summer 2006 - Carrollton School of the Sacred Heart
LA PLUME • SUMMER 2006
Karelia Martinez-Carbonell, CFRE
Director of Development
Isabel Junco Singletary ’69
Director of Alumnae Relations
Director of Communications
Director of Volunteers &
We thank the faculty, staff and
alumnae whose contributions made
this magazine possible.
Carrollton School of the Sacred Heart
is a Catholic, all-girls Pre-K through
Grade 12 college preparatory school.
The school is part of an international
network of Sacred Heart schools whose
mission is to educate women leaders in
the Sacred Heart tradition that fosters
growth in an active faith in God,
intellectual values and a commitment
to social awareness in an environment
of wise freedom and community.
American Red Cross Spectrum Awards
Trustees – Change and Tradition Friends of El Jardin – Party in the Garden 1918 Original Fittings Restored Imagine Carrollton’s Tomorrow Campaign From Kick-Off to Off the Charts
Special Events & Volunteers
Alumnae Return Home 12
Sacred Heart Spirituality14
Local, National, and International Recognition
ture of Servi
for Community Learning
Comes Full Circle
A Glimpse into the Life of a Migrant Child
Awareness Equals Action19
LearninBeg Earth Day
Helping Students Succeed for a Lifetime
g School Competition
One is Nearer God’s Heart in a Garden
Pockets of Peaceful Coexistence 26
Because I Knew You27
Carrollton Athletes Continue to Make the News
Debate Season – A Stellar Year 29
2006 Battlebots IQ National Competition 29
Close Up on Capitol Hill
Carrollton Salutes its Graduates
Class of 200633
Ceremony—The Legacy Continues
Shadowing My Alum Chum
Spotlight on Alumnae36
A Special Welcome to Alumnae 40
A Class Act!42
Call to Worship Graduation Speech
Carrollton is Caritas 1
From the Headmistress
Dear Carrollton Family,
We are delighted to share this summer issue of
La Plume with you. Our hope is to give you an
insight into the culture of Carrollton as a Sacred
Heart School. We are defining culture as a
collective way of living and working which shapes
the hopes and behavior of all the members of the
Evidence of a school’s culture is seen in its
traditions, its language, its myths, its heroes and
heroines, its customs, its attitudes, its
relationships. Our practices and behaviors
demonstrate our values more effectively than our
words. Culture shapes the tone and atmosphere of
a school. In other words, those ideals and values we
see in our behaviors and in our actions speak most
clearly of the values we actually hold to be true.
A school’s culture is intimately connected with the
The mission of Sacred Heart Education is to
educate to an informed, active faith, to
critical thinking and to service to others. Our
sacred responsibility as Sacred Heart Educators is
the formation of master thinkers … of confident,
courageous, compassionate women. As educators of
girls and young women, we are professional
nurturers of thought and ideally we encourage our
students to develop an assertive, questioning
attitude toward learning while enhancing the
qualities of nurturing and caring. Ours is the work
of forming conscience and instilling skills that
enhance critical thinking and compassionate
We who are members of the Sacred Heart
Network cannot speak of school culture and
mission without speaking about vision,
specifically the vision of St. Madeleine Sophie
Barat, for vision generates culture and mission.
Faithful to her vision, we believe that to engage in
teaching and learning in the culture of our schools
means to touch the face of God, and more
important, it means to reveal God’s face to others.
We hope that you will sense this dynamic of
vision and mission as you read our description of
Thank you for your interest and loving support.
We hope you enjoy our stories.
Suzanne Cooke, RSCJ
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Image from Red Cross Spectrum Video
Suzanne Cooke, RSCJ
Receives the 2006 Cervera Real Estate
Miami Ambassador Award
The American Red Cross has a rich history of women leaders. Through
the Sara Hopkins Woodruff Spectrum Awards for Women, The American
Red Cross of Greater Miami & The Keys honors women in our community who have made a difference in South Florida. The Spectrum honorees
are chosen by a panel of judges after careful consideration of the many
nominations submitted. The women chosen represent a cross section of
our community and their influence and efforts reach many. They are making a difference from helping children to ensuring our cultural heritage.
They are giving, selfless, hard working and they care enough to reach out
beyond the confines of their normal jobs and responsibilities to contribute
time and service for the benefit of others.
This year, among the 11 women honored for their service,
Carrollton Headmistress Sr. Suzanne Cooke received the Spectrum’s
Ambassador Award for her visionary work in developing programs needed
for today’s students to become effective global citizens. Sr. Cooke’s vision
has ensured that Carrollton’s academic curriculum be centered on critical
thinking and the integration of technology – uniting learners across the
globe. Her commitment as a Sacred Heart educator mirrors the humanitarian principles of The American Red Cross: humanity, impartiality, independence, unity, neutrality, universality and voluntary service.
Over 600 guests from all segments of our community attended the
luncheon honoring these distinguished women leaders. Among those
honored were Dr. Kate Callahan, one of the first certified professors of
Education for Physicians for End-of-Life Care in the United States; Paula
L. Brockway, community volunteer and philanthropist; Virginia A. Jacko,
first blind president and CEO of the Miami Lighthouse for the Blind &
Visually Impaired; Susan T. Jones, assistant vice president of the University
of Miami; Angela Marie Smith, registered nurse and Miami Jackson Senior
High “Teacher of the Year;” Karla Dascal, event planner and president of
RBK Productions; Dr. Divina Grossman, dean of FIU School of Nursing;
Bunchy (Annabel) Gertner, community activist and member of the Board
of Trustees for Voices for Children; Arielle Maffei and Alexandra Busot
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Sr. Cooke’s Interview
Excerpted from the American Red Cross Spectrum Video
Narrator: The American Red Cross Sara Hopkins Woodruff
Award honors Sr. Suzanne Cooke, Headmistress of Carrollton
School of the Sacred Heart with the Cervera Real Estate Ambassador’s Award for her outstanding commitment to educating young
women to take their place in leadership positions both professionally and in service to others less fortunate.
Sr. Cooke: I think that the most important thing about
education is to awaken in each person a sense of one’s dignity
and really to get people to respect the fundamental conviction
that each of us is the image of God.
To accomplish this objective wisely in today’s day and age,
one has to know how to think. It is about being a critical thinker. It is also about understanding how to help others learn how
to think. One needs to see that the Academic Disciplines are
different ways of thinking. For example, in literature, whether
analyzing a novel or writing poetry, I am engaged in a form of
thinking that is different from doing a science experiment or
solving a math problem. I believe education is a means to an
end. As a member of a religious congregation, the Society of
the Sacred Heart, I describe the end of education as glorifying
the Heart of Christ or making known the love of God in the
world. In secular terms, the end of education is to help people
become committed to one another, to build a humane society.
Gosh, we need that more than ever!
Narrator: Sr. Cooke has recently been appointed to the
Anytime/Anywhere Learning Foundation Board. Microsoft originally established the Anytime/Anywhere program to help students
and teachers connect with the information they need regardless of
time or location.
Inspired by St. Madeleine Sophie Barat, the founder of the
Sacred Heart schools worldwide, Sr. Cooke knows that if you provide girls with the tools they need to succeed intellectually, spiritually and emotionally they will have the ability to truly make a
difference in their community.
Sr. Cooke: The media [often] demeans us, especially women. It projects images of women that are completely unrealistic.
[Most] people are not born a size two. For girls to think that
that is what they have to be or to see themselves in provocative
poses as a way of winning favor is a shame. The O.C. [and others] may [have] interesting story lines but they are not reality. It
is not just the Internet; TV and movies have many good points,
but they have a downside. The downside is often the image that
is projected. Are we encouraging young people to think about
what they are seeing and hearing and to think about the implications? If we can help them learn how to ask questions, then
we can help them understand themselves as people with dignity. If they know this fact about themselves, they will assume
the dignity of others. If they recognize the dignity in the other
person, they will be committed to service. They will commit to
building a just world and that’s what we need.
Suzanne Cooke, Bunchy Gertner, Karla Dascal, Kate Callahan and Susan Jones
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Trustees – Changing of the Guard
Stewardship of Carrollton’s integrity as a Sacred Heart School is the principle responsibility of the Board of Trustees.
It is the Trustees who ensure that the Goals and Criteria are the heart of all our programs and initiatives.
The leadership of the Board is significant and Carrollton has enjoyed a tradition of fine leaders.
As we face the transition from Laurie Weiss Nuell ’75 to Joanna Lombard Hector,
we asked them to share their reflections and hopes for Carrollton.
By Laurie Weiss Nuell ’75
Outgoing Board Chairperson
2003-2006 Carrollton Board of Trustees
By Joanna Lombard Hector
Incoming Board Chairperson
2006-2008 Carrollton Board of Trustees
It has been an honor to serve as the Chair of the Board of
Trustees at Carrollton for the last three years. Not only am I
an alumna, I am a current parent, a parent of an alumna, and
a trustee. I have served as a room parent, chair of the book
fair, and co-chair of the Gala honoring
Sr. Ann Taylor. It has been my privilege to give back to the community
that gave so much to me as a child of
the Sacred Heart.
Carrollton’s strength as a school lies
in its Sacred Heart identity. Members
of the community serve as stewards of
St. Madeleine Sophie Barat’s
vision and work to ensure
Carrollton’s vitality well into the
future. Two years into my tenure as a trustee, the Board created the Goals and Criteria
Committee, and I served as its first chair. As Chair of the Board
of Trustees, my principle focus has been to ensure the centrality
of the Goals and Criteria in our work.
My proudest accomplishment has been the implementation
of the Master Plan. Through the hard work of others before me
and the work of the Buildings/Grounds and Finance Committees, the foundation was laid to build the infrastructure which
has permitted us to increase, improve and develop new programs. In the last three years, we have built the Junior High
Addition, completed the renovation of the east side of the
Barry Building, are nearing completion of the ScienceTechnology Hall and Library and have broken ground on the
Intermediate Math and Science Pavilion. And what a wonderful feeling it is to see El Jardin return to its original splendor
through the restoration project.
The Board of Trustees has been working on a five-year strategic plan. The process included trustees, administrators, parents, alumnae and students. I am confident that Sacred Heart
education in Miami will remain vital. Entering its 45th year,
Carrollton has come of age. As I step down as Chair, I am
proud to have played a role in Carrollton’s evolution.
The Carrollton Board of Trustees is made up of incredibly strong and dedicated Board members who agree
on a clear focus – to manifest the mission of the Sacred
Heart at Carrollton. As trustees, we do this through
our support of Headmistress,
Suzanne Cooke, RSCJ. Through
Sr. Cooke’s outstanding effort,
the excellence of the administrators and faculty, the accomplishments of the students, the success
and effectiveness of the alumnae,
as well as through the committees of the Board, our work is
to reveal the Goals and Criteria
through our own actions and
through the policies of the school.
St. Madeleine Sophie’s teachings are very clear about
balancing lofty goals with the realities of life; for example,
St. Madeleine Sophie explains the need to raise funds in
order to achieve set goals and objectives, a message the
Board has taken very much to heart.
So, the most public of Carrollton’s goals is the building
of the academic and physical structure that is so fundamental to the active and contemplative modes of Sacred
Heart education. The very active stewardship of our historic buildings in conjunction with the interweaving of
new and historic architecture strongly demonstrates the
connection of tradition and innovation central to Sacred
Heart as defined through Goal I. Due to the leadership of
Laurie Weiss Nuell ’75, the notable success of the school
inspires even greater commitment as Laurie has led the
Board to an exciting moment in the history and future of
The work of the Board of Trustees, together with the
Carrollton community, is critical in continuing to support
and secure the foundation of Carrollton’s dynamic Sacred
Heart mission. It is a wonderful time to be called to serve
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First row, from left: Robert Wells, Clemencia de Tobón, Sr. Suzanne Cooke, Tom Eagan, Sr. Helen McCulloch, Tina Poo, Paolo and Clara
Amore, Sr. Rosemary Bearss. Second row: Patricia Sanchez Abril ’93, Laurie Weiss Nuell, ’75, Hortensia Sampedro Hacker ’68, Isabel
Junco Singletary ’69, Luisa Botifoll Murai ’66, Tom Abell, Rev. Mark Reeves, Sr. Fran de la Chapelle, Brian and Mary Tague.
Third row: Silvia Fortun, Tony Argiz, Percy Aguila, Beth Hicks, Adolfo Danguillecourt, Jennie Weiss Block, Julio Alvarez,
Sonia and Carlos Otalvaro, Maria Guerra.
Carrollton Trustees Honor Tradition
n March, Carrollton’s Board of Trustees gathered to honor
all those members whose service spanned the last 25 years.
This period marked a great change in Carrollton’s history – transitioning from a Religious-led board to a lay board.
Members present who served in the early years were Tom Abell,
Carlos Otalvaro, Clemencia de Tobón, Robert Wells,
Jennie Weiss Block, Julio Alvarez, Rev. Mark Reeves, Hortensia
Sampedro Hacker ’68, Maria Guerra, Tom Eagan and Isabel
Junco Singletary ’69.
The evening presented the opportunity to bridge institutional history through the experiences of its past and pres-
ent trustees. Guests recounted pivotal moments spanning the
last two and a half decades under the leadership of former
Headmistress, Ann Taylor, RSCJ, and past Board Chairs
Joseph Klock, Carola Calderin SH ’60, Tony Argiz,
and Tina Poo SH ’67 along with current Board Chair
Laurie Weiss Nuell ’75.
Headmistress Sr. Suzanne Cooke and current board members brought former trustees up-to-date on current projects. All
were excited about Carrollton’s growth and its vision for the future, knowing that through their own service and commitment
to Sacred Heart education at Carrollton, a legacy continues.
