Snapshots of St. George's
Typically St. George’s offers experiential learning opportunities for students beyond the pastoral confines of the Hilltop during the March break, and this year is no exception.
Global Studies Senior Seminar in Vietnam
History and English teacher Jake Westermann’s year-long senior seminar in Global Studies will go truly global when Jake, history teacher Sarah Mongan, and Director of Diversity and science teacher Kim Bullock accompany 16 students to Vietnam March 10-20. The group will split their time between Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi. The itinerary will include day excursions to local villages, and a trip along the Mekong River Delta to visit rural Vietnam. Student research topics may include climate change and adaptation in Vietnam, global trade in Southeast Asia, civil rights in Vietnam, urban development, a domestic economy that embraces both communism and capitalism, and modern-day diplomatic relations with the United States.
Rogers Scholars D.C.
For the third time in as many years the William S.R. Rogers Endowment for Public Policy Studies will usher a group of St. George’s history and government students into the heart of Washington, D.C. for a behind-the-scenes tour of U.S. policy making, organized and hosted by lobbyist Jeff Kimbell ’89 and a team of his fellow SG alumni and Washington colleagues. Amid an action-packed four-day itinerary March 12-15, history teacher Jim Connor will accompany 10 students from the fourth, fifth and sixth forms — our Rogers Scholars — as they encounter federal lawmakers, policy experts, advisors, pollsters and strategists face to face, and observe the Washington scene at a decidedly historic time in our political history. Read more here.
VERSLO in Reykjavik, Iceland
Assistant Dean of Students and history teacher Hannah O’Brien and Director of Student Activities Mary O’Connor will accompany nine students on a weeklong trip to Iceland March 11-18 hosted by SG’s partner school VERSLO. The visit will include time in the city of Reykjavik at VERSLO observing the school in session, and a more far-ranging tour of rural Iceland to experience the Land of Fire and Ice firsthand.
Geronimo home this spring, to Quebec City this summer!
SG’s flagship Geronimo with a crew of eight St. George’s students and four paid hands slid into La Phare Bleu Marina in Petite Calivigny Bay at the south end of Grenada on the afternoon of Dec. 9, 2016. In doing so she wound up a 3,031-mile transatlantic passage from the Canary Islands, and completed the final phase of the vessel’s first-ever two-year circumnavigation of the North Atlantic and the Mediterranean Sea. She spent 13 months traversing the full length of the Med in a series of point-to-point legs enjoyed by a succession of student, faculty and staff participants.
Now Geronimo is in Puerto Rico following a winter cruise from Grenada to the Virgin Islands by way of St. Martin and the Leeward Islands. Up next is a week-long exploration of Puerto Rico and the outlying isles of Culebra and Vieques, to take place March 20-27. The return trip to the U.S. East Coast and Newport is scheduled for April and May.
But wait, there’s more! This summer from June 21 to July 20, 2017, Geronimo will be participating in a North American leg of Sail Training International’s annual Tall Ship racing series. The event will feature more than 50 entrants from around the world, including vessels similar to Geronimo in size and design from the U.K., Finland, Belgium, Germany and Latvia. Organized by Sail Training International in association with Le Rendez-Vous Naval de Quebec and the SAIL Boston summer festival, the program will begin in Boston, Mass., and include fleet racing from Boston to Nova Scotia, Canada. Following the race, participants will spend the next three weeks cruising through the Canadian Maritimes en route to Quebec City some 300 nautical miles up the St. Lawrence Seaway.
Tech and Innovation Scholars Program — San Francisco
Ten students, accompanied by Director of Signature Programs and French teacher Allison de Horsey and Director of the Merck-Horton Center Dr. Tom Callahan, will travel to San Francisco and Silicon Valley March 11-16 to meet with professionally engaged SG alumni and to visit the Stanford Design School. Participants will learn about tech start-ups, seed money, the role of venture capitalists, and product innovation from conception to launch. Design-process activities are planned at Apple, Turo and Stanford. Read more here.