Julia Waight
Today's profile of Benet Academy senior, Julia Waight, concludes this year's Senior Spotlight series. Since February, we have reconnected with fifteen members of our Class of 2015 and presented our readers with a glimpse of how they have succeeded and excelled in their high school experience.
Regardless of whether these alums attended Naperville North, St. Francis, Benet, Neuqua Valley, or Naperville Central, they all had one thing in common......their foundation for success was the well rounded education they received at Saints Peter and Paul School.
  • I am a Level 10 competitive gymnast at Phenom Gymnastics. I started gymnastics at age three, and I have been competing since age six. I practice 20 hours/week which limits my ability to get involved in many Benet extracurricular activities.
  • I like attending Benet sporting events, musical productions, and other activities any chance I get.
  • I am also a member of the National Honor Society. 
  • I have achieved First Honor Roll six semesters at Benet and Second Honor Roll one semester.
  • I was also recognized as being an Illinois State Scholar.
  • In last year's state competitions, I placed 3rd All Around, 2nd in Bars, 4th in Vault, and 5th in Floor
  • I also competed in the Junior Olympic Nationals in my sophomore year. 
  • I have volunteered at Loaves and Fishes Food Pantry.
  • I have also volunteered at Feed My Starving Children.
College Plans:  
  • I will be attending the University of Illinois this fall.
  • I have accepted a roster spot on the Fighting Illini women's gymnastics team and am excited for the opportunity to be a Division I athlete!
  • I plan on studying Kinesiology in the College of Applied Health Sciences. 
Career Goals:  
  • I would like to combine my love of athletics with my interest in studying human anatomy. 
How My Catholic Faith Resonated With Me As A Teenager:  
  • My faith has been instrumental in helping me keep a balance in my life. My academic coursework combined with my gymnastics practice schedule has been very demanding.  
  • I go to Mass every weekend which puts everything on hold and helps me find peace. 
What I Learned at SSPP That Has Helped Me In High School:  
  • My years at SSPP helped form my faith beyond what my family alone could.
  • I also learned time management skills that prepared me for balancing academics, athletics, and a social life. 
Teacher That Influenced Me At SSPP:  
  • Mr. Puc - Not only did Mr. Puc provide me with a solid grammar foundation, he also taught me the importance of having a good attitude.
  • He was a very positive and energetic teacher! 
Best SSPP Experience:  
  • While I loved going to Timberlee and Washington D.C., my favorite memories are simply having free time to play games at recess with my friends!
Advice For Current Students:  
  • Keep your friends from SSPP, but don't be afraid to meet new people.
  • I feel blessed to have many strong friendships that originated at SSPP!

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    Volume 6, No. 49
   May 28, 2019

Have you made your tax-deductible gift yet?

To date, we have not met our goals, including raising $50,000 in gifts from current school parents.

As of today, we are at 60% of that mark.

Gifts can be made through June 30.

The Queen of Hearts 
jackpot currently 
sits at $18,000.

Tickets are now sold at Quigley's on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday;  in the 
St. Paul Center on Tuesday -Thursday from 8 am - 4 pm; after  the Saturday 
5:00 pm Mass and the Sunday
9:30 & 11:00 Masses .

You can also purchase tickets online from 5pm Sunday evening to 5:00 pm on Wednesday.

The next drawing is
Saturday, June 1.



September 12,
Cress Creek.



When our school was founded in 1853... 

   ... the idea of storing food in cans dated back about 50 years earlier.   Most cans, however, were made of wrought iron with a tin lining.  To open these cans, which could be as thick as 3/16 of an inch, it was suggested they be cut at the top with a chisel and hammer.       

 It wasn't until January 5, 1858, when Ezra J. Warner invented the first U.S. can opener.