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Magnificat Installs Mrs. Renata J. Rafferty as Third President
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On August 27, Magnificat High School installed its third President, and first lay leader, Mrs. Renata J. Rafferty. If you haven't  yet met our new President and would like to hear her vow to remain true to the Magnificat Mission, please click here. This short video features Mrs. Rafferty's speech from her Installation Ceremony.
  • To view a Photo Gallery from Mrs. Renata J. Rafferty's Installation Ceremony, please click here.
  • Mrs. Barbara Galbincea of Northeast Ohio Media Group (Sun Newspapers and, was the first to sit down with Mrs. Rafferty to find out more about Magnificat's first lay President. You can read the entire article and enjoy a short video of Mrs. Rafferty introducing the new Marian Commons area by clicking here.
  • West Life newspaper's Mrs. Sue Botos sat down with Magnificat's new President, Mrs. Renata J. Rafferty, for a Q & A session, finding out that Mrs. Rafferty vows to remain true to the school's Mission. To read the article, click here.
'Mags Girls' Videos
So what's it like to be a "Mags Girl?"  Several Magnificat students recently participated in a production shoot to film four short videos explaining what it's like to be a Magnificat student and what Magnificat means to them. Each video shares a word that is important to the students, including Faith, Learning, Leading and Serving. FAITH--The first of these short videos features Molly '17 who chose the word Faith and how Magnificat allows her to practice her faith every day. Last year at this time Molly was an 8th grader deciding on which school to attend for her high school career. She chose Magnificat and is a young woman of faith learning, leading and serving in the spirit of Mary's Magnificat. We will be sharing these videos with other young women as they begin to make their own high school choices. LEARNING--The second in the series of these short Mags Girls videos features Liz and Allison '16 who chose the word Learning, and how Magnificat allows them to Learn Chinese and take AP Classes as Sophomores. These are only two of the reasons Liz and Allison chose to attend Magnificat for their high school careers. Click on their video to hear more about why they chose to become Mags Girls. LEADING--Listen to Magnificat Seniors Nardine and Hina as they share how they Lead at Magnificat High School. Both have become confident young women, leading in ways they wouldn't have thought possible before attending Magnificat. This is the third of four videos featuring Magnificat students sharing their high school experiences. SERVING--Freshmen Molly and Sofia have already gotten involved with many service opportunities at Magnificat High School through co-curriculars such as Animal Lovers Club and Magnificat Outreach Club, as well as various offerings through Campus Ministry. In fact, the two met while serving in two of the same clubs. They tell their story in this last video in our series of four.
"It's Easy Bein' Green" Event Attracts Girl Scouts and the Press
A Girl Scout troop from Berea and many other grade-school students enjoyed an after-school event at Magnificat that explored how to start recycling programs and sustainability clubs at their own schools. Led by Mrs. Heidi Paul "Mother Earth" and members of Magnificat's Student Sustainability Club, future Blue Streaks attended a workshop that included a keynote address from Ms. Kathleen Rocco, Education Specialist for the Cuyahoga County Solid Waste District. To learn more, click here to read the article posted on and in Sun Newspapers.
MagnifiZoo Event a Success!
Sixty future Blue Streaks enjoyed "A Day of Animal Appreciation" on March 29, as Cleveland Metroparks Zoo came to Magnificat to share 10 of its animals with girls in grades 5-8. The attendees enjoyed a day of education, enrichment, technology and collaboration as they researched their animals and presented their findings. Read more about this unique partnership as reported on by West Life and Sun News/
Magnificat Exam Prep Goes to the Dogs
Magnificat High School students were a little less anxious during January semester exams thanks to some furry, four-legged guests. The Magnificat Animal Lovers Club organized a "dog therapy session" before semester exams, with up to six certified therapy dogs onsite the mornings before exams. From a giant Irish Wolfhound named Maggie May to a toy Yorkie/Pomeranian mix named Olivia, tails were wagging and anxiety was dropping. Experts say that petting a dog lowers blood pressure and anxiety and Magnificat students agree, with many asking if we could do this for all exam sessions. The Animal Lovers Club already has a waiting list of dogs and owners who want to be considered for spring finals. Please click here to read more as about this pilot project as reported on in Sun Newspapers. And to read the article that appeared in West Life, click here.
Elizabeth Beattie '09 Featured on CNN for her Engineering Research on the Titan Bionic Arm
Elizabeth Beattie '09, now a Ph.D. student at the University of Pennsylvania, recently had her undergraduate engineering research featured on CNN. She and her team are profiled for their research on the Titan Bionic Arm. You can see the whole story by clicking here.
Magnificat Students Produce a Bountiful Harvest in Seeds of Service Project
The Magnificat Garden Club's Seeds of Service project helped produce over 300 pounds of fruits and vegetables through the Rocky River Community Garden. The produce will go directly to the Rocky River food pantry and local Meals on Wheels program. To read the complete story on and Sun Newspapers, click here.
Commended Students Announced
Magnificat is proud to announce three Commended Students in the 2014 National Merit Program. Click here to meet these students.
Magnifibot 2.0 Robotics Day for Girls a Success! covered our second annual LEGO NXT Robotics day for girls in grades 5-8. To read the story, click here.
Magnificat Students Intern at Cleveland Clinic
WOIO-TV 19 Action News covered Magnificat students completing internships at the prestigious Cleveland Clinic. To read more, click here.
Award-winning Author Ms. Deborah Ellis Visits Magnificat
WOIO-TV 19 Action News covered internationally recognized author Ms. Deborah Ellis during her visit to Magnificat. Her book My Name is Parvana was the recent all school read. Click here to read more. TO READ OUR LATEST PUBLICATIONS Magnificat Messenger--June 2014 ENewsletter Magnificat Magazine--Fall 2013                 Click here to read the 2012-2013 Press Room Archive.