On March 12, the students took a break from their regularly scheduled classes for our third Journey Day of the school year. Each class experienced a worthwhile day, which included films, discussions, and mentorship activities.
The morning program for freshmen included a screening of Girl Rising, a documentary that focuses on the plight of girls’ education around the world. The film features the stories of girls from Afghanistan, Cambodia, Egypt, Haiti, India, Peru, and Sierra Leone, and the barriers they face in regard to education. After watching the film, Charlotte Gerzanics '18 and Bella Sainz-Portillo '18 led a group discussion with their classmates, and all the freshmen participated in a related art project. In the afternoon, the class performed community-service work at various locations in Monterey County: Dorothy's Kitchen, The Food Bank, Gateway Center, Garland Ranch Regional Park, Robinson Jeffers Tor House, Shelter Outreach, and Shoreline Food Garden.
The sophomores, along with College Counselor Colleen Murray and Assitant Head of Upper School Dr. Kassandra Thompson Brenot '87, spent the day visiting Santa Clara University and University of California, Berkeley. While on the shuttle bus, the group screened the documentary Miss Representation. Through a series of personal stories, news and advertising clips, the film examines the media's effects on gender stereotypes and the unrealistic portrayal of women in mainstream media. Class officers Jordan Gersh '17, Kira Cruz '17, and Anna Hunt '17 led a discussion after the film. Once the group arrived at Santa Clara, they attended a presentation, toured the campus, visited the bookstore, and met up with alumnae Michaela Scanlon '12 and Nicole Corriveau '14. At UC Berkeley, the sophomores took self-guided tours, visited the bookstore, and talked with alumna Hannah Clevenger '14, who shared about her experiences as a student at Cal.
The juniors and seniors spent the morning enjoying a film festival. Junior class officers Amira Attia '16, Jayme Chandler '16, and Hannah Grogin '16 selected the films that were included in the festival: America the Beautiful, Between the Folds, Fed Up, Happy, Living on One Dollar, Marion Stoddart: The Work of 1000, The Mindfulness Movie, Saving Otter 501, Shakespeare Behind Bars, Taking Root: The Vision of Wangari Maathai, Makers: Women in Space, Makers: Women in Business, Makers: Women in Hollywood, and Makers: Women in Politics. After watching the films, senior class president Katherine Kamel '15 moderated a panel discussion of professionals from various career fields. During the discussion, our guests shared their educational and professional wisdom. Many of the panelists spoke of how their education and career paths have not been straightforward, but rather filled with twists and turns. In the afternoon, the guests led small-group mentoring sessions during which the juniors and seniors had the opportunity to ask more detailed questions and get to know the panelists better. We're thankful for the professional insight that the following individuals brought to the program:
- Chloe Dolata, owner of Carmel Belle
- Kathleen Founds '00, English Instructor at Cabrillo College and author of New York Times Notable Book When Mythical Creatures Attack!
- Cynthia Haueter '10, paraprofessional at Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP
- Julia Holmes '03, former teacher and world traveler
- Danyel Kahumoku '10, youth education and advocacy facilitator at YWCA Monterey County
- Cecilia Marihart '89, consultant at Slalom
- Erica Olin Giannini '87, marketing and web development manager at Sierra Instruments
- Ilse Riebe Colby '02, senior designer at Levi Strauss & Co.
- Devin Ryan '10, actress and model
- Carolyn Swanson, founder of Passion Purveyors
- Sofia Teplitzky '05, program operations coordinator at Koru Inc.
- Domenick Allen & Leigh Zimmerman, owners of Monterey Meringues
- Dean of Students Kristi McLaughlin introduced the 2015 Journey Day Panel.
We are pleased to be able to offer Journey Days, which provide learning opportunities beyond traditional classes for our students. Click here to view more photos from the day.