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The 2019 High School Summer Program has come to an end!

An amazing last day of the program was capped off with a spectacular last night at Friday’s Farewell Banquet. To start the evening, the gentlemen picked up the ladies at St. Monica’s Hall, then escorted them to dinner in St. Joseph Commons:

  • HSSP19 -- Banquet
    Slideshow: Farewell Banquet dinner
  • HSSP19 -- Banquet
    Slideshow: Farewell Banquet dinner
  • HSSP19 -- Banquet
    Slideshow: Farewell Banquet dinner
  • HSSP19 -- Banquet
    Slideshow: Farewell Banquet dinner
  • HSSP19 -- Banquet
    Slideshow: Farewell Banquet dinner
  • HSSP19 -- Banquet
    Slideshow: Farewell Banquet dinner
  • HSSP19 -- Banquet
    Slideshow: Farewell Banquet dinner
  • HSSP19 -- Banquet
    Slideshow: Farewell Banquet dinner
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    Slideshow: Farewell Banquet dinner
  • HSSP19 -- Banquet
    Slideshow: Farewell Banquet dinner
  • HSSP19 -- Banquet
    Slideshow: Farewell Banquet dinner
  • HSSP19 -- Banquet
    Slideshow: Farewell Banquet dinner
  • HSSP19 -- Banquet
    Slideshow: Farewell Banquet dinner
  • HSSP19 -- Banquet
    Slideshow: Farewell Banquet dinner
  • HSSP19 -- Banquet
    Slideshow: Farewell Banquet dinner
  • HSSP19 -- Banquet
    Slideshow: Farewell Banquet dinner
  • HSSP19 -- Banquet
    Slideshow: Farewell Banquet dinner
  • HSSP19 -- Banquet
    Slideshow: Farewell Banquet dinner
  • HSSP19 -- Banquet
    Slideshow: Farewell Banquet dinner
  • HSSP19 -- Banquet
    Slideshow: Farewell Banquet dinner

Then students prayed their final Rosary together in Our Lady of the Most Holy Trinity Chapel:

Students praying the Rosary

The the group next made its way over to St. Cecilia Hall for the entertainment portion of the evening, which consisted of various skits and musical performances:

  • HSSP19 -- Entertainment
    Slideshow: Banquet Entertainment
  • HSSP19 -- Entertainment
    Slideshow: Banquet Entertainment
  • HSSP19 -- Entertainment
    Slideshow: Banquet Entertainment
  • HSSP19 -- Entertainment
    Slideshow: Banquet Entertainment
  • HSSP19 -- Entertainment
    Slideshow: Banquet Entertainment
  • HSSP19 -- Entertainment
    Slideshow: Banquet Entertainment
  • HSSP19 -- Entertainment
    Slideshow: Banquet Entertainment
  • HSSP19 -- Entertainment
    Slideshow: Banquet Entertainment
  • HSSP19 -- Entertainment
    Slideshow: Banquet Entertainment
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    Slideshow: Banquet Entertainment
  • HSSP19 -- Entertainment
    Slideshow: Banquet Entertainment

Finally the students gathered in the plaza of St. Gladys Hall, where they danced until nearly midnight:

  • HSSP19 -- Dance
    Slideshow: Farewell Banquet Dance
  • HSSP19 -- Dance
    Slideshow: Farewell Banquet Dance
  • HSSP19 -- Dance
    Slideshow: Farewell Banquet Dance
  • HSSP19 -- Dance
    Slideshow: Farewell Banquet Dance
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    Slideshow: Farewell Banquet Dance
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    Slideshow: Farewell Banquet Dance
  • HSSP19 -- Dance
    Slideshow: Farewell Banquet Dance
  • HSSP19 -- Dance
    Slideshow: Farewell Banquet Dance
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    Slideshow: Farewell Banquet Dance
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    Slideshow: Farewell Banquet Dance
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    Slideshow: Farewell Banquet Dance
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    Slideshow: Farewell Banquet Dance
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    Slideshow: Farewell Banquet Dance
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    Slideshow: Farewell Banquet Dance
  • HSSP19 -- Dance
    Slideshow: Farewell Banquet Dance
  • HSSP19 -- Dance
    Slideshow: Farewell Banquet Dance
  • HSSP19 -- Dance
    Slideshow: Farewell Banquet Dance
  • HSSP19 -- Dance
    Slideshow: Farewell Banquet Dance

After much hugging and bidding adieu, all turned in to the residence halls and prepared for their journeys back home, with the first van leaving around 4:00 a.m., and the last scheduled to depart just after noon.

From the pre-Socratics to Euclid, from Sophocles to O’Connor; from playing volleyball to diving on the slip-n-slide; praying at the Stations, at Mass, and in Adoration; going to the Getty, the beach, Santa Barbara, and the Hollywood Bowl — it has been a truly blessed two weeks. The prefects have marveled, throughout, at the thoughtfulness, the responsibility, the faith, the spiritedness, and the joy of this group. Thanks be to God!

We hope to see a good many of these students again as members of the Thomas Aquinas College Class of 2024!

We should have some photos from this morning’s depatures before too long, so be sure to check the blog again later!