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Students at the flag atop Mugu Peak

An action-filled Friday night did not deter the students in this year’s High School Summer Program from waking up early Saturday morning, boarding a fleet of school buses, and heading down to Malibu to hike the 5.2-mile Chumash Tail. “It’s a gorgeous — and very challenging — trail, with views of the Pacific Ocean pretty much the whole time,” reports one prefect. “I don’t think they’ll ever forget it.”

  • HSSP 18 -- Hike
    Slideshow: Hiking the Chumash Trail
  • HSSP 18 -- Hike
    Slideshow: Hiking the Chumash Trail
  • HSSP 18 -- Hike
    Slideshow: Hiking the Chumash Trail
  • HSSP 18 -- Hike
    Slideshow: Hiking the Chumash Trail
  • HSSP 18 -- Hike
    Slideshow: Hiking the Chumash Trail
  • HSSP 18 -- Hike
    Slideshow: Hiking the Chumash Trail
  • HSSP 18 -- Hike
    Slideshow: Hiking the Chumash Trail
  • HSSP 18 -- Hike
    Slideshow: Hiking the Chumash Trail
  • HSSP 18 -- Hike
    Slideshow: Hiking the Chumash Trail
  • HSSP 18 -- Hike
    Slideshow: Hiking the Chumash Trail
  • HSSP 18 -- Hike
    Slideshow: Hiking the Chumash Trail
  • HSSP 18 -- Hike
    Slideshow: Hiking the Chumash Trail
  • HSSP 18 -- Hike
    Slideshow: Hiking the Chumash Trail
  • HSSP 18 -- Hike
    Slideshow: Hiking the Chumash Trail
  • HSSP 18 -- Hike
    Slideshow: Hiking the Chumash Trail
  • HSSP 18 -- Hike
    Slideshow: Hiking the Chumash Trail
  • HSSP 18 -- Hike
    Slideshow: Hiking the Chumash Trail
  • HSSP 18 -- Hike
    Slideshow: Hiking the Chumash Trail
  • HSSP 18 -- Hike
    Slideshow: Hiking the Chumash Trail
  • HSSP 18 -- Hike
    Slideshow: Hiking the Chumash Trail

The whole crew hiked to the midpoint of the trail, where some decided to sit back and take in the view, and others pressed forward to Mugu Peak. When the latter group reached the top, it was greeted by an American flag, prompting a spontaneous outburst of patriotic singing. Hikers for miles, no doubt, heard the refrains of “God Bless America,” “America the Beautiful,” and “The Star Spangled Banner” echo throughout the Santa Monica Mountains!

The group then enjoyed a picnic lunch of sandwiches and sports drinks from their lofty perch. “We relaxed and soaked it all in,” one prefect reported. “We had views of the Pacific on one side and mountain peaks on the other!”

After hiking their way back to the bottom of the trail, students got in the buses and returned to campus for the afternoon volleyball tournament. Meanwhile, the Summer Program crew — including Admissions Director and Grillmaster Jon Daly — are hard at work preparing for tonight’s trip-tip barbeque!

 

Jon Daly grills the steaks.

After the evening Rosary, there will be Open-Mic night and a movie. Then, tomorrow, it’s the trip to Santa Barbara and the beach!


Students at the Getty Center

When we left off yesterday, the 2018 High School Summer Program students had just boarded three buses and three vans for a trip to Los Angeles. Traffic was heavy at times, as it often is in L.A., but the ride passed quickly. Students made good use of the time by telling jokes, singing, and doing their reading for today’s classes.

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 Monet, Van Gogh, Rembrandt, and Bernini. They searched for the hallmarks of excellent art that Dr. Nieto had identified in his Tuesday talk, and they delighed in two visiting exhbitions: Pathways to Paradise: Medieval India and Europe and Beyond the Nile: Egypt and the Classical World.

