Scecina senior makes cotillion debut

Diamond Williams Hayes is a go-getter and a leader at Scecina and outside of school. The senior, in her second year at Scecina, was elected as a Student Council class representative this fall. Then, on Nov. 8, she was among 21 young women formally presented to the Indianapolis community at the 2020 Debutante Cotillion and...

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Invitation to Scecina parents to capital campaign: Be a part of something extraordinary

My name is Nick Petrone, and I am the proud dad of three Scecina Memorial High School graduates. Over the past few years, I have had the privilege of serving as the Chair of the Scecina Parent Ambassador Team, which has granted me a unique view into the school, staff, culture, and the broader, tight-knit...

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Crusaders stay strong and keep the faith during pandemic

This week the increasing number of COVID-19 cases in Marion County led county public health officials to recommend that schools return to all online learning this month and remain in that mode through Jan. 15, 2021. While this direction is not totally unexpected, it is a new wrinkle in a year that already has tested...

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Got a prayer request? Scecina Prayer Book is open to everyone

  “For me, prayer is a surge of the heart; it is a simple look turned toward heaven, it is a cry of recognition and of love, embracing both trial and joy.” – St. Thérèse of Lisieux (“The Little Flower”)   The Scecina Prayer Book sits in the rotunda, the main hub of the school,...

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President Therber: Scecina reaches $6 million

  Dear Scecina Community, I have so much good news to share with you. On Wednesday, Oct. 28, Scecina was LIVE from the new weight room for the Our Faith, Our Journey, Our Time capital campaign virtual rally. I hope you were able to tune in. If not, you can view here. If you were...

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President Therber: An amazing journey for our school and our capital campaign

Dear Scecina Community, For the past year, Scecina has been on an amazing journey. At the school on Oct. 9, we marked the completion of the first grading period of the 2020 -21 academic year. I sincerely thank our students and parents for their prayers, partnership, and resiliency during the pandemic as we have given...

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Scecina student meets Supreme Court Justice Sotomayor

By Beth Murphy, Director of Marketing Communications Scecina freshman Tyaira Jointer recently received a rare opportunity to attend a live virtual meeting with a U.S. Supreme Court justice. Tyaira joined six other Indianapolis students in the Sept. 23 session with Justice Sonia Sotomayor as part of the Reading and Robes program, a project by the...

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President Joe Therber: Operation Homestretch begins for the capital campaign

Dear Scecina Community, It’s always a blessing to share good news! Here’s our good news: Scecina’s generous community has helped us close in on our $6+ million goal for Our Faith, Our Journey, Our Time, the capital campaign for Scecina Memorial High School. Thank you so much for your generous support for Scecina and the...

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President Therber: Labor Day reflection on serving others through work

Happy Labor Day weekend! Labor Day originated in the late 19th century as an opportunity to honor and recognize the contributions of laborers in the early development of the United States. Since then, Labor Day weekend has evolved into a time to rejuvenate by relaxing, spending time with family and friends, and tending to activities...

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Welcome to Scecina’s new teachers and staff

Scecina welcomes the following teachers and staff for the 2020-21 school year. Jacob DeWilde, Health and Physical Education, girls basketball coach Mr. DeWilde has been teaching for six years, most recently at St. Philip Neri Catholic School, one of Scecina’s partner schools. He will split his time this year between Scecina and St. Philip. He...

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‘When the pandemic hit, we realized everything we had at Scecina’

Class of 2020 valedictorian Bailey Sims, now a freshman at Butler University, gave the following speech at the delayed Commencement in July. To all of the graduates, I want you to imagine you’re sitting at home watching your all-time favorite movie. This is a movie that you have seen a hundred times; you know it by heart,...

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DeWilde takes over as Scecina’s girls basketball coach

Scecina Memorial High School is pleased to announce Jacob DeWilde as the new head girls basketball coach. DeWilde takes over the program after serving as an assistant at Scecina last year. He brings 10 years of coaching experience, including seven years at the high school level and three years as an assistant coach at Butler University....

