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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
  • HSSP18 -- Banquet Arrival
    Slideshow: Students arrive at the Banquet dinner
  • HSSP18 -- Banquet Arrival
    Slideshow: Students arrive at the Banquet dinner
  • HSSP18 -- Banquet Arrival
    Slideshow: Students arrive at the Banquet dinner
  • HSSP18 -- Banquet Arrival
    Slideshow: Students arrive at the Banquet dinner
  • HSSP18 -- Banquet Arrival
    Slideshow: Students arrive at the Banquet dinner
  • HSSP18 -- Banquet Arrival
    Slideshow: Students arrive at the Banquet dinner
  • HSSP18 -- Banquet Arrival
    Slideshow: Students arrive at the Banquet dinner
  • HSSP18 -- Banquet Arrival
    Slideshow: Students arrive at the Banquet dinner
  • HSSP18 -- Banquet Arrival
    Slideshow: Students arrive at the Banquet dinner
  • HSSP18 -- Banquet Arrival
    Slideshow: Students arrive at the Banquet dinner
  • HSSP18 -- Banquet Arrival
    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
  • HSSP18 -- Banquet Dinner
    Slideshow: Farewell Banquet dinner
  • HSSP18 -- Banquet Dinner
    Slideshow: Farewell Banquet dinner
  • HSSP18 -- Banquet Dinner
    Slideshow: Farewell Banquet dinner
  • HSSP18 -- Banquet Dinner
    Slideshow: Farewell Banquet dinner
  • HSSP18 -- Banquet Dinner
    Slideshow: Farewell Banquet dinner
  • HSSP18 -- Banquet Dinner
    Slideshow: Farewell Banquet dinner
  • HSSP18 -- Banquet Dinner
    Slideshow: Farewell Banquet dinner
  • HSSP18 -- Banquet Dinner
    Slideshow: Farewell Banquet dinner
  • HSSP18 -- Banquet Dinner
    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
  • HSSP18 -- Banquet Entertainment
    Slideshow: Banquet Entertainment
  • HSSP18 -- Banquet Entertainment
    Slideshow: Banquet Entertainment
  • HSSP18 -- Banquet Entertainment
    Slideshow: Banquet Entertainment
  • HSSP18 -- Banquet Entertainment
    Slideshow: Banquet Entertainment
  • HSSP18 -- Banquet Entertainment
    Slideshow: Banquet Entertainment
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    Slideshow: Banquet Entertainment
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    Slideshow: Banquet Entertainment
  • HSSP18 -- Banquet Entertainment
    Slideshow: Banquet Entertainment
  • HSSP18 -- Banquet Entertainment
    Slideshow: Banquet Entertainment
  • HSSP18 -- Banquet Entertainment
    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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • HSSP18 -- Goodbyes
    Slideshow: Saying goodbye
  • HSSP18 -- Goodbyes
    Slideshow: Saying goodbye
  • HSSP18 -- Goodbyes
    Slideshow: Saying goodbye
  • HSSP18 -- Goodbyes
    Slideshow: Saying goodbye
  • HSSP18 -- Goodbyes
    Slideshow: Saying goodbye
  • HSSP18 -- Goodbyes
    Slideshow: Saying goodbye
  • HSSP18 -- Goodbyes
    Slideshow: Saying goodbye
  • HSSP18 -- Goodbyes
    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

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


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


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
  • 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
  • HSSP18 -- Slip-n-Slide
    Slideshow: Slip-n-Slide
  • HSSP18 -- Slip-n-Slide
    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
  • HSSP18 -- Study Hall 2
    Slideshow: Wednesday Night Study Hall
  • HSSP18 -- Study Hall 2
    Slideshow: Wednesday Night Study Hall
  • HSSP18 -- Study Hall 2
    Slideshow: Wednesday Night Study Hall
  • HSSP18 -- Study Hall 2
    Slideshow: Wednesday Night Study Hall
  • HSSP18 -- Study Hall 2
    Slideshow: Wednesday Night Study Hall
  • HSSP18 -- Study Hall 2
    Slideshow: Wednesday Night Study Hall
  • HSSP18 -- Study Hall 2
    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


