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The St. Joan Antida Board of Directors, with the full support of the Sisters of Charity of St. Joan Antida, unanimously voted to name Elizabeth Lingen Principal of St. Joan Antida High School (SJA) effective July 1. With this appointment the school will be returning to a President/Principal model for its key leadership roles.

Lingen has worked in Catholic higher and secondary education her entire professional career. In addition to her strong academic experience as Assistant Head of School, Lingen has also served on the school's Leadership Team as Dean of Students and Director of Admissions during her 11 year tenure at St. Joan's. Prior to her experience at SJA, Lingen

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On Thursday, May 30th, St. Joan Antida High School celebrated the Class of 2018 at the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist. Memories and heartfelt wishes to SJA's Faculty were among this year's message from our 2018 Valedictorian Sara Mitchell and Salutatorian Emily Quezada. We are proud of their accomplishments and officially send them out into the world as SJA Alumnae.

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The Sisters of Charity of St. Joan Antida share an important message regarding a leadership transition at St. Joan Antida High School. Questions or concerns should be directed to Joel Cencius, Director of Development and Communications at (414) 274-4710 or Please continue to visit our website for the latest in SJA news and events. .

Thank you for your continued support of St. Joan Antida High School and its students.

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SJA is proud to announce that junior Daijahnay Canady has been named the Boys & Girls Clubs Youth of the Year for the state of Wisconsin, the highest honor given to Boys & Girls Club members. Canady competed against thousands of other teens in Wisconsin to earn this honor. A survivor of sexual assault, Canady shares her journey of acceptance and self-discovery.

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SJA students were among the 60 local high schoolers that participated in a series of job shadowing events at Northwestern Mutual to introduce them to STEM-related career opportunities in technology. Hands-on opportunities included cracking code with Kano Coding Kits and building a computer from scratch, allowing students to experience first-hand what a future career in that field may feel like.

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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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