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Alumni News – 12.20.19



Dear GHCDS Families and Friends,

After a busy week filled with joyful holiday concerts, festive class parties and challenging midterm exams, we are all ready for some time off to enjoy our families and friends, as well as all of the unique and beautiful events of the Crucian holiday season. 

On Friday, the Annual Alumni Brunch brought former students back to campus to enjoy the company of their peers and to visit with faculty and staff. The Brunch, hosted by the Student Council under the advisory team of Sra. Capriola and Laurie Dunton, featured a buffet of delicious food and drink. The Tri-M Music Society, Mrs. Thompson advising, provided the entertainment. Following, the Alumni Panel, comprised of alumni from the Class of 2019, offered current high school students the opportunity to hear with a fresh perspective about life in college. Please see the pictures below.

I hope the break will provide the chance for everyone to reflect on the past year with fond memories and to greet the New Year with renewed energy and optimism. May the holiday spirit fill your homes and the New Year ring in health and prosperity! 

Yours sincerely,

Bill Bugg, Head of School, Good Hope Country Day School

Nancy Thatcher, Director of College Counseling, Good Hope Country Day School

Around Campus:

2019 Alumni Brunch

2019 Alumni Panel



Congratulations Nesha Christian-Hendrickson, CDS’00- elected  President of the Virgin Islands Bar Association 2020!

Nesha graciously accepts the honor stating, “In the last two days I experienced so many emotions, but the one that I feel the most strongly is pride! I hope in my role as President of the Virgin Islands Bar Association in 2020, I can assist our members in the areas of wellness, ethics and civility. Also, I think our new Board is off to a great start. Thank you for all the well wishes and votes of confidence, I will do my best to make you all proud!”



Congratulations to TWO of our very own Queens participating in the 67th Annual Miss St. Croix Festival Queen Pageant! We wish them both well!

The 67th Annual Miss St. Croix Festival Queen Pageant will be held at Island Center for the Performing Arts.  SATURDAY DECEMBER 21, 2019 6:00PM Sharp!

Izani Rosa, GHCDS’17

Izhani Rosa. A 20-year-old Junior at The University of Tampa with a double major in Psychology & Spanish. Her favorite Movie is The Little Rascals. She loves Dancing & Acting. Her favorite beauty Queen is Rachel Peters.








Allayeah johnBaptiste, GHCDS’ 14

Miss John-Baptiste is a 23 year old graduate of Iona College where she earned a Bachelor’s degree of Art and Sciences in Political Science. Her Favorite Movies are “Dreamgirls”, “Poetic Justice” & “Breakfast at Tiffany’s”. She Loves to Dance, Act and play the Piano. Her favorite beauty Queens are Janelle Commissiong & Chelsi Smith.








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Mini-gusto XLIII is coming soon!

Dear GHCDS Families and Friends,

Perhaps the most eagerly anticipated annual event in the middle and upper schools (okay, second to Orange, White and Blue Day!), Mini-gusto is GHCDS’s weeklong, out-of-the-classroom, experiential learning opportunity. Every March, new activities, travel opportunities and meaningful internship and community service projects are offered to students in 7th – 12th grade. By far the most revered memory of our alumni (okay, second to Orange, White and Blue Day), Mini-gusto provides the chance for our students to explore, engage and serve within our school, our community and the world.

Mini-gusto is a collaborative undertaking. Members of our school family and our greater island community come forward to offer work-place experiences; exposure to activities particular to our island environment; service projects to enhance our community; thought-provoking explorations of world cultures, art and food; and skill-building, craft making, and physical training activities. Travel abroad trips, college visits and individualized programs often take place. In the past Mini-gusto has included campus and community mural painting, business and technology internships, explorations of the history of “west,” vegetarian cooking, golf and tennis, travel to Spain and France, a service trip to Haiti, soap-making and so much more.

As we strive to build on Mini-gusto each year, I offer this appeal to you: Do you have a meaningful or fun opportunity to offer our students? Can your business introduce a career to a high school student? Could your love of history or botany provide a meaningful week of learning to some middle school children? Do you know how to speak American Sign Language or how to quilt? Are you aware of a service project that would benefit from a group of students working on it for a week? Mini-gusto XLIII will take place the week of March 9 – 13, 2020.

Over the past 42 Mini-gusto years, our school has been extremely proud of and grateful to the school and community members who have come forward to create amazing and unforgettable opportunities for our students.  I look forward to meeting with that same commitment and enthusiasm this year. Please feel free to contact me for further information or feel free to complete the attached Proposal Form 2020 Internship right now!

With gratitude,

Nancy Thatcher

Coordinator, Mini-gusto




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