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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.



Stephanie “Jazzing Out” on Stage

Allyson Abad ’16
Contributing Editor


Stephanie Woodford ’15 usually plays the piano in SI’s Jazz Band, but on January 24, she beautifully rocked out to “I Wish,” accompanied by the Jazz Band, at the Performing Arts Assembly. “I loved my performance at the assembly! I was a bit nervous at first, but I eventually calmed down,” she admitted.


 Stephanie usually sings and plays the piano at the same time, so her performances at the Winter Concert and the assembly were her first couple of times singing with a band. Even though Stevie Wonder originally performed the song, Stephanie arranged the piano accompaniment, which she played at the Piano Recital on January 31. “I’ve been composing my own songs for three years now,” she explained. “I take composition classes at the SF Conservatory of Music, but my dad also helps me compose jazz songs. He’s my inspiration for my compositions and music in general.”


 Stephanie began playing piano when she was six and started singing about three years ago, and it seems that she has a long musical career ahead. “I love how I can express myself with music, whether I sing, improvise on the piano, or compose music,” she stated. “My dad motivates me to experiment on the piano, and when I do, I sometimes surprise myself with what I come up with.”

Stephanie belts her song in jazz band

Posted by on Monday February, 24, 2014


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