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President Therber: It’s great to be back in school

    With just over two weeks of this special school year under our belts, I want to thank everyone who helped get the year off to a safe, welcoming, and successful start. Opening successfully was no accident, and everyone at Scecina had a hand in it. I congratulate and thank our teachers, administrators, and...

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There’s hope always, Father Rick Ginther tells Scecina teachers and staff

Father Rick Ginther inspired Scecina’s staff with his message to have hope in his homily at a school Mass Friday, August 7. Father told the staff to lean on faith and find hope during the COVID-19 pandemic as Scecina and other Catholic schools reopen to serve their students. He recalled a message he learned from...

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International student looks on bright side of COVID-19 experience

Lorenzo Bender was spending his second school year at Scecina as an international student from Porto Alegre, Brazil. He returned to Brazil on March 17, 2020. By Lorenzo Bender Having to come back to my country and home in a hurry because of such circumstances was definitely something I did not plan on doing. Not...

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Scecina’s Class of 2020 receives diplomas in person during special Commencement

  So that you will walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, to please Him in all respects. Bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God. – Colossians 1:10 (Senior class Bible quote) Scecina’s Class of 2020 and friends and family celebrated an in-person Commencement on July 16 at...

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President Therber: We will pray, protect, partner, personalize

Soon we will welcome students back to Scecina for the 2020 -21 school year. As we do, safety and quality of education are our top priorities. To those ends, we have developed a promise to our Scecina Community that every day we will pray, protect, partner, and personalize for our students’ and everyone’s benefit and...

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Young Scecina alumnus publishes ‘The Lost Child’ on Amazon

By Beth Murphy, Director of Marketing Communications Just 21 years old and a rising senior at Hanover College, Scecina alumnus Andrew Clegg is now a published author. The 2017 Scecina graduate started writing “The Lost Child (A Tale of Night and Day)” during his second semester of his sophomore year at Hanover, where he is...

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President Therber: Scecina’s mission to educate our diverse community of students

Dear Crusaders, Greetings and blessings to you! I hope you and yours are safe and well! The past few months have been difficult times for our local communities, our nation, and our world. I pray that we all can rest assured of God’s presence and love among us even as we face uncertainty and unrest....

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Scecina senior wins Congressional Art Competition

Eliza Leffler, a senior at Scecina Memorial High School, is the winner of the 2020 Congressional Art Competition for the 7th Congressional District in Central Indiana. The 7th District covers most of Indianapolis. Her watercolor painting was being framed and shipped to Washington, D.C., where it will be displayed at the U.S. Capitol with the...

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Young Scecina alumni work on COVID test kits

  Four Scecina alumni and one Class of 2020 graduate are spending the summer putting together COVID-19 testing kits. It’s a small but important job in the fight against the pandemic....

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The show goes on for Scecina’s TV Production students

    In a normal week in a normal school year, Scecina’s TV production classes produce the Red and Gold Show, a news and announcements show, every day,  a consistent presence at school. The final months of the 2019-20 school year were anything but normal. As students and teachers moved home to work, how could...

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Summer Reading 2020

The English Department at Scecina Memorial High School does not have any specific summer reading requirements for 2020; however, Scecina strongly encourages all students to read over the summer. Research shows that students who do not read in the summer experience the “summer slide,” which is a reduction in reading ability for the new school...

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Scecina freezes tuition rates

Scecina Memorial President Joe Therber announced May 26 that the Catholic high school will freeze tuition rates. Tuition rates for 2020-21 will remain the same as the rates for 2019-20. “Scecina remains committed to making an excellent Catholic education affordable and accessible for all families,” said President Therber. “We are serving our Catholic mission best...

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New York Times editor shares COVID-19 newspaper experience with Scecina students

A current events class becomes even more interesting when 1)  you’re in the midst of the biggest current event in a long time, a global pandemic, and 2) technology allows students to talk from their homes with someone who is documenting the pandemic for a major newspaper. Scecina social studies teacher Rebeccah Lowe’s Current Problems,...

