Thursday, September 18, 2014

Throwback Thursday: Summer Adventures

Ever wonder what your favorite Rosary faculty and staff members spent their summer doing?  They were hiking in France, sleeping in tree houses, and eating from Newton's apple tree.  

Wendy Faust
Executive Director of Advancement
Mrs. Faust and her husband traveled to Franklin, Tennessee, to visit her brother and his family. It was the first flight for their three-month-old, Wynter, and the first flight their two-year-old, Whitney, could remember and enjoy. They celebrated the Fourth of July and spent precious time as a family. They stayed in Mrs. Faust's brother's friend's "treehouse," and had no idea what to expect… but it turns out it could have been featured on the TV show "Treehouse Masters," as it was definitely a five-star treehouse! The house is owned by Christian pop star Jeremy Camp, a friend her brother's.

Lesley Fulton
Kinesiology Department
Ms. Fulton journied to Eurpoe to complete El Camino de Santiago, a pilgrimage route beginning at the foothills of the Pyrenees in France and ending in Santiago de Campostela. The entire route is almost 500 miles! She met many supportive people along the way and was cheered on by her family and friends back home the entire way!

Josephine Golcher
Science Department Chair

Mrs. Golcher visited Woolesthorpe Manor, near Grantham, Lincolnshire, England, the birthplace and family home of Sir. Isaac Newton. Mrs. Golcher and her husband John visited the interactive science center, now inside the home. She is pictured here in front of the famous apple tree and Newton's home.

Trina Hartman
Academic Counselor 
Mrs. Hartan and her husband, son, and daughter traveled to Ireland for a very special trip to baptize her daughter. Lilyanna Rose, born earlier this year, was baptized in Christ the King Church, located in Caherdavin, Limerick.

Michele Hein
Assistant Principal– Technology & Curriculum
Mrs. Hein and her family spent time in Newport Beach relaxing and soaking up the sun! Each year, she invites family and friends over to make a sandcastle– this year's is nothing short of impressive!

Michelle Reagan
Religion Department

Mrs. Reagan and her family vacationed in northern California. "We go up there every summer to see my sister and my mom.  We do a lot of camping, hiking, and boating.  This year we camped at Sequoia National park.  It was the first time my girls got to have a real campfire. We also camped at Point Reyes National Seashore where we saw Tule and elephant seals.  ​The selfie with my husband, Brian (who teaches economics at Servite) is at the Point Reyes Lighthouse."  

Terry Reinbold
Visual Arts Department
Mr. Reinbold and his family vacationed in Maui. On one of the last nights of their trip, the Reinbold family were eating dinner at Fleetwood's, Mick Fleetwood's restaurant. Mick just so happened to be playing there that evening. Pictured are Katie, Class of 2009, Terry Reinbold, Donna Reinbold, Mick Fleetwood, and Lacy, Rosary Class of 2006.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Volunteer Spotlight: Mary Binning

Mary Binning has been volunteering at Rosary since her daughter Bernadette, Class of 2015, was a freshman. She also has a son, Bill, who is now a senior at Servite.  She is an attorney who does contract legal work part-time.  She offers her thoughts on volunteering at Rosary:

"My mother was my role model for volunteering. She was a room mom, den mom, field trip chaperone, and volunteered for everything else when I was in school.  Later, she volunteered for Red Cross, soup kitchens, the hospital, church, the city, etc. She just died this year at 92 and up until the end, she was volunteering, believe it or not! 

The wonderful things in life do not occur because someone is paid to do them. They occur because people give something that everyone has, regardless of income – their love and their time. Sometimes we receive the benefit of the volunteer efforts of others. Sometimes we give it. But the best feeling is giving.

In two years, there will be no more opportunities for me to volunteer at my daughter's school and make these kinds of memories together. When my daughter remembers her years at Rosary, I want to be in those memories. And when I remember Rosary, I want to remember the many, many, other moms and dads I had the privilege of spending time with volunteering ... at track meets, Open House sign-in tables, magazine drives, Golf Tournaments, Red & Gold sales tables, Red Wine & Gold decorations, sports team helper, and all those activities that lie ahead. I'm only halfway there, and looking forward to the next two years."

