For Middle School Athletic Director Margaret Sweatman, sports and athletics have played a large and important role throughout her life, from growing up in a large family to competing professionally in adulthood to her new role at Oakcrest. Mother of Grace ’25, Ryan ’26, and Kate ’29, Mrs. Sweatman brings a passion for women’s sports and a love of the game to the Oakcrest athletic department.
In the 10th grade at Oakcrest, the curriculum and Grade Level Experiences seek to form the students as “lovers of beauty and goodness.” The Creating Beauty Project is designed to encourage students to spend their time well by challenging them to take up a hobby that allows them to create something beautiful and learn something new.
In the sixth grade at Oakcrest, one of the first books the students read in English is the beloved novel Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery. As the students finish the book, they enjoy a beautiful tea hosted by sixth grade English teachers Mrs. Stephanie Passero and Ms. Anna Cipollone ’17.
The Class of 2024 was honored in a special Junior Ring Ceremony on October 18. A longstanding Oakcrest tradition, the Junior Ring Ceremony seeks to bring the class together as they reflect on how their Oakcrest experience has shaped them thus far, and how they will soon be entrusted with the leadership of the school once the Seniors graduate.
Oakcrest is pleased to announce the Upper School Fall Theatre Production, Rodgers and Hammerstein’s The Sound of Music. The musical is based on the story of the Von Trapp Family in Austria in the wake of World War II. Performances will take place on November 4 and November 5 at 7:00 pm at Richard J. Ernst Theater in Annandale.
In front of her family, peers, and faculty at Oakcrest School, Gabby Byrne ’22 signed to play lacrosse at Christopher Newport University. Gabby will join the CNU Lacrosse team this coming year as a defense/midfield player.
Oakcrest School is pleased to congratulate Amelia Cho ‘24 on her first-place win at the First Annual Virginia Independent Schools Athletic Association (VISAA) Girls State Invitational Golf Tournament held on May 11, 2022 at Meadowbrook Country Club in Richmond, Virginia.
In its initiative to incorporate the work of local artists to promote an appreciation for the role of wonder and delight in beauty, Oakcrest School commissioned local Virginia painter Sue Braswell to produce a painting of “The Morning Ferry” for the office of the Head of School, Dr. Mary T. Ortiz. The oil painting depicts a ferry taking people to Monhegan Island off the coast of Maine in the morning hours.
Michele (Casey ‘99) Bueno was recently elected as President of the Oakcrest School Board of Directors. She is the first alumna to serve as President of the Board and the second alumna to serve on the Board of Directors.
As the winter sports season comes to a close, Oakcrest School’s Varsity Basketball team is celebrating a historic season. From playing in the Virginia Independent Schools Athletic Association (VISAA) Division II State Championships to racking up impressive individual athletic accomplishments, the Chargers made this a year to remember.
“We really care for the students personally, and that’s very unique,” Mrs. Allen said. “We’re here because we believe in the students. There is an atmosphere of caring for each other, for the students, and for their families.” This is what she said keeps her coming back year after year, how the faculty and staff are not perfect, but they’re truly attempting to live out Christian charity in a profound way.
“The mentoring program is an essential part of the mission, and it is the fundamental aspect of the school that makes us so unique,” Mary Ann Messenger, Upper School Director of Mentoring and theology teacher, says. “It is dedicated to helping the girl grow and develop as a whole person. While other schools have advisory programs, it’s very different from what we have – one-on-one mentoring where the mentor puts forth a tremendous amount of effort to get to know her mentee on all levels: to help her grow in virtue as a person, as a friend, as a student, as a daughter, as a sister. The results of mentoring here are so tangible, and you see that in the girls.”
For Science Teacher Ana Rose Soley, something she noticed about Oakcrest upon visiting was the joy. Not just the joy among the students, but among the faculty and staff as well. “I love the joy,” she said. “The engagement in learning is evident for both the teachers and the students.”
Throughout her time at Oakcrest, Terri Collins estimates that she has commuted from her home in Silver Spring, Maryland the equivalent mileage of a cross-country drive not just once, but 19 times. Associate Head of School and Director of Parent Support are just two of the positions she has held over the past two decades at Oakcrest, including teacher, Director of Admissions, front office, development, alumnae relations, member of the Board of Directors, and mother of four Oakcrest graduates: Lucy ‘11, Helen ‘14, Audrey ‘16 Goodwin, and Jill ‘17 Burtis.
When asked how Oakcrest formed her, Alessandra Christiani ‘11 says that above all else, Oakcrest taught her how to think critically and deeply. She calls this “the most useful skill in my life, both in work and in my personal life.”
Lily James’s journey to becoming a Division I track athlete started during her days as an Oakcrest Charger. “Running has always been a huge part of my life since I started on the Oakcrest track team in sixth grade,” Lily ‘19, who runs for the University of Virginia, explains. “It's been a blessing to continue to grow as an athlete in college.”
Keira ‘25 became an Oakie in seventh grade. “I chose Oakcrest, because I wanted an education that both promoted and increased confidence in myself and focused on the educational aspect of school,” she says.
Since graduating from Oakcrest in 2015, Giorgina Agostini has embarked on an exciting journey to pursue her passion for public policy and advocacy. It’s a journey that has taken her everywhere from The College of William and Mary to Spain, and now to the halls of our nation’s Capitol, where she will be working on the Republican staff of the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission, a bipartisan caucus in the House of Representatives that is in charge of "promoting, defending and advocating for international human rights as enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and other relevant human rights instruments."