News Around Woodlands

Alumna, female aviation pioneer soars to new height at airline

Capt. Lori Legat Cline ’79 has become the first female pilot to reach the level of managing director at American Airlines. In her new, additional role as managing director of pilot recruitment & crew accommodations, Cline welcomes the opportunity to find female and other diverse candidates to fill upcoming cockpit vacancies. She expressed an interest in flying at an early age and in 1983 became the youngest female airline captain in the world. Later, she was the industry’s first-ever female director of flight safety and scored other firsts for women in her profession. “The education I got at Woodlands Academy propelled me to heights I might not otherwise have achieved,” Cline says.

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National caddie program returns to Woodlands

After a one-year absence due to the pandemic, Woodlands Academy of the Sacred Heart is once again hosting the Western Golf Association’s (WGA) Caddie Academy for young women. Some 50 participants from across the country are residing in the boarding school. An additional 27 are participating virtually. Woodlands has hosted the event since 2016. “Woodlands Academy has proven to be an excellent fit for our young women’s program, and we are very excited about returning this year as well as the future of our partnership,” said Mike Maher with the WGA, who oversees Caddie Academy. (Shown in this WGA photo are some of the 2019 participants.)

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Wildcats pitcher wins state recognition

For her role in the Woodlands Academy of the Sacred Heart softball team’s highly successful 2021 season, pitcher Abby Moravek recently was named to the 24-member 2021 Illinois Coaches Association Class 1A All-State Softball Second Team. This distinction comes on the heels of Moravek being named the Independent School League’s (ISL) 2021 Softball Player of the Year for the second consecutive time. The Wildcats got off to an impressive start, winning their first 11 games en route to the 2021 ISL championship. That winning streak included non-conference victories over Lake Forest, Highland Park and Round Lake high schools.

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SH Global Academy continues its robust online course offerings

Formed in 2020 to meet specific needs created by COVID-19 constraints, Woodlands Academy of the Sacred Heart in Lake Forest and Forest Ridge School of the Sacred Heart in Bellevue, Washington, will continue their partnership by offering more of its robust online Sacred Heart Global Academy (SHGA) courses. During its inaugural year, the program featured eight courses grounded in the Sacred Heart mission that provided opportunities for international and domestic students to participate with each other along with teachers from both schools. SHGA’s two summer offerings will be followed by four more in the fall. The fall courses will be the first ones available to additional schools in the Sacred Heart’s worldwide network. 

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 Woodlands Academy graduation: almost normal

The school year that began in August with a return to in-person learning ended June 3 with a graduation event much like its pre-pandemic predecessors. Members of Woodlands Academy of the Sacred Heart’s Class of 2021 received their diplomas during the all-girls college-prep high school’s 162nd Graduation Ceremony in its traditional location, the school’s chapel. During her remarks on behalf of all seniors, Colleen Sarver thanked all who worked so hard to enable in-person learning this school year. She said students have learned and grown so much in an environment that was “enjoyable as possible while still safe." A brief video recap of the ceremony can be seen at: https://fb.watch/5W7u0TVrXN/

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Honors Assembly Recognizes 2020-21 Achievements

Many Woodlands Academy students – and one of their teachers – were recognized for numerous achievements this school year during the Honors Assembly June 2, the 162nd annual distribution of awards. Highlights included presentation of the 2020-21 Woodlands Award, the highest honor that can be attained at Woodlands. Based on the votes of faculty and students, this award recognizes outstanding service, leadership, character and scholastic development. This year’s recipient is Kayla Imanzi. Meanwhile, the Frances de la Chapelle Excellence in Teaching Award went to science teacher Kristen Black. Congratulations to all our 2020-21 honorees! 

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Feast of St. Madeleine Sophie Barat celebrated June 2

This year’s celebration included the tradition of honoring Woodlands Academy faculty and staff members who have reached noteworthy points in their service to Sacred Heart education along with a few who are retiring at the end of the current term. For Assistant to the Head of School Mary Ryan, it was a double celebration. After being recognized for 25 years of service at Woodlands, Ryan was honored as she prepares to transition into retirement at the end of the current term. Two other retirees, Tami Rocha and Kathy Fivelson also were honored.

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Lake Forest student wins IL alcohol awareness poster contest

Woodlands Academy of the Sacred Heart sophomore Yuliana Tellez, of Waukegan, won the top prize in this year’s Illinois Churches in Action’s (ICIA) Alcohol Awareness Month Poster Contest. The theme of the statewide competition, open to all Illinois students in grades 6-12, was "Don't Do Drugs, Alcohol is a Drug." For winning first-place honors, the Lake Forest all-girls college-prep high school student receives a new laptop computer. “I drew a physical wall to exemplify the visible and concealed effects of alcohol,” Yuliana said. “One side of the wall is clearly bubbly, blissful, careless and colorful, while the other side deals with physiological demons, depression and darkness.”

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The Fine Arts Evening show goes on

For the second year in a row, COVID-19 has modified Woodlands Academy of the Sacred Heart’s end-of-the-year celebration of the arts. Last year, when the school was in a full-time remote learning mode, Fine Arts Evening was entirely online. All student artwork and musical performances were shown virtually. Usually, the event is held at the school and open to the public. With the return to in-person classroom learning for the 2020-21 term, this year’s Fine arts Evening was open to the Woodlands Academy community at the school’s Gloria Dei Center from May 18-20. It was not open to the public due to the pandemic. Fine Arts Evening drew to a close with the opening of an online virtual gallery that can be viewed at https://artspaces.kunstmatrix.com/en/exhibition/5416224/2021-woodlands-academy-fine-arts-evening  through May 25. It features the content showcased during the Gloria Dei exhibition in a compelling online format.

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Woodlands Academy provides a Global Odyssey, COVID-19 style

With the usual international travel component not an option this year, Woodlands Academy of the Sacred Heart is offering its Global Odyssey program – with some other ways of fulfilling its goal of providing every student with an international experience to spark her global curiosity and develop a global competence. After completing this year’s final exams, students will embark on Global Odyssey May 24-27. Next, they will participate in Global Voices June 1 by reflecting on their role as global citizens and partaking in globally themed activities.

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