2006-2007 Board of Trustees
Joanna Lombard Hector, Chair; Patricia Sanchez Abril ’93; Percy R. Aguila, Jr.; Paolo Amore; Antonio L. Argiz;
Rosemary Bearss, RSCJ; Suzanne Cooke, RSCJ; Frances de la Chapelle, RSCJ; Silvia E. Fortún; Veronica Cervera Goeseke ’73;
Charles Herington; Elizabeth K. Hicks; Helen McCulloch, RSCJ; Luisa Botifoll Murai ’66; Lynn Nietschman;
Laurie Weiss Nuell ’75; Roberto Pesant; P. Nelson Rodriguez; Brian Tague
• SH - Sacred Heart Alumna
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Friends of El Jardin –
Friends of El Jardin
Party in the Garden
First row, from left: Fernando Aran and Marianela Morejon Aran ’76, Vivian and Alvaro Adrian, Nacira Gomez, Victoria Lowell, Julissa
Delgado, Karelia Martinez-Carbonell, Laurie Weiss Nuell ’75, MaryAnne and Adolfo Danguillecourt, Mariela Cisneros Mestre. Second row:
Maria Cristina and Jose Cosculluela, Armando and Maria Guerra, Mary Ann Camacho, Marlen and Nino Pernetti. Third row: Nacira and
Orlando Gomez, Daisy and Steven Hayworth. Fourth row: Amy and Jesus Diaz, Mona Bailey, Sr. Ann Taylor, Mike and Francine Tomas,
Jeanne and Rolando Conesa, Marta and Carlos de Cespedes. Fifth row: Maria and Rodolfo Villegas, Silvia and Hector Fortun, Rene Murai and
Luisa Botifoll Murai ’66, Conchy and Tony Argiz, Pamela and Roberto Rocha.
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Party in the Garden
n May 5, more than 250
guests gathered to celebrate
The Friends of El Jardin –
Party in the Garden at the
Colonnade Hotel in Coral
Gables. The sold-out event was
transformed into a beautiful garden in
keeping with the event’s theme.
The evening was magnificent and a
financial success – netting approximately
$335,000. All proceeds raised will directly benefit the restoration and maintenance of the El Jardin landmark – home
to Carrollton since 1961.
The success of the night was due to the
leadership of Gala Co-Chairs, Nacira
Gomez and Daisy Hayworth, and their
committee. Special thanks to Marlen
Pernetti and the auction team for not
only gathering amazing auction items,
but then organizing and creating the
beautiful ambiance to display them. We
are also most grateful to our guests, event
benefactors, underwriters, advertisers,
and auction donors for their contribution and support.
The evening began in the Upper Rotunda with a cocktail reception and silent
auction that included over 300 items.
Following the reception, guests were
escorted to the Lower Rotunda ballroom
for dinner and a live auction.
Before dinner, Sr. Cooke welcomed
and thanked the guests for their ongoing
support and stewardship of Sacred Heart
education and their interest in the restoration of El Jardin.
The incredible success of the Gala
has provided us with the funds necessary to pursue grants from the State
of Florida Division of Historical
1918 Original Light Fittings Radiantly Restored
By Geoffrey Steward
President, International Fine Arts Conservation Studios
he work of restoration continues. Most recently, we have been able to restore
the splendor of El Jardin’s light fittings. Working with a grant from the State
of Florida Division of Historical Resources, Carrollton secured the expertise of
Artistic Lighting. All of the original 1918 light fittings, both around
the exterior and within the courtyard and cloisters, were removed, carefully dismantled and
cleaned using appropriate mechanical and chemical cleaning. The fittings were then rewired
in accordance with the
Miami-Dade codes, and
It was decided not
to apply any varnish or
other surface finish, but
to let them age and patinate naturally, as they
were originally designed
Now returned to their
original glory, the light
fixtures are a must see!
Carrollton is Caritas 7
Our Students Think Big –
Support Their Dreams!
hen one listens to our students, one realizes that
they have many interests and broad vision. The
corridors are filled with discussions about robotics competitions, analysis of justice in developing countries, or a debate about national policy. Our students are artists and photographers, actors, writers, and
poets. They are scholar-athletes, and state champions, nationally-ranked
debaters, and published authors.
Carrollton has been educating women leaders since 1962 and continues to be committed to providing an education that speaks to female
leadership at all levels. Our attention to a rigorous curriculum and
maintaining a competitive student body needs the support that expansion of our programs and enhancement of facilities will provide.
Implementation of the Master Plan began with the construction of the
new Junior High building, followed by the completion of Phase I of the
Barry Building. Now, we are in the midst of creating the ScienceTechnology Hall and Library, and completing the construction
drawings for the Intermediate Pavilion.
As Carrollton continues to build for the future, we need everyone
to join the effort. Support Imagine Carrollton’s Tomorrow with a major
gift. Give now, so we can complete the buildings for our students of
These four photos show the ScienceTechnology Hall and Library taking shape.
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Imagine Carrollton’s Tomorrow
has received gifts and pledges
totaling $6 million.
To make your gift or pledge
to the campaign, contact
Director of Development at
(305) 446-5673, ext. 1225.
Future Site of
Intermediate Science-Math Pavilion
Your support is needed today
This $15-million project provides for the advancement of the academic and co-curricular programming of the school by creating the
facilities, resources and opportunities needed for excellence in teaching and learning. Help us reach our goal; make Carrollton one of your
giving priorities. Already many parents, alumnae, faculty and
friends have stepped up to the challenge and are supporting this effort with time, talent and financial resources. Please join us – support
Imagine Carrollton’s Tomorrow. You will ensure Carrollton’s tradition of
The southeastern façade of the ScienceTechnology Hall and Library.
The first phase of Barry Building Renovation is
Barry Building Renovation
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Be A Lifesaver of Sacred Heart Education
The faces of our Sacred Heart legacy
You are Lifesavers of Sacred Heart Education
From Kick-Off to Off the Charts!
Carrollton celebrated the most successful Annual Fund campaign ever,
surpassing the goal and raising $665,000 with 80 percent parent participation.
Thank you to Parent Chair Ibis Pittaluga and the Annual Fund Team for an
incredible year and to the Alumnae and Faculty/Staff Teams for all their hard work
and support. The Board of Trustees congratulates all the volunteers for their dedication and commitment.
The Annual Fund supports the educational priorities of the school, including
faculty and curriculum development that allow Carrollton to remain a leader in
Be a Lifesaver of Sacred Heart Tradition –
Continue the Legacy through a
gift to the Annual Fund.
Clockwise from upper left: Alina de la
Fuente St. Louis ’74, Marilu Suarez
Palacios ’74, Nacira Gomez, Marlene
Hasner, Tony Argiz, David Garvin,
Marilyn Samlut, Arlene Garvin, Ibis
Pittaluga, Sr. Cooke, Karelia MartinezCarbonell, Vivian Garcia, Von Beebe,
Carol Recicar at the Annual Fund
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Special Events & Volunteers
Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast
celebrated “One Heart . . . Many Hearts.”
The event is given in honor of the dedicated
volunteers who give so much to our community.
Back, from left: Isabel Junco Singletary ’69, Paola Arechabala
Consuegra ’87, Sr. Suzanne Cooke SH ’72, Hortensia Sampedro
Hacker ’68, Monica Beltran de Zulueta ’83, Christina Casado
Acorn ’90. Front: Annie Cruz-Kallergis ’78, Beatriz Pola
Rabassa ’87, Maria Badz Jones ’82, Jeannie Montes de Oca
Dominguez ’89, Sara Rionda Arazoza ’85.
Mora, Carol Flynn,
Rusty Alfonso, Tudy Lange.
ver 350 family and friends
gathered for Carollton’s
Fourth Annual Family Night
at Havana Harry’s to raise awareness
and funds for Coconut Grove Cares.
The event is planned and executed
from beginning to end by the Junior
Due to the continued generosity
of restaurant owners and Carrollton
parents, Arthur Cullen and Nieves
Feal, funds raised directly benefit
the agency. Approximately $60,000
has been raised for Coconut Grove
Cares, underscoring Carrollton’s
From left: At Havana Harry’s, Janay
Alexander, Alexis and Kayla White from
the Barnyard After School Program.
support and commitment to the
youth of Coconut Grove.
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Photo by Jessica Burke courtesy of Coral Gables Gazette
From left: Celina Calderon, Nicola Brown,
Carrollton and Havana Harry’s Care for
Coconut Grove Social Service Agency
Sacred Heart Alumnae Return Home
Carole Frisch Borno
Carrollton - 1969
I made lifetime friends at Carrollton. When
I decided that retirement did not suit me, I
wanted to do what I love the most, share my
great passion for the French language. Doing
so at Carrollton is a dream come true, because I have the opportunity to teach young
ladies, very much like my own daughter, in
a setting that is not only familiar, but is also
reminiscent of my beautiful France.
At the recent Pin Ceremony, I was reminded of the bond that all alumnae of the Sacred
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Heart share: Sitting next to a Sacred Heart
alumna from Cuba, we were immediately
comfortable with each other, because we had
this very special bond, that only a Sacred
Heart education can give you. As the speaker
at the ceremony appropriately described,
“A self assurance that is so necessary for our
91st Street, Convent of the Sacred Heart,
NYC - 1971
I began my career in New York as an International Private Banker – traveling constantly and earning a great salary. But after
12 years of living the rat race, I decided to
listen to my heart and give up the material
riches for the spiritual ones.
I moved to Miami, met with Sr. Taylor
and the rest is history. I get more satisfaction
from teaching a grammar rule than from
reviewing a wealthy client’s portfolio. More
importantly, I endeavor to instill in my students the values of a Sacred Heart education
at every possible teaching moment. My 16year tenure at Carrollton reflects the personal
satisfaction that I continue to receive from
Carrollton - 1995
Returning to Carrollton as a school counselor for grades M-6 is my way of giving back
to the Sacred Heart community that enriched
my life as a student. It is a joy and a privilege
to be a part of my students’ social, emotional,
and spiritual development.
I have many wonderful memories at
Carrollton. Just to name a few: Conge, Freshmen Follies, Field Days, retreats, community
service at Crisis Nursery Center, classmates,
teachers, Drama productions and Drama
class with our beloved Mr. Robert De Los
Santos. Last but not least, who can forget
the beautiful, and at times, very territorial
peacocks, which to this day still roam the
grounds of Carrollton.
Paola Arechabala Consuegra
Carrollton - 1987
My husband and I were living in Costa
Rica and he was being transferred back to
Miami, so I needed a job on our return. I
traveled to Miami, interviewed with
Sr. Cooke and was invited to join Carrollton’s
staff. However, two weeks later I found out I
was pregnant with my second son. I thought
I would not be able to start at Carrollton
mid-year and then take maternity leave. Sr.
Cooke said “You can work for a couple of
months, you’ll have the baby and come back
after your maternity leave.” And so I did.
I have many favorite memories, but a special one was organizing Conge the year I graduated. We were celebrating our school’s 25-year
anniversary and we really celebrated. It was a
spectacular party with lots of pink balloons!
Suzanne Cooke, RSCJ
Elmhurst School of the Sacred Heart - 1972
Several teachers who had taught me later
came to Carrollton. One of these incredible
people was Margaret Budenz. As a Senior in
college, I wrote her a long letter about my
hopes to be an educator. Mrs. Budenz shared
the letter with Sr. Baxter who offered me a
Coming to Carrollton was like coming
home. Both Elmhurst and Carrollton are
situated on the water; both remind one constantly of God’s glory through their sheer
beauty; and both communities spoke to my
At Elmhurst I developed a strong sense
of prayer and at Carrollton during that first
year I discovered my vocation. Returning to
Carrollton as Headmistress was irresistible
since I consider Carrollton to be the school
of my heart.
I hope that in this role I can continue for
new generations of Sacred Heart students
what was so effectively done on my behalf at
Elmhurst – through challenging young people to think and by helping them nurture the
spark of the Divine in their hearts, I hope to
support their growth as strong compassionate, thoughtful women of the Sacred Heart.
Lillian Solis-Silva Figueroa
Carrollton - 1992
After 13 years of Sacred Heart education,
I returned just four short years later as the
Director of Alumnae Relations because I
wanted to give back to the community which
had given me so much.
The Goals and Criteria are the coherent and
organizing principles that shape who I am.
Working in a community that commits itself to social justice is essential. I have taught
Social Justice and English, am a counselor
and presently IB Coordinator. It has been ex-
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citing and challenging to evolve professionally alongside Carrollton. The last 10 years
have been full of personal and institutional
growth. There are so many memories to
choose from: Conge, hot dog days, primes,
community masses and retreats.
Carrollton - 1994
I heard there was a science position available in the High School and I immediately
applied as I knew it would be like coming
home. Sacred Heart education gave me the
opportunity to become an independent
thinker and allowed me to love learning and
inspire children to do the same.
My first day as a college freshman, I met
a girl who had attended Newton Country
Day School. We spotted each other’s class
rings and knew that we were not alone in the
seemingly huge sea of lost freshmen.
Lourdes Solis Jarval
Sacred Heart (Country, Havana) - 1958
What Sacred Heart means to me is inseparable from what Carrollton (the institution
where my niece Lilli received the same kind
of education that I received) means to me:
the ability to maintain the essential Christian values and vision while adapting to the
changes brought about by different times
and eras. That ability is the sign of a living,
vibrant and genuine community of faith. To
be part of such a community, first as a student and then as an alumna, has been, and is,
a grace and blessing for which, after 48 years
since graduation, I very specially thank God.
Maria Badz Jones
Carrollton - 1982
I had been teaching in a public school for
several years and I needed a change in my
life. I wanted to return to a place where I
had always felt loved, nurtured, and safe. I
appreciated that I had received an incredible
education and had been taught valuable life
skills. I wanted to make a difference and Carrollton was the obvious place. I am happy to
say this is my eighth year teaching at Carrollton.
