Maryvale freshmen bond through student-led class retreat

Maryvale’s youngest Upper Schoolers spent the day enriching their already strong sisterhood through an off-campus class retreat. Organized and led by seniors in Maryvale’s 1804 Peer Ministry and Leadership course, the retreat served as an opportunity for the members of the Class of 2020 to connect with their sisters on a spiritual level and learn more about each other outside of the classroom. The gathering also afforded the accompanying seniors many opportunities to implement their leadership skills and address the freshmen about the importance of using their faith to help guide their personal journey. The day was filled with fun team-building activities as well as meditation breaks, where the girls could reflect on their time at Maryvale and pray for the many exciting events that they will experience as a class in the future.

Maryvale community welcomes Lent with Ash Wednesday Liturgy

Maryvale students, faculty and staff gathered on March 1, Ash Wednesday, in McCarthy Theater to celebrate Mass and welcome the Lenten season. The Liturgy, which was organized by Upper Schoolers in the 1804 Peer Ministry and Leadership course, featured inspirational messages and moving student contributions. At the conclusion of Mass, the Maryvale community was called to embrace this important spiritual journey – a time of simplicity, meditation, humility and attentiveness – leading up to Easter and use the ashes to remember God’s constant presence and unconditional love. Students, faculty and staff were also invited to participate in Maryvale’s Lenten commitment of fulfilling intentional acts every day, which is directly connected to the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur Lenten campaign.

Heather Harvison '89 inspires Maryvale Leadership students

Maryvale’s Upper School Leadership students welcomed alumna Heather Harvison ’89, founder and executive director of Sisters Circle, and led an interactive interview session. In her role, Heather is responsible for development and fundraising, board relations, communications and marketing, and overall strategic direction and leadership for her nonprofit organization. Throughout her presentation, she referred to the importance of retaining excellent written and verbal communication skills as well as self-confidence and discipline. Heather is one of many Maryvale alumnae who often come back to campus and speak to the girls about their incredible academic, personal and professional experiences.

Maryvale faculty learns the latest in education at NAIS Conference

Maryvale faculty members put their own lesson plans aside for the day and attended the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) Conference in Baltimore. Through Maryvale’s mission, “Learn. Lead. Succeed. Educating Young Women for Life,” administrators and teachers also regularly challenge themselves to be innovative educational leaders and reach new professional heights. Every faculty member participated in a variety of workshops during the conference and gained valuable tools and skills to bring the latest trends in education back to Maryvale.

Leadership Institute: Haley Scott DeMaria addresses Maryvale

The entire Maryvale community gathered in McCarthy Theater and welcomed Haley Scott DeMaria, who shared her incredible story about overcoming unimaginable obstacles and remaining faithful and resilient. Haley, a former all-star swimmer for the University of Notre Dame, became paralyzed her freshman year of college as a result of a tragic bus accident in January of 1992. After enduring multiple dangerous surgeries, intense physical therapy and daily hardships, she overcame all odds, even after she began preparing for life in a wheelchair, and walked back to the pool. However, Haley’s message to Maryvale was about more than working hard to return to doing the things we love. She shared the importance of using the power of personal choice to deal with situations that cannot be changed and sharing those gifts to help lift others up during times of pain. Thanks to Maryvale’s signature Leadership Institute, Maryvale students are afforded many opportunities to learn from a variety of both local and national leaders including remarkable, admirable women like Haley Scott DeMaria. 

Maryvale’s Akosua Marfo-Sarbeng ’18 named a Carson Scholar

Maryvale is proud to announce that Akosua Marfo-Sarbeng ’18 has been named a Carson Scholar by the Carson Scholars Fund. With this significant achievement, Akosua will receive a college scholarship as well as recognition during a regional awards banquet. The Carson Scholars Fund is a renowned scholarship award program that honors students across the country who have embraced high levels of academic excellence and community service. Akosua, a member of Maryvale’s Class of 2018, excels in the classroom at both the Honors and Advanced Placement levels. Further, in the summer of 2016, she traveled to Ghana, West Africa, where she spent more than 150 hours in a hospital caring for those suffering from illnesses and helping administer medicine. Her hard work in the classroom, selfless heart and inspiring vision for making a difference prove that she will serve as an incredible leader for many years to come.

Maryvale students earn recognition from 'Love Your Tree' art contest

Congratulations to Maryvale’s Faye Bouyoukas ’22, Julia Harman ’18 and Isabella Sayan ’22, who received awards for their inspirational submissions to the “Love Your Tree” poster competition. The annual “Love Your Tree” campaign, sponsored by the Center for Eating Disorders at Sheppard Pratt, empowers students of all ages to develop positive body image, improved self-esteem and enhanced media literacy skills. More than 200 students throughout Maryland submitted artwork that portrayed an artistic and creative expression of the campaign themes: acceptance of self and others, body positivity and challenging the media's narrow ideals of beauty. Congratulations to our winners, who were recognized during a special awards banquet.  

