The Academy of Our Lady Girls Scouts Club, Troop #487 enthusiastically donated two benches and five clocks to their school as an expression of their gratitude towards the school for supporting its first Girl Scout troop. The troop chose to purchase clocks and benches to adorn the various areas around the campus to enhance the waiting area in front of the cafeteria. Thank You Girls Scout Club #487 for your giving generosity!
Bendicion! A Mass of the Holy Spirit kicked off the new school year well attended by parents, students and faculty. Excitement was in the air with the first bell ringing. The 415 students embraced the adventure of a new chapter in their lives as they began the school year.
This year proves to be even more special as this year’s students become a part of Academy’s history as the school celebrates its 65th Anniversary – Cherish, Celebrate and Embrace. With a full week of activities, meet and greet, ice-breakers, fashion show, freshmen/new students breakfast, the first week was filled with adventure as once again a new school year begins and the Academy’s mission of fostering young women in academic excellence, responsible leadership, global awareness, social justice and compassionate service, rooted in the unique charisma of Catherine McAuley, foundress of the Sisters of Mercy is underway.
“Happy 65th Birthday Academy of Our Lady of Guam”, cheered loudly by Sr. Francis Jerome, President, as she welcomed all students by class. Guiding the girls in her message to embrace The Seven Gifts of the Holy Spirit, of Wisdom, Understanding, Knowledge, Wonder & Awe, Reverence, Right Judgment and Courage, as their guiding tools for a successful school year. In closing with spirited encouragement, she exclaimed -- “We’ve come a long way, we need to show the strength of our school – the strength of Academy”, to which drew an outburst of applause from the students who were all excited and aflame to begin the new school year! Have a Blessed School Year, Acadamians!
The Academy of Our Lady of Guam Class of 2015, donned with pink, orange, and yellow Gerbera daisies, ended their penultimate school year with a Mass of Thanksgiving and the annual Junior Ring Ceremony on May 23, 2014 in the Dulce Nombre de Maria Cathedral-Basilica. The class rings were blessed by Father Michael Jucutan and presented to the Class of 2015 by the school’s president, Sister Francis Jerome Cruz, RSM, (AOLG President) and Mrs. Mary Meeks (AOLG Principal).
The Junior Ring Ceremony has been a long-standing tradition of the Academy. According to Lourdes Babauta, Dean of Admissions at the Academy, “Traditions play an important roll in forming how one perceives oneself and the community to which one belongs.” The Junior Ring Ceremony symbolizes a rite of passage for the Class of 2015 – a passage that begins their senior journey, the last stretch of high school. “The class ring is a symbol of commitment,” says Babauta. “It represents the covenant between the school and the students.”
The Academy of Our Lady of Guam participated in the University of Guam Chemistry Titration Competition on March 11, 2014 held at UOG. Two teams from the school, under the guidance of their Chemistry teacher, Mrs. Yvette Camisura, competed for the first time in this annual event. Senior Christine Kim won first place in the individual competitor award.
The Academy of Our Lady held its annual May Crowning on May 1, 2014 with Liturgy celebrated by Father Tom McGrath at the Cathedral-Basilica. The custom and tradition of the May Crowning traces its origins to the Jesuits who celebrated this devotion since the 16th century. This annual event, which is a practice close to the hearts of many devout Catholics, honors and celebrates Mary as the Queen of Heaven and Earth and the Mother of God. The Church considers it fitting that the month when Spring is at its full bloom, May, is an opportune time to be reminded of how we, too, can share the fullness and freshness of life through following the example of the Blessed Virgin Mary in her “Fiat” (her “yes”), allowing God’s will unfold in her life.
The custom of the May Crowning has been a tradition at the Academy since its founding in 1949. As part of the tradition, during the May Crowning Liturgy, the Seniors present Mother Mary with flowers upon the Crowning of Mary. With the Crowning of the image of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Academy students along with all those who practice this tradition, place themselves under Mother Mary’s protection and ask for her intercession in granting us the grace to be able to follow in her loving example.