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Two High School Summer Program alumnae with Mother M. Assumpta Long, O.P., and  Sr. Joseph Andrew, O.P.

Two students from last year’s High School Summer Program —Abigail (left) and Hope (right) — had a reunion of sorts in Washington, D.C., at Monday’s March for Life! While riding the Metro, the two friends met up with Mother Mary Assumpta Long, O.P., (the College’s 2012 Commencement Speaker) and Sr. Joseph Andrew, O.P. There they snapped the above photo, which appeared on the Facebook page of the Dominican Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist.

Hope, who hails from Ireland, traveled quite a ways to participate in this year’s March. What a blessing that she had a friend who lives in nearby Virginia; and what a blessing to see Summer Program friendships carry on!

If you or someone you know would like to make friendships that will last a lifetime — all while enjoying two weeks of great books, deep faith, and the beauty of Southern California? The College is now taking applications for the 2018 High School Summer Program — open to all high school juniors. 

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Students say goodbye

Never mind that they stayed up late for last night’s dance, most of the High School Summer Program students were up early this morning to bid their friends a fond farewell. The vans and buses began leaving the campus as early as 4:00 a.m. With tears, hugs, and promises to meet again, the students said goodbye.

Jon, Marie, and Stephen DalyBefore this blog signs off, however, we must make sure to thank Admissions Director Jon Daly — and his wife, Marie, and their seven beautiful children — whose heroic efforts and selfless sacrifices make the Summer Program possible.

To the right is a photo of Mr. and Mrs. Daly and their youngest, Stephen, taken at last night’s gala. Below is a poem, written on behalf of the prefects, that Head Women’s Prefect Kathleen Sullivan read aloud at the dinner:

Poem to Mr. Daly

Thank you, Mr. Daly!

Stay tuned … there will likely be one or more concluding posts to this year’s blog. But until then, we leave you with a watercolor that student Amelia S. left behind in St. Monica Hall — Our Lady, watching over the empty dorm rooms, just as she has been watching over the Summer Program these past two weeks.

Water color of Madonna and Child

Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us!


A student receives her t-shirt

The 2017 High School Summer Program has, alas, come to an end!

Friday night St. Joseph Commons hosted the farewell banquet, at which several of the program’s young musicians entertained the crowd with classical fare, and prefects performed some highly amusing skits. They also showed a slideshow, recapping the last two weeks, plus the following video, which Prefect Dan Selmeczy directed for Christian Service 4LIFE, a youth event sponsored by the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, last fall:

Students then gathered in the plaza of St. Gladys Hall, where they danced until nearly midnight.

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    Slideshow: Last Night Gala
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Before saying goodbye, they penned yearbook-style notes to one another — oftentimes inside their copies of Euclid’s Elements! After much hugging and bidding adieu, all turned in to the residence halls and prepared for their journeys back home, with the first van leaving around 4:00 a.m., and the last scheduled to depart just after noon.

From the pre-Socratics to Boethius, from Sophocles to O’Connor; from water polo in the ponds to soccer on the athletic field; praying at the Grotto, at Mass, and in Adoration; going to the Getty, the beach, Santa Barbara, and the Hollywood Bowl — it has been an amazing two weeks. The prefects have marveled, throughout, at the diligence, the kindness, the faith, the passion, and the joy of this group. Thanks be to God!

We hope to see a good many of these students again as members of the Thomas Aquinas College Class of 2022!


Six Summer Program  prefects

With the completion of today’s classes, we have just about reached the end of the 2017 High School Summer Program!

This morning students met for their last class on Euclid, where they confidently demonstrated Book I, Propositions 1629, and 32 for their classmates. Then, after Mass and lunch, they had their very last class of the program, in which they discussed Flannery O’Connor’s Everything That Rises Must Converge. The conversation focused on the symbolism of the story and its fraught relationship between a mother and her adult son, set amid the racial tensions of the mid-twentieth century American south. 