  • HSSP18 -- Getty Center
    Slideshow: The Getty Center
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    Slideshow: The Getty Center
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    Slideshow: The Getty Center
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    Slideshow: The Getty Center
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    Slideshow: The Getty Center
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    Slideshow: The Getty Center
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    Slideshow: The Getty Center
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    Slideshow: The Getty Center
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    Slideshow: The Getty Center
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    Slideshow: The Getty Center
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    Slideshow: The Getty Center
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    Slideshow: The Getty Center
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    Slideshow: The Getty Center
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    Slideshow: The Getty Center
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    Slideshow: The Getty Center
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    Slideshow: The Getty Center
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    Slideshow: The Getty Center
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    Slideshow: The Getty Center
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    Slideshow: The Getty Center
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    Slideshow: The Getty Center

At about 5:00 p.m. the group re-boarded the buses for a trip to the Hollywood Bowl, where students feasted on some 60 pizzas at the picnic grounds before settling in for the performance. The night’s concert was the Los Angeles Philharmonic performing Mozart’s “Overture to The Marriage of Figaro” and Symphony No. 35 in D major, K. 385 (“Haffner”), as well as Tchaikovsky’s “Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 35” and “Serenade for Strings in C major, Op. 48.” Students enjoyed the spirited performance, relaxing under the stars on a hot summer night in the Hollywood Hills.

  • HSSP18 -- Hollywood Bowl
    Slideshow: The Hollywood Bowl
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    Slideshow: The Hollywood Bowl
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    Slideshow: The Hollywood Bowl
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    Slideshow: The Hollywood Bowl
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    Slideshow: The Hollywood Bowl
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    Slideshow: The Hollywood Bowl
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    Slideshow: The Hollywood Bowl
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    Slideshow: The Hollywood Bowl
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    Slideshow: The Hollywood Bowl
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    Slideshow: The Hollywood Bowl
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    Slideshow: The Hollywood Bowl
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    Slideshow: The Hollywood Bowl
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    Slideshow: The Hollywood Bowl
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    Slideshow: The Hollywood Bowl
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    Slideshow: The Hollywood Bowl
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    Slideshow: The Hollywood Bowl

The concert ended fairly late, about 10:30 or so. On the bus ride home, one of the students required medical assistance. Fortunately the well-trained prefects were able to tend to her until paramedics arrived, and she is now feeling so much better that she expects to return to the program this evening! The rest of the students eventually made it back to campus and off to bed for some much-needed rest before Friday’s classes on Pascal’s “wager” and Fabre’s observations of order in nature, which correspond to St. Thomas Aquinas’ fifth proof for the existence of God.


During Wednesday afternoon’s recreation period, students played sports …

Students play basketball

… visited with prefects …

Prefect meets with student

… and rehearsed for Friday’s Shakespeare Revue:

Shakespeare rehearsal

But by 3:45, most arrived in St. Cecilia Hall …

Students in St. Cecilia Hall

… for tutor Dr. John Nieto’s annual Summer Program lecture, “On Art and Beauty.”

Dr. John Nieto

Delivering his talk for the first time in the newly completed St. Cecilia Hall, Dr. Nieto supplemented his remarks with a PowerPoint slideshow depicting many famous sculptures and paintings, several of which are at the Getty Museum in Los Angeles, which the group will visit this afternoon. The talk was such a hit that the question-and-answer session ran well into dinner. 

Then came the nightly Study Hall, where students did their Kierkegaard reading in preparation for Thursday morning’s class …

Study Hall roll call Roll call

… followed by the nightly Rosary in Our Lady of the Most Holy Trinity Chapel:

Students pray the Rosary

Following the Rosary, Fr. Sebastian gave a talk about the joy that Christ experiences at our repentance, especially through the Sacrament of Penance. Immediately afterward, he exposed the Blessed Sacrament for a “Holy Half-Hour,” during which he and three other chaplains heard confessions. “The students were really moved,” one prefect reports. “Even after the half hour was over, there were lines four, five students deep at each confessional!”

