SCA Online News
December 2020
Alma Matters
Alumna Lauren Paylor '10 brings holiday cheer 
with virtual night of making cocktails

Lauren Paylor '10, a mixologist and bartender, brought the holidays to alumnae, staff and friends (all over 21) virtually by teaching them how to make several cocktails for their own festivities this holiday season. 

Dozens were whipping eggs, using shakers, and sharing laughs as they created their cocktails. Lauren kept the atmosphere light, sharing her tricks for how to make the same cocktails nonalcoholic and how to make substitutions for ingredients based on what you have available.

Lauren was most recently a bartender at Silver Lyan at the Riggs DC Hotel in Washington, D.C. She has also served as lead bartender of Eat The Rich, Southern Efficiency and Mockingbird Hill. Lauren is also co-founder and owner of Focus On Health, a company focused on health and wellness for food and beverage employees.

Watch for future virtual events in the Circle the Date section of this newsletter.
Around SCA
Soccer Pro Toriana Patterson
visits physical education classes

Toriana Patterson, a retired professional soccer player and New York native who played in last year's Women's World Cup in France, representing the Jamaican national team, made a surprise visit to several SCA physical education classes to share her sports journey and answer questions.

Janika Hawthorne '05, dance and physical education teacher, says the pandemic has caused her to change parts of her regular curriculum while teaching hybrid/virtual classes this semester. Patterson joined classes as they worked on a unit addressing "Gender in Sports," which has covered everything from the gender pay gap in elite sports to prominent female sports figures.

"Students were given a homework assignment to imagine themselves as sports journalists sitting across from a woman in professional sports," Hawthorne says. "I asked them to submit five interview questions they would see in their notes as they look down before starting the interview."

The next day they had the chance to put those questions to good use when Patterson visited their classes. A vocal leader of the team, Patterson has been speaking out about the women's team not being paid according to contract, and unfair treatment compared to their men's team. 
SCA decks the halls for Christmas

SCA showed their holiday spirit by continuing their annual tradition of decorating the halls, doors and more for the Christmas season.

Watch the video of the students' art inspired by winter and the holidays.
Christmas Toy Drive brings joy to the givers and receivers

 500 toys and books were donated by administration, faculty, staff, students and alumnae.  The toys and books (sampling seen above) were sent to multiple organizations to distribute to their clients. Kerry Schmid, dean of student life and athletic director, who coordinated the drive says, "We wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!  Thank you for helping us to show our Mercy spirit."
Student Spotlight

Samantha Huerta '21, selected as a QuestBridge Scholar,
earns full four-year scholarship to Boston College

Samantha Huerta '21 is one of 1,464 seniors in the nation to be selected as a QuestBridge Scholar for 2020. The national program connects high-achieving high school seniors from low-income backgrounds with full four-year scholarships to the nation's top colleges. 

Samantha, who was chosen from a pool of more than 18,500, will attend Boston CollegeMatch Scholarship Recipients are admitted early to QuestBridge college partners with full four-year scholarships that are provided by the colleges and universities, ensuring for these students and their families that an education at a top college can be affordable.

"The achievements of our 2020 Match Scholarship Recipients are particularly exceptional in the midst of a year marked by challenging circumstances." said Ana McCullough, CEO and Co-Founder of QuestBridge. "The fact that our college partners awarded a record number of scholarships this year bolsters our hope for a brighter, more equitable future."

Samantha is among an elite group of seniors who have an average unweighted GPA of 3.93 and 94% rank in the top 10% of their graduating class. More than two thirds of these scholars are among the first generation in their families to attend a four-year college in the United States.
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