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July 28,
2018

Students in St. Gladys Plaza

The 2018 High School Summer Program has come to an end!

An amazing last day of the program was capped off with a spectacular last night at Friday’s Farewell Banquet. To start the evening, the gentlemen picked up the ladies at St. Monica’s Hall, then escorted them over to the St. Joseph Commons:

  • HSSP18 -- Banquet Arrival
    Slideshow: Students arrive at the Banquet dinner
  • HSSP18 -- Banquet Arrival
    Slideshow: Students arrive at the Banquet dinner
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    Slideshow: Students arrive at the Banquet dinner
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    Slideshow: Students arrive at the Banquet dinner
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    Slideshow: Students arrive at the Banquet dinner
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    Slideshow: Students arrive at the Banquet dinner
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    Slideshow: Students arrive at the Banquet dinner
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    Slideshow: Students arrive at the Banquet dinner
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    Slideshow: Students arrive at the Banquet dinner
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    Slideshow: Students arrive at the Banquet dinner
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    Slideshow: Students arrive at the Banquet dinner
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    Slideshow: Students arrive at the Banquet dinner
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    Slideshow: Students arrive at the Banquet dinner
  • HSSP18 -- Banquet Arrival
    Slideshow: Students arrive at the Banquet dinner

Then came the dinner, after which students made their way over to St. Cecilia Hall …

  • HSSP18 -- Banquet Dinner
    Slideshow: Farewell Banquet dinner
  • HSSP18 -- Banquet Dinner
    Slideshow: Farewell Banquet dinner
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    Slideshow: Farewell Banquet dinner
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    Slideshow: Farewell Banquet dinner
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    Slideshow: Farewell Banquet dinner
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    Slideshow: Farewell Banquet dinner
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    Slideshow: Farewell Banquet dinner
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    Slideshow: Farewell Banquet dinner
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    Slideshow: Farewell Banquet dinner
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    Slideshow: Farewell Banquet dinner
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    Slideshow: Farewell Banquet dinner
  • HSSP18 -- Banquet Dinner
    Slideshow: Farewell Banquet dinner
  • HSSP18 -- Banquet Dinner
    Slideshow: Farewell Banquet dinner

… for the entertainment portion of the evening, which consisted of various skits and musical performances:

  • HSSP18 -- Banquet Entertainment
    Slideshow: Banquet Entertainment
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    Slideshow: Banquet Entertainment
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    Slideshow: Banquet Entertainment
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    Slideshow: Banquet Entertainment
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    Slideshow: Banquet Entertainment
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    Slideshow: Banquet Entertainment
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    Slideshow: Banquet Entertainment
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    Slideshow: Banquet Entertainment
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    Slideshow: Banquet Entertainment
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    Slideshow: Banquet Entertainment
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    Slideshow: Banquet Entertainment
  • HSSP18 -- Banquet Entertainment
    Slideshow: Banquet Entertainment

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

  • HSSP18 -- Banquet Dance
    Slideshow: Farewell Banquet dance
  • HSSP18 -- Banquet Dance
    Slideshow: Farewell Banquet dance
  • HSSP18 -- Banquet Dance
    Slideshow: Farewell Banquet dance
  • HSSP18 -- Banquet Dance
    Slideshow: Farewell Banquet dance
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    Slideshow: Farewell Banquet dance
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    Slideshow: Farewell Banquet dance
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    Slideshow: Farewell Banquet dance
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    Slideshow: Farewell Banquet dance
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    Slideshow: Farewell Banquet dance
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    Slideshow: Farewell Banquet dance
  • HSSP18 -- Banquet Dance
    Slideshow: Farewell Banquet dance
  • HSSP18 -- Banquet Dance
    Slideshow: Farewell Banquet dance
  • HSSP18 -- Banquet Dance
    Slideshow: Farewell Banquet dance

Then, 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 Euclid, from Sophocles to O’Connor; from playing volleyball to diving on the slip-n-slide; praying at the Stations, 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 thoughtfulness, the responsibility, the faith, the spiritedness, 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 2023!

