2016-2017 In the News
Josie Wesseler named to U.S. Presidential Scholars Program
Congratulations to Josie Wesseler who has been named one of more than 4,000 candidates in the 2017 U.S. Presidential Scholars Program. The candidates were selected from nearly 3.5 million students expected to graduate from U.S. high schools in the year 2017. Inclusion in the U.S. Presidential Scholars Program, now in its 53rd year, is one of the highest honors bestowed upon graduating high school seniors. Scholars are selected on the basis of superior academic and artistic achievements, leadership qualities, strong character and involvement in community and school activities. Congratulations Josie!
OA Students Bring Home Gold
State Champ Curt Eckstein
CONGRATULATIONS TO STATE CROSS COUNTRY WINNER CURT ECKSTEIN!
Curt claimed only the 2nd state title in school history with a time of 15:13 which was 27 seconds better than the number 2 runner. This was the 2nd largest winning margin since 1968. Cross Country races are not divided by school size so Curt was THE STATE WINNER. Curt was honored at an all school rally on Monday. During his Adopt A Sis time on Wednesday, the Sisters of St. Francis gave him a special cross to wear in future races and some yummy treats. They also sang their special blessing prayer for him. In addition, he received the Charles F. Maas Mental Attitude Award from IHSAA. This award is given the top runner at the state meet who was determined to have the best demonstrated mental attitude, scholarship, leadership, and athletic ability.
Pumpkin Show Winners
Congratulations to Clay Hunger & Haleigh Reed who represented OA in the Versailles Pumpkin Show Contest. Clay was named first runner up and Haleigh was named Queen.
OA's Torch Bearers
Oldenburg Academy's Curt Eckstein carried the Indiana Bicentennial torch through the town of Oldenburg. Freshman Justine Stenger from Aurora carried the torch in honor of her great-great-great-great-great-grandmother Rachel Powell Baker.
Upper Class Induction
This year we will revive a tradition at OA that recognizes and ritualizes the transition of students from “underclassmen/women” to “upperclassmen/women”. At Mass on Wednesday, September 14, the Senior Class officially welcomed the Juniors to join them as upperclassmen/women. This happened after communion and was ritualized by giving them a pin featuring OA’s crest. This symbol of “Virtue, Honor, Education” is the hallmark of what it means to an OA student and soon, an OA graduate. All are invited to wear the pin with pride and honor.
Since this tradition is being revived now, we did not want the seniors to feel overlooked. They received their pins in Religion class on Wednesday prior to Mass so they can now lead by example.
OA Welcomes New Faces in Leadership