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Jan. 6, 2017 • Greetings from the Hilltop


Caroline Guenther '06 named to Forbes' '30 Under 30' 


A panel of experts at Forbes magazine credited Caroline Guenther '06 with helping to save her company millions when they named her to their elite "30 Under 30" list this week. Read more here.

Geronimo in Grenada 


Eight sixth-formers flew to the Caribbean this week to begin a three-week Geronimo program in Grenada. Sam Doggett, Oliver Parsons, Kirk LaShelle, Olivia Gonzalez, Eleanor Wilcox, Aniyah Borges, Dillon Kaynor and Svenja Nanfelt arrived at the boat on Tuesday. On Wednesday the eight toured the southern end of the island and went on a hike to the Seven Sisters Waterfall for a swim, reported Captain Jill Hughes. Yesterday the students were scheduled to make their first sail as a crew.

BJ Miller '89 featured in the New York Times


Now the world knows the compelling story of St. George's grad BJ Miller '89. In an article titled "One Man's Quest to Change the Way We Die" published on Tuesday, New York Times reporter Jon Mooallem outlines BJ's trailblazing work in the field of palliative care. BJ was on the Hilltop last February to deliver a talk during our celebration of the opening of the new SG Academic Center. Watch his address, roundly lauded by students and teachers, on our Vimeo channel.

Eva Killenberg '17: A passion for innovation


Today we unveiled the fifth in our six-part series on student passions. Meet Senior Prefect Eva Killenberg '17, who's making the most of St. George's new curriculum, programs and facilities. Watch "A Passion for Innovation."

David Sayer '03 conquers the Pacific Crest Trail


When David Sayer '03 realized his job in the tech sector just wasn't feeding his soul, he did what a lot of nature lovers dream of doing: he hit the trail. The 2,650-mile Pacific Crest Trail to be exact. Read more about his experiences in "Mile After Mile," published in The Newport Daily News last week.

Remembering Kendra


The Spanish Honor Society is hosting a dance-a-thon tomorrow night to benefit the Greenlove Foundation, which was established by the family of Kendra Bowers '12. Kendra, who died in a skiing accident during her sophomore year in college, was a devoted Snapdragon (above) and is remembered fondly for her sunny disposition and her winning, contagious smile. We think she would likely approve of the dance-a-thon prize: The form that raises the most money by buying the most T-shirts gets a night free of homework! 


2013 grad wins trivia contest

Congratulations to our Dec. 16 trivia contest winner, Kate Pesa '13, who knew that the SG Barbecue Club usually provides a hot breakfast to students leaving for Christmas Break, but had to cancel its grillfest this year because of the cold and wind. This week's trivia question: The Spanish Honor Society celebrates the accomplishments of students who excel in their language program. Which longtime teacher and former head of the SG Spanish Department is now an emeritus faculty member after retiring in 2014? The winner will receive a coupon code for $10 off a purchase from the SG Bookstore. Good luck!

Seoul, Korea 



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Caroline Guenther '06 earns a spot on the prestigious list by making a mark in the manufacturing and industry sector


A panel of experts at Forbes magazine credited Caroline Guenther ’06 with helping to save her company millions when they named her to their elite “30 Under 30” list this week. Caroline, now a resident of San Francisco, is an integrated business planning manager at Cisco Systems Inc., where she manages Cisco product families that amount to a total of about $2 billion in value. “She's also worked to improve forecast accuracy, which has enabled the company to save millions in supply-chain costs,” the magazine noted.

The list, which Forbes claims is harder to get on than the admission acceptance list at Stanford or Harvard, highlights the accomplishments of those who even early in their career “have found a way to stand out above the rest, whether by designing new processes, developing new materials or inventing new technologies that help America make things and get stuff done,” writes Forbes editor Joann Muller.

