Thanks to the support and encouragement I received at Alverno, I decided to step outside my comfort zone and pursue an advanced art class. Then, in sophomore year, I decided to become a part of the Hair and Makeup crew for the plays and musicals. Thanks to Alverno, I was able to discover my creative side.Alicia L. '17
In Honor of Women’s History month, today we will continue with our spotlights on inspiring women in history. Dr. Ellen Ochoa is a Mexican-American woman who became the first Latina Astronaut in history. Dr. Ochoa received her Bachelor of Science in physics from San Diego State University and her Masters and Doctorate degrees in electrical engineering from Stanford University. She joined NASA in 1988 as a research engineer and made the move to Johnson Space Center in 1990. It was there that she was selected as an astronaut and went to space in 1933 on her first mission on the Space Shuttle Discovery. She would go on to fly in space four times in her career, spending around 1,000 hours in orbit. Dr. Ochoa has received the Distinguished Service Medal, which is NASA’s highest award, the Presidential Distinguished Rank Award, and countless others. She is a wonderful role model for women everywhere and a prime example to shoot for the stars! #AlvernoHeightsAcademy #WomensHistoryMonth #Shootforthestars
Today, fifteen of our @alvernoheights students are attending @layouthday at the Anaheim Convention Center. This morning, the girls participated in a Mass officiated by Archbishop Jose Gomez before hearing from keynote speaker Katie Prejean about her own spiritual journey. The afternoon will include two special workshops focused on faith and service! In addition to attendees, two of our seniors Ally Mercado ‘18 and Anica Quizon ‘18 are also working at Youth Day today. Anica assisted with the Mass this morning and Ally will be introducing a panel later this afternoon. Great job ladies- we’re so proud of you! #alvernoheightsacademy #alvernoheights60 #alvernocampusministry #youthday2018 #layouthday #catholicschoolpride #adla
Check out this wonderful photo on @audipasadena’s official Instagram. Audi and Rusnak recently brought a few cars to campus for the #SierreMadre Friends of the Library Wine Tasting that was held in the #VilladelSoldOro last month! #alvernoheightsacademy #alvernoheights60 #villadelsol
In honor of #WCW, Alverno Heights Academy would like to extend our best wishes to alumna Melissa "Mo" Martin '00 who will be playing in the LPGA Bank of Hope Founders Cup starting tomorrow in Phoenix, AZ. Martin '00 won the RICOH British Women's Open in 2014 and has led the LPGA Tour in driving accuracy for three consecutive seasons (2014-2016), averaging 87%! During the 2017 season, Martin recorded two top-10 finishes including a season-best tie for seventh at the ShopRite LPGA Classic, and had a career-best showing at the Evian Championship, finishing T26. Good luck in Phoenix, Mo! #AlvernoHeightsAademy #AlvernoHeights60 #AlvernoAlumnae #MoMartin #LPGA
Alverno Heights Academy Head of School Julia V. Fanara P’01, P’03, & P’05 and other Heads of School in the California Association of Independent Schools (CAIS) released a joint statement on gun violence that was published in the Los Angeles Times on Sunday, March 11. The letter—written in response to the recent school shooting in Parkland, Florida—expresses condolences for the friends and family of the 17 victims and urges our leaders, both Republican and Democrat, to take action to promote safety and security in educational communities. “Never before have so many school leaders from all corners of this great nation, from every type of school, spoken with one voice to address a single issue,” the statement reads. “We are moved to do so on behalf of all of this nation’s children, whose welfare and safety it is our common duty to ensure.” Today, at 10:00 a.m. Alverno Heights Academy will stand in solidarity with schools around the country by supporting the National School Walkout. Students, faculty, and staff who wish to participate will be provided with a safe space on campus for the 17 minutes of silence intended to honor the victims at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.
For most of our students at Alverno Heights Academy, Madeline L'Engle's bestselling novel "A Wrinkle in Time" was more than just required reading in their elementary years-- it was also a favorite book! Last week, after months of anticipation Ava DuVernay's "A Wrinkle in Time" was released across the country! DuVernay made history at the 2015 Golden Globes as the first woman of color to be nominated in the Best Director category and last year her documentary 13th was nominated for an Oscar. With "A Wrinkle in Time," DuVernay is once again breaking down barriers becoming the first woman of color to direct a live-action film with a budget of over $100 million. In honor of #TeachingTuesday and #WomensHistoryMonth, check out this wonderful article about DuVernay's path to the director chair!