Capstone/Thesis Title



Fall 2017

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Restricted Access Thesis

Primary Advisor/Thesis Chair

Nina LaCour

Degree Name



Ellen, a freshman at Saint Hilda’s School, is a scholarship student surrounded by girls from wealthy families. Ellen’s mother was a student at Saint Hilda’s School. She died when Ellen was six and being at Saint Hilda’s gives Ellen opportunities to find out more about her mother.

She signs up to be a tutor at Our Lady of Sorrows Church and meets nine year old Charlie who can’t read. The church is in a run down part of town and the children are poor, a contrast with the girls at Saint Hilda’s. Ellen feels comfortable there and forms a bond with Charlie.

The difference between her background and the wealth of the other students grates on Ellen. She wonders if it would be better to live at home with her father and new stepmother. But leaving Saint Hilda’s would mean ending her connection with her wolf pack, Charlie and his younger brothers, Pookie and James, who visit Ellen on weekends. When a valuable charm bracelet is missing Ellen confronts the prejudice and hypocrisy at the core of the school’s culture.