Seventeenth annual Alumnae Generations Tea

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Senior Emily Hirshorn and her mother alumna Mrs. Hope Houston Hirshorn '82 posed for a photo at the seventeenth annual Alumnae Generations Tea. Juliette Guice '17

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Convent of the Sacred Heart hosted its 17th annual Alumnae Generations Tea for alumnae and their daughters in the Cora E. McLaughlin ’29 Art Gallery yesterday.
The Alumnae Generations Tea began in 1998, as a celebration of the school’s 150th anniversary. The name of the event was originally the Mother-Daughter Tea, where students could take a break from the school day to enjoy lunch with their mothers. Over the years, the tea developed an increased emphasis on alumnae.
“The Generations Tea is a wonderful gathering of Sacred Heart Alumnae, not just from Sacred Heart, Greenwich but from all over the world, with current students who are alumna daughters, granddaughters, nieces and cousins. It’s always a fun event,” Alumna Ms. Sarah Jorquera ’79 said.
Ms. Jorquera’s daughter, Cate, is a sophomore. The duo attends the tea every year and enjoys socializing with Sacred Heart students and their families.
“I love attending the Alumnae Generations Tea because it reminds me of how I am not just part of the current Sacred Heart community, but a larger community of women of all ages who have attended Sacred Heart schools,” Cate said.
During the tea this year, students from the Lower, Middle and Upper Schools dressed in bright colored sundresses and gathered in the Cora E. McLaughlin ’29 Art Gallery to celebrate the event.
As tradition, tea was served with milk and sugar in ceramic tea cups. Students, mothers and aunts ate petite madeleines, finger sandwiches, scones with jam and cream and small red velvet cakes. 
Sophomore Maeve Hogan and her mother alumna Mrs. Nancy Hogan ’82 share a common bond through their high school education.
“I think that it’s a great accomplishment of Sacred Heart’s goal number four that legacies are so encouraged and common in our community,” Maeve said. “It happens so often that I think the good memories and values that people associate with our school cause them to send their daughters here.”
– Juliette Guice, Staff Writer