News Archive


  • June

    Dr. Daniela Radpay Receives 2021 Figer Award (By Dr. Dawn Nichols, Head of School)

    The Figer Distinguished Teacher Award was established in 2017 to honor a faculty member who clearly embodies the spirit of the award by exhibiting excellence in the classroom, modeling core values, engaging with the community, creating an innovative learning environment, and contributing significantly to student life.
    Since joining St. Michael’s in 2018, this year’s award winner, as described by a parent, “helps students develop confidence and encourages a depth and broadening of learning.” Among the many other accolades are student voices that praise her for showing her love for them and for St. Michael’s through her words and actions. A colleague shared that “her students genuinely seem to feel amazed with their own ability to speak Spanish after spending a few years with her…I am honestly inspired by her.”

    It is my great pleasure, on behalf of the Figer family, to present the 2020-2021 Figer Distinguished Teacher Award to Dr. Daniela Radpay. 

    In response to receiving the award, Radpay said, "I feel incredibly honored to receive this recognition. Being part of the St. Michael's family has been the most rewarding experience. I am so happy that I get to teach Spanish language and literature in such a supportive environment. I work with the best students, and they make teaching such a fun adventure!"
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  • May

    Meet the New Head Cross Country and Volleyball Coaches! (By Caroline Anderson, Athletics Administrative Assistant)

    St. Michael's is thrilled to announce the hiring of Head Cross Country Coach David Reisman and Head Volleyball Coach Lauren Erler!


    David Reisman has been coaching youth athletes in cross country and track & field for over 10 years. In 2010, he founded the Austin Speedsters Track & Field Club, where he coaches youth athletes in cross country and a variety of track & field events including distance, middle distance, sprint and field events such as long jump, high jump, discus and shot put. His athletes have competed at the highest levels in local, regional and national events and excel in their high school cross country and track & field programs.
    Coach Reisman has most recently concentrated on coaching a limited number of select middle and high school athletes to reach their potential as top-performing runners entering high school, or to improve their performance in high school. He's a member of USA Track & Field and is a certified Level II USA Track & Field coach in endurance running. Coach Reisman is also Safe Sport certified through USA Track & Field.
    When not coaching, Reisman serves as Chief Ethics Officer for the Texas Health and Human Services Commission, where he has worked since 2015. Reisman is also a veteran, serving from May 2002 to October 2004 as Special Assistant to the General Counsel of the United States Army. In that position, he was responsible for helping manage the Army’s ethics program, as well as advising the General Counsel and Army Secretariat on fiscal and policy issues involving the financial management of the Army.
    Reisman has a Bachelor of Arts degree from West Virginia Wesleyan College, a Master of Public Administration degree from the University of Kentucky, and a Juris Doctorate degree from the University of Kentucky College of Law.

    The St. Michael's Athletic Department is looking forward to a great season under the leadership of Coach Reisman!


    Lauren Erler played high school volleyball at Bowie High School in Austin all four years, making the varsity team her sophomore through senior years. During her time as a Bulldog, Lauren received UIL Academic All-District honors four years in a row and earned UIL 2nd team All-District her senior year. While in high school, she also began playing club at Austin Junior Volleyball, earning a spot on the top-level Mizuno team her senior year. Through her dedication and effort, Erler earned a four-year scholarship to play at Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, LA. She played two seasons at the Division 1 collegiate level before deciding to return to Austin to pursue her passion of coaching while finishing her degree. 
    Following the untimely passing of her mentor and former coach, she began coaching and working full time with Austin Junior Volleyball in 2014. Coach Erler is deeply passionate about volleyball and her vision is to help young players grow on and off the court, just as her coaches did for her. Erler currently serves as the Assistant Club Director and coordinates the summer programming at Austin Junior Volleyball. To date, she has helped send four club teams to nationals, three of them finishing in the top five, with her 15’s team winning a bronze medal at the USAV Girls Junior National Championship in 2018.

