New gargoyles carved for Emma Willard School

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TROY, N.Y. (NEWS10) – It’s been over 100 years since the last wood carving project was conducted at Emma Willard School in Troy.

It wasn’t just the history that made Friday’s event so special.

Meet Heather Milne Ritchie who graduated from Emma Willard in 1993.

She’s a Vermont native, but there was never any doubt about how she felt about the campus.

“When I came to visit, I walked through the archway and I knew this is where I wanted to spend the rest of my high school.”

Now, over two decades later she’s back ready to make history.

She’s a stone carver now.

“Stone carving is a reduction method of sculpting. You’re not actually adding anything to it. The key is to see it before you carve it.”

That same mindset is a message Ritchie hopes is passed on to future generations at the school.

Seeing the potential in everything, even when others can’t.

“The mark that I leave here will last forever. Hopefully, it will resonate with every girl that walks onto campus. Knowing they can do whatever they want in this life whether a woman has ever done it before or not.”

Interim Head of School Dr. Sue Groesbeck agrees.

By adding these carvings, it sends a clear message to the outside community.

“You need only walk around this gorgeous campus to see why we want to protect and enhance it with our four new carvings,” Groesbeck said.

“One of the things that is so obvious is that we can and love for this campus. Every part of this campus is cared for and in good shape and it speaks to the love the employees have for their campus.”

In total, four keystone blocks will be added to the archway.

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