Friday, February 22, 2013
Third year in a row packages are shipped to fighting forces in Afghanistan.
For the third consecutive year, the Villa Duchesne and Oak Hill Mums of Alums gathered, prepared and shipped non-perishable items for military personnel serving overseas, particularly in Afghanistan. Soldiers serving in forward outposts are unable to purchase any items. Tired of MRE’s, meals ready to eat, getting care packages from home is especially a treat. Packaged chicken and packaged tuna are very popular these days. This year’s goal was to meet or exceed the 75 boxes shipped overseas in 2012. A group of Mums of Alums (the mothers of graduates of the school community gathered to box up all of the donated items. For weeks, students at Oak Hill and Villa Duchesne have been bringing non-perishable items to go into the care packages. …
Saturday, February 16, 2013
Team Advances to Sectionals in Small School Division
Villa Duchesne and Oak Hill School is advancing to sectionals in the 2013 Worldwide Youth in Science and Engineering (WYSE) Academic Challenge. The Villa Duchesne team placed first in the regional challenge for the Small School division. The WYSE Academic Challenge is a competitive series of multiple-choice tests in seven subjects: Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Engineering Graphics, English, Mathematics, and Physics. In addition to their success as a team, three members were recently named National Merit Finalists. Meghan Grojean, Megan Pohl, and Catherine Wagner placed in the top one percent of the more than 1.5 million students who take the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. And, Victoria Ip just received…
Wednesday, February 6, 2013
Grace Leeker to play Division I Field Hockey
Villa Duchesne and Oak Hill School senior Grace Leeker has officially signed her letter of intent to play Division I Field Hockey with Miami University of Ohio. As a member of Villa Duchesne’s field hockey team, she has been named team captain, first in Team All Conference, and second in Team All Metro. Most recently, Grace was selected as Conference Player of the Year. When asked about signing with Miami University, Grace responded, “I fell in love with the people, the campus, the classes, and the opportunities it would give me. I knew Miami would make me grow as a person and being able to play field hockey there is just another thing that I know will bring me more opportunities to succeed.” In addition to field hockey, Grace has …
Thursday, January 24, 2013
Laura Collins has lost all of her hair, and everyone is fine with that.
Just look down the bench of the Villa Duchesne basketball team, and you will readily see one player with a shaved head. That’s not hard to notice on a girls’ team. The first thoughts are: how can this player be strong enough to be playing with cancer? Thank God it’s not cancer. Laura Collins, 18, senior suffers from a non-curable medical condition called Alopecia areata. This is a rare condition that causes round patches of hair loss and can lead to total hair loss. Collins, who was born in St. Louis began losing her hair to AA at age 13 while the family was living in Salt Lake City. “In the 7th grade, five years ago, I lost all my hair. It all grew back and then it fell out again. Over that summer, it started to grow back again,” she said…
Wednesday, January 23, 2013
Laura Collins, a senior at Villa Duchesne has a real story to tell. See for yourself.
If you do nothing else, come back Thursday and read the human interest story about Laura Collins of Villa Duchesne. Without letting too many cats out of too many bags, it would be safe to say you will find this story fascinating and interesting. Laura is a senior at Villa Duchesne and plays basketball. But her story is hardly anything but ordinary. That’s it, you will just have to come back to read the rest. Patch promises it will be worth your time.
Saturday, January 19, 2013
Junior Grace Steigemeyer wins the 50, 500; Grayson Ram wins in 2 individual events.
St. Joe swimmer Grace Stiegemeyer got to drink from the Holy Grail of the state swim meet last February. She and the other giddy members of the 200 meter freestyle relay got to stand on the top spot of the medal stand, winning gold medals for their stunning first-place performance. Now this junior would like to do it again. Already, she’s a state qualifier in the 50 and 500 meter freestyle events. Thursday, she touched first in four events and St. Joe took down swim rival Villa Duchesne in a duel, 126-49 at Chaminade. Villa is rebuilding. Their coach Corinne Murphy was home, sick in bed with the flu. Gone are their swim stars Morgan Mullnix and Bentley Boldt to graduation. This all means, it might be St. Joe time to shine. Hearing from …
Friday, January 4, 2013
Allred, 2000 graduate of Villa Duchesne will co-anchor the 5 o'clock report with Mike Bush.
Villa Duchesne students return to school Monday with good news, one of their own will be starring on local television. Anne Allred, daughter of Allan and Dawn Peterman-Allred will co-anchor the 5 o'clock news with Mike Busch on KSDK-TV, Channel 5. Allred worked at stations in Columbus, Ohio, North Carolina and Boston. Word of her return was first announced by Joe Holleman on St.L Today. A graduate of the Ohio State University, she is looking forward to being reunited with family and friends.
Friday, December 21, 2012
More are needed for the school in Connecticut.
Villa Duchesne and Oak Hill School students like senior Sarah Sutherlin made paper snowflakes for the students of Sandy Hook Elementary. The snowflakes will be mailed to Connecticut to decorate a new elementary school building. The idea was inspired by the fact that “like our children, no two snowflakes are alike. ” The Snowflake Drive is sponsored by the Connecticut Parent Teacher Student Association. If you would like to participate, mail your snowflakes to Connecticut PTSA, 60 Connolly Parkway, Building 12, Suite 103, Hamden, CT 06514, by January 12, 2013.
Friday, December 7, 2012
Current Head of School Lucie Nordmann will retire from the position at the end of the school year.
Villa Duchesne and Oak Hill School has formally announced the search for their next Head of School. In 2009, Sister Lucie Nordmann took over as interim head of school under a three-year contract, set to expired in June 2013. “Sr. Nordmann has set ambitious goals for 2012-13, the achievement of which will further strengthen her legacy,” said John J. Hanichak, chair of Villa’s board of trustees, in a statement on Villa’s website. “Sr. Nordmann and the Board of Trustees will have ongoing discussions on what role she wishes to have in the future.” The school has retained the services of Education Access Strategies to assist in the search for the new head of school. A complete description of the job and ideal candidates can be found on their …
Thursday, November 1, 2012
Villa Duchesne welcomes its newest members.
Villa Duchesne and Oak Hill School hosted its National Honor Society induction ceremony on October 24, 2012. We congratulate the following juniors: Alison Althoff, Brianne Bannon, Katelyn Billings, Ellen Bruntrager, Megan Bucol, Grace Butler, Margaret Cavanaugh, Anna Coyle, Lindsay Dames, Mikaela Dentinger, Maggie Dorr, Catherine Dubuque, Allison Federer, Kate Franey, Morgan Gast, Ellie George, Erika Gotway, Taylor Harris, Grace Hartenbach, Kendra Hercules, Cooper Hudspeth, Victoria Ip, Anna Johnston, Libby Kiddoo, Madeline Mauzy, Caitlin McMillin, Samantha Medler, Sydney Miller, Anne Marie Murphy, Libby Phipps, Julia Ross, Elizabeth Rottjakob, Tara Sabharwal, Victoria Sardella, Maggie Schroeder, Shannon Shaughnessy, Kayla Simon, …