Adoration

Finally came the night’s most-anticipated event, the first dance class, led by prefect Dan Selmeczy.“The students started out pretty nervous,” one prefect observed, “but seemed to relax as the class went on.”

  • HSSP18 -- First Dance Class
    Slideshow: First dance class
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    Slideshow: First dance class
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    Slideshow: First dance class
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    Slideshow: First dance class
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    Slideshow: First dance class
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    Slideshow: First dance class
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    Slideshow: First dance class
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    Slideshow: First dance class
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    Slideshow: First dance class
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    Slideshow: First dance class
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    Slideshow: First dance class
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    Slideshow: First dance class
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    Slideshow: First dance class
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    Slideshow: First dance class
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    Slideshow: First dance class
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    Slideshow: First dance class
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    Slideshow: First dance class
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    Slideshow: First dance class
  • HSSP18 -- First Dance Class
    Slideshow: First dance class
  • HSSP18 -- First Dance Class
    Slideshow: First dance class

Back in the residence halls, there was pita and hummus, then cosecration and lights out. Thursday promises to be a big day, with Kierkegaard at the morning class, then a trip to the Getty Center and a Mozart & Tchaikovsky concert at the Hollywood Bowl!


Tuesday afternoon’s recreation session was much like Monday’s, with a few additions: A small group of students painted with watercolors in the nearby “Painter’s Shack,” others took a swim in the campus ponds, and about two dozen more auditioned for the upcoming Shakespeare Revue. “You could tell they had a lot of experience with acting and had very nuanced and emphatic deliveries,” says prefect Joe Daly. “They did quite well.” The Revue, which will take place Friday night, will include a number of scenes and soliloquies, largely but not exclusively Shakespearean, performed entirely by Summer Program students.

  • HSSP18 -- Auditions
    Slideshow: Shakespeare Auditions
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    Slideshow: Shakespeare Auditions
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    Slideshow: Shakespeare Auditions
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    Slideshow: Shakespeare Auditions
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    Slideshow: Shakespeare Auditions
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    Slideshow: Shakespeare Auditions
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    Slideshow: Shakespeare Auditions
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    Slideshow: Shakespeare Auditions
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    Slideshow: Shakespeare Auditions
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    Slideshow: Shakespeare Auditions
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    Slideshow: Shakespeare Auditions
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    Slideshow: Shakespeare Auditions
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    Slideshow: Shakespeare Auditions
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    Slideshow: Shakespeare Auditions
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    Slideshow: Shakespeare Auditions
  • HSSP18 -- Auditions
    Slideshow: Shakespeare Auditions

A dinner of pulled-pork sandwiches followed the recreation period, after which came study hall. Students brought their Bibles and were busy reading the first 25 chapters of Genesis in preparation for today’s classes. Afterward, they went to the Chapel for the nightly Rosary, and then to St. Cecilia Hall for Coffee Shop. There, the College’s head chaplain, Rev. Paul Raftery, O.P., fielded questions that students had about Abraham from their Genesis readings.

  • HSSP18 -- 1st Tuesday Evening
    Slideshow: Rosary, Coffee Shop, and women’s dorm party
  • HSSP18 -- 1st Tuesday Evening
    Slideshow: Rosary, Coffee Shop, and women’s dorm party
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    Slideshow: Rosary, Coffee Shop, and women’s dorm party
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    Slideshow: Rosary, Coffee Shop, and women’s dorm party
  • HSSP18 -- 1st Tuesday Evening
    Slideshow: Rosary, Coffee Shop, and women’s dorm party
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    Slideshow: Rosary, Coffee Shop, and women’s dorm party
  • HSSP18 -- 1st Tuesday Evening
    Slideshow: Rosary, Coffee Shop, and women’s dorm party
  • HSSP18 -- 1st Tuesday Evening
    Slideshow: Rosary, Coffee Shop, and women’s dorm party
  • HSSP18 -- 1st Tuesday Evening
    Slideshow: Rosary, Coffee Shop, and women’s dorm party
  • HSSP18 -- 1st Tuesday Evening
    Slideshow: Rosary, Coffee Shop, and women’s dorm party
  • HSSP18 -- 1st Tuesday Evening
    Slideshow: Rosary, Coffee Shop, and women’s dorm party
  • HSSP18 -- 1st Tuesday Evening
    Slideshow: Rosary, Coffee Shop, and women’s dorm party
  • HSSP18 -- 1st Tuesday Evening
    Slideshow: Rosary, Coffee Shop, and women’s dorm party
  • HSSP18 -- 1st Tuesday Evening
    Slideshow: Rosary, Coffee Shop, and women’s dorm party
  • HSSP18 -- 1st Tuesday Evening
    Slideshow: Rosary, Coffee Shop, and women’s dorm party

