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Magnificat Monthly

March 2019


National Council for Women in Technology Aspirations Awards

Congratulations to Anjali Singh ’20 who was awarded a 2019 Ohio Affiliate Honorable Mention for the National Council for Women in Technology Aspirations Awards. The awards recognize high school women in grades 9 through 12 for their “demonstrated interest and achievements in computing, proven leadership ability, academic performance, and plans for post‑secondary education.” For more information, click here.

Mechanical Engineering Coming to Magnificat

Magnificat is excited to announce a new course for 2019-20: Introduction to Mechanical Engineering! This opportunity has been made possible through a partnership with Motogo Cleveland, an organization co-founded by alumna Molly Vaughan '99. Through Motogo’s industrial curriculum, students will be engaged learn the foundations of mechanical engineering through the hands-on experience of disassembling and reassembling a motorcycle engine under the guidance of a licensed teacher. This addition to our growing STEM curriculum provides exciting opportunities for students who want to engage in entrepreneurship, complex problem solving, and machine learning.

Sacraments Listening Project

Innovation & Instructional Technology Coach Colleen Greller spent time in Sacraments classes preparing seniors for the technical aspects of the capstone project for their class. After studying the Catholic Church's teaching on the seven sacraments, students will conduct an interview with someone about a life-changing sacrament. These audio interviews, inspired by StoryCorps, will be edited and presented in their classes. This project encourages students to develop an appreciation for the lived experience and real-life impact of the sacraments. The project also helps students become more proficient using programs like iMovie and WeVideo as they record and edit their interviews.

What Happens To Water After We Use It?

This February, Environmental Science students visited the Lakewood Wastewater Treatment plant as part of their unit on water. Prior to the visit, students completed a lab regarding water treatment, including taking a sample of Lake Erie Water and treating it to make it potable.

During their tour of the Wastewater facility, students learned what happens to water after it goes down drains, sinks, and toilets, and into the sewer system. They observed first-hand the various treatments used to make the water clean enough to return to Lake Erie. Some students held the non-pathogenic sludge (pictured left), the solid waste left over after treatment, which is used as compost on a farm in northeast Ohio.

Witness for the Prosecution Performance

On February 26, the sophomore class visited The Hanna Theater to see the Great Lakes Theater production of Witness for the Prosecution. Before seeing the show, Honors English 10 students independently read a separate novel by Agatha Christie to familiarize themselves with her style and masterful ability to build suspense. Reading and discussing their books grew their excitement to see a different mystery play performed on the stage.

The play exceeded student expectations as they were trying to solve the mystery from the beginning right up to the end of the show. After the performance, several actors came back onstage to participate in a question and answer segment. This was a great opportunity for students to see the cast out of character and speaking about their experiences preparing for the show as well as giving some insight into possible future careers in the performing arts.

A few Magnificat students and teachers were invited to sit on stage as part of the jury and observation gallery. This was an amazing opportunity to see the audience from the same perspective that the actors have. Actors delivered lines directly to the student jury members and Miss Twohig got to be a part of the show by standing up and announcing the verdict of the trial.

(Pictured from left to right are sophomores Eliana Elturk, Allison Carroll, Maura Bodham, Maya Daw, Reeda El-Hayek, and “Jury Foreman” Miss Twohig.)

World Languages Film Festival

Several World Languages students are organizing an International Film Festival at Magnificat. The films will include English subtitles and will be open to the whole school. The first film screening will be Friday, March 1 of Fanny's Journey. In April, there will be additional screenings of Spanish, Chinese, and Arabic films.


Spring Open House and Art Show
Tuesday, April 9
6-8 p.m.

Prospective students and families are invited to visit our Spring Open House! Tour the school and meet with our department chairpersons and administration. Stop by the Art Show to see student artwork on display.

Seventh Grade Blue Streak for a Day
April 2, 10, 16, and 17
7th graders are welcome for special visit days. Space is limited.
To register, click here.


Magnificat's Giving Societies

Did you know? Magnificat has four giving societies to recognize the generous commitment of donors who faithfully support the Mission of Magnificat. To learn more, please visit magnificaths.org/giving.

The Magnificat Founders Society: In recognition of lifetime giving of $100,000 or more

The Magnificat 1955 Society: In recognition of gifts to The Magnificat Fund of $1,000 or more

The Blue Streak Society: In recognition of three years of consecutive giving at any amount

Sister Bernadette Vetter Society: In recognition of donors who have named Magnificat in their estate plans


Lenten Retreat for Alumnae and Friends

Monday, March 11
5:30 p.m. light meal in the Magnificat Board Room (optional)
6:30 - 8 p.m. in the Lourdes Chapel at Magnificat
Please register online here by March 4.

Please join Sister Helen Jean Novy, H.M., Vice President of Mission, to renew your spirit and prayerfully enter into the season of Lent. The theme will be “Our Accompanying God: The Meaning of the Cross.” Alumnae and friends of Magnificat High School and Lourdes Academy are welcome.

Basketball Alumnae Pre-Game Reception

Thanks to all the alumnae and friends who joined us on February 7 to cheer on our Blue Streaks as they took on and defeated Hathaway Brown on Senior Night.

