Danika Louw: Intel ISEF

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At the 2014 Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) in Los Angeles, Danika Louw placed 4th in the category of Engineering: Electrical and Mechanical. She also received the ALCOA Foundation Assembly and Joining in the 21st Century Award, which included a cash prize of $2,500.

“It was the most fun week of my life,” says the freshman.

Louw said that she discovered the best lesson she learned was that failure is a better teacher than success. “I learned that the hard work and countless hours all of the participants put into their projects doesn’t always pay off.”

Overall, she says that she will never forget the experiences and people from the fair.

“There were over 70 countries and territories represented, and it was so neat to see all the different cultures and hear all the different languages. It makes you
more open-minded to the world around you and realize what is beyond Tuscaloosa.”

Check out Danika in a ISEF video here.

– Leah Clark


Fall and Spring Play Productions Available on YouTube

Did you miss the fall performance of Alice in Wonderland Jr. or the spring performance of The Iliad, The Odyssey, and All of Greek Mythology in 99 Minutes or Less? Don’t worry, both are now available to view in their entirety on YouTube!

Alice in Wonderland, Jr.

The Iliad, The Odyssey, and All of Greek Mythology in 99 Minutes or Less

Teacher Feature: Mrs. Sarah Robertson

Mrs. Sarah Robertson

Mrs. Sarah Robertson

Holy Spirit has the privilege of being filled with wonderful teachers who truly care about each and every student. This week’s featured teacher is Mrs. Sarah Robertson. Mrs. Robertson teaches World History to the freshmen and Government/Economics to the seniors. She has a BA in Political Science, a BA in Journalism, and a M. Ed. in Secondary Education Social Sciences, from the University of Alabama.

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The Middle School Mardi Gras Party

A few weeks ago, March 4th to be exact, the middle school teachers of Holy Spirit Catholic School held a party in the cafeteria for the middle school students. March 4th was no ordinary day, it was Mardi Gras. Mardi Gras means Fat Tuesday in French and occurs the day before Ash Wednesday, the beginning of Lent. Since it is a day of celebration, a party was held for the middle school students from seven to nine. Over sixty students arrived and they were met with good music, courtesy of Donny Mims, and traditional Mardi Gras treats, courtesy of the middle school teachers. The popular confection at the party was a beignet, a square-shaped donut fried and covered in powdered sugar. Mrs. Sam, who made the beignets, had to frantically cook to keep pace with the students’ rate of consumption. The party then closed with a student-led prayer service and burning of palm leaves, all of which marked the beginning of Lent.