• June

    Kate Krueger, DSHA '24, addresses classmates during commencement.

    Class of 2024 Co-Valedictorian Speech

    Kate Krueger, DSHA '24
    Kate Krueger, DSHA '24, is co-valedictorian this year along with Abigail Quesnell, DSHA '24. In the fall, Kate will be attending Notre Dame University and plans to study finance. You can watch her remarks to the class of 2024 here.
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  • Nala Johnson, DSHA '24, was voted to represent the Spirit of the Class of 2024.

    A Farewell from the Class of 2024

    Nala Johnson, DSHA 24
    Nala Johnson, DSHA '24, was chosen by her peers as the student who most reflected "The Spirit of the Class." Johnson will attend Howard University in Washington, D.C. where she plans to study psychology and get on the pre-med track. Below are excerpts from her speech at graduation where she reflected upon how DSHA has prepared her and her classmates for the next stage of their lives and how to keep striving in the future—all told via a soaring eagle metaphor.
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  • Abigail Quesnell, DSHA '24, addresses the senior class at commencement on May 24, 2024.

    Class of 2024 Co-Valedictorian Speech

    Abigail Quesnell, DSHA '24
    Abigail Quesnell, DSHA '24, is co-valedictorian this year along with Kate Krueger, DSHA '24. Abigail will attend the University of Wisconsin-Madison in the fall where she plans to study electrical engineering. You can watch her remarks to the class of 2024 here.
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  • May

    Melanie Sanchez, DSHA '24, and Stacy Ramirez, DSHA '24 led the senior class in a prayer at commencement.

    A Prayer for the Class of 2024

    Melanie Sanchez, DSHA '24, and Stacy Ramirez, DSHA '24
    At commencement, Melanie Sanchez, DSHA '24, and Stacy Ramirez, DSHA '24, led the DSHA community and their peers in a prayer they wrote on behalf of the graduating class. Watch a video of this prayer here.
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  • On Embracing STEM and Leadership at DSHA and Beyond

    Kate Sohn, DSHA '24
    Salutatorian Kate Sohn, DSHA '24, addressed TEMPO, Wisconsin's largest professional group for women, during their meeting in May 2024. Here are her remarks:
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  • April

    Hailey Bachmann, DSHA ’24; Peyton Washington, DSHA ’25; and Angeline Ortiz Mireles, DSHA ’26, pose with President Katie Konieczny, DSHA '92, after receiving their 2023-24 Woman of Character Scholarship awards.

    Reflections from Woman of Character Scholarship Awardees

    This Woman of Character Scholarship was established in 2007 by Christina Engel Scopturr, HA ’70, with her husband Paul, parents of Carolyn McNally Scoptur, DSHA ’02; Katherine Scoptur Lawton, DSHA ’04; and Alexandra Scoptur, DSHA ’08. This scholarship recognizes that as peers, students are role models to one another, and honors one senior, junior, and sophomore for being proactive and dynamic students who are enthusiastic learners, bold explorers, courageous achievers, and community builders. Students are first nominated by faculty and staff, and then from a pool of finalists, faculty and staff determine an awardee from each of three classes.
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  • "We Take Girls Seriously"

    Academic Dean, Dr. Heather Mansfield
    Dr. Heather Mansfield is in her 20th school year serving as the Academic Dean for DSHA. As a part of her role, she oversees the direction of the DSHA curriculum, and the institutional approach to college-prep academics. Mansfield and the DSHA teaching faculty understand that education is a long game, and that the strategy behind the approach is keenly important—from both institutional and individual student perspectives. Mansfield often says, “DSHA takes girls seriously.” The following Q&A outlines what that means—the art, the science, and why it matters for the young women at DSHA.
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  • March

    Scholarship awardee Annabelle Leh, DSHA '25.

