Learn, Lead, and Serve in the Spirit of Mary's Magnificat

Magnificat Monthly

June 2019

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9th grade theologians concluded the year by creating a prayer that reflected how they have grown, who they are, and who they want to be, while giving them the opportunity to draw connections between themselves and the powerful women of the Old and New Testaments. This assignment was inspired by Magnificat's founding principal, Sr. Bernadette Vetter, H.M. and her book "My Journey, My Prayer."

10 graders watched the film "The Way" about the Camino de Santiago and God's presence in other people we encounter through our journeys and struggles. Students were then inspired and entertained by guest speaker Ms. Marissa Madden who shared about her adventures while making the pilgrimage in Summer 2018.

11th grade theologians presented their Agape Experiments to the larger Magnificat community on Friday, May 10. We hope that their Experiments continue beyond the boundaries of Junior Theology. Juniors finished the year reading the young adult adaptation of Bryan Stevenson's "Just Mercy" which examines issues related to systemic racism and classism through the lenses of grace, forgiveness, preferential option for people experiencing poverty, and dignity of the human person.

Our 12th grade students brought their time at Magnificat to a close by finishing their journey books which allowed for them to create a visual and written reflection of their personal, spiritual, and academic growth during their time at Magnificat High School.


Magnificat Summer Book Club for 4th-6th Graders

Girls rising into grades 4-6 will participate in our second Summer Book Club! This year's Summer Book Club pick is Star Girl, by Jerry Spinelli.

In a celebration of nonconformity, Jerry Spinelli weaves a tense, emotional tale about the fleeting, cruel nature of popularity, and the thrill and inspiration of first love.

A Book Club event with activities that relate to Star Girl will be held Tuesday, August 6, from 1-2:30 p.m. Stay tuned for more details!

High School Placement Test Preparation for 7th and 8th Graders

HSPT Class at Magnificat
Saturday, August 24
9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Cost: $149

Offered by Seeley Test Pros
Space is limited. For more details, call Amy (Ray) Seeley '89 at 216.965.5162 or email at amy@seeleytestpros.com.


With less than one month left, our fiscal year is quickly coming to a close. This is your last opportunity to support The Magnificat Fund this year and be listed in the 2018-2019 Magnificat Annual Report. The Magnificat Fund provide students with critical financial support and access to the finest academic and co-curricular programs, learning environment, and faculty. Your gift will have a lasting impact on current and future Blue Streaks.


Save the Date to Celebrate Reunion: Saturday, September 28, 2019

Please save the date to celebrate with your classmates. Visit magnificaths.org/reunion for Reunion information, including hotel block details. When invitations are mailed in the coming weeks, registration and a list of all those who register will be on the Reunion page.

If you’d like to have a role in planning the big event, please contact Maggie Mroz Lamb ’84 at mlamb@maghs.org or 440.331.1572, ext. 268.

Tiny Tweaks for a Better Life

In May, the Alumnae Board hosted four speakers who presented small changes we can all make to improve our overall health and well-being: Kristen Graves Ward ’03 (Physical Therapist, DPT), Karen Bush (Certified Health and Wellness Coach), Maria Hickman (Founder of Swap It Healthy), and Gretchen Nock (Coordinator of Spiritual Formation at Magnificat). More than eighty alumnae and friends attended and were treated to complimentary samples of bone broth, noodles, and toppings from TownHall/Rebol and Swap it Healthy goody bags from Maria Hickman. We are grateful to all who made this a wonderful, worthwhile event!

Hope Yoga for Alumnae and Friends

Thanks to Jackie Walsh ’08 for opening her beautiful new yoga studio for an alumnae yoga event on May 17! A portion of the class fees benefitted the Angels-in-Blue Fund, which helps Magnificat families who need assistance with uniforms, school lunches, prom bids, and more. To learn more about Jackie’s Hope Yoga studio, visit hopeyogacle.com.

Alumna in the News

Congratulations again to Maureen Patterson ('97), named one of Crain's Cleveland Business Notable Women in Entrepreneurship! Visit here to read more from Crain’s Cleveland. Maureen is the owner and Lead Designer of Solas Lighting Ltd., an award-winning lighting and production management group in Cleveland. It was just last month that we reported Maureen was selected for a 2019 Woman of Inspiration award from WISE (Women in Sports and Events). Well done, Maureen!

