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  • O L P M a g a z i n e

    Academy of Our Lady of Peace {Spring 2015}

    Student Athletes Soar to #1

  • In This Issue

    Mission StatementThe Academy of Our Lady of Peace is a Catholic, liberal arts oriented, college preparatory secondary school dedicated to the education of young women. As a Catholic school, it is committed to helping its students become active participants in building Christs kingdom of justice, love and peace. As a school rooted in the values of the Sisters of St. Joseph, it promotes the cultivation of gentleness, peace and joy as we respond to the needs of the dear neighbor both in our midst

    Ourand in our human community. Through its college preparatory program, its mission is to empower its students to become knowledgeable in those skills needed to achieve success in post-secondary studies, and to make informed and values-driven decisions in the context of todays world. As a result of these endeavors, and working with parents as our educational partners providing a family context of faith-in-action, the Academy of Our Lady of Peace strives to graduate responsible women educated to the needs of society.

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    OLP student Milly OConnor 16 shares the experience of the Summit Leadership

    Conference for local high schools.


    OLP student Sophia Martin-Carloz 15 details the

    amazing day of learning and friendship at the recent

    BeYOUtiful Project event.

    13CSJ Heritage

    CSJ Associate Laura Impastato takes us inside the recent CSJ retreat held on campus and shares how they are working to create something new.


    Get caught up on all the latest athletics news in our

    sports wrap up section.


    Go behind the scenes at the OLP Womens Symposium--a great day of learning and leadership from top women



    Alumnae from all years share their news, announcements

    and updates in our Pilots Take Flight section.

  • Head of School Lauren Lek

    Assistant Head of School Jessica Hooper

    Assistant Principal, Director of Campus Life Jeanette Handelsman 64

    Assistant Principal of Instruction Sheelah Keeter

    Director of Institutional Advancement

    Margot Meier Howard

    Director of Communications Emily Pippin 06

    Contributors Pitrina Gilger 15

    Iliana Douraghi 14 Riley Stenehjem '15

    Sophia Martin-Carloz 15 Milly O'Connor '15 Caroline Flagg '15 Laura Impastato

    Katherine Kamrath '71 Allison Weatherford Laura Rodriguez 08

    Christina Harmes '05 Coach Crane

    Skyler McCurine '04 Kirsten Rauber Hadzicki 81

    Board of Directors Lauren Lek, Head of School Mike Coughlin, Board Chair

    Patricia Boer 55 Msgr. Richard Duncanson Dr. Nora Faine-Sykes 78

    Michael Guerrero Susan Hause

    Clair Cunningham Kennedy 81 Damian McKinney Gayle McMahon

    Martha McRoskey Sister Jill Marie Napier, CSJ

    Coreen G. Petti Barbara Picco

    Sister Virginia Rodee 53 Antonina R. Sciuto-Morales 76

    Peg Stehly

    Academy of Our Lady Of Peace


    Class notes should be sent to Kirsten Rauber Hadzicki 81 at [email protected]

    To update your address, please contact Chris Abdenour at [email protected]

    Letter From Head of SchoolDear OLP Pilot Community, Spring has sprung and with it OLP has much to share. From

    the amazing stories of our 750 students, the highlights of OLP alumnae, the continued work of the CSJ Sisters and the faculty

    and staff of OLP, we have a wealth of history in the making as presented here in our Spring 2015 OLP Magazine.

    It is with great pride that we offer a glimpse into the past few months of activities; the adventures in Mock Trial, OLP athletics, and the charism of the Sisters lived on as seen from two inaugural events, BeYOUtiful and the Womens Symposium, both of which bloomed further out into the San Diego community and beyond.

    We were delighted to welcome to campus women leaders from throughout San Diego and California to participate in multigenerational panels as they shared insights with the future leaders and innovators of the world. Panel discussions covered a wide array of topics aimed at helping the next generation of women leaders manage the many aspects of being a woman in the work force. Learn more about this inspiring event on page 8.