Coffees shop ended early, however, so that students could return to their residence halls for dorm parties. In Saints Peter and Paul Hall, the men began their fete with a fierce whiffle-ball dodgeball match, after which they recovered around the fire pit, with guitars and singing, plus chips, guacamole, and ice cream. In St. Monica Hall, the women played a few rounds of ice-breakers, then also enjoyed chips and ice cream, accompanied by good conversation. “We had a lot of questions about the curriculum, applications, and the life of the College,” reports prefect Andrea Florez.

Then came the nightly consecration and lights out. On schedule for Wednesday: Genesis, Dr. Nieto’s annual talk about art and beauty, and the first dance class!


Students pray the Rosary in Our Lady of the Most Holy Trinity Chapel Students pray the Rosary in Our Lady of the Most Holy Trinity Chapel

We have an avalanche of photos from Monday afternoon and evening to share!

Let’s begin with the time immediately after lunch, when students gathered outside the library to pose for their ID photos:

  • Students get their ID photos and submit t-shirt sizes (High School Summer Program 2018)
    Slideshow: IDs and Photos on the Quad
  • Students get their ID photos and submit t-shirt sizes (High School Summer Program 2018)
    Slideshow: IDs and Photos on the Quad
  • Students get their ID photos and submit t-shirt sizes (High School Summer Program 2018)
    Slideshow: IDs and Photos on the Quad
  • Students get their ID photos and submit t-shirt sizes (High School Summer Program 2018)
    Slideshow: IDs and Photos on the Quad
  • Students get their ID photos and submit t-shirt sizes (High School Summer Program 2018)
    Slideshow: IDs and Photos on the Quad
  • Students get their ID photos and submit t-shirt sizes (High School Summer Program 2018)
    Slideshow: IDs and Photos on the Quad
  • Students get their ID photos and submit t-shirt sizes (High School Summer Program 2018)
    Slideshow: IDs and Photos on the Quad
  • Students get their ID photos and submit t-shirt sizes (High School Summer Program 2018)
    Slideshow: IDs and Photos on the Quad
  • Students get their ID photos and submit t-shirt sizes (High School Summer Program 2018)
    Slideshow: IDs and Photos on the Quad
  • Students get their ID photos and submit t-shirt sizes (High School Summer Program 2018)
    Slideshow: IDs and Photos on the Quad
  • Students get their ID photos and submit t-shirt sizes (High School Summer Program 2018)
    Slideshow: IDs and Photos on the Quad
  • Students get their ID photos and submit t-shirt sizes (High School Summer Program 2018)
    Slideshow: IDs and Photos on the Quad

We then move on, after the day’s second class, to the afternoon recreation period, which included most every sport imaginable — basketball, volleyball, soccer, tennis and Spikeball!

