Oakcrest seniors are working hard with the College Counseling Department to prepare for the college application process. Last week they attended a Senior Success Planning Workshop led by Jayne Fonash, president-elect of the National Association for College Admission Counseling.
What if you could take a graduate level course in parenting? Receive in-depth insights and discuss real-life family scenarios with both your peers and experts? Oakcrest Parent Support offers just such an opportunity with its annual Family Enrichment course.
Whether it’s studying abroad or presenting papers at a conference, Oakcrest teachers are involved in all types of impressive professional development opportunities. One of those opportunities recently came up for Holly Salls, theology teacher and student life coordinator at Oakcrest. In February of 2020, Ms. Salls will travel to Jerusalem for the Holy Land Dialogues program.
Oakcrest’s Director of International Programs, Carolina Agostini, recently traveled to Lima, Peru and was invited to visit sister school Colegio Salcantay. Carolina and her daughter Giorgina (‘15) were invited by Pilar García de Navarro, Head of School, to a dance festival at Colegio Salcantay celebrating Peru's Independence Day.
Recent graduates and Advanced Spanish students Sofia Summitt (‘19), Natalia Gomez-Quintero (‘19), Julka Syska (‘19), and Helen Molteni (‘19) presented original research at the annual conference of the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese (AATSP) in San Diego on Monday, July 8.
On Saturday, June 8, Oakcrest said farewell to its 39th graduating class, a talented and exceptional group of 40 young women who will now go on to study at colleges and universities throughout the country, from Notre Dame and the U.S. Military Academy to The College of William & Mary and Cornell University.
Oakcrest honored the many achievements of its students at its annual Awards Day on May 24. The ceremony, led by Head of School Mary T. Ortiz, recognized those students who have shown exceptional dedication and excellence in academics, service, athletics, and leadership throughout the school year.
Oakcrest has sent a number of alumnae to Christendom College over the years. This year, however, presents a unique situation—alumna Laura Cermak (‘15) graduated as Valedictorian of Christendom’s Class of 2019 on May 11. Meanwhile, senior Katie Svoboda (pictured) is set to begin her studies as a freshman at Christendom in the fall. Both Oakies are recipients of Christendom’s highest financial award, the Padre Pio Full-Tuition Scholarship.
Oakcrest claimed its second track championship title of the season on Wednesday night, with the Varsity Track & Field team winning the PVAC Varsity Track & Field Championships. The Chargers handily beat out the competition for a first place total of 194 points.
On May 15, Oakcrest’s Harp Circle performed at the UN Headquarters in New York City for the 25th Observance of the International Day of Families and 25th Commemoration of the International Year of the Family.
When Oakcrest senior Lily James walks across the stage to receive her diploma in a few weeks, she’ll be leaving behind an impressive athletic legacy. A member of the Track & Field team since sixth grade, Lily has capped off her time as an Oakcrest athlete by running the fastest girls 800m time (2:15.33) in the state of Virginia.
Oakcrest students succeeded in raising over $1,000 for this year’s school charity, the Love for Children and Mothers Organization. Based in Ethiopia, this organization helps single mothers in Ethiopia gain independence and financial stability.
With over ten years in education, seven of which have been at Oakcrest, Elizabeth Black is both a seasoned and beloved member of the faculty. This year, she takes on a new role as the Dean of Faculty and Curriculum, guiding curriculum development and mentoring the faculty.
“I realized that the Oakcrest environment was something I had never seen at any school before. It felt like a home from the start,” says Rima Al-Mosawy, a freshman at Oakcrest. Rima is grateful to be at Oakcrest along with her older sister Dima (‘22). And that feeling of being at home hasn’t faded for her.
Maritere Crum (’91) returns to her Oakcrest roots as she takes on the role of President of the Oakcrest Alumnae Association this year. While she only attended Oakcrest as a junior and senior, Maritere says, “They proved to be the two years that formed me the most into the woman I am today.”
Each year, millions of pilgrims seek physical and spiritual healing at Lourdes, France, the site of the Blessed Virgin Mary’s apparitions to Bernadette Soubirous in 1858. This spring, Oakcrest alumna Lia Ridout (‘85) joined that number as she went on the Order of Malta’s annual Lourdes pilgrimage.
Although Cora Haefner graduates on June 8, she’ll never forget the many lessons she’s learned at Oakcrest. As she heads off to West Point for college, she is confident that her Oakcrest education has prepared her for the challenges and adventures ahead.
Annie Howard (’25) started her journey as an Oakie this year in sixth grade. Over her first two semesters here, she’s learned a lot, tried different extracurricular activities, and enjoyed making Oakcrest her home.
Science teacher Angela Fortunato, English and classical languages teacher Elizabeth Black, history teacher Ginny Boles and Theology teacher Holly Salls share how they tell the human story in each of their subject areas. Listen
Oakcrest parent Amy Miller—mom to two current Oakies, one alumna and one future Oakie—talks about how she made the decision to send her daughters to Oakcrest and why she's so happy that she did. Listen
In an address given for Oakcrest's Fifth Annual O'Donovan Humanities Lecture, Oakcrest Classical languages teacher Paula Rondon-Burgos discusses the life of Marcus Tullius Cicero, a first-century B.C. Roman statesman. Listen