Caroline has a particularly global perspective on manufacturing. In 2008, she served as a summer intern at the China Desk of the U.S. Department of State and she has spent time working in Pakistan with the Central Asia Institute, which helps establish schools in rural areas of Pakistan and Afghanistan. During her tenure at St. George’s Caroline distinguished herself by becoming the first student to participate in a full-year study abroad program when she spent her fifth-form year with the SYA program in China (pictured above in 2004). Read more of Forbes’ feature here.

School News

Alixe Callen will become the first female head of school in SG’s history 

The St. George’s School Board of Trustees announced on Dec. 9 the appointment of Alexandra “Alixe” Callen as our 12th head of school. Callen will become the first female to lead St. George’s when she begins her tenure on July 1, 2017.

Callen, the head of the upper school at Lakeside School in Seattle, Wash., since 2013, has extensive leadership experience in both independent and public schools. Prior to Lakeside, she was the principal of Acton-Boxborough High School in Acton, Mass., from 2008-2013, and the assistant principal of Needham High School from 2004-2008. Callen holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Brown University and a master’s degree and doctorate from Harvard University.

“I am delighted and honored on behalf of the board and our school community to welcome Alixe Callen into the St. George’s family,” said Chair of the St. George’s Board of Trustees, Leslie B. Heaney. “Alixe is a brilliant educator who has devoted her entire career to fostering the academic success and personal well-being of her students. We are confident that under her leadership, St. George’s will continue to thrive and fulfill its mission: to nurture our students so that they may discover their particular talents, to prepare them for a successful college experience, and to encourage them to lead lives of constructive service to others.”

In accepting her appointment, Callen said: “I am honored and humbled to be asked to serve as St. George’s next head of school. The chance to lead this highly professional faculty is a tremendous opportunity. To do so with the endorsement of a dedicated and supportive board is icing on the cake.”

When she arrives on the Hilltop next summer, Callen will be joined by her husband, James “Ace” Bailey, and their sons Zander, 18, and Miles, 14. “Throughout the search process I have been impressed by each and every person I have met,” Callen added. “Honestly, I am hoping the time flies between now and July 1!”

Heaney recognized current Head of School Eric Peterson and his wife Krista, senior associate director of admission, for their dedication and nearly 13 years of leadership of the school. “Eric and Krista have done so much to make the school we love the academically exceptional and warm and nurturing community that it is today. The Petersons will indeed be missed, but we are thrilled to have Alixe and her family join our community and look forward to welcoming them this summer,” she said.

To learn more about our new head of school, click here



A new exhibit in the St. George's Archives focuses on Memorial School House, built in 1923.

School History


Designed by the architectural firm McKim, Mead & White, Memorial School House was completed in 1923 and was meant to serve as a lasting monument honoring those alumni and faculty who served in WWI.

As of 1919 when the monument was conceived, 80 percent of the school’s alumni had served, according to School Archivist Valerie Simpson, and by the time the building was completed, 15 alumni and one faculty member had died.

“As reported in the school publications at the time, an academic building was chosen so as to form a ‘living legacy’ that would bond all future generations of students to those men who served and sacrificed for the noble cause of defending a free, educated society,” Simpson writes.

Over the last few years, Memorial School House’s slate roof was replaced and its gilded cupola renovated.

The building is slated for additional major restoration in the coming years.

Visit a photo gallery of the collection.

In a talk entitled, "Making Perspective," Dr. BJ Miller '89, a palliative care doctor, talks about the nature of suffering -- and how we respond to it



Dr. BJ Miller, St. George’s Class of 1989, was the featured speaker during a milestone weekend for the school in late February that also included the formal dedication of our impressive new Academic Center.

Miller, a palliative care specialist in San Francisco who sustained devastating injuries in a freak accident in college, captivated the audience Feb. 26 with his intellectual and creative ruminations on human suffering and end-of-life health care.

Watch Dr. Miller’s talk on our Vimeo channel.

“It was one of the best [talks] I have attended — both in and out of St. George's,” said Toreali Kurmanov ’16. “In addition, Dr. Miller proves that SG alumni are some of the most motivated and inspirational people out there.”

