Immaculate Heart High School senior and student body president Oona Holahan crowned the statue of Mary on April 28 on Mary’s Day, a tradition honoring the school’s patroness and the mother of Jesus.
The crowning was the focal point of Mary’s Day activities that brought the entire school community together in celebration. This year’s theme was “Ave Stella Maris,” or “Mary, Star of the Sea,” in tribute to Mary as a guide who fosters goodness in an often troubled world. The title reflects a time when mariners used stars for navigation and prayed to Mary for safe passage.
Mary’s Day festivities opened with a liturgy, followed by a festive procession to the quad where the crowning was held and students participated in a maypole dance and Great Lawn Dance. Nearly 500 students danced in unison to the Jennifer Lopez and Lin-Manuel Miranda song, “Love Makes the World Go Round,” which celebrates the power of love over hate.
The school auditorium, decorated with lights, stars and handmade fish decorations, was the setting for student song and dance presentations. Thirteen students also carried a whale prop more than 26 feet long around a cheering audience as senior Faye Turner sang a song from the animated film, “Moana.” During the finale, students linked hands and sang Immaculate Heart’s alma mater before enjoying lunch and more dancing on the school’s lawn.
Immaculate Heart High School educates young women in the 6th-12th grades on its campus at 5515 Franklin Ave. For information, call (323)461-3651, or visit immaculateheart.org.
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