Monthly Archives: May 2011

PVAC 2010-2011 Director’s Cup, PVAC Player of the Year!

For the second year in a row, Oakcrest has won the PVAC Director’s Cup!!  The Director’s Cup is awarded to the school with the most total points for regular season finishes and tournament finishes in all PVAC sports for the entire school year.  The Chargers had Championship titles in Varsity Tennis & Varsity Softball along with 2nd place finishes in Varsity Volleyball and Varsity Basketball and a 3rd place in Varsity Track & Field to score the most points amongst the 14 PVAC schools.   


This is a tremendous achievement for the Athletics Department and for the whole school.  Congratulations to Oakcrest Athletic Director Miss Caroline Heeter, all of our coaches, and of course, all of our dedicated and talented athletes!

In addition, Varsity Softball player Alex G. was named PVAC Player of the Year!

GO CHARGERS!!

For details and photos of Oakcrest spring sports season victories, click here.

For details and photos of Oakcrest fall and winter sports season victories, click here.

Photos by Robert Burke Photography

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First Annual Spring Alumnae Cocktail Party!

On Saturday, May 7, the Oakcrest Alumnae Association hosted the first annual Spring Alumnae Cocktail Party.  Alums enjoyed seeing old friends, looking through Oakcrest yearbooks, winning door prizes and touring the school.  Members of the classes of 1980, 1983, 1985, 1994, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, and 2006 were present.  The evening was enjoyed by all and we hope to have started a new annual tradition for the alums!

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Congratulations Class of 2011! College Choices for Graduating Seniors

Congratulations to all of our amazing Seniors.  We are SO PROUD of all of you!!

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Chargers Sweep Championships! PVAC Banners and Championships for Softball, Track & Field

Reporting from the desk of the Oakcrest Athletic Director, Miss Caroline Heeter, Oakcrest is so proud to announce the victorious results of our Spring Sports Season!  Congratulations to all of our athletes, and thank you to all of our coaches – Miss Heeter, Miss Riordan, and Miss Moretto – for your hard work, sportsmanship and leadership!

Softball

The Varsity Softball team captured the PVAC 2011 Regular Season banner with a 5-1 record.  This season The Chargers outscored their opponents 77-17 earning the #1 seed in the PVAC Tournament.  During the winning game, Alex G. hit a grand slam in the 3rd inning to break open the game.  Emily H. pitched five good innings with five strikeouts and allowing only two hits.

The Varsity Softball team went on to capture the tournament Championship, and our pitcher Emily H., was named tournament MVP!

Six members of the Oakcrest Varsity Softball Team were selected to the All Conference Team this year.  No other school had as many athletes recognized!  Alex G. and Emily H. made the First Team; Haley F., Beka H. and Elise M. made the Second Team; and Elisa C. was awarded Honorable Mention.

Track and Field

Congratulations to the Varsity Track & Field team for their 3rd place finish at the PVAC Championship meet!

The top performer from the Varsity Track and Field team team was Abby F. who won 3 events and finished 3rd in another.  Along the way, Abby broke—demolished– the PVAC league record in the long jump by 6 inches!  This is also a team record of 17’4″.  She also broke the school record in the 100m hurdles.  There were many other personal best times by the team.

Middle School Track & Field won the PVAC Championship!  This is three years in a row!  The Middle School team has won the banner all three years! 

The girls all ran a great championship meet and had many personal bests…after reviewing final results, we can announce that three school records were broken at the meet:

Shot Put:  Theresa N., 26’00 (old record was 24’4” set in 2007)

1600m:  Gabriella B., 6:04 (old record was 6:08 set in 2006)

4x100m relay:  Isabell B., Annie B., Laura C. and Sam K., 58.20 (old record was 59.21 set in 2008)

During the school year of 2010-2011, the Oakcrest Chargers have won SIX banners.  All we can say is: IT’S A GOOD TIME TO BE A CHARGER.  GOOOO CHARGERS!

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Softball photos by Robert Burke Photography.  Track & Field photos courtesy of Oakcrest Yearbook Staff.

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All Roads Lead to Rome: Oakcrest Seniors Attend UNIV in Rome, Italy

By Miss Angela Fortunato

It was truly one of the best weeks of my life!  Being with the Holy Father in Rome during Holy Week and Easter is something one never forgets.  I attended the UNIV conference when I was a college student and wanted other students to have the opportunity to have this memorable experience as well.  Four Oakcrest Seniors- Elisa C., Beka H., Adrienne W. and Katerina W.- came with Mary Ortiz (Assistant Head of School) and myself, as well as two other students from the DC area and 5 other Americans to represent the U.S. at the international conference.