Upon entering the classroom, each student found waiting at his or her seat some farewell gifts from the Summer Program staff, including a copy of C.S. Lewis’ Screwtape Letters, a TAC water bottle and backpack, photos of his or her class section, and a framed photo of the entire group. When the students left the class, the prefects presented them with Thomas Aquinas College t-shirts, which the students were then seen wearing and autographing throughout the day.

a student receives her t-shirt

This afternoon students have been busy with sports and preparing for tonight’s farewell gala. Be sure to check tomorrow for photos from the gala  … as well as Saturday morning’s early goodbyes.


As promised in yesterday afternoon’s post, we present photos from the “First Annual” High School Summer Program Quad Run!

A new but already beloved Thomas Aquinas College tradition, the Quad Run was inspired by a classic scene from Chariots of Fire, in which Harold Abrahams successfully completes Cambridge University’s Trinity Great Court Run before the King’s Gate Clock strikes 12. On Thursday afternoon, some 50 Summer Program students staged their own quad run. The athletes sprinted, in pairs, a clockwise course around the academic quadrangle, beginning and ending by St. Bernardine of Siena Library.

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    Slideshow: Quad Run and Water(melon) Polo
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    Slideshow: Quad Run and Water(melon) Polo
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    Slideshow: Quad Run and Water(melon) Polo
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    Slideshow: Quad Run and Water(melon) Polo
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    Slideshow: Quad Run and Water(melon) Polo
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    Slideshow: Quad Run and Water(melon) Polo
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    Slideshow: Quad Run and Water(melon) Polo
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    Slideshow: Quad Run and Water(melon) Polo
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    Slideshow: Quad Run and Water(melon) Polo
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    Slideshow: Quad Run and Water(melon) Polo
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    Slideshow: Quad Run and Water(melon) Polo
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    Slideshow: Quad Run and Water(melon) Polo
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    Slideshow: Quad Run and Water(melon) Polo
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    Slideshow: Quad Run and Water(melon) Polo
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    Slideshow: Quad Run and Water(melon) Polo
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    Slideshow: Quad Run and Water(melon) Polo

On the men’s side, the top runner was Lee, a Summer Program student from Ventura, California, who completed the course in 39.5 seconds. On the women’s side, Hope from Dublin, Ireland, blew away all competitors, finishing with a time of 43.8 seconds. Hope even shattered — by a full second! — the previous women’s course record, which April Shonnard (’16) set two years ago!

Many of the men then moved to the campus ponds for “Water(melon) Polo,” in which two teams attempted to bring a greased watermelon across the pond and to the opposing team’s goal. This exhausting and hilarious activity was followed by a hearty dinner, then a study period in the library and classrooms. Students once more practiced their Euclidean propositions with the help of the prefects, and they also prepared for this afternoon’s class on Flannery O’Connor’s Everything That Rises Must Converge.

Water(melon) Polo

At the end of study hall, all gathered in front of the Chapel for a candlelight Rosary procession to the Lourdes Grotto, led by Fr. Sebastian. Upon arriving at the grotto, which prefects had surrounded with candles beforehand, students, fell silent, deep in prayer. Many stayed behind to keep praying long after rest of the group had departed.

In the short time before curfew there was a dance review in St. Joseph Commons, accompanied by iced coffees and Italian sodas in the coffee shop. At 10:30 p.m., all returned to their residence halls — but the night was not over just yet!

Soon after curfew, the ladies of St. Monica’s Residence Hall were startled to hear music coming from outside their courtyard. When they looked out their windows, they saw the men of the Summer Program — dressed in their Sunday best — singing “What a Wonderful World,” “A Whole New World” (for which the women joyfully joined in to sing the part of Jasmine), and “Red is the Rose.” The serenade, accompanied flowers and chocolates, made such an impression that it was the subject of conversation at breakfast this morning!


At the conclusion of Wednesday’s classes, students met up in St. Joseph Commons, where prefect Dan Selmeczy led the final dance class (although he’s offering an optional review tonight), preparing students for tomorrow’s farewell gala. As soon as the class ended, the group headed to the athletic field for a prefects vs. students soccer match. The prefects won 5-0 — thanks to the great goalkeeping skills of Seamus O’Brien — in a hard-fought game that seemed closer than its final score suggests.