    Coach Erler has been happily married for seven years and has two bulldogs named Zoey and Cooper.
    Coach Erler will hold a Volleyball program meeting for the parents and athletes next Monday, May 24, at 5 p.m. in the dining hall. Please attend if your student is interested in playing next season!
    Welcome to St. Michael's, Coach Erler! 
    Coaching Accolades 
    2019: 5th GJNC, 15 American  
    2019: 4th Regionals, 15 Bid  
    2018: 3rd GJNC, 15 National 
    2018: 1st Regionals, 15 Bid  
    2017: 2nd Disney Qualifier, 16 Open 
    2016: 5th GJNC, 16 USA  
    2016: 1st Windy City Qualifier, 16 USA 
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  • Spanish Club Publishes Stunning Inaugural World Languages Literary Magazine (By Dr. Daniela Radpay, Spanish Instructor)

    The Spanish Club is proud to present the inaugural edition of the SMCA World Languages Literary Magazine: Alebrije! The word "alebrije" describes colorful, fantastical creatures in Mexican folklore, but it also symbolizes the vibrancy and uniqueness of the student works within this magazine. This publication features student work from all five St. Michael's World Languages: Spanish, Mandarin, Latin, French, and ASL. Submissions include poetry, short stories, artwork, and videos (and many feature translations).

    We are so appreciative of all of the students who submitted their work and our World Languages teachers for all of their help and support. I would also like to give special thanks to our student editors who worked tirelessly to make this stunning magazine: Fernanda Gonzalez, Grace May, and Sofia Rangel-Medina. To check out the final product, please click here: Alebrije | SMCA World Languages Literary Magazine.

    We hope you enjoy it!
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  • Decision Day at St. Michael's! (By Laura Duggan, Director of Marketing & Communications)

    At last Friday's Decision Day event, seniors sported their new college affiliation. Seniors celebrated college decisions with lunch, t-shirts, caps and gowns, photos, and presentations. Colleges and universities reflect the "best fit" for our students and include schools from across Texas and the country, such as Texas A & M, University of Texas, Texas State, Baylor University, Texas Tech, St. Edward's, and Boston College, MIT, Northwestern University, Purdue, UCLA, University of Washington, Colorado State, and Southern Methodist University. 
    Congratulations to all our newly-minted alumni!
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  • April

    CLIO: A History Journal Written and Produced by AP American History Students (By Dr. David Morgan, Humanities Instructor)

    I’m very proud to introduce this first volume of Clio, The History Journal of St. Michael’s Catholic Academy, a collection of student papers based on primary research written for the Advanced Placement American History course, selected, edited and compiled by student editors led by Ms. Caverlee Dahill.

    The selection process was based on the quality of research and writing, as well as a consideration of the general interest invoked by their subjects. Almost all of the research was based on the electronic records of the National Security Archive of George Washington University, which has been conducting an ongoing process of receiving, cataloging, digitizing and reviewing materials declassified under the Freedom of Information Act. Therefore, these papers represent original research by their student-authors based on newly released sources, some of which have not yet been synthesized and published by professional historians.

    Please enjoy the collection by opening this link.
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  • St. Michael's Musical Theatre: Beauty & the Beast Showing This Weekend (By Ivan Klousia, Director of Theatre)

    Welcome to the Show!

    Disney’s Beauty and the Beast is an exciting collaboration between the Theatre and Film Departments. Our students and the school community have repeatedly shown the ability to adapt to challenges and turn them into learning opportunities! This is another great example of how we've been able to stay on track with this year's pursuits.
    The musical is set to broadcast via ShowTix4U at 7 p.m. on Friday, April 30, Saturday, May 1, and Sunday, May 2. Order your free tickets from this link - attend one or all shows!
    A few things to note:
    • Scheduled Content is a “Watch Party,” that streams only at the specified event date and time. This is not an On-Demand event and cannot be viewed at any other time. Everyone will be watching together!
    • You will not be able to pause or rewind.
    • You can watch on a computer or mobile device.
    • You will receive an email with a link following your purchase. Only one device can use the link at a time.
    Enjoy, and congratulations to the cast, crew and film students!
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  • Virtual Art Gallery - Come on In! (By Brooke Mackenzie, Visual Art Instructor)

