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Anna Belza (2012)

Anna is a classics major with a concentration in classical civilization. She’s always been interested the history of ancient Greece and Rome, especially when she was a child. Anna would pull books off of her mother’s bookshelves and stare at pictures of ancient pottery and monuments in awe. Ever since then, she’s been fascinated with the study of classical civilization. Anna spent 2010-11 in Greece participating in the College Year in Athens and exploring ancient Greek civilization. While on campus, she participates in the riding program and also works in the stables. After graduating she plans on taking a year off to travel and then apply to graduate schools. 


Carol Ferguson (2012)

Carol Ferguson is a junior from Salem, Va., majoring in classics with a concentration in classical civilization and double minor in religion and art history. She works in the admissions office as a Daisy docent and at the Academic Resource Center as a writing tutor. She is a member of Alpha Lambda Delta, Eta Sigma Phi and is involved with the Briar Patch, Sweet Briar's yearbook, and Red Clay, Sweet Briar's literary magazine. Outside of her major and minors, she has particularly enjoyed her creative writing, music and Medieval and Renaissance studies courses. She will be attending the Virginia Program at Oxford in England this summer studying the literature and history of 16th and 17th century England.


Elizabeth (Holley) Ledbetter (2012)

Holley lives to seek out Ovidian word play and aspires to be exactly like Frederick Ahl. Eating chickpeas everyday, Holley is pursuing a major in classical studies with a language concentration, as well as a self-designed major in Medieval and Renaissance studies. This summer Holley will participate in the Summer Honors Research Program, investigating gendered patronage in the Middle Ages, while also translating Greek and Latin every day.  After graduation, Holley, like Socrates, will tread on air and contemplate, or perhaps despise, the sun.


Alexandra St. Pierre (2012)

Alex is a classics major with a concentration in classical languages and minors in biology and music. Alex is also completing her pre-veterinary studies. Her love of ancient Rome began after watching Gladiator at the age of nine and she has been a huge fan ever since! She is a Betty Bean Black Scholar and a Pannell Honors Scholar in addition to being a member of the Alpha Lambda Delta and Eta Sigma Phi honors societies. This year, she co-captained the varsity field hockey team and was named to the Second Team All-ODAC, sang as a mezzo-soprano for the Sweet Tones and served as the classics representative for AAC (Academic Affairs Committee). As a senior next fall, Alex will serve as her class president, as co-president for SAAC (Student Athletic Advisory Committee) and as the musical director for Sweet Tones. Outside of Sweet Briar, Alex is an avid Three-Day Eventer along with her horse, Aidan, with whom she has competed for eight years. After graduation, Alexandra plans on getting her doctorate in veterinary medicine and taking an extended vacation in Italy.


Christina (CJ) Thomas (2013)

CJ is a classics major with a concentration in classical civilization. She began taking Latin in 8th grade and continued up until her junior year of high school. After a temporary hiatus, she returned to her love of Latin her freshman year of college. She will be studying abroad in Rome during the fall semester of 2011 and could not be more excited. In her spare time, CJ can always be found at the barn with her beloved Arabian horse, Mink. After graduation, CJ is either planning on going to law school or getting her master's in education.