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Alumna Builds Successful Career Helping to Train, Coach Others

Elenor Barnes '78 was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Her father, William Jr., was an Industrial Arts Teacher at Boys Technology and Trade School and her Mother, Ernestine, was a stay-at-home mom. The youngest of five children and the only girl, Barnes grew up in a low-income household. Despite this, Barnes never actually knew that the family had such challenges. She attributes this to the profound love that she felt at home from her parents.

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Greetings SJA Families and Friends,

As you know, today, students all over the country will "walk-out" of school in "protest" of school shootings...and to try to activate change among our political leaders in order to take measures that will keep them safe in schools. At St. Joan Antida High School, we will not wade into the debate between a student's 1st Amendment rights to protest or another person's 2nd Amendment rights to own a gun. Instead, we choose to empower our students to participate in today's national movement, and to prayerfully remember the victims of school shootings and gun violence everywhere. We will pray for peace in our community and love for our fellow human beings.

Read more about A Letter From our Head of School Concerning the Nationwide School Walk-outs Today:

Portia Young began telling stories as a young girl in her native Detroit. In fact, her second-grade teacher at Gesu Elementary Catholic School in Detroit, first noticed her writing ability and encouraged Portia to keep it up, by posting her tales on the wall in the hallway. She continued her Catholic education at one of metro Detroit's premiere college-preparatory high schools for girls: Mercy High School in Farmington, Hills.

Read more about 2018 Recipient of SJA's Trailblazer in Women's Leadership Award: Portia Young

St. Joan Antida High School's (SJA) 25th Annual Auction Inspired Change: Redefining the 21st Century Woman is right around the corner. We need your help to ensure we raise the necessary funds to continue providing a rigorous college-bound education to all young women who we serve.

Your contributions are invaluable to the success of our Auction. Contributing is easy - these are three simple ways you can help make a big difference.

1. Donate a $25+ gift card to your favorite restaurant
2. Purchase a bottle of wine for our wine auction and help us secure a total of 35 bottles (90+ rated wine valued at $30 or more)
3. Purchase an item from our 2018 Wish Tree

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St. Joan Antida High School welcomes Henry Cooper! Originally from Mountain View, California, Cooper moved here in 2014 to become a student at Marquette University. At Marquette, Cooper studies Secondary Education, History, and has a minor focusing on Political Science.

Henry is currently helping as a student teacher for our World History Freshwoman class. Welcome Henry to SJA!

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The message Discovery World hopes to drive home with Girls & STEM event on November 11 is that any girl can thrive in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math.

The interactive event is designed to spark new interests, make real-life connections, and fight stereotypes and obstacles facing young girls and women in Milwaukee. Girls & STEM hopes to inspire young women to see themselves as future STEM leaders by connecting brilliant female professionals with girls while inspiring creativity and curiosity through engaging hands-on STEM activities. The event will feature more than 35 organizations dedicated to cultivating confidence and empowering girls.

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The Milwaukee Bucks hosted its last home opener at the BMO Harris Bradley Center last week. The future of the Bucks is bright, with a top-ranked NBA team, forward-thinking ownership, and a new state-of-the-art arena to move into less than a year from now.

The same week as its home opener, the Bucks also hosted a once-in-a-lifetime tour of its new facility for a dozen students from St. Joan Antida High School's robotics team.

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Happy Mistakes Happen and Encouraged In St. Joan Antida High School Art Classes

It should have been a disaster — a ceramics project that exploded in the kiln, leaving one hardworking art student with a few shards of broken pottery instead of a completed piece fit for her portfolio.

But instead, it was a life lesson. "I kind of just rolled with it, and I made it into a piece that was way better than the original that I had," said Sarah Kopacz, a senior at St. Joan Antida High School and creator of the exploding dish. "Happy mistakes, I guess."

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Four College Possible grads on track to beat the odds

After living in a dorm freshman year, Peter Khanthavong, the youngest of nine children of Laotian immigrant parents, moved back home to the Merrill Park neighborhood.

He did so, he said, "to save money at first and then ... my brother (who was disabled and living at home) passed away and ... my mom needed the emotional support."

Khanthavong's widowed mother has since fallen ill and now requires kidney dialysis. He takes care of her and pays most of their living expenses.

College students such as Khanthavong, who comes from a low-income family, have to overcome so many obstacles to graduate that, nationally, only 11 percent do so in six years, according to Kelly Schaer, program director at College Possible, an organization that provides such students with coaching and support to get into college and earn a degree.

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St. Joan Antida High School is Positively Milwaukee!

Thank you to Carole Meekins and TMJ4 for featuring St. Joan Antida High School in a Positively Milwaukee segment. The piece highlights our visual arts program and how we have incorporated that curriculum into our STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) focus to form STEAM. Visual arts is a part of the school's core subject areas within the International Baccalaureate (IB) program.

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St. Joan Antida High School's International Baccalaureate students present essays to advisors in inaugural Silver Platter Ceremony

Two years after St. Joan Antida High School became an International Baccalaureate (IB) World School, the school hosted its first Silver Platter Ceremony. The event, which celebrates the culmination of 18 months of intensive research, analysis and writing, features the IB students presenting their final product – an extended essay or research project – to their advisors in exchange for an IB pin.

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