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Senior Spotlight: Anna Z.

May 23, 2022
By Mariana Valle, Student Life Reporter; Brigid McCarthy, Editor


Anna is a vivacious student who has called Chelsea her second home since 4th grade. Anna’s love for french, fitness, and food are only a few things that make her stand out in her class. She is a well-rounded, dedicated athlete, who has participated in soccer, basketball, cross country, and even trained for a successful triathlon. Art has been an important aspect of her life since middle school, and Anna often extends her artistic eye to create and sell beautiful jewelry. Last year, Anna traveled to France through our foreign exchange student program, as she learned more about cooking, sewing, and took the time to master her French. In addition to her many hobbies and talents, Anna is great at debating with her classmates and also upholds a keen fashion sense. Besides being involved in many sports, Anna keeps fit by swimming and working out at the gym. Anna will be attending the ROTC program at The Catholic University of America, and hopes to join the Navy after graduation.

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Senior Spotlight: Christine S.

May 17, 2022
By Mariana Valle, Student Life Reporter; Bea Stanford, Editor
Chelsea’s favorite loquacious actress, Christine, came to us in 6th grade, back when the guy to girl ratio in her class was flipped, 7 boys and 4 girls. Musically inclined, Christine is an excellent piano player, and this year helped the Schola as the official accompanist. Along with singing in her parish choir, Christine takes vocal coaching to further her career as a dedicated actress. She loves to find any opportunity to perform, and already has 20+ plays and 9+ musicals under her belt, her favorite being Les Miserables. Some of her recent performances include the Sound of Music as Leisl, The Screwtape Letters as Glubose, and also Chelsea’s most recent play, The Man Who Was Thursday. Though in love with theater, Christine is also an avid reader. Her favorite book is “A Brave New World” by Aldous Huxley. She is attending UVA next fall, planning to major in English with a minor in Drama. One day, she dreams of opening her own Children’s Theater, as a director.
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Senior Spotlight: Brigid M.

May 13, 2022
By Mariana Valle, Student Life Reporter; Bryson Barnett, Journalist; Jude Lagarde, Editor

Meet our student body Chancellor, Brigid McCarthy! Known for her thoughtfulness and charity, Brigid has spread joy throughout our school since she arrived in 7th grade.

With an eye for beauty, Brigid puts her talents to use as she creates and studies art. Her inspiration is Mr. Wingate, Chelsea’s art teacher. She hopes to follow in his footsteps one day and study art in Italy. While she hasn’t found her medium yet, she always enjoys trying new things and is excited to continue experimentation. She has enjoyed putting her artistic skills to work by volunteering for the hair and makeup department in several Chelsea plays.

Brigid's favorite instruments to play are the violin, guitar,  and the occasional banjolele. Her favorite Chelsea memory is swing dancing in the rain after Twelfth Night

Brigid will be attending Benedictine College in the fall, where she hopes to major in art and minor in philosophy. She is excited to continue to hone her artistic skills, working to create beauty that reflects God’s creation and, in doing so, give glory to Him.


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Senior Spotlight: James S.

May 10, 2022
By Mariana Valle, Student Life Reporter; Bryson Barnett, Journalist; Jude Lagarde, Editor

James Schwartz, an outspoken leader in his class, has come a long way in his Chelsea adventure. He began as a member of the first-ever 4th-grade class at Chelsea and has taken full advantage of his time here. He is known both for his love of philosophically consistent debates and his public speaking ability. He participated in multiple poetry competitions (making it to the state level one year) and he brought his acting expertise to the stage every year with the Chelsea Players. James is no less accomplished in the athletics department, playing on the JV and Varsity soccer team and serving as Captain for several seasons. When not on the Royal Horseshoe Farm, he enjoys hiking, reading, and especially cooking, so be sure to try his beef stew.

James, true to form, left some words of wisdom for his fellow students:

"High schoolers, do a ton of things. Find something that you love and become completely engrossed in it. Don’t expect praise, do your duty to get your duty done. Doing your job is fulfilling within itself."

In line with his love for animals, James will be continuing his academic career by majoring in Biology at UVA, where he is already in the Echols Scholars Program.


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Senior Spotlight: Ian P.

April 28, 2022
By Mariana Valle, Student Life Reporter & Bryson Barnett, Journalist

Every morning, Ian holds the door and greets passers-by with a nod and cheerful “good morning,” a job he received from Grafton Lagarde (Class of ‘21). A nine-year veteran at the school, Ian has done almost everything, from playing basketball to helping with both high school and middle school plays. He played center for the Varsity boys basketball team throughout all four years of high school. A star on and off the court, Ian excels in his studies of Physics and Calculus, one of which is taught by his favorite teacher, Mr. Selner. Besides basketball, Ian is a committed weight lifter, proud of his recent achievements. When not in the gym, he is cheering on the Redskins or listening to Kanye West, probably with a glass of orange juice in hand. In college, Ian hopes to put his math and art skills to the test while studying architecture at Christendom.