As a farewell treat, we present the video slideshow that prefect Dre Florez put together and showed as the Banquet:

We should have some photos from this morning’s depatures before too long, so be sure to check the blog again later!


Students pose with Chapel in the background

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.

  • HSSP18 -- Goodbyes
    Slideshow: Saying goodbye
  • HSSP18 -- Goodbyes
    Slideshow: Saying goodbye
  • HSSP18 -- Goodbyes
    Slideshow: Saying goodbye
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    Slideshow: Saying goodbye
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    Slideshow: Saying goodbye
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    Slideshow: Saying goodbye
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    Slideshow: Saying goodbye
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    Slideshow: Saying goodbye
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    Slideshow: Saying goodbye
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    Slideshow: Saying goodbye
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    Slideshow: Saying goodbye
  • HSSP18 -- Goodbyes
    Slideshow: Saying goodbye
  • HSSP18 -- Goodbyes
    Slideshow: Saying goodbye

The Admissions Staff looks forward to welcoming many of these students back to campus in the coming months. May God bless them!


July 27,
2018

Students sit at the classroom table

With the completion of today’s classes, we have just about reached the end of the 2016 High School Summer Program!

This morning students met for their last class on Euclid, where — having grown confident over the last few days — they handily demonstrated Book I, Propositions 1629, and 32 for their classmates. (Of course, after the advanced work in Euclid they did at last night’s study hall, the props must have seemed easy!)

  • HSSP 18 -- Classroom Photos
    Slideshow: Classroom section photos
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    Slideshow: Classroom section photos
  • HSSP 18 -- Classroom Photos
    Slideshow: Classroom section photos
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    Slideshow: Classroom section photos
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    Slideshow: Classroom section photos
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    Slideshow: Classroom section photos
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    Slideshow: Classroom section photos
  • HSSP 18 -- Classroom Photos
    Slideshow: Classroom section photos

After Mass and lunch, it was time for the last class of the program, during which students discussed Flannery O’Connor’s Everything That Rises Must Converge. The conversation focused on how well one’s subjective view of the world matches with objective reality. When it does not, how can we be shaken from that view? What does it take to change?

At the end of their classes, students received a few farewell gifts from the Summer Program staff, including a copy of C.S. Lewis’ Screwtape Letters, photos of their sections, TAC t-shirts, and a framed photo of the entire group:

Gift for departing students

Students with their TAC t-shirts

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


July 27,
2018

Women enjoy drinks in a Santa Paula coffee shop

We have reached the point in the High School Summer Program when people begin to speak of the “lasts.” On Thursday night we had the last study hall and the last coffee shop; today we have the last class, the last lunch, the last nighttime consecration.

Yet no one is getting too wistful just yet. At the conclusion of Thursday afternoon’s classes, a group of some 50 ladies ventured into Santa Paula, where they scoured the thrift stores for clothes to wear to Friday night’s soiree, then paid a visit to a local coffee shop. “There was lots of chatter and laughter, good finds, and good deals,” a prefect reports.

Meanwhile, back on campus, students took to the athletic fields for a soccer tournament versus the prefects — a fierce competition, in which the students prevailed 6-5. “In the last 10 seconds there was a tremendous amount of intensity up at the students’ goal. We almost scored two or three times,” laments prefect Joe Daly. “We had a couple of shots which they just managed to stave off. It was a really good game, really hard-fought on both sides.”

Then it was time for dinner, followed by study hall. For the first half, students read Flannery O’Connor’s “Everything That Rises Must Converge” in preparation for this afternoong’s class. Then they went to classrooms to practice their last Euclidean propositions — Book I, numbers 16, 29, 32 — which they did so well that some students even ventured beyond. One group, at their tutor’s suggestion, set out to demonstrate the construction of a square. And one good-humored student even sought to “prove” a fish:

