Journey Day 2022: Cardboard, college, and careers

Santa Catalina School students built boats, toured colleges, and connected with alumnae during Journey Day on March 11.

Annual Journey Days are designed to give students dedicated time to explore leadership and college and career opportunities.

This year, freshmen spent the morning engaging in a cooperative team-building activity constructing cardboard boats in the Catalina Cardboard Regatta. Students could only use cardboard, duct tape, and a thin tarp to make a boat that could be piloted across the pool. Watch this video to see the regatta in action.

Sophomores went on a regional college tour visiting Santa Clara University and UC Santa Cruz, where they were able to compare a small, private university with a large, public university.

Juniors and seniors spent the day learning about different careers from Santa Catalina alumnae. The alumnae were Lucy Yu ’17 (hotel management/hospitality), Natalie Kocekian ’07 (business and technology at Google, YouTube, and Lucasfilm), M.J. Foletta ’12 (animal keeper at the Nashville Zoo), Anna Lopez Mourlam ’06 (legal work at Amazon), Shanae Fuentes ’07 (event planning), Jessica Wong ’07 (creative consultant), and Stephanie Weber ’07 (spacecraft test engineer). Two young alums, Molly Gilbert ’19 and Sarah Sallee ’21, provided a virtual breakout session in which they shared their undergraduate college experience.

Journey Day is part of Catalina’s comprehensive advisory program, which aims to impart Santa Catalina culture to our students, advance their leadership skills, and ensure them excellent college placement.

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