Dear Families and Friends of HRA,
The school year continues with non-stop fun and amazing events to edify the students and bring joy to the campus. Not the least of which was our glorious Open House. Many students, parents, faculty, and staff were on hand to greet fourteen families representing a potential 21 students. The visiting families continually expressed their excitement at the prospect of joining our school and spoke in glowing terms about their student tours.
Thank you most especially to my Office Assistant, Danielle DiCiero for her unflagging help in preparing all the marketing materials for the event. Parents such as Mrs. Mercurio, Mr. and Mrs. Koop, Mrs. Bell, Mrs. Zipay, Mr. Chennault, Mrs. Cookson, Mrs. Patton, and Mrs. Lee deserve my sincere thanks for talking with parents and making the evening so fun.
My very biggest thanks go to the best marketers of the school: the students. A huge thank you goes to the Ramos family for supplying balloons and to Marisa and Karina Ramos for their excellent tours. Thank you to superb tour guides, Jacob Owens, Patrick Czyz, Lee Cookson, Karina Biegel, Victoria Zipay, Sarah Lucas, Arianna Fouch, Eric Bjelland, Matthew Lastimoso, Mary Tappel, Atlin Bell, Juliana Biegel, Izaiha King, Nicolas Williams, Casey Painter, Elizabeth Pope, Dominic Zipay, Joseph Bjelland, John Lastimoso, Michael Chennault, Marianna Williams, Gabriel Zipay, Sophia Rose Jack Chennault Giselle Rachels, Macklen Bell, Giovanna Mercurio, Angela Patton, Zacchaeus Zipay, Maria Koop! I was overwhelmed by the joy in which you all showed off the school and spoke with such grace and poise. Thank you so much.
Since the Open House, we have received daily calls from those who were sorry to have missed the Open House and have made arrangements to come and visit the school since. Our kindergarten is nearly full and the elementary classes continue to fill up. We are hoping to add more students to our fantastic junior high and high school. Be sure to spread the word of the incredible education we offer here at Holy Rosary Academy!
Jr. Sr. Theses Presentations!
The Junior and Seniors truly treated the student body and faculty to a terrific series of theological and philosophical topics this past April 16th and 17th. The students spent the semester determining their topics, meeting with their teacher advisers, reading as much as they could on their respective topics, taking notes, writing outlines, writing draft after draft, and practicing reading their speech and answering questions from their peers.
Here are the topics chosen by the Juniors:
Patrick Czyz – Whether Dependence on Technology is Prudent?
Jacob Owens – Whether the Uninformed Voter Should Vote?
Justin Klump – Whether the Purpose of Punishment Is to Teach?
All three gentleman spoke to grades 5-12, their parents and guests, and the faculty. They fielded difficult questions and revealed their extensive study and true insights into these topics. Congratulations for a truly edifying afternoon, Patrick, Jacob, and Justin!
The Seniors also did a superb job. They had to defend their topics before a panel of distinguished guests as well as students, family, friends, and teachers. Here were their panelists and their topics:
Panel One was made up of Fr. Scott Medlock of St. Patrick’s Parish, former HRA parent, Mindy Goorchenko, and distinguished Family Practictioner, Dr. Mario Lanza. All three panelists offered difficult questions and tough counter-arguments to our three brave seniors who fielded the panelists deftly and patiently.
Here were the three senior topics:
Reagan Biegel – Whether Nuclear Warfare Is Morally Permissible?
Jamie Cookson – Whether Fairy Tales Are Good for Children?
Marisa Ramos – Whether Man Can Be Perfect as His Heavenly Father is Perfect?
Evening Two Panel: Dominican Fr. Paul Raftery, Mrs. Monica Kinney (3rd time panelist), and Mrs. Sarah Lindamood who pushed and pressed the seniors on their definitions and adroitly challenged the seniors to defend their positions.
Natalie Chennault: Whether Happiness Is a Feeling?
Michael Tappel: Whether God Offers All Men an Equally Difficult Road to Salvation?
