Dragons Head to Washington
Posted 03/12/2016 02:14PM




Thanks to the Robin Rogers Endowment for Public Policy, 10 St. George’s will take part in a luminary-filled program in Washington, D.C., March 13-16, that includes visits to the Pentagon, Google Inc. and the U.S. Capitol.

Fifth-formers Alden Grimes, Tyler Jones, Dillon Kaynor, George Moss, Austin Page, Shivam Patel, Sophia Small, Margaret Todd and Oasis Zhen, along with sixth-former, Sophie Williams will spend the three days meeting and learning from an impressive list of federal lawmakers, policy experts, journalists, senior advisors, pollsters, campaign strategists and lobbyists.

U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) will greet the group on March 14 and U.S. Senator Jack Reed (D-RI) will meet the students on March 16. In between, the program includes visits with Lee Carosi Dunn, senior counsel and head of elections at Google Inc., Danny Ferris, squadron commander of the U.S. Army Special Operations Command, and several alumni and their colleagues who now live and work in the nation’s capital.

History teachers Jim Connor and Sarah Mongan as well as Director of Alumni Relations Bill Douglas will accompany the students.

The Robin Rogers Endowment for Public Policy was established in 2008 by a number of St. George’s alumni who live in Washington, D.C., to give current students an up-close and personal look inside the political arena and to help students learn about a host of government-related careers.

“[Robin] Rogers was an educator who taught with a pioneering vision,” writes Jeff Kimbell ’89, a member of the program’s advisory board, along with Gerrit Lansing ’02, Peter Cook ’85, Tucker Carlson ’87 and Welles Orr ’78. “In this same spirit, we hope to inspire and empower our nation’s future leaders: the students of St. George’s School.”

Rogers, a member of the St. George’s Class of 1944, taught history and English for five years in the late 1950s, served as headmaster of The Pingree School in Massachusetts and then returned to St. George’s from 1974 to his retirement in 1993.

For Kimbell, Rogers, who died in August 2014, was a life-changing teacher.

“Although he is no longer with us, it is our hope that this program will continue to honor [Robin], the work that he did, and the incredible impact he made on so many of us.”