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Jan 14, 2020

Oak Hill Academy Students Perform for Wreaths Across America in Washington, D.C.

A group of six Oak Hill Academy students were invited to perform at the Wreaths Across America (WAA) Gala in Arlington, Virginia, on the eve of the annual laying of wreaths at Arlington National Cemetery on Dec. 13. Director of Personnel and Administration Patrice Murray and Drama teacher Bridget DeVivo accompanied the students and their families to Virginia.
Oak Hill received the invitation to perform after the WAA convoy had stopped at Oak Hill in December 2018 and was impressed with the talented students at Oak Hill and the quality of the program that was produced.

To honor veterans past and present, seventh grader Leena Mirchandani played “In Flanders Field” on the cello, and the poem was narrated by eighth grader Isabella Cantalupo. Caitlin Shallcross, an eighth grade student, spoke of the bravery that our soldiers faced with the Vietnam War. This introduction led to the play, “The Wall.” DeVivo adapted the play from the book, “The Wall” by Eve Bunting. It depicts a mother and young daughter visiting the Vietnam Wall, but is narrated by a grown-up version of the young child. First grader Darcie DeVivo performed the drama piece with sixth graders Georgia Attardi and Kate Schweikert.

Nearly 900 people were in attendance at the Wreaths Across America Gala. Guests included a Medal of Honor recipient, Gold Star families, active duty military, veterans, trucking companies, law enforcement, sponsors of WAA and the volunteers who make this endeavor a reality.