    Welcome to the first annual St. Michael's Virtual Art Gallery. It contains 133 pieces of work from students of all grades. The Visual Art classes have compiled works ranging from photography, drawing, painting, and digital design. Congratulations to all the students who have contributed their work and time to make this show possible.  Also, special thanks to Ryan Young, Bining Yang, and Bennet Eichorst for constructing this amazing COVID-safe virtual gallery. 

    Click here to access the gallery. 

    To Navigate: 
    Once inside, click the black bar to move through the exhibit, or click the white bar for a guided tour. Please be patient with the software - there are many beautiful pieces that require time to load. It is working, we promise. We suggest viewing on a computer, as it is overall easier to navigate, as well as a strong internet connection to diminish the wait. Also, if you prefer to view the artwork in a catalog format click here
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  • Winter Term Travel is Planned! (By Carlon Haas, Director of International Programs)

    Travel is Back!
    We are happy to announce that we are resuming our global travel program for the January 2022 Winter Term! It’s been a long year, and as much as it was disappointing to cancel travel for all of 2021, it was necessary. However, we believe we are at a point now where traveling may resume. We have planned some amazing trips - some new, some old - and are offering the following international trips.

    Spain Exchange 
    Cost: $2,999
    Number: 12 Students
    Duration: 2 Weeks
    This will be our sixth exchange with our sister school, Highlands El Encinar. In Madrid, students will have the opportunity to experience school life in Madrid by attending classes and making new friends. Students will have a chance to improve their Spanish (or learn Spanish) and make lifelong friends. In Madrid, students will be staying with an exchange student’s family. Students who participate in this exchange will have the opportunity to host a Spanish student from Highlands in the spring of 2022. Outside of school, students will go on excursions, including the Royal Palace, Prado Museum, Plaza Mayor, and more! Students will also have the opportunity to see southern Spain with a trip to *Andalucia and the city of Cordoba (*Subject to change.)
    Holocaust Remembrance Tour to Germany and Poland
    Cost: $4,860
    Number: 14 Students
    Duration: 12 days 

    The purpose of this educational excursion is to expose students to a variety of interesting, educational, and historical experiences that will last a lifetime. Stepping outside of the traditional classroom, students will be exposed to European culture surrounding WWII, ranging from visiting memorials to concentration camps to museums. Throughout this trip, students will gain a better understanding of the world at large while gaining an appreciation of the gravity of this tremendously difficult time in our world’s history.
    Costa Rica Cultural + Service Trip (New for 2022!) 
    Cost: $3,225
    Number: 16 Students
    Duration: 9 days 
    Heredia is a refreshingly pleasant and relaxed Costa Rican city filled with enjoyable parks, lively plazas, and surprising history. Heredia is a great location for the student looking for a truly unique Costa Rica experience. Students stay in Heredia but will be volunteering in the village of La Carpio. The service project is determined before departure. Depending on the needs of the community, students will participate in a variety of volunteer activities. Trip participants will have the opportunity to both do service and have an authentic cultural experience. 
    Quito and the Galapagos (New for 2022!) 
    Cost: $4,899 
    Number: 16 Students
    Duration: 9 days 
    Ecuador is a democratic republic in South America that straddles the equator. It is a presidential republic and became independent in 1830. Quito is the capital city, which was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO for having the best-preserved and least altered historic center in Latin America. Ecuador is home to a great variety of species, and students will explore their habitats in the Galapagos. 
    During the Travel Fair, you will learn more about the trips and the general approach we take to travel while mitigating risk and providing a meaningful and impactful experience for all travelers.
    Date: April 27, 2021
    Time: 7 PM-8 PM
    Place: Zoom (Join from the comfort of your home.)
    Who is invited: Parents/guardians and students are invited, but student participation is not required. 