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

 

 


Following Monday’s classes many students spent the afternoon recreation period on the College basketball courts, preparing for the night’s basketball tournament:

  • HSSP18 -- 2nd Monday Rec Period
    Slideshow: Recreational Hoops
  • HSSP18 -- 2nd Monday Rec Period
    Slideshow: Recreational Hoops
  • HSSP18 -- 2nd Monday Rec Period
    Slideshow: Recreational Hoops
  • HSSP18 -- 2nd Monday Rec Period
    Slideshow: Recreational Hoops
  • HSSP18 -- 2nd Monday Rec Period
    Slideshow: Recreational Hoops
  • HSSP18 -- 2nd Monday Rec Period
    Slideshow: Recreational Hoops
  • HSSP18 -- 2nd Monday Rec Period
    Slideshow: Recreational Hoops
  • HSSP18 -- 2nd Monday Rec Period
    Slideshow: Recreational Hoops
  • HSSP18 -- 2nd Monday Rec Period
    Slideshow: Recreational Hoops
  • HSSP18 -- 2nd Monday Rec Period
    Slideshow: Recreational Hoops
  • HSSP18 -- 2nd Monday Rec Period
    Slideshow: Recreational Hoops
  • HSSP18 -- 2nd Monday Rec Period
    Slideshow: Recreational Hoops

Others, however, chose to escape the ongoing heat wave with a refreshing trip down to the campus ponds:

  • HSSP18 -- Pond jumping
    Slideshow: Pond-jumping
  • HSSP18 -- Pond jumping
    Slideshow: Pond-jumping
  • HSSP18 -- Pond jumping
    Slideshow: Pond-jumping
  • HSSP18 -- Pond jumping
    Slideshow: Pond-jumping
  • HSSP18 -- Pond jumping
    Slideshow: Pond-jumping
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    Slideshow: Pond-jumping
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    Slideshow: Pond-jumping
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    Slideshow: Pond-jumping
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    Slideshow: Pond-jumping
  • HSSP18 -- Pond jumping
    Slideshow: Pond-jumping
  • HSSP18 -- Pond jumping
    Slideshow: Pond-jumping
  • HSSP18 -- Pond jumping
    Slideshow: Pond-jumping
  • HSSP18 -- Pond jumping
    Slideshow: Pond-jumping

And others, still, sought the comfort of air-conditioning and headed indoors, with card games in the men’s residence hall and painting in the women’s. Then came dinner, followed by an informational Admissions meeting in St. Cecilia Hall, where Director Jon Daly took questions from students about the College and its application process. The highlight of the session came when Admissions Counselor Patrick Cross answered questions about the College’s efforts to establish a branch campus in New England, contingent upon the approval of the Massachusetts Board of Higher Education. 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.

Immediately after the session, prefect Dan Selmeczy took to the podium, where, with the aid of his tablet and St. Cecilia’s massive movie screen, he presented a demonstration on demonstrations — that is, a lesson in how students would demonstrate their first Euclidean propositions at Monday morning’s class:

Dan Selmeczy demonstrates demonstrations

When Dan was finished with the presentation, students headed off for various classrooms around campus, where prefects gave them more personalized preparation on the chalkboards. “There was a mix of confidence, nervousness, and everything in between,” says Women’s  Head Prefect Kathleen Sullivan. “The students were very supportive of one another; there was a lot of camaraderie.”

