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The students on the 2017 High School Summer Program no doubt slept well after an exciting and full Saturday night.

They awoke rested and refreshed Sunday morning, which they began by giving thanks to God at one of two Masses in Our Lady of the Most Holy Trinity Chapel. Early risers attended the first Mass, offered in the extraordinary form, while most others came to the second Mass, offered in the ordinary form. An impromptu student choir — which met for its first, and only, practice just 50 minutes beforehand — accompanied the latter Mass, delighting fellow students with beautifully sung hymns from the Chapel’s choir loft. “The music was glorious,” says a prefect. “The students’ voices filled the whole building!”

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After changing their clothes, students loaded into three coach buses for a day of adventure. First stop: Ventura Beach, which is about a 20-minute drive from campus. Highlights of the trip included volleyball, swimming, surfing, and lunch at California’s iconic In-N-Out Burger:

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Next stop: Santa Barbara, where students enjoyed dinner at various spots of their choosing: family-style Italian, burgers, Mexican, seafood, and others. Prefects led small groups down State Street for shopping, ice cream, and frozen yogurt; then all met up at Stearns Wharf for group photo:

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In the buses on the way back to campus, the group prayed the Rosary while driving down the Pacific Coast Highway, enjoying a spectacular ocean sunset to their right. Upon returning to campus, there was an optional, but well attended, study hall, where students prepared for today’s classes on Euclid and Boethius — details of which will be available this afternoon.


stones marked "HSSP 17"

On Monday morning the Summer Program students were back in the classroom, working out Euclid’s definitions, common notions, and postulates in lively discussions. Having come to an understanding of the meaning of such terms as “line” and “point,” they are now ready to take on Euclidean propositions throughout the rest of the week’s morning sessions. Indeed, after class today, several women were spotted going back to their residence hall to practice their props!

At the afternoon class, after Mass and lunch, students discussed the first two books of Boethius’ Consolation of Philosophy. Written in 524 A.D., while Boethius awaited his martyrdom in prison, this work is presented in the form of a dialogue between Boethius and Lady Philosophy, in which they discuss evil, happiness, suffering, fate, God, and free will. In short, it’s the perfect work to tie up the big questions that the students have been pondering for the last week.

Prefects report a rather sedate recreation period this afternoon, probably owing to all of Saturday and Sunday’s activities! Nonetheless the coffee shop was packed for a lecture by College tutor Dr. John Nieto, “On Art and Beauty” (see photo, below). 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 on Tuesday.

Dr. John Nieto presets his lecture “Art & Beauty,” to members of the 2017 High School Summer Program

At tonight’s study hall, students will get their first chance to try out their new knowledge of geometry when they practice demonstrating Euclidean propositions on classroom chalkboards …


Having recovered from the afternoon’s spectacular — but arduous! — hike to Mugu Peak, the 2017 High School Summer Program students reassembled at 5:00 Saturday evening for a fabulous tri-trip BBQ dinner prepared by the prefects and grillmaster Tom Cavanaugh. After feasting on the steak, salad, and pumpernickel rolls, the group formed a procession, began praying the Rosary, and headed for the campus grotto, where they sang the Salve Regina for Our Lady. They also encountered a few of the pygmy goats kept by students on the lower campus …

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Then came the evening’s main event — Open Mic Night — which began with a rousing rendition of “Happy Birthday” for Zuzu:

Next up were the acts themselves. “The performances were all fantastic, and there were multiple standing ovations, with crowds cheering every time,” says Head Women’s Prefect Kathleen Sullivan. “We had a great range of comedy acts, with Gabe and Rory; awesome dancing from Avery, David, and Sophie; beautiful spiritual songs and harmonies; a powerful group of guys singing ‘House of the Rising Sun,’ several original music pieces; and it all ended with a beautiful cover of ‘Home.’” Indeed, Dan Selmeczy called last night the best Open-Mic Night of his 11 years on the program. Below and are some pictures …

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… and videos of a few of the acts:

Aaron, Abby, Seth, and Andrew perform “Home”:

Avery performs “Catch & Release”:

Abby sings “Crown of Thorns”:

Today the group is taking its trip to Santa Barbara and the beach. Come back Monday for a full recap and photos!


Students holding candles in the plaza of Our Lady of the Most Holy Trinity Chapel

After Friday’s classes students enjoyed their afternoon recreation time, followed by dinner and then another dance class. Prefect Dan Selmeczy has already taught several swing steps and he has little doubt that this group will be ready for the end-of-the-program dance … only one week away!

dance class

Then came the much-anticipated “Shakespeare Skits,” which featured monologues and dramatic readings of scenes from various works of the Bard of Avon, directed by Dan and Zoe Appleby. The entire group came out to watch the performances, which took place in front of St. Augustine Hall. Highlights included a comedic interpretation of Rome and Juliet, Juliet’s soliloquy before taking the sleeping potion (performed by Sophia from Phoenix, Arizona, who received a standing ovation!), and some male prefects’ boy band-flavored singing of “Sigh No More” from Much Ado About Nothing.

