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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


Not So Fast, Mr. Grinch

Michael Dunne '16
Contributing Editor 

While the Grinch may have attempted to steal Christmas, many SI sophomores ensure that the holiday spirit thrives. Maintaining family traditions, pursuing charity service, and rejoicing in the winter weather, SI sophomores protect the holiday season’s joyous attitude from the Grinch and take full advantage of their time off to better the lives of themselves and their community.

Since the holidays revolve around family time, it is not surprising that many sophomores’ families have established quirky and loving traditions. For example, since many associate Christmas with several sacred hymns and jolly songs, Lizzie Ford ’16 “go[es] to the Christmas carol play in San Francisco” to participate in the festive tunes. On the other hand, the holiday spirit also emphasizes sharing. Kim Apolonio ’16 celebrates with “[her] Dad’s side of the family with all 8 families taking turns hosting Christmas reunions of gifts and delicious food.” However, the holidays can be about more than just gathering with family, as many who no longer have that privilege ought to feel some love in Whoville too.

As a communal celebration, Sophomore Krey Hacker and his family “go ice-skating every year in Union Square. After ice-skating, [they] always go to [a] café right by the rink and grab not only donuts and hot chocolate for [them]selves, but also some pastries for those on the street who want to be a part of the holiday spirit.” Through serving those in need, Krey ensures that everyone joys the holiday season. Finally, as an experienced winter warrior, Morgan Sommer ‘16 is “excited about teaching [his] ambitious little cousin how to ski this winter season,” just in case the Grinch initiates an avalanche from above.

Last but not least, other sophomores make the most out of Christmas break by simply enjoying the mountains and satisfying their stomachs. Angelina Hue ’16 “go[es] skiing/snowboarding in the Sierra Mountains,” refusing to let the temperatures hinder her. Elizabeth Cresson ’16 not only prevents the break from being thrown away, but also, as it should be done, does not allow any last scraps of food to go to waste. This became clear when all she said in response to my question regarding her holiday experience was, “Food. Endless food.”

I won’t speak for the other grades out there, but SI sophomores sure know how to make the most out of their free time during Winter break. They guard Christmas and keep the holiday spirit alive by preserving family customs, seeking community engagement, and cherishing the magical winter climate.


Posted by on Sunday December, 15, 2013


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