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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


The Man Behind the (Face) Mask

Sam Bernstein '14
Associate Editor

Many people know Peter Alimam ’15 for his heroic play on both the Varsity Football and Lacrosse teams. Moments such as his game-tying goal in last year’s lacrosse showdown with Redwood show that, for good reason, Peter’s “definitely interested in playing college sports,” yet gains the most motivation from his unknown talents.

Although I consider myself a close friend of Peter’s, I was taken aback to learn of some of his grammar school escapades. While not on the sports fields, Peter avidly played the saxophone. When I made the comparison to Frank Jefferson ’13, our last interviewee, who also happens to play football and the saxophone, he quickly sang of Frank’s superiority and only after extreme prodding did he finally admit to “making magic with the sax.” Besides his musical pursuits, Peter also qualified as a swimmer for the Junior Olympics in eighth grade. He decided to forgo SI swimming to pursue lacrosse, but it’s safe to call him a 50 and 100-meter breaststroke maestro.

At SI, Peter has impacted people in all realms of the community. Embracing his Lebanese heritage, he joined Dialogue Club, a place “that has made [him] feel at home at SI.” Oftentimes we stereotype athletes, even at SI, as ignorant and arrogant, yet Peter’s involvement and commitment to Dialogue Club exhibit an enthusiasm for social justice and deeper knowledge that break down these generalizations. On the surface, Peter may appear as a die-hard athlete, but fellow linebacker Brian Wollitz ’14 summarizes that, “off the field I always see him working hard to make others happy and laugh. When he puts the pads on, he loves to compete and always looks to catalyze the team. He never disappoints.”

Peter Alimam definitely doesn’t disappoint, he encourages others to be their best possible selves. 

Peter Aliman '15 sets a block with style

Posted by on Sunday December, 1, 2013


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