This year, I danced for the fourth time in the annual Friends Seminary Dancer’s Responding to AIDS concert. Being able to dance this final time as a high school senior, performing a solo I choreographed in tribute to my late grandmother Carmen, was extraordinarily rewarding and special. I have loved dance ever since being a part of a gymnastics team and competing at a high level throughout middle school, and having the opportunity to continue to take the dance I had learned as a gymnast and perform for my peers and teachers always meant so much to me. This year, being involved in fund-raising for this amazing cause once again and doing so through one of my passions, dance, was an incredible experience. Being able to express my love and appreciation for my grandmother through my dance while at the same time contributing to such an important cause made this service experience the most rewarding and meaningful for me to date. I will miss being a part of this incredible concert in the years to come after my graduation, but I know that I will be back to visit and watch my peers continue this incredible Friends Seminary service tradition.
This year, I joined a girl’s coalition called Stop Slut with the other sophomores Willa CT, Soren Grunder, and Dana Franco. In a series of meetings, girls from all around New York and New Jersey gathered to talk about issues such as Slut shaming and bullying, rape culture, and sex trafficking, as well as brainstorming ways that girls and boys alike, here in NYC, can make a difference. Not only did all the girls in the coalition meet to learn about and discuss these important issues, but we were all also assigned projects targeted at teaching and inspiring others to start thinking about these concepts. For the Friends Seminary project, we decided to begin making our own documentary by interviewing new yorkers through questions relating to slut shaming and rape, and although the project isn’t finished yet, we plan to work on the film more over the summer and hopefully have it completed by next year!
Working on this project and being a part of the Stop Slut coalition taught me so much about issues affecting women and girls alike, not only in our own city, but across the world, as well as it helped me with my collaboration abilities and work planning. I am so fortunate to have been given this opportunity to work with such amazing girls and women, as well as with Meg Mclnerny and Katherine Cappiello, the founders of the coalition and directors of the Stop Slut the play, and I hope that in the near future our project and the work of all the Stop Slut coalition can be shown to the Friends Community.