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Table of Contents School News

Casino Night.......................................................5 New Head of School............................................10


Top Spin Returns...............................................3 The Soccer Game in Madrid..............................5 Baseball is Back................................................11 Flashback..........................................................11


La Comida de Europa........................................6

Special Features

Viaje a Francia y España..................................6 Pictures of the Trip............................................7 Museum HYPE..................................................8 Visiting the Original School..............................9

Front cover photo by Magellan Tour Group Back cover designed by Peter Melling ‘12 - photos by Peter Melling ‘12, Raymond Jiang ‘12, and Mrs. Saltveit

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editors’ corner Stuart Hall, The school year has seemed to just fly by our eyes, and now we’re nearing the end. It seems like yesterday that I was writing the letter for the first issue in September. As you all know, we have just begun the fourth quarter. The amount of academic work is at its highest, but thankfully, Easter Break is coming soon. While you take the time to reflect about the time left until the next academic year, go ahead and flip through the pages of this new issue. The round table staff has worked tirelessly to research and write up great articles for you to read. They’ve even gone across the globe to report for you readers. You probably noticed the different red coloring this issue, and we’ve changed it just for this issue to highlight the notable Spain/France trip. Along with multiple stories from our traveling reporters, we have filled the pages stories from school events to sports to social media. I am glad to say that the round table staff has done a tremendous job, as always, and I’m sure you will enjoy reading the insightful articles they worked so hard to write for you the reader. Also, don’t forget to stay updated with recent news by visiting the round table website. I hope you have a relaxing Easter Break and emerge ready to face the final stretch of the school year. Go knights! Happy reading, Brandan La, Editor-in-Chief


Top Spin Returns

by Lucas Chan ‘14

Serving it up, SHHS’s way Spring is around the corner, which means that the return of our tennis team is just around the bend. Although the majority of last year’s “dream team” has graduated, the tennis team continues with veteran players such as senior co-captains Nicolas Alvarez and Brandan La, junior Kurt Eskicioglu, and sophomores Sasha Potopov and Lucas Chan. New players of the team include sophomores Pete Warsinske and Brandon Joa, and freshmen Austin Woo, Kienan O’Doherty, Louis Bullivant, Julian Eban, and Ethan Tom. With some familiar faces and many new ones, the Knights’ tennis team hopes to use new talent and improved veterans to their advantage. The new tennis players are very optimistic about the upcoming season. Freshman Austin Woo says, “I am excited for this season. I see a lot of improvement from everyone since first day of practice to now. I can’t wait for our first match!” The

skill level for the team’s players varies from beginner to expert level, but the overall team has greatly improved together as a team since the season started. After going on a winning streak against Bentley School and Bay School, The Knights are Photo by Lucas Chan ‘14|| round table quite excited about coach. what is to come this coming season. The tennis team’s mixed New coach Allan Sentachi is a great experiences may be the edge the new addition to this year’s team. Knights need to win another According to Brandan La, “I believe pennant for SHHS. The school hopes Coach Al is an amazing coach who for a successful season, and the team can help with everyone’s personal are determined to do just that. needs and improvements.” Veteran players may miss last year’s Coach Westbrook, but overall, the entire team is quite happy with the new the round table | page 3


The Soccer Game in Madrid

by Austin Woo ‘15

Atlético Madrid vs. FC Barcelona

Photo by Raymond Jiang||round table On February 26th at 8:30 pm, the last day of the Spain and France Trip, SHHS and Convent Students entered the Vicente Calderon Stadium. They came to watch a soccer night-game, of Atlético Madrid against FC Barcelona. “Because I was in Europe, I was expecting a whole new type of experience in watching sports,” said Connor Abbot adding, “I was pretty excited because I’ve watched many soccer games, but never one in Europe.” When they arrived, the stadium was empty, but the students were ready for a loud noisy crowd that was soon to storm in. The stadium’s atmosphere soon became loud and hectic; the soccer fans ran in. Between the noisy and crowded stadium, many other students did not know what to expect. “I wasn’t really sure how this was going to play out, and I didn’t really know if this was my type of sport to watch,’’ said Louis Bulivant, a freshman who attended the trip. While many students settled into their seats and got ready for the game, others such as Hayden the round table | page 4