Alumnae Volunteer Opportunities

We are blessed to have an active and successful body of alumnae who support Magnificat. If you are a grateful alumna and want to pay it forward, there are ways to help. Contact Maggie Lamb '84 at mlamb@maghs.org or 440.331.1572 x 268.

Class Agent Program
We are launching a new Class Agent program to help us take alumnae giving to the next level! If you are interested in helping us shine a light on all of the great things happening at Magnificat that keep us on the cutting edge of 21st century education, please contact Maggie Mroz Lamb ’84 at mlamb@maghs.org or 440.331.1572, ext. 268. We need your help to make a Magnificat education possible for all young women who desire it.

Magnificat Alumnae Board
The Magnificat High School Alumnae Board, a community of women dedicated to Magnificat’s Mission, works to foster the spirit of service, friendship, and caring among the graduates of the school; promote the appreciation of a faith-based education; support the school financially; and uphold the tradition and ideals of the school by assisting the students and faculty of Magnificat High School. The Board always welcomes new members who are willing to share their time and creativity to engage alumnae and friends of all ages. Please contact Maggie Lamb at mlamb@maghs.org or 440.331.1572, ext. 268 for more information. We especially need women who graduated in the 60s and 70s!

Join Magnificat’s Alumnifire Community

Our Alumnifire network has enormous potential that’s just waiting to be unlocked. There are so many great reasons to join Magnificat’s Alumnifire community:

  1. Alumnifire makes it easy to connect with Blue Streaks who can help you.
  2. Every member of our Alumnifire community is growing the value and prestige of our group by sharing personal and professional expertise with fellow members.
  3. Alumnifire is also a great way to help younger alumnae navigate opportunities in the real world.
  4. From career advice to jobs, deals, and local opportunities, Alumnifire is full of Blue Streaks looking to open doors. It also highlights jobs at companies where our alumnae work so members can quickly navigate potential opportunities with ease.
  5. Lastly, there’s no need to create another new username and password; you can sign up immediately using your LinkedIn or Facebook account.

Please note: Be sure to include searchable information about where you work, what you do, and where you attended school after Magnificat—this allows your fellow Blue Streaks to find the right people who can help them! Only Magnificat alumnae can join this group. If you have questions, contact Maggie Lamb at mlamb@maghs.org.


Please visit the Archives Antics feature, "Pomp and Circumstance: Graduation Programs Reflect Magnificat History and U.S. Cultural Trends" on the new Archives page.


Choir & Band Spring Concert

On May 3, we celebrated spring with the Show Choir, Chorale, Performance Troupe, and our new instrumental program, Magnifi-Pops.

GRATITUDE - Spring Dance Concert

On May 9 and 10, our dance students performed their Spring Dance Concert, "Gratitude."

2019-2020 Season

The Fall Musical will be announced August 19 - stay tuned!
Spring Play: Sense and Sensibility

Click here for a more detailed calendar of upcoming Performing Arts events.


Save the Date
Blue Streak Golf Outing
June 8, 2019
Registration at 12 p.m.
Shotgun Start at 1 p.m.
Legacy Golf Course at Sweetbriar Golf Club
Click here for details and registration.

Congratulations to our Spring Teams on their fine seasons.
Varsity Lacrosse: 12-7
JV Lacrosse: 16-1-1
Varsity Softball: 12-10

Track & Field finished as the District Runner Up and qualified the following girls to the OHSAA State Meet:
Lindsay Bush '19 - 800 Meter Run
Ailish Chambers '20 - 300 Hurdles (Set new school record of 43.69)
Emily Connor '19 - Pole Vault
4 x 400 Meter Relay - Lindsay Bush '19, Ailish Chambers '19, Maggie Karabatsos '21 & Ella Kuhlman '21

Congratulations to our Class of 2019 Athletes that will be continuing the academic & athletic careers at the collegiate level:

