School Year in Review: The 12 Most-Read News Stories
School Year in Review: The 12 Most-Read News Stories

Before we turn the page on 2017-18, let's revisit the stories that caught our readers' attention on this past school year.

From spectacular athletic achievements to new flexible learning spaces, from a beloved champion of Sacred Heart traditions to faculty awards, these are the most popular stories from the past school year.  

12. Alumnus Carries Family Legacy While Forging His Own
As the youngest of nine siblings to attend Convent & Stuart Hall, Geoffrey Applegarth SHB'80 and his family have deep roots at the school. He reflects on his time here, the significance of the school to his family and why he continues to give back to numerous San Francisco organizations.

11. Major Art Installation Unveiled in the Flood Mansion
Informed by Mary Mardel, RSCJ, the work is the new centerpiece of the Flood Mansion's front entrance, representing the past and future of Convent & Stuart Hall, as well as Sacred Heart education around the world. 

10. Soccer Championship Caps Brilliant Four-Year Run
By the time Convent eighth graders claimed their third soccer title in four years, they had outscored opponents 41-3.

9. Beloved Mary Mardel, RSCJ Celebrates 100th Birthday
Mary Mardel, RSCJ, who has been called "the heart and soul of Broadway" by many affiliated with Schools of the Sacred Heart San Francisco, celebrated her 100th birthday at Convent & Stuart Hall with hundreds of longtime friends.

8. Before and After: Summer Renovations Greet Students
New flexible learning spaces continue to focus on enhancing the cognitive process of learning for students. Before and after photos show the transformation of classrooms, play and exercise spaces, and bathrooms.

7. Faculty Receive Awards During President's New Year Celebration
Every year, President Ann Marie Krejcarek and the Faculty Staff Development Committee give seven awards to faculty and staff, two for special professional development opportunities and five for contributions made to the community. See who was honored this year.

6. Strong Second Half Propels Stuart Hall to Regional Finals
Stuart Hall used a big second half, outscoring Liberty Ranch 42-27, to propel them to a third straight win in the Division IV CIF State basketball tournament and a berth in the regional finals.

5. Stuart Hall Football Featured in SF Examiner, KPIX-5 Newscast
The SF Examiner reports on what makes the Knights "one of the most successful football programs in San Francisco," and KPIX-5 highlights how the program fits into a broader K-12 philosophy.

4. Stuart Hall Sophomore Wins Silver at U.S. Figure Skating Championships
With an expanding repertoire of jumps, Dinh Tran put together two impressive programs to earn a spot on the podium in the junior men's division.

3. Stuart Hall Wins First Regional Title With Unbelievable Comeback
The Stuart Hall varsity basketball team won its first CIF State Regional Championship on March 17, rallying from a 17-point halftime deficit to stun St. Mary's-Berkeley in overtime, 68-62.

2. Senior Week Celebration Precedes Graduation for Class of 2018
During the week leading up to graduation, seniors participate in traditional events designed for them to celebrate and reflect on their time at Convent & Stuart Hall.

1. Students Embark on Costa Rica Service and Cultural Immersion Trip
All tenth grade boys and girls — as well as their chaperones — spent the week of January 13-20 in a small town about three hours from Costa Rica's capital.