What a weekend our speech and debate team had at the Stanford Invitational! We brought 10 speech members, and five of our impromptu speakers broke to quarterfinals. Bella Rucker ‘21 was a fourth place finalist in JV impromptu. With the grapevine closed due to snow, our van full van of Tologs took a long detour to make it home late last night. Congrats to the girls and Head Coach Leilani McHugh.
We are pleased to share that our students in Honors Scientific Research (aka “SciSearch”) have been awarded four Archer STEM Research Grants, which is a STEM initiative sponsored by the Archer School for Girls on the west side. Over $20,000 was available through the merit-based application process; all of our girls who submitted proposals received funding, for a total of ~ $4300 awarded to FSHA.
Please high-five the following students and ask them to describe their projects when you see them next –
Combating Antibiotic Resistance
Grace Lawlor and Ivian Zhang -- “From Dental Plaque to Cystic Fibrosis: Tackling the Biofilm Problem through Quorum Sensing Inhibition”
Winnie Cai and Samantha Covey– “Quorum Sensing: What did one bacterium say to the other? ‘Let's glow together!’”
Deriving Transportation Fuel from Microalgae
Sophie Johnson and Julia Powers – “Fighting Carbon with Carbon: Effect of Carbon Supplementation and Reducing Agents on Growth and Lipid Productivity in Chlorella Sorokiniana”
Cynthia Ma and Amesie Noll – “Can Iron Make the Difference? The Effect of Iron Supplementation on the Biomass Growth and Lipid Accumulation of Chlorella Sorokiniana”
They will conduct the experiments in the coming months and present their findings at various events in April and May. Please join me in cheering them on this semester.
Students in our freshmen religion classes travelled downtown to visit the Homeboy Industries exhibit at the Central Library, have dinner at Olvera Street and see the Virgen de Guadalupe play at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels. During the trip, they revisited past themes from the class and introduced upcoming themes. “Many were visiting a number of our destinations (if not all) for the first time. They gained a greater sense of the diversity that LA has to offer them!” said Ms. Jimenez.
Alumnae and their families lived out the motto “seeking truth, serving others” on Saturday by participating in the Cathedral of Our Lady of Angels' Adopt-a-Family program where they organized and wrapped donations for families in need.
Congrats to our varsity basketball team which beat Poly over the weekend at the Polytechnic Varsity Basketball Invitational to win the championship game. This was the team's 9th win in a row. Way to go ladies and congrats also to Head Coach Ty Buxman & his Assistant Coach Wes Stewart!
n intimate group of alumnae joined us on the Hill Wednesday night to decorate Christmas ornaments, with Ms. Kent, our ceramics instructor, providing enthusiastic instruction. Thanks to the alumnae who joined us for a fun evening!
Who would’ve thought that both my research projects in high school would eventually lead me to creating my own dual major and procuring a fantastic job opportunity abroad?
Five years ago, as a sophomore at FSHA, I was absolutely set on pursuing a science degree in college on a pre-medical track and that was that. I knew that my goal was to be a doctor and that biology was the only way to go. Little did I know, that would change.
The Junior Research Project (JRP) and the Senior Research Project (SRP) were both pivotal points in my academic career but I didn’t know it at the time. When I started the process of the JRP, I’m not going to lie, it was tough. I wasn’t the most social justice oriented 16-year-old, and it was a steep climb for me to find a research topic that was relevant and interesting to me without being overly simplistic or vague.
We love when grandparents visit us on the Hill each year!! ❤️❤️ The day began with performances by ComedySportz, the FSHA Chamber Singers and Chamber Players, and our dancers. Grandparents then met up with their granddaughters for a classroom visit, followed by lunch.
Sharitage (pronounced SHARE-itage) is a new monthly event hosted by the library. During the event Tologs share talents, educate us about something they do in their family or culture, or tell us a story about something interesting that happened to them outside of school time. This month’s Sharitage theme was food.
On November 5, senior Charlotte Taormina, kicked off the first Sharitage with a PowerPoint presentation about the differences between Israeli and Palestinian falafel, and then she served us samples she made herself! The Godinez sisters from Latinas United in Action educated us about the food found on a Mexican ofrenda on Dia de los Muertos. Mr. D’Mello shared a Pakistani pork dish with everyone, and Ms. Ortega passed around candies that her grandmother used to give her when she was a child. All in all, a dozen students and staff were moved to stand up and share short personal stories about everything from the invention of Keebler fudge stripes to a cherished Armenian family recipe created in a time of war that is now carefully passed down from generation to generation here in the United States.
The next event will be held on December 17 at lunchtime in the library. The theme will be holiday traditions in your family.
Graduation Live Stream
Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy live streams graduation each year. Information on how to tune in will be posted here!
Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy is an all girls' Catholic, Dominican, independent, college-preparatory day and boarding high school in the hills of La Cañada Flintridge. Overlooking Pasadena, FSHA educates girls from Los Angeles, Southern California and around the world for a life of faith, integrity and truth.
Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy
440 St. Katherine Drive La Cañada Flintridge, CA 91011 High School Office: 626-685-8300 Admissions: 626-685-8521