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Easter Sunday with Queen Elizabeth

September 08, 2022
By Chris Sorrell '83

Editor's Note: A planned ten day tour of London, Paris, and Normandy for 20 members of the Carroll community nearly ended before it began. Social Studies teacher Chris Sorrell ‘83 was part of that group that ended up face-to-face with the Queen of England in a royal garden. This is his account of the events that lead to this once-in-a-lifetime experience.  All photos that accompany this story were shot by Chris Sorrell '83.

It was, in a word, unlikely.

I had the great pleasure to accompany ten Carroll students, two fellow teachers, and seven parents on a spring break trip to England and France. This story doesn’t begin too well, but trust me, it gets better.  We arrived at the Cincinnati airport on Thursday for our flight to London only to learn that, because of a pilot shortage due to recent weather, we had to go back to Dayton and try again tomorrow.Unshaken, that’s what we did. We returned Friday, and this time, tickets in hand at the gate, were told “no pilots, try again tomorrow.” While teachers Andy Seyfang and Sarah (Sidell) Seagraves ‘09 tried to work magic at the service desk, it was to no avail. Our only option was to send half our group on Saturday and the other half on Sunday to Paris, not London. We had missed the England leg of our trip. Disappointed, but determined, that’s what we did.

France was, of course, fantastic, and throughout our travels, Andy tried to rescue the British leg of our trip with an endless series of international calls. On Good Friday, at Notre-Dame Cathedral no less, we learned that we would extend our trip through Easter weekend in London! A train ride under the English Channel later we arrived at the only hotel available on Easter short-notice, a 5 star place in Kensington called The Xenia that had likely never hosted American teenagers before. I told you it gets better, but just wait. We’re getting to the good part.

After a whirlwind trip through London on Saturday, Laurent, our tour guide and French ex-patriot who lives in Brighton, England, decided we’d start Easter Sunday early at Windsor Castle and then attend Mass at a Church in Windsor. Here’s where it gets truly odd. 30 minutes after arriving at Windsor Castle, a docent asked Laurent if his group, the 20 of us and 10 from North Carolina, was there for the service. While Laurent had no idea what service the docent was referring too, he quickly replied, “The service? Of course!” and we were quickly shuffled through additional security. We followed some very well dressed guests through the castle grounds and found ourselves stopped, without passes, at St. George’s Chapel. Laurent quickly figured it out; this was Easter Service for Queen Elizabeth and the Royal Family.

While we learned we weren’t supposed to be there, the Queen’s security staff could not have been nicer. They told us that the service would begin shortly, we were welcome to sit on the lawn outside the chapel, and the service would be amplified through speakers out to the lawn. Andy got the kids together and they quickly decided we were going to stay and spend Easter morning with Queen Elizabeth. In no time, the Queen’s guards, red coats and all, came marching up the drive. Four Bentleys, one with a little crown on top, pulled up not even 12 feet in front of us. The attending Royal Family marched down the walk and formed a receiving line in front of the chapel, and Queen Elizabeth stepped out of the car. 

The 30 or so of us clapped politely, and the four professional photographers snapped away. Surreal is an overused word I’m afraid, but this truly was. We were separated by a ropeline, a skip, and a jump from the Queen of England, celebrating Easter and her record 65th year as Monarch. Our kids were amazed and amazing. With no preparation for this moment, their decorum was respectful and sophisticated. The Queen’s personal guards remarked on that fact to us during the service, and even gave each kid the official missal from the service. They were just American kids on holiday in London, but thrust into a once-in-a-lifetime moment, they represented Archbishop Carroll High School beautifully. We listened, we prayed, and some sang along with the Royal Choir. We heard the Bishop talk of the importance of spirituality to British soldiers throughout the years. It was a beautiful service even from the lawn, surrounded by the historic walls and gardens of Windsor Castle. When the service was complete, Queen Elizabeth walked to her awaiting car and looked surprised as she waved at those smiling American kids who weren’t even supposed to be in England that morning. We were supposed to be back home already, at St. Helen and St. Brigid and St. Peter and the like; but there we were, unlikely participants in the Royal Family’s Easter Service.

