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Alumna's Life Comes Full Circle

The oldest of seven children, Christine Weidner '68 was born and raised on Milwaukee's north side. Her father owned and operated Emery's bike shop, which is successfully in operation to this day. However, with seven children at home, money was always tight. In order to attend St. Joan Antida High School (SJA), Weidner had to work in order to pay for her own tuition, book fees and uniforms.

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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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Can't attend this year's Auction but want to help? You can support our students by donating to SJA's 2018 Wish Tree. Donation options include much needed school items such as the following:

  • Classroom sets (15 books) of "The Great Gatsby" ($175 each set)
  • ACT Prep materials for one student ($100 each)
  • IB Environmental Science Textbooks ($75 each)
  • RoboChix Robotics Program field and robot supplies ($500)
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Tickets for SJA's signature event are selling fast! Don't miss your opportunity to join Auction Co-Chairs Ginny Finn, '78, and Sue Hickey on April 28 as we celebrate SJA's long-standing commitment to educating and empowering young women.

Join us for a powerful and moving evening that will feature a cocktail reception, dinner and drinks, silent, live and scholarship auctions. Funds raised from this event support student scholarships, academic programs and critical operating needs of the school.

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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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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.

Read more about SJA Student Named Wisconsin's "Youth of the Year!"

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.

Read more about Northwestern Mutual Hosts SJA Students at Job Shadow Event

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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