Student "proves" a fish on the blackboard

After the evening Rosary came iced-coffee drinks in the campus coffee shop …

  • HSSP18 -- Coffee Shop
    Slideshow: Last Coffee Shop
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    Slideshow: Last Coffee Shop
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    Slideshow: Last Coffee Shop
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    Slideshow: Last Coffee Shop
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    Slideshow: Last Coffee Shop
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    Slideshow: Last Coffee Shop
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    Slideshow: Last Coffee Shop
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    Slideshow: Last Coffee Shop
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    Slideshow: Last Coffee Shop
  • HSSP18 -- Coffee Shop
    Slideshow: Last Coffee Shop

… and t 10:30 p.m., students returned to their residence halls for curfew — but the night was not over just yet. Back in St. Monica’s Hall, the ladies were enjoying popsicles and an open-mic night …

Head women's prefect Kathleen Sullivan addresses the women in the their residence hall

… when they heard a clamor outside. When they looked out their windows, they saw the men of Saints Peter and Paul, walking two by two and dressed in their Sunday best. The gentlemen  proceeded to serenade the ladies by singing “Stand By Me,” “Ring of Fire,” “Red is the Rose,” and “Good Night Ladies.”

  • HSSP18 -- Wooing
    Slideshow: The Wooing
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    Slideshow: The Wooing
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    Slideshow: The Wooing
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    Slideshow: The Wooing
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    Slideshow: The Wooing
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    Slideshow: The Wooing
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    Slideshow: The Wooing
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    Slideshow: The Wooing
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    Slideshow: The Wooing
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    Slideshow: The Wooing
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    Slideshow: The Wooing
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    Slideshow: The Wooing
  • HSSP18 -- Wooing
    Slideshow: The Wooing

The men also presented the women with candy and carnations — which many wore in their hair this morning! — before returning to Saints Peter and Paul.

We now enter the last day of the program, with classes on Euclid and O’Connor, and still look forward to one last lunch, recreation period, and Rosary — as well as the farewell banquet and dance tonight!


Students dance at afternoon dance class

When we last left off, students were at their third dance class, which, according to the prefects, was a tremendous success. In addition to teaching the group how to waltz, Dan Selmeczy also showed them a number of moves to incorporate into their two-step. “They did very well!” says one prefect. “At first there was a lot of looking down at their feet, but as they went on, they increasingly started to look up, at each other. So there was real progress!”

For the remainder of the recreation period, prefects set up a giant slip-n-slide by the athletic field, which provided a fun way for students to beat the heat. The slip-n-slide was so popular that the prefects plan to bring it back this afternoon:

  • HSSP18 -- Slip-n-Slide
    Slideshow: Slip-n-Slide
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    Slideshow: Slip-n-Slide
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    Slideshow: Slip-n-Slide
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    Slideshow: Slip-n-Slide
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    Slideshow: Slip-n-Slide
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    Slideshow: Slip-n-Slide
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    Slideshow: Slip-n-Slide
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    Slideshow: Slip-n-Slide
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    Slideshow: Slip-n-Slide

Dr. Thomas Kaiser addresses studentsDuring dinner, tutor Dr. Thomas Kaiser presented a talk in the Dumb Ox Café for students who may be interested in the campus that the College hopes to establish in New England, contingent upon the approval of the Massachusetts Board of Higher Education. A member of the College’s first graduating class, Dr. Kaiser has been appointed to head the prospective New England faculty. Should the College open its doors in Massachusetts in the fall of 2019, some students at this year’s High School Summer Program will likely be members of the branch campus’ first class, and Dr. Kaiser spoke to them about what their experience as pioneering freshmen could be like.

After dinner came study Hall, where students diligently read their Boethius for today’s classes, and then went off to various classrooms to practice Propositions 11, 13, and 15 from Book I of Euclid’s Elements:

  • HSSP18 -- Study Hall 2
    Slideshow: Wednesday Night Study Hall
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    Slideshow: Wednesday Night Study Hall
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    Slideshow: Wednesday Night Study Hall
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    Slideshow: Wednesday Night Study Hall
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    Slideshow: Wednesday Night Study Hall
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    Slideshow: Wednesday Night Study Hall
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    Slideshow: Wednesday Night Study Hall
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    Slideshow: Wednesday Night Study Hall
  • HSSP18 -- Study Hall 2
    Slideshow: Wednesday Night Study Hall