    You may apply for any of the trips here. Trips are open to all students, including rising freshmen. I will be reaching out to applicants during the next two weeks to select participants. We want everyone to have the opportunity to travel, but please note there are sometimes more applicants than slots; so, we request first, second and third choices. 

    Travel prospects for 2022 come with some caveats.  
    Possible Travel Restrictions in 2022:
    We will continuously monitor the situation in the countries we travel to and adhere to any restrictions they may place upon travelers to their destinations. Currently, American citizens may not travel to some countries whereas some require specific testing for COVID-19 before traveling. Some countries may require proof of vaccination for travel. At this point, we just don’t know. It might get tricky if a country requires vaccination before traveling because currently, vaccination is only for 16 and up. We just don’t know what it will look like, so we encourage everyone who wants to travel to apply. If any issue arises, we will let you know. 
    Costs and Itineraries are Subject to Change:
    The costs presented are an estimate as of right now. Costs could go up and may go up because we will add travel insurance to our trips that will allow our families to get back most if not all their money if a trip needs to be canceled. This is important for this year because in previous years insurance did not cover pandemics. We will be covered no matter what. 
    So consider the costs an estimate at this time. If the costs become prohibitive later, you won’t be obligated to travel. However, I am comfortable with these current estimates and think that if costs go up, they will go up by hundreds of dollars and not thousands of dollars. 
    Also, we feel that the itineraries are fairly well set at this time, but if conditions change, we may have to change them. This is the case for any year, but it is even more pronounced now. 
    For those who applied for travel in 2021:
    To those who applied for travel for the Germany/Poland trip and the Spain exchange and were accepted for those trips, you will not need to apply again. Just send me an email and let me know that you would still like to do the trip and I will add you. 
    Not quite ready for international travel?
    For those who would like to travel but are not quite ready to travel abroad, we are planning to add some domestic options to our Winter Term program, but we will present them at a later time. 
    Those are the caveats. If you have questions about our approach to Winter Term 2022 travel or about the trips themselves, please do not hesitate to contact me
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  • EDIFY Speaker Dr. Neff Parent Session Tonight (By Caroline Anderson, Marketing & Communications Coordinator)

    On Thursday, April 22, 2021, we welcome Dr. Kristin Neff to our EDIFY Speaker Series.
    Dr. Kristin Neff is a pioneer in the field of self-compassion and psychological research and author of the book Self-Compassion: The Proven Power of Being Kind to Yourself. In conjunction with her colleague Dr. Chris Germer, she developed an empirically supported training program called Mindful Self-Compassion, which is taught by thousands of teachers worldwide. She is also the co-founder and board president of the nonprofit Center for Mindful Self-Compassion. Dr. Neff received her doctorate from the University of California at Berkeley, studying moral development, and is currently an Associate Professor of Educational Psychology at the University of Texas at Austin.
    During her visit, she will host an evening Zoom for all parents centered on self-compassion starting at 7:30 p.m. The Zoom link and session detail are listed below.
    Topic: Parenting with Self-Compassion 
    Time: Apr 22, 2021, 07:30 PM Central Time (US and Canada)
    Join Zoom Meeting
    Meeting ID: 755 3142 0632
    Passcode: VS65Sw

    Our Donor
    A St. Michael’s family donated $500,000 over five years for the express purpose of inviting compelling, contemporary leaders and visionaries to the St. Michael’s campus to address students in a series of stimulating talks. The series is titled EDIFY.

    EDIFY Mission
    To unleash and enlighten the intellectual curiosity of St. Michael’s students so that they may form the habits of mind and heart that will enable them to courageously contribute to the common good.
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  • Theatre & Film Collaborate to Bring Back the Spring Musical! (By Ivan Klousia, Director of Theatre)

    When the appearance of COVID-19 propelled St. Michael’s into distance learning in March of 2019, no one knew the extent of the changes that lay ahead. Once we all began to realize the seriousness of the pandemic, however, one thing became a stark reality: live, in-person performances would be impossible. For the St. Michael’s Theatre Department, this derailed plans for the spring musical last year, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast.