Now, our daughter is completing her
fourth year at Carrollton. She is evolving into
a God-centered, bright and caring human being. We are so grateful and do not doubt the
value of her own Sacred Heart education.
Stuart Country Day
School of the Sacred Heart- 1974
I moved to South Florida for a job at the
Ft. Lauderdale Public Library. Early last
summer, I received an e-mail from Debbie
Rollheiser mentioning that she had seen my
résumé on a librarian’s website and invited
me to interview. I gratefully accepted the po- Jones
Sacred Heart education did a great deal
for me: it helped me appreciate tolerance of
diversity in people, a love for all faiths and
the importance of our actions in defining our
lives and affecting the lives of others. It prepared me for how I approach life. It was not
something I left behind when I graduated;
it is a part of everything I am and do. I am
Nina Gimenez Maspons
Carrollton - 1979
I started in 1967 as a first grader. I spent
the next 12 years as a student at Carrollton,
first in El Jardin and then in the Barry Building.
After working in the public school system
for 11 years, I waited patiently for my daughters to finish their education on the Primary
campus so that I could begin working at Roye
Carrollton. I felt I needed to return to my
roots where I had so many wonderful and
Funny how my most memorable moment as a teacher at Carrollton relates to the
events I enjoyed most as a student – crossing the street to St. Hugh for the Mass of
the Holy Spirit. I feel joy and appreciation
to be a part of our Sacred Heart family. Singletary
Newton College of the Sacred Heart - 1970
I boarded at Kenwood in Albany in the
60s. There were 90 girls ages 13 to 17, sleep- a Religious of the Sacred Heart, said it best,
ing in one big room with 90 tiny individual “Jane, you are finally back home.” Truly, that
is how I feel.
Each girl had to prepare full essay re- Ana Luna Roye
sponses to 28 history/civilization questions. Carrollton - 1992
We memorized all 28 and gathered in the
When the opportunity to leave the corauditorium for our presentation. 28 folded porate world and join the Carrollton comwhite cards were laid on a silver tray. We each munity as an administrator presented itself,
picked one. To this day, I remember mine: it was an easy decision.
explain the Peloponnesian Wars.
One of my most memorable moments
When I arrived at Carrollton, my cousin, Continued on page 15
Carrollton is Caritas 13
Sacred Heart Spirituality
By Paul Parker, Goal I Tender and Chair of Sacred Heart Spirituality
n June of 1982 I moved to the Lower Mills neighborhood of Dorchester,
Massachusetts in the southeast corner of the City of Boston. This is
an older, residential section of the city which seems to have a cathedral-like Catholic church every seven or eight blocks. My parish was
Saint Gregory the Great and it was there that for the first time a devotion to the Sacred Heart came alive for me. The tabernacle on the side altar to the left of the sanctuary was used to reserve the Eucharist and above this
tabernacle was a simple, beautiful, life size, white marble statue of Jesus and the
Sacred Heart. In the Eucharist Christ says “This is me given for you” and in the statue
Christ is portrayed as pouring out his unconditional love through the symbol of his
Sacred Heart. Whenever I got a chance to pray at Saint Gregory the Great, that side
altar was my favorite – a holy place to easily remind me that I was God’s beloved.
As I reflect on my job description as Carrollton’s Chair of Sacred Heart
Spirituality and the Goal I Tender [Goal I: to educate to a personal and active faith in
God] I often find myself transported back in heart and mind to that special place of
prayer in the corner of Saint Gregory’s. However, for me, Carrollton is beginning to
feel as special – saturated with the same spirit. A spirit cultivated in the late 1960s
and early 1970s when Carrollton was home to a community of 29 Religious of the
Sacred Heart (RSCJ). Their hearts, united with Christ’s heart, made the campus
Christ’s School of the Sacred Heart.
The contemplative spirituality and strong devotion to the ministry of Saint
Madeleine Sophie still nourish the spirit of this unique place. While fewer in number, the community of Religious of the Sacred Heart continue to serve as the spiritual
soul of Carrollton. For it is when the Carrollton community gathers in prayer that
we absorb the Sacred Heart charisma and vision.
Several years ago, the Board of Trustees along with the school administration,
made the decision to be more intentional in inviting the lay faculty and staff to
share in the spirit and values of Saint Madeleine Sophie Barat and the Goals of the
Network of Sacred Heart Schools. In support of the Board’s spiritual objectives, The
Goizueta Foundation generously funded a grant to enhance the spiritual education
efforts already in place and to develop additional programs and resources for the entire
Carrollton community (students, staff, faculty, administrators, parents, board members and alumnae) that support the Sacred Heart traditions and Catholic dimensions
As Goal I Tender, I was appointed to assist Sr. Cooke with this spiritual effort.
My position is responsible for envisioning, initiating, coordinating, and implementing a comprehensive plan to broaden and deepen the spiritual roots of Carrollton in
the 21st Century. In funding this position, Carrollton reinforces its legacy of educating confident and strong women of faith – leaders capable of transforming society
armed with the values of Christ’s Sacred Heart.
14 La Plume Summer 2006
his past February, Miami and Carrollton
lost a generous member of the community when Tish Coakley
O’Neil died. We at Carrollton
recognize her passing as a
significant moment because
she was among those who
stepped in and helped the
Society of the Sacred Heart Mrs. O’Neil
establish itself in Miami.
Having graduated from the Convent of the
Sacred Heart in Noroton, Conn. and Manhattanville College of the Sacred Heart, Mrs. O’Neil
understood well the legacy of Sacred Heart education and she hoped that her daughters might
enjoy this same educational experience. She
and several Sacred Heart alumnae from around
the United States began to dream about a
Sacred Heart school in the newly created
diocese of Miami.
They were joined by alumnae like Mayita
Solaun Ledo, a graduate of the Sacred Heart
Convent in Havana. Together,
these Sacred Heart women
from around the world, who
shared St. Madeleine Sophie’s
vision, worked to ensure that
this vision would take root in
Miami. Interestingly, both Mrs.
O’Neil and Mrs. Ledo had sisters who were Religious of the Sacred Heart.
When Mother Agnes Barry arrived in Miami to
look for the ideal setting for the future Sacred
Heart School, Mrs. O’Neil and
Mrs. Ledo helped her locate
what we now call our home,
the El Jardin estate.
Thanks to these three
great women, Carrollton has
served generations of Sacred
Heart students. As we enter our 45th year, let
us remember them with gratitude. May they
continue to be an inspiration to us and may we
remember their valor, generosity and graciousness.
Culture of Sacred Heart Education
Local, National and International Recognition
ed by the Hungarian
James Joyce Society in
High School art teacher,
received recognition as
and is focusing on
a National Board CertiJoyce’s
fied Teacher in Art/Earwith, and influence on
ly Adolescence through
the historical, cultural,
Young Adulthood. This
and linguistic heritage
of Eastern Europe.
Monica Cuza, High
in teaching and serves
School math teacher,
as an outstanding role
received two teachmodel for teachers
ing recognitions, the
throughout the state
and nation. Governor
2005 Yale Teaching
Award and the High
Jeb Bush comments,
School Math Teacher
“On behalf of the state From left: Patricia Wiesen, Jennifer Savino, Monica Cuza
of the Year 2005of Florida, thank you
2006 awarded by the Dade County Council of Teachers
for giving selflessly to help shape the leaders of tomorrow ...
of Mathematics. The Yale Teaching Award is given to 25
your commitment to the future is commendable.”
recipients from an international pool of nominees. Mrs. Cuza
Intermediate teacher Jennifer Savino’s published paper
was nominated by Camila Nevin ’05 presently a Sophomore
“Bloom Bust” (James Joyce Quarterly, Winter 2002) was
at Yale University. The recipient of the High School Math
chosen for presentation this summer at the 20th InternaTeacher of the Year Award is chosen from among all High
tional James Joyce Symposium in Budapest, Hungary.
School nominees in Miami-Dade County.
Termed “Joycean Unions”, the Symposium is being host-
Sacred Heart Alumnae Return Home
was watching my little sister, Dolores, Class
of 2005, graduate from Carrollton. We are
13 years apart and I have a beautiful picture
of both of us at my Eighth Grade graduation
in front of the Barry Building when she was
only a few months old. Watching her grow
up and graduate from Carrollton was a very
Margaret Seitz, RSCJ
Lawrence Avenue in Detroit (Academy of the
Sacred Heart Bloomfield Hills)
Maryville University in St. Louis
My Sacred Heart roots go further than my
Religious life. After many years, the opportunity to join the Religious in Miami presented
itself. I am happy to be part of the multicultural experience of this city. As Assistant
Head for Curriculum Development, it is a
joy to work with Sr. Cooke to ensure the
future of Carrollton through St. Madeleine
Sophie’s vision and make known the love of
the Heart of Jesus in this century, in this city,
and in this school.
Isabel Junco Singletary
Carrollton - 1969
I graduated when Religious wore habits
and were called Mother, when you curtsied
to the Reverend Mother passing her in the
hall without breaking your stride, when three
years of Latin was required to graduate. My
Seventh Grade class had 14 girls.
To me Carrollton is a treasure trove of
fond memories. Once I was accepted, it
seems like I never left. In a 42-year span, I
have gone from student to alumna; from parent to trustee and finally to staff. I cherish
my time here, the highlight of which was to
see my only child graduate after spending 14
years at Carrollton. I look forward to watching my two grand-nieces make their way up
from Montessori. I am blessed.
Pam Wooster Styrsky
Kenwood Academy of the Sacred Heart,
Albany, New York - 1961
Barat College of the Sacred Heart, Lake
Forest, IL - 1965
Continued from page 13
One memory that may be connected to
Carrollton goes back to my senior year, 4th
Academic as it was known at Kenwood. The
news from Cuba (and from the many students at Kenwood who had families there)
was that the situation on the island was deteriorating. One night, my roommates and
I heard crying coming from the guest room
next door to our dorm room. We found three
girls who had just arrived from Cuba – sent
by their parents seeking the safety of our
Sacred Heart School. We tried to communicate with them, rocked them, and comforted
them. My memory of how long the girls
stayed at Kenwood is sketchy. Many times
over the years I have wished to recall their
names or what had become of them. Maybe
someone knows their story.
This happened in the winter or spring of
1961. Just a few months later Carrollton
opened. Maybe they were among the first
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Partnership for Community Learning Comes Full Circle
By Von Beebe, Ed.D., Director of Community Learning
ne cannot help but
wonder how an allgirls, college preparatory school on Biscayne
Bay became so closely
linked with a ministry for the disadvantaged in the western section of Coconut
Grove. However, what is not surprising
is that this ministry has been led by the
women of the Religious Order of the
Sacred Heart (RSCJ).
The social service agency, now known
as Coconut Grove Cares, Inc., was founded in 1948 by Elizabeth Virrick and
Rev. Theodore Gibson as the
“Coconut Grove Citizens Committee for
Slum Clearance.” The relationship with
Carrollton began in the early 1970s
when Mrs. Virrick wanted to provide a free summer camp for kids in
Coconut Grove, and Carrollton agreed
to let them use its campus. The summer camp was successful; and, over the
ensuing 10 years, the agency began to
focus more and more on the needs of the
neighborhood’s high-risk children.
The mission of Coconut Grove Cares
grew to offer academic enrichment, arts
and crafts, cultural heritage programs, supervised recreation and all sorts of learning experiences for children and youth.
In the early 1980s, Mrs. Virrick obtained
the use of an old mule barn/garage in the
middle of the West Grove which neighborhood residents had always referred
to as “The Barnyard.” The building was
cleaned-up and eventually converted into
a Community Center for After School
Programs and Summer Camps.
In 1987, Sr. Georgie Blaeser, the coordinator for Carrollton’s social justice and
community service programs, visited the
Barnyard’s After-School Program. In her
words, she “found the place inspiring,”
and decided to “rekindle the relationship”
between these two educational entities in
Coconut Grove. Sylvia Jordan, the agency’s Program Director at the Barnyard,
was encouraged by her conversations
with Sr. Blaeser. They both realized that
their programs had the same objective,
that is, to develop well-informed, constructive citizens.
Sr. Blaeser began by setting-up a
training program for Carrollton’s High
School students. When she felt that they
were ready to become effective tutors
of basic skills, Sr. Blaeser started a daily
Alexandra Codina ’96 at The Barnyard.
Culture of Service
after-school tutoring program at the
Barnyard. Ms. Jordan recalls that “this
service program was so well organized
and supervised that it convinced me
to form an on-going partnership with
Carrollton.” Next, Sr. Blaeser developed
and supervised a Network Summer Service Project at Carrollton where students
from a number of different Sacred Heart
schools came to Miami to volunteer their
services. The Barnyard was chosen as the
site for this service program and it also
became the site for future summer programs. In return, the Sacred Heart students were receiving first-hand lessons in
Goal III – a social awareness that impels
During the academic year,
Carrollton’s High School students continued to provide after-school tutoring,
and the reciprocal relationship with the
Barnyard became stronger. In fact, tutoring as a community service activity
became so popular that the number of
volunteers grew. In 1996, Sr. Dolores
Copeland organized a similar program
for Sixth Grade students at Carrollton.
This opportunity to form new peer relationships has proven to be valuable for
both the Carrollton students and the
children at the Barnyard.
The partnership was solidified even
further in the late 1990s by two major personnel decisions. First, Sr.
Rosemary Bearss came to Miami to work
at the Barnyard in 1994 and was also invited to serve on Carrollton’s Board of
Trustees. In 1997, she agreed to become
the Director of Finance for Coconut
Grove Cares. Second, in the summer
of 2000, Sr. Cooke and Sylvia Jordan
decided to jointly employ a local community leader to be both the Director of
Community Learning for Carrollton and
the Director of Program Development
for the Barnyard.