We joined over a thousand girls from all over the world.  We stayed with over 800 other UNIV participants in ‘Fraterna Domus’, a beautiful hostel just north of Rome.  On our first day, we had Mass in the catacombs!  We got to see Pope Benedict XVI several times because we attended the Wednesday audience where he greeted the UNIV congress specifically and in several languages, his Chrism Mass at St. Peter’s Basilica and his Via Crucis at the Colosseum where he waved to us on his car-ride out of the event.

One highlight for me was visiting the tomb of John Paul II with Katerina, Beka, Elisa and a law student from Boston named Gabby.  We each wrote messages of intentions and prayers to the soon-to-be-blessed and the guards placed our letters at his tomb.  Elisa and I also convinced the guard to lay our rosaries and prayercards on JPII’s tomb.  The guard had told us that he couldn’t since there were too many people and if he did it for us, he’d have to do the favor for everyone.  We told him that we were ‘special’ and I told him that I had met JPII in person and that we were all the way from the United States.  After a long pause, the guard told us “just wait” in Italian and then he went ahead and had all our little items blessed there at the tomb of this amazing Pope who will always be a ‘northstar’ for me in my life.  I was so grateful and moved!

Another highlight was the international get-together at our Domus when the American girls sang and danced their way through “Cotton-Eyed-Joe,” “God Bless America” and the finale- Justin Bieber’s “Baby, Baby”.  They were a big hit.

Finally, Beka got to ask a question in a get-together with the Bishop Prelate of Opus Dei, Bishop Javier Echevarria.  She asked him why it seemed that God sometimes asks for the hardest thing, and of course introduced herself as being from Oakcrest School.  Bishop Echevarria responded that God doesn’t want to mortify us, but rather to show our love for us and help us to love more.  Then, he added:  “Oakcrest!  St. Josemaria prayed a lot for Oakcrest.  Don Alvaro was there at Oakcrest and prayed a lot for the school.  Many, many girls have gotten closer to the faith at Oakcrest.  I love the people of your land a lot.”  (That’s my rough translation from the Spanish).  It was great to know that St. Josemaria prayed so much for our school!  The whole trip was certainly a big push for my life of faith, as well as appreciation for Oakcrest.

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To learn more about the UNIV international conference in Rome, Italy, visit the UNIV website here.

Photos courtesy of Katerina W.

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Educating the American Girl: Prof. Susan Hanssen (’92) Speaks at Oakcrest

On April 7-8, the Oakcrest Parent Education Committee hosted two talks by Prof. Susan E. Hanssen (’92) entitled, “Educating the American Girl.”

Dr. Hanssen’s talks were open to the public and attended by parents, alumnae, students, faculty, staff and friends of Oakcrest. 

Dr. Susan Hanssen’s Bio:

Susan E. Hanssen is an Associate Professor of History at the University of Dallas where she teaches American and Western civilization as part of the liberal arts core curriculum.  After graduating from Oakcrest in 1992, Dr. Hanssen earned her B.A. from Boston University and her Ph.D. from Rice University. 

Dr. Hanssen has published on the development of the idea of “the English-speaking peoples” during the two World Wars, including “G. K. Chesterton and British national identity in World War I,” in The Human Tradition in Modern Britain, and “Dumb Ox at the Crossroads of English Catholicism: G. K. Chesterton, Newman, and Pascendi,” in the Renaissance Quarterly.

Dr. Hanssen is the 2010-11 Garwood Visiting Fellow for the James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions at Princeton University. The program is an initiative of Robert George, professor of jurisprudence, through the politics department of Princeton University. At Princeton, she is currently working on a book on The Education of Henry Adams and the role of education in maintaining cultural identity in America.

 

Dr. Hanssen opened her talk by stating that Oakcrest, her alma mater, is truly a “mother of souls” for herself and other alumnae.  Oakcrest, she continued, “provides the foundation of a person for the rest of her life.”  She stated that she is “more an Oakcrest girl than anything else…I really am an Oakcrest girl at heart.”  At Oakcrest, Dr. Hanssen emphasized that young women “develop confidence and a vocational sense of life – they learn to discern what it means to be human, and what it means to be a woman.”

To continue reading the full article, visit our PEC Page here or by clicking on the PEC tabs (on top or right side panels).

