Continuing the Crook County News Since 1884

This Side of the Pond

Notes from an Uprooted Englishwoman

My high school has its fair share of famous alumni, from politicians and scientists to a professional tennis player who is still the only British woman to have won all four Grand Slams. In my own time there, I shared classroom space with two future actresses; a well known lyric soprano; and virtuoso cellist Natalie Clein.

My school has particular success when it comes to music because of its strong all-round program, but it was never going to be the road to riches for me. While my talented classmates were mastering Chopin, I was still hooting out a stilted version of “Oh When the Saints G...