Fall 2021 Special Events Highlights

Fall Semester 2021 of The Word Magazine
The Pfister Hotel hosted mothers or special mother figures and their daughters at the annual Mother Daughter Liturgy & Luncheon on November 21. After celebrating Mass with Marquette University’s Fr. Tom Anderson presiding, mothers and daughters experienced quality time together over a meal while Comedy Sportz of Milwaukee provided hilarious, goodtime, family-friendly entertainment. Moms and daughters were able to commemorate the day by taking a professional photo together. 

Dashers showed their philanthropic and spirited enthusiasm at the end of September for the annual Dash-a-Thon, a 7-mile themed run/walk full of sisterhood, glitter, and fun. The theme for this year’s event was Dasher Zoo; freshmen dressed as sea animals, sophomores as land animals, junior as air animals, and the seniors as the zookeepers. Dash-a-Thon also provides students a chance to give back to DSHA and celebrate the mission, vision, and community of the school. Students raised a record-shattering amount of $104,964.75 in the only student-run fundraiser that supports DSHA. 

One hundred and four golfers enjoyed a round of golf at the University Club of Milwaukee on September 10 at the Parent Athletic Association Dasher Golf Outing & Dinner, where all proceeds help DSHA Athletics give student-athletes the best coaches, training, and equipment. Sofia Miranda, DSHA ’22, the president of the Student Athletic Advisory Council, and a member of the 2021 Division 1 State Championship soccer team, spoke at the dinner. She shared her experience playing soccer and the empowerment she feels because of the opportunities and the generosity of those present at the outing. 

DSHA welcomed hundreds of 7th and 8th grade girls and their families in October for DSHA Open House. After Mass with School Chaplain and Theology Faculty Fr. Patric Nikolas, SDS, families went on student-led tours throughout the building and met faculty members across multiple departments. Prospective students were also able to learn about the co-curricular and athletic experiences offered, as well as see the Divine Strings and the theatre department perform.

The DSHA Class of 2025 had an orientation day to themselves before school officially began in late August. After a pep rally with the Penny Dashers in the morning, students were able to walk through their daily schedules, as well as learn more about Freshman Wellness, Campus Ministry, and Student Services. The day ended with Mass in the Mother of Our Savior Chapel.
Alumnae, parents, past parents, and other members of the DSHA community were invited to gather on the Sunday of Irish Fest downtown at the Aer Lingus Hospitality Area. Following the DSHA tradition to celebrate Irish Fest, the community enjoyed the atmosphere and the chance to connect with one another following the annual Milwaukee Irish Fest Liturgy for Peace and Justice.
    • Anya Dempsey, DSHA ’25 (left), with her mother Sandra Dempsey and Cloe Vang, DSHA ’25, with her mother Xai Vang at the Mother Daughter Liturgy & Luncheon.

    • Brisedia Palacios, DSHA ’22 (right), paints the face of Madeline Kindberg, DSHA ’23, during Dash-a-Thon.

    • From left to right are current parents Chelsey Simuncak, Julie Swiderski, Aimee Sullivan, DSHA ’91, and Melissa Kharitou at the Parent Athletic Association Golf Outing & Dinner.

    • From left to right are Veronica Schoenauer, DSHA ’23, Katherine Mark, DSHA ’25, and Janyla Brown, DSHA ’25 during freshman orientation.

    • Jenny Poethig, DSHA ’97, with daughters Julianna (left) and Caitlyn (right) at Irish Fest.


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