    A Reflection from the 2023-24 Alumnae Service Scholarship Awardee

    Annabelle Leh, DSHA '25
    The Alumnae Service Scholarship was established in 2000 and recognizes the tradition of service, a cornerstone of the DSHA faith formation experience for students from freshman through senior year. This scholarship is awarded to one sophomore or junior each year who has a demonstrated commitment to serving others and academic achievement. Applications, including references and a service reflection essay, are reviewed by a committee of alumnae who consider the type of service work performed, and the incorporation of that commitment of service into her life in the present and after graduation. Leh was chosen as the recipient of this scholarship for the 2023-24 school year. Read on for an excerpt from Annabelle Leh's, DSHA '25, scholarship-winning reflection.
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  • Scholarship awardee Emma Bruckman, DSHA '24.

    A Reflection from the 2023-24 Outstanding Pro-Life Advocate Scholarship Awardee

    Emma Bruckman, DSHA '24
    Established in 2022, this scholarship is awarded each year to a student based on her involvement in the Respect Life Co-Curricular at DSHA, and/or service opportunities promoting pro-life initiatives. At DSHA, the Respect Life Co-Curricular promotes awareness-of-life issues including advocating for the unborn and expectant mothers, human trafficking, the death penalty, euthanasia, aging, dying, mental illness, brain disorders, and more. Emma Bruckman, DSHA '24, was chosen as the recipient of this scholarship for the 2023-24 school year. Read on for an excerpt from her scholarship-winning essay.
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  • Dash-A-Thon founders Pam Knoll Dohrety, DSHA '84; Director of Salvatorian Service Dr. Katie Pickart, DSHA '84; and Julie Rebek Wendelberger, DSHA '84 dressed in

    40 Years of Dash-A-Thon

    By Erin McCarville with Julie Rebek Wendelberger, DSHA '84
    On September 27, DSHA faculty, staff, and students gathered in the Chris & John McDermott Gymnasium to kick off the 40th Annual Dash-A-Thon. A beloved tradition, Dash-A-Thon is the largest student-led fundraiser that culminates in a themed 7-mile walk/run to raise money for the school. Since its inception, it has raised over $2 million for DSHA. The event was originally founded in 1983 by the Student Council Executive Committee at the time of Julie Rebek Wendelberger, DSHA ’84; Debra Leack Braun, DSHA ’84; Anne Kresse Pillion, DSHA ’84; Pam Knoll Doherty, DSHA ’84; and Director of Salvatorian Service Dr. Katie Daily Pickart, DSHA ’84. Four decades later, Dash-A-Thon continues to be led by student leaders in School Pride (SPRIDE), an elected commission of the DSHA Student Council whose members organize spirit weeks, assemblies, and other student events.

    The 40th celebration began with a pep rally and a performance by the DSHA Dance Team. Three of Dash-A-Thon’s founders including Pickart, Wendelberger, and Knoll were present to address the girls. Dressed in their “fisherwoman” outfits to match the Swimming into the School Year theme, the alumnae spoke to students, sharing their love for DSHA and why they started Dash-A-Thon to raise school spirit and come together as a community.
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  • Meaghan Lagore, DSHA '16, addressing the Class of 2024 at Vocare Send-Off

    Vocare Send-Off Address: Go Make a Difference in the World

    Meaghan Lagore, DSHA '16
    Admissions and Marketing Coordinator Meaghan Lagore, DSHA '16, shared her impactful Vocare experience with Dashers at the 2024 Vocare Send-Off Assembly. Read her remarks to students.
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  • February

    A Letter from College

    Sophie Paruzynski, DSHA ’23
    Sophie Paruzynski, DSHA ’23, a freshman at the University of Minnesota, is pursuing a computer engineering degree. She recently reflected on her DSHA and first semester college experiences in a letter for the DSHA STEM Scholars.


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  • Emily Fricker, DSHA '24

    DSHA's Impact on Me

    Emily Fricker, DSHA '24
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  • January

    Students enjoying Mass in the Mother of Our Savior Chapel

    Student Reflections on Catholic Schools Week

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