News Roundup: March 17, 2017
Posted 03/17/2017 10:00AM
March 17, 2017 • Greetings from the Hilltop
Petersons wrap up a West Coast swing
This week St. George's hosted two receptions in California that were big hits. More than 100 alumni of all eras, as well as current and former parents, turned out to celebrate the success and leadership of Eric and Krista Peterson and to hear about the latest from the Hilltop. About 50 guests gathered Tuesday night at the Huntley Hotel in Santa Monica to honor the Petersons and their 13 years of devotion to the school. On Wednesday night, we hosted a unique reception at the Presidio Social Club in San Francisco that included several current students. The group was in the Bay Area to take part in our new Technology and Innovation Program and got the chance to meet with alumni and parents, as well as outline their experiences learning about the start-up culture of Silicon Valley, where more than 300 SG alumni now live and work. Eric and Krista (pictured above with Everett Muzzy '12, Marion Citrino '19, Ali Ballato '12, Mary Lee Citrino P'12, '19 and Robbie Citrino '12), along with Director of Signature Programs Allison de Horsey and Director of the Merck-Horton Center for Teaching & Learning Tom Callahan, were there to welcome our guests, outline the new program, and catch up with all our loyal SG community members. View photos from the events on our Flickr.com page.
Global Studies class meets subject of moving documentary in Vietnam
During their 10-day trip to Vietnam, students from the Global Studies class and their faculty chaperones traveled to the Saigon art studio of Lee Minh Chau on Wednesday. Chau (above, holding painting) is an Agent Orange victim and the subject of the Academy Award-nominated documentary, "Chau, Beyond the Lines." It was one of the many highlights of the trip, which has included meeting locals in the Mekong Delta, along with visits to several historic and cultural sites. "After sharing his inspiring story, [Chau] fielded questions from the group before presenting us with one of his paintings," reported history and English teacher Jake Westermann. "I imagine for many of the travelers, this will be an experience they won't soon forget." The group flew to Hanoi yesterday and visited the Viet Duc Hospital and took a food tour in the city's Old Quarter. Today's itinerary included meetings at the U.S. Embassy and at the Blue Dragon Children's Foundation's Community Centre.
Moms and sons unite across the globe
The receptions on the West Coast and the Global Studies class trip afforded an opportunity for an interesting photo opp Tuesday. On the same night, on opposite sides of the world, we got photos of two moms and two sons – only switched. While Krista Peterson was at the Santa Monica reception, she had the chance to catch up with Kelly Bullock '10, the son of Director of Diversity and science teacher Kim Bullock who is now working as an inside sales consultant at Schneider Electric in Costa Mesa, California. Meanwhile, Kim is in Vietnam with the Global Studies class, which includes Krista's son, Will Peterson '17.
Scholars learn the ins and out of D.C.
Ten students got an insider's view of Washington, D.C., during our bipartisan Rogers Scholars Program that took place earlier this week. It was a packed itinerary that included meetings with political strategists, lobbyists, fundraisers, campaign organizers, politicians, journalists and top military personnel, along with visits to the U.S. Capitol and the Pentagon. Read more about this signature program, designed and organized by a number of our loyal alumni in honor of former history teacher and faculty emeritus William S.R. "Robin" Rogers '44, on our website.
Congratulations to Ali Ballato '12, who knew that Red Key guides often mention Hogwarts when they enter King Hall, noting its resemblance to the Great Hall in the Harry Potter movies.
This week's trivia question: Students are currently on Spring Break until March 28. When they return, what surprise might they be looking forward to someday this spring that Head of School Eric Peterson enjoys announcing? The first person to respond with the correct answer wins a coupon for $10 a purchase from the SG Bookstore. Good luck!
The Greetings from the Hilltop e-newsletter will return March 31 following Spring Break.