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Sister Elise García Protests Refugee Policy, Visits Ministries In Florida

January 30, 2017, Detroit – On the way home from visiting Adrian Dominican Sisters and their ministries in Florida, Sister Elise D. García, OP, General Councilor, heard of a protest at Detroit Metro Airport against President Donald Trump’s refugee policies. She decided to delay her drive home to add the voice of the Adrian Dominican Congregation to the protest. Read the Detroit Free Press article about the protest, in which Sister Elise is quoted. She also took a video of the protest. Sister Elise also posted photos of the protest on her Facebook page. 

Click on the links to read further about some of the Adrian Dominican Sisters’ ministries in Florida. These include St. Ann Place, a ministry for homeless women and men, in West Palm Beach, where Sister Patricia Leonard ministers; Cardinal Newman High School, West Palm Beach, where Sister Judith Rimbey serves in the Finance Office; and Rosarian Academy, an elementary school in West Palm Beach sponsored by the Adrian Dominican Sisters, where Sister Donna Baker ministers as middle school principal.





Rosarian Academy Recognizes Academic and Athletic Achievers

By Cara Hansen

December 15, 2016, West Palm Beach, Florida – Rosarian Academy elementary and middle school students were recognized during an awards ceremony December 9, honoring those with exceptional academic performance and for athletic achievements during the first trimester of the school year.

Four students – seventh-grader Mercedes Cassidy and eighth-graders Hope Diffenderfer, Devyn Dyett, and Lorenzo Escobar – were recognized for achieving Highest Academic Honors. To qualify, they received all “As” in the first trimester and on all exams. 

Two students received Accelerated Reader awards for reading 300,000 words or more since the start of the school year: Elise Lanahan read more than 500,000 words and Blair Haft more than 1 million words. Both are in the seventh grade. Eighth-grade students selected as Kiwanis Students of the Month were Bettina Johnston, October; Marlowe Dunn Flom, November; and Sophia Mendez, December. 

Stephen Hall, sixth grade, shakes hands with Rosarian Academy Head of School Stephen Rubenacker as he receives the award for Most Valuable Player on the boys cross country team.

Fourteen seventh-grade students earned at least a 95 percentile on an acceptable composite or subset area from a previous standardized test and qualified as Duke University Talent Identification Program Scholars. Receiving this honor were Maggie Acosta, Spencer Bernstein, Jamis Bornschein, Wilder Breckenridge, Mercedes Cassidy, Joseph Coates, Grace Colangelo, Madison Fabbri, Macarena Gonzalez, Blair Haft, Emma Hardyman, Jack Keogh, Elise Lanahan, and Finn Throop.

Sixth- through eighth-grade students who received no less than a “B-” in all academic subjects and no grade less than “Satisfactory” in all co-curricular classes qualified for Honor Roll.

Sixth-grade Honor Roll students were Jackson Bachman, Sabrina Bernstein, Katarina Bessenroth, Sabrina Bessenroth, Bobby Brown, Thomas Coates, Matthew Cohen, Lily Guari, Stephen Hall, MJ Hanlon, Ava Iuliani, Sabrina Keough, Olivia Klein, Jack Mischke, Alina Morrison, Mia Pariseleti, Matthew Rancic, Victoria Reynolds, Trace Scuderi, and Parker Ward.

Rosarian Academy eighth-grader Aidan Griffiths is recognized at the school’s First Trimester Honors Assembly.

Honor Roll students in the seventh grade are Maggie Acosta, Christian Azqueta, Jamis Bornschein, Wilder Breckenridge, Caleb Curtis, Brandon Dorsey, Madison Fabbri, Zachary German, Macarena Gonzalez, Blair Haft, Emma Hardyman, Jack Keogh, and Logan McGruder.

Students in the eighth grade who made Honor Roll were Remi Beaud, Gemma Conroy, Marlowe Dunn Flom, Gabriela Faber, Aidan Griffiths, Van Gronberg, Alana Marchese, Sophia Mendez, Drew O’Brien, Max Sanderson, Jack Shepherd, Isabella Vega Dadurian, Hannah Wilson, and Mckenzie Wilson.

All students who participated in a fall sport – flag football, volleyball, swimming, and cross country – were also acknowledged. The following student-athletes received awards: 

  • Boys’ Varsity Flag Football: Max Sanderson, Most Valuable Player; Aidan Griffiths, Sportsmanship; and John Molina, Most Improved. All are in the eighth grade. 
  • Boys’ Junior Varsity Flag Football: Gavin Marchese, Most Valuable Player; Johnny Cassidy, Sportsmanship; and Andrew Vargas, Most Improved. All are in the fifth grade.
  • Girls’ Varsity Volleyball: Eighth graders Isabella Fiorentino, Most Valuable Player; Kate Hamilton, Sportsmanship; and Sofia Mendez, Most Improved. 
  • Girls’ Junior Varsity Volleyball: Lily Guari, sixth grade, Most Valuable Player; Parker Ward, sixth grade, Sportsmanship; and Sara Gil, seventh grade, Most Improved; 
  • Swimming: Nellie Miller, fourth grade, Most Valuable Player; Marlowe Dunn Flom, eighth grade, Sportsmanship; and Annabelle Damiano, second grade, Most Improved. 
  • Boys’ Cross Country: Stephen Hall, sixth grade, Most Valuable Player; Robby Vargas, seventh grade, Heart Award; and Teddy Duncker, fourth grade, Most Improved.
  • Girls’ Cross Country: Eleanor Hall, fourth grade, Most Valuable Player; Lacey Steele, eighth grade, Heart Award; and Luciana Hernandez, fifth grade, Most Improved.

Rosarian Academy, founded in 1925, educates students from early childhood through eighth grade and offers an exceptionally strong academic program enriched by athletics, visual and performing arts, and community service opportunities. The independent, Catholic school is located in downtown West Palm Beach and is sponsored by the Adrian Dominican Sisters. For more information, visit www.rosarian.org or call 561-345-3106.



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