The Queen rode away to a family brunch. No, we weren’t invited, but we made a memory for the ages. We exited the garden through King Henry VIII Gate. The Royal Guard marched away. We searched and found the docent who mistakenly had sent us through. Laurent was worried she may have gotten herself into some troubles. “No worries,” she said with a grin, “it was but a happy accident.”

That evening, the BBC News at 10 commented on the “unlikely well-wishers” at the Windsor service. That was us. If I live to be 100, nothing that unlikely will ever happen to me again. And I couldn’t be prouder as a teacher and as Carroll alumnus of the maturity and respect our students displayed that Easter morning. It was a great and royal day to be a Patriot.

Archbishop Carroll High School earns top Ohio STEM award for third time in five years

September 08, 2022
By Archbishop Carroll High School

For the third time since 2018, The Ohio Academy of Science awarded Archbishop Carroll High School the Harold C. Shaw Memorial Award, its most prestigious honor for student success at State Science Day.

Archbishop Carroll High School's group of 17 students presented independent STEM research projects at State Science Day as part of a virtual event for the second year in a row.  Schools must send at least four students to present research, and 80% of those projects must earn the highest possible rating of Superior. All other projects must score at least an Excellent rating, and all students who register for the event must present his/her research.  14 Patriots earned Superior ratings, and three earned Excellent ratings for their projects.  Carroll students also combined to win 22 special awards which include several scholarships and cash prizes.

“Earning the Shaw Award is a huge accomplishment for our students and their teachers.  It is an honor to be recognized by a state-wide organization for the outstanding work these folks do year-in and year-out,  Inquiry-based learning and research are fundamental to an education at Archbishop Carroll High School; especially in the STEM curriculum. This award is a recognition of that commitment and we could not be more proud!”

Only seven other schools across Ohio earned the Shaw Award, but Carroll’s group of 17 students more than doubled the number of students that represented the next closest school at seven participants.  According to the Ohio Academy of Science, more than 1,000 Ohio students participated in the 2022 State Science Day.
 

Meet our New Faculty and Staff for 2022-23

August 17, 2022
By Archbishop Carroll High School

Mrs. Amie Bailey

Hometown: Dayton, Ohio

College: Wright State University

How long have you worked in education?: 20 years

What classes do you teach?: AP Biology, Scholarship Biology, and Chemistry

What are you looking forward to most at Carroll?: Working with a great faculty and community of families

How do enjoy spending your free time? Gardening, walking, watching my kids cheer and play soccer, and going to the beach

 

 

Ms. Emma Barlow '15

Hometown: Dayton, Ohio

College: Xavier University

How long have you worked in education?: Two years

What classes do you teach?: Latin I, II, III, and IV

What are you looking forward to most at Carroll?: The House System and celebrating All School Masses

How do enjoy spending your free time? Baking, reading and crocheting

 

 

Mr. David Conard

Hometown: Cincinnati, Ohio

College: University of Dayton

How long have you worked in education?: 22 years

What classes do you teach?: Theology

What are you looking forward to most at Carroll?: Teaching!  Also, meeting everyone and becoming part of the community.

How do enjoy spending your free time? Gardening, traveling, and running

 

 

Mrs. Samantha (Miegl) Doggett '06

Hometown: Dayton, Ohio

College: Wright State University

How long have you worked in education?: Three years

What classes do you teach?: English

What are you looking forward to most at Carroll?: I am excited to meet the students, parents, staff, and faculty.

How do enjoy spending your free time? I enjoy spending my time with my friends and family, reading, and crocheting.

