In a mid-May dance class, Melissa Anderson displayed grace and technical skill as she executed single and double pirouettes at the Ballet Academy of Texas. But March 26 marked the day when she spun into a new orbit. On that day, all the turning points in her dance career coalesced as she heard in a phone call that The Juilliard School in New York City had selected her for its freshman class.
Alysia “Allie” Johnson, a 2014 graduate of Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts, won one of the 12 spots for women in this fall’s freshman dance class at The Juilliard School, a prestigious conservatory in New York City that accepts about 7 percent of its applicants.
Kindergarten students at St. Joseph Catholic School in Waxahachie received their diplomas during a graduation Mass on May 29.
As the month of Mary draws to a close, one final song courtesy of Mary Immaculate Catholic School’s Matthew Krause.
Eighth graders at All Saints Catholic School took one last walk down the hallways before making their way towards graduation, then high school. The tradition is called “The Last Walk” and is meant as a celebratory and reflective moment for the students.
In ceremonies across the Diocese of Dallas, students from Dallas Catholic schools marked May 1 with a May Crowning ceremony to honor Mary, the Blessed Mother of Jesus.
As part of the ceremony, students put fresh-cut spring flowers at the feet of an alabaster statue of Mary in church’s sanctuary.
When Christ the King Catholic School teachers Ashley Young and Mary Allis Gracheck compare notes, they have in common a special memory that signified a powerful, enduring faith experience. Both educators are Christ the King graduates and first-year teachers at their alma mater. Both are Christ the King parishioners and Dallas natives.
Adhering to the school’s spirit of service, students from Mary Immaculate Catholic School in Farmers Branch recently donated items to the St. Vincent de Paul Food Pantry.
“The future of humanity is in the hands of men and women who are strong enough to give coming generations reasons for living and hoping.” That phrase from Gaudium Et Spes, the Pastoral Constitution on the Church in The Modern World, has been a guiding thought in the life of Msgr. Milam J. Joseph. So it came as no surprise that the Diocese of Dallas’ Episcopal Vicar uttered those words April 3 at a dedication ceremony to rename the newly renovated auditorium at Bishop Dunne Catholic School in his honor.
It didn’t take long for 11-year-old Claire Druffner to name a few of her best friends: Maggie, Morris, Alexander, Jean-Claude, Max, Anton, and Theodore Cornelius, whom she affectionately calls Teddy. As it happens, none of them are people; they’re cellos.