Jesuit Academy recently hosted the 7th Annual Science Fair to a robust crowd of family members, friends of the school, and fellow students. A total of 36 projects were presented this year, with students in fifth and sixth grade working in teams. Students in seventh and eighth grade exhibited independently. Attendees of the Science Fair were able to vote for their favorite projects. First place was awarded to seventh grader Lee Turner for his Colloid Mixture project, with second place going to eighth grader William Worthington for his Wind Turbine Field project.
Other projects recognized by the attendees for their excellence included the following.
Shanden, AJ, and Deron: Smooth Lips
Jamari and KeShaun: Fall Time
Nasire and Kadin: Makey Makey Programming
Brendan and Corey: Solar Water Heating
Henry: N-Back Testing
Malachi: Scratch Lego Robot
During Lent, students at Jesuit Academy have been given opportunities to practice the three pillars of Lent—fasting, almsgiving, and prayer. As part of a Lenten presentation during the 40 days in preparation of Easter Sunday, fourth and fifth grade students were asked by Jesuit Academy teacher Mr. Dan Kennedy, nSJ, “What do pretzels have to do with prayer?”
Not knowing how to respond, Mr. Kennedy shared with Jesuit Academy students that pretzels were a reward to students for good behavior in Catholic monastic schools in Europe during the Middle Ages, bringing with them a subtle message to students on the proper stance in prayer. A pretzel upside down mirrors the outline of two arms with their hands pressed together over one’s heart, like how someone would look when praying.
To engage with the pillar of prayer, fourth and fifth graders at Jesuit Academy made savory pretzels for themselves and family. While the physical stance is not as important, students learned about prayer as they kneaded their dough and twisted their pretzels. At the end of the exercise, students were able to enjoy their tasty treats!