From there followed a Rosary procession, which began at the Chapel and ended at the walkable Stations of the Cross …

Rosary procession

… followed by the Prefect v. Students basketball games, both of which were won by the prefects this year. First up was the women’s match  …

  • HSSP18 -- Womens Basketball Tournament
    Slideshow: Women's basketball game
  • HSSP18 -- Womens Basketball Tournament
    Slideshow: Women's basketball game
  • HSSP18 -- Womens Basketball Tournament
    Slideshow: Women's basketball game
  • HSSP18 -- Womens Basketball Tournament
    Slideshow: Women's basketball game
  • HSSP18 -- Womens Basketball Tournament
    Slideshow: Women's basketball game
  • HSSP18 -- Womens Basketball Tournament
    Slideshow: Women's basketball game
  • HSSP18 -- Womens Basketball Tournament
    Slideshow: Women's basketball game
  • HSSP18 -- Womens Basketball Tournament
    Slideshow: Women's basketball game
  • HSSP18 -- Womens Basketball Tournament
    Slideshow: Women's basketball game
  • HSSP18 -- Womens Basketball Tournament
    Slideshow: Women's basketball game
  • HSSP18 -- Womens Basketball Tournament
    Slideshow: Women's basketball game
  • HSSP18 -- Womens Basketball Tournament
    Slideshow: Women's basketball game
  • HSSP18 -- Womens Basketball Tournament
    Slideshow: Women's basketball game

… and then the men’s:

  • HSSP18 -- Mens Basketball Tournament
    Slideshow: Men’s Basketball Game
  • HSSP18 -- Mens Basketball Tournament
    Slideshow: Men’s Basketball Game
  • HSSP18 -- Mens Basketball Tournament
    Slideshow: Men’s Basketball Game
  • HSSP18 -- Mens Basketball Tournament
    Slideshow: Men’s Basketball Game
  • HSSP18 -- Mens Basketball Tournament
    Slideshow: Men’s Basketball Game
  • HSSP18 -- Mens Basketball Tournament
    Slideshow: Men’s Basketball Game
  • HSSP18 -- Mens Basketball Tournament
    Slideshow: Men’s Basketball Game
  • HSSP18 -- Mens Basketball Tournament
    Slideshow: Men’s Basketball Game
  • HSSP18 -- Mens Basketball Tournament
    Slideshow: Men’s Basketball Game
  • HSSP18 -- Mens Basketball Tournament
    Slideshow: Men’s Basketball Game
  • HSSP18 -- Mens Basketball Tournament
    Slideshow: Men’s Basketball Game
  • HSSP18 -- Mens Basketball Tournament
    Slideshow: Men’s Basketball Game
  • HSSP18 -- Mens Basketball Tournament
    Slideshow: Men’s Basketball Game

During the games, spectators enjoyed a snack of soft pretzels and mustard. The games ended late, so curfew immediately followed, but back in the residence hall, anxious students were spotted practicing their propositions well into the night!

 


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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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!


Student plays piano

Following volleyball, dinner, and the nightly Rosary, the 2018 Summer Program students headed over to St. Cecilia Hall for a tremendous open-mic night:

  • HSSP18 -- Open-Mic Night
    Slideshow: Open-Mic Night
  • HSSP18 -- Open-Mic Night
    Slideshow: Open-Mic Night
  • HSSP18 -- Open-Mic Night
    Slideshow: Open-Mic Night
  • HSSP18 -- Open-Mic Night
    Slideshow: Open-Mic Night
  • HSSP18 -- Open-Mic Night
    Slideshow: Open-Mic Night
  • HSSP18 -- Open-Mic Night
    Slideshow: Open-Mic Night
  • HSSP18 -- Open-Mic Night
    Slideshow: Open-Mic Night
  • HSSP18 -- Open-Mic Night
    Slideshow: Open-Mic Night
  • HSSP18 -- Open-Mic Night
    Slideshow: Open-Mic Night
  • HSSP18 -- Open-Mic Night
    Slideshow: Open-Mic Night
  • HSSP18 -- Open-Mic Night
    Slideshow: Open-Mic Night
  • HSSP18 -- Open-Mic Night
    Slideshow: Open-Mic Night
  • HSSP18 -- Open-Mic Night
    Slideshow: Open-Mic Night
  • HSSP18 -- Open-Mic Night
    Slideshow: Open-Mic Night
  • HSSP18 -- Open-Mic Night
    Slideshow: Open-Mic Night
  • HSSP18 -- Open-Mic Night
    Slideshow: Open-Mic Night
  • HSSP18 -- Open-Mic Night
    Slideshow: Open-Mic Night
  • HSSP18 -- Open-Mic Night
    Slideshow: Open-Mic Night