  • HSSP18 -- 1st Monday -- Afternoon Sports
    Slideshow: Monday afternoon recreation
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    Slideshow: Monday afternoon recreation
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    Slideshow: Monday afternoon recreation
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    Slideshow: Monday afternoon recreation
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    Slideshow: Monday afternoon recreation
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    Slideshow: Monday afternoon recreation
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    Slideshow: Monday afternoon recreation
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    Slideshow: Monday afternoon recreation
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    Slideshow: Monday afternoon recreation
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    Slideshow: Monday afternoon recreation
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    Slideshow: Monday afternoon recreation
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    Slideshow: Monday afternoon recreation
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    Slideshow: Monday afternoon recreation
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    Slideshow: Monday afternoon recreation
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    Slideshow: Monday afternoon recreation
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    Slideshow: Monday afternoon recreation
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    Slideshow: Monday afternoon recreation
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    Slideshow: Monday afternoon recreation
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    Slideshow: Monday afternoon recreation
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    Slideshow: Monday afternoon recreation

After recreation the group had dinner, at which it sang “Happy Birthday” to fellow student Paloma, who kindly shared her cake with all at her table. The students then came to St. Bernardine of Siena Library for their first study hall of the program. There they read up on Sophocles’ Antigone and three pre-Socratic philosophers (Empedocles, Democritus, and Epicurus) in preparation for today’s classes. Some even got a head start on Boethius’ Consolation of Philosophy for Wednesday. “They were very studious!” one prefect reports.

  • HSSP18 -- 1st Monday -- Study Hall
    Slideshow: First study hall
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    Slideshow: First study hall
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    Slideshow: First study hall
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    Slideshow: First study hall

From there it was time for the nightly Rosary in Our Lady of the Most Holy Trinity Chapel (see photo, above) followed by a busy coffee shop in St. Cecilia Hall. Students played foosball, pool, ping-pong, and cards, while enjoying Italian sodas prepared by the prefects.

  • HSSP18 -- 1st Monday -- Night
    Slideshow: First night
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    Slideshow: First night
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    Slideshow: First night

After more socializing in the residence halls, everyone called it a night. Stay tuned for a report on today’s classes in the next post!


Group photo of the students on the 2018 High School Summer Program

At this morning’s class, the students of the 2018 High School Great Books Program discussed Sophocles’ Antigone, considering the perennial conflict between individual conscience and obedience to civil laws. Then, before heading to lunch, they came to the Guadalupe Fountain to pose for a group photo as well as photos of their class sections:

  • HSSP18 -- Sections
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    Slideshow: Section photos
  • HSSP18 -- Sections
    Slideshow: Section photos

After lunch the students moved on to their second class, a discussion of the pre-Socratic philosophers, particularly how Empedocles, Democritus, and Epicurus understood the origins of the natural world. Their conversation should make for some intriguing comparisons with the subject of tomorrow’s class, the Book of Genesis.

But first students have this afternoon’s recreation session — plus dinner, study hall, Rosary, and coffee shop — to look forward to, followed by tonight’s dorm parties!


July 15,
2018

After students arrived and settled in on Monday afternoon, parents attended an orientation meeting and campus tour, followed by the family barbeque …

  • Summer Program Opening Barbeque 2018
    Slideshow: Opening BBQ
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    Slideshow: Opening BBQ
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    Slideshow: Opening BBQ
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    Slideshow: Opening BBQ
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    Slideshow: Opening BBQ
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  • Summer Program Opening Barbeque 2018
    Slideshow: Opening BBQ
  • Summer Program Opening Barbeque 2018
    Slideshow: Opening BBQ
  • Summer Program Opening Barbeque 2018
    Slideshow: Opening BBQ

… and then a travelers’ Mass in Our Lady of the Most Holy Trinity Chapel:

Mass in Our Lady of the Most Holy Trinity Chapel

Check the Summer Blog tomorrow for more photos!


July 15,
2018

The 2018 Summer Great Books Program for High School Students is under way!

