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Stoneleigh-Burnham Student Selected for U.S. Debate & Public Speaking Team

1/29/15 — Stoneleigh-Burnham School junior Claire Lane was selected for the U.S. team that will compete at the World Individual Debating and Public Speaking Championship in Hong Kong this April. With this prestigious invitation, Claire becomes the 14th Stoneleigh-Burnham student to compete at the world level.

“I believe there are two main reasons Claire has been selected for the U.S. team: 1) The impressive body of work she has accomplished over the last two years, and 2) Claire’s tireless work ethic,” says Dr. Paul Bassett, head coach of the Stoneleigh-Burnham Debate & Public Speaking Society.

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The Ethel Walker School Receives Transformational $5 Million Gift

1/27/15 — The Ethel Walker School received a transformational $5 million gift from an anonymous alumna. It is the largest individual gift in the school’s 103-year history. The gift will go toward the building of the Centennial Center, a state-of-the-art facility that will house contemporary athletics, arts, wellness, and community gathering spaces. The Board of Trustees has voted to break ground for the new facility on April 24, 2015.

Head of School and former NCGS Trustee Elizabeth “Bessie” Speers said, “We are overwhelmed by our alumna’s generosity and deeply grateful to her. A gift of this size is truly transformational, and is a ringing endorsement of Walker’s trajectory, as we continue to enhance and advance our curriculum and facilities to ensure that our students are prepared in every way for college and life in the 21st century.”

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Foxcroft Schools Debuts “Fireside Financial” Seminar

1/14/15 — Foxcroft School debuted “Fireside Financial,” a five-part seminar about managing and investing money for individuals and organizations. Inspired in part by the transformative bequest to Foxcroft made by Ruth Bedford ’32 last fall (click here to read the original story), the seminar is the latest installment of Foxcroft’s growing efforts to incorporate financial literacy and investment basics into the educational experience it offers girls. Students learned the basics of banking during the first session, and representatives of Middleburg Bank will be at the next session to discuss banks and bank investments.

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Head of Roland Park Country School to Retire in 2016

1/14/15 — Roland Park Country School (RPCS) has announced that its Head of School, Jean Waller Brune, will retire at the conclusion of the 2015-2016 school year.

Brune will retire in 2016 after 24 years of dedicated service at RPCS. As stated by the President of the Board of Trustees, Catherine P. McDonnell, “Jean has been instrumental in establishing a renowned reputation locally and nationally for Roland Park Country School and has garnered the admiration and affection of many in our community and beyond. In keeping with RPCS tradition, Jean will leave a remarkable legacy of educational innovation and community leadership.”