School News

2019

  • August

    Check out where the members of the Class of 2019 are headed this fall!

    Class of 2019 College Matriculation

    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. 
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  • Caitlin Moyer, DSHA '01, and her team work behind a screen to provide over 2 million followers behind-the-scenes access to the Milwaukee Brewers.

    Dasher's Drive Shapes Brewers' Social Persona

    BY MOLLY SHEA
    Caitlin Suess Moyer, DSHA '01, shares her journey to becoming the Director of New Media for the Milwaukee Brewers, where she enhances fan engagement with a following heard around the world.

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  • Lera Davis, DSHA '20, a master at work in the DSHA Visual Arts Suite.

    The Memory Project: Portraits of Purpose

    BY MOLLY SHEA
    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.
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  • The DSHA Track & Field Team celebrate their WIAA Sectional victory at the end of May. The following weekend, they placed second at the WIAA State competition.

    DSHA Track & Field Team Works Toward A Bright Future

    BY MADELINE ZUKOWSKI, DSHA '11
    The DSHA Track & Field Team was inches away from a state championship this season. Bringing home the runner-up trophy, they've let their competitors know they're a force ready for anything.
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  • July

    For much of the spring semester, family trees lined the walls of the Social Studies wing on the first floor. Each student of AP Human Geography displayed the results of her investigation into her family history. Specific focus was placed on how each family's story reflected the culture, agriculture, development, urbanization, and migration of the global world.

    Everyone Comes From Somewhere

    BY MADELINE ZUKOWSKI, DSHA '11
    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.
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  • The DSHA Varsity Soccer Team celebrates their Division 1 Runner-Up finish on June 15. Photo courtesy of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

    A Fight to the Finish

    BY ALLISON CASWELL, DSHA '04
    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.

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  • Former Theology Faculty Lorna Grade constantly gave of herself to her students.

    A Fierce Love of Students

    BY MADELINE ZUKOWSKI, DSHA '11
    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.
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  • Former World Language Faculty and Diversity and Inclusion Coordinator Jim Wilkinson challenged the culture at DSHA—and made DSHA a better place because of it.

    Filling the Hole

    BY MADELINE ZUKOWSKI, DSHA '11
    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.
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  • The DSHA rugby team celebrated winning the Single School National Title May 19.

    Sisters Before Champions — National Champions, That Is!

    BY MADELINE ZUKOWSKI, DSHA '11
    The DSHA rugby team won the Single School National Title defeating across-town rivals Catholic Memorial High School.
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  • May

    Fr. Dennis Thiessen, the only priest currently on staff, has a love for and a great connection with his students.

    A Shepherd with the Smell of Sheep

    BY MADELINE ZUKOWSKI, DSHA '11
    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.
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  • DSHA Science Department Chair and AP Environmental Science teacher Jamie Lemminger is dedicated to helping girls find their passions.

    Connections That Matter: AP Environmental Science Course Combines College-Prep Curriculum With Real World Experience

    BY ALLISON CASWELL DSHA '04
    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.
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  • The ski team celebrates after winning back-to-back state championships.

    Ski Team Runs with Back-to-Back State Championships

    BY MADELINE ZUKOWSKI, DSHA '11
    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?
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  • Vivi Sanchez, DSHA '21 (left), performs a traditional Aztec worship dance during the Our Lady of Guadalupe Mass.

    Faith, Culture, and Community

    BY MOLLY SHEA
    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!”

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  • The DSHA varisty tennis team traveled to State for the first time since 2013, and finished runner-up.

    A Season to Remember: Varsity Tennis Finishes Runner-Up At State

    BY ALLISON CASWELL, DSHA '04
    This article has been pulled from the spring 2019 edition of The Word.
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    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.
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  • February

    Students gather in Social Studies Faculty Patrick Dawson's room to discuss the importance of Black History Month during the Feb. 15 Dasher Dialogue. It was one of four rooms where Dashers engaged in dialogue with each other.

    Conversing about Culture in a Safe Space

    BY MADELINE ZUKOWSKI, DSHA '11
    DSHA students, faculty and staff discuss the importance of Black History Month through a special Dasher Dialogue.


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  • Students from Messmer High School, Marquette University High School and DSHA prepare to cross the Edmund Pettus Bridge, an experience they called “empowering,” “depressing” and “inspiring.”

    Students Reflect on Civil Rights Pilgrimage

    BY FRANK MILLER
    Their trip did not have the drama of Saul’s road to Damascus or the rigor of Jesus’ journey through the desert.
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  • Jane Florence, DSHA ’19, paints the nails of elderly ladies at the assisted living center at Gables of Germantown.

    Vocare Service Immersion Prepares Students for the Future

    BY MADELINE ZUKOWSKI, DSHA '11
    As high school freshmen, students familiarize themselves with a new school, new people and a new environment, often nervous and excited to start a new chapter of their lives.
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