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Senior Spotlight: Genevieve S.

April 25, 2022
By Mariana Valle, Student Life Reporter & Bryson Barnett, Journalist

Introducing Genevieve! Her wonderful sense of humor is inclined to make you crack a smile at any time, which only adds to her relaxed and carefree personality. As a Pole House Representative, Genevieve devotes much of her time to organizing fundraisers and house activities, yet she still finds time to enjoy challenging classes like Precalculus and Physics. She enjoys watching football games and is obsessed with country music. Of all her fun stories, she’ll never remember last year’s canoe trip without laughing, since her canoe tipped over, throwing her and a couple exchange students into the river. She likes to keep healthy by lifting weights, and also teaches swim lessons in the summertime, so she is never bored. She plans on attending Christendom College, and will likely enroll in some extra courses so that she can someday become a nurse!

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Lagarde-Stanford for the Win!

April 08, 2022
By Mariana Valle, Student Life Journalist

Congratulations to Chelsea’s new Chancellor and Secretary, Jude Lagarde and Bea Stanford! 

Our current leaders, Brigid McCarthy and James Schwartz, will pass the torch to Jude and Bea for the 2022-2023 school year!

Though previously these roles were chosen at the discretion of the teachers, this year the student council coordinated an election by the students themselves. Thus implemented, Upper School students were given a formal opportunity to express their choice of the new Chancellor and Secretary. It was up to the candidates to convince the voters of their capability to become the best leaders on the path of success.

Right before Campaign Week began, all of the candidates gave a speech and answered an open Q&A from their peers.The following week, campaigning commenced with posters covering the hallways and mini spiels and skits at morning convocation, not to mention many little treats and party hosting. Last Thursday, 8th-12th grade students enthusiastically lined up and down the hallway to cast their ballots. Shortly after the votes were collected and counted, the tension was broken by Chancellor McCarthy announcing the winners.

Jude Lagarde, a current Fisher House Representative, ran an impressive and successful campaign and has high hopes for next year, with many new ideas to improve and old traditions to bring back to life. To help along the way, Bea Stanford will move on from being a Roper House Representative to becoming the new secretary.

We are all confident in both Jude’s leadership expertise and Bea’s knack for organization, so rest assured we will have a promising Student Government in the coming academic year!


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Senior Spotlight: Norah G.

April 05, 2022
By Mariana Valle, Student Reporter & Bryson Barnett, Journalist

Meet Norah! Upon her arrival in 9th grade, her friendly face often stands out amongst the class of 2022. She loves running and hiking, and her taste in music is so versatile that she wholeheartedly enjoys listening to almost every genre. An avid reader, Norah delves into books by authors Tolkien, JK Rowling, and Rick Riordan. Although she breezes through her tedious physics assignments with ease, her favorite class is English with Mrs. Zepeda. Before senior year, Norah ran on Chelsea’s cross country team and dabbled in basketball and soccer. One of her favorite memories is when she blindly hiked Old Rag in the rain with Mrs. O’Keefe as her guide. Each year she has worked behind the scenes preparing students to take the stage in the Annual Chelsea Play. Norah made sure to bring the fun to tech week, ending last year’s show prep for Twelfth Night with a spontaneous dance in the rain with her friends. After graduating, Norah hopes to attend Virginia Western Community College and pursue a career in physical therapy.

Here’s to your next adventure!


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Senior Spotlight: Ava V.S.

March 29, 2022
By Mariana Valle, Student Reporter & Bryson Barnett, Journalist

One of the geniuses of her class, Ava is a stellar student who tries to find a balance between her social and academic life. When she isn’t spending time with friends, she is probably playing the piano or reading some good L.M. Montgomery or C.S. Lewis books. At Chelsea since 9th grade, she has participated in both basketball and cross country. This leads to her favorite memory,  when the cross country van broke down and she was stuck on the side of the road with her super vibrant team. A very bright student, she has received a couple science fair awards in the past few years and she took first place her sophomore year. This past semester, Ava became the first Chelsea student to become a National Merit Scholar Finalist. To incoming stressed freshmen, Ava cheerfully says “carpe diem!” She is very excited to graduate, and has yet to decide between her top schools, the University of Dallas or Thomas Aquinas College. No matter where, Ava hopes eventually to become a Latin teacher.


