Nate Nickolai '15 and Ella Presher '14
Following the collapse of the Western Roman Empire, Europe entered a period of cultural and economic downfall, appropriately named “The Dark Ages.” Death was prevalent, education was limited, and life was hard. However, a wave of new thinking, new ideas, and new interest in the arts began to spread from Italy across Europe in the 14th century. The Renaissance, or "rebirth," as we know it today, encouraged a return to traditional roots of Ancient Latin and Greek values and philosophies, but with a twist. Traditional ideas were renovated as artists, scientists, and philosophers blended the old with the new, giving rise to many of the world's best works of art, architecture, and literature as well as progressive scientific breakthroughs.
SI has emerged into its own "Renaissance," entering an era of light and change. Just as the Renaissance drew from Greek and Latin tradition, SI will always return to the values found at its roots of Ignatian tradition. In an act of "rebirth," we have revised our mission statement to better reflect our tradition in the context of a changing world. What does being "men and women with and for others" mean to us today? How does striving for the Magis enrich our daily lives? As we journey through this year, we will discover new answers to these questions as well as new questions to wonder about. Open to growth, we will express our wonder and thirst through great works. Inspiration is everywhere in the halls of SI; just take a look at one of the walls.
The Renaissance Man appears in our ideology as we become well-rounded in athletics, arts, spirituality, academics, service, and leadership. Renaissance men and women are all around us, in the teachers we learn from as well as our fellow classmates. Back in the 1400’s, Ignatius embraced the new technology of the printing press to get his word out. Today, SI’s students embrace the new technology of the iPads, which innovate each curriculum differently every day. In our Latin program, the roots of Ancient Rome and Greece are kept alive through a strong community of high schools across the nation. Furthermore, looking beyond the halls of our esteemed high school, Renaissance ideas remain a large part of the modern world.
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