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  • Summer 2015 | 1Academy of Our Lady of Peace {Spring 2015}

    O L P M a g a z i n e

    Academy of Our Lady of Peace {Summer 2015}

    OLP GIRLS HAVE THE

    Courage to Change the World

  • 2 | OLP Magazine

    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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    13

    24

    4STEM

    6Storytelling

    21Alumnae

    13Changemakers

    Learn about the new STEM Certificate being offered this

    fall at OLP.

    Mrs. Turner of the English Department shares the

    adventures in storytelling her class had when they created

    childrens books.

    OLP graduates have the courage to change the world. See how grads are making a difference across the planet.

    Alumnae from all years share their news, announcements

    and updates in our Pilots Take Flight section.

    19Service

    OLP student Madeline Ivanjack 16 shares the experience she had

    with 6 of her classmates on a service trip to Boston over

    Spring Break.

    18Board of Directors

    Current Board Chair Mike Coughlin welcomes incoming Board Chair Coreen Petti. Learn

    about her vision for OLP.

  • Summer 2015 | 3

    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 Margot Howard

    Katie Turner Dr. Melinda Blade

    Madeline Ivanjack 16 Ilene Nagem '70

    Lauren Barclay 05 Rachel McKinney 04

    Danielle Burner 14 Michele Schiele 85

    Kirsten Rauber Hadzicki 81 Rivka Bent

    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, RSCJ 53 Antonina R. Sciuto-Morales 76

    Peg Stehly

    Academy of Our Lady Of Peace

    OLPMagazine

    Class notes should be sent to Margot Howard at mhoward@aolp.org

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

    Letter From Head of SchoolDear OLP Pilot Community,

    In just four short years, the OLP community was blessed and forever touched by the lives of the young women in the

    Class of 2015 who left an indelible mark upon our school. Their collective academic accomplishments are tremendous. These 164 graduates in the Class of 2015 were extended more than 750 offers of admission to colleges and universities internationally, and garnered more than $20.7 million in merit, scholarship and grant dollars. More than 30% of the Class of 2015 chose to pursue STEM majors in college.

    The leadership and service of our OLP students, inside the halls of Villa Montemar, and outside in our greater San Diego community, emulates that which we are working collectively as faculty and staff to ensure lives on in each of them the legacy of the charism of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet.

    In this issue, we celebrate that ferocious tenacity, to lead where others might shy away, and to have the courage to work toward change in areas that are less pleasing. Always intent on that which impacts le prochain, the dear neighbor, our graduates are the women seeking to make a difference in our world. The Courage to Change the World, isnt just the title of this OLP Magazine edition, but a reminder of the work they are doing globally to carry on this important 365-year tradition of our CSJ sisters.

    We celebrate the work of alumnae Michele Schiele 85, Rachel McKinney 04, Lauren Barclay 05 and Danielle Burner 14, as each of them strive to make a difference in the communities in which they serve. Many current OLP students are already working to make small impacts through their service work. On pages 6 and 19, you can read more about their service trip to Boston as well as students in Advanced Writing & Literature connecting their talents in partnership with a local childrens book project.

    In a spirit of thanksgiving, we also recognize the leadership and dedication of our Board Chair emeritus, John Mike Coughlin, who graciously guided the Board of Directors for the past two years (2013-2015), and welcome our incoming Board Chair, Coreen Petti. The eighteen members of our Board of Directors have been a continual team of strength for the Academy of Our Lady of Peace, ensuring that our mission, catholic identity and CSJ charism are vibrant and strong.

    As we celebrate the beauty of this summer season, I wish you all wonderful times with family and friends, and look forward to seeing you at Villa Montemar next fall as we welcome in the 2015-2016 school year!

    God Bless,

    Lauren LekHead of School

    Read more about our graduates online in the Portrait of a Graduate at http://bit.ly/1H00POr

  • 4 | OLP Magazine

    Optimist International Oratorical Contest10TH GRADE FIRST PLACE Karime Laborin '17

    Awards and RecognitionOptimist Club: Kensington 11TH GRADE FIRST PLACE Catherine Dang '16 SECOND PLACE Cathy Wynn '16 THIRD PLACE Katya Arana '16

    American Legion Auxiliary 11TH GRADE FIRST PLACE Lorea Mendiguren '16 - $100; also went on to win Third Place at the District Level for an additional $25 FIRST PLACE Sasha Ramirez '16 - $100 SECOND PLACE Pauline Mainou '16 - $75 THIRD PLACE Makaela Nagy '16 - $50

    9TH GRADE FIRST PLACE Tara McCollough '18 - $75; also went on to win First Place at the District Level for $75 more. Her essay has been sent to the State level for judging. SECOND PLACE Angelina (Gigi) Manasan '18 - $50 THIRD PLACE Kayla Gladnick '18 - $25

    On May 16, 2015 Karime Laborin 17, competed at the District Level (finals) of the Optimist International Oratorical Contest and earned first place. She was awarded a $2,500 scholarship. Karime had the opportunity to present her speech for Optimist International, three times across various levels, on the topic "How My Optimism Will Help Me Press on to Greater Achievements of the Future."

    The Academy of Our Lady of Peace Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) certificate program acknowledges students for their achievements and involvement in STEM related activities. Students completing the requirements to earn a STEM certificate will receive special recognition at their commencement ceremony, as well as a seal of completion on their graduation diploma. In addition, documentation of STEM completion will be noted on their transcript. Visit aolp.org for more information.

    I. Maintain 3.0 overall GPA (unweighted cumulative)

    II. Adherence to all policies outlined in the Student/Parent Handbook

    III. Complete the minimum units in each of the following categories (must maintain a 3.0 average in the following courses): Math 40 units Science 40 units STEM Electives 30 units

    IV. STEM Portfolio (updated at the completion of each semester): Semester reflections and coursework

    examples to be included in portfolio. Contains evidence of related activities.

    V. Outreach (complete one or more of the following per school year): Membership and full participation in at

    least one OLP STEM club (Robotics, SHPE Jr., etc.).

    Successful completion of an approved nationally-recognized certification program (Adobe, Windows, Apple, Google, etc.).

    Pre-approved internship with STEM related off-campus entity (i.e., civil engineering, architecture, medical, general science).

    VI. Advisory Panel Present their portfolio to a STEM

    Advisory Panel at the completion of their senior year.

    REQUIREMENTS

    certificate

  • Summer 2015 | 5

    Lauren Brown Named

    Athlete of the YearEach year, a committee of coaches, past and present, evaluates all senior athletes based on a variety of criteria

    including athletic success over the four years. This year, the committee was honored to

    present the Athlete of the Year award to senior Lauren Brown.

    Lauren was a four-year varsity letterwoman for the Softball

    team. Her accolades and honors during those four years were

    numerous.

    For her four-year career, Lauren had 739 strikeouts and 66

    wins. Her expertise on the field was recognized by her peers,

    coaches and CIF.

    Lauren signed her Letter of Intent at the San Diego Hall

    of Champions and she will be attending UCSD in the Fall.

    No doubt, as a top athlete and top scholar, Lauren will excel

    with the Tritons of UC

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