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Students next prayed the Stations of the Cross on the College’s walkable Via Dolorosa. Then, as the sun set and the sky grew dark, they walked across the lower campus to the fairway for ice-cream sandwiches and songs around a “campfire.” Alas, there was no actual fire this year, due to temporary restrictions owing to recent wildfires in the Los Padres National Forest, but there was still the same campfire spirit: Students played guitars, and the words of various campfire favorites were projected onto a large screen.

Then it was time to return to the residence halls and get a quick night’s rest before rising early for this morning’s hike. Photos to come sometime this afternoon!

a  "campfire" with no fire!


Group photo from the midpoint on the Chumash Trail

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.”

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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. They are now enjoying a quiet afternoon before this evening’s barbeque, Rosary procession, and movie. All in all, it should be a restful night, so that everyone is in top form for Sunday’s trip to Santa Barbara and the beach! 


Thursday afternoon’s recreation period was, in the description of one prefect, “normal” — which means, of course, very busy and fast-paced! There were the usual sports (soccer, basketball, volleyball, water polo, etc.) plus auditions for Saturday’s Open Mic Night and rehearsals for tonight’s Shakespearian skits.

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Next up came dinner (chicken cutlets and mixed-berry smoothies) followed by study hall, which began, as always, with a beloved High School Sumer Program tradition: Roll Call.

Every weekday night, before students dive into their readings, they indulge in a moment of levity with a lively taking of attendance — a fast-and-furious race that pits Admissions Director Jon Daly against a prefect. Last night Mr. Daly took roll for students whose last names begin with the letters A-L, while prefect Rachel Rivera called names for letters L-Z. It was a valiant effort on Rachel’s part, but there’s a reason why, nearly halfway through this year’s program, Mr. Daly remains undefeated:

Once the excitement died down, the two-hour study session began in earnest. Students read up on Pascal’s wager for their Friday-morning class and Fabre’s bee observations for the afternoon. They then found their way to the Chapel for evening Rosary before coming back to the Commons for an abbreviated coffee shop, complete with iced coffees and card games.

The real excitement, however, would come after an early curfew, with Dorm Parties back in the men’s and women’s residence halls. Both the men and women enjoyed a late-night snack of nachos (masterfully prepared by prefect Anna Goodwin) and hot dogs. That, however, is where the similarities in the night’s activities end.

For the men, the party began in the courtyard with singing and fiddling, the latter expertly supplied by Daniel, a Summer Program student from Austin Texas:

The men then moved indoors, where the common room had been cleared for a fierce game of dodgeball. The event was billed as a “wing war,” with residents of one of the building’s wings (captained by prefects Matt Dugan and John Jost) battling the other (captained by Jack Blewett and Andrew Rossi). The team of Dugan and Jost triumphed (yes, John wins everything), thanks to the heroic efforts of Angelo, a Summer Program student from Somerset, New Jersey. As the legend — for that is what the story has already become — goes, Angelo found himself the last man standing for his wing, facing four opponents on the other side. Artfully, he managed to evade a barrage of enemy fire, then methodically took out his rivals one at time. After Angelo vanquished his last opponent, thus securing victory for his team, his wing-mates rushed to his side, lifted him to their shoulders, and carried off their victor!

Things were more … sedate in the women’s residence hall, but no less fun! The students played a “getting to know you” game in which they took turns answering ice-breaking questions. The queries ranged from the silly (“If you were a fruit, what kind would you choose and why?”) to the spiritual (“Tell us about your favorite saint …”) The women loved the chance to learn more about each other. They enjoyed the experience so much that they asked to do it again — only this time with prefects answering the questions — one night next week.

After all that excitement, it was time for consecration and lights out!


July 28,
2017

pensive students on the academic quadrabgle

On the heels of a busy Thursday night came a pensive Friday morning, as members of the High School Summer Program began the day considering Pascal’s famous “Wager.” Classroom discussions focused on the terms of the wager and their implications — the finite vs. the infinite, the difference between pleasure and true happiness, the existence of objective truth and morality, and whether we are capable of recognizing them. One student called the class “the most interesting yet!”

A good many students attended the midday Mass immediately afterward:

Mass in Our Lady of the Most Holy Trinity Chapel

At lunch the group celebrated the birthday of Brendan, a Summer Program student from Phoenix, Arizona:

In the afternoon class, the students considered two readings: French naturalist J. Henri Fabre’s detailed account of the workings of bees and St. Thomas Aquinas’ fifth proof for the existence of God, the argument from design. Students discussed how, in Fabre’s portrayal of the social economy of bees, every part — from the bees’ antennae, to their stomachs, to their cells — has a purpose. The beauty and complexity of this order, the classes found, contradicted the Pre-Socratics’ presumption of a meaningless universe, while lending support to St. Thomas’ argument that the presence of a design requires a designer.