Rodriguez went to get sandwiches and soda. When they returned, the majority of the stadium was filled and everyone was waiting for the game to begin. Soon after that, the teams Atlético Madrid and FC Barcelona came into the stadium. They began their warm-ups: running around, doing stretches, and jogging for about 20 long minutes. Raymond Jiang stated, “I felt like their warmups were taking forever. Like the other fans, I was waiting for the game to start.” Then the teams circled up, cheered their team’s name, and went into position to start the match. When the match began, the fans were already out of their seats and chanting loudly in anticipation for their favorite team winning. Many students began to feel the competitive side of soccer in Europe and how much the fans truly loved the game. “Oddly enough, we were mostly Barcelona fans, but we were sitting with the fans of Atlético Madrid…it didn’t go well,” said Hayden Rodriguez. “Some fans were crazy,” said Jordan Mandel. He added, “In fact, a Madrid fan tried to throw a brick at me because

I was wearing a Barcelona shirt.” Barcelona started off strong and aggressive, moving forward toward the goal. Then Atlético Madrid tightened their defense in hope of gaining the upper hand. But after 25 minutes into the game, Barcelona scored. Dani Alves scored straight into the goal from a cross by Cesc Fábregas. This caused the Barcelona fans to cheer in loud boisterous excitement. The rest of the first half ended in Alético Madrid trying to score. The Atlético Madrid fans sat quietly during the fifteen minute half-time break while the Barcelona fans cheered loudly. “The second half was the most exciting part. It was insane,” exclaimed Raymond Jiang. The second half of the game began with Atlético Madrid coming out strong. Within the first few minutes, Atlético Madrid scored. There was a corner kick that then lead to a header, resulting in a volley by Falcao. The game was now tied 1-1. The stadium became silent for a moment, but then both teams started to cheer even louder. “You could tell it was really intense,” said Stefan Stangl. Atlético Madrid and Barcelona now pushed their offense harder than ever and reinforced their defense. Barcelona now gained the upper hand because of Atlético Madrid’s aggressive Juanfran fouling Thiago Motta. This led to a free kick, and of course Lionel Messi stepped up to take it. The crowd, once again, became silent. The fans of Atlético Madrid hoped that Messi would miss the free kick giving Madrid a chance to acquire the ball and score once more. On the other hand, fans of Barcelona gritted their teeth nervously, fearing that Messi would miss the much needed goal. With a deep and calm breath, Messi charged at the ball, kicking it toward the

goal. The ball, with a large amount of spin, curved toward the right and floated out of Pepe Reni’s reach, right into the top corner the goal. The Barcelona fans cheered: they had sealed their victory but more amazing, Messi scored the goal just a couple seats down from where the students were seated. At the end of the day, Atlético Madrid and their fans left the stadium disappointed and tired. “Some of the Atlético Madrid fans even started fighting with the fans of Barcelona,” described Jeremy

Huynh. However, the Convent and Stuart Hall students were content, each happy and satisfied from their new experience of a live soccer game in Spain. “I had a great time,” said Stefan Stangl continuing, “I wish I could come back to watch another match.” With many smiling and rather tired faces, the students of Convent and Stuart Hall, with one final glance, began departing the now empty stadium where they had experience an exciting soccer match.


