On February 6, Marist School brought together its Board of Trustees and capital campaign leadership to bless and dedicate a new donor wall that serves as a visual representation of the extraordinary support for The Way. The Hope. The Promise., the record-setting, $37.2 million capital campaign the school completed in 2016.
Three years ago, Marist School’s Counseling Office began presenting Parenting Conversations, a series that provides parents with opportunities to learn and dialogue about important topics related to parenting teens. The inspiration for the series came from parents themselves when they responded to a survey sent by the Counseling Office. Always striving to meet parents’ counseling-related needs, Marist counselors work closely with administration each year to bring in speakers that help parents navigate the journey of parenting middle and high school-age children.
On January 24-25, Marist School hosted its 29th annual Model Arab League conference with more than 250 students from across metro Atlanta in attendance. Model Arab League, a student leadership development program of the National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations, is a diplomatic simulation that gives students insight into the Middle East and Arab world while helping them build public speaking, writing, and negotiation skills. For over a quarter of a century, Marist has been the host of the largest and first high school Model Arab League. The program has been developed and nurtured since its inception by Dr. Louisa Moffitt, a longtime social studies teacher at Marist.
This year, the event’s keynote address was given by Marist parent and Atlanta Journal-Constitution Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist Mike Luckovich, who demonstrated his drawing expertise to attendees as he delivered his presentation.
Marist School Principal Kevin Mullally summed up the importance of this event, “We believe that engaging with the rich complexity of political, economic, social, and spiritual ideology of the region can only enhance and foster an understanding of our global neighbors in the Middle East and promote a dialogue that breeds tomorrow’s peace,” said Marist School Principal Kevin Mullally.
Four students and two adults from Marist School joined a contingent from the Archdiocese of Atlanta and hundreds of thousands of youth from around the world to participate in the 2019 World Youth Day in Panama City, Panama. World Youth Day occurs every three years in a different country and includes an encounter with Pope Francis as well as many other religious events over several days. Members of the Marist group met people from across the United States, Poland, Mexico, Canada, Spain, Germany, Australia, Philippines, Brazil, Ecuador, Nicaragua, and many other countries.
Each year toward the end of January, Marist School hosts Vocations Week, focusing on religious life to give students an idea of what such a life might entail and encouraging them to consider such a calling. Marist invited vocations directors from the various communities of sisters, brothers, and priests within the Marist family to address the student body through a variety of activities.