Recreation has now begun, and students have headed for the athletic fields, for Shakespeare rehearsal, and for the ponds!

Students on their way to the campus ponds


As promised, here is the report from Wednesday’s volleyball tournament:

There were 12 teams of eight members, each captained by two prefects or, in one case, the Summer Program’s two chaplains, Fr. Sebastian and Fr. Paul. The tournament, played on the campus athletic fields, was double-elimination. A few teams flamed out early, while others battled throughout the afternoon, with the squad captained by John Jost and Micaela McCall eking out a close win over Andrew Rossi and Meg Downes’ team.

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The prize for their hard-fought victory, however, was a match against the well-rested tutors — a daunting prospect. Yet Team Jost-McCall did not seem worse for the wear, and handily bested the tutors in two straight matches!

Afterward students, prefects, tutors, and the tutors’ families alike gathered for a pork-tenderloin-and-chicken barbeque on the library lawn. Then came study hall, where students prepared for Thursday’s readings from Genesis (Chapters 10-25) paired with the Eulogy on Abraham from Søren Kierkegaard’s Fear and Trembling.

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The highlight of the evening, however, came in the following “Holy Half Hour” — 30 minutes of Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament in Our Lady of the Most Holy Trinity Chapel, accompanied by the recitation of the Rosary. The chaplains made themselves available for confession, and many students availed themselves of the Sacrament!

Finally there was the first of this year’s dance lessons, in preparation for next week’s last-night dance. Prefect Dan Selmeczy taught the basics of swing, and “The students loved it,” according to one prefect. Dan — who has been teaching dance on the Summer Program for more than a decade — reportedly called this class one of the best he has ever taught.

Back in the residence halls after curfew there were pretzels, cheese, and many an impromptu musical performance!


Students on the academic quadrangle

Heading into this morning’s class on Genesis chapters 10-25, students expected that they would be discussing Abraham and the sacrifice of Isaac, given that, in their afternoon class, they would be examining Kierkegaard’s treatment of the subject in Fear and Trembling. To their surprise, however, the tutors decided to reserve the Hebrew Patriarch for the afternoon, and focused instead on the notion of covenant — what does it mean, and is it even possible to have a covenant between man and God, given the infinite chasm that separates the two? They also considered the nature of God’s promises to His people, and how those compared to the promises of the pagan gods in the Greek tragedies that students read earlier in the week.

After morning Mass, the discussion carried over into lunch (roast-beef sandwiches, natural chips, and Cesar salad), and likely would have kept the students talking all afternoon, only it was then time for the next class — in which they did discuss Abraham and Isaac! The various scenarios that Kierkegaard offers helped them to better understand what Abraham experienced and, ultimately, pointed to the root of his greatness, which is his tremendous faith.

Next up is a busy afternoon of sports, open-mic auditions, and play rehearsal, followed by a busy night of dinner, study hall, Rosary, coffee shop, and dorm parties. Come back tomorrow for photos! 

Lunch in St. Joseph Commons

 


Prefects stroll in the arcade

Reactions to Tuesday afternoon’s discussion of the pre-Socratic philosophers were very positive, with one student proclaiming that the Summer Program “has exceeded my expectations extremely.”

Others have said that the afternoon class — which focused on the nature of objects, the nature of man, and even the immortality of the human soul — was “the best one yet,” suggesting that students are growing ever-more comfortable with the Discussion Method. These conversations should prepare them well for this morning’s discussion of the two creation accounts in Genesis, which, unlike the pre-Socratics, depict each object as having its own, distinct nature and meaning.

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Sports were once again the top order of the day at the afternoon recreation period. Most students worked on honing their volleyball skills in preparation for today’s planned 16-team tournament — even those who have never played volleyball before. “It’s great to see students coming out of their comfort zones and trying new things,” says Head Women’s Prefect Kathleen Sullivan.  

Fellow prefect Zoe Appleby, who along with Dan Selmeczy held auditions yesterday for dramatic readings of select Shakespeare scenes, witnessed a similar phenomenon. “Several of the students had no experience with Shakespeare, and when they read some of the language, got a little intimated and said they wanted to back out,” she says. “But I urged them to try it out anyway, telling them I would coach them along. So they stuck it out and had a great time!” In total, some 25 thespians signed up to participate in Friday’s performance.

After volleyball and Shakespeare, many students returned to the campus ponds for a continuation of yesterday’s impromptu water polo matches. Then it was time for dinner (honeyed ham, mashed potatoes, and veggies), followed by study hall, where students read from Genesis and prepared for next week’s classes on Kierkegaard and Boethius. The evening’s Rosary was once again well-attended, as was the nightly gathering in the Coffee Shop — with iced coffees, card games, ping-pong, foosball, and conversations about Catholic liberal education.

There was also much singing and playing of the piano in the Commons. “This is very musical group!” says prefect Isaac Cross. “Even after curfew, guys play music in the dorm every night.” Before lights out there were the five Cs: cheese, crackers, camaraderie, conversation, and consecration.