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At study hall students prepared for today’s classes on Euclid and Boethius, once again visiting classrooms to practice their propositions on the blackboards. They then met up in the Chapel to pray the Rosary, after which came the highlight of the evening: “Theology on Float.” Prefects served scores of root-beer floats to thirsty students, who sat back and listened to Fr. Sebastian answer their anonymously submitted questions on all matters pertaining to the Faith. The topics included Old Testament–New Testament symbolism,  the order of Creation and man’s purpose in it, human sexuality, and the true understanding of marriage in light of the Trinity and the Incarnation.

The two-hour discussion was so popular that they spilled over into post-curfew conversations around the fire pits in the residence-hall courtyards. Fr. Sebastian joined the women’s conversation, and then the men’s, before leading both groups in their nightly consecrations.

It was another great day — only two more to go!


August 03,
2017

classroom photo

The 2017 High School Summer Program is drawing to an end, but our young geometricians are as focused and determined as ever! This morning’s session marked the fourth and penultimate class on Euclid’s Elements, and the students have become quite adept at demonstrating propositions. Today they confidently worked their way through Book I, Propositions 1113, and 15, amazed that something that seemed so foreign and complicated — only days ago — is now so familiar and comprehensible.  

At lunch students resumed last night’s conversations from Fr. Sebastian’s “Theology on Float” presentation. They then went to the afternoon’s class, where they discussed Boethius’ treatment of the difference between chance and Providence, comparing it to Sophocles’ depiction of fate in Oedipus Rex. Alas, today’s class marks the end of the Boethius portion of this year’s program. In tomorrow’s afternoon session — the last class of summer 2017! — students will examine Flannery O’Connor’s Everything That Rises Must Converge.

Before then, though, there is still much fun to be had! This afternoon students will participate in the College’s newest athletic tradition, the Chariots of Fire–inspired quad run! Come back tomorrow for pictures …  


August 02,
2017

Students at a blackboard in Santa Barbara

Despite returning late from yesterday’s visit to the Getty Center and the Hollywood Bowl, students woke up early this morning, eager to get started on their Euclidean propositions! Prefects report seeing students working by the dawn’s early light in the residence-hall common rooms or arriving at the very start of breakfast to seek out assistance.

All the preparation paid off. At this morning’s class, the students handily demonstrated Propositions 4, 9, and 10 of Book I, bisecting angles and straight lines like seasoned pros. Indeed, one tutor actually remarked that perhaps the students had prepared “too well,” because there were so few questions in his class!

After Mass and lunch, students attended their afternoon class, the second on Boethius’ Consolation of Philosophy. They considered the question of happiness and what is commonly thought to bring it about, such as wealth, power, or honor. Gradually, the sections worked their way through the text to the realization that those things we often associate with happiness are limited goods —fragments of a larger, true happiness that can be found only in God, the supreme good.

This afternoon students can look forward to dance practice and a soccer match against the prefects, then dinner, study hall, and the daily Rosary. To cap off the evening, Fr. Sebastian will lead a session of “Theology on Float,” in which he will answer anonymous questions about the Faith while students feast on root beer and ice cream.


Summer Program students at the Getty Center

 

When we left off yesterday, the 2017 High School Summer Program students had just boarded three buses and a van for a trip to Los Angeles. Traffic was heavy, as it often is in L.A., but the ride passed quickly. Students made good use of the time by practicing their Euclidean demonstrations, thanks to some prescient prefects who brought along paper and pencils for the whole group.

The first stop was the J. Paul Getty Museum in the Santa Monica Mountains, with its panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean and the vast expanse of metropolitan Los Angeles. Students wandered the grounds, gazing upon world-renowned paintings, illuminated manuscripts, Greek and Roman sculptures, photographs, and other works of art, including some by Cézanne, Monet, Van Gogh, Rembrandt, and Bernini. They also found time to take plenty of pictures around the beautiful gardens, fountains, and outdoor patios.

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At about 5:00 p.m. the group re-boarded the buses for a trip to the Hollywood Bowl, where students feasted on some 58 pizzas at the picnic grounds before settling in for the Los Angeles Philharmonic’s performance, Debussy and Tchaikovsky. Students enjoyed the spirited concert — especially soloist Beatrice Rana’s fantastic, standing-ovation commanding performance of Tchaikovsky’s First Piano Concerto —  relaxing under the stars on a hot summer night in the Hollywood Hills.

