Our graduates prove that with an SJA education, anything is possible.
More than nine out of ten SJA graduates go to pursue post-secondary education. With more than 4,500 graduates, SJA women are making a difference in Milwaukee and beyond! With education serving as their foundation, our graduates have gone on to become successful women serving as leaders in a multitude of industries including: healthcare, education, law, government and non-profit leadership just to name a few.
To share your story or to recommend a graduate we should reach out to, please contact us at Alumnae@SaintJoanAntida.org or (414) 274-4728.
Voted by her SJA graduating class as "Most Likely to Win a Grammy," Naima Adedapo, '03, would indeed go on to wow audiences across the country, winning hearts as a finalist on Season 10 of American Idol. A singer/songwriter with a soul-pop sound, Adedapo recently relocated permanently to Nashville with her two daughters to pursue music full-time, signing a music publishing deal with Given Music Publishing.
While Sahara Aden, recent SJA graduate from the class of 2015, is sitting in the hall of the Milwaukee School of Engineering (MSOE) Campus Center, she shouts out occasional greetings to passing students, including her SJA and MSOE classmate Fabiola Garcia, '15, as well as two new friends. It's only the third week of classes at MSOE, but Aden has been hard at work getting to know her classmates and professors. Openness, positivity, and a willingness to ask for help are themes in Aden's life; these values have carried her from refugee camps in Kenya to an underwritten education in Electrical Engineering at MSOE, Milwaukee's premier engineering university.
Oluwatomisin "Tomi" Ladeinde is a junior at Cardinal Stritch University studying Accounting. Ladeinde is also the recipient of the Wigchers Family/Zilber, Ltd. Scholarship as part of a partnership between the Boys and Girls Club, Cardinal Stritch, and Mary Ann and Art Wigchers. A transfer student to St. Joan Antida High School (SJA) from Nigeria, Ladeinde remembered well the warm support she received from the school. We asked Ladeinde to spare a few moments to reflect on how SJA has influenced her life so far, and what she would like other students to remember.
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.
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.
Each year, the St. Joan Antida High School (SJA) Alumnae Association is proud to recognize one SJA alumna's outstanding contributions to her profession and/or community which support the mission of SJA.
Do you know an SJA alumna who is a distinguished leader in her field? Who serves SJA directly with her time, talent, or treasure? Who empowers girls and women through her professional work and/or community outreach? Nominations for our 2020 Alumna of the Year will open in the Spring!