Thank you Mary, for all you do for Rosary!
If you would like to get involved please contact Mike & Maryanne Martinez, our Parent Council Volunteer Coordinators, to make sure you hear about all of the opportunities to help: 

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Assemblywoman Goerlitz– Rosary's Girls State Representative

As she sat in the boardroom late at night, she put the finishing touches on the city's strategic plan. Kailey Goerlitz '15 served on the City Planning and City Theme Committees as a part of her role at California Girls State. This rising senior was chosen to represent Rosary High School at the 71st session of the California Girls State. This prestigious leadership program
of the American Legion Auxiliary (ALA) is designed to increase awareness and knowledge of governmental processes while learning about the duties, privileges, rights and responsibilities of citizenship. 

California Girls State began in 1940 with 125 girls in attendance. The attendance fees were only $15.00 fee per girl, and the ALA operated with only a $500.00 budget for the entire week. After the 1941 session, Girls State was in recess due to the war years 1942-1945.  It was back in full force in 1946. Today, the ALA provides scholarships to Girls State delegates.

Kailey balanced multiple elected positions during the week as she was later elected by her city to serve as an assemblywoman. She was responsible for passing bills that would benefit the state. Kailey says it was challenging to be open to others' ideas and to vote for the benefit of the state rather than her own personal biases.

Girls State, which took place at McKenna College in Claremont, provides an outstanding, unique, and coveted educational opportunity for the young women of California that instills the basic ideals and principles of American government. Being surrounded by 500 confident, strong, and passionate leaders from around the state served as an inspiration to Kailey to always stand up for what she believes in. "It was very interesting to hear what issues the other girls at Girls State cared about, such as the environment, the tenure system, and gun control."

Kailey plans to bring back an understanding of what issues other students her age are passionate about and to spread awareness in the Rosary community. "I really learned to listen and accept other people's ideas and I learned how to unite people together and cooperate to get bills passed. It's very important that other people my age really get involved and educated on what is happening in our government now because in a few years, we are going to be the people making changes."

Although the week is focused on learning and leadership, there are plenty of opportunities to network and socialize with the attendees. "I made so many friends that I know I will cherish for the rest of my life." 

Kailey will serve at the Editor in Cheif of the Yearbook Staff next year. She is a member of CSF, NHS, French Club, served as a Red & Gold fashion captian, and was a part of the varsity golf team. She hopes to participate as a Red & Gold captain again this year and will join the Mock Trial team.

Some past Girls State citizens/staff include:
  • Nancy Brown Park: American Legion Auxiliary National President 2013-2014
  • Jane Pauley: Broadcast Journalist
  • Ann Richards: Former Governor of Texas
  • Jessica Mitchell: VP of Design/Director of Apparel for Liz Claiborne
  • Barbara Cubin: Member of the U.S. House of Representatives, Wyoming
  • Michelle Johnson, Brigadier General : First Female Wing Commander, U.S. Air Force Academy and current deputy director of the Joint Staff's War on Terrorism, Strategic Plans and Policy Directorate at the Pentagon
  • Connie Morella: Member of the U.S. House of Representatives, Maryland
  • Terri Utley: Former Miss U.S.A. 1982
  • Kate Shindle: Former Miss America 1998, Actress, Singer, Dancer
  • Jennifer Dunn: Member of the U.S. House of Representatives, Washington
  • Michele Jackman: US Army Service Award, the “Civilian Service Medal” and government agencies trainer
  • Sandra Dorsey Rice: Vice President, Emma Bowen Foundation
  • Jessica Carroll, 2nd Lieutenant: Tennessee National Guard Airman of the Year for 2009
  • Becky Skillman: Lt. Governor of Indiana
  • Connie Lawson: Indiana Congresswoman
  • Erika Dunlap: Miss America 2004; participant on Amazing Race 15
  • Lynne Cheney: Wife of Vice President Richard Cheney
  • Stephanie Herseth Sandlin: Member of the U.S. House of Representatives, South Dakota
  • Kaye Bye: 2-time US Women's Hockey Team medalist (Gold 1998, Silver 2002)
  • Leeza Gibbons: Talk show host and reporter

