Meet tour guide Ciara Loughran '22


Paul Watkins teaching outdoors

Teacher Paul Watkins with his history class.

A three-season athlete at Peddie, Ciara '22 has always loved sports. But she discovered a love for history at Peddie — all because of writer-in-residence Paul Watkins' World War I elective.

Outside of the classroom: Captain of both varsity soccer and basketball, member of girls' golf team, day student prefect, writing center fellow, member of Blue and Gold Key societies, co-leader of Fiesta4Hope

Advice for new Falcons:

Reach out to people. Reach out to students in your classes and sports to make friends and make sure you reach out to your teachers. Everyone is here to help one another reach a common goal rather than competing with each other, so make sure you reach out. 

What Being a Peddie Student has taught her:

It’s important to be open to trying new things while also pursuing what you already know you enjoy. I would have never thought I would love history, but I took a chance on a history elective and ended up discovering a love of history. Athletics are important to me, so I’ve committed to being a three-season athlete since freshman year. Peddie has exposed me to new interests while also allowing me to continue to develop my strengths. 

Reflection: While Peddie has a large campus, the community is manageable; sometimes it seems as though just about everyone knows each other. I’ve met people from all around the world through various activities and classes. I have loved getting to know people who have different interests than me; it helps me expand my own interests. 

DM/X block is my favorite time of day. It’s a strange name for our twice-weekly time for club meetings. When I don’t have a club meeting, it’s a great time to get work done while also hanging out with friends in the library or the grill. 

When I first came to Peddie, I knew that I wanted to continue my passion for athletics, but I was surprised that I found an interest in history that I didn’t know that I had. I wanted to fill one of my off blocks with an elective and my friend happened to be taking a World War I elective with Mr. Watkins. Mr. Watkins is Peddie’s writer-in-residence and a well-published author, and he is a great storyteller. I wasn’t the biggest fan of history, but after one class with Mr. Watkins, I was hooked. I went on to take AP U.S. history and while the class challenged me, I was able to learn so much. 

Sophomore year, I was playing on our girl's varsity soccer team. It was Peddie-Blair Day, which is our biggest rivalry during fall season. Every team has the chance to score a point for the school, and the school with the most points at the end of the day takes home the Potter-Kelley Cup. We were down 1-0 and it felt like all of Blair and Peddie were watching us. One of our freshman players at the time scored a goal, the crowd went wild and we ended up with a tie between Peddie and Blair. During this moment I really felt the support of the Peddie community. It was amazing to see. 

Learn more about what life at Peddie is like and find out what it takes to join our wonderful community.