Alverno Heights Academy Seniors and Freshmen Enjoy Big and Little Sister Lunch

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3:46 pm | September 19, 2019

Shortly after school officially started at Alverno Heights Academy, the Class of 2020 took on their first big act as seniors—welcoming their little sisters, the Class of 2023, to campus with a special picnic.

The picnic, held on the lower lawns of Alverno’s historic Villa del Sol d’Oro, started with a game to help the little sisters find their big sister. Each freshman was provided with a notecard that included a visual clue about her big sister and three questions to ask her. After picking a senior who matched the visual clue provided, the freshman proceeded to ask her three questions. If the senior answered yes to all of them, then she was her big sister; however, if she answered no to any of the questions then the freshman would have to move on to someone else who matched that visual clue. In the end all of the freshmen ended up finding their big sisters in under 15 minutes!

“It was great to finally be able to meet my little sister,” said Madison Ramirez ‘20, Alverno Student Union President. “I had a wonderful experience with my big sister as a freshman and I am excited to be able to share that same experience with my little sister. We have so many things in common and I am grateful that I get to help guide and encourage her during her first year at Alverno. It’s going to be a lot of fun!”

Following the reveal, the seniors took a picture with their little sisters in front of the famed Villa del Sol d’Oro that would later be presented to them as a gift. The girls enjoyed lunch on the lawns and the freshmen were able to take advantage of that wonderful senior wisdom and get all their Alverno questions answered. The girls will continue to enjoy these types of activities throughout the school year.

“The bonds that we see form between these girls over the next year are so important to their time at Alverno,” said Julia V. Fanara, Head of School. “Our seniors work hard to welcome our freshmen into the Alverno community and make sure they have a positive and exciting experience. We see their bonds grow and continue even after these seniors graduate and it is always nice to see them come back to campus to visit their little sisters year after year—it is a great example of the wonderful sisterhood at Alverno.”

About Alverno Heights Academy

Alverno Heights Academy is an all-girls, independent, progressive Catholic, college preparatory school dedicated to its mission of empowering each young woman to be exactly the person she wants to be. Located on the property of the former Barlow Estate in Sierra Madre, California, Alverno Heights Academy was founded in 1960 by the Sisters of St. Francis who sought to create an environment in the San Gabriel Valley where young women could become informed and knowledgeable persons. Later renamed Alverno High School and sponsored by the Immaculate Heart Community, Alverno’s program—academic, spiritual, aesthetic, social, and physical—has been shaped by the staff, trustees, and students. As Alverno Heights Academy once again, the school remains committed to its mission by encouraging each of their young women to be who they imagine. For more information about Alverno Heights Academy, please visit