2016 marks the first year that students who graduated from Bishop Carroll’s Aquinas International Program spent all four years of their high school careers with us. Vic Zhang, Chris Duan, and Michelle Qin—all from China—graduated this year, being the first in the program’s history.
While the program was always open to freshman, parents in the past mostly sent their children as juniors or seniors. Over time, the advantages of having students here all four years have become clear. Some universities may wave the required TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) score because they have been studying here. They become familiar with the American school system, and they have more time to practice their English language skills. Coming back each year, students return to friends, teachers, and a home that is familiar.
It is something special when three generations can compare notes about their high school experiences at Bishop Carroll. Many third generation Huskies have graduated over the past several years thanks to each family's commitment to Catholic education. This year, there are five families with Class of 2016 graduates who are third generation Huskies. Their parent(s) and their grandparent(s) before them are all proud Bishop Carroll graduates.
The 2016 third generation graduates are Alex Lee, Abigail Simmons, Stephanie Biter, Luke Mento, and Taylor Sherry.
We caught up with a few of the families to find out how their high school careers compared, why they felt it was important for their children to attend Bishop Carroll, and what their advice is to the recent graduates.
Not everyone who helps others expects recognition. Sometimes people do things for others out of the kindness of their heart, because it’s the right thing to do, or simply because someone needs help. These people are known as unsung heroes, and there are many of them walking among us right here at Bishop Carroll.thing to do, or simply because someone needs help. These people are known as unsung heroes, and there are many of them walking among us right here at Bishop Carroll.
During the 2014-15 school year, Mr. Skura’s Leadership Development class decided it was about time some of our unsung heroes DO get some recognition. This idea was so powerful that the class made it the theme for the entire year.
“We discussed mercy, service learning, and the importance of the unsung heroes who make our lives a better place,” said Mr. Skura.
Each week, students selected an unsung hero who they knew, took a “selfie” with that person, and then posted it along with their story on the bulletin boards. Unsung heroes included teachers, aides, parents, relatives, other students, friends, and many more.
On Saturday, April 23, alumni and community members joined Bishop Carroll for the Ninth Annual Carrollian Gala.
As always, we presented the prestigious Cornerstone Awards, which recognize the many individuals who volunteer their time and talent to Bishop Carroll, and the Distinguished Alumni awards.
The event also featured dinner, dancing, and silent and live auctions.
Le voyage d’une vie. The trip of a lifetime.
This summer, eight Bishop Carroll students will get much more than a lesson in language during their French class. They’ll get a world-class experience traveling the globe, immersing in culture, and earning college credit and insight.
BC’s inaugural Summer in France study abroad trip, a dual-enrollment program in partnership with Saint Francis University, is a nine-day journey to Ambialet, France. They’ll stay at SFU’s newly-renovated monastery, overlooking the village of Ambialet and the Tarn River.
On May 1, Bishop Carroll received Middle States Accreditation (MSA) for a term of seven years. The accreditation certifies that Bishop Carroll meets all MSA Standards for Accreditation, adheres to applicable MSA policies, and meets the requirements of the self-study protocol used.
The visiting team commended Bishop Carroll for:
They were impressed with students’ demeanor, openness, and readiness for college and career.
Thank you to all those who have helped Bishop Carroll succeed!