Sunday, August 25, 2013

Julie's Victory Lap                        

Part 4: Honors and Awards

     As the AHC seniors' final year was drawing to a close, it was time to take a look at all of the LOTA's accomplishments.  Holy Cross does a great job in honoring the work of its graduates through ceremonies that take the time to look back.
    The first of these was the IB Diploma pinning ceremony.  Julie was fortunate to enter Holy Cross as they became involved in the International Baccalaureate Program.  Having already participated In IB during eighth grade at BISS, she was very interested in becoming a diploma candidate.  The philosophy of IB is different than the mainstream program in that it is project-focused and reflective. 
The testing that occurs takes place after two years of intense study. 
An outside group evaluates the assessments to ultimately decide if a candidate has earned an IB diploma.  The IB pin indicates that the candidate has completed all of the requirements.

   Next was Senior Awards' Night. Celebrating the accomplishments of the AHC seniors at their own special gathering, Julie's list of honors outlasted her walk across the stage, eliciting a chuckle from the audience. The highlights included "The State of Maryland Merit
Scholastic Award," "The Awards of Academic Excellence in IB Theater HL2 and IB Environmental Systems SL,"  "High Academic Excellence," the Theology Department Award, and the Sancta Crux award for Christian Service Commitment, logging over 350 hours of Community Service.  Her memberships in the National Honor Society, International Thespian Society and Spanish Honor Society were also mentioned. 


   The grand finale' of the ceremony troika was the Fine Arts Award Gala.  Always a night to remember, this year's theme was reminiscent of the Academy Awards.  There was even a welcome
 surprise as the former Fine Arts Department Chair, Mr. Chanselle-Hary made an appearance with his family, fresh off the plane from their new home state of Nevada. Another great night, as Julie brought home the Senior Award for Theater!


~Desi


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