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La Comida de Europa

by Tim Connolly ‘12

The exotic cuisine of France and Spain One of the most exciting parts about exploring a different country is experiencing the cuisine unique to the area. Every country has a delectable selection of foods, which separate that country from the rest of the world. A country’s food makes it unique and is a definitely a large part of the culture. Convent and Stuart Hall students and faculty on the Spain and France trip got to try the cuisine first hand. Their first stop was Paris, France. The cuisine in Paris has been changing ever since the Middle Ages but that’s what makes the French cuisine so unique. The French diet normally consists of a lot of wine, bread, and cheese. Our students enjoyed the delectable assortment of foods offered by the French while in Paris. According to one of the seniors on the trips, Raymond Jiang ’12 enjoyed the crepes the most, “There was one night I went out and tried three different types of crepes”. Sophomore Connor Abbott also loved the crepes in France, so as one can see the crepes were a definite favorite in France. France is also famous for its chocolate and our students certainly indulged in this. When I asked Peter Melling ’12 about the chocolate in France

he gave me a very enthusiastic response, “I loved the chocolate!” It’s these kind of responses that got France’s chocolate so famous. When they weren’t eating together the students were given free time to spend as the pleased, and many decided to take the time to try out all the different foods that France had to offer. One such time was in the Latin Quarter of Paris where French pizza, sandwiches and of course, fries were some of the most popular choices. The next stop for our food connoisseurs was Seville, Spain. Spain is famous for the variety of meat options. The majority of what our students ate happened to be ham. Raymond Jiang ’12 was amazed at all the different types of ham, “We went to dinner one night and when I sat down there were five different types of ham all laid out in front of me, my jaw just dropped, I love ham”. Not only was the meat in Spain delectable, the Spanish tortilla was a faculty favorite. The Spanish tortilla is a cross between a tortilla and a quiche. It usually contains eggs, potatoes, and onions. Our very own Mrs. Lori Saltveit, who also happened to be a chaperone on the trip, was possibly the biggest fan of

Photo by Lori Saltveit||round table the Spanish tortilla, “ The Spanish tortilla was definitely the best food I ate all trip! I’ve even started making it at home”. Overall I’ve gotten very positive feedback on the Spanish cuisine. The students on the Spain and France trip were not disappointed with the cuisine. The favorites on the trip though were the crepes in France and the ham and the Spanish Tortilla in Spain. Overall the cuisine got thumbs up from all of our students! the round table | page 5

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Viaje a Francia y España

by Peter Melling ‘12

A grand odyssey through France and Spain.

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When the 38 Stuart Hall and Convent students set off for France on February 17th, they (myself included) did not know exactly what to expect. Sure, we had been told extensively what we would be doing on the trip, but we had no idea that we would have the kind of experience that we had on this excursion. Sure enough, through our efforts and the efforts of our chaperones and hosts, we had an incredibly enjoyable and exciting time. The day after we arrived in Paris, our guide, Christophe, treated us to a walking tour of the city. Over the course of a day, we were able to go on a cruise of the River Seine, walk the Bastille Court, eat in the Latin Quarter of Paris, and climb the Eifel Tower. Thomas Egan ‘14 reflected on the experience on the Eifel Tower. “We were marveling at the view”, Thomas noted, “and taking in the the round table | page 6

glory of the moment when we were up there.” We loved seeing all the various sights Paris had to offer on the first day, which was supported even more by our trips to the Louvre and the Arc de Triomphe on the next day. After our time in Paris, we drove north to Amiens for a visit to the first Sacred Heart School in the world. We enjoyed the hospitality of the students there, who took us on tours of the school and the chapel-turned-gym. Caroline Coulter ’14 said during the trip, “Having the opportunity to see another Sacred Heart School was a great opportunity, and I cannot wait to visit the school in Seville”. After our wonderful time in France, we took a 3-hour plane trip to Sevilla, where the next leg of our trip began. On the way to the school in Sevilla, we got a short bus tour of the famed port city. The older architecture was quite impressive, and we loved the scenery in the city. Once we got to the school, Colegio