Special guest of honor, Mary Fox Fischer '01, was recognized as Magnificat's all-time leading scorer. Read more here about Mary’s basketball accomplishments.

Reunion: Saturday, September 28, 2019
Calling all alumnae in classes ending in 4s and 9s -- September 28th will be your night to shine again at Magnificat. Please save the date to celebrate with your classmates.

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.

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 Blue Streak sisters 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, "Magnificat Athletics: Team Sports Before and After Title IX" on the new Archives page.


Magnificat Performing Arts One Act Festival
Friday and Saturday, March 8 and 9
7 p.m.
$5/per person
Purchase tickets online at

New this year, Magnificat students will direct plays of their choosing in the Magnificat Performing Arts One Act Festival. Student directors have worked with a faculty mentor throughout a process that included choosing a play, holding auditions, conducting rehearsals, making technical choices, and preparing for the performance. Join us for this great theatrical experience for the students and for audiences as well!

Student director, Evelyn Smits '22, shared her experience about working on this production.

How are you involved in the One Act Festival?

Evelyn: I am involved by being the director of one of the One Acts. I am directing Swagger by Eric Coble.

What have you most enjoyed about working on the One Act?

Evelyn: The part I have enjoyed the most is watching the process happen. I also love watching my actors and actresses develop their characters and grow.

What is something valuable you’ve learned from your participation?

Evelyn: From directing a One Act, I have learned to be flexible and change what we are doing that day to better fit what the actors and actresses need. I might walk in with a game plan of what I want to accomplish, but the actors and actresses might need more time on a scene or to run a scene from last rehearsal.

In your own words, why should people come to the One Act Festival?

Evelyn: Come to the One Act because it is a great way to spend your Friday night or Saturday. The actors and actresses and everyone involved in the process would love to see an encouraging audience. The support from the audience can really help the actors and actresses get excited and pumped.

Lastly, I just want to say I have had a really fun time being able to direct Swagger, and I am thankful for Maddie Low, Thalia Trump, and Kyle McNamara. Without each one them and their hard work and dedication to this play, it would have been unsuccessful. Break a leg Maddie, Thalia, and Kyle!

Congratulations to the student cast members and directors of the following one acts:

A Matter of Husbands
Famous Actress: Sidney McLain '20
Earnest Young Woman: Annie Kerwin '20
Directed by: Lillianna Morales '22

Jordan: Madelyn Low '22
Leela: Thalia Trump '22
Daniel: Kyle McNamara
Directed by: Evelyn Smits '22

Magnificat Spring Play: Our Town
by Thorton Wilder
Friday and Saturday, April 5 and 6 at 7 p.m.
Sunday, April 7 at 2 p.m.
Adults $13 | Students $8 | Seniors $8
Purchase tickets online at

Magnificat Performing Arts is excited to present the classic of American theater, OUR TOWN. First produced in 1938, the Pulitzer-Prize winning play has become an American stage treasure. The play – Wilder’s best-known and most frequently performed work - reveals the ordinary lives of the people in the small town of Grover's Corners, New Hampshire. Our Town defies most conventional theatrical genres – it is neither a comedy nor a tragedy, neither a romance nor a farce. It is, rather, a contemplative work and richly timeless commentary on nothing less than the tragicomedy of human existence. With humor, wit, and exceptionally powerful storytelling, Wilder delivers universal truths about what it means to be human and encourages us to live life to its fullest.

Best of Luck to the Dance Team

The Dance Team is participating in the Contest of Champions National Dance Competition in Orlando, Florida from February 28 to March 4. Best of luck to all our dancers and coaches in the competition!

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


Spring Sports Parent Meeting
Thursday, March 7
6:30 p.m.
Magnificat Center for the Performing Arts

This is a MANDATORY OHSAA parent meeting for the spring sports of lacrosse, outdoor track and field, and softball. Please contact the Athletic Office with any questions.

Winter Sports Wrap-Up

Congratulations to our winter sports student athletes on their commitment, teamwork, and discipline throughout the season!

Varsity Basketball finished the season 9-15 advancing to the District Semi-Final before falling to Medina.

Swimming & Diving finished 3rd in the District qualifying 5 swimmers (Emilia Guilfoyle, Maggie Karabatsos, Grace Ryan, Taylor Stockard, and Hanna Zelis) to the OHSAA State Championship Meet.

Gymnastics finished 7th in the District qualifying 2 gymnasts (Julia Pompeani & Tara Richter) to the OHSAA State Championship Meet.

Indoor Track and Field qualified 9 athletes (Mikaela Bonham, Lindsay Bush, Emily Connor, Evie Frost, Lucy Kilbane, Ella Kuhlman, Bree Mireles, Grace Powers, and Erin Prendergast) to the OATCCC State Championship Meet.

Coaches for Fall of 2019

Magnificat is looking for the following coaches for the fall season:
- Head JV Soccer Coach
- Assistant Varsity Field Hockey Coach
- Head JV Field Hockey Coach
If interested, please contact Director of Athletics, Paul Barlow at pbarlow@maghs.org.

