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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
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    Slideshow: Recreational Hoops
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    Slideshow: Recreational Hoops
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    Slideshow: Recreational Hoops
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    Slideshow: Recreational Hoops
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    Slideshow: Recreational Hoops
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    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
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    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
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    Slideshow: Women's basketball game
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    Slideshow: Women's basketball game
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    Slideshow: Women's basketball game
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    Slideshow: Women's basketball game
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    Slideshow: Women's basketball game
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    Slideshow: Women's basketball game
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    Slideshow: Women's basketball game
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    Slideshow: Women's basketball game
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    Slideshow: Women's basketball game
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    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
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    Slideshow: Men’s Basketball Game
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    Slideshow: Men’s Basketball Game
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    Slideshow: Men’s Basketball Game
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    Slideshow: Men’s Basketball Game
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    Slideshow: Men’s Basketball Game
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    Slideshow: Men’s Basketball Game
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    Slideshow: Men’s Basketball Game
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    Slideshow: Men’s Basketball Game
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    Slideshow: Men’s Basketball Game
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    Slideshow: Men’s Basketball Game
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    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!

 


Students at the beach

 

The students on the 2018 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 45 minutes beforehand — accompanied the latter Mass, delighting fellow students with beautifully sung hymns from the Chapel’s choir loft.  “For a lot of the students, it was their first time singing sacred music such as chant and polyphony,” reports prefect Joe Daly. “They were jumping into the deep end, and they did an excellent job!”

After changing their clothes, students loaded into three coach buses for a day of adventure. First stop: Carpinteria State Beach, which is about a 45-minute drive from campus. Highlights of the trip included a soccer match, volleyball, swimming, spikeball, and a picnic lunch of pizza, sandwiches, and chicken wings:

  • HSSP18 -- Beach
    Slideshow: Trip to the beach
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    Slideshow: Trip to the beach
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    Slideshow: Trip to the beach
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    Slideshow: Trip to the beach
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    Slideshow: Trip to the beach

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

  • HSSP18 -- Santa Barbara
    Slideshow: Trip to Santa Barbara
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    Slideshow: Trip to Santa Barbara

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.


students engage in conversation around the table

After an excitement-filled weekend — including Saturday’s hike, volleyball tournament, and open-mic night, plus Sunday’s trip to Santa Barbara and the beach — the Summer Program students returned to the classroom this morning. There they worked out Euclid’s definitions, common notions, and postulates in lively discussions. Having discussed 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.

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 consider the big questions that the students have been pondering for the last week.

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 …

students engage in conversation around the table


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
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    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
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    Slideshow: Second Dance
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    Slideshow: Second Dance
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    Slideshow: Second Dance
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    Slideshow: Second Dance
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    Slideshow: Second Dance

… followed by several stellar performances at the Shakespeare Revue:

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


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
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    Slideshow: Hiking the Chumash Trail
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    Slideshow: Hiking the Chumash Trail
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    Slideshow: Hiking the Chumash Trail
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    Slideshow: Hiking the Chumash Trail
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    Slideshow: Hiking the Chumash Trail
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    Slideshow: Hiking the Chumash Trail
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    Slideshow: Hiking the Chumash Trail
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    Slideshow: Hiking the Chumash Trail
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    Slideshow: Hiking the Chumash Trail
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    Slideshow: Hiking the Chumash Trail
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    Slideshow: Hiking the Chumash Trail
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    Slideshow: Hiking the Chumash Trail
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    Slideshow: Hiking the Chumash Trail
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    Slideshow: Hiking the Chumash Trail
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    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 play volleyball

After this afternoon’s spectacular — but arduous! — hike to Mugu Peak, the students assembled for the 2018 High School Summer Program volleyball tournament. There were 12 teams of seven members, each with five students and 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 George Stypa besting Seamus O’Brien’s team, 21 to 16.

  • HSSP18 -- Volleyball Tournament
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    Slideshow: HSSP18 Volleyball Tournament

After that grueling tournament, however, Team Stypa lacked the stamina for one more game — this time against the tutors — and fell just short.

Congrats to all who played!


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.

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At about 5:00 p.m. the group re-boarded the buses for a trip to the Hollywood Bowl, where students feasted on some 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.

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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.


Students walk toward their residence halls

Students greatly enjoyed this morning’s class and its discussion of Pascal’s Wager. The conversation 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. A good many students attended the midday Mass shortly afterward.

At lunch students looked forward to this afternoon’s class, which examined St. Thomas’ proof for the existence of God in the order of nature, complemented by the microcosm of that order on display in Jean Henri Fabre’s account of the life of the bee. Next up is recreation, dinner, and dance practice. Then, tonight is “Arts and Fire Night” — consisting of the highly anticipated Shakespeare Revue, praying at the outdoor Stations of the Cross, and sing-along  by the Guadalupe Fountain.

Look for photos Saturday morning!

 

 


July 19,
2018

Students on the bus to Los Angeles

Thursday morning found the students discussing a reading from Christian existentialist Søren Kierkegaard’s Fear and Trembling. The work offers several scenarios of the story of Abraham in an attempt to determine whether or not his faith seems rational. Conversations were spirited, and the students were intrigued by the question of what faith is and what it entails, especially as modeled by our father in faith.

After Mass and lunch, the students, prefects, chaplains, and a few tutors boarded four coach buses for Los Angeles, where they will check out the Getty Museum, then take in a Mozart & Tchaikovsky concert at the Hollywood Bowl.

Come back tomorrow for photos!