  • Students arrive for the 2018 High School Summer Program
    Slideshow: Students arrive on campus
  • Students arrive for the 2018 High School Summer Program
    Slideshow: Students arrive on campus
  • Students arrive for the 2018 High School Summer Program
    Slideshow: Students arrive on campus
  • Students arrive for the 2018 High School Summer Program
    Slideshow: Students arrive on campus
  • Students arrive for the 2018 High School Summer Program
    Slideshow: Students arrive on campus
  • Students arrive for the 2018 High School Summer Program
    Slideshow: Students arrive on campus
  • Students arrive for the 2018 High School Summer Program
    Slideshow: Students arrive on campus
  • Students arrive for the 2018 High School Summer Program
    Slideshow: Students arrive on campus
  • Students arrive for the 2018 High School Summer Program
    Slideshow: Students arrive on campus
  • Students arrive for the 2018 High School Summer Program
    Slideshow: Students arrive on campus
  • Students arrive for the 2018 High School Summer Program
    Slideshow: Students arrive on campus
  • Students arrive for the 2018 High School Summer Program
    Slideshow: Students arrive on campus
  • Students arrive for the 2018 High School Summer Program
    Slideshow: Students arrive on campus
  • Students arrive for the 2018 High School Summer Program
    Slideshow: Students arrive on campus
  • Students arrive for the 2018 High School Summer Program
    Slideshow: Students arrive on campus
  • Students arrive for the 2018 High School Summer Program
    Slideshow: Students arrive on campus
  • Students arrive for the 2018 High School Summer Program
    Slideshow: Students arrive on campus
  • Students arrive for the 2018 High School Summer Program
    Slideshow: Students arrive on campus
  • Students arrive for the 2018 High School Summer Program
    Slideshow: Students arrive on campus

Students began arriving at Los Angeles International Airport this morning — the earliest came in from New Zealand at 6:30! —  where they were met by the Summer Program prefects, who took them on one of several buses back to campus. Over the course of the afternoon, more buses arrived, as did cars carrying students who live closer to the College. Upon settling in their residence halls, the students began visiting, playing sports, and touring the grounds.

Let the adventure begin!


August 01,
2016

The 2016 Summer Program team

On Saturday evening, after the last of the 2016 High School Summer Program students left campus and headed for home, the team that ran the program got together for a goodbye dinner. The Admissions counselors, the chaplains, and all the prefects gathered one last time to celebrate their two weeks of hard work. “It was a beautiful reminder of how dedicated so many people are to the College and to its students,” says Admissions Director Jon Daly. “It was really inspiring.”

The group also turned in some additional photos from the goodbyes on Saturday morning, which we present in one final slideshow:

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    Slideshow: More Goodbyes
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    Slideshow: More Goodbyes
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    Slideshow: More Goodbyes
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    Slideshow: More Goodbyes
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    Slideshow: More Goodbyes
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    Slideshow: More Goodbyes
  • hssp16 -- more goodbyes
    Slideshow: More Goodbyes
  • hssp16 -- more goodbyes
    Slideshow: More Goodbyes
  • hssp16 -- more goodbyes
    Slideshow: More Goodbyes

The College thanks all those who helped make the 2016 program such a success — the dedicated Admissions team, the hard-working prefects, the devoted chaplains, the wise tutors, the generous parents, and the hard-working students! Special thanks, too, are in order for prefects Zoe Appleby and Patrick Nazeck, who provided the information that kept this blog running, and Martin McCann and Alexis Pomietlo, who took the photographs.

And, of course, all thanks and praise be to God!


July 30,
2016

Our Lady of the Most Holy Trinity Chapel

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.

  • HSSP16 -- Departures
    Slideshow: Saying Goodbye
  • HSSP16 -- Departures
    Slideshow: Saying Goodbye
  • HSSP16 -- Departures
    Slideshow: Saying Goodbye
  • HSSP16 -- Departures
    Slideshow: Saying Goodbye
  • HSSP16 -- Departures
    Slideshow: Saying Goodbye
  • HSSP16 -- Departures
    Slideshow: Saying Goodbye
  • HSSP16 -- Departures
    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!

Goodbye note to the students from their prefects