Over the past six years, the partnership has taken on a number of new challenges.
To compensate for a reduction in
computers, encyclopedias, and
and materials to
the Barnyard. In
addition, parents, alumnae
students Sr. Rosemary Bearss, Michol Wimberly and Alexandra Codina ’96 with
pitched children from The Barnyard.
in to help –
year, Alexandra Codina ’96, assumed
r a n g i n g
from a Fun Run at Carrollton to the leadership position as Chairperson
an annual fundraising dinner sponsored of the Board of Directors at Coconut
by the Junior Class at Havana Harry’s – a Grove Cares. According to Ms. Codina,
restaurant in Coral Gables owned by a the relationship with the agency beCarrollton family. All proceeds from the gan during her Carrollton High School
event directly benefit Coconut Grove years. She remembers volunteering at the Barnyard once a week with
To develop a relationship with Sr. Ellen Collesano. Alexandra never
the Barnyard’s extension program at forgot the Barnyard – continuing to ofMelrose Elementary in north central fer her time and talents to the agency
Miami, the Junior High School, then un- throughout her college years. Once
der the direction of Sr. Maureen Glavin, she graduated and returned to Miami,
initiated “Saturdays of Fun and Friend- Alexandra fused her relationship with the
ship.” These weekend events took place Miami International Film Festival and
three or four times a year at Carrollton the Barnyard by creating an outreach
until the Melrose Program closed due to program that “uses film to create dialogue.” The film shows how the agency
In addition, for the past six summers, offers a safe haven for the children of the
10 to 15 Carrollton High School stu- West Grove. Also serving on the Board
dents have volunteered to design, devel- are other members of the Carrollton
op and present a two-week enrichment community: Sr. Cooke, Tony Argiz, and
program for the Barnyard youngsters on Annette Lopez ’98.
It is clear that the sharing of talent,
Carrollton’s Duchesne campus. With the
friendship, resources and comgoal of building bridges of communication and understanding among various mitment between these two educational
ethnic groups, this program focuses on institutions has been ongoing and growthe benefits, the problems and the chal- ing for more than 30 years. The strength
lenges for everyone who is “Growing-up of this relationship ensures that current as well as future students at both
in Multicultural Miami.”
And most recently, the relation- Carrollton and the Barnyard will continship between Coconut Gove Cares and ue to benefit from a vibrant partnership
Carrollton has come full circle. Last for community learning.
Carrollton is Caritas 17
A Glimpse Into the Life of a Migrant Child
By Paola Arechabala Consuegra ’87
Director, Montessori and Primary Schools
hroughout this school year, Primary students
worked on many different service projects that reflect Goal III – a social awareness which impels to
action. During the Lenten season, with the help
and direction of Dr. Von Beebe, Director of
Community Learning at Carrollton, Third Graders completed a
project that focused on the life of a migrant child.
The project entailed a week full of activities, which began
with an emotional testimony from two women, Rosa Farfan and
Rachel Bueno, who were migrant children and today are MiamiDade County teachers. The students were moved by the teachers’
stories of their personal journey from the farm to the classroom.
Later, in a reflection, students wrote, “we need to be grateful for
what we have because some other people might not have things;
I am amazed by these teachers, I pray for them and care for them;
they spoke about picking so many tomatoes that their nails and
fingers would turn green; the students in these schools are very
fortunate to have such great teachers like them; they taught me
to appreciate what I have because there are some people, like the
migrants, that can’t afford things.”
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Each day the students participated in different activities such
as writing letters to migrant children, having a simple lunch of
soup, bread and water on one day, not having snacks another day,
working outside on the property weeding the gardens, reading a
short story called Amelia’s Road, and seeing a documentary film
on the life of a migrant child who breaks away from the migrant
One of the activities most enjoyed and appreciated by the
students was helping groundskeepers Faustino Vega and Tom
Wargo tend to the Duchesne grounds. The students collected
more than 10 bags of leaves while helping clean up the property.
The project also included collecting book bags, pencils, crayons, dictionaries, notebooks, pencil cases and paper (items that
Rosa Farfan and Rachel Bueno had mentioned were needed) from
the Montessori and Primary students. The week culminated with
Third Grade students packing book bags with the school supplies
for migrant children.
One of the Goals of Sacred Heart education is to develop in
students an awareness of social justice issues and a determination
of how to respond to those issues.
Culture of Service
Awareness Equals Action
Students Respond and Take Action
Sacre Coeur @ Carrollton
Last school year, Tenth Grade student Andrea
Riviere, following in her older sister’s (Adriana Riviere ’96)
footsteps, resurrected a long dormant
chapter of Amnesty International at
Carrollton. For the second year in
a row, Amnesty has been one of the
most active clubs in the High School –
helping to create a global awareness of human rights issues among the Carrollton
community. Leading the club are Juniors
Andrea as president, and Frances Sevilla-Sacassa as secretarytreasurer, and Senior Rebecca Boswell as vice-president.
Club members decided that each year Amnesty International
at Carrollton would have a particular focus – such as the genocide in the Sudan and violence against women. Last year, the
club hosted Jessica Morris, president of the Miami Chapter
of Amnesty International, as the keynote speaker for a High
School assembly. The student response was heightened interest and they took action – members sold over $300 in “Save
Darfur” bracelets, benefiting the “Save Darfur” organization
and Amnesty International. This also inspired the Debate
Team to sell the bracelets at national debate tournaments
where the debate topic dealt with the issue of genocide.
This school year, the club has focused on the problems
women face around the globe, particularly violence. In
October, the High School community spent a morning studying the challenges women face in countries such as Colombia,
the Central African Republic, Afghanistan, Guatemala, Bahrain,
Pakistan, India, and Darfur. In December, Carrollton
Amnesty members joined members of the Miami Chapter in
hosting the events celebrating International Human Rights
Day. In January, the members hosted “Violence Against
Women Week.” Members also raised money to purchase stoves
for displaced women in Darfur, initiated a letter writing
campaign to elected officials, and signed petitions.
In February, many attended the Amnesty International
Florida State Conference hosted by the University of Miami,
School of Law. For the service day in March, club members
presented the movie “Hotel Rwanda” to the student body, and
most recently participated in the National Week of Student
Action – writing letters and signing petitions to elected officials calling for the ratification of the Treaty for the Rights
I admire the traditions of Sacred Heart and have been an
active participant in student life by helping shape those traditions for today’s generation of Carrollton students. Founded
three years ago, the Sacre Coeur Club furthers the vision of
the Goals and Criteria within the life of the school community
by incorporating these values in everyday life. Club members
sponsor an array of projects and collaborate with Sacred Heart
Schools throughout this country and the world.
With guidance from club faculty advisor, Lyana Azan, members have been able to plan and organize meaningful events and
activities that also teach us about other Sacred Heart Schools.
Activities such as being pen pals with students from Doane
Stuart, Carrollton’s Sacred Heart sister school in Albany, New
York to working with Sr. Diane Roche in Haiti.
Additionally, members created a Sacred Heart trivia game
show about Carrollton and its history, and facts about the
Society of the Sacred Heart. With help from Sr. Cooke and
Sr. Seitz, the High School was able to gain a greater understanding and awareness of Carrollton’s history and legacy.
Sacre Coeur’s growing relationship with Carrollton’s
Sacred Heart sister school in Uganda has been the club’s greatest
accomplishment. For the past three years, club members have
raised funds for the Sacred Heart primary school in Masaka,
Uganda. Also, members have held bake sales and coin drives
to sponsor the education of Faith Ariokot, a young Ugandan
girl, who otherwise would not have had the means to attend
school. Yet, not only did the club raise enough money to sponsor her education, but was also able to support the construction of a new building.
Club members continue to work with Sr. Irene
Cullen in Uganda to support other girls like Faith.
This year, through an all
school “dress down” day,
an additional $2,600 was
raised for women’s education in Uganda.
I am proud of what the
Sacre Coeur Club has accomplished and glad that our members have been able to work together, not only helping, but
also learning from the Sacred Heart community all around
By Beth Lindeman, Amnesty Club Faculty Advisor
By Stephanie Maspons ’06, President and Club Founder
Carrollton is Caritas 19
Every day should be Earth Day
By Irmina B. Rodriguez
Junior High Ecology Club Faculty Advisor
of the first
Earth Day celebration,
Miamians live in a city
that is in danger of disappearing into the sea.
We continue to take land
from the Everglades only
to re-plant it with nonnative species. We do
not efficiently harness
our most valuable energy
sources: the sun and water; and our once scenic
highways have given way
to “trashways.” Simply
put: we are depleting the
natural resources needed
to lead healthier lives. As
a society, we need to take
stewardship of our environment seriously. As a community, we need to
incorporate that stewardship into everyday life by reducing, reusing, and
Reduce, reuse, and recycle: these
words have been echoing throughout Carrollton’s hallways for many
years, voicing the concerns of the
community and of those involved in
environmental clubs. Whether the
materials involved are aluminum,
plastic, glass or paper, club members
are dedicated to their preservation and re-use.
Unfortunately, waste continues to grow in the
United States as 2.5 million recyclable plastic bottles are thrown away every hour, millions of feet
of paper towels are used annually, and about 35
million paper clips are discarded daily.
With these facts in hand, student ecologists
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advocate the reusing of
raw materials by preparing presentations that
explain the need for recycling, as well as the
logistics of recycling at
Carrollton. These students also make sure
that each of the five
schools is provided with
adequate numbers of
recycling bins for aluminum, plastic, and glass.
This recycling campaign is at the core of
the Ecology Club’s purpose and mission, because preserving the environment implies that
each individual is responsible for the planet’s
survival and well-being.
Fittingly, this campaign
extends to other activities such as
coastal clean-ups, garden plantings, participating in the Fairchild
Challenge, and organizing fundraisers for injured wildlife.
However, it is recycling that must
become a way of life for each one
of us. The members of Carrollton’s
environmental clubs not only take
the Goals of Sacred Heart education
seriously, but also the responsibility
entrusted to them as keepers of the
Helen Steiner Rice said it best in her poem,
Teach Us to Live: “all the earth; the seas and
skies belong to God who made us all.” It is this
truth that is joyfully celebrated every April during Carrollton’s Earth Day Mass, but it is a truth
which should be celebrated more often. In fact,
every day should be Earth Day.
Culture of Learning
Carrollton’s Mathematics Curriculum:
Helping Students Succeed for a Lifetime
By Lourdes Wood
Director, Junior High School
“In teaching children how to
prosper in a mathematically
literate society, classroom
educators have become aware of a
very valuable lesson: If we give
students the answers, they will do
well on a test; if we teach
students to solve problems,
they will succeed for a lifetime.”
Council of Teachers of
Intermediate math teacher Yolanda Muñoz
helps her students solve problems.
In traditional classrooms, students have been asked to memorize or follow certain
steps to solve problems. These steps are quickly forgotten as soon as the tests are
taken. Research shows that most students forget 50 percent of the mathematics they
learn each year using this form of instruction.
The Third International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS) investigated the
mathematics and science curricula of 41 participating countries. Tests and questionnaires were administered respectively to students and teachers. This survey, the largest
of its kind to date, studied 500,000 students and analyzed different teaching modalities. The TIMSS results ranked U.S. students in traditional math classes 28th out of
41 countries. Japan, which uses problem solving techniques to develop solutions,
scored among the top nations on TIMSS.
The mathematics curriculum at Carrollton is based on the theory of problem solving and critical thinking. The curriculum is comprehensive and challenging. Within
the last four years, faculty members of the mathematics department have attended several professional development workshops and seminars in order to provide
a smooth transition to and the implementation of Carrollton’s two new math programs: Everyday Mathematics and College Preparatory Mathematics (CPM).
Everyday Mathematics is a rigorous curriculum taught in Grades 1 through 5. The
math program consists of an enriched and balanced curriculum that provides all the
necessary developmental steps for learning in accordance with the NCTM standards.
This scientifically research-based program builds students’ mathematical knowledge
from the basics to higher order thinking and ultimately to critical problem solving.
Students learn computational skills as well as a broad range of mathematical concepts
including data and probability, geometry and spatial sense, measures and measurement, algebra and uses of variables.
CPM is a secondary school curriculum taught in Grades 6 through 12 that integrates algebra and geometry content with conceptual understanding and problem
solving skills. The program is consistent with the NCTM standards that suggest
that the mathematical concepts the students are learning (such as real-life problemsolving) will not be forgotten but remembered long after they leave the classroom.
Each unit in CPM is based on real life themes and built around appropriate mathematical concepts.
The entire math program from Montessori through Grade 12 also integrates
technology, develops metacognitive awareness and critical thinking skills. Concepts
are introduced, developed, and eventually mastered through guided instruction,
individual and team work, tactile and kinesthetic activities, data collection, class
work, and homework. Students have ample opportunities to practice skills through
problem-solving that engage them in both individual and collaborative work. The
curriculum allows students to describe their efforts both orally and in writing. The
overall objective among the faculty is to encourage and support students in order for
them to exhibit positive attitudes toward the field of mathematics – developing the
problem-solving skills not only to succeed in school, but also in life.
Carrollton is Cutting Edge 21
By Beth Lindeman and
Heather Gillingham-Rivas ’94
Faculty, High School Science
ore than half of the High
School student body participated in The
Fairchild Challenge during the 20052006 school year. This is the fourth year
that Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden
has sponsored this competition and the
first time that Carrollton has participated.
