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Students watching water(melon) polo match

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

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

… and then the men’s:

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

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

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

 

Prefects prepare iced coffees

 

They also played cards … 

Students play cards

 

… ping-pong …

Students play ping-pong

 

… and foosball …

Students play foosball

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

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

Box where students can submit their questions for Fr. Sebastian

 

 


July 25,
2018

Students at the classroom table

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

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

After lunch, students attended their afternoon class, the second on Boethius’ Consolation of Philosophy. They considered the question of happiness and what is commonly thought to bring it about, such as wealth, power, or honor. Gradually, the sections worked their way through the text to the realization that those things we often associate with happiness are limited goods — fragments of a larger, true happiness that can be found only in God, the supreme good.

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


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
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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
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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
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    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!

 


July 24,
2018

Students and a tutor demonstrate Euclidean propositions on the chalkboard

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

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


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
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    Slideshow: “Chariots of Fire” Quad Run
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    Slideshow: “Chariots of Fire” Quad Run
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    Slideshow: “Chariots of Fire” Quad Run
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    Slideshow: “Chariots of Fire” Quad Run
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    Slideshow: “Chariots of Fire” Quad Run
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    Slideshow: “Chariots of Fire” Quad Run
  • HSSP18 -- Quad Run
    Slideshow: “Chariots of Fire” Quad Run
  • HSSP18 -- Quad Run
    Slideshow: “Chariots of Fire” Quad Run
  • 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!


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


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
  • 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
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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
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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
  • HSSP18 -- Beach
    Slideshow: Trip to the beach
  • HSSP18 -- Beach
    Slideshow: Trip to the beach
  • HSSP18 -- Beach
    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
  • HSSP18 -- Santa Barbara
    Slideshow: Trip to Santa Barbara
  • HSSP18 -- Santa Barbara
    Slideshow: Trip to Santa Barbara
  • HSSP18 -- Santa Barbara
    Slideshow: Trip to Santa Barbara
  • HSSP18 -- Santa Barbara
    Slideshow: Trip to Santa Barbara
  • HSSP18 -- Santa Barbara
    Slideshow: Trip to Santa Barbara
  • HSSP18 -- Santa Barbara
    Slideshow: Trip to Santa Barbara
  • HSSP18 -- Santa Barbara
    Slideshow: Trip to Santa Barbara
  • HSSP18 -- Santa Barbara
    Slideshow: Trip to Santa Barbara
  • HSSP18 -- Santa Barbara
    Slideshow: Trip to Santa Barbara
  • HSSP18 -- Santa Barbara
    Slideshow: Trip to Santa Barbara
  • HSSP18 -- Santa Barbara
    Slideshow: Trip to Santa Barbara
  • HSSP18 -- Santa Barbara
    Slideshow: Trip to Santa Barbara
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    Slideshow: Trip to Santa Barbara
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    Slideshow: Trip to Santa Barbara
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    Slideshow: Trip to Santa Barbara
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    Slideshow: Trip to Santa Barbara
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    Slideshow: Trip to Santa Barbara
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    Slideshow: Trip to Santa Barbara
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    Slideshow: Trip to Santa Barbara
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    Slideshow: Trip to Santa Barbara
  • HSSP18 -- Santa Barbara
    Slideshow: Trip to Santa Barbara
  • HSSP18 -- Santa Barbara
    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.


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!


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
    Slideshow: HSSP18 Volleyball Tournament
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    Slideshow: HSSP18 Volleyball Tournament
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    Slideshow: HSSP18 Volleyball Tournament
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    Slideshow: HSSP18 Volleyball Tournament
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    Slideshow: HSSP18 Volleyball Tournament
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    Slideshow: HSSP18 Volleyball Tournament
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    Slideshow: HSSP18 Volleyball Tournament
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    Slideshow: HSSP18 Volleyball Tournament
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    Slideshow: HSSP18 Volleyball Tournament
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    Slideshow: HSSP18 Volleyball Tournament
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    Slideshow: HSSP18 Volleyball Tournament
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    Slideshow: HSSP18 Volleyball Tournament
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    Slideshow: HSSP18 Volleyball Tournament
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    Slideshow: HSSP18 Volleyball Tournament
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    Slideshow: HSSP18 Volleyball Tournament
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    Slideshow: HSSP18 Volleyball Tournament
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    Slideshow: HSSP18 Volleyball Tournament
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    Slideshow: HSSP18 Volleyball Tournament
  • HSSP18 -- Volleyball Tournament
    Slideshow: HSSP18 Volleyball Tournament
  • HSSP18 -- Volleyball Tournament
    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 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
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    Slideshow: Hiking the Chumash Trail
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    Slideshow: Hiking the Chumash Trail
  • HSSP 18 -- Hike
    Slideshow: Hiking the Chumash Trail
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    Slideshow: Hiking the Chumash Trail
  • HSSP 18 -- Hike
    Slideshow: Hiking the Chumash Trail
  • 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
  • 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!