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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.

Diverse Voices

A Hidden Gem

Michael Dunne '16
Contributing Editor

For this issue, I managed to track down one of the most talented artists in the sophomore class, Isa de la Tore  ’16. I kept her from doodling just long enough to ask her a few questions.

Michael: How often do you draw? Is it an activity that you take seriously or just a hobby?

Isa: It’s mostly a hobby. I used to draw more seriously, but now I just do it for fun.

Michael: Have you ever done any drawings for Inside SI, The Quill, or any other artistic publications?

Isa: I haven’t done any drawings for school publications. I was thinking about submitting a piece to The Quill, but I’m already sending in four writing pieces.

Michael: If you could describe drawing using three adjectives, what would those be?

Isa: Fun, frustrating, and limitless. Michael: Do you ever find yourself drawing for stress-releasing purposes? If so, what do you think it is about the art of drawings that helps you cope with stress?

Isa: I definitely draw to relieve stress, or when I’m bored. I think it helps me get my mind off whatever it is that is causing me stress. All your focus is on whatever you’re creating.

Michael: What are your drawings typically of? Is it whatever pops into your head or do you only like to focus on drawing one specific thing?

Isa: I generally draw people, and my favorite things to draw are eyes. Sometimes I’ll just sketch whatever pops into my head, but I usually just draw eyes. I’m not sure why.

While wandering the halls in the next few weeks, keep a lookout for Isa, but don’t stare unless you want your eyes to be her next artistic piece de resistance!

Isa takes care to be as accurate as possible. 

Posted by on Sunday February 23, 2014
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