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Fine Arts at Oakcrest

Fine Arts Week

The week of April 4-9 was Fine Arts Week at Oakcrest.  Highlights of the week included the Film Festival and Fine Arts Night. 

The Film Festival kicked off the week on Monday in the G.  Lloyd Bunting, Sr. Theatre.  Student film-makers premiered their short films in front of the whole school. Caitlin R’s short animated film, “Each Little Bug,” was voted by the entire school as best film. To watch the film, click here.

During the week, student artwork was displayed in the lobby and throughout the school.  On Saturday, we ended the week with the annual Fine Arts Night.  Students sang solos with accompaniment, played musical instruments, and performed monologues and a student-choreographed dance number.  The Advanced Theatre Arts class performed a one-act play.  It was a memorable night for parents, students, faculty and staff. 

Our hats are off to Mrs. Miller (music), Mrs. Bunuan (theatre arts), and Mrs. Havey (studio art) for their tireless work to teach and promote fine arts at Oakcrest.

Performances on Fine Arts Night were:

Til There Was You from Music Man by Meredith Wilson, Performed by Monica R.: voice

I Enjoy Being a Girl by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II, Performed by Angel M.: voice

 What I Did for Love from A Chorus Line by Marvin Hamlisch and Edward Kleban, Performed by Danielle D.J.: voice

Alone in the Universe from Seussical by Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty, Performed by Carolyn L., Jamie R.: voice

 

I Could Have Danced All Night from My Fair Lady by Frederick Loewe and Alan Jay Lerner and Lascia Ch’io Pianga from Rinaldo Opera by Handel, Performed by Kathryn B.: voice

Papa Can You Hear Me from Yentyl by Michel Legrand, Alan and Marilyn Bergman, Performed by Cathryn T.: voice

Wouldn’t It Be Loverly from My Fair Lady by Frederick Loewe, Alan Jay Lerner, Performed by Julie M.: voice

Bagpipes, Performed by Kathleen B.

Ophelia Monologue from Shakespeare’s Hamlet, Performed by Carolyn L.

Arietta by W.A. Mozart, Performed by Anna W.: piano

Thank you by Herbert Allen, Paul and Ralph Colwell, Performed by Laura C. (piano) and Emilie K. (voice)

Come By The Hills: Traditional Irish song  arr. by Phil Coulter, Performed by Katie N. (piano) and Maggie N. (voice)

Boogie Improvisation, Performed by Andrea M. (piano)

Parade of the Tin Soldiers Arr. by John Kinyon, Performed by Giorgina A. (flute)

Rolling in the Deep by Adele, Performed by Kathleen B. (guitar and voice) and Andrea M. (piano and voice)

Fur Elise by Ludwig van Beethoven, Performed by Anne P.: piano

“The Kindred Spirit”

A One Act Play, Written by Amanda Courtney

Co-directed and performed by: Kathryn B., Amanda C., Carolyn L., Julie M., Angel M., Jamie R.

Under the guidance of Mrs. Monique E. Bunuan

“Drive My Car”

By The Beatles

A dance number choreographed and performed by: Carolina L., Cecilia L., Chelsea W., Katerina W.

Under the direction of Maggie Watts (’00)

String Ensemble Field Trip to Lashof!

Also last month, Miss Salls (Director of Student Life) took the Oakcrest String Ensemble – Mary Mary L., Catherine S. and Grace P. – to visit Lashof Violin Store in Gaithersburg, Maryland.  Jen, one of the owners of Lashof, gave a presentation to the girls on how she makes violins.  The girls were able to see just how difficult it is to be a luthier (maker of stringed instruments). When asked how much time it took to make one violin, Jen replied “at least 3 months”! The girls also were able to watch Jen fit the finger board into a student cello. They all recommend Lashof for any of your violin, viola and cello needs. The String Ensemble ended the morning with lunch at Panera on the way back to school.

Fine Arts Flashback: Oakcrest Talent Show 2011

In March, the School held it’s ever-popular Talent Show.  Organized by Spirit Captains and Spirit Committee, the Talent Show featured acts by students, faculty and staff.  Oakcrest students and parents enjoyed dance performances (Irish, Spanish Flamenco, hip-hop, lyrical), music (piano, guitar, bagpipes, flute, voice), gymnastics and a hysterical staff and faculty skit.  After the performances were over, the audience voted Andrea M. and Cathryn T.’s musical performance for First Place.  (The faculty and staff demonstrated their supreme talent in their skit, and missed third place by one vote!)

To watch the winning act, click here. 

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