Then, after nightly Rosary, students made their way to St. Gladys Plaza for Theology on Tap, where prefects served root-beer floats, and Fr. Sebastian answered previously submitted questions about a wide range of topics. There were more than 100 questions in all, which the Summer Program chaplain divided into various categories, such as Scripture, the liturgy, morality, and theology. Questions ranged from the role of Mary, to intercessory prayer, to vocations. For the final 20 minutes, Fr. Sebastian took spontaneous questions from the audience, including from several non-Catholics, which largely focused on sin, such as, “How do we know if we are sinning?” “Can mental illness mitigate culpability for sin?” “How about ignorance?” 

Fr. Sebastian answers students questions

Theology on Tap ran all the way up until curfew, after which students returned to their residence halls for conversation and hot dogs, more propositions practice, and  — for some — an early bedtime.

Hot dogs and socializing in the women's residence hall


Two students in class

If students were tired after a busy Wednesday night, that didn’t slow them down at this morning’s class, where they worked hard at the challenging task of demonstrating Euclidean Propositions 13 and 15. “We powered through!” a prefect reports. “We are learning how important it is not to jump to conclusions and to see the steps it takes to find truth. Often things that seem simple are hard to understand.”

  • HSSP18 -- Campus and Classroom Shots
    Slideshow: Thursday on campus
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    Slideshow: Thursday on campus
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    Slideshow: Thursday on campus
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    Slideshow: Thursday on campus
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    Slideshow: Thursday on campus
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    Slideshow: Thursday on campus
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    Slideshow: Thursday on campus
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    Slideshow: Thursday on campus
  • HSSP18 -- Campus and Classroom Shots
    Slideshow: Thursday on campus
  • HSSP18 -- Campus and Classroom Shots
    Slideshow: Thursday on campus

After Mass came lunch in St Joseph Commons, where some 200 voices joined in a rousing rendition of “Happy Birthday,” sung for three students — Grace of Vista, California; Elise of Colorado Springs, Colorado; and Athena of Tucson, Arizona. (Sorry, but our efforts to capture the celebration on video failed!)

At the afternoon class — the last one on Boethius — students discussed providence, free will, and fate, as well as how fortune and chance are human perceptions of the way God governs the universe. “We talked about simple and conditional necessity in relation to divine foreknowledge,” a prefect explains. “We also discussed how our perception of God is limited by time, and that God is eternal, so He knows things as they happen, not in the future.”

Students report that, in the 10 days since their first class in the program, they have accustomed to the Discussion Method, and there has been a dramatic shift in classroom dynamics. “At the beginning of the program, there were only half a dozen people really contributing to the discussion, plus a handful of others on the fringes. Most of the students were really quiet,” one student observes. “But now nearly everyone is contributing and asking questions.”

The tutors, likewise, have noted the growth, and they have praised the quality of the classroom discussions. One tutor remarked that a conversation about Euclid led him to think of one of the propositions in an entirely new way. Another said that this year’s students seem as though they are already members of the Freshman Class, so well have they adapted to the College’s classical curriculum and pedagogy.

With the day’s classes behind them, the students are, as of this writing, now enjoying their afternoon recreation time, which features not only the return of the giant slip-n-slide, but also a students v. prefects soccer match. It’s hard to believe, but we have reached the penultimate day of the program, with the last two classes and the farewell banquet set for tomorrow!


