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A Piano Recording of Debussy’s “First Arabesque”

By Emily Brown, VI Form

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Debussy is my favorite composer. The music that he writes is original and engaging. Whenever I have the opportunity to choose the next piece that I study on the piano, I aim for his collection. I recorded Debussy’s (more…)

Presenting and Communicating STEM: St. Markers at Regional Science Fair

Article Organized and Collated by Julie Geng, V Form & STEM Fellowship ’13-’14

On the Friday before spring break, eleven St. Mark’s students in the STEM Research Fellowship class participated in the annual Worcester Regional Science Fair held at Worcester Polytechnic Institute. All eight projects were able to go on to the Massachusetts State Science Fair in May at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. (more…)

“Ordered Chaos” in Port-au-Prince

By Finnegan Schick, VI Form

Stepping into ninety-degree Caribbean sunshine from a cold, New York blizzard is not unlike diving headfirst into an enormous vat of hot chocolate. First the heat covers every inch of your skin, then it fills your lungs. Within seconds you are covered head to toe in sweat, and the only sound that comes to your lips is “Waahhugh.” (more…)

Three Two-Minute Speeches About Faulkner’s As I Lay Dying

By V Formers Alex von Campe, Luke Chiasson, and William D’Angelo


You’re at the hospital. Your mother, lying on her deathbed. She’s been sick for over a week now. The doctor went in to treat her just moments ago. He comes out, and his face says it all. The treatment didn’t work. She’s dead. Well, she was dying anyways. It wasn’t the treatment that killed her, right? She would not have lasted much longer, at least the good doctor tried. But your mother is dead and you can’t help but place some (more…)

Why Crew? Crew Builds. . .

By Liz Cavanaugh ’04, Associate Director of Admission & Girls’ Varsity Crew Head Coach

Bad weather. Physically and mentally grueling practices. The Erg. Travelling to and from practices. The year-round commitment. The six minutes of torture called “racing.” The unisuit. The muddy, marshy riverbanks. The long bus rides home every April and May Saturday night. The destroyed, bleeding, blistered hands.

Why crew? Because of what it builds. . . (more…)

Doodling and the Mind: Drawing Your Attention

By Samantha Wilson, English Faculty

IMG_1179I’ve been a doodler as long as I can remember, and for just as long, I’ve been accused of not paying attention. I even wrote a piece about it for my elementary school newsletter entitled “It’s OK to Doodle” or something to that effect. Basically I’ve been defending doodling and explaining that I AM listening and paying attention for a long time now. I’ve been claiming for decades that this type of multitasking is not an indication that the mind has wandered off topic, and there is finally strong evidence to support my position. (more…)