The following is the announcement made on Honors Evening about SCA's Valedictorian.
This year’s Valedictorian has the highest GPA of the Class of 2017. But to reduce this student to a number would be a great disservice to her multi-faceted personality. One of her teachers has said, “She is one of the most remarkable students I have taught in my ten years in the classroom. Most notable is her rare combination of simplicity, humility, and exceptional talent, both academically and in the realm of fine arts.” Another teacher commented, “In a class of numerous intellectually gifted students, this student clearly stands on top. Her work is nearly flawless. Coupled with her keen intellect is tenacity, an innate spirit of leadership, and a deep love for learning, as well as a quick wit and a good sense of humor.”
As one who has distinguished herself by her strong work ethic and her willingness to dedicate herself fully to any task, this year’s …
The following is the description leading up the announcement of Salutatorian at Honor's Evening. Students never know who will receive this, so it is a delightful surprise.
This year’s Salutatorian is a true scholar who possesses a deep love for the study of history and political science. Having taken 6 AP classes while managing to maintain an overall average of 98.5%, not only is she one of the top students at our school, but she is known and admired by her peers as a person of integrity, especially among many of the younger girls who look up to her as a model of academic excellence and good citizenship.
While unfailingly polite and well-mannered, our Salutatorian is also a spirited competitor who loves to win and is willing to put in long hours to succeed. She tells us that she is never as happy as when arguing a case as lead attorney on our Mock Trial Team. In her first year at SCA, she was the only freshman chosen to deliver courtroom arguments for Mock Trial, a rare honor …
The following are the words spoken by Principal Sister Anne Catherine at Honors Evening about the 2016-2017 Teacher of the Year, Sister Cecilia Anne.
This year’s Teacher of the Year demonstrates the mark of a true teacher: she delights in learning and every day relishes in sharing that joy with her students, recognizing that happiness is multiplied when it is shared with others. When you see her going about her business in the halls during the day, you can think she is rather quiet. But when she hits the door of her classroom, she comes alive, full of enthusiasm for a subject with which she has an endless fascination: math! She sees it everywhere—in quadratic equations, in functions and limits, but also in art work, in musical compositions, and in nature. This teacher has been at St. Cecilia for 7 number of years, and thanks to her leadership and initiative, Mu Alpha Theta Math Honor Society has gained new energy and the Math is 4 Girls Day for middle school students …
Be Happy Haiti Mission Trip
Words cannot describe the amount of love I have for the Haitian people and culture now. I came back having left a piece of my heart there, and I think about going back and the memories I made every day. Attending Saint Cecilia has opened so many new and exciting opportunities for me, and participating in the Be Happy Haiti club at St. Cecilia Academy has been one of the major highlights of my time here.
When I first came to Saint Cecilia, it was a little nerve-racking trying to figure out what clubs and organizations I wanted to be a part of. When I found the Be Happy Haiti club, I got so excited. I joined, with the hope that I would be able to go on the trip, and when I found out I was accepted I was overjoyed. It was my first mission trip, and since I have a passion for service and medicine, I thought it would be the perfect way for me to spend my spring break. However, money was a bit of an issue, and I was supposed to raise all of my own money. My mom,…
"Faith in action is love–and love in action is service” – St. Mother Teresa of Calcutta. If anyone best fits the true meaning of service, it’s her. St. Mother Teresa was a woman of great strength, love, and faith. At eight years old, her father passed away. In effect, she grew very close to her mother, who became a wonderful example of love and charity in her life. Though she wasn’t incredibly wealthy, her mother frequently invited the poor people of the city to eat with them, telling her daughter, “My child, never eat a single mouthful unless you are sharing it with others” (“Mother Teresa”). After joining the Sisters of Loreto in Dublin, she suddenly realized another calling one day on a train to the Himalayan foothills; God spoke, saying she should leave her teaching profession to go serve the destitute and impoverished people of the Calcutta slums. After receiving approval from the convent, she immediately traveled to Calcutta……
REMARKS – ST. CECILIA ACADEMY ALUMNI OF THE YEAR - 2017
THANK YOU. I AM DEEPLY GRATEFUL TO ACCEPT THIS HONOR. NO RECOGNITION MAKES ME MORE PROUD THAN BEING HONORED BY ST. CECILIA ACADEMY – WHICH HAS GIVEN ME SO MUCH THROUGHOUT MY LIFE. SINCE SISTER CATHERINE MARIE CALLED AND LURED ME TO A MEETING WHICH LED TO THIS AWARD, I HAVE SPENT TIME REFLECTING BACK. I HAVE SO MANY RICH, OFTEN HILARIOUS AND ALWAYS POSITIVE MEMORIES OF MY TIME IN THE STUDY HALL AT THE MOTHERHOUSE UNDER THE WATCHFUL EYE OF SISTER ROBERTA “NOW GIRLS, NO TALKING.”