    In spirit with our Lenten, Easter season we also have much gratitude for the generosity of our many supporters as evidenced in the successful outcome of our Vive La France auction and gala. What an honor for us to celebrate the origins of our visionary Sisters who heeded the call from Le Puy, France in 1650 to eventually bring the legacy of our charism to the United States and ultimately to the founding of the Academy of Our Lady of Peace in 1882. The transformation of our campus for the event was truly spectacular and we are ever appreciative to all who participated. You can read more about the success of our gala, and see photos, on page 14.

    As I write this, I am happy to greet my own gift of spring, my third child and first daughter, Emma. With her arrival we welcome Sr. Ann Bernard OShea, CSJ, who will spend a few months with the OLP community and ensure our beloved institution continues on in its work and the indelible mark upon young women that has sustained us these past 133 years. I do hope you will stop by and welcome Sr. Ann Bernard while she is here, until my return in July.

    In this magazine edition, you will also get a deeper glimpse into this years 2015 commencement speaker, Dr. Mary Lyons. Dr. Lyons has served as the third President of the University of San Diego for the past twelve years and will be retiring this year. We are honored to welcome her to join us in this years celebration.

    No doubt, as you read the enclosed stories you will find inspiration and joy, just as I do, for the work of our school is ripe with purpose and consideration of the dear neighbor as well as the academic rigor for which OLP is known. I am truly honored to share in the blessing of educating young women to become all of which woman is capable.

    May each and every one of you enjoy the gift of Easter and the reconciliation provided through the message of the cross.

    Peacefully Yours,

    Lauren LekHead of School

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    New to OLP, the Women in Business club has experienced success in helping students become more knowledgeable about the financial world. We have been blessed to have many

    wonderful speakers visit and educate us on subjects including stocks, credit and entrepreneurship.

    Recently, we had the pleasure of listening to Ms. Peg Eddy speak. As a Certified Financial Planner for more than thirty years, she

    stressed the importance of saving money early in life as well as being a smart consumer. We talked about the pluses and misuses of having a debit card versus a credit card and she warned us against spending more money on our credit cards than we could pay off the following month when the bill is due.

    With a similar message on fiscal responsibility, Judge Latham,

    who is a bankruptcy judge in California, spoke to the Senior class and the Women in Business club. He emphasized the importance of establishing credit at a young age and challenged us to look at our purchases and determine if they are needs or if they are just wants. He shared with us the shocking statistic on the national college debt for students and helped us understand the types of loans given out to students. Throughout his talk we also learned about responsible spending, saving and budgeting and managing our money.

    Not only does the Women in Business club work to bring in speakers to help educate OLP students, but we have set up activities that will allow students to get a better understanding of the topics covered. Check the OLP event calendar for our next speaker visit.

    Women In Business CLUB

    Dont Miss Geek Girl Tech Con OLP has partnered with Geek Girl again this year to provide a limited number of scholarships to their annual Geek Girl Tech Conference in June. Were also offering $40 off for all OLP friends and family. Use code AOLP2015 when purchasing online. Students interested in applying for one of the scholarship spots should contact Ms. Keeter.

    Political cartoons drawn by seniors in Government class were recently on display in Aquinas Hall. The theme is censorship and, with the help of art teacher, Ms. Kelly Schnorr, the students made very impressive cartoons about our First Amendment right.

    Political Cartoons Make a Statement

    Caroline Flagg 15BY

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    This allowed us to feel connected since we go through much of the same struggles here at OLP. We can realize we are all so similar if we focus on the main principles that established our school. Ale Hernandez 16

    It was only fitting that the leadership conference owes its beginning to senior Nika Haleftiras 15. Las year Nika came up with the idea to hold a conference with the many other amazing high schools that share our beautiful city and beautiful faith. Often, we only experience competition among these schools, and we wanted to remember that we all have one major thing in common: our faith, said Nika, who attributes the idea to Mrs. Handelsman, assistant principal of OLP, who is known for her passion for leadership. The conference took place February 19, 2015, coincidently also Nika's 18th birthday.

    Leadership teams from Vincent Memorial Catholic

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