Hollywood Bowl

The concert ended fairly late (about 10:30 or so), at which time students returned to the buses back to campus. Then it was off to bed for some much-needed rest before Wednesday’s classes on Euclid’s Elements and Boethius’ Consolation of Philosophy.


Following Monday’s classes and an abbreviated recreation period, students took to the campus coffee shop, where Dr. John Nieto, a member of the College’s teaching faculty, presented his annual talk, “Art and Beauty.” Then came dinner, followed by an Admissions meeting, at which Admissions Director Jon Daly took questions from students about the College and its application process.

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    Slideshow: Art & Beauty Lecture and Admissions Q&A
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    Slideshow: Art & Beauty Lecture and Admissions Q&A
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    Slideshow: Art & Beauty Lecture and Admissions Q&A
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    Slideshow: Art & Beauty Lecture and Admissions Q&A
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    Slideshow: Art & Beauty Lecture and Admissions Q&A
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    Slideshow: Art & Beauty Lecture and Admissions Q&A
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    Slideshow: Art & Beauty Lecture and Admissions Q&A
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    Slideshow: Art & Beauty Lecture and Admissions Q&A
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    Slideshow: Art & Beauty Lecture and Admissions Q&A
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    Slideshow: Art & Beauty Lecture and Admissions Q&A

The highlight of the Q&A session, however, came when Admissions Counselor Patrick Cross answered questions about the New England campus that the College hopes to have up and running — contingent upon the approval of the Massachusetts Board of Higher Education — in the fall of 2018. Mr. Cross, who will be the Admissions Office’s point man for its New England efforts, showed photos of the Massachusetts property, drawing excited “oohs” and “ahs” from the assembled students, who marveled at its beauty and facilities.

During the ensuing study hall, students met with prefects and fellow members of their sections to prepare for Tuesday morning’s class, at which they would be called upon to demonstrate Euclidean propositions on the chalkboard. The prefects report that the students managed very well and seemed quite confident about their prospects!

Then, after nightly Rosary, the group gathered on the basketball courts for two highly anticipated match-ups of students vs. prefects. In the women’s game, the prefects won handily, outscoring the students 27-11. The prefects got their comeuppance, though, in the men’s game, in which the students — despite blowing an early lead — ultimately triumphed, 41-35.

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    Slideshow: Prefects v. Students Basketball Games
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    Slideshow: Prefects v. Students Basketball Games
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    Slideshow: Prefects v. Students Basketball Games
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    Slideshow: Prefects v. Students Basketball Games
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    Slideshow: Prefects v. Students Basketball Games
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    Slideshow: Prefects v. Students Basketball Games
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    Slideshow: Prefects v. Students Basketball Games
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    Slideshow: Prefects v. Students Basketball Games
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    Slideshow: Prefects v. Students Basketball Games
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    Slideshow: Prefects v. Students Basketball Games
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    Slideshow: Prefects v. Students Basketball Games
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    Slideshow: Prefects v. Students Basketball Games
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    Slideshow: Prefects v. Students Basketball Games
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Back in the residence halls after curfew, students recapped the basketball game and feasted on soft bread and cheese. Then it was time for consecration and lights out.

Greg, Thomas, and Isaac on their hike

Bright and early this morning, three hearty souls took a sunrise hike. A student by the name of Greg, who has wanted to climb Santa Paula Ridge since he came to the campus four years ago for his sister’s graduation, persuaded prefects Thomas Cain and Isaac Cross to hike the mountain with him. The three brought back the above photo, as well as this one below:

View from Santa Paula ridge

At this morning’s class students proved that their confidence about Euclidean geometry was well-founded. Called, for the first time, to demonstrate propositions on the blackboard, they excelled! A student named Daniel summed up the experience of many when he declared, “This is the first time in my life that I’ve actually liked math!”

There is no afternoon class today. Instead, after lunch, the students filed into buses for a trip to Los Angeles, where they will first visit the Getty Center and then attend a concert — “Debussy and Tchaikovsky” — at the world-famous Hollywood Bowl. Photos from the excursion will be available here tomorrow morning.