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  • O L P M a g a z i n e

    A c a d e m y o f O u r L a d y o f P e a c e { f a l l 2 0 1 5 }

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    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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    Our events are a success thanks in large part to our wonderful sponsors and

    donors. Read more about Endless Summer & the Golf



    A group of OLP students and educators attended the Mount Saint Marys Womens Leadership Conference and share their insights with us!


    OLP student Katie Pulvers 16 takes us inside her

    experience at UCSD Saturday Academy learning about



    OLP student Gabriela Silva 17 spent her summer in

    Costa Rica serving others. Read about her incredible



    OLP English teacher Angie Gascho enjoyed the

    opportunity to travel to New York to further explore her

    Holocaust curriculum.


    Alumnae from all years share their news, announcements

    and updates in our Pilots Take Flight section.

    On the Cover: OLP golfers Dana Zapanta 15, Gabrielle Ripa 16, Aly Tiznado 16, Catalin Yturralde 19, Karla Valdez 17 and Crystal Butcher 18 pose with golf pro Tina Mickelson at the 24th Annual T.B. Penick & Sons. Inc. Golf Tournament to benefit OLP athletics. Photo credit: Maria Fernanda Valdez Campos 16. Read more on page 5.

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    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

    Ingrid de Llamas

    Director of Communications Emily Pippin 06

    Contributors Rivka Bent

    Johnathan Chittaluru Crystal Coriano 17

    Eva Curiel 16 Emily Devereaux 00

    Angie Gascho Jeanette Handelsman 64

    Krystine Kruchten 04 Diane La Costa 08

    Katie Pulvers 16 Gabriela Silva 17

    Board of Directors Lauren Lek, Head of School Coreen G. Petti, Board Chair

    Patricia Boer 55 Mike Coughlin

    Dr. Nora Faine-Sykes 78 Michael Guerrero

    Susan Hause Clair Cunningham Kennedy 81

    Damian McKinney Gayle McMahon

    Martha McRoskey Sister Jill Marie Napier, CSJ

    Barbara Picco Sister Virginia Rodee 53, RSCJ

    Nina R. Sciuto-Morales 76 Peg Stehly

    Academy of Our Lady Of Peace


    Class notes should be sent to Krystine Kruchten 04 at kkruchten@aolp.org

    To update your address, please contact Chris Abdenour at cabdenour@aolp.org

    Letter From Head of SchoolDear OLP Pilot Community,

    Whether Im in San Diego or traveling, I am always left in awe when meeting an OLP graduate. Without fail, she is

    inspiring, passionate, faith-filled, and the epitome of a role model for young girls. Many parents have remarked, when thinking back to their first encounters with a student ambassador in OLPs Carondelet Circle, I want my daughter to grow up to be like her some day.

    Over my past two years here at OLP, I have been humbled by each of the young women who have crossed my path, for each of them is a gift to our world. Whether she is a current student or alumna, each serves as a remarkable example; and each is a dynamic force of change. I am never left to wonder if she will have the courage, the faith, or the heart to achieve her calling. For she is an OLP graduate, formed by the legacy of our Sisters of St. Joseph, and inspired by the women who have walked these very halls before her.

    With our new academic school year underway, and the addition of our newest students, the Class of 2019, I feel energized by the unlimited potential of our 750 young women. In this edition you can read about these leaders, visionaries, and change makers, and get a glimpse of the remarkable alumnae who continue OLPs tradition. For example, in this issue Crystal Coriano 17 shares her accomplishment of attending the Global Student Leadership Summit; and while there, earning the distinction of being selected out of 400 competing students to meet the exemplary Sir Ken Robinson and attend the VIP luncheon.

    This summer 2016, OLP will continue to provide students with the opportunity to travel abroad. The experience has proven to deepen relationships between attendees and broaden students perspectives. This coming summers trip from Provence to Le Puy en Velay will combine a rich cultural and historical exploration with the stories of our Sisters of St. Joseph. You can read more about the trip, which is open to current students, alumnae, and parents alike, on page 16.

    Though our world is constantly changing, our OLP excellence, in the tradition of our Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet, is steadfast. As responsible educators and with this unfaltering commitment, we continue to look toward the future to ensure that our young ladies are prepared to meet the ever changing global demands, to be exemplary scholars, and to be women of faith. This is especially apparent in our new course, Principles of Engineering, which utilizes Purdue Universitys EPICS methodology integrating engineering principles in community service.

    As you read through this edition, I hope you will be inspired by what I am blessed to experience daily. In service,

    Lauren LekHead of School

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    Robotics Varsity Team attended the annual FTC kickoff party to learn this years objectives of the competition!

    50 students from Mrs. Osegueras Spanish for Native Speakers and Spanish III Honors classes participated on a field trip to Balboa Park. They visited the international cottages, The Maya: Hidden Worlds Revealed exhibition at the NAT and the Centro Cultural de la Raza on a full language immersion day.

    This summer 26 of our students and 4 Saint Augustine High School students participated in the Innovation and Futures of Education leadership summit in Davos, Switzerland. Joined by 1500 other students from schools all over the United States, our girls attended workshops and engaged in dynamic design-thinking processes. Sir Ken Robinson, a renowned speaker on creativity and education, and Shiza Shahid, the co-founder and Global Ambassador of the Malala Fund, were keynote speakers at the summit. One of our students, Crystal Coriano 17, was chosen to deliver the opening remarks at the VIP Luncheon at the summit. She did an amazing job.

    Pictured Above Crystal Coriano 17 with Sir Ken Robinson & Mrs. Handelsman 64

    From: Davos, Switzerland -With Love

    The summit in Davos was preceded by an itinerary that included Amsterdam, Paris, and Geneva to explore education as a human right. The travelers visited Anne Franks House, met with French high school students, and visited the U.N. headquarters in Geneva. It was a truly remarkable experience one the girls will not soon forget. We hope to participate in the leadership summit in the summer of 2017, which will take place in Italy. See page 16 of this edition to learn more about our planned travel for the 2015-2016 school year!

  • On behalf of the OLP athletes and coaching staff, the Golf Tournament Committee, the Board of Directors, and all of our faculty and staff members, thank you to all who participated in the 24th Annual OLP Golf Tournament held on October 12, 2015 at the San Diego County Club. We are all so very grateful for the incredible generosity of our sponsors, parents and participants. This years event netted upwards of $42,000 for OLPs Athletic Department. This represents over a 70% increase from last year! All funds from this years tournament will go towards replacing the gym floor and upgrading the weight room. Over the past two years, the OLP Golf Tournament has brought in over $65,000 to help support our student athletes. Again, thank you to our generous sponsors, donors and partners who allowed us to see such unprecedented success on behalf of our student athletes. Go Pilots! SAVE THE DATE FOR Next Years Tournament: October 2016 at the San Diego Country Club.

    24th Annual T.B. Penick Golf Tournament to benefit OLP Athletics

    Title Sponsor: T.B. Penick & Sons, Inc. Presenting Sponsor: WNC Foam Top Flight Sponsor: McMahon Steel Company, Inc.

    Special Tee Sponsors Domus Studio Heaviland The OConnor Family The Whitton Family

    Tee Sponsors AAA Imaging Celene Lyddon 07 & Claire Cortney 03 in Memory of Louise Cortney City Wide Maintenance Donation In Honor of the OLP Cross Country Team EDCO Disposal Educational Outfitters Hands on Labor Knowledge Stream/Troy & Paola Gorostiza 93 Mills Uniform Company Peg Stehly in Memory of Sr. Jeanette Van Vleck CSJ 6

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