Alumnae Spotlight: Joanna Bolstad
2004 Graduate of Orchard House
High School and College:
Trinity Episcopal School
What are you doing now?
I am a Legislative Information Officer for the Virginia Senate Clerk's Office. My responsibilities include providing historical/legislative research for Members of the General Assembly and their constituents as well as legislative education for students/civic groups. I also contribute to the planning, scheduling and daily operations of the Senate Page Leadership Program that many Orchard House students have participated in over the years. If you're ever at the State Capitol, stop by my office and say hello!
How has Orchard House remained with you through the years?
The friendships for sure! I have been so lucky that I have remained close and in touch with many of my classmates as well as faculty (Mrs. Imburg!). Social Media has been a great way to keep up with everyone, especially now that friends have moved around the country, are getting married, and are now having babies!
My sister Emma Bolstad ('15) also attended, so I was able to visit the school's new location for many of her performances, and of course her graduation.
What’s your favorite memory?
Anytime we went outside with Mrs. Kiesler during Science Class. From playing "Oh, Deer" to building garden boxes on the LGRA basketball court, she could always find a way to get us excited about learning in nature.
What was the biggest way you changed during your years at Orchard House?
I was a very shy fifth grader, but because Orchard House provides a safe learning place for its students, I was able to gain confidence in myself and find my voice.
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