Andres Fierro is currently a senior at Pacifica who aspires to compose music for future films and television shows. Read more about the number of instruments he plays and the impact he has made at Pacifica through his love for music.
The liberal arts are good for the soul, but will they get you a job? Parents whose sons and daughters choose to major in art history, English, philosophy, or classics ask this question routinely. Questions like these highlight the fundamental reason for getting an education at all. What’s the point, anyway?
Pacifica values thinking and living well by integrating faith, virtue, and learning. One of the ways we integrate our faith is through our weekly chapel. Chapel is a time to dig deeper, grapple, and reflect on real issues that pertain to self and the world we live in. This month in chapel, we have been talking about identity. Identity can be defined as, “Who we experience ourselves to be –the I each of us carries within.”
Dylan, Class of 2018, made the most of his time at Pacifica. In addition to his strong academic record, he was the Athletics Prefect, Student Body President, and ran varsity track and cross-country. He was a league champion in the mile and two-mile races. Dylan engaged, a trait he shares with his fellow Pacificans.
Pacifica's greatest resource is its parents, students, and faculty. It is the quality of this community that makes our culture and educational program thrive. Teaching students to think and live well presupposes faculty who think and live well. I am pleased to highlight three such faculty members. Each one lives an authentic life of grace and truth.
Flannery O’Connor once remarked that we all breathe in nihilism. For those of you who do not know, nihilism is a philosophical position that says the world is meaningless. There are no objective truths, no goodness, no beauty. Everything is reduced to the solitary subject. In other words, we are alone. Everything is relative. The winner, in this case, is whoever is the strongest. Virtue is a fools game, so give up on courage, justice, temperance, and wisdom.
Junior, Alex Knight, makes the US U19 Boys' Youth National Team and will be training in Colorado Springs with the team this summer before heading off to play in the Norceca Championships in Costa Rica.
Pacifica's Entreprenuership class just wrapped up a four week project with subscription toy company Skip and Play. The students were tasked by Skip and Play's CEO Amy Mabry to help them grow customer demand through creative marketing strategies. Amy Mabry is a former Director of Admissions for Pacifica and returned to campus to hear the students' proposals.
Last weekend, our varsity cross country team traveled to Portland, Oregon to compete at the George Fox Invitational. The team takes this trip annually to compete against some of the best small schools the Pacific Northwest has to offer.
Education and academic rigor are top priorities at Pacifica, not only for our teachers, but for our outstanding students as well. All Pacifica students will graduate from high school knowing more about themselves and being prepared to enter the world. The majority of them will attend prestigious four year institutions. Some, like Myles Hunter, will even go on to create spaces for learning and education to thrive.
Pacifica is ranked fifth in our CIF division. They are playing Glendale Academy on Wednesday night, who is ranked number one. This is a huge game and it would be amazing to have as many people out there as we can get to cheer our Seawolves on!
There is nothing quite like getting away for a few days, disconnecting from the craziness of West LA, and getting to relax in the beautiful mountains. Well minus the relaxing part, students and faculty alike had a blast at the 2017 Pacifica Retreat.
The study of Latin has long been a tradition at Pacifica Christian High School. Latin perfectly complements our 9th-grade History and English classes, supports the language and vocabulary of our sciences, and has proven to be one of the top subjects to prepare students for the SAT and ACT exams.
We have two awards in athletics at Pacifica that we recognize at the end of each school year - Athletic Distinction and our Hall of Fame. Athletic Distinction is for an individual who was a league champion, or MVP, or a member of an all CIF team. Our second award is our Athletics' Hall of Fame. To be a member of our Hall of Fame, an athlete had to be an individual league champion, or league MVP. Or be a member of an all CIF team. Beyond, the individual award, an athlete had to have a significant impact on the athletic department.
The VPA Encore Awards go to the VPA students who best exemplify excellence in a performance or production, whose work stands as a best example of memorable performances and quality. The Founding Artist award goes to the student who has best exemplified the life and practice of living life informed by artistic exploration.