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SJA E-NEWS | April 21, 2017 In This Issue Student Spotlight College Corner Health Sciences Honors Program Seniors Present Accomplishments Students Gain Real World Communications Experience from Alumna Leader Alumna Shares Medical School Knowledge and Advice with Students Student Wellness Survey is Next Week! Spring Scholarship Luncheon is Next Month! Parents, Will You Help with This Challenge? Sports Highlights

Parents: At-A-Glance Sunday, April 23 Mother-Daughter Eucharist and Brunch 10 a.m.-12 p.m.

Monday, April 24 Junior Day Retreat, 8 a.m.-3 p.m. ODE Testing - U.S. History Auditorium, 8 a.m.-12 p.m.

Tuesday, April 25 ODE Testing - U.S. Government Auditorium, 8 a.m.-12 p.m.

Wednesday, April 26 Early Dismissal, 2 p.m. Talent Show, 7 p.m. Family Open House for Paws for Pride, 6-8 p.m.

Thursday, April 27 Student Wellness Survey

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Monday, May 1 ODE Testing - Biology, Auditorium, 8 a.m.-12 p.m.

Wednesday, May 3 ODE Testing - Algebra, Auditorium, 8 a.m.-12 p.m. Spring Scholarship Luncheon, Westwood Country Club

Thursday, May 4 ODE Testing - Algebra, Auditorium, 8 a.m.-12 p.m.

Friday, April 28 Paws for Pride!

Health Sciences Honors Program Seniors Present Accomplishments This week, Health Sciences Honors Program Seniors that have completed the Purple pathway presented their individual portfolios, including a summary of clinical hours. The final presentations are a vital component of the program, which strives to prepare young women for a life of compassionate leadership and service in healthcare professions. Graduates of the Purple Pathway presented to members of the Health Sciences Honors Program Advisory Board, including Dr. Debbie GhazoulMills '79, P'13 and '14, Dr. Fred Frost P'10 and '16, both of the Cleveland


Clinic; Dr. Brian Gallagher of West Park Dental, Dr. Emily Roach '02 of the North Royalton Animal Hospital, Barbara Kuemerle P'20 of Case Western Reserve University and Dr. Meghan Crute '02 of Westshore Dermatology.

Friday, May 5 Leadershop, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Open to current 6th and 7th grade students

Saturday, May 6 High School Placement Test Prep Class, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. 7th grade girls only are welcome to register.

Four Seniors participated in the Purple Pathway and are prepared for an education that extends past college toward a doctoral degree. The Purple Pathway was completed by Seniors Christine Zaky, Olivia Battistoni, Kaylyn Johnson and Mary Hyland.

Student Spotlight L-R Seniors Mary Hyland, Christine Zaky, Kaylyn Johnson and Olivia Battistoni

Congratulations, ladies, on the successful completion of this rigorous program!

Students Gain Real World Communications Experience from Alumna Leader

Name: Joslyn MuĂąiz '18 Accomplishments: Joslyn MuĂąiz '18 has been a member of Team Enerjagers since her Freshman year. The team was selected as one of the winning teams in this year's Lexus Eco Challenge: Air & Climate. The Enerjagers worked to raise awareness to help stop global warming and promote alternate energy options. "This year I was promoted to project manager. In this role, I kept everyone on task to make sure deadlines were met, I helped the rest of the team with their individual projects, designed our energy models and created 'how to' videos for YouTube," stated Joslyn. "The Lexus Eco Challenge becomes more difficult than the previous year because as a team, we want to exceed the accomplishments that we made before with better projects. I spent at least three hours working on the Lexus Eco Challenge project every day before and after school. I prepared

This week, students in English teacher Mrs. Paula Conti's "Women Leading in the 21st Century" class listened to speaker and alumna Mrs. Maureen Russell Harper '90. The class highlights women leaders through the ages as well as contributions they have made to society.

Students in "Women Leading in the 21st Century" with speaker and alumna Maureen Russell Harper '90

With 16 years of public communications experience in both Ohio and Colorado, Maureen Russell Harper offers strategic counsel to elected officials, public administrators, senior management teams, and boards engaged in public policy and public affairs on a wide range of issues and initiatives. These issues include public education and public health campaigns, sustainability, community and economic development, public works projects, public finance and human capital. Maureen previously served as Chief Communications Officer and Public Information Officer for the City of Cleveland, Denver Public Schools and the City of Wheat Ridge, Colorado. These positions provided her with the opportunity to advise mayors and council members, city managers, and school superintendents; partner with some of the top foundations and civic organizations across the country; and work with local, state and federal elected officials in Columbus and Denver. She also led public relations efforts for the Cleveland City Council and the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections. Mrs. Harper shared several pieces of wisdom with students. During her first semester at Heidelberg University, she joined the speech team because she was encouraged by the speech coach who was also the campus political communications expert. This encouragement led to an enlightenment where Mrs. Harper studied public communications. She graduated with a dual bachelor's degree in communications and English, with a concentration in writing. "It is okay to shift and experience new things. You can still be successful." She shared the pressures of relaying correct information in a communications role to the public, as well as the importance of being level-headed and connecting with people. "The important things I gained from Saint Joseph Academy were social justice and giving back. Our voices were made heard for the benefit of others. We have a responsibility to help each other and to build community," shared Maureen Russell Harper.


