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Union | DLS Magazine


"Union in a community is a precious gem, which is why our Lord so often recommended it to his apostles before he died. If we lose this, we lose everything. Preserve it with care, therefore, if you want your community to survive." ~ St. John Baptist de La Salle


Published twice a year, our Union magazine is an important way for our current and alumni families to stay in touch. We feature stories with current students, teachers, clubs, athletes, and more, and we share the latest news from our more than 10,000 living alumni. There are many ways in which De La Salle keeps that connection, that "union," strong, and this magazine is one great way in which we provide that in-depth look at the happenings on Winton Drive. We encourage you to flip through these pages and discover the latest news, programs, and updates from De La Salle High School.

Union Editor:
Rich Davi, Communications Coordinator
davir@dlshs.org
(925) 288-8148



Spring 2022 Union Magazine: Inside This Issue


ABOUT THE COVER
De La Salle High School continues to be Rooted in Relationships. This issue brings this to light through the support, improvement, history, Lasallian values, and traditions of the school. One of the school traditions, the annual Physics Boat Race Project is featured on the cover of the Spring 2022 Union magazine.

Rooted in Support - Bishop Cummins Program: An Opportunity to Succeed
With the beginning of the 2021-22 school year, Roberto Martinez took over as the coordinator for the Bishop Cummins Scholarship Program. We introduce Roberto to the community and share his plans for the program and support for the students under his guidance. This article also profiles alumnus Damon Wiley ’16, who benefited from his time at De La Salle and the support he received from the Bishop Cummins Program.

Rooted in Tradition - What Floats Your Boat?
The year marks the 18th year of the Physics Boat Races at De La Salle. This senior-year science project has become a school tradition and an event that many students look forward to completing. This story outlines the evolution of the project and how the students have adapted their process to completing this annual group science project.

Rooted in Improvement – Lengthy Accreditation Self-Study Report
Over an 18 months period, De La Salle's faculty and staff, led by Dr. Elizabeth Berkes and Ms. Lillian Dickson, prepared for its once-every-six-years Western Catholic Education Association (WCEA) accreditation review. The process culminated on February 16th, after a four-day visit by the WCEA Visiting Team.

Rooted in History – Lasting Impact of Long-time Faculty Members
The De La Salle High School story began in September of 1965. That was 57 years ago and over that time there have been many faculty members that have taught lessons in the classrooms. Many of those faculty members have come and gone, but some have lasted for more than three decades, and for a few, more than 40 years.

Rooted in Lasallian Values – Continuing the Conversation
From March 31-April 9, the De La Salle/Carondelet Theatre Company hosted six showings of Heathers the Musical (High School Edition). As part of the overall theatrical experience, De La Salle and Carondelet students, along with their audiences, took part in dialog to discuss many mental health concerns present in today’s school environment.

Rooted in Giving – Annual Fund and School Financial Updates
This issue of the Union magazine outlines recent fundraising support the school received through its Giving Day and Giving Tuesday campaigns, and provides information on how you can continue to support the school through the 1965 Club, the Lasallian Society, and the Founder’s Circle. Additionally, the Business Office provides a look at the school’s Endowment stability and the increase in Financial Aid for our students.

Alumnus of the Year – Kent Mercer ’87, A Distinguished Spartan Life
De La Salle and the Alumni Association are excited to announce that Kent Mercer ’87 has been named the 2022 Distinguished Alumnus of the Year. Kent continues to serve the school as the Head Athletic Trainer while enjoying the opportunity to see his children Tanner ’19 and Zachary ’22 thrive as Spartans.


Union Archives:

Spring 2022: "Rooted in Relationships"
Fall 2021:
"Building Community"
Spring 2021: "Mark DeMarco Legacy"
Fall 2020: "Distance Learning"
Spring 2020: "What Makes Us Lasallian"
Fall 2019: "The Perfect Effort"

Spring 2019: "Les Hommes de Foi...Men of Faith"
Fall 2018: "Lasallians Without Limits"
Spring 2018: "Stewardship"
Fall 2017: "A New Generation"
Spring 2017: "Community"
Fall 2016: "Evolution"

Fall 2015: "Innovation"
Spring 2015: "Guided"
Fall 2015: 50th Anniversary Special Edition
Fall 2014: "Instructed"
Spring 2014: "Loved"
Fall 2013: "What's in a Name?"


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