    Initially, we hoped we would be back in school in time to finish preparations, but when Dr. Nichols announced we would not be returning to in-person classes for the rest of the 2019-2020 school year, sadly, we had to shut down the production. However, in the spirit of “the show must go on” and with the collaboration of the St. Michael's film department, we have “re-booted” the show with a completely different focus. Rather than planning for our normal, in-person theatrical event, we decided to make a movie! With the cooperation of the play’s licensing company, Music Theatre International and their streaming partner, Broadway Media, St. Michael’s has arranged to present three “scheduled content” broadcasts of the show April 30 – May 2.
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  • March

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    St. Michael's Hosts USA Track & Field Olympic Qualifying Event (By Laura Duggan, Director of Marketing & Communication)

    Under a cloak of secrecy due to COVID restrictions and the need to discourage spectators, few people knew that St. Michael’s was chosen to host the USA Track & Field (USATF) Olympic qualifying trials last weekend, a two-night track meet on February 26 and 27.

    The organization selected St. Michael's for its event at Crusader Stadium, citing that we were the “best school in the area with the best facilities,” as they searched for a discreet location around Austin’s city limits.

    According to MileSplit writer Cory Mull, Trials of Miles, The Texas Qualifier, evolved out of the idea that "professional and elite athletes could vie for a chance to secure U.S. Olympic Trial and Olympic standard performances ahead of the Olympics in Tokyo this summer.”
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  • Urban Cowboy Gala Paddles Up! Still Open (By Cristina Feldott, Advancement Associate)

    The Urban Cowboy gala was a resounding success! The St. Michael's community happily gathered for the first time in a year, enjoying great food, great friends and great music, while supporting their favorite school. Thank you to our wonderful community.
    You can still support St. Michael's by donating to paddles up, buying a student parking space, or buying one of the few remaining silent auction items. Click here to donate.
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  • EDIFY Speaker Jonathan Evans (By Lauren Gavin, Director of Student Wellness)

    On March 3, 2021, we welcome Jonathan Evans to our EDIFY Speaker Series 

    Jonathan Evans, a mentor, author, speaker, and former NFL fullback, treasures his relationship with Christ along with the opportunity to use his life to glorify God. Jonathan seeks to impact today’s athletes, men, and young adults by equipping and encouraging them in their faith. Jonathan serves with his pastor, friend, and father, Dr. Tony Evans, both in the local church and their national ministry. They also teamed up together to write "Get in the Game," a practical guidebook filled with sports analogies and spiritual truths aimed at strengthening readers with the skills they need for living victoriously. Jonathan is a graduate of Dallas Theological Seminary with a master's degree in Christian Leadership. 

    Jonathan also serves as the chaplain of the Dallas Cowboys and co-chaplain of the Dallas Mavericks. 
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  • February

    'Lightsaders' Robotics Score High at Austin Metro League Championship Event (By Mike Scallon, Robotics Instructor)

    This year's Crusader Lightsaders robotics team is off to a great start! They began the season back in August, working diligently with their dedicated mentors and each other to take on this year's themed challenge, Ultimate Goal. This past Monday, they did not disappoint, posting the strongest scores so far recorded in the Austin Metro League (AML) competition. Check out one segment of their competition video here! The Lightsaders scored a 203 at the February 1 AML event with this submission. The first 30 seconds was autonomous, and the remaining two minutes was driver controlled. This was one of the top scores recorded in the AML for this event.

    This league consists of over 40 teams in the Austin area, including World Champion Finalist and award winners from many of these schools. The AML championship will be held in late March, and this past event and two more upcoming events will serve as a series of three events used to rank teams heading into the championship. 