Students watching water(melon) polo match

To escape the heat after yesterday’s Summer Program Quad Run, students quickly found their way to the campus ponds for “watermelon water polo,” in which teams attempted to bring a greased watermelon across the pond and to the opposing team’s goal. First up was the women’s match …

  • HSSP 18 -- Womens Watermelon Water Polo
    Slideshow: Women’s watermelon water polo match
  • HSSP 18 -- Womens Watermelon Water Polo
    Slideshow: Women’s watermelon water polo match
  • HSSP 18 -- Womens Watermelon Water Polo
    Slideshow: Women’s watermelon water polo match
  • HSSP 18 -- Womens Watermelon Water Polo
    Slideshow: Women’s watermelon water polo match
  • HSSP 18 -- Womens Watermelon Water Polo
    Slideshow: Women’s watermelon water polo match
  • HSSP 18 -- Womens Watermelon Water Polo
    Slideshow: Women’s watermelon water polo match
  • HSSP 18 -- Womens Watermelon Water Polo
    Slideshow: Women’s watermelon water polo match
  • HSSP 18 -- Womens Watermelon Water Polo
    Slideshow: Women’s watermelon water polo match
  • HSSP 18 -- Womens Watermelon Water Polo
    Slideshow: Women’s watermelon water polo match
  • HSSP 18 -- Womens Watermelon Water Polo
    Slideshow: Women’s watermelon water polo match
  • HSSP 18 -- Womens Watermelon Water Polo
    Slideshow: Women’s watermelon water polo match
  • HSSP 18 -- Womens Watermelon Water Polo
    Slideshow: Women’s watermelon water polo match
  • HSSP 18 -- Womens Watermelon Water Polo
    Slideshow: Women’s watermelon water polo match
  • HSSP 18 -- Womens Watermelon Water Polo
    Slideshow: Women’s watermelon water polo match

… and then the men’s:

  • HSSP 18 -- Mens Watermelon Water Polo
    Slideshow: Men’s watermelon water polo match
  • HSSP 18 -- Mens Watermelon Water Polo
    Slideshow: Men’s watermelon water polo match
  • HSSP 18 -- Mens Watermelon Water Polo
    Slideshow: Men’s watermelon water polo match
  • HSSP 18 -- Mens Watermelon Water Polo
    Slideshow: Men’s watermelon water polo match
  • HSSP 18 -- Mens Watermelon Water Polo
    Slideshow: Men’s watermelon water polo match
  • HSSP 18 -- Mens Watermelon Water Polo
    Slideshow: Men’s watermelon water polo match
  • HSSP 18 -- Mens Watermelon Water Polo
    Slideshow: Men’s watermelon water polo match
  • HSSP 18 -- Mens Watermelon Water Polo
    Slideshow: Men’s watermelon water polo match
  • HSSP 18 -- Mens Watermelon Water Polo
    Slideshow: Men’s watermelon water polo match
  • HSSP 18 -- Mens Watermelon Water Polo
    Slideshow: Men’s watermelon water polo match
  • HSSP 18 -- Mens Watermelon Water Polo
    Slideshow: Men’s watermelon water polo match
  • HSSP 18 -- Mens Watermelon Water Polo
    Slideshow: Men’s watermelon water polo match

After changing their clothes, the students went to dinner and then study hall, where, for the first hour, they continued their reading of Boethius’ Consolation of Philosophy. Then, in the second hour, they once again made their way to various classrooms to practice — with the help of their prefects — demonstrating Euclidean propositions on the blackboard. “The students are starting to get it,” reports one prefect. “They are coming to recognize that, in learning the props, it’s not about memorization, but about seeing the order, the logical progression, and that the order is essential for moving from what is more known to what is less known.”

From there it was onto the nightly Rosary, then coffee shop in St. Cecilia Hall, where students enjoyed chocolate milkshakes and iced mochas prepared by their prefects:

 

Prefects prepare iced coffees

 

They also played cards … 

Students play cards

 

… ping-pong …

Students play ping-pong

 

… and foosball …

Students play foosball

… while others attended an optional dance class (Lindy Hop) or continued working on their props. After curfew, cheese and crackers were served in the residence halls, but most students retired early. “They seemed pretty tired,” one prefect observed. “I think it was the watermelon polo!”

Tonigh Fr. Sebastian will lead a session of “Theology on Tap,” in which he will answer anonymous questions about the Faith while students feast on root beer and ice cream. The question box, which has been accepting queries since yesterday, is filling up and ready to be opened!

