International students unable to attend in-person classroom activity due to visa and COVID-19 constraints can fully participate in four robust online courses grounded in the Sacred Heart mission thanks to the collaborative effort of their two network schools. Educators at Forest Ridge School in Bellevue, Washington, and Woodlands Academy in Lake Forest, Illinois, worked together this summer to create this new initiative open to some domestic students as well.
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The 36 members of Woodlands Academy of the Sacred Heart’s Class of 2020 participated in a community-wide senior celebration via Zoom Meeting on June 11, the originally scheduled date for our 161st annual Commencement Ceremony. Highlights of this virtual alternative included: a nostalgia video made especially for the Class of 2020 marking their time on campus, a moment for each graduate to be spotlighted, and a special commissioning of the class.
Many members of the Woodlands Academy of the Sacred Heart community were recognized for outstanding achievements this school year during the June 10 Honors Assembly. This 161th annual distribution of awards was done virtually via Zoom due to COVID-19. Highlights included presentation of the 2019-20 Woodlands Award, the highest honor that can be attained at Woodlands Academy. Based on the votes of faculty and students, this award recognizes outstanding service, leadership, character and scholastic development. This year’s recipient is Jadah Auguste.
On four occasions during the school year, the Woodlands Academy community comes together to acknowledge two girls per class and one member of the adult community for living the Sacred Heart Goals and Criteria in a most visible way. Our final Sacred Heart Awards of the 2019-20 school year were tabulated and presented remotely – the “new normal” for us due to COVID-19. Those recognized for living out Goal IV were: freshmen Clara Bartusiak and Espe Garcia, sophomores Stephanie Smith and Caitlin Mooney, juniors Natalie Williams and Nora Quigley, seniors Jenna Gonzalez and Gabby Olges, and biology teacher Julia Dunn.
Elizabeth Coughlin, a Woodlands Academy of the Sacred Heart senior from Northbrook, is among the first winners in the 65th annual National Merit Scholarship Program. According to the Evanston-based nonprofit organization, she’s one about 1,000 winners of corporate-sponsored scholarship awards financed by about 160 corporations and business organizations. Coughlin, who plans to pursue a career in astrophysics, was awarded a National Merit AbbVie Inc. Scholarship. The pharmaceutical company sponsors this scholarship to recognize outstanding students who are children of its employees.