    Currently, the Lightsaders are in a great position, setting a strong pace for the rest of the teams to pursue.  Stay tuned for more exciting developments as the season progresses.  Our next event will be during the one week window of Feb 10-17 (AML Meet 2).  The team has great hopes to continue a blistering pace and build off of the success of Meet 1.
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  • Campbell and Ava Excel at Gymnastics with Eyes on College Scholarships (By Laura Duggan, Director of Marketing & Communication)

    A letter Campbell E received in kindergarten inviting her to join a team started her on the path to gymnastics. When she was six years old, Ava B, whose mom had been a cheerleader at school, encouraged her to join a gymnastics competition team. Fast forward to 2021, they’re both still committed to the sport, and that kind of long-term commitment requires sacrifice.

    “The biggest challenge for me has been probably missing out on all kinds of things because I was always going to practice - like I couldn't do things with my family or friends sometimes. There’s also a lot of frustration with performing gymnastics in terms of falling and timing, but I have learned to just get up and keep going,” Campbell said.

    Campbell and her teammate Ava Bautch compete in all four gymnastics events: bars, vault, floor, and beam, although Ava favors competing in floor and learning new skills on bars. Both level 10 athletes – the highest level within the club – they are also team leaders.

    “Campbell and I have actually been like sisters since I met her about seven years ago, and we have always been together progressing through the levels. We were level 4 when I came to Crenshaw Athletic Club’s team, and now we are together competing in our second year of level 10,” Ava said.

    Ava agrees that the time commitment is a major challenge, but also acknowledges the mental aspect of being an athlete in the sport.

    “For me and many others, the fear of getting hurt is the biggest of all, as we know how dangerous everything we do can be. Tied with the time commitment, the more we miss practice, the scarier each skill becomes. It’s the repetition of each skill every day that creates muscle memory and helps us feel more controlled,” Ava said.

    Both athletes are focused on continuing the sport in college and are actively looking for gymnastics scholarships. Campbell said her number one priority and goal for gymnastics right now is to receive a scholarship. Ava is hoping to continue gymnastics at the D1 college level and has been talking to schools and working hard in and out the gym to make that opportunity possible.

    Being on the Crenshaw team has value on a personal level as well. According to Campbell, the team is large and yet they are all “super close.”

    “I have grown up there with my best friends from all over Austin. I also have had the same coaches since I came, and they are some of the most influential people in my life,” Ava said.

    Competition season runs from January to April and should have already begun, but the pandemic closed the gym, and their first two meets were cancelled, which has had a big impact on being able to get underway. Zoom workouts and conditioning sessions every day were the norm, but regular practice is vital.

    “While with some sports you can keep up with techniques at home, we didn’t have the opportunity to do that as we don’t have the equipment and it is pretty dangerous to do work without a coach and proper safety,” Ava said.

    Campbell and Ava are hopeful for a winning season despite COVID challenges. Being out of the gym for two months is the longest time Ava was away from the sport in the entire 13 years she has been a gymnast. Campbell stated that even though they’re back in the gym, things have changed. They now have to wear masks during their entire practice and wash their hands after every event and rotation.

    The most recent plan is for a competition in mid-February.
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  • Celebrating Steve Moreland, Yamaha Award Recipient! (By Laura Duggan, Director of Marketing & Communications)

    Yamaha Corporation recently unveiled its inaugural "40 Under 40 List of Top Music Educators" awards, and  Steve Moreland, St. Michael's Director of Fine Arts, was selected from more than 450 educators from across the country for their positive impact on their students, school, district and wider musical community. 

    "I'm extremely humbled and honored to receive this recognition from Yamaha. It's further proof that what we've created at St. Michael's is special and a viable future for music education. I am grateful for the support of the students, faculty, and administration for allowing me to push boundaries and think outside of the box. This award has given me the confidence and momentum to keep working towards bringing a modern approach to music education to others and start reimagining the possibilities of what music education can be," Moreland said.
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  • January

    Caroline B (center) at Austin Sports Medicine

    A Sports Medicine Internship Nets Meaningful Experience (By Laura Duggan, Director of Marketing & Communications)