After the performances, most stuck around for a viewing of the film Cinderella Man, while others went to the Coffee Shop for recreation. Among the latter group was onetime Summer Program prefect Rev. Peter Miller, O.S.A. (’07), a priest at Our Lady of the Annunciation of Clear Creek Abbey in Hulbert, Oklahoma, who showed off his pool skills:

Rev. Peter Miller, O.S.A. (’07)

Today the group is headed to the beach and Santa Barbara. Check back tomorrow for photos from the trip!


Friday’s “Arts & Fire” Night began with the second dance class during the recreation period …

  • HSSP18 -- 2nd Dance Class
    Slideshow: Second Dance
  • HSSP18 -- 2nd Dance Class
    Slideshow: Second Dance
  • HSSP18 -- 2nd Dance Class
    Slideshow: Second Dance
  • HSSP18 -- 2nd Dance Class
    Slideshow: Second Dance
  • HSSP18 -- 2nd Dance Class
    Slideshow: Second Dance
  • HSSP18 -- 2nd Dance Class
    Slideshow: Second Dance
  • HSSP18 -- 2nd Dance Class
    Slideshow: Second Dance
  • HSSP18 -- 2nd Dance Class
    Slideshow: Second Dance
  • HSSP18 -- 2nd Dance Class
    Slideshow: Second Dance
  • HSSP18 -- 2nd Dance Class
    Slideshow: Second Dance
  • HSSP18 -- 2nd Dance Class
    Slideshow: Second Dance
  • HSSP18 -- 2nd Dance Class
    Slideshow: Second Dance
  • HSSP18 -- 2nd Dance Class
    Slideshow: Second Dance

… followed by several stellar performances at the Shakespeare Revue:

  • HSSP18 -- Shakespeare Revue
    Slideshow: The Shakespeare Revue
  • HSSP18 -- Shakespeare Revue
    Slideshow: The Shakespeare Revue
  • HSSP18 -- Shakespeare Revue
    Slideshow: The Shakespeare Revue
  • HSSP18 -- Shakespeare Revue
    Slideshow: The Shakespeare Revue
  • HSSP18 -- Shakespeare Revue
    Slideshow: The Shakespeare Revue
  • HSSP18 -- Shakespeare Revue
    Slideshow: The Shakespeare Revue
  • HSSP18 -- Shakespeare Revue
    Slideshow: The Shakespeare Revue
  • HSSP18 -- Shakespeare Revue
    Slideshow: The Shakespeare Revue
  • HSSP18 -- Shakespeare Revue
    Slideshow: The Shakespeare Revue
  • HSSP18 -- Shakespeare Revue
    Slideshow: The Shakespeare Revue
  • HSSP18 -- Shakespeare Revue
    Slideshow: The Shakespeare Revue
  • HSSP18 -- Shakespeare Revue
    Slideshow: The Shakespeare Revue
  • HSSP18 -- Shakespeare Revue
    Slideshow: The Shakespeare Revue
  • HSSP18 -- Shakespeare Revue
    Slideshow: The Shakespeare Revue
  • HSSP18 -- Shakespeare Revue
    Slideshow: The Shakespeare Revue
  • HSSP18 -- Shakespeare Revue
    Slideshow: The Shakespeare Revue

Afterward, students met at the Chapel Plaza, and processed down to the outdoor Stations of the Cross, where Fr. Sebastian led them in prayer:

Fr. Sebastian leads students in the praying the Stations of the Cross

And the evening culminated with the sing-along by the Guadalupe Fountain, where none other than Program Director Brian Dragoo (right) joined in the performance on the guitar!

Sing-along

Saturday promises to be an exciting day, with a hike up to Mugu Peak. Stay tuned for photos!