This fall, 168 of DSHA's newest alumnae will head off to college to their best-possible-fit school. Cheer on these graduates on as you glance through a snapshot of where the Class of 2019 will land this fall. ____________________________
This spring, eleven portraits — created by students of the DSHA Art Club — joined a group of roughly 4,500 portraits that made their way oversees to the Syrian border where over two million Syrians have been relocated to temporary neighborhoods and refugee camps. Despite being recently relocated from their war-torn homeland, and with barely any possessions to their names, eleven of these children now hold a Dasher-created portrait to cherish for a lifetime.
In late February, juniors and seniors taking Advanced Placement Human Geography with Social Studies Faculty Chris Weiss, DS ’70, were tasked with researching their ancestry and designing a corresponding family tree. On the surface, the project was meant for students to grasp a deeper understanding of five key concepts—culture, agriculture, development, urbanization and migration—but the lessons learned went well beyond the components of the textbook, and entered into family discovery, story, and human connection.
After winning both the WIAA Regionals and Sectionals to advance to the WIAA State Championship in mid-June — where they fought hard to the wire — the Varsity Soccer Team finished the season with a 14-7-4 final record, surpassing goals and with a WIAA second place finish.
How many teachers can say they’ve loved every single one of their students? Retiring Theology Faculty Lorna Grade can. She has authentically loved them all. And leaving these young women will be the hardest part of retirement.
After 35 years of teaching in all-boys atmospheres, World Language Faculty and Diversity and Inclusion Coordinator Jim Wilkinson dipped his toes in a different camp: the all-girls environment of DSHA. Now knee-deep after five years at DSHA, he prepares to leave education—and DSHA has him to thank for changing the lives of endless students and the culture of the school itself.
An ordained preist, Social Studies and Theology faculty Fr. Dennis Thiessen, SDS, uses his salvatorian charism to relate to DSHA students, faculty and staff.
In 2013, Pope Francis urged priests not to isolate themselves, but to make a connection with their parishioners and people. He called it “being a shepherd living with the smell of the sheep.” Fr. Dennis lives this daily, and students and faculty love him for it.
New this year to DSHA’s science curriculum, AP Environmental Science is expanding upon concepts students learned previously in their biology and chemistry courses as well as electives such as geology, astronomy, ecology, oceanography, marine science, sustainability, and conservation. Under the direction of faculty Jamie Lemminger, who also serves as the DSHA Science Department chair, over forty students are taking the class, the most currently enrolled in an AP science course. Students are gaining greater insight into how they can maintain God’s creation as well as how they can affect global change.
The DSHA varsity ski team won their second state championship in the past two years, but tri-captain Michelle Horning, DSHA ’19, feels like this accomplishment is just the tip of the iceberg –– or would it be mountain?
On Wednesday, December 12, students, faculty and staff celebrated the feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe with an all-school Mass –– a joint effort by the Furia Latina club and DSHA Campus Ministry. Woven together were culture and faith in a beautiful bilingual celebration that is perhaps best summed up from the gospel reading of the day from Luke 1:45: "Blessed is she who has believed that the lord would fulfill his promises to her!”
This article has been pulled from the spring 2019 edition of The Word. _______________________________
This fall, DSHA’s varsity tennis team joined the ranks of Dasher teams to remember. They finished runner-up in the state team tournament, while two Dashers Logan White, DSHA ‘19 and Jordan Schifano, DSHA ’20, went head-to-head in the singles semi-finals; and in an unexpected turn, head coach Melissa Gebhardt faced off against her own daughter in the team’s final match – it could even be called a wild finish to a victorious season.