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English as a New Language students improve skills during preschool reading project

By Beth Murphy, Director of Marketing Communications The preschool kids squirm a bit, as preschoolers do. Mostly, though, they are enthralled and especially happy about the special attention from the Scecina students reading picture books to them. It’s a rainy February morning outside, but warm and cozy inside the Holy Spirit Catholic School preschool room....

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First Virtual Campus Crusade is a success

Thank you to everyone who participated in the first Virtual Campus Crusade in support of the Class of 2020. It was a big success. More than 150 people registered to walk. They and others also posted their photos on social media with the hashtag #Crusade2020. Scecina students and staff usually hold an annual walkathon called...

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President Joe Therber: Scecina today and tomorrow

By President Joe Therber I hope that you are healthy and well. Please know of my prayers for health and safety for you and your loved ones. This situation is so much more than statistics when it affects us close to home. The pandemic has affected every aspect of our lives. Education is no exception....

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Crusaders’ spring sports season: a tribute to senior athletes

Crusaders spring athletes were training, practicing, and looking forward to facing competition on the courts, fields, and tracks. Just as their seasons were about to start, high schools and their athletic teams were sidelined by the COVID-19 pandemic. Crusaders head coaches take a look at what could have been in this spring sports roundup....

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Cory Gray led Crusaders to 2 state championships

By Beth Murphy, Director of Marketing Communications Scecina Crusaders are remembering their former softball coach Cory Gray as a funny, generous, patient man who, as the father of two daughters, had a special talent for coaching teenage girls. Gray, who coached the Scecina Crusaders softball team to two state championships, died April 30. He was...

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Scecina Board chair thanks staff and students

By George Newhart ’60   “These are the times that try men’s and women’s souls.” Thomas Paine, 1776. Greetings Scecina Faculty, Administration, Staff and Students, Please allow me the updated reference to this famous historical quote. Thomas Paine was writing at a crucial time in the history of our very young country. From those early...

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Keeping year-end traditions alive at Scecina

Hello, Crusaders, With the current stay-at-home orders, maybe one day seems much like all the others for you. At Scecina, we’ve got some variety because we’re busy planning for a great end-of-the-year for all students and especially the Class of 2020. Here are a few things happening at Scecina: Thursday was the first meal pick-up...

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Scecina strong in time of COVID-19

  Greetings, Our Scecina Community is built on relationships. So how do we continue to nurture those relationships and serve our Scecina mission when we are learning and working remotely and “social distancing” keeps us from gathering, worshipping, and recreating in the same spaces? We switched gears quickly for the 2019-20 school year on many...

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Class of 2020 valedictorian and salutatorian

Congratulations to Scecina Memorial High School’s Class of 2020 valedictorian, Bailey Ruth Marie Sims, and salutatorian Madison (Madi) Christina Beriault. Scecina President Joe Therber and Interim Principal David Dellacca recently announced the honors for the top students. Bailey is the daughter of Valerie Jackson-Sims and Gus Sims. She is a parishioner at Our Lady of...

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Stations of the Cross

Mrs. Margaret Zeh Fulford’s  senior and junior Catholic Theology students compiled Stations of the Cross for this unique “quarantine” Holy Week. Their assignment was to They were asked to reflect on how Jesus or others in that station might be feeling, as well as the current life they are living “They are amazing,” said Mrs....

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President Joe Therber: Carrying our Cross

Today is Good Friday. What Crosses are we carrying?  Certainly, COVID-19 is a Cross. It is painful. It is sad. It does not fit our human image of a loving God. Sometimes, it seems that we are living Good Friday day after day. Schools, families, churches, businesses, and communities of all kinds across the world...

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Father Paul’s homily: Good Friday in the time of coronavirus

For several years, Father Paul Koetter has led Scecina’s Good Friday Mass. As Scecina cannot gather this Good Friday as a community, Father Paul provided his homily to share this year: We are at an epic moment in history. Health crises have occurred before in the form of plagues and viruses, but this is the...

