On Tuesday, March 3, juniors and seniors gathered in the Blue Room to hear from Francoise Cattaneo ’16 and Lizzie White ’09 about their involvement in service, outreach, and accompaniment since graduating from NCDS at the annual Service Symposium.
This winter, the Science Department welcomed alumnae to Anatomy and Physiology classes to speak to Upper School girls about their education and experiences in the medical field.
Kyra Prats ’09 knew that dancing was her passion as early as her first ballet class. “I started dancing when I was seven or eight, which is a little bit late, since most dancers start when they are two or three.” As a seventh grade student at Newton Country Day, with years of dance experience behind her, Prats participated in the required dance classes of the Middle School curriculum with Ms. Hassinger and Ms. Giunta. “I was really thankful for such an active dance program at Newton,” she said. “I knew that once I was in the Upper School I could dance as a sport in addition to dance classes.” Strictly a ballet dancer until freshman year of Upper School, Pratts tried her hand at jazz as a four-year member of the Dance team and branched out into the liturgical dance committee. She continued to take additional classes outside of school and participated in the Summer Stages Dance Company at Concord Academy.
In December 2013 at the Capitol Theatre in Sydney, Australia, the curtain opened on the Disney Theatrical Production The Lion King. In the audience were almost two thousand musical theater enthusiasts, eager to see the stage-adaptation of the beloved Disney story. On stage was Anica Scott-Garrell ’01. Initially cast in the ensemble, Scott-Garrell ultimately danced, sang, and played the part of Shenzi with the Australian company. While her time with the award-winning show has been a highlight of her career thus far, Scott-Garrell does not consider it a laurel on which to rest. She is always looking forward, challenging, and empowering herself to achieve.
Five years ago, Meghan Lewis ’88 took a risk. She opened her own residential design firm, Meghan Lewis Interiors, after 15 years working in-house at CBT Architects, a multi-national architecture and interior design firm. Lewis did this without a website or utilizing social media platforms. Lewis has relied solely on word-of-mouth, and her business has grown. “Relationship-building is so important to me,” said Lewis.“I value relationships, and I work hard to foster them. One of the lasting lessons from my time at Newton Country Day School is really the importance of all kinds of relationships and how to tend to them.”