Roundup of student sports,
volunteer and learning efforts
Students at Catholic schools around the Diocese of Oakland gave the gifts of time, talent and treasure to local communities throughout the Advent and Christmas seasons.
In one week's time during December, students at Saint Mary's College High School in Berkeley collected 1,064 pairs of new socks to donate to the Berkeley Catholic Worker House. Students also collected $500 in pledges for the annual 24-hour read-a-thon in support of the school's Lasallian service programs, and during November raised $51,000 for tuition assistance through raffle ticket sales and online gifts. Saint Mary's music students, faculty and parents caroled outside shops and businesses near the school's Berkeley campus during the Christmas holidays.
Food and toy drive
Thanks to the generosity of the Bishop O'Dowd School community, nearly 50 families affiliated with Oakland's St. Vincent's Day Home enjoyed a special Christmas last month. Hundreds of food items and toys were donated for the families during the annual food and toy drive, sponsored by campus ministry.
Holy Names High School
In the midst of its inaugural year with the one-to-one iPad program, Holy Names High School in Oakland has found a new way to introduce technology at events on campus. A simple and exciting idea came about — live video chat with alumnae across the country. It was a hit! Families got to talk with HNHS graduates Alyssa Strickling '10 and Nicole Sanders '12, asking important questions about how our school prepared them academically, socially, and spiritually for the future. Guests were able to hear stories about the power of an all-girls school and ask follow-up questions right on the spot.
Just before Christmas, the Panther women's basketball team at Saint Mary's College High in Berkeley won its division in the Nike Tournament of Champions in Arizona.
Three soccer playing students at Carondelet High School in Concord recently signed their letters of intent for fall 2013. They are Ashley Christensen (University of San Diego), Alyssa Herwatt (University at Colorado, Boulder) and Melanie Hines (Sonoma State University).
The women's volleyball team at Hayward's Moreau Catholic High School, won the Hayward Area Athletic League title late last year. The Mariners reached the semi-finals of the North Coast Section playoffs before they were bumped off.