BY PRESIDENT KATIE KONIECZNY, DSHA '92 & PRINCIPAL DAN QUESNELL
This letter was included in the Summer 2019 edition of The Word. It discusses the implementation of Applied Wellness, an approach to educating the whole person new to the 2019-2020 school year. _______________________________
Each year, the DSHA Campus Ministry Officers work alongside the Campus Ministry faculty and staff to plan, coordinate, and lead a school year’s-worth of faith formation activities for their classmates. This group of seniors applies for their positions via an extensive written application and interview process toward the end of their junior year.
Come senior year, these officers are the driving force behind all things Campus Ministry — retreats and service, prayer and worship, and a host of other opportunities rooted in the Salvatorian mission to make known the goodness and kindness of Jesus Christ. And all with the hope of involving and engaging their classmates in their personal faith journey and the community at large.
On Friday, May 17, the exiting 2018-2019 officers and the incoming 2019-2020 officers met for a celebratory gathering following the closing Mass of the school year. They prayed, broke bread (in the form of cupcakes!) together, exchanged gifts, and reflected on the year that was, and the year that is to come. _______________________________
This past spring, World Language Faculty Madame Gleeson led 14 DSHA juniors and seniors studying French on a two-week trip to France. They spent a week in Limoges with a host family — eating meals, attending school, and engaging in hobbies with them. The remainder of the trip included time spent in Paris, visitng historic sites and experiencing Parisian culture. Each student kept a journal while on the trip. Three students share their thoughts on the trip below.
Catie Malone, DSHA '19, won the Courage Award at the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel's High School Sports Awards night in early May. The Courage Award recognizes individuals who don't let personal or physical challenges get in the way of the desire to be an athlete. Read Catie's nomination letter, written by DSHA cross country coach Andrew Lelinski, below. _______________________________
Divine Savior Holy Angel’s “Mosaic” program is an annual tradition in which the senior class pledges to give back to DSHA in gratitude for the past four years and to pay it forward to the next generation of Dashers.
At a special assembly led by their class spokeswomen, all seniors are asked to make a four-year Mosaic pledge. The first gift of $5 is made in their freshman year of college. In year two, it is $10, then $15, and then $20 for a total pledge of $50. The math comes to less than 4 cents a day: 4 cents a day for DSHA!
During the assembly, the senior class spokeswomen shared why they give back through Mosaic. _______________________________
This fall, DSHA took on the heavy-lift production of Les Misérables. In the planning stages of this production, DSHA Theatre Director Rhonda Schmidt had the vision to offer three young women the leadership role of Student Assistant Director.Ale Razo, DSHA ’20, shares her first-person experience as one these directors – and how her research, hard work, and vision helped shaped a show to remember. This piece was pulled from the spring issue of The Word. _______________________________
In honor of the class of 2019, two outstanding young women from the class were profiled in the April edition of the Word. Hear from Morgan Martin, DSHA ’19, about her research at the Medical College of Wisconsin and the immeasurable opportunities DSHA has given her over her four years. _______________________________
In honor of the class of 2019, two outstanding young women from the class were profiled in the April edition of the Word. Hear from Maura Brennan, DSAH '19, about her life-changing education at DSHA and her experience with the school's Lenten project this year, which helped her become aware of issues not only in other countries, but also in our own city. _______________________________
Who knew a one-week trip could change you so much? I was one of the fortunate students given the opportunity to participate in the Civil Rights Pilgrimage this past summer. Beforehand, I thought the trip would be a big history lesson in which I learned more about the civil rights movement that changed our country 50 years ago. I was also excited to make my first trip outside Wisconsin, visiting other states for the first time in my life!
It was overwhelming — and life changing. The National Memorial for Peace and Justice in Montgomery, Alabama, was one of the last sites we visited on our Civil Rights Pilgrimage. For me, it was the most affecting. Rounding a corner as I entered the main section of the memorial, I was confronted by a giant image of a black teenager being lynched before 10,000 cheering white onlookers. For a moment, it paralyzed me. I stared at the spectators in the photo, many of them smiling and even laughing at the young man’s torture.
To say the Pilgrimage was amazing would simply be an understatement. This trip changed me more than any other trip I have ever taken because it was not just a trip. It was a Pilgrimage — a quest, a week-long, soul-searching journey that took my classmates and me to historic sites throughout the South and raised big questions about our faith and its meaning in our lives.
Divine Savior Holy Angels seniors embarked on a two-week service immersion experience called Vocare. Vocare, the Latin word meaning “to draw forth” or “to call,” is the capstone of each student’s four years of service. Each senior serves two full weeks in the greater Milwaukee community, serving children, elderly or those with special needs. Several seniors shared their experiences with the school during a January 29 assembly.