    Working with orthopedic surgeon Dr. Elenz and April, his PA, at Austin Sports Medicine afforded senior Caroline B the time and opportunity to explore the etiology of her grandmother’s MCL (medial collateral ligament) tear – a condition Caroline was able to study up close and in depth during her internship.
    The MCL is a band of tissue on the inside of the knee that connects the thighbone to the bone of the lower leg. Caroline was particularly interested in who can heal without surgery (swimmers, golfers) and who is best served by having surgery (skiers, soccer players). This investigation was a running theme of her work and research, but she also enjoyed seeing patients.
    “My favorite part of the clinic was observing the aspirations that Dr. Elenz does. Aspiration is performed when there is excess fluid in a place in the body that causes the patient pain, which Dr. Elenz has to remove with a needle. It is a very meticulous process,” wrote Caroline in her journal.
    She also investigated rotator cuff injuries and learned about X-ray technology. Her hope is to  work as an X-ray technician at Austin Sports Medicine during the summer.
    “Not only will I learn how to do X-rays of all types, but I can see the pictures and learn to diagnose things on my own.”
    Caroline went on to say in her final journal entry that, “It has been very cool to see the healing process and recognize some of the patients.”
    On her last day, Caroline, Dr. Elenz, and April had a long talk about this field of medicine and the potential career paths. “I am so thankful for them and this opportunity,” she wrote.
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  • My Adventure Journalism Winter Term Article (By Jack D)

    There’s something to be said about flying over the trees at 40 miles per hour while suspended solely by a steel wire. 

    The feeling of the wind pushing you forward and the adrenaline rushing through your system creates an experience like no other. The Ziplining trip my classmates and I went on for a field trip proved to be much more fun than I had expected. I have to admit, I thought the class I had taken, Journalism, was going to be a bust. However, it turned out to be a very interesting class, including interviews with explorers, fun writing assignments, and best of all, ziplining. We had arranged to go to Zip Lost Pines, home to the longest dual ziplines in Texas, and I was extremely excited.  

    After we all stepped out of the bus and into the dusty parking lot, we started to head for the base building. It seemed out of place, like an oasis in a desert. The building was very modern, with two large open doorways that lead to a small recreation area in the back. It had hammocks, tables, cornhole, horseshoes, and large Jenga. We could see two ziplines from where we were standing, but neither of them seemed to be very intimidating (or fun). I began to think that this may have been overrated, and that this was going to be like the 5 foot long zipline at the park I used to play at 10 years ago. 
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  • 'Serving Austin' Winter Term Class Students Talk to the Animals (By Lauren Warner, Theology Instructor)

    Students from the "Serving Austin" Winter Term class went to All Things Wild, a wildlife rescue organization that works to rehabilitate injured animals and release them back into the wild. In 2020, they provided sancutuary for 63 different species of approximately 2000 sick, injured, orphaned, and displaced wildlife from the Austin area.

    While there, students helped clean the facility, prepped food for and fed the animals, and helped put up fencing in some of the cages used to contain animals while they heal. 

    Students were also able to interact with a skunk, squirrel, possum, rabbit, a small owl, crows, donkeys, and horses (all under the supervision of a trained animal rehabilitator.)  It was a wonderful, rewarding service opportunity.
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  • Astronomy class photographs Orion's Nebulae

    Intro to Astronomy (By Roxanne Thurman, Science Chair & Biology Instructor)

    A class of 17 astronomy students, co-taught by staff member Suzanne Lara, is exploring the universe. The course is comprises subjects as cosmology, the life and death of stars, and the size and scale of the universe. 

    Most of the learning is hands-on and self-directed through the use of Slooh, an online platform and tool by which students have access to seven telescopes around the world. Four of these are located in the Canary Islands at the Institute of Astrophysics and three are located in Chile, giving students access to telescopes in both the northern and southern hemisphere. Slooh is user-friendly and enables students to explore their interests. They are able to view live feeds from each telescope and take their own pictures. For the class, students are sent on quests through Slooh to learn concepts and connect astronomical ideas and structures.  Basically, this course is out of this world.
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