Since its inception more than one hundred years ago, Ashley Hall has remained steadfast to its founding mission “to produce educated women who are independent, ethically responsible, and prepared to meet the challenges of society with confidence.” This charge is fully realized through the school’s alumnae, in particular seven graduates who entered the Medical University of School Carolina on August 16. “We are thrilled for these young women and would expect nothing less from Ashley Hall alumnae,” says Head of School, Jill Muti. “Contributing to the increase in the number of female physicians in the field of medicine makes us very proud. We wish them all the best and know they will do well.”
Ashley Hall alumnae entering the Medical University of South Carolina include: Emma Kofmehl, Class of 2009, attended the University of Pennsylvania; Nancy Hagood, Class of 2010, attended Georgetown University; Jamie Harrell, Class of 2010, attended the College of Charleston; Celeste Jilich and Christina Kearse, both members of the Class of 2010, and both attended of Clemson University; Mira Patel, Class of 2010, attended the College of Charleston; and Patricia Kirkland, Class of 2011, attended Washington and Lee University.
The seven Ashley Hall alumnae make up 4% of this year’s MUSC class of 180. Science and math have received increasing emphasis within the Ashley Hall curriculum with a dedicated and dynamic STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and math) program beginning in the Lower School. National research (Goodman Research Group) also shows that graduates of girls’ schools are six times more likely to consider majoring in math, science, and technology.