The Fairchild Challenge is an environmental-education outreach program
that gives students the opportunity to
utilize their diverse talents and interests
in science, literature, art, music, design
and drama. Students compete in a series of multidisciplinary competitions or
“options” aligned with state and national
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Carrollton’s participation started in
November, when the AP Environmental
Science class taught by Beth Lindeman,
wrote research papers on topics including phytoremediation, ecotourism and
“Smart Growth.” Of the five papers submitted by Carrollton Senior Elizabeth
Turner received an Honorable Mention.
Next nearly all the Freshmen in the biology classes taught by Alan Crockwell
and Heather Gillingham-Rivas documented environmental lifestyle changes.
Ten of these projects were selected and
compiled into a booklet that earned students a first place award. In February,
students in Photography taught by Mary
Abreu submitted photographs of art in
nature, while the Improv Drama Class
supported by their teacher Zena
Rodriguez produced and performed a
Reduce, Reuse and Recycle skit. The skit
won another first place for Carrollton.
An exciting moment occurred when
Sophomore Elizabeth Reyes, a member
of the Web Design Class under the tutelage of Daniel Linares, volunteered to
put together a website documenting
Carrollton’s participation in the competition. Elizabeth was able to complete a
design that is now linked to the
Carrollton website. Elizabeth’s design
tied for first place in the website category.
The Journalism Class taught by Kathleen
Turner helped to document Carrollton’s
Fairchild Challenge activities by gathering information on each event and posting the information in public folders.
Their work assisted Elizabeth and her
group put together the website – http://
htm. The Journalism Class also participated by making tri-fold color brochures
that documented the school’s participation in the Challenge.
Alexandra Villasante and Brittany
Bahamon’s brochure placed first. Addi-
Culture of Excelling
began investigating native plants for the
habitat option. This research gave way to
the creation of fliers listing the names of
the plants they believed would be suitable for the “habitat” plot earmarked for
them to restore. After additional research, the students chose the “best”
plants for the habitat. The entire research
study was then compiled as a booklet and
submitted to Fairchild. The Carrollton
garden was recognized with an Honorable Mention.
In April, the students in AP Biology taught by Heather Gillingham-Rivas
created visual aids to explain photosynthesis and the Calvin Cycle to middle
school students. Sharis DerAvakian and
Alexandra Pizzi’s story titled “When It
Finally Clicked” was chosen for exhibition at Fairchild in April.
Finally, Carrollton was recognized at the
Fairchild Challenge Awards Ceremony
as an Honorable Mention school with
over 2000 points, far surpassing the
threshold of 700 points. The Fairchild
Challenge has had a major impact on the
High School. Participating has been an
opportunity for the students and faculty
to learn and collaborate in unconventional and multidisciplinary ways while
becoming better stewards of our earth.
2006 Carrollton Fairchild Challenge
High School Results
Option 4: Research/opinion papers
Honorable mention: Elizabeth Turner
Option 5: Lifestyle Changes
First place school: Carrollton
Option 8: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle skit
First place school: Carrollton; First place entry:
Michelle Artime, Elizabeth DeZulueta, Carolina
Foster, Carolina Gorordo, Pilar Martinez-Fraga,
Lourdes Pantin, Natalie Pena, Nancy Shalub,
Option 9: Website Design
First place schools (tie): Carrollton, South Miami
First place entries (tie): Elizabeth Reyes, Elizabeth
Turner, Mary Keif, Victoria Lauredo, Carolina
Astigarraga, Catherine Mas, Monica Alarcon
Option 10: Art of Palms
Honorable mention: Elizabeth Reyes
Option 12: School Garden/ Habitat Restoration
Honorable mention: Carrollton
Option 13: Challenge Brochure
First place entry: Alexandra Villasante &
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Art of Palms watercolors created by Carrollton students.
tionally, AP French students under the
guidance of Monique Himmer translated
several brochures. Subsequently, five of
the brochures were submitted as another
option in the competition.
By early spring, many students had
been given the opportunity to participate
in the Fairchild Challenge. Their enthusiasm continued to spread as the students
in Introduction to Studio Art taught by
Pat Wiesen created spectacular watercolors for the “Art of Palms” option. The
student artists photographed palm trees
around the Carrollton property which
they then transformed into works of art.
Elizabeth Reyes was once again recognized – receiving an Honorable Mention
for her art work. In the religion classes
taught by Consi Panzer, students wrote
stories and produced informational
PowerPoint presentations as part of a unit
on eco-justice. A number of these presentations were compiled into a booklet
and submitted for the Challenge’s community outreach option. As momentum
continued, the Sophomore Class participated collectively in the habitat restoration option. In preparation for a class trip
to the Dale Chihuly glass exhibit at
Fairchild, the students researched the
chemistry of glass and then progressively
One is Nearer God’
By Shirley Raitzsch
Faculty, Junior High Math
s history is told, the words “One is nearer God’s heart
in a garden than anywhere else on earth” inspired Mother
Barry to believe that she had found the ideal setting for the
future Sacred Heart School we know as Carrollton.
This quote may have also been in the minds of the
Carrollton Junior High students, and members of the
Ecology/Environmental Club, when they decided to participate in the 2005-2006 Fairchild Challenge for Middle
Schools sponsored by Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden.
The club members participated in four of the several
Challenge options and of the four, the most demanding
was the School Garden or Habitat Restoration Option. The
members chose to restore the coral garden area in the courtyard of Taylor Hall. The students, led by club faculty advisor and science teacher Irmina Rodriguez and math teacher
Shirley Raitzsch, wrote a winning proposal to Sr. Cooke,
Mrs. Wood and the Building and Grounds Committee of
the Board of Trustees, then applied for and received a $200
grant from Fairchild Garden to restore the coral garden.
Their plans included measuring and sketching each section
of the available
garden space. After discussing the
design, the group
decided to create a small rock
garden in the
center area and
surround it with
in the school’s
logo. Then, with
the input of their
chose the plants
for the garden –
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s Heart in a Garden
e Else On Earth
hibiscus, liriope, ixora, alyssum and impatiens. It was
also decided that the flowers and plants should uniformly be of the color “pink” in honor of Mater. Then, the
planting and new look of the garden took place. The
finished garden will be maintained by club members.
The culmination of the garden project was a visit by a
representative from the Fairchild Challenge. The new
“horticulturalists” presented her with a summary booklet. After admiring the restored coral garden, the official
asked the students questions about the overall project
and was satisfied that this was a beautiful creation.
The teachers involved felt that this particular
Challenge option was a great learning experience for the
students – as it taught them to be stewards of their environment. It was also an opportunity for them to initiate,
plan, organize, and implement a project from start to
2006 Carrollton Fairchild Challenge
Middle School Results
Option 3: Sci-fi Stories “A World Without Plants”
Points awarded to Andrea Rabassa, Grade 8
Option 4: Environmental Cartoons
Points awarded to Corrine Martin, Kristen Cruz and
Molly Arencibia, Grade 7
Option 8: Art of Palms – Drawings & Sculptures
Honorable mention: Julia Eisenacher, Grade 7
Option 10: School Garden or Habitat Restoration
Points awarded to Emily Wilde, Jennifer Wilde, Bertha
Chen, Carolina Palacios, Helen Gomez, Natali Arencibia,
Molly Arencibia, Andrea Rabassa, Deanna Palenzuela,
Corinne Martin and Anna Dimitrijevic
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Acknowledging the good deeds
that people do for others
By Patricia Wiesen
Faculty, High School Art
n a world that seems to be filled with pockets of hate and
intolerance, one can lose perspective for the big picture. Television news broadcasts and sensational journalism can leave
young people feeling disillusioned, wondering what the future
will hold. An art project at Carrollton, “Pockets of Peaceful
Coexistence” was introduced to counter this attitude.
First, student artists were asked “Have you or someone in
your family ever had the good fortune of being surprised by
the kindness of a stranger?” Then, students interviewed family and friends and reflected upon those moments when they,
or someone they knew, had left their comfort zone and even
crossed boundaries to help others. Students returned with stories of people crossing cultural, economic,
and generational divides. One story delighted all when it was realized that a Good
Samaritan was actually one of Carrollton’s
own – a member of the maintenance department – who had gone out of his way to help
a stranger in traffic.
Second, the artists were asked to design a
pocket that would hold their story. Through
thumbnail sketches, students explored color,
fabric, and designs that would hold meaning for them. Sewing by hand and with machines, our young women produced small
pockets that reflected their individual artistic expression.
Finally, the artists wrote out a prayer or
quotation about peace and placed it in their
pocket so that members of the community
might consider the stories and the impact of
peace on their lives. The entire community
enjoyed the benefit of the project not only
during the County Fair where the project was
exhibited, but also during the entire second
semester. Displayed in the Barry Building,
“Pockets of Peace” provided everyone with a
chance to enjoy a moment of reflection and
consider the impact of peacemakers.
“Our works are nothing, but works for peace.” – Mother Teresa
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Because I Knew You
I’ve heard it said
That people come into our lives
for a reason
Bringing something we must learn
And we are led
To those who help us most to grow
If we let them
And we help them in return
Well, I don’t know if I believe that’s true
But I know I’m who I am today
Because I knew you:
Like a comet pulled from orbit
As it passes a sun
Like a stream that meets a boulder
Halfway through the wood
Who can say if I’ve been changed for the better?
But because I knew you
I have been changed for good.
–excerpt from “For Good”
By Paola Arechabala Consuegra ’87
Director, Montessori and Primary Schools
and Maxine Cohn
Faculty, Primary Art
hird Grade students worked on a new art project this
year titled “Handprints on Our Hearts” under the creative tutelage of Maxine Cohn, the Primary art teacher.
The title of the presentation was simple, “to our pets, friends,
brothers and sisters, moms and dads, who leave handprints on
our hearts.” The students began by studying the art of black and
white photography. Part of their
study focused on discussing how
black and white photography
evokes emotion. After the initial study, each student received
a disposable black and white
film camera and was instructed
to take three “loving” pictures
of subjects at home which convey the simple emotion of love.
Once the students submitted
their pictures, Mrs. Cohn created a video collage using Windows MovieMaker. Mrs. Cohn
chose “For Good,” a song from
the Broadway musical “Wicked,”
Photos by Carrollton’s Third Grade Students
as background to the final video.
Students presented their work to the entire Primary School and
later gave their parents a DVD as a gift.
The experience helped the students understand not only
the art of black and white photography, but also the powerful
impact loving relationships have on each person. Sr. Cooke
used the Third Grade presentation with the faculty and staff
for a Lenten reflection on the significance of relationships and
friendships. As educators of the Sacred Heart, each of us is
called to communicate God’s love through the quality of our
relationships with others.
Continue to Make the News
In spite of a confused Fall schedule adversely affected by hurricanes, we began the
Winter season with a flourish. The addition of the Intermediate Basketball program generated lots of enthusiasm and the team was extremely successful. We look
forward to watching this talented group of athletes in the future. Soccer enjoyed a
great season across all the grades. Senior Christine Ronan made The Miami Herald
All-Dade Girls’ Soccer 4A-2A First Team and was a nominee for The Miami Herald
By Spring, the hurricanes were well behind us and schedules had returned to
normal. The addition of the Intermediate Volleyball Team attracted many athletes,
especially from the Fourth Grade.
Softball enjoyed particular success. The Junior High Softball Team became the
ACC league tournament champions and the Varsity Softball Team ended the season
with a winning record of 14-4. Junior Aleli Pardo made The Miami Herald All-Dade
Softball 3A-1A First Team.
The Varsity Tennis Team also had a winning season and displayed great potential at
Districts. The Junior High Tennis Team defeated Epiphany, Westminster Christian,
Miami Country Day and Palmer Trinity.
The Water Polo Team qualified for Districts and Track and Field athlete, Senior
Alexandra Pizzi was the triple jump District Champion qualifying for Regional competition.
From left, Senior Jessica Castro (white
uniform), Freshman Mary Pisano plays water
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■ Talk show host Rush Limbaugh
and prosecutors agreed to a deal in
his prescription drug case that will
allow him to avoid prosecution if he
continues medical treatment.
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get their robot ‘Tobor’ ready for battle at the Coconut Grove Expo Center on Friday.
BY SAM HOWE VERHOVEK
Los Angeles Times Service
Radio talk-show host Rush Limbaugh was booked on drug charges in
Palm Beach County on Friday, but his
lawyers said he had agreed to a deal
enabling him to avoid prosecution in
the prescription abuse case if he continues treatment for addiction problems
and avoids any other
run-ins with the law.
Limbaugh, a conservative darling and liberal bête noire, was
and fingerprinted Friday in West Palm
Beach, then shortly
released on a $3,000 LIMBAUGH
bond, according to a
website posting by the Palm Beach
County Sheriff’s office. A spokesman
there said there would be no further
The apparent deal caps a three-year
investigation into allegations originally
aired by a housekeeper at Limbaugh’s
Palm Beach mansion, who told The
National Enquirer that the radio host
had abused OxyContin and other painkillers.
Prosecutors began looking into
potential ‘‘doctor shopping’’ by Limbaugh, who received about 2,000 pain
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IN BATTLEBOTS COMPETITION, ‘CHEESE-WEDGE’ ROBOTS
GO GEAR-TO-GEAR WITH BLADE-TOTING CONTRAPTIONS
In the Battlebots IQ National
Robotics Competition, flamethrowers, acid discharges and explosive
projectiles are forbidden, because
Battlebots IQ wants to extend a flawless five-year record of no human
deaths. Permitted, even encouraged:
spikes, bludgeons and savagely
rotating blades, if that’s any consolation.
The robots went at it Friday in a
giant polycarbonate cube in the middle of the Coconut Grove Expo Center. The humans howled outside.
Some of them were Catholic
schoolgirls. You probably didn’t
expect that. They hail from Miami’s
Carrollton School of the Sacred
Heart and do their own welding.
They are seniors named Stephanie
Maspons and Sharis Deravakian, and
they run a robot called Tobor.