Delaney Baumbick - Soccer - Campbell University
Lindsay Bush - Track & Field - Eastern Michigan University
Emily Connor - Track & Field - Virginia Tech University
Sara Fessler - Softball - Ursuline College
McKenna Jablonske - Softball - University of Mount Union
Grace Jenny - Lacrosse - University of Louisville
Aly Kovach - Golf - Bowling Green State University
Julia Ludwick - Cheerleading - University of Cincinnati
Caroline Raffin - Rowing - University of Connecticut
Anna Roggenburk - Tennis - Xavier University
Abby Russo - Soccer - Grand Valley State University
Faith Woyat - Rowing - University of Rhode Island

Athletic Department End of Season Awards:
Most Outstanding Athlete Award - Anna Roggenburk '19
Scholar Athlete Award - Callie King '19
Magnificat Sportsmanship Award - Mary Claire Frantz '19
Archie Griffin Sportsmanship Award - McKenna Jablonske '19

Campus Ministry

Summer Immersion Trips

  • Cleveland, Ohio May 30 – June 5, 2019
  • Although Cleveland is the city we call home, the Cleveland Immersion gives Magnificat students the opportunity to experience the city in a new way. During the immersion, the Magnificat group will stay at the Mission House at St. Pat’s on Bridge in Ohio City and will visit various agencies and organizations in the many neighborhoods of Cleveland. Participants will learn about the realities and challenges that residents in the city of Cleveland face each day including poverty, hunger, foreclosure and homelessness. The group will also experience some of the positive stories of success and revitalization that are happening in the city.

  • U.S./Mexico Border (Tucson, AZ / Agua Prieta, Mexico) June 2 - 8, 2019
  • Since 1987, BorderLinks has been facilitating educational immersion trips in the Arizona-Sonora region. These immersion programs offer groups the opportunity to learn from the different actors on the U.S./Mexico Border to gain a holistic understanding of the immigration system. Students will have the chance to meet with individuals and organizations that provide basic humanitarian aid, advocate for migrant and border communities, and much more. By traveling with BorderLinks, we will have the chance to meet people that are directly affected by the current economic and immigration policies in place, and receive tools and resources to work for justice in our own community. BorderLinks works with many faith-based groups, including the Jesuit-run Kino Border Initiative. For more information visit: http://borderlinks.nationbuilder.com/.

  • Guayaquil, Ecuador June 24 – July 1, 2019
  • In partnership with Rostro de Cristo, a Volunteer & Retreat Program based in Guayaquil, Ecuador for over 25 years, students and adults will experience first-hand what life is like for those living in the community of Monte Sinai, located in northwest Guayaquil. The group will have the opportunity to share in the daily lives of the community, in which the majority of inhabitants live off less than $2 a day. Every day, group members will dedicate several hours to visiting and sometimes working with residents of different areas. The group will stay at a Rostro de Cristo retreat house. One of the year-long volunteers from Rostro de Cristo will work with the Magnificat group throughout our stay and serve as the primary link between the Magnificat group and the Ecuadorian people. To learn more, please visit their website at www.rostrodecristo.org.

Counseling Department

Summer Internships, Experiences, and Enrichment

Many colleges offer opportunities for students in leadership, academics, and enrichment. Please check postings in the Marian Commons and on Naviance (Naviance>College>Research Colleges>Enrichment Programs)to explore these many opportunities with your daughters. If your daughter plans to participate in any summer experience, whether at a college, camp, or program where she applies and is accepted, please let her counselor know. Thank you!

Mothers' and Fathers' Club

Student Life

Magnificat Celebrates 61st Commencement Ceremony

On May 21st, the class of 2019 participated in Magnificat's annual Commencement ceremony in the Performing Arts Center. Over 1,000 family members, friends, and loved ones attended the event and watched these accomplished young women cross the stage and become a part of the Magnificat alumnae community.

Chosen by her classmates to deliver reflective remarks on their high school experience, Brigid Naughton described how lucky this class was - and all Magnificat students are - to attend a school that is "so much better than 'normal.'" Click here to view a recording of her speech.

Among the class of 2019 graduates, 99 percent will enroll in a two- or four-year college. In total, the class of 2019 was awarded an impressive $20 million in scholarships to put toward their postsecondary education.

Congratulations to our newest alumnae! We can't wait to see the many ways you will make an impact on the world!