On Monday, September 11th, the Vivian Webb School gathered at its namesake Vivian Webb Chapel and welcomed the newly enrolled students in a ceremony dating back 36 years. Since the inception of Vivian Webb School in 1981, every new student has been invited to sign their name in a leather-bound enrollment book. Signing one’s name in this book symbolizes two milestones: that each young woman of VWS has chosen to become a member of the community; and, that they are committed to the schools’ Honor Code, values, and traditions.
Sarah Lantz, Dean of Students for VWS, retold the story of the very first signing in ceremony on September 11, 1981. “…the first ceremony was held at the entrance to the campus center. Thirty-four girls signed the book; 18 freshmen and 16 sophomores. At the ceremony, Howell Webb, Head of Schools at the time, told the crowd, ‘At long last, Vivian Webb has her daughters.’ Classes officially began on September 14, 1981.”
In total, 68 new students signed the enrollment book last Monday evening: two juniors, six sophomores, and 60 freshmen.
Coleen Martinez ’86 was the honored guest speaker for the evening. She recalled how hard she and her classmates worked in order to prove themselves amongst a previously all-male school.
A formal dinner in the Price Dining Hall followed the ceremony. A full gallery from the evening is below.
Eshaana Sheth ’10 describes her short film, "The Butter Knife" as "a snapshot of modern, intercultural dating." It has won Best Romantic Comedy at the Los Angeles Film Awards and Top Shorts online film festival so far.
In this fascinating article in The Atlantic, writer Jeffrey Selingo dives into the argument many economists, educators, and work-force development professionals are making today--our education in early life does not seem sufficient for the needs of our 21st century economy. The third wave, as he describes, will be one of continual training and education and retraining. Read more in The Atlantic.
Alumni, family and friends are invited to join Head of Schools Taylor Stockdale and special guests for three events this April in New York City (April 11), Philadelphia (April 12) and London, England (April 14).
Once again, Webb athletes had a strong showing across the board during the 2018 winter season. Led by WSC soccer, which finished the season League Champions and with a deep run into CIF, both VWS and WSC athletics posted very positive results. VWS Water Polo also finished its league play in second place.
“It is always great each season to not only see our athletes and teams be successful on the field of play, but to see them learn and grow as individuals and part of a community,” said Director of Athletics Steve Wishek.