DETAILS: Christopher Zieske
prepares his Battlebots machine
Tobor is a 108-pound wedge fashioned from diamond-cut steel. It
resembles a very mean foot-high
piece of cheese with a set of wheels.
Pieces of a bed frame borrowed from
Sharis’ dad shore up its core, which
contains two NiCad batteries, a
radio receiver, a motor and two very
expensive speed controllers. They
cost about $200 each, and were purchased after the old ones nearly blew
the motor at 3 a.m. on a school night
Tobor was smoking. Sharis didn’t
look very concerned. ‘‘It does that
sometimes when we’re charging,’’
she said, and went to look for some
Meanwhile, in the cube, Carnegie
Mellon University’s Revenant was
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in the ‘land
of the free’
■ As Nuestro Himno, a
of The Star-Spangled
Banner, made its debut on
radio stations, President
Bush said the national
anthem ‘ought to be
sung in English.’
■ Family members of an inmate
beaten and left in a coma-like state
want to know why they weren’t told
immediately after it happened.
BY LESLEY CLARK
BY DAN CHRISTENSEN
WASHINGTON — President Bush is prone to slip in a
little Spanish and has a younger brother — Florida Gov. Jeb
Bush — who is fluent. But
when it comes to the national
anthem, the president said Friday, he is a purist.
‘‘I think the national
anthem ought to be sung in
English,’’ Bush told reporters
in the Rose Garden. ‘‘And I
think people who want to be a
citizen of this country ought to
learn English, and they ought
to learn to sing the national
anthem in English.’’
Bush’s comments came in
response to a question about
whether he believed the
national anthem would ‘‘hold
the same value’’ if sung in
‘‘No, I don’t,’’ replied Bush,
An inmate was beaten so badly in the
Broward County Jail late last year that
he was left in the same coma-like condition that afflicted Terri Schiavo.
But family members of Dana Clyde
Jones did not learn of his condition
until six days after the incident — from
the staff at Broward General Medical
Sheriff’s Office did
not disclose the
Dec. 16 incident to
the man’s family or
to the public.
A BSO spokesman said the
agency is investi- JONES
gating whether other inmates beat
Jones, 44, of Coral Springs.
Doctors have told the family that
Jones’ brain stem was sheared and his
vegetative state is permanent.
Jones, who is mentally ill, was awaiting trial for punching his elderly
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‘ENOUGH!’: Tens of thousands march toward the capitol building in
San Juan to vent their fury at House lawmakers.
■ Tensions mounted in Puerto
Rico after the government
rejected the results of an
all-night House of
Representatives proposal that
would prevent the government
from closing Monday.
that declared, ‘‘Puerto Rico Shouts!,’’
civil servants, students and union
members focused their ire on Puerto
Rico’s House of Representatives.
The opposition-dominated House
has refused Gov. Aníbal Acevedo
Vilá’s request for a $638 million line
of credit to keep the government
afloat until June 30, the end of the fiscal year.
‘‘We’re calling for them to reach
an agreement, that they sign all that
they need to sign so the Puerto Rican
worker is not thrown out into the
street and left without work,’’ San
Juan teacher Nilda Marrero told The
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Up to 50,000 Puerto Ricans facing
massive layoffs because of a $1 billion government budget deficit
marched to the capitol building in
San Juan Friday to demand a solution
to the fiscal crisis.
The protest stretched over three
miles. Armed with signs and T-shirts
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Clockwise, from left: Junior Aleli Pardo,
Fourth Grader Suzanna Mayer, Ninth
Grader Kristen Lobo.
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Debate Season – A Stellar Year
By Joseph Carver
High School Debate Coach
Carrollton has won the bid to host the
prestigious 2007 National Debate
Coaches Association Championship
Tournament. Schools from around the
country will congregate at Carrollton
next spring. This is a great honor and
testament to the national reputation
of the Carrollton
he Senior team of Elyse MacNamara, Victoria HenningSmejda, Yvanna Cancela and Rebecca Boswell represented Carrollton
at the Tournament of Champions. Carrollton debated against the top
80 teams in the country. Yvanna Cancela finished in the Top 25 and
was a nominee for the Julia Burke Award – an annual award given to
the top debater in the country.
Looking ahead, Carrollton debaters have already begun researching and practicing for next school year’s topic.
Carrollton Takes Award
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Our El Jardin Story:
A Landmark for the Intermediate Years
A Dedication to
You’ve held our hand,
You’ve doled out hugs,
relieved, and loved.
At times you had
It is respect your
You’ve been patient,
you’ve been kind,
You’ve modeled for us all
that is love, you see.
By your example and
We know now the women
we’re meant to be.
There were hurricanes,
and plagues, and floods,
And you’ve guided us
safely through all.
You’ve helped to mold us
into young ladies
Who can do what’s right
and stand tall.
We are lucky to have had
one year with you,
Wishing we could
Your memory lives on
in our hearts –
You’ve taught our
souls to soar.
God brought you to us,
and we are
The Intermediate School
30 La Plume Summer 2006
By Margaret Seitz, RSCJ
Interim Director, Intermediate School
Don’t we all love a good story? If the walls of relief were drawn when they learned they would
of El Jardin could talk, what stories would it be returned more beautiful than before. We have
choose to tell? Would it recount the early years certainly learned to live with the restoration and
when it was home to the entire Carrollton now it has become part of our everyday routine.
community (including all 12 grades), or would it The Intermediate School appreciates the history of
begin by recounting a more recent story – the one El Jardin – learning math and science, reading and
of its long anticipated restoration? I have some history, in the midst of beauty. Art classes serve as
extraordinary tales, perhaps embroidered a bit, an opportunity to explore architectural details and
from alumnae who spent all of their school years designs that surround this landmark.
The Intermediate School also continues its
in El Jardin; stories from parents who cherish the
El Jardin memories – memories of their children’s service traditions. Our Sixth Graders, supervised
performances, the Advent Mass, and visits with by Dale Hutchinson and Lourdes Aguiar, visit
faculty. But the best stories are those that we the Barnyard to play and get acquainted with the
weave together through our collective memories children in the after school program. Some Fifth
– with the common denominator being El Jardin. Graders join the Sixth Grade during the second
Life in the Intermediate School is never dull. Life half of the year. The students also hold bake sales
to raise funds for the Barnyard.
in El Jardin is our special story.
Fifth Graders celebrate Women’s Week – each
As the Intermediate community returned to
a famous woman, learns about her, and fiEl Jardin last August, we discovered that much
restoration work, including painting of the inte- nally, arrives in school dressed as a famous lady to
rior courtyard, had been done over the summer. speak to the assembled class.
Jump Rope for Heart – a fundraiser for the
This gave us the opportunity to better understand
the intricacies of historic restoration and invited Heart Association – has become an annual event
that includes every memGeoffrey Steward to speak to
ber of the Intermediate
us. Afterward, groups stood
School. During the weeks
in the courtyard trying to
leading up to the actual
identify the new colors.
event, the students practice
Throughout the year,
their rope jumping and
the Intermediate community
learn new routines during
learned to live with restorarecess and at home.
tion noise – mostly from the
Each day begins with
refurbishing of the plumbing
an assembly where we
system. We rejoiced when
gather to pray for one
that project was finished.
another and our world,
After the plumbing project,
celebrate birthdays, and
the restoration of the light fixcatch up on important
tures began. Although not as
news. The vitality, enthunoisy, it did give the students
siasm and eagerness of our
a scare. When the fixtures
students make for a close
were first brought down, the Fifth Graders Clarissa Leiva, left, and
students were worried that Jihan Mnaymneh in the Intermediate play knit community and our
they had been stolen – signs about the life of St. Madeleine Sophie.
Culture of Community
Alexandra Villasante Named 2006 Presidential Scholar
In May, U.S. Secretary of Education Margaret
Spellings announced the selection of Alexandra C.
Villasante, of Miami, Fla., as a 2006 Presidential
Scholar. This prestigious award is given to one
female and one male student from each state.
Alexandra is one of 141 outstanding American
high school seniors who demonstrated exceptional
academic achievement, artistic excellence, leadership, citizenship, and service at school and in their
community. The Presidential Scholars were honored for their accomplishments in Washington,
DC this past June.
The top ranked student in her graduating class,
Alexandra will attend Duke University to study
biomedical engineering/pre-med and pursue a career in medicine. Outside the classroom, she has
held elected positions in the Spanish National
Honor Society and the Interact Club. She also
participated in the Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership Program and raised more than $13,000
for an after-school program for inner city children. She is a member of the National Honor
Society, a reporter for the school newspaper, and
a committee member on the Angels on a Mission
Services. Her desire to become a doctor is rooted
in the medical problems she had as a child. She is
an intern in her pediatric ophthalmologist’s office,
where she helps young children with the similar
debilitating eye condition that she overcame.
Photo by Pedro Portal/El Nuevo Herald
“Presidential Scholars embody the academic
excellence and innovative thinking our students
need to compete and thrive in college and the
workforce,” Spellings said.
Close Up on Capitol Hill
By Gloria Sanchez
Faculty, High School History
Since its inception in 1970, Close Up – a week long government studies program that exposes students to a rigorous schedule of workshops, debates, discussion groups and
on-site excursions – has served over 650,000 students and
teachers. For more than 25 years, Carrollton Juniors have
had the opportunity to participate in this educational program that “promotes responsible and informed participation
in the democratic process.”
This year, 31 students from the Junior Class, accompanied by faculty advisors Carol Recicar and Gloria Sanchez,
participated in Close Up. This
program presents an opportunity
for students from different backgrounds and communities to meet
and get to know each other. Students came from Arizona, New
York State, Minnesota, South
Dakota, Oregon, and Michigan.
Many are from small rural communities around the country.
Students attended an orientation event to kick-off a busy week
of scheduled activities that includ-
ed visits to memorials and museums in the Washington,
One highlight of the week was Capitol Hill Day, when
Carrollton students were able to visit the offices of U.S.
House of Representative Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, and Florida
Senators Mel Martinez and Bill Nelson. There they met
with congressional staffers to discuss current policy issues.
Some of the students were able to visit the Supreme Court
in session and witness the newly appointed Chief Justice
John Roberts and Justice Samuel Alito.
The week concluded with a
banquet where the students were
given the opportunity to express
their opinions about the CloseUp experience, and also to show
off their artistic talents. Junior
Nicole Moremen sang “Killing
Me Softly” for the guests. The
weeklong study-program provided students a forum to learn
and examine concepts of democracy while witnessing government in action.
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Carrollton Salutes its Graduates
By Carol Recicar
Academic and College Counselor
The Class of 2006 enjoyed great success in both admissions and recognition by
various independent and merit scholarship programs. Thank you to the faculty and
staff for mentoring students in the college essay process and for writing numerous
recommendation letters. The Class of 2006 truly appreciated this encouragement and
Among the 66 members — we find
4 One Presidential Scholar
4 Three National Merit Finalists
4 Three Commended Students
4 Eight National Hispanic Scholars
4 Four Salute to Education Scholarship Winners
4 One AXA Achievement Community Scholarship winner
4 One semi-finalist in the Robertson Scholarship Program,
Jefferson Scholars Program and the Elizabeth McCormack
4 Seven students accepted into at least one Ivy League school
4 65% received merit scholarships at the schools to which
4 61 of the 66 seniors qualified for Florida Bright Futures
4 Over half participated in varsity sports or trained
4 55% are members of the National Honor Society
4 36 competed in Robotics, Debate and JETS (Junior Engineering Technical Society)
4 $3.8 million awarded in merit scholarships
Carrollton Seniors Were Accepted to the Following Colleges and Universities
American University of Paris
Appalachian State University
Carnegie Mellon University
College of the Holy Cross
College of Willam & Mary
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Embry Riddle University
Florida International University
Florida State University
Franklin College of Switzerland
George Washington University
Georgia Institute of Technology
Harvey Mudd College
Loyola University New Orleans
Loyola University Chicago
Loyola Marymount University
Marymount University of Virginia
New York University
Oxford College of
Penn State University
Richmond - The American
University in London
St. Louis University
St. Louis University in
Santa Fe Community College
Southern Methodist University
Spring Hill College
University of Alabama
University of California at Berkeley
University of Central Florida
University of Denver
University of Florida
University of Hartford
University of Miami
University of Michigan
University of North Carolina at
University of North Carolina at
University of Notre Dame
University of Pennsylvania
University of San Francisco
University of Southern California
University of South Florida
University of Virginia
Wake Forest University
Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Culture of Community
“Your example, even more than your words, will be an eloquent lesson to the world.”
– St. Madeleine Sophie Barat
Class of 2006: Women of Courage and Confidence
s we bid the Class of 2006 farewell,
Carrollton is grateful for the many contributions they made to their School
and to the greater community of South
Florida. The Class of 2006 is exemplified
by active, involved, committed and caring
young women who rigorously prepared
themselves to take on the leadership roles
St. Madeleine Sophie envisioned for
Sacred Heart women.
Faith In Action
The Class of 2006 lived their faith.
Many acted as leaders at the Kairos
Retreats where they facilitated the
discussions and ran the activities.
Others committed themselves to missionary trips, both in the United States and
abroad. Some visited the Dominican
Republic and Nicaragua while others
traveled to Illinois and North Carolina.
Still others, right here at home, lived their
faith through their Eucharistic ministry.
The Intellectual Life
The Class of 2006 excelled. Members
captained nationally ranked Robotics,
Debate, and JETS teams. It includes
published writers, poets, playwrights,
dancers, journalists, editors, artists,
photographers and web designers. Over
half of the class is a member of the
National Honor Society. This class
Finalists, eight National Hispanic
Scholars, three Commended Students
and a Presidential Scholar.
The Life of Service
The Class of 2006 led by example.