For more Athletics updates, please visit https://magnificatbluestreaks.org/.

Campus Ministry

Lenten Project

The Lenten Project is a school-wide effort focused on the needs of our brothers and sisters in our global community. This year, students will reflect on social justice issues and raise awareness about the challenges faced by people in Ecuador, Haiti, and Mexico. All monetary donations are distributed through organizations with whom Magnificat has a partnership.

Through this project coordinated by Campus Ministry, the Magnificat community hopes to recognize and respond to Christ’s suffering, crucified and risen presence in the world today.

Kairos II Retreat

Magnificat students and staff members participated in the Kairos retreat this February. Eleven senior leaders and seven staff members helped coordinate this valuable retreat experience for students to reflect upon their relationships with God, with others, and themselves through story-telling, witness talks, communal and personal prayer, and community building fun.

Upcoming Events

Ash Wednesday All-School Prayer Service
Wednesday, March 6

Morning Mass
March 13
7:30 a.m.
Lourdes Chapel

Feast of the Annunciation All-School Mass
March 25
9:40 a.m.

Junior Family Mass
Thursday, March 21
7 p.m.
Magnificat Center for the Performing Arts

Father-Daughter Evening of Reflection
Tuesday, March 26
6-8:30 p.m.
Join us for a delicious meal, great conversation, and prayer.
$30/couple; $40/for two or more daughters
R.S.V.P. by Friday, March 8 to Angela Vasiloff at avasiloff@maghs.org

Save the Date
Mother-Daughter Evening of Reflection
Tuesday, May 7

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).

We encourage you to check out 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

Fathers' Club Fish/Shrimp Fry
Fridays, March 8 and April 5
5-7:30 p.m.
Magnificat High School Marian Commons
Adult $13 | Senior $10 | Student $8

  • Fish Meal: Lake Perch/Shrimp or Combo with Fries and Coleslaw
  • Pierogi Dinner with Fries and Coleslaw
  • Pizza Meal (Two Squares of Pizza with Fries, $5)
  • Pop or water is included with all meals.
  • Beer and wine are available for purchase.
  • Drive-thru is available.
  • No phone orders. Credit Cards are accepted.
All proceeds go toward Fathers' Club projects that benefit Magnificat High School. Questions? Contact Brigid Schaefer at bschaefer@maghs.org or 440.331.1572, ext. 255.

Have dinner and stay for the One Act Festival on March 8 or the Spring Play on April 5. Click here for more information.

Dad Prom, Class of 2019
Sunday, March 10
6-10 p.m.

St. Demetrios

Wednesday, March 13
6:30 p.m. in the Lourdes Chapel

30th Annual Gala
Blue Streak Disco Ball
Saturday, March 23
6-11 p.m.

Magnificat High School

Senior Mother-Daughter Mass and Luncheon
Sunday, March 31
11 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Avon Oaks Country Club
Register here by March 15. Confidential Angels-in-Blue financial assistance is available. Please contact Brigid Schaefer at bschaefer@maghs.org.

Magnificat Mom's Retreat
"Spirituality of Unplugging"
Saturday, April 6
9 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Founders' House of Hospitality
Led by Gretchen Nock ISI, Spiritual Director for Magnificat
Registration details to follow.

Mothers and friends of mothers, please join us to see the fruits of unplugging in the age of social media. We will discuss the importance of mindfulness, spirituality, and how to unplug. We will have a restorative hour of stretching the body. Catered lunch to follow.

Mother/Daughter Service Project
Wednesday, April 10
7-8 p.m.

Student Life

Sentimental Sleepover and Filmfest

One hundred sixty-five seniors attended the beloved Sentimental Sleepover and Filmfest. Highlights included a bedtime story read by Sister Helen Jean, a fashion show, karaoke, basketball, volleyball, badminton, and the painting of a mural with the handprints of all the Seniors in the Marian Commons (pictured right).

Claire Martin '20 and the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society

Claire Martin is competing in the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's (LLS) Students of the Year Campaign, a leadership development program and fundraising competition to benefit LLS and its mission to cure blood cancers. As part of her efforts to raise money, Claire sold valentine candy grams and students were able to dress down for a $2 donation. All proceeds will go toward the fight to rid the world of blood cancers.


In Advisory, students watched a video on bullying and discussed the ramifications of social media in today’s society. Each student created a symbol that represented a time when they felt included and a time they felt excluded. These will be on display in the Marian Commons to invite further reflection about how each of us can make Magnificat a welcoming place for all.

March Events

Dad Prom, Class of 2019
Sunday, March 10
6-10 p.m.

St. Demetrios

No Classes - NIB Free Day
Monday, March 11

Spirit Week
March 25-29

Health and Wellness Day
Tuesday, March 26

National Honors Society Induction
Wednesday, March 27
7 p.m.

Dr. Lisa Damour Presentation
Saturday, March 30
8 a.m. Registration
9 a.m. Presentation and Q&A
Magnificat Center for the Performing Arts
Click here for more information and to register.

Senior Mother-Daughter Mass and Luncheon
Sunday, March 31
11 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Avon Oaks Country Club