WORLD: Mary's Meals

Mary's Meals is a charity that provides meals to children all throughout the world, and does so exclusively in their schools. In gibing children a meal during school they are better equipped for the school day ahead, making them more eager to learn. Magnus Macfarlane-Barrow, the Mary's Meals Founder and CEO, started this charity in 1992 with the help of his brother, Fergus, to aid people recovering from the Bosnian War. The two brothers started asking for donations of food, clothing, water, and other essentials to help the people in need. The brothers only thought their small act of kindness would last a couple of weeks, but people started to listen. As donations started to double, the brothers responded by quitter their jobs to support their charity. Originally the charity was called SIR (Scottish International Relief), but was later changed to Mary's Meals because Mary is the mother of God, who raised her son in poverty, Mary's Meals has a background in faith, but the charity's …

Posted by Bug Beat in Student Life, Service on Thursday November 2
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SPORTS: Salaries Gone Wild

For decades, college football at large Division 1 schools has grossed millions for the universities. Although football has become a significant source of income for colleges across the country, the costs of providing thousands of fans with a football team to watch every Saturday in the fall is almost as costly. While these costs seem to be high, they are completely necessary; it is prudent for a football team to have a coaching staff, a practice facility, uniforms, transportation to games, and , of course, a football stadium. Nevertheless, a football team's amenities, facilities, and coaching staff would be worthless without dedicated alum's supporting their alma mater and the die-hard fans.

In the table, we can see just how important the head coaching job is to Division 1 colleges and how the President of the actual university is often paid significantly less.

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University Football Coach's Salary President of the University's Salary
University of Alabama Nick Saban: $11.125 million (USA …
Posted by Bug Beat in Student Life on Thursday October 26
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Nicole Chandonnet, 2017 Salutatorian: Graduation Speech

I think we all remember August 16, 2013, when each of us entered St. Cecilia for our first day of high school. New teachers greeted us with loving smiles, as new classmates exchanged nervous glances and giggles. And, here we are, four years later, May 19, 2017, as hopefully more mature and certainly more educated seniors waiting to graduate and leave St. Cecilia for the last time. Beaming at us today are the smiles of all our wonderful teachers, who have seen each one of us develop amazing friendships and grow into strong young women. For some of us, this day could not have come faster, but for others, it feels as if we just started. Whether these past four years have been fast or slow, we did it together. I am so incredibly proud of everyone; this is a huge accomplishment.

God, our parents, teachers, and the community that we formed with one another have made our four years at SCA possible. Dorothy Day once said, “We have all known the long loneliness, and we have found that the …

Posted by Susan on Thursday May 25
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Brianne Kendall, 2017 St. Cecilia Girl: 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 my way.

Next year will be the first time …

Posted by srbernadette in St. Cecilia Academy, Student Life, SCA Traditions on Thursday May 25
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Zoe Dongas, 2017 Valedictorian: Graduation 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
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Baccalaureate Mass

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. They light the …

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

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 decorated every year …

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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