Nos sumus cor vestrum, Ava!


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Senior of the Week: Sebastian L.

March 16, 2022
By Mariana Valle, Student Reporter & Bryson Barnett, Journalist

Sebastian  joined us at Chelsea his junior year and quickly made his mark as a representative for Fisher House. As he is scientifically inclined, his favorite class is physics with his favorite teacher, Mr. Selner. He showcased his musical side at his performance on our previous St. Cecilia’s Day event, playing guitar and singing Let it Be. Sebastian loves playing baseball and has also been on the basketball team for the past two seasons. He was very proud to be a part of last year's inaugural rugby team. His favorite Chelsea memory is his junior year Fall Hike. Sebastian will attend Benedictine College in the fall to direct his studies towards biology! 


We wish you the best of luck!


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Senior of the Week: Victoria S.

March 08, 2022
By Mariana Valle, Student Reporter & Bryson Barnett, Journalist

Described as a hidden gem by her classmates, you can count on Victoria to brighten your day with her crazy jokes. She enjoys listening to her favorite music and reading for hours on end. She loves Jane Austen but her favorite book is Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë. Her favorite Chelsea memory was battling her classmates on the rapids during the 7th-grade canoe trip. She is very proud of herself for living her senior year to the fullest, even deciding to participate in this year’s play. Victoria is hoping to go to Ave Maria University in the fall, where she is looking to pursue her interest in psychology.

You will be dearly missed!


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Senior of the Week: Betsy A.

March 02, 2022
By Mariana Valle, Student Reporter

You can always find Betsy with a contagious smile on her face! She is gifted in art and music, spending lots of her free time painting or playing the piano. Betsy also enjoys going on outdoor adventures and spending time in nature. She will be dearly missed in the athletics department, as she has played on the volleyball team for six years. Her fondest Chelsea memory is attending the 7th-grade canoe trip with her classmates.

After graduating, Betsy plans on attending Lord Fairfax Community College to get her CNA and eventually her RN, specializing in labor and delivery. 

Good luck on your next adventure Betsy!!


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Chelsea Spirit

January 31, 2022
By Bea Stanford, Student Life Journalist & Mariana Valle, Student Life Reporter

The week of January 24th to 28th was deemed Spirit Week at Chelsea Academy, and each day a new theme was enthusiastically embraced by both students and faculty/staff! This annual uniform-free week was a creative opportunity to express school spirit and camaraderie, as well as to cheer on our basketball teams and celebrate St. Thomas Aquinas’ feast day. This year, a flurry of rival sports jerseys, hippie-attire, 80’s fashion, poodle skirts, princesses, Newsies, and a curiously large assortment of Nappy D characters led the way to a doubleheader of basketball games against Mountain View on Friday. Well, until actual flurries of snow caused the games to be canceled. But even so, this exciting week proved a huge success, ending in a high-stakes House Game of Jeopardy and a celebration of St. Thomas Aquinas’ feast day with cake. Below is a day-by-day of the spontaneity enjoyed by Chelsea Academy and pictures of the terrifically chaotic-yet-lovable memories made by all.

Monday started it all off with “Sports Day,” consisting of students wearing swag of their favorite sports teams. 

“Decades Day” had everyone thinking back to one’s fond memories of the 20’s styles all the way to the ‘90s, with the ‘80s being an obvious favorite. 

On Wednesday, everyone donned their Sunday best for “Dress-Up Day,” and the girls attended Mass graciously offered by Fr. Tom. 

Thursday’s classes were canceled, so on Friday students were allowed to choose either “Character Day” or the school-patriotic “Blue and White Day.” And so a creative collection of story-book/movie character costumes and Spirit-Wear apparel showed up at the cake-party and Jeopardy Competition. 

Thank you for a wonderful turnout all week. This is the kind of pride and spirit that keeps us winning!

St. Thomas Aquinas, pray for us!


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Studying Abroad at Chelsea Academy

December 01, 2021
By Brigid McCarthy, Student Life Reporter, Photojournalist; Edited by: Ms. Libasci

Mariam Kaltenbach has studied as a foreign exchange student at Chelsea during 9th and 10th grade. Originally from Lörrach in Germany, Mariam decided to follow in her sister’s footsteps and attend Chelsea in 2020. Mariam enjoyed studying French, Physical Science, and English. She found that “the education and teachers at Chelsea are amazing.” Some of her most memorable experiences involved exploring the Shenandoah Valley through school-led outdoor adventures. Mariam’s favorite thing about Chelsea is that “everyone is kind and there are great friendships that are real and true.” Our students and faculty wish her the very best as she travels back home to Germany this December to finish high school. 

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