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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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Rocking Around the World

Jacqueline Boland '14
Associate Editor

John Walsh ’17 may be new to high school, but he isn’t novel when it comes to SI’s music scene. As an eighth grader, John was asked to play the tuba for our school’s orchestra after his sister, Florence Walsh ’14, revealed his talent to Dr. C. He admits that the invitation made him “incredibly nervous...but after a while I got more comfortable and it turned out to be a great opportunity to meet some new people.” However, John’s musical endeavors do not end here.

As part of the San Francisco Boys Chorus, he’s traveled to Russia, Finland, and Denmark to perform and has also participated in two operas with the San Francisco Opera Company: The Magic Flute and Carmen. When not globetrotting, John spends his time running cross-country for SI and playing the trombone for orchestra. John also shared with me that his switch to the trombone stemmed from “really just liking the bass brass sound without the trouble of carrying a giant instrument around.” John Walsh’s music tastes include love of singing any genre -- from hard rock to classical.

Since sports motivate him as much as music, John hopes to join either the baseball, volleyball, or crew team at St. Ignatius. As I looked into his bright future, I asked about his bucket list and learned that he desires to “travel to each continent at least once, with the exception of Antarctica.” While we can’t wait to see John make his footprint on nearly every inch of this earth, we are glad he’s focused on succeeding at 2001 37th Avenue for now.

Freshman John Walsh '17 displays many talents

Posted by on Sunday December, 1, 2013


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