St. Cecilia Girl - 2017 - Graduation Speech

16 years ago, little two-year-old me toddled through the St. Cecilia doors for the first time.  My life, as the seniors will attest to, has always involved St. Cecilia, whether it was dancing at prom with Sebastian Jimenez when we were five, going to every single Oktoberfest and Gherst Haus dinner with the German Latin Club, or attending every theatre performance, from Grease to 42 Street.

For me, there were a lot of firsts on the Dominican Campus.  When I was two, I picked my first favorite teacher, Dr. Collins, or as I called him, Mr. Funny Guy.  I made my first friend, Emily Vick, in kindergarten.  I made my first important life decision in eighth grade when I enrolled at St. Cecilia.  I danced, acted, and sang on stage for the first time when I played a horse and a waiter in Hello Dolly my freshman year.  And now, today, I will be leaving this place for the first time, and I will have to prepare myself for new “firsts” that are soon headed…

Posted by srbernadette in St. Cecilia Academy, Student Life, SCA Traditions on Thursday May 25 at 12:53PM
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2017 Valedictorian speech

Imagine the road leading into SCA. The second you drive onto campus, you are calmed by the scene: magnificent trees, rolling green lawns, a majestic stream. You can stay here, and admire the present sight, or you can drive a little farther, and encounter even more beauty within the walls of Saint Cecilia Academy. Because as nice as the entrance is (it's quite breathtaking), something even better lies just a little farther down the road. Today we are encouraged to look a little farther. We are encouraged to take the long-view.

Author Matthew Kelley recently wrote a speech about the long view, something he defines as follows: the long view is a particular brand of wisdom that takes into account the effects that something will have not only in the present but also far into the future. The amazing thing about the long-view is that as you contemplate the present as well as the future, you can actually become a better person. I think it is our time here at St. Cecilia that has prepared us…

Posted by srbernadette in St. Cecilia Academy, Student Life, SCA Traditions on Thursday May 25 at 12:39PM
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Baccalaureate Mass, written by a senior

One of the many senior send off traditions we have is the Baccalaureate Mass where we celebrate the last mass with the seniors and induct the new ones. This mass takes place the morning of graduation. The teachers and seniors come in their cap and gowns, and they process into the theater separate than the rest of the student body and family. The bishop presides if he is able with the help of our chaplain, Father O’Neil. After the mass has ended they clear the stage for the presentation of roses, the Saint Cecilia girl stands in front of the stage with the president of the Alumnae and hands each graduating girl a traditional St. Cecilia rose and a statue of Saint Cecilia from Rome. One by one the girls come up and their parents stand when the girl’s name is called. The girl then gives the rose to her family in appreciation for the sacrifices made to support them at ST. Cecilia.

After the girls are called they proceed to the back of the stage where they receive a candle. …

Posted by srbernadette in St. Cecilia Academy, Student Life, SCA Traditions on Wednesday May 24
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Senior Privileges (by a senior)

Every school has a different way of showcasing their seniors, and Saint Cecilia is no exception. You can always point out who is a senior and who is not, whether it is because of the saddle oxfords with crazy colorful ribbons, or the bright yellow sweater. If you cannot tell from their physical appearance you can tell by their location in the morning, or at lunch. Alumni Hall, in the morning, is senior only territory. At lunch you will not find any yellow sweaters in the crowded lunch room you will find the on the couches, if its raining or if its cold, or you will find then outside enjoying the beautiful weather in the courtyard.

  At Saint Cecilia every first Friday we adore the blessed sacrament in adoration and, the seniors get to come to school out of uniform, another wonderful perk. The senior lounge is one of the senior’s favorite privileges. This room is located next to the gym door, and is where most of the seniors spend their free time. The senior lounge is …

Posted by srbernadette in St. Cecilia Academy, Student Life, SCA Traditions on Wednesday May 3 at 12:15PM
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Freshmen Senior Week

One of the most memorable experiences at Saint Cecilia as a freshman is when the seniors give you presents for a whole week and they treat you like royalty. But what people don’t know is that one of the senior’s favorite weeks is when the freshmen return the favor. Saint Cecilia has many things that make the school year fun but ask any freshman or senior and they will say their favorite week is Freshman Senior week. After the seniors have welcomed the freshman to the school with their treats and gifts, the freshman say goodbye to the seniors with their college survival kits and sweet treats while keeping their identity a complete secret.

The week begins with ceremonial wrapping of the locker. The freshmen take time out of their schedule to wrap the senior’s locker with their favorite color or pictures and their names. Everyday of the week has a theme to direct the presents that are given that day. This year we had “Me Monday”, “Treat Tuesday”,…

Posted by srbernadette in St. Cecilia Academy, Student Life, SCA Traditions on Wednesday May 3 at 11:25AM
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Senior Advice to their Freshmen Selves

This year seniors were asked a few ‘thought-provoking questions. When asked what they have learned over the 4 years, many decided it was that make-up and brushing your hair is overrated and that grades are not the be-end-all. They were also asked what advice they would give their freshmen selves. Some seniors made theirs funny, others more serious. Some girls decided to think about what they would tell their freshmen selves socially, like picking friends wisely, getting out more, joining activities, not being afraid to try new activities, or cherishing your friends. Other girls give themselves academic advice, which was usually not to stress so much. The range of possibilities of advice that girls could give their freshman selves was fun to discuss amongst ourselves. You can forget that some people were very shy and awkward their first week as freshmen and would never believe it about others if you had not seen it for yourself!!

It is nice to be able to reflect on the past and …

Posted by srbernadette in St. Cecilia Academy, Student Life, SCA Traditions on Wednesday May 3
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May Procession

St. Cecilia Academy is rooted in Catholic tradition. One of the most beautiful traditions that we have at school is the crowning of Mary. This day is dedicated to celebrate our lady and the leaders of the school, the seniors. Throughout the day we have mass and then an outside ceremony where the sodality presidents has the great honor of crowning the statue of Mary followed by a mother daughter picnic. To commemorate the beginning of spring the seniors get to come in pastel or floral dresses with their choice of heels or flats, depending on the bravery of the senior.We begin with the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass where father O’Neil celebrates the sacrament of the Eucharist, and the choir singing their classic mass hymns, the only difference is the added guests. After Mass someone will lead the crowd in the rosary as the freshman form an honor guard outside to direct all guests to the grotto, where the statue of Mary is found. The seniors are the last to process out of the …

Posted by srbernadette in St. Cecilia Academy, Student Life, SCA Traditions on Wednesday May 3
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2016-2017 Valedictorian

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 …

Posted by srbernadette in St. Cecilia Academy, Student Life, SCA Traditions on Monday May 1 at 02:39PM
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2016-2017 Salutatorian

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 …

Posted by srbernadette in St. Cecilia Academy, Student Life, SCA Traditions on Monday May 1 at 02:14PM
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2016-2017 Teacher of the Year

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 …

Posted by srbernadette in St. Cecilia Academy, SCA Traditions, STEM, Service on Monday May 1
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