Annie ’23

Day Student, Concord, MA

Annie McGarry poses for her headshot during the "Annual Head Tour Guide Photoshoot" outside the Chapel on Sep. 13, 2021. (Photo by Nicholas Pfosi)

What are you involved with at CA?

At CA I am an Environmental Co-head which means I lead the environmental initiatives around campus. I am on the varsity soccer, lacrosse, and alpine ski teams as well as a staff writer for the Centipede (our school newspaper), an Orientation Leader, a Co-head of GRiT (planning committee of the Gender Representation in Tech Conference), and a Peer Buddy (our new student mentorship program).

Why did you choose CA?

I chose CA because I saw that at CA you are part of a larger community that welcomes and celebrates one another as the students, friends, individuals, artists and athletes that they are. Seeing how much the teachers cared about their classes and students and the joy that students had for their school showed me how CA represented the opportunity to find a community of people who loved to learn and take advantage of “trying out it all” while being surrounded by classmates and friends with shared common values.

How would you describe common trust?

The empathy, respect, and gratitude we share for each other, ourselves, and our school.

What is the best class you’ve taken at CA and why?

My favorite class so far at CA was Native American history with Ed my sophomore year. The class was so participatory, engaged, and thoughtful during our discussions. Our class was brought to life through the dedication of our teacher to creating an interesting and unique curriculum that completely changed how I look at the world’s land uses, American education, the politics of resources, and my own understanding of the world around me. Seeing how passionate Ed was about Native American history and sharing it with us as a class created some of the most thoughtful learning of my time at CA.

What is on your CA Bucket list?

Perform in a CA Mainstage!

Advice to prospective students?

Take note of the parts of a school that resonate with what is important to you and your interests and values, and what does not.