The Most Magical Place on Earth

March is here and with it, hopefully, the advent of spring! I know that each year, I look forward to March, even if most of its weather is more winter like than filled with spring warmth. However, there is just something about the anticipation of spring that makes me more cheerful and happy. It’s a challenge for educators and students to focus, day after day as grey clouds fill the sky, cold winds blow and barren trees wave their branches.  With the sight of buds on branches, grass peeking through the soil and blue skies, it is my hope that all of us at Saint Dominic Academy will be filled with energy and excitement for the remaining months of school.

The warm weather will be arriving extra early for some members of the Saint Dominic Academy community. Last Thursday, our Dance Team headed to Florida to compete in the National Dance Alliance competitions. We have nine young ladies, in grades 8-12 representing SDA at this monumental event. Our team has done well in its past competitions in Florida, always bringing home a trophy to display proudly here at school. Although they have a tight schedule, hours of practices for their three competitive challenges, it will not be a case of “all work and no play” for these young ladies. They will be able to experience the fun (and frights!) of Universal Studios, Orlando, where I myself can only hope that they will visit the World of Harry Potter and take lots of pictures for this Potter fan!

As these nine return, ten more leave Saint Dominic Academy to head to Disney World. From March 6 to March 10th, students selected for SDA’s first participation in the DISNEY YES Educational Program will fly to Orlando and check into the Pop Century Resort, located on Disney property. Once there, the girls, in grades 9-12, will spend three mornings in intensive workshops hosted by Disney. The workshop topics are Disney Leadership Strategies, Evolution of Technology, and Properties of Motion Physics Lab. All will involve interaction with Disney “cast members” and give the young ladies a glimpse into the inner workings of both the Magic Kingdom and Epcot. Again, this is not a work only event; the young ladies will be able to “experience the magic” of Disney by spending the afternoons and evenings in the parks once the workshop is complete. Take a spin through the Haunted Mansion for me, ladies!

Having 19 of our students heading to Florida for various academic and athletic recognition is a wonderful achievement for all of us here at Saint Dominic Academy and also a wonderful achievement for each of the young ladies who were selected to attend. As a personal Disney vacation lover ( the photos for this blog were taken by me last March!) , part of my mind and heart next week will be in Disney with these girls and I commend them for the success and honor that they bring to SDA through their achievements.  Bring home some of the magic to SDA ladies and sprinkle some pixie dust in the halls of 2572 Kennedy Boulevard, where magic is happening daily in our classrooms!

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