Grace Perret Georgetown University Student, Class of 2020 Executive Director SaxaFund EMILY'S List Marketing Intern McGehee Class of 2016
“I was taught at McGehee to speak my mind, to articulate myself and to write well, which I think made my transition to college much easier than some of my peers here. Even though I went to McGehee for fourteen years, the transition to a large co-ed school was fairly easy for me, because my McGehee education helped me learn the self-confidence to define myself in any room I enter,” Grace commented. So, it’s no surprise that Grace is very busy while a student at Georgetown University. As a freshman Grace tried out for The Georgetown University Concert Choir, the university’s largest auditioned choir. She succeeded. She’s performed with the choir several times at the Kennedy Center, most recently in February singing “Simon Bore the Cross,” an Easter cantata by Margaret Bonds with lyrics by Langston Hughes, a piece that had never before been performed live.
When she’s not performing with the choir or studying, Grace is working. She has interned on Capitol Hill for Congressman and Congressional Black Caucus Chairman Cedric Richmond. Much of this past semester has been dedicated to her position as Director of Student and Alumni Engagement for SaxaFund, a recently formed, entirely student-run crowdfunding platform. They’ve been raising money for six student initiatives all semester, ranging from a project to bring sustainable composting services to Georgetown to a mental health initiative sponsored by Georgetown’s student government. Grace was recently selected to serve as the 2018-2019 Executive Director. She’s also currently working with a group of students and University administrators to install free menstrual hygiene product dispensers in every single public restroom at Georgetown. This summer Grace will remain in D.C. working as a marketing intern at EMILY’s List, a political action committee dedicated to electing pro-choice Democratic women.
Grace Perret '16
We weren’t allowed to just blend in in high school, and the mentality of individualism that I learned at McGehee has made it much easier for me to take risks and define myself in a new and sometimes intimidating space.