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Meet your Class of 2014 valedictorian and salutatorian

Congratulations to Lauren Grobaty ’14 and Halina Szymanski ‘14, named Rosary's valedictorian and salutatorian respectively. We are certain that they will achieve whatever goals they set for themselves, and will inspire and support others along the way. Read on for a sampling of these impressive Royals' accomplishments.

Class of 2014 Valedictorian
Lauren Grobaty’s activities at Rosary have included dance, Science Club, Admissions Ambassadors, National Honor Society, Red & Gold, and National Charity League.  She was the JV captain of the dance team, is a senior competitive dancer and ballet/tap instructor at Imperial Dance Studio.  She served on ASB as the activities commissioner and was a scriptwriter for Red & Gold.  Lauren helped deliver meals to those in need through the Meals on Wheels program.

When asked what she hopes to gain from her college experience, Lauren said “I hope to incorporate my knowledge of different subjects in all areas and blur the lines between these subjects a bit. Life should be looked on as a whole, not in pieces. I hope to gain a full scope of the world.  I want to interact with all different kinds of people, from all different kinds of places, with all different kinds of opinions and dreams. I hope to gain an educated brain, a charitable heart, and an enriched soul from my college experience..”

Upon entering Rosary High School, she was named the Red and Gold Scholar, an award for one of the highest scores on the High School Placement Test by an incoming freshman. She was given the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Scholarship for Mathematics, and attended the University of Notre Dame Leadership Seminar on Science, Ethics, and Responsibility. 

Lauren was named a National Merit Finalist in the 59th annual National Merit Scholarship Program.  We wish her luck as she attends Harvard College in the fall.

Class of 2014 Salutatorian
Halina Szymanski has participated as an ASB cabinet member, NHS vice president, Science Club secretary, JV basketball, Admission Ambassadors, and CSF.

On her greatest contribution to Rosary, Halina believes that her greatest work has been with ASB. “I loved being a part of some of Rosary’s most exciting and beloved activities, such as Freshmen WOW and Red & Gold. Giving each year’s freshmen the same wonderful first experiences that I had with such activities always remained one of my priorities. I actually participated in Freshmen WOW all four of my years at Rosary, and each year was more fun than the last.” Halina was named a Red and Gold scholar for achieving one of the highest scores on the High School Placement Test, and is a National Hispanic Merit Scholar.

She describes herself as “hard-working, driven, and self-motivated.” Her dedication to self has shown through her involvement with the Girl Scouts. Halina was awarded the Gold Award for her work with the Salvation Army in Santa Fe Springs, where she cleaned up and redecorated a preschool classroom.

Halina will attend UCLA in the fall, majoring in Neuroscience. She hopes to pursue a career in psychiatry.

Monday, May 19, 2014

Thank you Mr. Kato – Rosary's Parent Paparazzi

Many of you have seen the friendly face of Rosary dad Ritchie Kato behind his camera at myriad events over the past four years. He is one of the original members of the "Parent Paparazzi," led by Terry Reinbold. Their volunteer efforts to help capture the special memories of our Royals have been an amazing gift of love.   
What many do not realize is that Ritchie Kato, in addition to being at events like Rosary Day, has made a valiant effort to obtain images of each athletic team over his time here as a Rosary parent. His daughter Leanna did not play on a sports team, and yet Mr. Kato took on the daunting task of insuring that each team had great action shots for the three editions of the media guide, their webpages, and the athletic page slide show.  

The athletic photo album contains numerous albums from the past four years that are available simply because Mr. Kato was willing to go out in the heat, rain, and wind to make sure that the memories of our young women were digitally preserved for them.   
An example of his devotion to these young women was his presence at the North/South All-Star Game, held on a weekend at Concordia University.  He made sure that he was there to get photos of the last high school contest for seniors Rachel Pau’u and Clara Linhoff.  His affection and care for our athletes has been evident in the stunning photos he captures, and the time he has devoted to improving his skills.

