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Class of 1969: Scott Cairns, Mark Fasig, and Barbie Frank

We recently caught up with Scott Cairns ’69 (SC), Mark Fasig ’69 (MF), and Barbie Frank ’69 (BF) who will be attending Homecoming and Reunion for their 50th celebration!

1. It’s been 50 years! How do you feel about returning to the school after half a century, especially considering the many changes it has gone through in that time?  

SC: I am looking forward to returning, especially to see the members of my class.  I have been by the school several times over the years, and it certainly has changed.

MF: I have returned to the school several times over the past fifty years at reunions and have always been happy that I did. Renewing old friendships and noting the incredible progress the school has made, spiritually and physically.

BF: I look forward to returning, especially to the Lower School and Lloyd House since that campus is where I spent my school years. I did attend summer school at St. Stephen's one year and I was in the drama club and was a cheerleader so I look forward to seeing the changes there as well.

2. In what way is the school most different than when you studied here? 

SC: I think co-education must be the biggest change - for the better.

MF: The school as a whole was pretty parochial at that time. However, it is now a progressive institute of learning for all. Quite impressive.

BF: Certainly the biggest change is that the school is now co-ed. We participated with SSS for the drama club and the cheerleaders cheered for all the SSS games but otherwise, our paths didn't cross. For girls who didn't participate in AMARD or cheerleading, there was even less opportunity to interact. The other big difference is the addition of the Middle School campus.  That was Ascension Academy when I was at SAS.

3. Do you have a favorite memory of your time at St. Agnes or St. Stephen’s?

SC: Mr. Osuna's class is etched in my memory, as is playing football for Sleepy Thompson. Both were formative events in my life.

MF: All my memories of my classmates and teachers are good!  The two best years of my life. My true and lasting friendships are those from St. Stephen’s.

BF: I do remember sneaking off campus and getting caught by Miss McBride. We told her some trumped-up story and I know she didn't believe us but she let us go. I think she enjoyed our creativity. I also enjoyed being a senior and having senior privileges, such as leaving school early on occasion and being able to drive and park at the school.

4. If you could give one piece of advice to this year’s graduates, what would it be? 

SC: Enjoy your time in high school and stay in touch with your classmates.  There are no friends like old friends.

MF: Never fear the truth. Know it and spread it. It frees all.

BF: To enjoy your high school years and don't obsess about getting into the "right" college.  As someone who hired a lot of people during my career, I was more interested in the candidate’s experience than where the college degree came from. Picking a school that best fits your interests and personality is what's important.


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Alumni have many ways to stay connected! Join SaintsLink, attend a regional networking event, be part of your Reunion, or if you live locally come see a play or concert. Keep your contact information up-to-date. Your class is represented in the Alumni Association by a class representative. To find who your class representative is, please contact Meredith Robinson at mrobinson@sssas.org.

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Age 3-Grade 12 coed Episcopal day school in Alexandria, Virginia

Campuses

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  • Lower School

    Age 3-Grade 5
    400 Fontaine Street
    Alexandria, Virginia 22302
  • Middle School

    Grades: 6-8
    4401 West Braddock Road
    Alexandria, Virginia 22304
  • Upper School

    Grades: 9-12
    1000 St. Stephen's Road
    Alexandria, Virginia 22304