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Aracelly Bonilla '00 is the newest member of the St. Joan Antida leadership team serving as Director of Finance and Operations. She is often described as someone who is up for a challenge and has a gift for seeing the big picture. Aracelly has more than ten years of progressive experience in the finance-accounting field. Her most recent role of Finance Process Improvement Supervisor was at a local advertising agency, where she was able to implement changes that allowed for a company-wide streamlined process. Aracelly provided real time support and analysis by being a strategic adviser that added value in the decision-making process of the overall operations of the agency.

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The Sisters of Charity of St. Joan Antida and the St. Joan Antida High School Board of Directors announced today the selection of Cecelia Gore as the recipient of the 2019 Trailblazer in Women's Leadership Award. The award will be presented to Ms. Gore at St. Joan Antida High School's 26th Annual Auction, held on Saturday, April 27, 2019.

The Trailblazer in Women's Leadership Award acknowledges important women in the Milwaukee community who are trailblazers in their career and whose life and actions reflect the mission of St. Joan Antida High School. More than 64 years ago, the Sisters of Charity of St. Joan Antida were trailblazers in creating a place where they sought to educate and empower young women from all backgrounds. Today, St. Joan Antida High School is Milwaukee's premier all-girl urban high school located in the heart of downtown Milwaukee. Above all else, recipients of this award serve as role models for the young women of St. Joan Antida High School.

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St. Joan Antida High School (SJA) is thrilled to welcome Rebecca "Becca" Surges as the newest addition to our Leadership Team. Becca is a seasoned leader with a passion for all-women and all-girl education.

For the past 10 years, Becca has held various positions at institutions, including St. Joan Antida High School (as a past-Director of Admissions and Marketing), Alverno College, and most-recently Mount Mary University. Becca is a proud graduate of Alverno College where she earned a bachelor's degree in Professional Communication and a master's degree in Organizational Development. Becca truly appreciates and understands the value of an all-female education.

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St. Joan Antida (SJA) High School, Milwaukee's only all-girl International Baccalaureate World School (IB), has named Marikris Coryell as President. Coryell was selected by the school's Presidential Search Committee, and approved by the Sisters of Charity of St. Joan Antida. Coryell was chosen from a pool of five finalists resulting from a three-month search process following Paul Gessner's departure as Head of School for a position out of state. She brings more than 30 years of experience in business, operations and entrepreneurism, along with extensive non-profit and education service, to the position. Coryell will officially assume her duties on Sept. 4.

"Marikris Coryell's extensive experience and entrepreneurial spirit, along with a proven passion for values-based education, will help ensure our students are prepared to lead and serve," said Sister Theresa Rozga, Provincial for the Sisters of Charity of St. Joan Antida. "Her ability to influence organizational growth and personal development reflects the spirit of our foundress who inspired young women to go out and change the world."

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The St. Joan Antida High School Board of Directors is pleased to announce the appointment of Sean Phelan as the newest member of the Board with a three-year term which began in August.

The Board also elected new officers who will each serve a two-year term:

  • David Roettgers, Board Chair
  • Dr. Jennifer Maney, Vice Chair
  • Tricia Knight, Treasurer
  • Jerry Murphy, Secretary
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St. Joan Antida (SJA) High School, Milwaukee's only all-girl International Baccalaureate World School (IB), has named Marikris Coryell as President. Coryell was selected by the school's Presidential Search Committee, and approved by the Sisters of Charity of St. Joan Antida. Coryell was chosen from a pool of five finalists resulting from a three-month search process following Paul Gessner's departure as Head of School for a position out of state. She brings more than 30 years of experience in business, operations and entrepreneurism, along with extensive non-profit and education service, to the position. Coryell will officially assume her duties on Sept. 4.

"Marikris Coryell's extensive experience and entrepreneurial spirit, along with a proven passion for values-based education, will help ensure our students are prepared to lead and serve," said Sister Theresa Rozga, Provincial for the Sisters of Charity of St. Joan Antida. "Her ability to influence organizational growth and personal development reflects the spirit of our foundress who inspired young women to go out and change the world."

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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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