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HATTIE, Class of 2022
Elementary/Middle School: St. Peter's School
Activities/Interests: Soccer, Eucharistic Minister/Campus Ministry, Sources of Strength Peer Leader, Math Hub Mentor, Book Club, Math Team, JCL Latin Club, and Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA)
Why did you choose to attend St. Teresa's Academy?
I had the general idea that I wanted to go to St. Teresa's during junior high, but was never really exposed to the magic of STA until my eighth grade year. I attended my Shadow Day, and right after I got home, I cancelled my other scheduled shadow days. STA hooked me because of the sense of togetherness and sisterhood that I could see from that first day. The community accepts all and there is a friend, teacher, or involvement group ready to support you wherever you turn. The girls have fun, but there is education and faith in everything we do, and we grow as academic students right alongside our personal growth. I chose St. Teresa's because I already felt included from the first day I walked through the doors, and knew it would be a school and community that would prepare me for my future.
What has been your favorite class at STA?
My favorite class that I have taken was Advanced Biology with Mrs. Blake. This is a freshman course, and Mrs. Blake used a flipped classroom teaching method that was different from anything I had experienced in grade school. It worked extremely well for me and the girls in my class. By providing reading and lectures online that were to be completed outside of class at our own pace, we had more time to focus on activities, experiments, and labs in class. This gave me the chance to not only cultivate study skills and a responsibility for scheduling my own work time, but also allowed me to form learning-based friendships with the classmates that have become my best friends!
What is your favorite part of the STA community?
I have too many to list! The student side of me would choose the Math department, specifically the Math Hub, which has given me endless support by providing rigorous courses in my favorite subject and giving me a designated space to get extra help and connect with fellow students over homework and studying. I also hold the Campus Ministry community extremely close to my heart, as they have embraced me and allowed me to further my faith journey through deeper connection with God and the long line of religious women at STA. My daily favorite, though, would probably be my advisory! Getting to know the girls from each grade and seeing them every day is such a blessing. Over the last few years here, I have come to truly love each of them and cannot wait to talk and laugh with them during lunch!
What has been your most memorable experience at STA?
My most memorable experiences at STA came in a completely unexpected way, which is really what our school is all about: finding fun, one-of-a-kind experiences every day among a sisterhood of amazing people! One winter day, two girls, whom I now proudly call my best friends, and I left to go to the office in another building. Once we left the building, we got completely distracted with all the fresh snow that had fallen! We spent at least five minutes dancing around and throwing it at each other, yelling and laughing loudly since no one else was out in the freezing cold. When we finally dragged ourselves inside, uniformed in our oversized STA sweatshirts, snowflakes, and huge smiles, Ms. Warwick just looked at us and laughed.
Looking back at your year(s) at STA, what would you tell yourself on the first day of school?
I have finished two years at St. Teresa's and started my third, which has given me more than enough time to become someone who loves who I am and who knows that the community I am in is one of unconditional support and love. Going back, I would tell my freshman self that it is totally normal to feel nervous starting something as big as high school, and that, while it will take a little time, the sisterhood will embrace you and you will embrace it just as tightly, loving every minute you get to learn, laugh, and just be with the amazing people you are destined to meet.
What advice would you give to prospective students who are considering STA?
I would definitely recommend attending STA events, like sports games, plays, and musicals, and any Open Houses or shadow days you can! Our school has a unique, amazing campus and an overall sense of sisterhood that I had always heard about, but only truly got to experience once or twice beforehand. Whether your heart is already set on St. Teresa's or you are still unsure, opening yourself up to the community beforehand, through in-person or online tours, attending events, reading about everything that is offered here, or simply following along with STA on social media, will allow you to get involved and find out firsthand if this is the school for you!
What is the one thing you have learned most about yourself? How has STA helped you discover that?
I have learned the importance of finding happiness-filled activities and relationships. St. Teresa's has given me many different opportunities to grow closer to God, my teachers, my classmates, and the friends I will have forever. With the wide selection of classes, extracurricular activities, and ways to get involved, this school allows everyone to find what they love to do and who they love to be around. What I now know about myself that I didn't before coming to STA is that I value getting to know people more than almost anything, and that filling your life with things that bring you any amount of joy is so important and rewarding!