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Note from an alumna

I received this note from an alumna who let me post it here.

I am Susan W. from the class of 1978. I loved most of the teachers at Argyll and have magnificent, fond memories of most of them. At the last reunion, I apologized to Miss Macatee for taking her for granted. She cared about us so much!!! Mrs. Behlmer told me once that the Chanters trip to Hawaii almost killed her. And I thought we were such good girls. We WERE good girls. What a place to be from. It has made a difference in every aspect of my life.

I ended up at Argyll for a couple of reasons. First, I wasn’t very challenged in public school and started asking my parents to send me to boarding school – a military academy, whatever – I didn’t care as long as it was an adventure. My mom looked into several LOCAL private schools (she probably knew I had the potential to kill a teacher if they had to be responsible for me full-time — see Mrs. Behlmer, above). Then, I did stage crew for Damn Yankees at Pierce College and found out that a guy I had a crush on went to Harvard School.

When my mom showed me Argyll, that definitely gave it extra points – along with the fact we didn’t have to take PE (I regret that one). Little did I know that the Harvard guys didn’t even know Argyll existed…sigh. But by the time I figured that out, I was in love with the place. I could be whoever I wanted to be there — try out so many things – in a supportive environment where I knew everyone’s name and they knew me. What a place to be from!!!

THANKS FOR THE MEMORIES!!!!

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I’ve got dozens of electronic clippings about Argyll that I’ll be uploading in the “Scrapbook” section. Today I worked on the 1950s and early 1960s. Here’s an example of one (click on the image for a larger version).

Valley News and Valley Green Sheet, September 25, 1964. My mother knew Elizabeth Hawkins; they were students together at Marlborough School for Girls and Miss Hawkins played some part in helping me get in to Argyll.

Argyll didn’t cost as much as Marlborough, but it was still pricey and my family couldn’t afford the tuition. My sister and I received a financial scholarship to attend, just like many of the other girls. There were wealthy families at Argyll, sure, but nobody ever made a big deal about money.

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Hello, ladies!

At the time of this writing, when I Googled “Argyll Episcopal Academy” I got 5 hits, all of them for one of our most famous alumnae: Regina Jacobs, Olympic competitor.

In fact, if it weren’t for Regina, Argyll would be completely forgotten online. I hope to change that.

This site is free, thanks to WordPress.com. As long as we abide by the terms of service and don’t spam anybody it should stay up for a long, long time.

It’s cleaner and faster than MySpace.com, it’s more private than any social networking site I looked into, and unless we use a lot of disk space and bandwidth it won’t cost us a cent, unlike all of the alumni registration sites I investigated.

My only concern is that you guys might be intimidated by commenting or posting here, because you’re unfamiliar with how it works. If you have any questions, let me know—I’ll be glad to assist.

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