They were involved in numerous activities dedicated to the service and better-
By Isabel Junco Singletary ’69
Director, Alumnae Relations
ment of those in need. Many volunteered
at area hospitals and church ministries.
Some were active in community benefits, hurricane relief efforts and summer
service projects. Others worked directly
with children who have been in crisis or
suffered through bereavement, homelessness, illness or autism. Two of our
graduates used their personal challenges
as a platform to help others through
their work with the Attention Deficit
The Legacy Continues
pinned their granddaughters. The photo
s is the tradition, graduat left shows the two Seniors with their
ating Seniors were welrespective grandmothers, Lucia Ganivet
comed into the Carrollton
and Ana Maria Ganivet, both graduates
Alumnae Association with
of El Sagrado Corazon (Vista Alegre,
the added privilege of also
Santiago de Cuba).
belonging to the worldwide Sacred Heart
Josefina (Josie) de Goytisolo ’77, an
active member of Carrollton’s Alumnae
The Pin Ceremony is a tradition where
Association, delivered an inspiring mesa Sacred Heart alumna pins and welcomes
sage reflecting on her own Sacred Heart
the recent graduate into the Association.
Over the years, the legacy has symboli- From left: Lucia Ganivet, Claudia Leon ’06, experience. She proudly pinned her niece,
cally included friends, mentors, sisters, Carolina Portuondo ’06, Ana Maria Ganivet Silvia de Goytisolo.
Senior Yvanna Cancela gave a refreshaunts, mothers and grandmothers.
At the recent Pin Ceremony, legacy and tradition were ex- ing speech about the meaning of belonging and Sacred Heart
emplified as two grandmothers who are also sisters proudly traditions. Both speeches are excerpted below.
Words of Inspiration at the Pin Ceremony
By Josie de Goytisolo ’77
“…it’s far more important to invest in fortifying your soul.
Those are the dividends that will truly sustain your life. It’s far
easier to write a résumé than to craft a spirit. And frankly, a résumé is a cold comfort on a winter night, or when you’re sad, or
broke, or lonely, or when you’ve gotten back the test results and
they’re not so good. An endowed spirit will always provide fortitude and comfort.
I was very lucky to have been able to attend Carrollton, because
it was here that I was taught to be true to myself so I could be true
to others. But, at 17…I was focused almost exclusively on living
up to the expectations others in my life had for me. I’ll let you in
on a secret. Living up to the expectations of others is incredibly
You should know that nothing important, or meaningful, or
beautiful, or interesting, or great ever came out of imitations. The
thing that is really hard, and really amazing, is having the courage
to finally give up on being like any one else, and beginning the
work of becoming you.
Set aside the old traditional notion of female as nurturer and
male as leader…Begin with that most terrifying of all things, a
clean slate. Then look, every day, at the choices you are making,
and when you ask yourself why you are making them, find this
answer: for me.
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By Yvanna Cancela ’06
“I was walking through the Nordstrom shoe aisles, and I spotted the perfect gold shoes. I began walking towards them, and
was awkwardly followed by another woman. I didn’t want her to
get to the shoes before I did, and so I picked up the pace… but
she followed. To my surprise, when we both reached the shoes,
the first words out of her mouth weren’t “those aren’t your size,
I’m pretty sure they’re mine though”, they were, “Do you go to
Carrollton?” Yes, I replied. We talked for some time about her
fondest Carrollton experiences. She was a graduate of the class
of 1991, and had great memories of her days at [Carrollton]. She
recognized that I was a Cyclone by the class ring I never take off.
This experience led me to think about what it means to be a
Carrollton alumna. Once we leave the days of Feast Wishes,
Conge, gôuter, bake sales, and blue gold rivalry, we remain connected in a very special way … but with every end comes a beginning. The end of our Carrollton days marks the beginning of our
induction into the network of Sacred Heart alumnae. This pin
is a symbol of our connection to a family that consists of strong
leaders. To be a daughter of the Sacred Heart is to be a woman of
compassion, conviction, and courage.
I know that we as a class will honor what we have learned
throughout our years here, and use it to follow our dreams.
On behalf of the Class of 2006, I thank Sister Cooke and the
Alumnae for welcom[ing us] into the Association.”
Culture of Tradiition
Shadowing My “Alum Chum”
By Cristina Alfonso ’06
I could not have asked for a better experience than to be in the company of my
mentor, Carmen Perez Salman ’82, who
made me feel comfortable right away.
Knowing my interest in engineering,
Carmen arranged for me to visit her husband’s office, C3TS, a firm that provides
engineering services in Miami. The day
began with meeting Carmen, who shared
with me her experiences as a student at
Carrollton and the University of Miami,
and as a professional working for NBC.
We drove to C3TS where I was given a
tour of the offices and learned about the
different elements involved in a multidisciplinary architectural and engineering firm. It was interesting to see the
commonalities between these fields and I
enjoyed speaking to the people involved.
The day included meetings with
Carmen’s husband, Javier Salman, an
architect from Georgia Institute of
Technology and his college roommate,
Jose Fernandez, who has a degree in industrial engineering. We had lunch together and I received advice on college,
graduate school, career choices, dorm life
Shadow Day was a complete success. I
saw how engineering and architecture are
interrelated and used in the real world,
but more importantly, I met people who
love their careers.
Spending the day with my Alum
Chum was an invaluable experience and
I consider myself very lucky to have had
Carmen Perez Salman ’82 and Cristina
The Work of the Society is Carried On By Its Alumnae
Photo by Pilar Cendoya Alvarez-Mena ’77
“We have gathered you together like an advance guard to replace us in the world...”
– St. Madeleine Sophie Barat
Three of our dedicated alumnae at a Junior Varsity Softball game this past Spring. Cheering Carrollton’s
athletes is one of the many activities they enjoy. From left, Laurie Weiss Nuell ’75, current Carrollton parent
to Seventh Grader, Molly, and outgoing Chair of the Board of Trustees; M.T. Valle ’79, Alumnae Council
member, Alum Chum Mentor, volleyball assistant coach and substitute teacher; Lili Solis-Silva Figueroa ’92,
High School faculty and Coordinator of the International Baccalaureate Program.
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Spotlight on Alumnae
Ana Victoria Soto ’01
n education from Carrollton has enabled me to
accomplish many of my goals and objectives –
one being attending Johns
Hopkins University (JHU). Last
year, I graduated with a major in
biomedical engineering and minor in psychology.
At Carrollton I learned to be a well rounded
individual and this included participating in
sports and outdoor activities. As a high school
athlete, I ran with the track and field and cross
country teams. I also competed in horseback
riding. These experiences helped me believe in
myself. At JHU, I established the first JHU riding team competing at the intercollegiate level.
Carrollton also emphasized the need to give
back to the community through community service and I continued serving throughout my college years by joining the Therapeutic Riding of
Hopkins Club and volunteering at the Hospice Vicki Soto
One of the most influential educational experiences that
Carrollton offers is the robotics program. As a team member,
I acquired engineering skills. I also discovered how much I en-
“One of the most influential
that Carrollton offers is the
– Ana Victoria Soto ’01
In April, Carrollton competed in the
5th Annual National Battlebots IQ
Competition. Carrollton’s Mean and
Green team finished in the individual
120 lb. class in 2nd place,
its highest national ranking.
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joyed the field of engineering – leading me to apply to JHU,
ranked number one in the country in biomedical engineering.
After completing my undergraduate work,
I decided to continue my studies in stem cell
research. As a research associate, I am part of
a research team whose task it is to lecture to
various types of audiences, from students, to
cardiologists, to renowned researchers at international scientific meetings. Recently, I was
invited to address an upcoming International
Cardiology Session in Panama; I am preparing
my third abstract as first author to present at the
American Heart Association meeting in
November of 2006; and I am writing a manuscript to be printed in the journal Circulation.
This Fall, I embark on another of my goals –
attending the Mount Sinai Medical School in
New York. Looking back, I credit Carrollton for
the skills and the courage to pursue my academic
and personal interests. The challenging courses,
the discipline and the self-confidence I acquired at Carrollton
prepared me not only for college but for life. I credit Carrollton
for encouraging me to reach as high as I can.
Culture of Tradition
Ann-Janette Fuentes Twombly ’96
The education I received at Carrollton not only provided
me with the tools and necessary confidence to explore the world
and follow my interests, it also instilled in me the importance
of social awareness. Carrollton taught me to always keep an
open mind and face challenges with the knowledge that they
can be overcome.
After graduating from Carrollton, I attended Trinity
College in Connecticut, where I earned a BA in English literature and creative writing along with a minor in French. I spent
my junior year in Paris and Rome and knew instantly that I
wanted to continue traveling after college. Consequently, after
graduating from Trinity in 2000, I spent the summer teaching English in Xian, China. When I returned home that fall
I moved to Washington, DC, where I took a job working as
the event coordinator at the Georgetown University Center for
Latin American Studies. Although that job provided me with
the opportunity to meet a number of interesting people, I was
hoping to work for the government. A few months later I
accepted a position as a research assistant for Senator Joseph
Lieberman’s Governmental Affairs Committee staff. Shortly
thereafter, we were dealing with the September 11 attacks and
the anthrax incident. Although surreal at times considering
the circumstances, I am grateful for the opportunity to have
worked for Senator Lieberman and his legislation proposals.
I also began to understand the complexity of the legislative
Although congressional research was interesting, I still
yearned to travel and be able to practice my multiple foreign
languages (Spanish, French, and Italian). This led me to join
the Department of State in November of 2001. After the initial training, my husband (also a diplomat) and I were assigned
to work at the Consulate in Istanbul and were sent to Turkish
language training in preparation for our first tour. We departed for Turkey in June of 2004 and embarked on a rewarding
but quite challenging journey. Arriving in Istanbul two weeks
before the NATO summit and about seven months after four
suicide bombings, the summit was carried out successfully.
Dillon and Ann-Janette Twombly
Preparing for such a global under-taking provided a solid introduction to the importance of the duties and responsibilities
of a diplomat.
Representing the U.S. government abroad at a time of unpopularity can be a challenge, but the rewards are still plentiful. Not only did I get the opportunity to travel to countries
such as Jordan, Poland, and the United Arab Emirates, but I
also met people from all over the world who share a common
goal – one of peaceful coexistence. For me, traveling to foreign
places helped disprove common misconceptions, allowing me
to accept new experiences.
In August, my husband and I are looking forward to
serving a one year assignment at the Embassy in Kabul,
Afghanistan. From there we head to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
The International Baccalaureate Program continues to grow at Carrollton.
Approximately 65% of the incoming Junior Class will be enrolled in the IB program.
Carrollton is excited to be entering its second year as an IB school. The Seniors are
thriving in the program and are hard at work on Extended Essays with research
questions ranging from “What factors contribute to the defense against malaria in
people with sickle-cell trait?” to “How did Steinbeck and Orwell address freedom of
choice in East of Eden and 1984?”
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Spotlight on Alumnae
Lizette (Lisi) Alvarez ’82
Lizette credits Carrollton for instilling in her a sense of
social justice and a love of language. Mrs. Budenz’s talks on
world history and poverty and Mrs. Bell’s passion for writing
helped her narrow her
career choices to one
that touched on both
As a journalist,
Lizette found the career
that best suited her interests: a love of travel, an
opportunity to see how
other people live and a
desire to write about the
people whose voices are
Lisi and family.
Lizette began her journalism career at the Miami Herald.
During her six-year tenure at the newspaper, she traveled to
places like Haiti and Cuba, writing stories about immigration, political instability, hunger, and culture clashes. She also
covered Hurricane Andrew and its aftermath. Lizette was the
first reporter stationed in Florida City to describe the destruction – joining the Herald team that was honored with a Pulitzer
Prize for Public Service for its coverage of Hurricane Andrew.
Lizette then went on to accept a position at The New
York Times, where she has been a reporter for 11 years – first
covering stories about housing and crime where she shared
in a prestigious George Polk Award. In 1997, she and her
husband, Don Van Natta Jr., an investigative reporter at
The New York Times, were transferred to Washington DC.
Lizette covered Congress for several years, immersing herself in the world of politics. She covered President Clinton’s
impeachment proceedings, the September 11 terrorist attack
on the Pentagon, and the inauguration of President Bush.
During this time, Lizette and Don also became parents of two
daughters, ages 7 and 4.
Lizette and family took advantage of an opportunity to
live in London. Although taking time to travel all over
Europe, she and her husband also covered the terrorist attacks in
Madrid and London.
Last year, the family returned to the United States and
settled in the New York area. As a national correspondent,
Lizette is now focusing on issues affecting the military and
their families, However, she also writes about lighter topics for
the features section.
One of the things she likes best about her career is
the chance to tell peoples’ stories and understand their
experiences – to share in their lives is invaluable to her.
Lizette credits Carrollton
for instilling in her
a sense of social justice and love . . .
Class of 2010 Looks Ahead
With a Sense of “Social Justice and Love”
s we all know, one of the most important parts of Carrollton and
the Junior High is its remarkable administration and faculty. They
teach us the art of leadership and they encourage us to be leaders.
We’d like to thank them for their consistency, love and passion to teach.
The most important lessons we [have] learned so far are that our mind is
our most powerful tool if we use it wisely, that it is important to alter our
thinking for the better, and choose to be positive…
We’ve all taken some time to discover the best in one another, accept
new students, and adjust to different people by respecting one another’s
personality. We [have] especially made time to feel loved while also giving
love. We [have] provided each other with the simple pleasure of a smile.”
– Excerpt from Chloe Burke’s Eighth Grade Graduation Speech
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Culture of Tradition
Tessie Gutierrez San Martin ‘76
Over the last 24 years, Tessie has designed and implemented a broad range of international development projects that include investment promotion, trade facilitation, privatization,
capital markets development, pension reform, tax reform and
modernization, land markets and land reform, and agribusiness development.
