With more ups and downs than perhaps any other year in Shattuck-St. Mary’s history, it’s time to celebrate all that our students achieved despite the innumerable odds stacked against them, particularly in the final term of the year.
Students from the BioScience, Engineering, and The Major Centers of Excellence, and the Honors Program gave their final presentations over Zoom like last year, but by this time, they had mastered the art of the Zoom breakout room. Family, friends, and faculty had the opportunity to attend specific presentations, ask questions, and congratulate these students for the cumulation of years of hard work.
While opportunities for performing and competing were very limited this year, our Performing and Visual Arts students went above and beyond to showcase their craft both on and off campus. Students in the Vocal Performance Program (VPP) and Pre-Conservatory Centers of Excellence competed in virtual contests from across the Midwest and the country. They also put on a spring recital and a Virtual Variety Show!
Additionally, the PAVA department hosted its first outdoor showcase in which audience members gradually moved around the Chapel to view innovative performances from the Band and Orchestra, members of Arch Dance Company and other dance classes, and members of VPP. Having a space for the SSM community to gather together after so long apart made for a truly magical evening.
And who could forget about the U14 Boys Hockey team and their spectacular National Championship win! Despite a year of extraordinary challenges, our youngest hockey team went on to defeat all the competition and bring home the gold.
Finally, our end-of-year events were a joy to host in-person this spring, from Senior Prom to multiple awards ceremonies to our traditional Commencement ceremony (albeit a very cold one!). This year has taught us a lot about connecting from a distance, perseverance, and adapting to unforeseen circumstances at the drop of a hat. While we may want to put COVID-19 in the past for good, it’s safe to say that the SSM community has come through it stronger than ever.