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.