The first of many signs the end of the school year is approaching, particularly for seniors at OLSH, is the day of Senior Seminar presentations. On the Wednesday before Easter, while the rest of the student body enjoyed a day off, the seniors came to school at their assigned presentation times. Dressed professionally and a little nervous, the students checked in and headed to their assigned classrooms where they would present in front of a panel of faculty members.
The culmination of the Senior Seminar: Felician Values Fulfilled, the presentations are an opportunity for seniors to demonstrate the ways in which they have been impacted by and have lived out the Felician Core Values during their time at OLSH. As part of the year-long course, the students are asked to complete service projects that directly relate to the values of Solidarity with the Poor and Justice & Peace, participate in a water poverty challenge to experience the value of Compassion, do a job shadow to learn about Respect for Human Dignity, and prepare a video to demonstrate Transformation. The students are guided through these activities by the mentor for the class, Mrs. Maureen Steuernagel, who also teaches the freshman mini-course introducing the Felician Core Values.
It’s a proud moment for faculty, as they see students’ growth and transformation. Mrs. Maureen Steuernagel commented, “I love this project because it allows all students to shine. It’s wonderful to see students come out of their shell and we love hearing their stories.”