Alverno High School Seniors Take On New Projects

Thirty Alverno seniors recently presented their “Senior Projects” to the student body and members of the local community. These projects were an opportunity for these young women to explore a passion or future career path before they graduate from Alverno. This year projects ranged from horse training to stage make-up to Olympic weightlifting to veterinary medicine. Each student was given the opportunity to select a project that they were passionate about and complete it over a semester long period. These were presented on Tuesday to the student body and evaluated by a panel of judges composed of Alverno staff members. These judges determined which students would be selected to receive the prizes for their incredible work.

In the end, Ashley Roberson received the $150 first place prize for her project, “Training Titan.” Ashley trained a four year old horse named “Titan” who had never been ridden and had never even left the Altadena backyard where he had been raised. Ariel Cristi took home second place and $100 for her work at a local veterinary hospital; training that will come in handy when she majors in veterinary medicine in the fall. The third place and $75 winner was Raylene Acevedo and Sydney Hernandez-Barber who designed dresses out of pillowcases to be donated to an orphanage in Ghana. In fourth place, Madison Mennie won a $50 gift card for her adventure into Olympic weightlifting.

Six honorable mentions and gift cards were also awarded to Angelina Gerpe for exploring the role of female “gamers” in the gaming community, Lucy Gervais for creating her own cookbook, Stephanie Hardin for learning stained glass, Lauren Moore-Sanchez for choreographing Alverno’s production of Godspell, Marissa Seanez for learning how to deejay, and Ariana Shafai for stage make-up.

“These students have worked exceptionally hard over the past semester on these projects,” said Cynthia Cales, Alverno English teacher. “Many of them went above and beyond what was required and truly developed new skills, passions, and interests that will carry them beyond their time at Alverno.”

“Our seniors will be leaving us in a short two and half weeks,” said Ann Gillick, Head of School. “These projects are not only an opportunity to build new passions and skills but also the opportunity to demonstrate their preparedness for life after Alverno. Each of these young women have proven that they have the skills, knowledge, and poise to succeed and thrive in whatever they choose to do—they are true examples of Alverno’s mission of empowering each young woman to be exactly the person she wants to be.”

About Alverno High School

Alverno High School is a Catholic, private, college preparatory school for young women dedicated to preparing them to function in a society as informed, knowledgeable persons, who have the requisite skills to make and implement mature decisions about complex problems. Enlivened by the spirit of its Immaculate Heart Community sponsors, and mindful of the Franciscan roots of its founders, Alverno’s program—academic, spiritual, aesthetic, social, and physical—is shaped by the staff, trustees, and students in light of the world for which the students are being educated. Alverno’s mission is to empower each young woman to be exactly the person she wants to be and since 1960, Alverno has empowered more than 4,100 women to meet that goal. For more information about Alverno High School, please call (626) 355-3463 or visit


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