Celebrate Your Authentic Self.
Molly Ianniello ’21’s smiling, laughing, genuine self is front and center everywhere—on the lacrosse and hockey fields, on stage for the Middle School musical, in math class or serving as an Honor Board representative. Her authenticity made her transition from a coed to an all-girls' school seamless. “I could be myself right away and ask all the questions I wanted to,” she explains. “Everyone is super-friendly and encouraging.” Just like Molly.
Dive Into Your Passions.
Writer, runner, scientist and community volunteer. Sofia Maranto ’16 is all of these every day. Whether captaining the Indoor Track team and volunteering on a Cheyenne reservation or working in cutting-edge cardiac research through GFS’s Women in Science and Engineering (WISE) program at Johns Hopkins, Sofia dives into her passions, takes chances and speaks her mind.
Embrace Challenges & Community.
Rashiya Howell ’21 is a pro at engineering new solutions to help others--on the Robotics team, in STEM clubs and across campus. As the only 6th grader on the 2015 Middle School “A” Basketball team, she quickly gelled with older players to win games. She’s at her best, though, offering a kind word or sharing a smile, qualities that earned her a Citizenship Award—an honor inspired by her teachers and friends.
“The feeling of being on a Garrison Forest team is like no other. My teammates are my family,” says Tessa Evarts ’18, Varsity Field Hockey goalie and Junior Varsity Lacrosse player. She feels the same sense of home as a boarder, living with girls from across the globe. Sports, boarding, support of friends and teachers and an all-girls’ environment give Tessa the confidence to tackle anything.
Explore All Possibilities.
Award-winning violinist Fiona Cunninghame-Murray ’20 also plays classical piano, guitar, ukulele, trumpet, Irish drum and tin whistle, but at Garrison Forest, she’s much more than “the musician.” She’s a Tennis and Field Hockey player, Irish dancer, yearbook member, filmmaker, kind friend and enthusiastic learner. “GFS encourages me to be who I am,” she says. “You can be any type of student here or invent your own.”
Ignite Your Potential.
Finding new ideas and innovative ways of solving problems is part of the magic of the Lower School. It happens each day, in class and on the playground, one-on-one with a teacher or working and laughing with friends. The real magic, though, is watching a girl discover just how far her mind, spunk and sense of self will carry her.
Learn to Lead in Life.
Joo Eun Lee ’13 learned to lead at Garrison Forest. As an international boarder from Korea, she was boarding president, residential life leader and, as a senior, vice president of the school. And she embraced every opportunity offered at Garrison Forest, from Forum and a Jenkins Fellowship to the Women in Science and Engineering (WISE) program. Now at Smith College, her GFS lessons are hardwired: “I found the courage there to become the driver of my life, not a person who takes a backseat.”