During the weekend of Sept. 14-16, the SSMO campus was alive with the events held for alumni of Valley Catholic High School, St. Mary of the Valley High School and St. Mary of the Valley Academy. Mother Nature cooperated, providing a beautiful, warm weekend, and Dennis Uniform provided the “Rampart Plaid” tablecloths that set the stage for many of the events. On Friday, alumni were among the 91 golfers who teed off at Ghost Creek at Pumpkin Ridge Golf Course for the “Whole in One” golf tournament held by the Sisters of St. Mary of Oregon Foundation. For the full story on the golf tournament, click here.
On Saturday alumni went “back to class” in the high school and enjoyed and hour and a half with three teachers who have been perennial favorites of students: Ed Braun (religion), Phil McQueen history) and Kipp Johnson (math). Alumni enjoyed seeing themselves among the hundreds of photographs plastered on Mr. Braun’s classroom walls, and listened to the teachers talk about what’s new
on campus and relate some of their best memories from years past. Mr. Braun also spoke on a more serious note about the transcendental aspects of sports such as reinforcing our values and romoting community.
Next up was the tailgate party before the football game. The tailgater was held at the “Villa” on campus, where about 85 people gathered to enjoy a barbeque of sausages donated by Zenner’s and tasting 16 varieties of beer donated through Lexi Harris Megenat ’93 and Widmer Brothers Brewing. The kids enjoyed playing a game called cornhole and the “Mr. Valiant” ball toss. The tailgater was followed by the football game, Valley Catholic vs. Sheridan, which enjoyed the highest attendance of perhaps any home game since the team premiered in 2009. Although the Valiants did not come out on top, the game was a nail-biter until the very end. During half-time, alumni, current students and children took the field for a football toss. After the game, campus tours were given to about 30 alumni, focusing on the Convent, the new Elementary & Middle School, and the High School. The alumni especially enjoyed seeing the newest displays of the graduating classes that have been framed and hung on the second floor of the high school. The former students were also permitted to take a peek into the teacher’s lounge, a forbidden area as a student. That evening, two classes had reunions: the Class of 1992 had their 20-year reunion at Caldera Public House; and the class of 1977 had their 35-year reunion at the Cornelius Pass Roadhouse.
The festivities continued through Sunday, when alumni gathered at the Convent chapel for Mass, followed by a reception. Alumni participated in the Mass, attended by about 60 people, both as lectors and in the choir. Those who read were Sr. Catherine Hertel ’59, Tara Bassett ’77, and Sr. Barbara Rose Sohler ’62. In the choir loft, singers from class of 1977 joined the Sisters. The reception that followed was in honor of Sr. M. Juliana Monti, who retired earlier this year after devoting 41 years to the fine arts—and the choir program in particular—at the high school. Alumni who had traveled from as far away as the East Coast—and from classes ranging from 1976 to 1992—sang for Sr. Juliana and told stories of their days in choir, and at one point, Sr. Juliana and Sr. M. John Therese Miller joined in song with them. The weekend was full of laughter, reconnection and fun! Looking forward to the next Alumni Weekend in September 2013!
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