Montrose welcomes hundreds to Homecoming Weekend, bringing together students, faculty, staff, families, alumnae and friends.
Students kicked off the festive weekend with a spirited pep rally on Friday. The girls erupted grade by grade into the gym, holding class banners high, greeted by a line of cheering faculty and students.
Spirit soared with cheers led by Athletic Director Julie Ruggieri, the Maverick mascot and leaders of the white and red team. After an hour of activities - including a rousing game of “Human Hungry, Hungry Hippo” - students were “pepped and prepped” to support their peers as Montrose hosted a varsity cross country meet and field hockey game.
Students indulged in savory food-truck fare (provided by Roxy’s Grilled Cheese Truck) and s’mores at the second annual “Mix, Mingle and Marshmallows”, then danced it off to music from DJ Kevin Convery P ‘19, ‘22. “I loved the Friday night dancing with my friends!” Neha Sunkara ‘21 told The Looking Glass. Later, the M&M building transformed into a Beer Garden for the grown-ups, who enjoyed a serene evening sponsored by Sam Adams.
The fun continued on Saturday. With temperatures reaching 85 degrees, the weather was perfect for all the outdoor activities: a corn hole competition, bouncy house, inflatable twister, and face painting. The heat did not slow the Mavs down: varsity soccer defeated Bradford Christian Academy and varsity volleyball battled fiercely in a close game against longtime rival Chapel Hill-Chauncey Hall. Saturday night offered a special opportunity for alumnae to gather and reminisce, drawing graduates from more than 15 classes.
“The energy and spirit throughout the weekend was contagious from the students, athletes, alumnae, family, friends, faculty and staff,” Athletic Director Julie Ruggieri told The Looking Glass. “A great reminder of what makes our community so special!”
Homecoming concluded on Sunday morning with the 40th Anniversary Mass, concelebrated by Rev. John Grieco, Chaplain, Rev. Jeff Langan, Assistant Chaplain, and Deacon Fred Horgan. The Mass honored the memory of Montrose founders and alumnae who have been called home to heaven.