At the Steppingstone Foundation's 25th anniversary gala this fall, Class II's Melissa Caro received the organization's "Four Pillars Award" for exemplifying "the traits of kindness, leadership, and hard work." Winsor—and Steppingstone—alumna Rocio Palomo '03 took the stage to present the honor to Melissa..
Trust, respect, safety, and support. Those "Four Pillars" have been a daily part of the success of the Steppingstone Foundation and its many scholars.
At the foundation's 25th anniversary gala this fall, Class II's Melissa Caro received the "Four Pillars Award" for embodying those traits in her academic and personal life.
Adding to the significance of the moment, Winsor—and Steppingstone—alumna Rocio Palomo '03 took the stage to present the honor to Melissa.
Rocio began her own Steppingstone studies as a fourth grader with a dream of going to law school. Now contracts counsel for Resilient Systems, she went on to excel academically at Winsor, Columbia University, and Northwestern University School of Law.
Melissa's award recognized "not only her academic strengths but also for her willingness to help and support other Scholars." The citation noted how at Steppingstone "she became known as a quiet yet strong leader whom her peers trust and respect."
Now at Winsor, Melissa "exemplifies the traits of kindness, leadership, and hard work that define the Steppingstone experience. "
"Melissa has a true joy for learning," adds Jamie Franco, her Steppingstone Advisor. "She is intrinsically motivated and takes pride in her work. She is a standout Scholar in the classroom and is respected and adored by teachers and peers."
She is one of 12 current Winsor students who took part in the Steppingstone program. They follow in the footsteps of many more Winsor alumnae. "We are honored that they chose to bring their talents and skills to us," says Pamela Parks McLaurin '71, P'12, Winsor's director of admission and financial aid.
On the special night for Steppingstone, Ms. McLaurin joined many Winsor alumnae and families in the audience to celebrate the foundation's life-changing work. For more on Steppingstone, visit www.tsf.org.
(Photo by Sam Moody, used by permission of Steppingstone.)