We are pleased to announce that Mr. Ed Allen has been named O'Hara's Apple Technology Specialist. Mr. Allen will serve as the primary support person for teachers and students for the use of Apple technology products within the school as we begin the one-to-one Macbook Air initiative this fall.
Cardinal O’Hara student, Frances Schueren, has been selected for the 2016-2017 Mini-THON® Student Leadership Council. The Mini-THON® Student Leadership Council, comprised of a select group of student leaders, provides feedback and input to the Four Diamonds staff on the Mini-THON® program. Council members will meet with Four Diamonds staff to provide recommendations on program elements and assist in developing solutions for program challenges. Council members will serve as advocates for Four Diamonds and Mini-THON® and representatives of the more than 70,000 students participating in Mini-THON® every year.
Growing up, Alec Kerr always had a knack for golf. It was a bond that he and his dad (an O’Hara graduate and former member of the golf team) had shared. While he was in middle school, the two would always make time for some practice on the course.
On Wednesday, June 8, 2016, Molly Culbert and Carolyn Andruszko addressed their fellow members of the Cardinal O’Hara High School class of 2016 during the school’s commencement ceremony at Villanova University.
Culbert and Andruszko, the valedictorian and salutatorian respectively, excelled academically and socially during their time at O’Hara. Both young women were teammates on the girls’ soccer team for four years, donated time to the Community Service Corps (CSC) and qualified to be members in the National Honor Society (NHS). In addition, each of the scholars participated in at least two other activities with their already busy schedules.
Graduation ceremonies for Cardinal O’Hara High School’s class of 2016 were held on June 7 and 8.
270 graduating seniors and their families gathered at the Cathedral Basilica of Ss Peter and Paul in Philadelphia on the evening of June 7 for their Baccalaureate Mass.
Rev. John Masson presided over the Mass and was joined by 14 priests representing our feeder parishes. Members of O’Hara’s band and the entire choir provided the music making the last Mass celebrated by the class of 2016 one they would never forget.
We extend our congratulations to those students who obtained the highest average in their classes and received a certificate of merit at awards assemblies the last day of school. Read the list of names.
Congratulations to all of our spring season athletes who received All Catholic and/or MVP honors. Read the list of names.
We'd also like to recognize the Girls' Outdoor Track Team for bringing home the fifth Philadelphia Catholic League title this school year. Three of those five titles were earned by the girls' running program.
Cardinal O’Hara High School is pleased to announce the selection of Mr. Michael P. Donahue as its new Athletic Director. Mr. Donahue holds a BS in Secondary Social Studies Education from Elizabethtown College and an MS in Sport Management from Drexel University. A graduate of Lansdale Catholic, he was an All-Conference (PAC-10) athlete in baseball and football. He went on to play baseball at Elizabethtown College where he was a four-year starter and team captain during his senior year. He was a member of the 2006 and 2007 Commonwealth Conference Championship teams, collected All Conference honors in 2006 and was selected to the All Mid-Atlantic Tournament Team in 2007.
Cardinal O’Hara High School is pleased to announce the selection of Mr. Andrew Youngblood as its new Director of the Regina Chesterton Academy. Mr. Youngblood holds a BA in Theology from Christendom College, an MA in Theology from the Notre Dame Graduate School of Christendom College and is currently pursuing a PhD in Theology from the Catholic University of America. He has experience in classical education including serving as Headmaster of the Regina Coeli Academy and has served as an Adjunct Professor of Theology at Christendom College.
O'Hara's Film Club is proud to present their second short film... Back to O'Hara. Inspired by the classic movie Back to the Future, students and faculty joined together on this project (with some former faculty in cameo appearances) to tell the tale of how an O'Hara science teacher sends a student back to 1988. Enjoy!
Friday, June 3, marked the last day of classes for the Class of 2016. Seniors wore T-shirts showing off where they will be attending school next year. 260 of our 270 seniors are going on to higher education at 68 colleges in 19 states. Schools include
The National Latin Exam Committee has informed us that junior Emanuel Ardiles achieved a perfect score on the 2016 National Latin Exam. Only 929 students out of 140,000 who participated in the entire United States, Taiwan, Canada, England, New Zealand, Australia, Hong Kong, Italy, Germany, Singapore, Spain, Greece, Puerto Rico, Japan, Portugal, Zimbabwe, France, Belgium, China and South Korea attained this distinction. Congratulations Emanuel!
