Hello, Dolly! on Relevant Radio

Tim Heiney from Relevant Radio stopped by rehearsal for Hello, Dolly! and recorded wonderful interviews with director Angela Hineline and many of the main characters. If you’re not familiar with the show, this radio piece is a great way to learn the basic storyline. You’re sure to be excited for the show after hearing song clips and students talk about the musical in their own words! Click here for the radio piece.

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Finalists 6-Years-Straight!

Senior Justin Hineline just received word that he is a National Merit Finalist, meaning that St. Ambrose Academy has had a National Merit Finalist in each of the last 6 years — what a streak!

In order to be a Finalist, Justin had to have been among the top 15,000 seniors in the nation according to a judging team that considers test scores, grades, curricula, school recommendations, activities, leadership qualities and the candidates’ own essays. There are a lot of hoops through which to jump!

We are proud of Justin and look forward to learning which college or university he will select for next year!

Best Delegates at Model United Nations Conference

Matt Marsland, Class of 2015, founded the St. Ambrose Model United Nations team, which racked up a number of honors his senior year. Now, as a Notre Dame sophomore, Matt was part of the secretariat for the first-ever Notre Dame Model UN conference. Matt acted as “Head of Simulation” to lead the Notre Dame conference also attended by his younger, former compatriots from St. Ambrose.

Senior “Best Delegates” in front of the iconic golden dome

The St. Ambrose delegation won honors, including “Best Small Delegation” and “Best Delegate” awards for two SAA seniors, one in the Security Council and one in the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crimes.

Congratulations, alumnus Matt Marsland and the St. Ambrose Model UN delegation!

St. Ambrose Academy Reading Institute: From Dream to Reality

Kellie Raddell, Apostolate for Persons with Disabilities; Deb Krebs, SAARI director; Michael Lancaster, Superintendent of the Office of Catholic Schools; and Grant Emmel, St. Ambrose board director.

At the 10th Annual Benefit Dinner on December 10, 2016, Development Director Joe Draves shared the great news that St. Ambrose would partner with the Apostolate for Persons with Disabilities and the Diocese of Madison to form the St. Ambrose Academy Reading Institute (SAARI). That partnership has solidified, and St. Ambrose parent and SAARI director Deb Krebs’ research to address dyslexia in her own family will now benefit children all over the Diocese of Madison. Already, Deb and her tutors, who are all trained in the Barton System for Reading and Spelling, are working one-on-one three hours per week with students in two area Catholic grade schools. St. Ambrose is pleased to offer real assistance to the 20% of students who struggle with dyslexia.

Read the recent article in The Catholic Herald for more information.

On Your Coffee Table This Week…

Our Red-Aproned Chef, Bishop Robert Morlino

Our Red-Aproned Chef, Bishop Robert Morlino

Read about the 10th Annual St. Ambrose Academy Benefit Dinner in the latest issue of the Catholic Herald for the Diocese of Madison. Our very own Laura Karlen wrote about the starting point for the annual dinner: Bishop Morlino at the grill. At the first dinner, Bishop Morlino not only planned the menu with Italian favorites — St. Ambrose, Bishop of Milan, would have approved– but also cooked alongside student helpers. It was a feast! The feasting will continue this year on Saturday, December 10, 2016 at the Alliant Energy Center (register here) — there are too many mouths for Bishop Morlino to feed himself these days! Expect to see many familiar faces and hear from articulate, faith-filled young people — it’s the event of the Advent season!

8-Man Champs!

8-Man St. Ambrose/Abundant Life Championship Team

8-Man St. Ambrose/Abundant Life Championship Team

In the final showcase game of the WIAA 8-Man Football Jamboree in Rothschild, WI, the Challengers (the St. Ambrose/Abundant Life football team) overcame an early deficit to win dramatically in overtime against Prairie Farm. The final score was 40-34. This final win was the perfect end to an undefeated season (8-0) for the Challengers. St. Ambrose seniors especially were key players in the Challengers’ win. Congratulations, Challengers!

#1 Seed in Wisconsin for 8-Man Football!

The Challengers celebrate victory and the #1 seed

The Challengers celebrate victory and the #1 seed

The Challengers 8-man football team clinched the #1 seed in Wisconsin for the State Jamboree with an 8-0 season record after their victory October 15 against NEW Lutheran. The Challengers include students from St. Ambrose Academy and Abundant Life Christian School. The final score was 60-16 versus NEW Lutheran in the Great 8 North/South Crossover Game in Green Bay.

Senior Justin Hineline named National Merit Semifinalist

hineline-justinCongratulations to SAA Senior Justin Hineline, who recently received the good news that, based on his scores on the PSAT, he has qualified as a National Merit Scholarship Semifinalist for 2016. As a Semifinalist, he is part of a national pool representing less than one percent of U.S. high school seniors; he is among the highest-scoring entrants in Wisconsin. Justin will apply to be a National Merit Finalist, the next step. Congratulations, Justin!