Maria del Valle, the students were incredibly nice to us, exchanging phone numbers and adding us to their Facebook and Twitter accounts. Elio Casinelli ’14 described his visit like this “During the (school) tour, we we’re bombarded by kids from the school, constantly coming up to us and saying hello. We then went to classes of about twenty students studying English and had a conversation with them about us and our lives in America”. We loved playing soccer and basketball with them and really enjoyed the food they served us for lunch at the end of our school visit. In the late afternoon, we all went out to different families and ate dinner with them. Our hosts were extremely hospitable, serving us wonderful food and treating us quite well. Simon Goldsmith ’13 reflected on his hosts with this anecdote. “The family took Robeil and I on a tour of the city because they felt we hadn’t seen enough of Sevilla,” said Simon. “They took us to a hill where we could see all of Sevilla. It was an amazing vista.” We showed that same respect to them, and we had a good time as a result. The next day, our bus took us to Granada to see the Moorish palace, La Alhambra. It was an impressive fortress, with many beautiful details and views of the surrounding countryside. Faculty member Mr. Francisco Teixeira told us about the history of the palace, and by extension, the Moorish period of the Southern parts of Spain. Connor Abbot especially liked this history, as he noted, “After visiting the Alhambra, I came away with a better knowledge of Spain’s history than I had before”. Later that day, we went to a flamenco dance show, something many of us hadn’t experienced before. We loved the intricate and emotive dancing, as well as the fast-

tempo acoustic music. Lastly, we went to Madrid. On the way there, we stopped at a pottery shop, where many of us bought hand sculpted and painted furnishings, from vases to small serving plates. All of us found something we liked at the shop. In Madrid itself, we went to two museums: El Prado (traditional art, 1400’s-1800’s) and La Reina Sofia (modern art, 1900’s-present). We saw many of the masterpieces of Goya, Picasso, and Dali, including the original Guernica, Picasso’s depiction of a Nazi weapons tests in Spain. The tours of the museums

were incredibly informative. On our last day we visited two market areas: one being a traditional Sunday market, the other being several sets of stores surrounding the central square of Madrid. We bought all kinds of things, from soccer jerseys to olive oil. That night, most of the group went to a soccer game, Barcelona vs. Atlético Madrid. Many of us hadn’t been in a European soccer stadium before, and we were all quite enthralled by the stadium’s atmosphere. All of us thoroughly enjoyed our trip to France and Spain. We loved the sightseeing, the activities, and

Pictures of the Trip

the general atmosphere of these two countries. We weren’t fish out of water, we were simply fish in different, more exciting water. If we could go on this trip again, we would do it in a heartbeat.

by Peter Melling ‘12, Raymond Jiang ‘12, & Lori Saltveit

A photographic recap of the journey.

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Museum HYPE

by Connor Satterfield ‘12

The Spain and France group visits many museums.

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Every three years, Stuart Hall and Convent sponsor a trip to both Spain and France in an attempt to help them connect with Sacred Heart Schools in Europe and to provide students the opportunity to visit the sights and cities of Europe itself. On February 17th, 39 Convent and Stuart Hall High School students left for Spain and France. They were there for about 10 days and visited many of the museums, historical and famous sights, and a Sacred Heart Schools in each country. In particular, they visited Museo del Prado in Madrid, Musée du Louvre in Paris, and Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía also in Madrid, all of which draw huge crowds and contain some of Europe’s most pertinent history and artwork. The group first arrived in France and took a seven-mile tour of the city the round table | page 8

along with a visit to the Eiffel Tower. It was during the second day in Paris that they visited the Louvre. The Louvre was established in 1793 on the first anniversary of the demise of the monarchy during the French revolution. The Louvre receives about 8.5 million visitors per year and is ranked both nationally and globally as the top museum of France and even the world. All the artwork is housed in the Louvre Palace, the former fortress of Phillip II. Robeil Andebrahn ‘13 commented, “It’s actually a really nice museum, but the Mona Lisa was pretty small, which I didn’t expect.” Robeil was one of the many students, who gazed upon the fabled Mona Lisa and many other artistic masterpieces at the Louvre. They arrived in Spain a few days later and visited Museo del Prado, the Spanish national art museum, in central Madrid. It contains art from the 12th century all the way up to the 19th century comprising of over 7,600 paintings, 1,000 sculptures, 4,800 prints, and 8,2000

drawings along with many historical documents. Connor Abbot marveled, “It was really cool to see the progression of artistic style over the centuries.” The Museo del Prado was established in 1819 and continues to house many of Europe’s finest art. In their final days of the SpainFrance trip the group visited the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía. This particular museum opened on September 10th, 1992 and houses only Spanish art, but in particular works by famed 20th century masters Pablo Picasso and Salvador Dalí. Connor McKeon ‘13 best liked the work by Salvador Dali. He said “ I especially liked learning about the history of Dali’s work and noticed that as it progressed, his paintings became more unreal. “ Overall, the France-Spain trip was a huge success, and it incorporated many wonderful institutions of art.

