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  • Jun 26

    Summer Camp’s ‘Perfect Stage’

    Posted on Jun 26 by Jill · Filed in Alumni, Fine Arts

    By Lizzy (Pabst) Sobczyk

    Elizabeth (Pabst) Sobczyk ’10, known as “Lizzy,” was involved in 10 theater productions during her years at Seton. She always knew she wanted to pursue a career in theater and upon graduation from Grand Canyon University with a Bachelor of Arts in Theater Education, she landed her dream job as a Drama Specialist for the Paradise Valley Unified School District. Today, she is a stay-at-home mom with her 18-month-old son and a baby on the way. This summer, she returned to Seton to direct the Musical Theater Camp, which she has directed since 2013. Here, she sums up the importance of Seton’s “perfect stage”:      

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  • Apr 06

    Recent grads fill in gaps in college conversations

    Posted on Apr 06 by Jill · Filed in Alumni

    Kelsey Files has been a panelist for the Young Alumni-Senior Forum since 2015. He is a student at the W. P. Carey School of Business studying Economics and Urban Policy and also works at EdPlus at Arizona State University.

    By Kelsey Files, Class of 2013

    In our efforts to prepare our students for college, sometimes Seton Catholic Prep needs to find ways to support students outside of the classroom. With demand for a college education at an all-time high, students are finding themselves thinking about going to college sooner and sooner. Some students have the advantage of having older siblings and get to watch them make this academic transition; others do not.

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  • Feb 23

    Sentinel Shield sneak peek: Mini’s story

    Posted on Feb 23 by Jill · Filed in Alumni, Religious Life, Admissions

    The Sentinel Shield will be mailed to the Seton Catholic Prep community next week. The spring 2017 issue features a personal story by Mini Bernasconi-Olivas, a Seton graduate who joined the Admissions staff this year. Here’s a sneak peek: 

    By Erminia Bernasconi-Olivas

    We all have a special and unique story that is our own.  I am a firm believer that in our hearts we plan our course, but the Lord determines our steps (Proverb 16:9).  My journey has led me to where I am today because the Lord has determined so and this is my story. 

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  • Nov 10

    Thank you for your service!

    Posted on Nov 10 by Jill · Filed in Alumni, Events

    From business people to elected officials to civic leaders, Seton Catholic Prep is very fortunate to have many friends and supporters in the community. We value all those relationships, but one group of friends, in particular, stands out: veterans.

    Among us Sentinels, veterans hold a place of honor: Many teachers, staff, parents and alumni have served in the military and a number of recent graduates have been appointed to military academies.  Seton proudly acknowledges their service every year with a Veterans Day ceremony that doubles as an educational opportunity for students. The 2016 Tribute to Veterans will begin at 8:15 a.m. Friday, Nov. 11 (Veterans Day). All veterans and their families are invited even if they don’t have a student at Seton.

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  • Nov 03

    Track Star Takes Flight

    Posted on Nov 03 by Jill · Filed in Alumni, Athletics

    At the ’16 Track and Field Division III state finals, Luke Zuluaga and his relay teammates were in fifth place when he got the baton and “hit the turbo button for an unbelievable come-from-behind win,” as described by ESPN. Luke’s incredible speed burst captured the 4 x 100-meter relay crown, among other titles his senior year.

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  • Oct 26

    Letters from an Air Force Academy Cadet

    Posted on Oct 26 by Jill · Filed in Alumni

    Five Seton graduates from the class of ’16 overcame big odds to gain acceptance into U.S. service academies. Bridger Barker was one of them. He attends the U.S. Air Force Academy (USAFA) in Colorado Springs.

    To say these hallowed institutions accept only “the best and the brightest” is no exaggeration. Of an estimated 40,000 applications annually, fewer than 10 percent receive appointments.

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  • Oct 20

    Planning for college, applying for scholarships

    Posted on Oct 20 by Jill · Filed in Alumni, Admissions

    At Seton, planning for college begins freshman year and continues through graduation, with an expert college counselor working with you one on one every step of the way. Representatives from colleges and universities across the country visit our campus each fall, connecting our students to the many options available in higher education.

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  • Oct 17

    How will I fit in?

    Posted on Oct 17 by Jill · Filed in Alumni, Fine Arts

    That question weighed heavily on Nathan DeLaTorre’s mind when he entered Seton Catholic as a freshman. It’s a question almost everyone has asked at some point in life, but it’s especially critical and vexing to a high school freshman.

    Would Nathan find the answer on the athletic field? In the classroom, perhaps?

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  • Oct 03

    It’s time to look at bullying in a different light

    Posted on Oct 03 by Jill · Filed in Alumni

    For National Bullying Prevention Awareness Month, we asked Krista Krein from the Seton class of 2008 to write a guest blog about the problem that affects millions of kids. Krista is a Mesa school teacher and authority on bullying prevention whose anti-bullying video (produced with her students) has been widely praised.   


    How many times have you told a child to get back up when someone knocks them down, to turn the other cheek, or to be the “bigger person”? As a teacher, these words have reverberated within the walls of my classroom far more often than I’d like to admit. I, as an adult, find it nearly impossible sometimes to follow my own advice. That same advice I so freely give to 10-year-olds. Imagine what it would be like as a child to hear these things….and attempt to use them as a sort of metaphorical defense against a real problem…. even against real bullies.

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  • Sep 29

    Robotics Club, one small step to NASA

    Posted on Sep 29 by Jill · Filed in Alumni

    It’s not easy catching up with Kate McBryan from the Seton class of ’03. When she’s not busy working on her PhD in Aerospace Engineering at the University of Maryland, she’s testing the dynamics of a moving robotic arm and a satellite base in zero gravity. Kate and a team of engineering colleagues designed, built and operated the Dynamic Manipulator Flight Experiment during a flight on NASA’s DC-9 “Weightless Wonder” airplane.

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