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President Joe Therber: Video Reflection from St. Francis chapel

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Scecina designer has a hand in providing coronavirus protection

  By Beth Murphy, Director of Marketing Communications People are fighting the coronavirus pandemic on many levels. Mandy Crandell is using her sewing machine. Crandell is Scecina’s graphic designer and publications coordinator. Before coronavirus, she was using her sewing skills to make custom dolls in her home business, Something Monumental. She saw a recent Forbes...

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President Joe Therber: Scecina continues to educate, serve, and operate

God’s peace and comfort be with you!Thank you very much for an uplifting week of progress in so many ways. So much as happened in a week, including news that we would be extending the suspension of in-person classes through Friday, May 1.When our Scecina staff gathered last Friday morning, March 13, we talked about...

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Scecina’s coronavirus resources

The State of Indiana has announced that all Indiana K-12 schools will conduct remote e-learning for the remainder of the 2019-20 school year.  This decision has been made from an abundance of caution to help ensure the health and safety of our students and of all people in our communities. Due to the restrictions caused...

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Scecina graduate Angela Espada heads Indiana Catholic Conference

  By Beth Murphy, Director of Marketing Communications On workdays when the state legislature is in session, Scecina graduate Angela Espada heads to the Indiana Statehouse. Her first task each day is to look over the bills that have been filed since the day before. If any are of interest to the Indiana Catholic Conference...

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Fantastique! Scecina students enjoy French Congrès state competition

By Beth Murphy, Director of Marketing Communications Eight brave Scecina students went to Creekside Middle School in Carmel to participate in the 2020 state French academic competition called Congrès on February 15. Scecina’s French students brought home a total of 12 awards, including first place in five events. “Well, we are Crusaders!” said French teacher...

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Scecina’s capital campaign reaches $5.8 million

By President Joe Therber This week, I want to celebrate two recent Scecina successes with you. First, the Our Faith, Our Journey, Our Time capital campaign has surpassed the $5.8 million mark in commitments. We are so grateful for everyone’s prayers, service, and financial support, regardless of the amount. If you have not yet been...

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Amy Fix: ‘I wanted to serve and I wanted to work with kids’

Note: On Jan. 30, 2020, Scecina teacher Amy Fix received the highest honor for teaching from the Archdiocese of Indianapolis. She was named the St. Theodora Guerin Excellence in Education Award recipient. The following story about Mrs. Fix was among Scecina’s “Great Teaching And Learning” series from the 2018-19 school year.  By Beth Murphy, Director...

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Scecina teacher Amy Fix wins Archdiocese of Indianapolis’ highest honor for educator

By Beth Murphy, Director of Marketing Communications Scecina Memorial High School teacher Amy Fix is the winner of the 2020 St. Theodora Guerin Excellence in Education Award given by the Office of Catholic Schools of the Archdiocese of Indianapolis. The archdiocese annually presents the award to one teacher among 2,000 employees in the 68 schools...

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President Joe Therber: Scecina’s capital campaign enters Operation Homestretch

By Scecina President Joe Therber Happy New Year to you and yours! I want to thank our community and give you an exciting update on the Our Faith, Our Journey, Our Time, the capital campaign for Scecina Memorial High School. The campaign has reached the $5.56 million mark in commitments on our way to the...

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President Joe Therber: Another milestone for Scecina’s capital campaign

  As you know, Scecina Memorial High School has embarked on its first capital campaign, Our Faith, Our Journey, Our Time. When we kicked off the public phase less than three months ago, the campaign was just over $4.5 million pledged toward the $6 million goal. I’m very pleased to announce that we have reached...

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Former NASA astronaut Jose Hernandez inspires Scecina students

By Beth Murphy, Director of Marketing Communications Jose Hernandez has traveled from his childhood on a migrant farm to space and back.  Traveling to Downtown Indianapolis to speak to high school students was an easy and fun journey. Seventy Scecina students were among an estimated 1,500 other high schoolers from Central and Southern Indiana attending...