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Visiting the Original School

by Taro Duncan ‘14

Seeing the school that Madeline Sophie founded. During ski break, a group of guys and girls from SHHS and Convent visited two Sacred Heart schools in Europe. One of those schools is in Amiens, France. Our guys said it was amazing to see other people from this Sacred Heart community in France. People from two different countries came together under one community, and became friends. It is amazing that even though theses two exact groups have never seen each other before, both came together immediately. Connor Abbot said, “The first time we saw the girls, they were so excited, and so were we!” All of our guys made some new friends in France, including lasting relationships. Many of the guys are now connected by Facebook with these kids they met.

The first event of the day, was entering the school and saying hello to these foreign students. They were assigned tour guides at the school from the older classes. Then our students visited English and French classes and enjoyed some snacks with the students. Then for lunch San Francisco students played with some of the students during break. They went to the chapel that has been turned into a gym. Fun was had by all while playing table tennis, and simply hanging out. Then after the students went back to the hotel to enjoy some free time. After that, half of the group went to a restaurant with a few of the students from the french school. The

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food was delicious and the place was owned by a family whose kids went to the school. All the students left the school with a new friend and a new view of Amiens.

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Casino Night

by Sebastian Sandoval ‘12

Cool prizes.

A few Fridays ago, Stuart Hall and Convent held Casino Night. The event was funded by the Stuart Hall administration and was ran by the Stuart Hall student council. They were given permission by Convent to use the Flood Mansion. The entrance fee was $10 dollars and each person received a ticket that would grant them admission as well as $500 dollars worth of chips. For any additional $10 dollars, people could get an additional 500 chips that they could use to wager in the gambling games. In the main hall, there were three black jack tables, a craps table, and roulette table, and a poker den with two Texas Hold ‘em tables. There were live musical performances from Stuart Hall’s very own, Michael

Keehan, Lucas Chan, and Kailen Santos. Overall the event was a huge success and everyone enjoyed the games. Grant Kawahatsu ’12 who attended Casino Night alleged that, “In general, Casino Night was really fun, and I feel like if more people gave it a chance and came, they would’ve found out how enjoyable the night really was.” As this is a annual event, lets hope next year will be in better attended. At the end of the night the students turned in their chips and for every $100 dollars value of chips that they had, they receive one raffle ticket. Many of the students combined their chips with one another in order to increase their chances of winning. The prizes

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ranged from a series of things, the lowest being a few gift cards to Best Buy and the final prize was an Xbox 360. Senior Michael Chan won the grand prize.

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school news

New Head of School

by Brandan La ‘12

Getting to know the new President of Schools. a teacher and took up a position at the famed Westminster Schools in Atlanta to teach physics. She has a great record with utilizing technology in education, especially since started teaching alongside Apple II computers. Senior Devan Patel jokingly noted that, “She would make a great match for the school since we really love our Macs at all the schools, and she seems to have worked with them since the beginning”. After many years teaching physics, she left to get her doctorate from the Teachers College at Columbia University.

