts,
enables us to keep tuition as low as possible and continue to
enhance our beautiful campus so that it can fully support the rich and diverse programs offered at Oakcrest.
I am happy to share that the Board of Directors recently approved the construction of our gymnasium, which will be dedicated to our thriving athletics program and to large school gatherings. In addition, the Board approved the completion of the west academic wing, which will help meet the demands of our growing student body by providing addi- tional classrooms and faculty areas. These spaces have been designed and are included in our Fairfax County Special Exception Amendment (SEA), so we anticipate a much shorter time frame compared to the first phase of construction. We have begun the planning pro- cess and hope to have the projects completed by 2021. We will continue to count on your prayers and financial support to help complete these vital additions to our campus home.
Thanks to the generosity of our faithful donors, Oakcrest now has a scholarship fund
as well as an endowment fund. In April, we were blessed to dedicate the Kate O’Beirne Scholarship Fund in the presence of her family and friends. This fund, along with the newly-named Dorothy Duffy Endowment Fund, will help make an Oakcrest education accessible to many more families, regardless of their financial means. They are significant steps forward in the history of the school for which we are truly grateful.
Continuing on the theme of gratitude, I would like to thank Mr. Horace (Chip) Jordan (Jennifer ‘15) and Dr. Othon Wiltz (Katerina ’11 and Natasha ‘15), who have recently stepped down from the Board of Directors. They have served the school faithfully during the challenging years of the permanent campus project and during the critical transition year. I am very grateful for their generous dedication to the Oakcrest Board of Directors and look forward to their continued involvement with the school in other capacities.
I welcome to the Board Dr. Robert Gasser (Mary ‘08, Maggie ‘13, Kate ‘17, and Theresa ‘20). Along with his wife, Sue, Bob has been a dedicated ambassador for Oakcrest for many years, and we look forward to his participation on the Board of Directors.
I know you share my joy at the beauty of our Vienna campus, and I invite you to continue to spread the word about our excellent school. I look forward to another great year for Oakcrest!
Sincerely,
Miriam Leon Buono (Sophia ’14 and Elena ‘21)
FROM the BOARD PRESIDENT
Oakcrest Board
Miriam Buono (Sophia ’14 and Elena ’21), President
Amy Spence (Laura ’14, Lucy ’22, and Lily ‘25), Vice-President
Shaun Pacious (Kathleen ‘04, Monica ‘08, Annie ’16), Secretary
Chris Tierney (Emma ’14 and Grace ’17), Treasurer
Michele Casey Bueno (’99) Maureen Ferguson (Grace ’18
and Rose ’21)
Bob Gasser (Mary ‘08, Maggie ‘13,
Kate ‘17, and Theresa ‘20) Steve Payne (Mary ’18)
Paul Waddelove
Mary Ortiz (Head of School),
Ex Officio Member
Board of Trustees
Kathleen McGarry, President Lorraine Anderson (Lisa ‘82
and Gabrielle ‘92)
Ellen Cavanagh
Helena Metzger (Mary ‘83) Germana Mitchell (Julie ’90
and Mary ‘11 )
Governance
BOARD PRESIDENT’S LETTER


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