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Rev. Joe Newman, OSFS, Encourages Humble Confidence in Speech

The St. Jane de Chantal Salesian Center hosted Rev. Joe Newman, OSFS as a Wo/Men Who Make a Difference speaker this week. Some students recognized Newman from Salesian Leadership Camp as he works with the St. Francis de Sales school in Toledo, OH; he also serves as Provincial Superior for the Toledo Detroit Province of the Oblates of St. Francis de Sales. Newman spoke to "Humility in Action," specifically how humility and confidence - which can seem at odds with one another - work well together.

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Theology Teacher O’Connell Focuses on Friendship in Recent Lecture

Theology teacher Dr. Luke O’Connell did not set out to become an expert on friendship. But recently, it’s all he’s been talking about. He just spoke as part of a series of the Thomistic Institute, lecturing on “Cor ad Cor,” (Heart to Heart) on John Henry Newman and Thomas Aquinas on friendship at St. Charles Borromeo in Arlington, VA.

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Dean of Student Life Raynetta Jackson-Clay Honored with Dan Kerns Salesian Leadership Award

On Wednesday, Dean of Student Life Raynetta Jackson-Clay, who has worked at Visitation for more than three decades, was honored with the Dan Kerns Salesian Leadership Award. The award, named for former Head of School Dan Kerns, has been presented annually since 2022 to one or more faculty and/or staff members who have demonstrated remarkable dedication to upholding Salesian values and virtues within the school community.

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Junior Vivian Kelly Honored for the Second Time as Gatorade Cross Country Player of the Year for DC

Junior Vivian Kelly was named the 2023-2024 Gatorade Cross Country Player of the Year for the District of Columbia, the second season for which she has been awarded this honor. According a press release from Gatorade, the award recognizes "excellence on the field, in the classroom and in the community."

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Bending the Arc Toward Justice: Students Learn from Diversity Leader Conference

In late November, students and faculty together attended the Student Diversity Leadership Conference and People of Color Conference, held this year in St. Louis, MO. Six Kaleidoscope members attended, chaperoned by the club’s moderators, Dean of Student Life Raynetta Jackson-Clay and English department chair Peggy Judge Hamilton ‘85, alongside Director of Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Rachel V. Jones ‘08.

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Mathletes Host First Meet at Visitation

The Mathletes Club hosted a meet on campus this week for the first time in the club's history, bringing in the Independent Schools of Washington Upper School Mathletes from NCS, Sidwell, Holton Arms, JDS together to compete. Embracing the Salesian virtue of hospitality, the Visitation mathletes decorated the Dining Room in a winter wonderland theme with snowflakes and serving hot chocolate and cookies.

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