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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.

We Are SI


Finding Her Own Place

Sam Bernstein ’14
Associate Editor

Clare Casey has big shoes to fill.  With three older brothers (Jack, ’08; Pat ’09; Danny, ’13) who all left their own, large footprint on the school, Clare, an incoming sophomore, has found her own place – by doing just about everything.  “I think there are some pressures and expectations on me,” said Clare via phone interview, “but as the youngest and only girl I have more of a chance to do my own thing.”

That “own thing” manifests itself in a startling extra-curricular resume that includes three sports at SI and twelve years of Irish Dancing.  As Clare puts it, “Soccer is big in [her] family,” so it’s natural to see that sport occupy her winter season.  However, Clare adds both Fall Field Hockey and Spring Track to her athletic endeavors, which makes her a rare bird even among SI’s notable athletes.  In addition, Clare doesn’t limit herself to sports as she partakes in Irish Dancing, a modern nod to her rich heritage. This hobby has led to her dancing on St. Patrick’s Day as well as in SI’s Student Arts Showcase and International Food Faire.

Quick to laugh but slow to boast, it’s easy to see why classmate Raquel Whiting ’16 describes Clare as “well-liked and a good friend.” Yet Clare’s modesty extends beyond her peers.

As an active member of the Cancer Awareness club, she cut over eight inches of her hair to donate to “Locks of Love.” For anyone with a buzz cut like me, that’s the equivalent of at least a year’s worth of hair growth!

Although she hasn’t served on Student Council to date, Clare said that she is interested in following her brothers’ footsteps and running for office as an upperclassmen. When I asked about plans beyond high school she laughed just as any care-free sophomore should, but, at this point, it appears Clare Casey could do just about anything.

Clare helping Hair that Brings Hope

Posted by on Monday October, 21, 2013


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