High School Division
Julia Harman ’18 – Third Place

Middle School Division
Faye Bouyoukas ’22 – Second Place

Isabella Sayan ’22
 – Honorable Mention

Maryvale Alumnae vs. Varsity Lacrosse Game

All Maryvale lacrosse alumnae are invited to join us on Sunday, April 23 at Maryvale to play against the current varsity team on the school's state-of-the-art turf field. Families are encouraged to attend as well, and following the game, parents, players, friends and alumnae will celebrate together. Click here to register today.

Maryvale alumnae advise current Leadership students

Maryvale’s Leadership students welcomed alumnae Kennedy Hunke ’15 and Rachel Vandegrift ’15, who spoke about how their training through the school’s signature Leadership Institute afforded them incredible opportunities and prepared them for future endeavors. The “Q&A” style program allowed the current Leadership students to ask the guests a variety of questions about how their leadership qualities play a role in their personal and professional lives. Kennedy and Rachel were a part of Maryvale’s inaugural Leadership class in 2014, the year in which the Institute was unveiled. Since its commencement, the Leadership Institute has expanded immensely, sponsoring elite field trips to local corporations, bringing renowned guest speakers to Maryvale and implementing innovative professional development experiences.

Maryvale's Sophie Koch '17 earns national writing award

Maryvale’s Sophie Koch ’17 was awarded a national gold medal in the short story category of the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. Sponsored by the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers, the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards is the nation’s longest-running and most prestigious recognition program for creative teens in grades seven through 12. The organization received more than 330,000 works of art and writing for review this year from students throughout the country. Sophie will be honored as a gold medal winner during the National Ceremony at Carnegie Hall in New York City this June for her exceptional achievements. Sophie’s award-winning short story also will be featured in a nationally recognized publication.

Leadership Institute: Maryvale students welcome CMS directors

Maryvale’s eighth graders and Upper School Leadership students had the privilege of hearing from guest speakers Dennis Wagner and Jeneen Iwugo, who serve as directors for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). Dennis is the director of the CMS Quality Improvement and Innovation Group, and he works alongside Jeneen, who is the deputy director. In their roles, Dennis and Jeneen hold leadership responsibilities in the organization’s efforts to enhance and expand health-related practices and procedures within medical institutions. Dennis and Jeneen’s presentation, which was sponsored by Maryvale’s signature Leadership Institute, encompassed many valuable messages including the importance of motivation, clear communication and perseverance in problem solving.

Eleven Maryvale seniors celebrated for college decisions and awards

Impressive and renowned college acceptances, as well as thousands of dollars in scholarships and awards, continue to arrive for Maryvale’s Class of 2017. The entire Maryvale community honored 11 seniors on Wednesday, March 22 for their college decisions and tremendous accomplishments. Congratulations to the following students on their exciting next steps: Olivia Brigstocke, Bryana Chambers, Stacy Fewster, Allona Henson, Maddie LaLomia, Miranda Lassiter, Hannah Laue, Gracie Marzullo, Emily Noel, Emma Schwartzand Lily Shaffer.

Maryvale's World Languages Dept. honors 14 for academic excellence

Fourteen students were recognized by Maryvale’s World Languages Department before the entire school community for their exceptional academic achievements in French or Spanish classes. Congratulations to the following Upper and Middle School students, who were celebrated as Students of the Month: 


 - Delaney DeVack ’23
 - Ava Lombardo ’22
 - Cameron Logan ’21
 - Lyssa Kagel ’20
 - Sophie Bair ’19
 - Maleah Spicer ’18
 - Stephanie Brocato ’17


 - Hannah Mayne ’23
 - Elena Schmugge ’22
 - Victoria Miller ’21
 - Alexandra DeBus ’20
 - Alexandra Bonicker ’19
 - Isabella Santini ’18
 - Lillian Rothman ’17

Not pictured above: Ava Lombardo ’22, Elena Schmugge ’22 and Alexandra DeBus ’20 

Maryvale community reflects on Lent through Stations of the Cross

Maryvale students, faculty and staff put their work aside and devoted time to participate in Stations of the Cross, where they also reflected on their Lenten journey. Students in the 1804 Peer Ministry and Leadership class led the experience as they depicted Jesus Christ on the day of his crucifixion through imagery and guided the community through accompanying prayers. Following, everyone left McCarthy Theater in silence and tranquility to embrace the opportunity to express gratitude and appreciation.  
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