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 Whitehouse.gov, 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 House.gov, 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.