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Scecina student’s ministry of music

By Beth Murphy, Director of Marketing Communications Music is an integral part of the Catholic Mass. At Scecina, students take part in the school Mass liturgy as servers, lectors and Eucharistic ministers. And music, with a liturgical choir and junior Anthony Higgins playing the piano. Music ministry runs in Anthony’s family. His sister Monica, Scecina...

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Scecina’s canned food drive: a long-standing tradition

The Scecina Student Council’s Canned Food Drive tradition continued in 2019 with a school goal of collecting 10,000 cans or nonperishable food items Once again, the response was overwhelming, and the students and staff collected 13,381. “The canned food drive is important to the school because Scecina has participated in it for a long time,...

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Scecina’s search for principal begins

By President Joe Therber   Dear Scecina Community, I first want to thank you for your attention and support that have enabled our students’ learning and growth through the first 15 weeks of the school year. How time flies when you’re having fun! During the next couple of weeks, a very important process will begin:...

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Hybrid eLearning Day on Monday, Nov. 18

This Monday, November 18, 2019, is a unique day of school. We are calling it a hybrid eLearning day. Some students will be conducting eLearning at home while other students will arrive at school to focus on an ISTEP Fall testing session. If your student is required to come to Scecina on November 18 for...

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Scecina passes $4.8 million toward $6 million capital campaign goal

By President Joe Therber   Dear Crusaders, It’s a pleasure to update you on the progress of Scecina’s first capital campaign, Our Faith, Our Journey, Our Time. A month ago, at the campaign kickoff event on campus, we announced the $6 million goal and the campaign’s six priorities. The event was a wonderful celebration and...

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Scecina graduate’s Project Play is serious business

By Beth Murphy, Director of Marketing Communications The kids didn’t have any toys to play with. Or the toys were inappropriate or broken and missing pieces. That was heartbreaking – and just unacceptable — for Scecina graduate Angie (Bewsey) Lacy ‘88. For 24 years, Angie has been an occupational therapist with the Central Indiana First...

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Frank Sergi gives ‘that little extra’ to Scecina

Scecina volunteer Frank Sergi paid tribute to his late wife, Scecina graduate Trish (McMahon) Sergi ’73, and many other “saints” as he received the Father Tom Service Award on Oct. 24. This year marked the 75th anniversary of the death of Father Thomas Scecina, the school’s namesake, who perished aboard a Japanese POW ship during...

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Scecina volleyball team rolls to Regional match

Update: On Oct. 26, the volleyball team lost to Southmont in five sets. Congratulations on a great Scecina, Crusaders! Scecina’s volleyball team is on a roll and ready for the IHSAA Regional this weekend. The 2A Crusaders won nine straight sets during the Sectional last weekend, winning the championship over Covenant Christian 25-21, 25-18, 25-23...

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Frank Sergi’s remark for 2019 Father Tom Day

A big “thank you” to President Joe Therber, staff and students at Scecina. I’m very humbled and honored to receive the prestigious Fr. Thomas Scecina Memorial Award.  I would also like to thank all of those in attendance today, particularly previous Fr. Tom award recipients, alumni, friends of Scecina and many of my family members....

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Shadow Days: Be a Crusader for a Day

  Scecina Memorial High School kicks off public Shadow Days for students looking for a Catholic high school experience. Scecina welcomes eighth-graders, as well as potential transfer students. What’s a Shadow Day? You spend the day with a current freshman. You will follow his or her schedule, eat in the cafeteria, attend high school classes,...

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President Joe Therber’s remarks for 2019 Father Tom Day

Good morning. It is my pleasure to extend several thank you’s and then, on behalf of the Scecina Board of Directors, Mr. Dellacca, our administration, faculty, and staff, to present the Father Tom Service Award to a valued and deserving member of our community. First, thank you, Father Jenkins and all the priests for leading...