After the two wonderful evenings with the seniors, the faculty took the seniors to an authentic Italian dinner and had an evening full of laughter and reminiscing about the last four years. Thank you, Seniors, for working so hard and giving us so much food for thought with your theses presentations!
Greek and Roman Festival
What a terrific day the students put on for the community of Anchorage. The second annual Greek and Roman Festival of plays and games took place (previously we focused on plays without the games and festivities). A huge thank you goes to Cynthia Geiermann who headed up the potluck lunch and directed our wonderful parents and grandparents like the Thompsons (grandparents to kindergartner, Blaise) and the Cooksons to help. A great deal of thanks goes to the seniors who valiantly helped me set up the tables and chairs for lunch, ran the Mythology Bingo game, looked out for the little children, and kept the atmosphere generally upbeat.
Some of the incredible games were:
The Labyrinth – built by Reagan Biegel, Jacob Owens, Justin Klump, Patrick Czyz, Victoria Zipay, Karina Biegel etc.. This game was a hit with the little children as they crawled on their hands and knees through cardboard trying to reach the candy and avoid the Minotaur. Bravo Greek II and Latin III for all your hard work.
The One-Eyed Chuck – invented by Mr. Welsh and the Latin I class! This was a game inspired by the famous Odysseus encounter with the angry Polyphemous, Cyclops who hurled rocks at Odysseus as Odysseus taunts him as he is escaping. Ryan Foster, Sang Nguyen, Therese Knox, Patrick Droege, and Lee Cookson had a blast challenging the students to hit the moving ships with one eye covered!
Cafe Olympia put on the third and fourth graders was one of the most enjoyable restaurant visits I have made. The students served (paper made simulations) wine and ostrich meat and other enjoyable treats of the Roman and Greek culture. Most of us were in stitches as the serving staff of nine and ten year olds gave us real world Roman attitudes and shoddy service. The General Manager played by Mikael Hilario gently came around doing “damage control” because of his surly servants. Thank you to Miss Theis for teaching her students what an authentic Mediterranean cafe is really like: loud, obnoxious, and fun, filled with rollicking antics and laughter! Thank you third and fourth grade!
The kindergartners and the sixth graders ran the Decathlon events and kept the student body fit and fancy free outside with races and high jumping etc. Thank you to Miss Viens and Mrs. Shaut for coordinating the events and making the outside part of the festival so fun!
The plays put on in St. Dominic’s were also a hit. The first and second grade recited Aesop’s Fables, “The Fox and the Grapes” and “The Dog in the Manger,” with just the right amount of inflection and cadence to keep us interested and enjoying the moral of the story. The fifth grade followed up with some animated depictions of further Aesop’s Fables: “The Owl and the Grasshopper,” “The Ant and the Grasshopper,” and “The Ant and the Chrysalis.” The break out dancing to “I Feel Good” was the surprise of the skits.
Latin IV wrote their own engaging play called, “Helena is Beautiful; Philosophy is Ugly. It was a brilliant discussion between Homer, Horace, Plato, and Cicero in which much arguing went on about a variety of philosophical ideas. The piece had the entire school howling and revealed what a truly classical education these bright students, Richard Maloy, Monica Klump, Karina Biegel, and Arianna Fouch, have absorbed. When you can turn the famous ideas of these great men into humorous barbs, you have really come to know your subject matter. Suffice it to say, though this wasn’t specifically a participation in Mortimer Adler’s The Great Conversation, it was a great conversation. Bravo to you Latin IV. I saw your play three times and laughed hardest the third time!
Thank you to all the parents and students who cooked and provided the delicious meals. Thank you to all who attended this sunny day filled with the joy of the past and the exuberance of the present. Thank you finally to all of our home schooling families and visiting families in attendance to join us for this wonderful day. Can’t wait to see you all next year for another Ancient Fest!
It is late, and I must head to bed, so I will regale you with May Crowning and our historical Etiquette Afternoon as well as exciting news about the upcoming graduating seniors’ college plans and much more. Until tomorrow, I bid you all good reading and a fond adieu.
Miss Catherine Neumayr, Principal