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8th Grade Girls Embrace Their Inner Brave

Germantown Academy's eighth grade girls spent an afternoon taking part in "Bravery" exercises that build self-confidence. They were led by bravery expert and Princeton graduate Crista Samaras, who built Brave Enterprises by using her background in coaching girls lacrosse to empower girls in underserved areas to be brave on the field and in life. Samaras learned from her experience teaching hundreds of teenage girls that they all had a common need to build on "insecurity, fear, grit, and bravery." (SEE PHOTOS)

Samaras told the GA students that they would be pushed out of their comfort zones, allowing them to face their fears head-on. Middle School English teacher Sara Goodwin, who planned the activity with Director of Middle School Student Life Kate Cassidy, said, "The afternoon was incredibly productive and provided the girls with a kind of journey. The activities built upon each other and focused on the girls learning how to be more confident by recognizing and addressing their fears and learning to overcome them."

The students took away some mental strength-building exercises as well. As Alex G. '22 said, "I liked the goal of the workshop, which was to make us feel more confident."