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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.

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The Paraguayan Perspective

Katelyn Tynan ’16 
Contributing Editor

When I see visiting students walking around the halls of school, I always wonder what they think of us. When Tyra Ayala, an exchange student from Cristo Rey Asuncion in Paraguay, arrived in my English class with her host Ian Watts ’16, I knew this was my opportunity to, as she would say, “gain a new perspective.”

As Tyra attended classes, she noticed some unfamiliar aspects, for example, the resource periods, block schedule, and iPads. She also noticed that the American education system includes a broad range of topics compared to the Paraguayan system, in which students focus on subjects that correlate to what they want to become in the future. Tyra even mentioned that she would love to return to the U.S. at some point in the future to continue her education.

On the other hand, Tyra identified with class discussions because they were similar to those at home. Some of her favorite classes she attended were English 203H with Mr. Devine and Religious Studies 200 with Ms. Vanderpol.  I asked Tyra if she would recommend a trip to America to her friends back home, to which she replied with a definite yes “because it is such a different panoramic view. You will see how other people live.”

Posted by on Friday February, 28, 2014


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