Imagine a school wholeheartedly dedicated to creating a learning experience around the unique needs and passions of each student. That’s Greenhills. In intensely smart classes, our teachers push students to know the depth of what they’re truly capable of — from Jazz and 2D Design to Conceptual Physics.
In 2010, Lauren Santucci joined Greenhills as a sophomore hoping to find a strong arts program. She enrolled in Rob Kinnaird’s photography class, which she loved and finds that to this day, it still shapes many of her interests. In her final year at Greenhills, Lauren produced a short documentary film for her senior project. Fast forward seven years and she is the co-producer of Growing Up Poor in America, a PBS FRONTLINE documentary on child poverty in America in the time of COVID-19. It is the first in a series of documentaries from FRONTLINE addressing issues facing American democracy in the runup to the November election. After graduating from Greenhills in 2013, Lauren earned her undergraduate degree in art history and international relations at The University of St. Andrews in Scotland. During her time there, she took a wide variety of liberal arts courses, including the history of photography, human rights and conflict, and refugee issues. In the midst of the Syrian refugee crisis in 2016, she also spent time in Greece and Serbia working with refugees, at one point serving as the coordinator of a kitchen that produced nearly 3,000 meals per day for refugees, many of whom were involved in the food preparation. When she returned to the United States after college, she wanted to use photography to tell stories she felt needed to be shared with the broader community. She volunteered at a shelter in Detroit where she got to know asylum seekers from sub-Saharan Africa, many of whom were waiting for years to be granted asylum. As some left the shelter to begin work, Lauren followed them telling their stories in photography. That work and more can be seen on Lauren’s website. In December 2019, Lauren was contacted by a colleague who had produced a documentary film on child poverty in the United Kingdom. That film caught the attention of PBS, which wanted a similar film about child poverty in the U.S. Lauren was asked to co-produce the film with a small team where she says she was able to learn on the job. Throughout her work on the film, Lauren was also studying photojournalism as part of a master's degree program at Ohio University. She expects to complete the program in 2021, and continue her work as a photojournalist and documentary film producer. Written by Teresa Casey, Director of Alumni Relations
With the support of 85 donor gifts, Greenhills School moves into the final lap of the Greenhills at 50 Capital campaign – the comprehensive renovation of Towsley Field and surrounding track. This third phase of the campaign provides a new and enlarged all-season, multi-sport playing field, surrounded by an eight-lane, Olympic style track for our athletes and health and wellness students to sharpen their skills and develop lifelong fitness habits. Launched in May, this centerpiece of the Greenhills athletic campus will be completed later this fall and be ready for action for all future soccer, field hockey, lacrosse, and track and field competitions, and for all Greenhills students who want to run and play outdoors. The Towsley Field renovation follows the completion of the re-imagined Wege Gebhardt Library (2017) and the kitchen expansion/dining room renovation (2018). Together, these Greenhills at 50 campaign initiatives mark an essential commitment to the mind, body, and spirit of our Greenhills community. We are so grateful for the generosity of our donors, who, to-date, have helped fund approximately one-third of the campaign’s $6 million-plus construction investment to keep Greenhills on track for lasting success. Written by Paul Gargaro, Director of Advancement
By Betsy Ellsworth, Director of College Counseling at Greenhills School As if the process of considering and applying for colleges doesn’t feel overwhelming enough for students and parents, COVID-19 has added an extra variable that is leaving many feeling uncertain about what to do. College Counseling departments like ours have continued to communicate with colleges across the country, and we want to share with you some of the things we’ve learned. The silver lining is that it’s not all gloom and doom. While COVID-19 has brought a level of uncertainty about the immediate future, students are also seeing new opportunities that didn’t exist just weeks ago.
Times of crisis can bring out the best of humanity. Although the scope of this pandemic is uncertain, one constant has been the overwhelming outpouring of generosity. Whether working on the frontlines, sewing masks, donating blood or checking-in on elderly neighbors, there are many stellar moments of selflessness.
According to Hamlet the “play’s the thing.” He couldn’t be more firm in his conviction that the actual performance of a text has the power to clarify and even rectify. Taking this instruction to heart the Shakespeare on Love Senior Seminar headed to Chicago so that they might better study the transition of the Bard’s work from page to stage. The object of their study, Romeo and Juliet as performed by the world famous Chicago Shakespeare Theater.
And we do our very best to draw it out daily. On average, any two people have 99.9% identical DNA. That means what makes you you is what comes from that remaining 0.1%. At Greenhills, we've crafted our entire 6th- through 12th-grade experience (and our approach to teaching) to unleash the full power of that 0.1%. So you can go out into the world — uniquely and confidently you. A one-of-a-kind work of art with the ability to do anything you set your very distinctive brain to.