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Scecina honors volunteer who makes difference in students’ lives

By President Joe Therber  On Thursday, Oct. 24, Scecina will celebrate the annual Father Tom Day Mass. We will not have Wednesday Mass that week. At the conclusion of Mass on Thursday, the Father Tom Award will be presented to a person who has made Scecina an important part of his or her life and...

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Capital Campaign and the Scecina Fund: What is the difference?

By President Joe Therber This year is very important to the future of Scecina. Why? Every year, valued Scecina alumni and friends generously support the school financially – specifically, scholarships, need-based tuition assistance, academics, campus ministry, athletics and clubs, and care of our campus. Annual pledges and gifts for these vital, ongoing activities make up...

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Scecina passes $4.5 million toward $6 million capital campaign goal

By President Joe Therber It’s official! Last night (Sept. 26) we kicked off the public phase of Our Faith, Our Journey, Our Time, the capital campaign for Scecina Memorial High School. It was the highlight of my 11 years as Scecina’s president — a great night, a great crowd, a great spirit! Several hundred people...

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Big plans for Scecina will be unveiled at Capital Campaign Kickoff Party

By Scecina President Joe Therber Something big is happening at Scecina Memorial High School! We have exciting plans to announce about Scecina’s capital campaign, “Our Faith, Our Journey, Our Time.” You can discover more about what’s happening at the Capital Campaign Kickoff Party on Thursday, September 26, from 6 p.m.-7:30 p.m. at Scecina. I know...

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You’re invited: Sept. 26 party will kick off Scecina’s capital campaign

By Scecina President Joe Therber Hello, Scecina Community! I hope your family has experienced a smooth transition into the school year. After a relaxing summer, it’s nice to get back into the school routine. It’s also nice to shake ourselves out of a routine and look forward to something fun. Scecina’s Public Kickoff for our...

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Scecina junior organizes fundraiser for suicide prevention, mental health

Update: As of Sept. 3, Elijah had raised well above his goal. He has raised $7,600, which will be split between the AFSP and Local 416 Peer Support Fund. By Beth Murphy, Director of Marketing Communications Suicide prevention, mental health, and firefighting are issues close to the heart of Scecina junior Elijah Clegg. He lost...

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Academic Super Bowl Team Goes to State Finals

Scecina’s Academic Super Bowl team went to the State Finals in social studies, math, and science. The finals were Saturday, May 4, at Purdue University. The team won the Indiana Crossroads Conference championship on March 6. The team scored four first-place finishes in social studies, math, fine arts, and interdisciplinary. The team came in third...

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Fractal Project Continues After Successful Reception at Scecina

Working with artisans from diverse backgrounds, Indianapolis artist Conrad Cortellini’s first “Quadro” of his Feedback Fractal Project was built in space donated by DeveloperTown, an Indianapolis high-tech startup company, and completed in August 2016.  At the invitation of Scecina President Joe Therber, Cortellini, a 1961 graduate of Scecina, set up an artist-in-residence studio at Scecina in...

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New Horizons Band to play free concert at Scecina

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Scecina Teacher Spotlight: Jesse Purvis ’06

  By Beth Murphy, Director of Marketing Communications Jesse Purvis was senior class president at Scecina, graduating in 2006. He returned to Scecina after getting his bachelor of arts degree in English literature from Wabash College, and he’s still a leader, now serving as chairman of Scecina’s English Department. You’ll also see him with a...

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Affordability, Academics, Community Service: Just a Few Reasons to Choose Scecina

By President Joe Therber We know families are serious about education. For a great reason. It is the path to becoming a well-rounded citizen of the world. While I can’t begin to list all of the many excellent reasons to choose Scecina, I’ll list a few here: We’re affordable for your family.We offer a range...

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Scecina Senior Aims High, Will Attend U.S. Air Force Academy

By Beth Murphy, Director of Marketing Communications Scecina senior Andrew Smith has made up his mind: He’s accepted his appointment to the U.S. Air Force Academy. Drew, as he goes by, was nominated to the academy by U.S. Rep. Andre Carson of Indiana this winter and received his appointment in March. He waited until he...

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