BUT IN ADDITION TO WONDERFUL MEMORIES, I HAVE TAKEN TIME TO UNDERSTAND – MORE DEEPLY THAN EVER – HOW ST. CECILIA HAS HELPED TO SHAPE THE REST OF MY LIFE.
DURING THOSE SHORT FOUR YEARS, I RECEIVED A TOP EDUCATION – BUT THAT WAS MERELY THE BEGINNING. I MADE LASTING FRIENDS SOME ARE NOW DECEASED - GRETCHEN O’BRIEN, AURELIA VARALLO, PATRICIA WHEELAN - AND I STILL MISS THEM TERRIBLY. I …
I am so honored to be named “Outstanding Young Alumna of the Year”. Thank you. It is an honor to be chosen to represent this wonderful school and the many alumnae making a big difference in the world. St. Cecilia has played such a significant role in who I am for as long as I can remember. I remember being a student at Overbrook and coming to watch the St. Cecilia musicals –looking up to those girls on stage and anxiously awaiting when I would be on that stage as well. And while performing on that stage in theatre, choir and forensics certainly were some of my fondest memories that I hold from those four years, what I hold even dearer is how this place, my friends and my teachers have helped me to take steps closer each day to the woman God created me to be.
I will never forget my first day at St. Cecilia. I fell up the stairs connecting the library wing with the then junior-senior lockers. I also got a bloody nose in second period in Geometry class, of which …
(If you have the 'plug-in' to play the attached music with this blog - it is the SCA choir singing our traditional SCA hymn, Cantantibus Organis, at this 2017 Ring Mass!)
Another longstanding tradition at SCA is the Class Ring Mass ceremony. For generations this ceremony has taken place in the St. Cecilia Motherhouse chapel. The motherhouse is the site of the original St Cecilia Academy beginning in 1860. Since the Sisters live and are buried there, it is a kind of home base for all SCA girls.
The Class Ring Ceremony is a formal event and is one of the occasions in which the St. Cecilia Red rose is presented to each student in addition to the class ring.
This year, the class of 2018 received their class rings. In the fast pace of the day to day, students arrived at the motherhouse in ‘official uniform’ and ‘brushed hair’. After the practiced formal procession the girls sat in the Sister’s choir stalls for the Mass after which they ……………
Around the beginning of 4th quarter, the imminent leaving of the cocoon begins to hit some seniors. It is at this time of year that SCA’s Alumnae Association presents to each senior a custom-made rosary with a silver St. Cecilia joiner.
During this ceremony, the president of the Alumnae Association offers a reflection on the permanent link the girls will have with SCA. She reflects that in a few short months, the current seniors will be members of the Alumnae Association and encourages the girls to hold fast to the tradition handed on to them.
The principal also speaks to the girls reminding them of the importance of prayer, especially the rosary. This prayer so special to the Dominican Order is one of the first many learned and the one many turn to for the times in their lives when they just can’t ‘find words’ but want the comfort of prayer. This year Sister Anne Catherine asked the girls to keep this rosary near them, such as in their nightstand or under …
Mariam joined SCA her senior year - from England
Q & A with Mariam
You were late in coming because you had trouble with your visa? Students here are not aware of the process in seeking a visa – can you explain it a little bit?
At the U.S. Embassy there was a 10-15 minute appointment with a 2-3 hour wait. My mum got interviewed. I had to do fingerprinting, medical appointments with xrays and blood tests. Once we landed in Atlanta we got it checked again.
Did you have any ‘preconceptions’ of America that changed once you were here? Please give examples….
McDonalds is not as big as I expected it to be. I also thought all foods would be fatty and that people in the southern states would be kind of crazy.
What questions are you asked the most about ‘being from England’?
- If ‘bloody’ is a swear word and if I say it
- Why some words that have ‘r’ are pronounced (fou”r”) Do British … …
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