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Dr. Ann Marie Krejcarek will succeed Mr. Sharafinski next year as the Director of the four schools, now renamed President of Schools. Dr. Krejcarek holds an amazing record in education and is well qualified to become the new leader of the Sacred Hearts schools in San Francisco. At the end of this academic year, Director of Schools Gordon Sharafinski will be retiring from Convent and Stuart Hall. He has left behind an amazing legacy, especially for students at Stuart Hall High School in which he served as the first Head of School. The current seniors are the only remaining students to have had Mr. Sharafinski as the Head of SHHS. Senior Patrick Miller described him as, “an overall good guy who put a lot of passion and joy into his work. Another senior, Jack Gruber, also shared his thoughts about Mr. Sharafinski. “He showed strength in confronting the problems that came with running a school, especially in 2010”, said Jack adding, “[Mr. the round table | page 10

Sharafinski] always stuck with what he knew to be right…And for that, he will be greatly missed.” However, although we will miss him, the future of the four schools is in good hands. Last week, Dr. Krejcarek she met up with members of the student council to introduce herself and answer any questions that they had. She attended Roncalli High School, a Catholic school in Manitowoc, Wisconsin. She grew up just a few miles from the Green Bay Packer’s Lambeau Field and identifies herself as a “lifelong cheesehead”. She initially wanted to be a veterinarian, but sadly learned she was allergic to a host of animals. Dr. Krejcarek then turned to engineering and began pursuing a career as a food science tech. She decided to stay in the Midwest to get a degree in engineering from the University of Minnesota. Dr. Krejcarek moved down south to get her masters at the University of Georgia. She was first a research engineer, but later found a love in the educational field. Dr. Krejcarek then decided to become

Before coming here, Dr. Krejcarek served as Headmaster of St. Andrew’s School, a K-12 school in Boca Raton, Florida. She had held administrative and leadership positions at that school for 15 years and has tremendous experience in working in a large multi-school environment. Dr. Krejcarek also has three grown sons. “Living in an all-male household,” she noted to the Stuart Hall students, “I have enough knowledge and experience that I can really understand you guys, especially at an all-boys school.” When asked about what she looks forward to most as the new President of Schools, Dr. Krejcarek responded with a smile, “I have just been so impressed with the community so far… I’m really excited to getting to know [the schools] and learning about it in the nicest way. You all have welcomed me so kindly, and I am sure I will enjoy meeting and working with you in the future.” Dr. Krejcarek noted that the meeting with the student council was the first student led discussion she’d had at Stuart Hall High School and then asked about what

we as students wished to see from her in the future. Junior Andrew Corral conveyed, “As a student, I would want a more direct line with the [President] of Schools since I personally have thought of the position as almost like a mythical sage”, then getting a laugh from Dr. Krejcarek and the rest of the room. But Dr. Krejcarek took the advice to heart, and told the students she would try her best to build that personal relationship in the future.

All in all, Dr. Krejcarek has some big shoes to fill, but as can be confirmed by those who met with her last week, she is a friendly and well-qualified person to assume leadership at the schools and continue the wonderful legacy the former directors have instilled for the Schools of the Sacred Heart in San Francisco. Photo by Grant Kawahatsu ‘12 || round table


Baseball is Back

by Peter Melling ‘12

The quest for a repeat. Last year, the Stuart Hall baseball team won its first BCL West championship game, which followed an incredible 9-1 regular season. Despite losing many important seniors from last year, Stuart Hall remains incredibly competitive, and hopes to make another trip to the championship. The team has been built around an experienced core, and strong underclassmen. When asked about his predictions about the season, last year’s league MVP Junior Ben Carrasco said, “I think that we have the talent and the drive to win a lot of games and maybe win the championship again”. Since the beginning of this season the Knights have played five non-


league games, winning two and losing four. Last Friday they played the NCS champs Redwood Christian School, and lost by only 1 run. They had control of the entire game including loading the bases numerous times but lost the lead in the last inning. Heartbreaking, true but definitely bodes well for the future. Entering his fourth year of coaching at Stuart Hall, Coach Eddie Russell has made sure not to let the championship get to the players heads, but to use it as motivation. “It’s always nice to have a goal like that,” Coach Russell stated. “We know what we are

Can we do it again? Photo by Brian Long ||

capable of, and we have the drive to get over whatever obstacles come in our way, and win in spite of it”. Knights baseball is back in season, and now, it is looking to win big.

Photos by Brian Long,

Highlights of last year’s baseball championship game

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