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  • Rethinking Africa: The staff of the African Advocacy Network includes Joe Sciarrillo, pictured here with Jean Elias Xavier, Director Aboudou Traore, Charles Jackson and Clementine Ntshaykolo outside their office in the Dolores Street Community Services building. They help a growing number of African immigrants to the Bay Area who may number as many as 50,000.
  • Retiring Pillars: SI’s faculty surprised Fr. Sauer in May with applause and flowers after the announcement of his reassignment.
  • The SI boys’ lacrosse team enjoyed what may have been best year since its founding nearly a quarter century ago. The lacrosse press ranked the team among the top 15 in the nation as SI turned in another undefeated season in league play – its fourth undefeated season since it joined the WCAL in 2010.
  • Richard Driscoll ’06, a performance engineer for Oracle Team USA that will defend the America’s Cup in September, is among the few locals hunkering down in Pier 80 off Marin Street, where they work 65-hour weeks to make sure that Ellison’s boat sails twice as fast as the wind and maneuvers with precision and power as it takes on challengers from around the world.
  • Retiring Pillars: Since the 1970s, Mary McCarty made sure Latin was a living language for students in her classes.
  • Rethinking Africa: Ira Shaughnessy ’00 spent two years in Ghana from 2007 to 2009 working with the Bormase helping with the cultivation of the Moringa tree, whose leaves are rich in vitamins.

Fine Arts

 

Ken-ya play Music?

Rachel Yan ‘14
Contributing Editor

On July 21, the St. Ignatius Kenya Music Exchange group departed for a two week experience in Kenya. Nine student musicians, Chris and Matt Jereza ’16, Ben and Jon Chew ’15, Annie Lee ’15, Coco Suen ’15, Stephanie Woodford ’14, Florence Walsh ’14, and Rachel Yan, traveled with three chaperones, Mrs. Walsh, Mr. Guilbeaux, and Rachel Nesvig. After sightseeing in London, the group flew to Nairobi, Kenya.

The main goal of our trip, was a music exchange with the private boarding high school, Mount Kenya Academy. Here SI students performed an hour long recital, gave music lessons to the students, repaired instruments, and, most importantly, made many new friendships.

Matt Jereza ’16 said, “I was blown away by how alike the Kenyans really are to us; they  know more about American pop culture, actors, and artists than I do!”

The best times happened spontaneously, especially at the night jam sessions. Whether SI and Mount Kenya students improvised, or Coach Guilbeaux and students rapped, people of both cultures came together with the universal language of music.

As part of the sevice project, SI students painted classrooms and played with the adorable children at impoverished public elementary schools. High fives, waves, and smiles were the only way to communicate, but it was a special and unique connection. Flo Walsh ’14 said, “I need to get back to Kenya, and I need to work with those kids.”

Coco Suen ’15 said, “I met some of the  happiest people in my life in Kenya; their hospitality, spirit, and smiles are purely contagious.”

 

Coach Guilbeaux hi-fives kids in Kenya

Posted by on Monday September, 16, 2013

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