Box where students can submit their questions for Fr. Sebastian

 

 


July 25,
2018

Students at the classroom table

Now on to their third day of Euclid, the Summer Program students are becoming ever more comfortable with the “Father of Geometry.” At this morning’s class, they handily demonstrated the propositions that they studied last night — Nos. 4, 9, and 10 of Book I — bisecting angles and straight lines like seasoned pros. “The students were much more confident and less intimidated,” one prefect reports. “They were asking questions about how one thing is known by reference to previous ones.”

At the end of the first class, most students went to the Chapel for Mass, followed by lunch in St. Joseph Commons. Midway through the meal, the prefects approached the table of student Jean-Baptiste from Palo Alto, California, bearing a cupcake. As they begin to sing “Happy Birthday,” the whole room joined in:

After 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.

As of this writing, dance class is under way, and students are looking forward to a Coffee Shop talk later this afternoon: Tutor Dr. Tom Kaiser will speak about his experience as a member of the College’s first class, as well his role in the College’s efforts to establish a second campus in New England. Then, after dinner and study hall, will be root-beer floats and Fr. Sebastian’s much-anticipated “Theology on Tap.” 


The winners: Olivia and Peter The winners: Olivia and Peter

As promised in an earlier post, we present photos from the Second Annual High School Summer Program Quad Run:

  • HSSP18 -- Quad Run
    Slideshow: “Chariots of Fire” Quad Run
  • HSSP18 -- Quad Run
    Slideshow: “Chariots of Fire” Quad Run
  • HSSP18 -- Quad Run
    Slideshow: “Chariots of Fire” Quad Run
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    Slideshow: “Chariots of Fire” Quad Run
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    Slideshow: “Chariots of Fire” Quad Run
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    Slideshow: “Chariots of Fire” Quad Run
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    Slideshow: “Chariots of Fire” Quad Run
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    Slideshow: “Chariots of Fire” Quad Run
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    Slideshow: “Chariots of Fire” Quad Run
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    Slideshow: “Chariots of Fire” Quad Run
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    Slideshow: “Chariots of Fire” Quad Run
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    Slideshow: “Chariots of Fire” Quad Run
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    Slideshow: “Chariots of Fire” Quad Run
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    Slideshow: “Chariots of Fire” Quad Run
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    Slideshow: “Chariots of Fire” Quad Run
  • HSSP18 -- Quad Run
    Slideshow: “Chariots of Fire” Quad Run
  • HSSP18 -- Quad Run
    Slideshow: “Chariots of Fire” 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 Tuesday afternoon, some 38 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.

Making a special appearance for the day was last year’s winner, Lee of Ventura, California, who will be returning to the College as a member of the Class of 2022 this fall. After making a celebrity entrance on to the quad in a golf cart …

Lee arrives in a golf cart

Lee took the microphone and gave a pep talk to this year’s runners:

Lee speaks to the runners

The encouragement worked — perhaps too well! — as two of this year’s runners broke the men’s High School record of 39.5 seconds, which Lee set just last year. First was Lorenz S. from Germany, who completed the run in 39.3 seconds. Then there was this year’s winner, Peter of Camarillo, California, who shattered all previous records with an astonishing time of 37.05 seconds! On the women’s side, Olivia from La Mesa, California, bested all competitors with a time of 45.3 seconds.

Congratulations to the champions!

And a special honor to Pauline from Albuquerque, New Mexico, and Joan from Ojai, California, who managed to complete the race in skirts and high heels!

Runners complete the race in high heels!


July 24,
2018

Students and a tutor demonstrate Euclidean propositions on the chalkboard

Any jitters that the high school students may have had going into this morning’s class — where, for the first time, they would be called upon to demonstrate Euclidean propositions on the blackboard — were for naught. By all indications, the students passed their first test with flying colors.

There is no afternoon class today. Instead, after Euclid, there was Mass in Our Lady of the Most Holy Trinity Chapel followed by lunch and the second annual Summer Program “Chariots of Fire” Quad Run (a race around the academic quadrangle, inspired by this classic scene from Chariots of Fire). As of this writing, the run is still ongoing, but stay tuned. We hope to have photos (and results!) before too long …