SCA Online News
November  2019
Alma Matters

Olga Segura '07, associate editor of America Magazine,
brings a fresh perspective to America Media

Olga Segura '07,  an associate editor at America Media and co-founder and co-host of the podcast, "Jesuitical," covers stories about racial justice within and outside the Catholic Church. "My favorite part about writing for America Media is that I get to tell the stories of black and brown Catholics all across the country," she says. 
Olga began with America Media after she graduated from Fordham University with a double major in English and Italian Language and Literature. While at Fordham, she was also an intern at the Permanent Mission of the Dominican Republic to the United Nations. 
"Whenever I am trying to think about what story to tell, I ask myself: 'How do I represent and highlight the lived experiences of black and brown people in the United States? What stories matter to this community?' These are the people I always choose to highlight in my work."
She credits St. Catharine's with teaching her "how to be a woman for others and how to care about social justice." Olga says, "My years at SCA were some of the most formative of my life from playing Varsity Volleyball to AP Italian to mandatory volunteer hours."
Thinking about teachers, Olga remembers her math teacher, Mr. Antinore, fondly, even though math was not a favorite subject. "Even though I never developed a taste for math after high school, he taught me the power of studying, especially when something doesn't come easily."

Olga is currently working on a book on race, the Black Lives Matter movement, and the Catholic Church, which will be published in Spring 2021.

Student Spotlight

Amanda Lewis (center) as a student in the HAP program in 2015.

Amanda Lewis '20 shares her passion
for robotics with future Catharinites

Amanda Lewis '20, is a member of the first All Girls Robotics Team to go to Nationals. She also works with middle schoolers who come to St. Catharine's over the summer to teach them about robotics. 

That is when Amanda first discovered robotics as part of the summer program for middle schoolers. "In 2015, I had the chance to build with K'Nex at the SCA HAP program. That is when my love for robotics started to build," she says. Amanda continued with robotics in the summer before her freshman year in the Kickoff Program and has been a member of the robotics team during her years at St. Catharine's.

She says she enjoys working with prospective students when they come to visit during Spend A Days and she hopes to encourage other young women to become part of robotics at St. Catharine's. She and the team are looking forward to another strong year of competition.

Amanda is considering pre-law after graduation. She is still collecting college acceptances and scholarship offers.
Around SCA

130 years of SCA!
In 1889, the Sisters of Mercy first welcomed students to St. Catharine Academy on the Friday before Thanksgiving, November 22. This year, on Friday, November 22, the SCA community celebrated 130 years of St. Catharine Academy and gave thanks for all who have been part of this rich tradition.

6,000 food items collected for Thanksgiving Food Pantries

St. Catharine Academy students, along with the SCA community, collected 6,000 food items for Thanksgiving Food Pantries. The SCA Chapel became a storage space as students gathered the food during homeroom each day. Just days before Thanksgiving, they loaded all the boxes in cars so that it could go to the Mercy Center and Our Lady of the Assumption's Food Pantry.

Sports Shorts
Winter Sports to begin

The cheer teams and basketball teams are just beginning their seasons. Watch this space and social media for updates. 
Circle the Calendar

Young Alumnae Save the Date
Young alumnae come back to SCA on Friday, January 10, 2020 and share your college experiences with the Class of 2020. It is a great chance to reconnect with young alumnae too. RSVP.

Announcing Best Bites of Bronx and Westchester

Coming to SCA on Thursday, March 26, 2020 for food and family fun. Learn more.
Participating restaurants (list will update regularly)

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Donate Now (This year's Fund for Catharinites runs through August 31.)