The Girls’ Tennis Team brought home the first title of the school year (second title in a row for the team) on October 13 by beating Lansdale Catholic in a close match 3-2. On October 24, The Girls’ Cross Country Team brought home their third title in a row with runners placing first, second, third, fourth and eighth. Two weeks later the Girls’ Field Hockey Team raised a plaque on the field after a 4-0 defeat against Bonner-Prendie. On February 14, the Girls’ Indoor Track Team dominated the distance and relay events capturing a fourth title for the Lions. And most recently, our Lady Lions brought home a third plaque for the running program by winning the Outdoor Track PCL title.
On Friday, May 27, Cardinal O'Hara High School will celebrate its Memorial Day Mass. The student body and staff will be joined by family members of Army Private James McCaffrey and Lance Corporal Charles McGrath, both members of the Class of '66. This year marks the 50th anniversary of their high school graduation. Jim McCaffrey and Charley McGrath bravely gave their lives for our country fighting the war in Vietnam. Family and friends of Jim and Charley, as well as any veterans who are members of the O'Hara family, are welcome to join us as we remember all those who died for the cause of freedom. Mass begins at 9:15 a.m.
Over nearly the last 10 years, Mrs. Mary Hadley has found new and innovative ways to show her students that learning about geometry can be fun.
“Math is not everyone’s favorite subject,” Mrs. Hadley admits, “but I try to at least make my students like it because everyone can be good at math.”
For the last month, Mrs. Hadley’s students have been hard at work building their own castles in class. In this project-based learning exercise, the students chose groups they would like to work in and conceptualized their own castle by designing a blueprint. The next step of the project required each group to find the surface area, volume and area of the different components. Finally they had to physically construct it using typical crafting materials like styrofoam, cardboard, scrapbook paper, glue and paint just to name a few...while still making sure their math was correct.
When there is something to celebrate in the Philadelphia area, the O’Hara Marching Band is usually there. They were on the tarmac at the Philadelphia International Airport when Pope Francis departed for Rome after his time here for The World Meeting of Families. They were seen on the Ben Franklin Parkway during the St. Patrick’s Day Parade and more recently on Market Street with the Villanova Wildcats for the NCAA Championship parade. On April 11, they led the Phillies into Citizen’s Bank Park for their home opener, a tradition they began and have continued since 2004 when the park opened.
Harrisburg, Pa. – On Monday, April 4, more than 100 volunteers and staff with the American Heart Association converged on the State Capitol in Harrisburg to advocate for public policies that will improve the health and safety of the community, including the importance of teaching CPR in schools. A press conference held to kick-off the day featured the testimony of Cardinal O’Hara High School junior Killeen McCans, who took the initiative to train nearly 700 students at her school in CPR and AED basics in one day.
Nine months of planning and preparation for O'Hara's second Mini-THON ended with an unbelieveable 12-hour dance-a-thon this past weekend. An amazing and dedicated leadership team of students and their classmates set a goal to raise $40,000 "For The Kids" and they knocked that goal out of the park raising $72,034.61.
We couldn't be more proud of our students. We thank Mini-THON advisers Mr. Jeffery Braconnier and Miss Aimee-Kate Braconnier, overall leaders Jeremy Fratoni and Frances Schueren, the committees, the dancers, and everyone who supported this phenomenal event.
O’Hara’s girls basketball team led a strong 2016 season that awarded 3 players All-Delco team recognition. The Lady Lions, in-part led by All-Delco Girls Basketball Player of the Year Hannah Nihill and All-Delco First Team members Mary Sheehan and Kenzie Gardler, hosted an impressive 26-4 record and a trip to the PIAA Class AAAA championship state finals. O’Hara ultimately saw their season come to an end as they lost to Cumberland Valley of Mechanicsburg, PA but are ready to rally together to make their return to next year’s finals. “Knowing how young we are, and how far we’ve come together, we just keep saying now that we know next year is our year,” Nihill said. “We still have unfinished business.”
On March 23, Mr. Bob Farrington from the Ancient Order of Hibernians in Havertown announced that O’Hara students collected over 1,300 cans of food during Lent - more than double any other participating high school - for the Hibernian Hunger Project. In addition to the food, students collected $523 which Mr. Glen McNulty presented to the organization.