We will miss Mr. Kato very much, as he will also graduate from our family along with his daughter this year.

Thank you, Ritchie Kato for your devotion to capturing these memories for our community.

Monday, May 12, 2014

Rosary students develop original mobile apps

Six teams from Rosary High School will be honored at The Nixon Library for their participation in the 2014 Congressional STEM Competition: House App Contest, sponsored locally by U.S. Representative Ed Royce. STEM, which stands for science, technology, engineering, and math, is an emerging field that will produce over 1 million graduates over the next decade.

The national competition, which was authorized by H.Res 77, challenges high school students to create a fully-functioning mobile application or to design a detailed mock-up of an application.

Students in Rosary’s Multimedia and Intro to Technology classes worked through the semester to build applications in which they thought could transform a smartphone user’s mobile experience. These original applications include TurtleTV, a TV guide that suggests shows based on the users mood; iMergency, a resource for quick tips and safety procedures for different types of emergencies; and Tourist Trap, a guide for local tourist attractions in LA, Orange County, and San Diego. Rosary teachers Mrs. Kate Ball, Dr. Blase Maffia, and Mr. Dave Lyons guided these students throughout the development process. “We hope the excitement of the competition will help carry the girls towards working with programmers to generate a full-blown working app,” says Dr. Maffia, who teaches in the Science Department. “How cool would it be to see a Rosary app on iTunes?”

Rep. Royce joined forces with the U.S. House of Representatives to promote STEM explorations in high school education. “The competition could inspire the next Steve Jobs to discover their true passion,” says Royce.

According to, The Office of Science and Technology Policy, in collaboration with the White House Council on Women and Girls, is dedicated to increasing the participation of women and girls—as well as other underrepresented groups—in the fields of science, engineering, and mathematics by increasing the engagement of girls with STEM subjects in formal and informal environments, encouraging mentoring to support women throughout their academic and professional experiences, and supporting efforts to retain women in the STEM workforce.

The winner from the 39th district will be announced at The Nixon Library on Wednesday, May 14, from 6-8 p.m. The overall winner from each district will be featured on, and there will be a display in the Capitol to honor all of the district winners. Click here for more information on the STEM competition.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Six for six: One senior's college application success

Its baseball season again….and for those of you who keep track of statistics you can probably recite every player who ever went six for six at-bats.   I have no idea who that might be in the baseball world but I can tell you one Rosary student who has gone six for six this year.  Her name is Kelly Loughran and she is six for six in college applications resulting in college acceptances. 
Mrs. Crismon and I are often asked how many colleges a student should apply to during the application process.  Although there is no exact number, we often say six: two you can be sure will say “yes”; two that are likely to say “yes”, but there is a slight chance of “no”; and lastly, two that will probably say “no” but you want to take that risk and apply anyway.  Some people call that three-tiers.  Some call it safe, likely, and reach schools. I call it “no crying in April” because your choices will bring you good news, joy, and relief. 
One of the most important messages we send during the application process is “follow directions” and “listen.”  Kelly did that.  She applied to six universities and was accepted to ALL six.  She applied early action to Boston College, Miami University, and Notre Dame. She also applied to UC Berkeley, Los Angeles, and Santa Barbara.  She received six “yes” responses.  Kelly chose carefully, researching the universities that offered what she wanted and decided to forgo the angst associated with having to choose a university from among an unruly number of acceptances.
Kelly has decided to attend the University of Notre Dame and join her sister Kit and brother Ryan for the 2014-15 academic year.  She applied to The College of Arts and Letters planning to study in the Program of Liberal Studies. Congratulations, Kelly, and thanks for listening.

Mrs. Ellen Trojnar '69
Academic Counselor 

Kelly with her teammate Maddie McDonald and Ms. Andrea Barclay at the soccer senior night.

Kelly and her mom, dad, and brother.