ASB 2017 student reflection

 Alternative Spring Break - Reflection by Ragan Hummel

  “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. …

Posted by srbernadette in St. Cecilia Academy, Student Life, SCA Traditions, Service on Sunday April 23 at 05:54PM
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Nancy Sanders Peterson Hearn '51; Outstanding Alumna of the Year

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 …

Posted by srbernadette in St. Cecilia Academy, SCA Traditions on Monday April 10
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Heather Yopp Honeycutt, '02; Young Alumna of the Year

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 …

Posted by srbernadette in St. Cecilia Academy, Student Life, SCA Traditions on Monday April 10
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Junior Class Ring Ceremony – always classy

(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 …

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Posted by Bug Beat in St. Cecilia Academy, Student Life, SCA Traditions on Wednesday March 22 at 02:38PM
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Rosary Ceremony Tradition

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 …

Posted by Bug Beat in St. Cecilia Academy, Student Life, SCA Traditions on Tuesday March 14 at 02:40PM
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From England

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 …
Posted by srbernadette in St. Cecilia Academy, Student Life on Tuesday March 14 at 08:16AM
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Our STEM has STEAM

Science. Technology. Engineering. ARTS. Math.

Newsflash! Girls and Guys THINK differently. It is said a girl’s brain is like spaghetti – it can think of lots of things at once and have feelings about each thing. Guys think like a set of mailbox compartments.  They can compartmentalize only one thing and go directly from point A to B without drama.

2016 was the first year of our robotics team at SCA. At the tournament, we were the only all-girl group and received the judge’s award for approaching the challenge in a creative way. As an all-girl fine arts school we are not LESS capable of STEM, but more capable! Since the arts are a physical manifestation of the internal creative impulse – STEM utilizes the creative intuitiveness we women offer.

Well, you may ask,  "Can't a co-ed team have the best of both worlds?" Ideally, yes, but the reality is that when it is ‘just the girls’ (especially teenage girls) there is a sense of …

Posted by srbernadette in St. Cecilia Academy, Student Life, STEM on Tuesday March 14
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We Love Our French Exchange Student

Q&A with Leonie

What are the qualifications for you to participate in the exchange program?

To participate in an exchange program I think open-mindedness is the most important. For sure you also need to be interested about the exchange and don’t do it because your mom wants to. And you must show to be friendly and patient

How is your SCA school experience different from your school experiences in France?

 SCA school is completely different than my French school. La Sauque is a co-ed boarding school, we can use our phones, we don’t have uniforms, we can go to the chapel but do not pray in class. There are so many rules. The schedule is that we have one group of people we have all classes with.

 Did you have any ‘preconceptions’ of America that changed once you were here? Please give examples….

I was thinking about American people go to McDonalds all the time. I didn’t really have other big preconceptions.

 What are some …

Posted by srbernadette in St. Cecilia Academy, Student Life on Wednesday March 8
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LAX is life

Lax is life amiright ladies?! This spring SCA is going to see possibly the fastest, fiercest, and most intense lacrosse team yet. Coach Natalie LeQuang, Coach Luke Agnew, and Coach Anna Wheeler are pumped to get the season underway.

“We are very excited about the upcoming season,” says Coach LeQuang. “Last year we were a very young team and about half of our starters had never played before.  I was so proud of how everyone progressed over the season last year and am very excited about having more experience and depth to our team this year.. We're going to have to work really hard because we're in, arguably, the most difficult region in the state.  The team has a tremendous amount of potential this year,”

With the help of the coaches, the girls have already progressed since the start of preseason clinics and practices. Lots of freshmen have shown their dedication to the team by coming to practice early and putting in work. Coach LeQuang puts a …

Posted by srbernadette in Athletics on Friday March 3
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Interim Classes: Highlights

  Interim is a wonderful way to ease back into school life, i.e. getting back to an acceptable sleep schedule, while taking classes that make getting out of bed bearable. This year a wonderful array of classes were offered. We were able to get the highlights of the week from six excited underclassmen.

Daisy Hollifield told us that her favorite class was Finding your Voice with Ms. Nolan. She says that before the class she didn’t like singing by herself in front of crowds, but after taking it she said that “I sing solos a lot!” During the class she sang “How far I’ll Go” from Disney’s Moana, and can’t thank “all of the supportive, caring, and wonderful people” enough for the opportunity. Penelope Herrero-Marques, used her talents for science. She particularly enjoyed Explaining Einstein, taught by guest Sister Albertine. She thought it was interesting because she was able to learn about “things you’d …

Posted by srbernadette in St. Cecilia Academy on Monday January 23
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