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The 2017-2018 academic year got underway at St. Joseph’s Academy with a morning prayer service on August 10. Students, faculty and staff gathered in the Activity Center to the song Nothing More by The Alternate Routes.

Principal Dr. Michele Lambert welcomed the large assembly to the new school year. She introduced a slide show depicting the service trips experienced over the summer by more than 200 SJA students. She said the spirit of the Sisters of St. Joseph will be represented this year by the charism theme Relationships: Sacred Threads That Connect. “We are connected through our relationships,” Dr. Lambert said. “When we work to strengthen our relationships with God, with our neighbor, neighbor to neighbor and neighbor to God, we are living out our Gospel mission.”

Senior Emily Shore read the Portrait of a Daughter of St. Joseph by Marius Nepper, SJ. Junior Olivia Clark read from the Gospel of John.

Members of the Liturgy Club representing each grade level led their classmates in prayer. Leading the seniors was Juliet Alise. Leading the juniors was Derquisia Spears. Emily Reynaud led the sophomores, and Anna Camille Eagleton led the freshmen.

Members of the administration offered their prayers, including Dr. Lambert, Associate Principal Jacqueline Labat, Dean of Women Stacia Andricain and Dean of Academics Dr. Jason Hanks. Faculty member Stacy Rennhoff, the recipient of SJA’s Charism Award for 2016-2017, led the faculty and staff in prayer.

SJA President Jan Breen provided on update on this summer’s campus renovations, including progress on the construction of the new Academy Student Center and updates to Medaille Hall.

Mrs. Andricain welcomed the 282 members of the freshman class. She also welcomed new sophomores Claire Abercrombie, D’Shanti Brown, Elise Cox, Emily Green, Liza Jackson, Abby LaCour, Maci Mannina, Susan Ragusa, Haleigh Shelton, Emily Smith and Kaelyn Smith and new juniors Mary Cloutier, Olivia Devall, Kathryn DeVillier, Ashleigh Gillem, Maryn Matthews, Hannah Page, Lydia Richard and Menglan Wu.

Dr. Hanks introduced the new teachers joining the SJA faculty: Patrice Aiken, art; Alexandra Hedrick, English; Zach Thiffiley, English; Ghedy Matus, Spanish; Brooke Haigler, math; Anne Heroman Jeanmard, math; Jenny Betbeze, science, Jade Spears, theology; Amanda Henley, full-time substitute and softball coach; and Meghan McGinty, social studies and media arts. New Mission Advancement staff member Wendy Coniglio was also introduced.

Dr. Lambert recognized the faculty and staff members celebrating milestone years of service this year. Honored for five years were Erin Albarado, Erika Angarita, Fran Barbera, Kristine Davis, Cindy Downs, Jen Fontaine, Lisa Knotts, Kenny Martin, Brianna Sommers, MJ Supan, Marie Vukovics and Linda Weimer. Recognized for 10 years were Stephen Barrios, Emily Peavy, Leigh Grace Rouyer and Donald Spann. Honored for 15 years were Brad Buras and Aimee Cronan. Recognized for 20 years was Liz Fontenot, and honored for 30 years was Arthur Smith.

Dr. Lambert recognized the Sisters of St. Joseph in attendance, as well as those related to a Sister, in addition to students whose mothers, grandmothers and other faculty members graduated from SJA. She called forth senior Mary-Scott Pourciau, who is the great-, great-, great-niece of SJA’s first graduate, Josephine Bahlinger, class of 1877. Pourciau closed the prayer service with the singing of the alma mater.

Faculty member Hugo Andricain wrote and coordinated the prayer service. Lending their musical gifts to the celebration were Andricain (guitar and vocals); faculty member Stephen Barrios (percussion); and senior Gabbie Taylor (piano).

 

Mindy Brodhead Averitt
Communications Director

 

Photos by Jennifer M. Fontaine

 

Date posted: August 10, 2017

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