Visitation's Black Women's Society (BWS) has annually planned an assembly to celebrate Black History Month in a creative way: game shows, skits, and more. This year, BWS wrote a Miss Universe-themed show, performed last week, that highlighted its members and the cultures and communities of which they are a part.
"[Stephanie] is one of those students that I know, when I look down the road some years, she's going to be doing amazing things because she just has that tenacity to get where she wants to go," says science teacher Quillian Haralson of Extraordinary Teen awardee Stephanie Muoka '24.
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.
“It’s unreal,” Morrell said. “Two years in a row, especially as an underclassman. This team is unbelievable.” - Washington Post
Ten panels of Visitation graduates spoke to small groups of sophomores today for their Career & College exploration day. Alums offered advice and answered questions before all alum panelists and sophomore students headed to the gym for a networking event.
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.
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.
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."
"Georgetown Visitation (6-0-0) has been just as good as it was last year, when it won the Mid-Atlantic Girls Hockey League championship."
Professor Helen Alvare, JD, P’12, an expert in Catholic teaching on the dignity of life and related policy issues, spoke to students on Monday about the “Seamless Garment of the Dignity of Life,” during a Q&A event co-hosted by the St. Jane de Chantal Salesian Center and Visi4Life.
The Washington Post interviewed the Ice Cubs as they enter the second half of the season; this year's team is "on track," says one player, to reach their goal of another championship.
While winter sports are already underway, with fabulous seasons for all our fall athletes, it was no surprise the Independent School League and Washington Post honored their dedication. Thirteen athletes were named All-League by the ISL, and five were listed on the All-Mets rankings by the Washington Post.
Wicket writers Jess and Molly spoke to Sr. Mada-Anne Gell, VHM, about her experiences with Christmas before and after joining the convent.
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.
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.
The soccer Cubs were interviewed on Fox5 after their big win in the DCSAA tournament this fall.
Anasofia Gutierrez joined Visitation this year as the new Director of Christian Service. Wicket writer Kennedy Moore '25 profiled her in a recent edition of the student-led paper.
“There’s no better way to finish the season off besides winning a championship game as your last high school game,” senior Makaela Morrell said. “It’s just really an incredible moment.”
Sophomore Shealyn (Shea) Ayala was selected for the 2024 High School Honors Performance Series, which selects top musicians to play at celebrated concert halls around the world each year. Shea will head to London this summer to play the clarinet at the Royal Festival Hall, attending rehearsals under master conductors to grow in her craft.
Christian Service and Theology banded together to take a group of students to the Ignatian Family Teach-in for Justice (IFTJ) in late October, a conference focused on both education of and advocating for social justice issues. The students spent time learning from presenters followed by a day advocating on Capitol Hill.