Tessie graduated from
Georgetown University with
a B.S. in Foreign Service.
She continued her education at John F. Kennedy
School of Government at
Harvard University, receiving
Masters in Public Administration and a Ph.D. in Political Economy and Government. Tessie began her
Tessie and family.
Beth Irwin Kane ’64
Carrollton taught me that words can change the world.
Mother Dora Guerieri, our Latin teacher explained that the
word “caritas, engraved on Carrollton’s school ring, means
“love for others.” That’s what Carrollton taught me, and that’s
what I have tried to pass along.
Before I left for college, Claire McGowan, RSCJ, asked me
what I planned to study. I instantly answered “a math major.”
Looking startled, Mother McGowan rebutted, “But you don’t
like math.” I explained that my sister was a mathematician and
my parents expected me to be one, too.
Now, everyone has a favorite teacher, and Mother
McGowan was mine. She taught me the elements of writing
and she was right, “I did not like math.”
Once, when I was getting too carried away in my writing, she commented on the top of my essay, “You sound like
Cotton Mather.” Mother McGowan explained to me that
everyone has distinct gifts and suggested that I might consider
a subject I loved rather than one I did not. I took that as good
advice, so I earned a Bachelor’s Degree in English from Trinity
While my children were young, I wrote non-fiction articles for children’s magazines such as Cricket, Cobblestone, and
Highlights and volunteered in the local library. When I received the “Arts Feature of the Year” award from Highlights
magazine for an article about the Harlem Renaissance, Mother
McGowan was one of the first people I told. Proudly, she shared
the article with an African American mom who was interested
to know how Carrollton taught Black history. I was Mother
career with the United States Agency for International Development
Dominican Republic. Following that she ran a small consulting
company, JE Austin Associates, owned by a Harvard Business
School professor. She later joined Price Waterhouse Cooper
where she became partner in Price Waterhouse Cooper’s
international practice. While at the accounting firm she was
responsible for overseeing more than $80 million a year in
business from agencies such as USAID and the World Bank.
Tessie moved on to become Director in the Multilateral
Investment Guarantee Agency of the World Bank Group responsible for more than $1 billion a year in underwriting operations, providing insurance to investors abroad.
Her most memorable experience at Carrollton and
the one that sparked her interest in the foreign services was
Margaret Budenz’s class – a class where issues of global conflicts
were tackled premised by the necessity to become engaged beyond our borders in order to secure our prosperity at home.
Tessie is married and has two daughters, ages 10 and 12.
I later earned a Master’s Degree in English from George
Mason University, wrote for Engineering Times, and founded
Blue Pencil Editing, where I was commissioned to work on the
Justice Department’s Violence Against Women project. I can
not imagine having the courage to accomplish these milestones
without the encouragement of strong female role models.
Today, I am the editor for the National Head Start
Association (NHSA), a non-profit association that advocates
for America’s poorest children. This year alone, one million
children are enrolled in
the Head Start program. I
have also enlisted the help
of another Carrollton
graduate, Yanik FentonEspinosa ’86, to ensure
that Head Start’s Spanish-speaking parents also
Yanik and I are proud
to learn that the NHSA’s
board of directors passed
a resolution to support
the translation of mate- Beth with son, Tom.
rials into Spanish. My
sons, Tom and Michael, are also strong advocates of Head Start
– launching a website (www.commontales.com) to encourage
people to save family stories, photos and other mementos.
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Above left: Nat Chediak, Conchita
Espinosa Chediak ’71. Above, from left:
Rozalynn Frazier ’96, Ruth Young, Ada
Lluhi Stevens ’71, Douglas Stevens.
Left: Elizabeth Iturralde ’06,
Carmen Mas de Iturralde ’71
Sergio Fleites, Maria
classes celebrated reunions at Carrollton’s
Anniversary Weekend. While
the classes ending in ‘1’ and
‘6’ received special honor, all
alumnae were invited to attend the annual celebration.
Class reunions are held each
January to coincide with
Carrollton’s Anniversary –
encouraging alumnae to reunite and commemorate the
founding of the school.
Reunion and Anniversary
Weekend began on Friday
evening with a reception
in the Melissa Rodriguez
Assembly Hall (Meli’s Hall).
Over 100 guests gathered to
catch up with classmates and
former teachers. Notes and
Maria Palmar, Marianela Morejon Aran ’76,
Annemarie Harris Block ’76, Maria Costa Portuondo ‘76
Alan Crockwell, Allison Wiley ’01, Alejandra PrietoValle ’01, Enrique Valle
Shannon Porter Leeman ’76, Ana Maria Escagedo ’76, Victoria
Corrigan Fine ’76, Dorothy Flannery ’76, Marianela Morejon
Aran ’76, Ana Trias ’76, Kati Velikopoljski ’76, Nancy McKeon
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Lauren Hastings ’01,
Vicky Suarez Palomo ’01
Lucy Gil ’01, Veronica PérezGurri ’01, Nicole Abella ’01
Culture of Tradition
Welcome to Alumnae
photos from excused alumnae were posted along the
walls of Meli’s Hall. Alumnae came from as far away as
New York, Puerto Rico and
On Saturday, alumnae had
an opportunity to visit with
faculty members, meet current parents and bring their
families to the County Fair
by the bay on the Barat
Campus. The Alumnae Anouk Villegas ’91, Mariana
Hospitality Tent, a place to Martinez Sanchez ’91
meet, greet, sit back and enjoy anchored the many game
booths set up on the field.
The alumnae-run campus
store showcased new school
items such as t-shirts, baby
rompers, beach towels and
mini tote bags as well as
Sacred Heart memorabilia.
The weekend is always a special time for alumnae to visit
Claudine Coto ’91, Sofia
Monica Rodriguez Quirch ’91, Gabriela Cardenal ’91, Maite
Lauren Mack ’96, Camila Tobon ’96, Alexis Callejas ’96, Iris
Guzman Kolaya ’96, Marcela Zamora Eraña ’96, Rozalynn
Frazier ’96, Chris Mack, Lili Giangrandi ’96
From left: Yanik
de Oña ’86,
Maite Hoyos Cimo ’81, Neca Logan ’81, Maria Blanco Goodno ’81, Alicia Suarez
Lynn Mannarino Consentino ’86, Cristina Ruiz Maxwell ’86,
Diana Acosta Torres de Navarra ’86, Sr. Cooke, Linda Elizondo
’86, Maite Ferran ’86, Irene Recio ’86
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A Class Act!
Teresa Valdes-Fauli Weintraub ’71
Teresa has been named 2006 Chairperson for Dade Community Foundation. Currently the President and CEO
of Fiduciary Trust International, Teresa
lives with her husband Lee and three
children in Coral Gables.
Susie Laidlaw Camp ’76
Susie lives in Raleigh, NC, with her
husband of 18 years, Roger, They have
two children, Bob (17) and Katie (16).
Susie stopped working as a trader for
Fidelity Investments when Katie started
kindergarten and is now busy coaching girls’ volleyball, substitute teaching,
running school fund raisers, chaperoning field trips, and improving her tennis
moved to the north Georgia mountains
where they are building a house after
living 17 years in Jacksonville.
Cecilia Hernandez-Nichols ’84
Ceci and her husband Robert
welcomed a second daughter, Margot,
Sue Eber Masson ’79
Sue and Scott are Carrollton parents
to incoming Ninth Grader Elizabeth,
Matthew and John. Sue continues to be
active in the Alumnae Council and the
Alum Chum program.
Cristina O’Naghten Pinter ’81
Regional Auditor and Director for
General Motors Corp., Cristina is a
Carrollton parent to First Grader
Victoria. Her work takes her all over
the world. She recently returned from
Marianela Morejon Aran ’76
Class Representative and organizer of
her recent 20th year reunion, Marianela
and her husband Fernando will be new
Carrollton parents in the Fall when their
daughter Jackie enters the Junior High.
Marianela is an active school volunteer
and Alum Chum mentor.
Victoria Jude Steele ’77
Victoria and Robert have been
married for 26 years and have five children ages 3 to 25, one each in
college, the workforce, the Marines,
high school and a toddler. Recently they
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Lisa Russo Sturgill ’81
Lisa and her husband, Brian, were
blessed with the arrival of their son,
Luke Edmund Sturgill, born on
December 31, 2005. Eleven of her
classmates attended her baby shower.
Fernanda Magnano-Talgham ’86
After living in Paris for a few years,
Fernanda and her family moved back to
Argentina several years ago. She will be
celebrating her 14th wedding anniversary in August. She has two daughters,
Camila (10) and Gabriela (7) who both
have red hair. She received her
Executive MBA two years ago and now
works from home as a credit analyst.
Aliette Fenton-Sharpe ’90
Aliette married last January. Many
of her classmates attended the wedding
held in Key Biscayne. She and her
husband live in England.
Culture of Tradition
had their first
baby, Juan Antonio or “Jack,”
Clara Lora-McCrea ’91
Clara moved to Massachusetts in
2003 to complete her pre-doctoral
internship at Harvard Medical School.
She met her husband-to-be, Kevin, in
2004 and has been
working at the VA
Boston Healthcare System as a
Post-doctoral Fellow specializing in
treating veterans with
Disorder. She also
teaches at Boston
University and Emmanuel College. Kevin and Clara were
married last September.
Ana Maria Espino ’96
Ana Maria moved to Los Angeles last
year and is working as a consultant for
the Boston Consulting Group.
Lauren Mack ’96
A recent graduate from Columbia
University with a master’s degree in
journalism, Lauren will travel to China
to study the language. Then she will
remain in China to teach English and
pursue her writing career.
Janelle Busto ’04
studying in Spain
this summer with
de Zayas ’04.
Daisy Diaz ’98
Daisy is running her own importexport company of Italian luxury goods
from her base in Florence. She works
with private clients from the Caribbean
to Scandinavia. Last February she was
February 24 at
the Church of
Jennifer Miranda ’99
Currently a third year medical student
at the University of Miami, Jennifer
will graduate in May 2007 and plans to
study Internal Medicine and
Mariana Martinez Sanchez ’91
Mariana has three children,
Isabella (4), Frankie (2) and Alessandra
(9 months). Isabella starts Montessori-4
at Carrollton in the Fall.
University and graduate school, she
works in event planning. She offers help
to any alumna who needs a contact in
Meg Smith ’01
Meg lives in Washington, DC. Between her studies at George Washington
Lindsay Champion ’04
Lindsay is now an upperclassman at
West Point. Last semester she scored the
highest female APFT (army physical fitness test). She writes “Sacred Heart girls
have the moral fiber that is exactly what
the Army needs … young females with
the courage to do the right thing.” She
encourages future grads to e-mail her.
Christine Valdes-Lora ’04
Christy will receive a degree in
Recreation and Event Management at
University of Florida. She was recently
inducted into the National Society of
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Call to Worship
Class 2006 Graduation
By Victoria Lauredo ’06
Two weeks ago, as I sat in the waiting room of my pediatrician’s office, I stumbled upon a revelation of sorts. I noticed
that everything was small, or perhaps, that I was big. Suddenly,
I was Alice in Wonderland, crushed by
my enormous size juxtaposed by the low
benches and child-sized loveseats. When
had I grown up?
There was a young girl sitting next
to me, no more than six years old, waiting patiently with her mother. Before us
was a tank filled with an array of brightly
colored fish. The young girl proceeded
to, as children do, stick her forehead to
the glass to get a better look. Her fascination bewildered me. It was, by no means,
an extraordinary fish tank. There were at
most seven or eight modestly sized fish
which, in my cynicism, appeared rather
drab and pathetic. Still, her enthusiasm
for this spectacle was contagious. In a
burst of curiosity, the young girl asked
her mother, “Mommy, do fish cry?”
I choked up for a moment. I couldn’t imagine what it was
about her question that moved me: perhaps it was the freshness
of her interest, the thrill in her voice, the innocence with which
she viewed the world for the first time. I was racked with envy,
longing for that feeling of novelty once again, for the simplicity
of her excitement.
It was at this moment that I realized the brevity of my
childhood, of the savored memories in which my passionate
curiosities were nourished, where I was empowered to ask, to
lead, and to speak out. Over time, I have come to take these
factors for granted.
It was only at that moment in the waiting room that I realized it was my numerous years at Carrollton that had provided
the haven in which my ideas could flourish, uninhibited by the
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restrictions of a society that continues to doubt women’s intellectual capabilities.
Before you is the Class of 2006 – arguably the most accomplished and outstanding class that has yet to pass through
Carrollton – 66 fully prepared women,
waiting eagerly to jump into the larger
fish tank of college. We are no longer
the young girls staring enthusiastically at
small wonders. Our world is no longer
the sheltered fishbowl of childhood, and
yet, what marks our success is this continued freshness of interest, our genuine
excitement to seek knowledge and truth.
Looking back, I can say that it was
not the plaid, penny loafers, or seemingly endless construction that has marked
my thirteen years at Carrollton. What I
take with me tonight is the confidence
and security instilled by caring faculty, as
well as the steadfast motivation from my
peers, who I continue to learn from and
Each one of us has experienced
Carrollton in a different way: some have known nothing else,
and others have only passed through for what seems a brief
moment. We have ended this chapter of fresh curiosity, and are
entering an entirely new one, filled with even more profound
Nevertheless, the young girl still lives within us, eager
to ask, hungry to know. Carrollton and the education of the
Sacred Heart have equipped us with the confidence and tenacity to seek knowledge. This is what I take with me, what we all
take with us as we step down for the last time as high school
students, as students of the Sacred Heart, out the doors of this
church and into a new phase of questions and curiosities. Let
us not lose the small child within us, let us never give up our
quest for truth and understanding.
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