Scripture II: New Testament Final Project

As a final project for Ms. Suzie Knapp’s Scripture II: New Testament class, sophomores were asked to reflect on the question “Who is Jesus to me?” using a New Testament scripture passage, original artwork and a personal essay.  Because Mariela Lopez-Oviedo ‘19 experiences Jesus through nature, she chose a scripture image of Jesus as a vine and created her artwork from slices of tree trunks.

John 15: 4-5: “Remain in me, as I remain in you. Just as a branch cannot bear fruit on its own unless it remains on the vine, so neither can you unless you remain in me. I am the vine, you are the branches. Whoever remains in me and I in him will bear much fruit, because without me you can do nothing.”

Mariela writes: “I’ve always seen Jesus as my guide and support through every step of my life. He’s there for me when I’m down, when I need motivation, when I need support, and even when I’m in a great mood. I look to him as a mentor, helping me in tough situations, whenever I need to make it through something. Often I picture Jesus surrounded by a beautiful, outstanding view. I see him when I’m hiking on the top of a mountain surrounded by bushes and bright flowers – just standing there showing me everything he has given to me by extending his hand. The list of the things he has given me includes a healthy lifestyle, my parents, my siblings, my pets, my friends, and even the places and views I have been able to see.”

Humanities Public Service Announcement

This semester, Mrs. Emily Devereaux's '00 World History students were tasked with "saving the humanities" by advocating for the preservation of the liberal arts and by analyzing the benefits humanities provide students who are planning to pursue majors in STEM fields. This PSA was done by Daniela Miranda '19 and Mackenzie Lucas '19.

Social Justice Final

The Religious Studies curriculum requires juniors to take a semester course in Catholic social teaching (“CST”). Mrs. Donna Allen often uses the image of a tree to teach students how to understand the Church’s response to social injustices. The roots reference relevant Scripture, the trunk consists of the canon of social encyclicals, letter, synods, etc. issued by the Church, the branches represent the seven themes and 10 principal teachings of CST, and finally the leaves of the trees represent the details of the social issue in question.

This semester, Mrs. Allen’s social justice class prepared a capstone final project using this image. The final assessed a student’s ability to formulate an overview of the Church’s response to a particular social injustice taking place in our world today. Students started by researching an issue of their choice as well as the Church’s response to the injustice. They then used their research to create a tree representing their findings. The results of their research and beautiful artistic expressions are a powerful testament to these young women’s ability to understand and critically analyze issues, while prayerfully considering how they can make real the kingdom of God in our world today by working for peace and justice for all.

dsc_2512Teri Gonzales ’18 writes: “For my alternative Social Justice final, I chose to research organ harvesting in China. I found this to be quite interesting because there is a huge demand in organs for transplants and surgeries, and I was wondering how on earth is China doing this? After doing some research, it took me by surprise to read that most of these organs come from prisoners of conscience or those who are on death row. I realized that I identified so many principles or themes of Catholic Social Teaching and how all of them have some sort of connection to one another, which blew my mind away! After taking this course, it has helped me to understand the seven themes of Catholic Social Teaching and open my eyes to identifying them in the current injustices of society.”

Christian Morality Final Project

Ms. Kathy Gibbs' Christian Morality final required her students to create board games using concepts learned in class. Each group worked together to come up with the game's instructions, questions and answers as well as the board's visual appearance. During final exam block, students played each other's games and wrote reflective reviews.

Favorite Poem Project

This semester, Mrs. Katie Turner's AP English Language & Composition students completed the Favorite Poem Project, a national project in which "everyday Americans" are asked to read and talk about a favorite poem. Her students decided to ask OLP faculty and staff for their favorite poems to showcase the deep and personal connections people have with poetry, even if they do not teach English. This project provides a unique opportunity to discover new poems while getting to know our spectacular students, faculty and staff.

All poetry readings were recorded and are compiled in this YouTube playlist. You can also watch the playlist below.