 

 

Ms. Emily Fogus

Hometown: Pickerington, Ohio

College: University of Dayton

How long have you worked in education?: Five years

What classes do you teach?: Freshman English and Intervention Specialist

What are you looking forward to most at Carroll?: The opportunity to work in Catholic Education has been a desire of mine since graduating from UD in 2018. I am excited about the opportunity to both mentor as well as be mentored by students in mind, body and spirit. I am excited to be a part of the Carroll community. 

How do enjoy spending your free time? Outside! I love anything and everything that gets me active out in nature: hiking, biking, backpacking, running, kayaking.

Mrs. Melissa Leaman

Hometown: Moscow Pennsylvania

College: Sinclair Community College

What classes do you teach?: I am on staff as the Administrative Assistant for the Advancement Department

What are you looking forward to most at Carroll?: Being a bigger part of the school that is educating my kids.  Carroll really is a family.

How do enjoy spending your free time? I am a big crafter and have my own small business, Meadow Rose Designs.  I am also very involved with my kids' activities as an Irish dance mom and Carroll Color Guard mom.

 

 

Mrs. Acacia Morrell

Hometown: Germantown, Ohio

College: The Ohio State University (Bachelor Degree), Miami University (Masters), Nova Southeastern University (Education Specialty)

How long have you worked in education?: 15 years

What classes do you teach?: English

What are you looking forward to most at Carroll?: The camaraderie, working with a faculty that is passionate about education, and teaching my students

How do enjoy spending your free time? Being outdoors, spending time with my kids, reading, sewing, rollerskating, and learning amigurumi knitting

 

Ms. Alexis Reynolds

Hometown: Cincinnati, Ohio

College: University of Dayton(Bachelor Degree), Xavier University (Masters)

How long have you worked in education?: Two years

What classes do you teach?: Algebra II, Precalculus, and Honors Calculus

What are you looking forward to most at Carroll?: Working with a supportive faculty in a faith-based environment

How do enjoy spending your free time? Hiking, running, and making music

 

 

Dr. Cody Smith

Hometown: Jackson Center, Ohio

College: University of Toledo (Bachelor Degree), Life University (Doctor of Chiropractic)

How long have you worked in education?: This is my first year teaching.

What classes do you teach?: Earth Science, Honors Chemistry, and Scholarship Biology

What are you looking forward to most at Carroll?: Becoming part of the Carroll team and working with the students to help them grow academically and as individuals

How do enjoy spending your free time? I enjoy spending time with my family, being outdoors, and playing/watching sports.

 

 

Ms. Emily Sreenan

Hometown: Lima, Ohio

College: University of Dayton

How long have you worked in education?: This is my first year teaching

What classes do you teach?: Theology (Peace and Justice, Church History)

What are you looking forward to most at Carroll?: Getting to know everyone and being back in the Carroll community after student teaching here

How do enjoy spending your free time? Running.  I am currently a member of the University of Dayton Cross Country Team as I pursue part-time graduate studies.

CT: The Sound of Music

July 26, 2022
By Bonny Van, The Catholic Telegraph

Editor's Note: The full version of this story appears in the August 2022 issue of The Catholic Telegraph.  Click here to read the full version, and visit The Catholic Telegraph website to subscribe to the magazine for free.

Nothing heralds the change of seasons from summer to fall like the rat-a-tat-tat of snare drums in a high school marching band.

“The first football game always feels electric,” said Carl Soucek, band director for 23 years at Archbishop Carroll High School. “The sense of anticipation and excitement is paramount.”

Throughout the summer, Catholic high school bands across the Archdiocese of Cincinnati were blowing their horns, clanging their cymbals and beating their drums as they prepared to hit the football field and stands this fall. Some rehearsals began the first week of June to learn spirit music and movements on the field. Introductory workshops, overnight camps and band practices filled other weeks, and by mid-July, many young musicians picked up their instruments and hit the field.

“As a marcher, getting into the swing of memorizing music and movements can be difficult, but the payoff is definitely worth it in the end,” said drum major CeCe Sharp, a senior at Carroll.

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