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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 …

  • HSSP17 -- Saturday Dinner and Rosary
    Slideshow: Saturday Dinner and Rosary
  • HSSP17 -- Saturday Dinner and Rosary
    Slideshow: Saturday Dinner and Rosary
  • HSSP17 -- Saturday Dinner and Rosary
    Slideshow: Saturday Dinner and Rosary
  • HSSP17 -- Saturday Dinner and Rosary
    Slideshow: Saturday Dinner and Rosary
  • HSSP17 -- Saturday Dinner and Rosary
    Slideshow: Saturday Dinner and Rosary
  • HSSP17 -- Saturday Dinner and Rosary
    Slideshow: Saturday Dinner and Rosary
  • HSSP17 -- Saturday Dinner and Rosary
    Slideshow: Saturday Dinner and Rosary
  • HSSP17 -- Saturday Dinner and Rosary
    Slideshow: Saturday Dinner and Rosary
  • HSSP17 -- Saturday Dinner and Rosary
    Slideshow: Saturday Dinner and Rosary

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 …

  • High School Summer Program 2017 Open-Mic Night
    Slideshow: Open-Mic Night
  • High School Summer Program 2017 Open-Mic Night
    Slideshow: Open-Mic Night
  • High School Summer Program 2017 Open-Mic Night
    Slideshow: Open-Mic Night
  • High School Summer Program 2017 Open-Mic Night
    Slideshow: Open-Mic Night
  • High School Summer Program 2017 Open-Mic Night
    Slideshow: Open-Mic Night
  • High School Summer Program 2017 Open-Mic Night
    Slideshow: Open-Mic Night
  • High School Summer Program 2017 Open-Mic Night
    Slideshow: Open-Mic Night
  • High School Summer Program 2017 Open-Mic Night
    Slideshow: Open-Mic Night
  • High School Summer Program 2017 Open-Mic Night
    Slideshow: Open-Mic Night
  • High School Summer Program 2017 Open-Mic Night
    Slideshow: Open-Mic Night
  • High School Summer Program 2017 Open-Mic Night
    Slideshow: Open-Mic Night
  • High School Summer Program 2017 Open-Mic Night
    Slideshow: Open-Mic Night
  • High School Summer Program 2017 Open-Mic Night
    Slideshow: Open-Mic Night
  • High School Summer Program 2017 Open-Mic Night
    Slideshow: Open-Mic Night
  • High School Summer Program 2017 Open-Mic Night
    Slideshow: Open-Mic Night
  • High School Summer Program 2017 Open-Mic Night
    Slideshow: Open-Mic Night
  • High School Summer Program 2017 Open-Mic Night
    Slideshow: Open-Mic Night
  • High School Summer Program 2017 Open-Mic Night
    Slideshow: Open-Mic Night
  • High School Summer Program 2017 Open-Mic Night
    Slideshow: Open-Mic Night
  • High School Summer Program 2017 Open-Mic Night
    Slideshow: Open-Mic Night

… 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!