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Blue Key Student Tour Guide

Blue Key, the student club that provides campus tours for prospective students and their families, offers a look into life at Dana Hall through the eyes of a current student. It allows students to share their experiences and love for Dana with families outside of our community who may be interested in attending Dana Hall. The Blue Key Heads want you to know a little more about their life at Dana Hall.

Ainsley '21

Hometown: Natick, Massachusetts
Sports/activities: Blue Key Tour Guide, Field Hockey, Basketball, Musical Theater, Singing (voice lessons), and the Global Scholars Program.
Courses: AP Biology, AP Language and Composition, Chamber Singers, Latin IV/V Honors, Precalculus with Applications, and U.S. History.
Favorite class: This is a really hard question because I love all of my classes, whether it’s academic, artistic, or athletic. But if I have to choose, I really liked Literature and Composition 2. I learned so much through reading (and listening) about different places in the world and demonstrating my knowledge in many forms (quizzes, podcasts, or essays).
Favorite Dana Hall School tradition: My favorite tradition is Cabaret, which is basically a talent show that the 9th graders put on. I sang “Perfect” by Ed Sheeran with my friends, who played piano and ukulele. It was so much fun and an important moment for me.
Special person at Dana: I’m very lucky to go to a school with such special, incredible, and important people. However, my voice teacher, Ms. Kinas is someone who is really important to me. She always makes me feel more relaxed, and she has played an instrumental role in helping me improve my skills.
Best Dana moment: My best Dana moment was when I found out that my younger sister would be joining me at Dana. Even though we were only at different schools for one year, I was so excited to go to the same school with her again.
Best part about an all-girls environment: I love the all-girls environment because it is a supportive and empowering one that cultivates a sense of leadership and strength in each student. Also, the community is very close and connected, allowing each student to feel important.
Why did you choose Dana: I chose Dana because it is a perfect balance. I am able to challenge myself and grow in all of my interests. Throughout my Dana experience, I always go back to a conversation my mom had with another parent at the beginning of my freshman year. She said that Dana stretches its girls but doesn’t break them. I think that encapsulates Dana’s environment well because while it’s challenging, there are several helpful resources, which is an important aspect of a school.

Alli '20

Hometown:  Wellesley, Mass.
Sports/activities: Cross Country, Blue Key Tour Guide, Swimming, Independent Athlete (Track and Field)
Courses: Algebra 2 with Applications, Molecular Biology, French 2 honors, AP US History, Literature and Composition 3, Ceramics
Favorite class: My favorite class during my time at Dana has been East Asian Studies! I had never learned about that region in the world and it was refreshing as well as extremely interesting.  The teacher was very passionate about the class and the topics we discussed, so it made the experience even better!
Favorite Dana Hall School tradition: My favorite Dana Hall School tradition so far has been Senior Sophomore! It was really fun being part of a tradition that I had been looking forward to since I first learned about it in 8th grade!
Special person at Dana: Dr. Keely, my freshman English teacher! Although I haven’t had classes with her since my freshman year, Dr. Keely continues to be a source of inspiration for me personally as well as academically.
Best Dana moment: My favorite Dana moment was during homecoming freshman year.  My fellow teammate and I were at the front of the pack in our cross-country race against our rival, NCDS, and as we approached the final stretch we held hands and crossed the finish line together! It was an experience that I will never forget!
Best part about an all-girls environment: The best part about an all-girls environment is the confidence you gain.  I came to Dana with the mentality that I should refrain from speaking up in class and advocating for myself.  However, I learned that speaking up in class and asking questions enhanced my learning experiences and made me feel powerful!  I have gained so much confidence at Dana that I feel like I could lead a class!
Why did you choose Dana: I chose Dana because the community was welcoming and a place where I felt like I could confidently be myself.  The moment I stepped on campus for my tour I felt like I was home. I could see myself becoming a strong woman who my younger self would be proud of.  Dana is, and continues to be, a place where I am comfortable to express my opinion and reach my goals!

Jocelyn '20

Hometown:  Concord, Mass.
Sports/activities: Field Hockey, Blue Key Tour Guide, Star Club (Advancement Office), Focus (Yearbook), Tech Theatre
Courses: AP U.S History, AP Language and Composition, Latin IV/V Honors, Molecular Biology, and Precalculus with Applications
Favorite class: My favorite class in the Upper School is Middle Eastern Studies. Ms. Siemon has been teaching the class forever, and she knows it all. I was able to learn the history of an area of the world that is constantly discussed in everyday life, and I now feel able to participate in those conversations. My favorite Middle School class was seventh-grade science. It was a great introduction to biology and it got me excited about science in the Upper School.
Favorite Dana Hall School tradition: Senior Sophomore! It is such a fun tradition to take part in and to watch. It really bonds the sophomore and senior classes.
Special person at Dana: I can't pick one!!!! I have been at Dana for six years and I have made connections with so many teachers and coaches. They all support me and help make my Dana experience a positive one. Whether that be my Middle School advisors or my social studies teacher, I have never felt alone at Dana.
Best Dana moment: Harbor Cruise in sixth grade. That day was special because it was my first time on the boat and it was my sister's last. I was able to see her dressed in her class colors dancing with her friends on one of their first days of senior year. It gave me something to look forward to and people to look up to.
Best part about an all-girls environment: Seeing girls run down the hallway shouting every day. This may sound unsafe, but we are a loud and enthusiastic bunch and because it is just girls here, we are able to express it.
Why did you choose Dana: I chose Dana because the second I stepped on campus I felt suddenly connected to every single other girl here. I finally understood what my sister meant when she said that Dana is special.

Mikayla '21

Hometown:  Douglasville, Georgia
Sports/activities: Soccer, Softball, Blue Key Tour Guide, S.H.A.D.E.S (multicultural club)
Courses: Algebra 2 with Applications, Spanish 2 Honors, Literature and Composition 2, Principles of Engineering, Studio Art, African Studies, Chemistry
Favorite class:  My favorite class is African Studies!  This class is taught by Ms. Panahi and it squashes the misperceptions of Africa, which I love.  It can sometimes be difficult, but you learn a whole lot.
Favorite Dana Hall School tradition: Harbor Cruise. Harbor Cruise is a tradition that Dana does every year at the end of the first week of school. All grades 5 through 12 get on a boat and we have a party! We dance, take pictures, and eat lots of food. It's a good time to make new friends.
Special person at Dana: MY SISTER! She is a junior and she helps me with everything!
Best Dana moment: When my soccer team and I got our first win!
Best part about an all-girls environment: It’s so easy to focus. It is also more fun to do things such as play sports, and speak up in class without feeling like you are in a male's shadow.
Why did you choose Dana: Dana had the technology, sports, and the rigorous academics that I was looking for.
 

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Campus Tour

The best way to find out what makes Dana Hall so special is to visit our beautiful campus and see for yourself! These images share a sneak preview of what you can expect to see on your tour.

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  • Saliba Courtyard

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  • Vietta

    "Dana offers many great opportunities including a trip to South Africa every other year. I never in my wildest dreams thought I’d be visiting South Africa, let alone with some of my closest friends. The trip enabled us to interact with real South Africans as they experienced their real lives, an opportunity I could never have had as a tourist."
    -Vietta