Students weigh in on recent media reports of St. George's troubled past

Campus Life

Updates regarding the ongoing investigation into past incidents of sexual abuse at St. George's may be found at Healing St. George's.

Following is an editorial that recently ran in St. George's school newspaper, The Red & White:

Students weigh in on recent media reports of St. George’s troubled past

By Taylor Kirkpatrick ’16

On behalf of the Red & White Editorial Board and the student body, I would like to address some issues that have become front and center for our community as of late. As everyone is aware, St. George’s has been the focus of international media attention for events that have transpired in our past which are painful for all who are involved. While we all wish that these events had never occurred, it is our responsibility, as a community, to own up to our past, while also propelling ourselves into the future.

Since this scandal has surfaced, a couple of things have become abundantly clear. As students, we all still get up and go to class every day and we still love our school. However, we continue our jobs here as students while remaining keenly aware of the severity of the situation and compassionate towards the victims harmed.

Over the past couple of months, as the allegations have emerged, the Red & White Editorial Board has taken the opportunity to reach out to students throughout our community to understand the impact of these unfortunate events on life at St. Georges for the current student body. While many find themselves at a distance from these events, due to the fact that they happened many years ago, the students feel that the administration has successfully kept the student body informed and abreast of the state of affairs.

Honor Board member Annie Kim ’16 explained, “Mr. Peterson has done a really good job trying to keep us, the students, out of it, but at the same time, he has given us as much information as possible so that we can prepare ourselves for what is to come.” Many students agreed on the fact that they feel well informed about the allegations, but also understand their distance from the events in our school’s past. “I feel really detached from the situation, but it still pains me to think that this used to happen and I hope that everything gets resolved,” said fellow Honor Board member, Laura Edson ’16. While most students feel a sense of detachment from the allegations, there is no lack of empathy for those who were involved. “The school, for me, personally, has been nothing but positive and I know that is the case for a lot of my friends and classmates as well. I hope that everything goes smoothly from here and that these victims can be helped,” said Senior Prefect, Tim Baumann ’16. Fellow prefect, Caroline Macaulay ’16, agreed, “I have a feeling that it will all work out, but at the same time, it is odd to be removed from a situation that hits so close to home.”

As a community, I think that it is also important to understand that while St. George’s may be the one highlighted in the news now, we are not alone in these incidents. Unfortunately, sexual abuse has been a reality in the past for many schools and communities. However, this does not excuse the actions that we must still remain responsible for. “If we want to grow from this experience and become a better school, we need to talk about this and look back on what we did wrong and fix it, so looking forward we don’t make that mistake again,” said Head of the Honor Board Freddy Gregoire ’16. “I think that there’s a lot to learn from all of this.”

When alumnus Dr. BJ Miller ’89 gave a talk on Feb. 26 in honor of the official opening of the new Academic Center, he reiterated his pride for St. George’s and explained how impressed he was with how we have united in the face of these hard times. Dr. Miller, a palliative care specialist and executive director of the “Zen Hospice Project” in San Francisco, went on to speak about the nature of pain and suffering. While the majority of the suffering that Dr. Miller encounters is centered around his hospice work, he explained that it is a reality for all humans to suffer, in some way, at least once in their lifetime.

To me, Dr. Miller’s words about suffering can be paralleled with the incidents our community is currently facing. However, it seems that, universally, the St. George’s community feels that this suffering can bring us closer together and make us stronger for the future. “Even though we are in a tornado right now, there is definitely still a silver lining,” said Edson.

Many alumni have banned together on social media to support the community and show their love for the school. “I think that it is awesome that former Dragons are posting on Facebook about their Dragon pride,” said Daisy Mayer ’17. Edson explained, “Mr. Peterson has a saying about rooting for and not against. I think that is exactly what the alumni and present students are doing. It’s a really positive reaction.”

Boarding schools are special because of the unique opportunity to live among teachers and mentors. These events give current students an appreciation for the safety and security that we all feel on the Hilltop today.

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