for the Lexus Eco Challenge by diving right in and staying on task. For me, there is no other way to prepare because you never know what to expect; there are always challenges within the project," shared Joslyn. "We won the first round which was rewarding but it wasn't the most rewarding part of the Lexus Eco Challenge. Although we didn't win the second round, I am still very proud of my teammates and Science teacher Mrs. Mary Ellen Foley Scott '76 for completing this year's project. At the end of the day, we raised awareness while working on the Lexus Eco Challenge and that was the most rewarding!"

"Find something you are passionate about--whether it is through an organization at school or a volunteer opportunity. You will become an expert and it helps to be able to speak about your passion so you can gain that communications experience," stated Mrs. Harper.

Alumna Shares Medical School Knowledge and Advice with Students On Thursday, as part of the Saint Joseph Academy Wellness curriculum, alumna Julie Delong Iacullo '10 shared her journey in the medical field, as well as advice she wishes she would have received before starting her college career. Julie was active in track while a student at Saint Joseph Academy and went on to earn her undergraduate degree from The Ohio State University, summa cum laude. Julie is completing her third year of medical school at Northeast Ohio Medical University (NEOMED).

Julie Delong Iacullo '10

She encouraged students to choose a major they were genuinely interested in, being strategic and knowing limits when scheduling classes, the importance of quality over quantity in extracurricular activities as well as what to expect when applying to medical school.

Activities & Interests: Joslyn is a member of the Robotics team.

"I believed in myself when I entered college because of Saint Joseph Academy - my coaches, teachers and friends were supportive of me. I put myself out there, challenged myself and if you do that, the results will amaze you," shared Julie Iacullo '10.

College Corner

Student Wellness Survey is Next Week! A key component of Catholic education is the development of the whole person. Our Wellness Curriculum is designed to meet the specific needs of our students. To help identify the needs and measure the progress of our efforts, we have scheduled the Wellness Survey for all students on Thursday, April 27. The survey is comprised of 100 multiple-choice questions and is based on the Independent School Health Check (lSHC). Please be assured that the survey responses are all confidential and anonymous. We hope that every parent or guardian will choose to allow his or her daughter to participate. However, parents or guardians may choose to have their daughter not participate. If you do not want your daughter to participate in the survey, please notify School Counselor Ms. Maryann Marek by Monday, April 24.

School: Walsh University Location: North Canton, OH (1.5 hours from Cleveland) Small town Enrollment: 2,300 undergraduates Strongest Programs: Business, health professions, education Fun Facts: Walsh's football stadium is maintained by the NFL, thanks to its close proximity

Join Us for the Spring Scholarship Luncheon! Please join us on Wednesday, May 3 for the Spring Scholarship Luncheon. Attendees will enjoy a lovely luncheon and raffle at the Westwood Country Club. The proceeds from the luncheon are directed to the Saint Joseph Academy Scholarship Fund. All are welcome. Please click here to register. For questions, please contact Alumnae Director Ms. Allison Busser '04.

Parents, Will You Help with This Challenge? As Saint Joseph Academy parents, we know that you realize how vital it is in today's challenging world that your children receive an education in a faith-filled, empowering and nurturing environment. You can help continue the mission of Saint Joseph Academy. A generous benefactor has offered us $25,000 to mount the third annual Parent Participation Challenge. Like last year, parents are being challenged to make a minimum gift of $25 to the Annual Fund in gratitude for the opportunities being provided at the Academy for their daughters. If at least 25 percent of our current parents make a commitment, the Academy will receive


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$25,000 to support our students. We met this challenge last year, so we know that Saint Joseph Academy parents are an amazing group of people. We see the proof in your daughters each day. Please support the challenge today by clicking here.

Sports Highlights Earn Your Spots Jaguar 5K Race/1 Mile Walk - May 29 Start your Memorial Day off by exercising and helping raise vital support for the Saint Joseph Academy Scholarship Fund! The 5th Annual "Earn Your Spots Jaguar 5K Race/1 Mile Walk" is being held on Monday, May 29 at 9 a.m. Cost is $25 for pre-registration (deadline 9 a.m. Friday, May 26), $15 for Saint Joseph Academy students (pre-registration only) and $30 for race day registration. Please register for the event by clicking here. Students who participate in this event will be eligible for a wellness credit. Volunteers are needed to help with both the pre-event planning and day of logistics for the "Earn Your Spots 5K Race/1 Mile Walk" and Annual Golf Outing. Interested in sponsorship opportunities? Please contact Alumnae Director Ms. Allison Busser '04 for these upcoming opportunities. To check out photos, see scores from rugby, softball, crew or track and field or to see the schedules for the upcoming week, click here.

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4-21-2017 Weekly Newsletter  

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