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Connelly senior nominated as OC Shining Student
Posted on: March 24, 2011

Audrey De Los Reyes was nominated by Cornelia Connelly School for consideration as one of OC Family's magazine's Shining Students for 2010-2011

   Audrey De Los Reyes is an exceptional young woman. Her teachers consistently describe her as outstanding, responsible and passionately aware of the "big picture." She embraces her role as a leader and model to others with her actions, not just words. She volunteers in her community, even with a rigorous academic and athletic schedule that leaves her little free time. She is an unassuming leader, a powerhouse of an athlete and a star performer.

   Although Connelly does not rank its students Audrey has the highest grade point average in her class (4.58), and has managed to maintain this exceptional GPA in spite of her many commitments and demanding selection of AP and Honors courses. She has received Honors with Distinction each semester and she is a Commended Student through the National Merit Scholarship Program. Additionally, she has been nominated for the National Association of Secondary School Principals Award based on her remarkable leadership skills, community service, and academic record.

   As a member of ASB, Connelly's student leadership team which meets before school twice a week, Audrey also volunteers many hours after school and in evenings on committees, planning events. This year, Audrey served as an Interschool Representative - the liaison and coordinator with our brother and sister schools - planning major events such as Homecoming, Sadie Hawkins and Prom. The work requires finesse, commitment to details and incredible time management and Audrey makes it look easily to juggle so many tasks.

   She is leading a team of Connelly students and family members who will walk together in the April 16 Walk Out of Poverty event sponsored by Concern America. The event raises money to fight disease and bring safe and reliable water sources and sanitation systems to impoverished communities across the globe.

   Audrey volunteers as a counselor at her church's two-week Bible camp in the summers, leading children ages 5 to 12 and having fun learning about God. She also volunteers in the Confirmation program. She cleans local beaches monthly with the Connelly Surf Club and she helps with Project Achieve, a group at her church that cooks and serves food to homeless families. As a member of the National Honor Society, she tutors her peers needing academic support. . She went above and beyond her secretary-treasurer duties for NHS, when she helped organize Connelly's Koala Bowl - an academic and physical competition for junior high school students.

   Audrey is a competitive athlete. She spends about 16 hours each week, year-round dedicated to gymnastics. She is a Level 9 (10 levels total) champion - Gymnastic State Champion 2010 - despite experiencing a set-back of an injury last June.

   Audrey sings with Connelly's award-wining and internationally touring Advanced Women's Ensemble. She traveled to China with the group in 2008 and sang at many churches and venues including the Great Wall. In June and July 2010 she traveled with the choir to England and Ireland to sing. She is the Choir President and a four-year member of the choir.

   It is rare to find such a student who is extremely accomplished and so often called upon by her peers to lead, but does so without even a hint of pretentiousness, arrogance and entitlement. Audrey is gracious and kind and well-liked and respected by faculty and students at Connelly. For her, it isn't about being in charge or commanding attention. It IS about leading by example, with actions and humility. It is an honor to nominate Audrey De Los Reyes as a candidate for OC Family's Shining Students.

"I teach at Connelly because this school empowers its students to become strong, confident thinkers in a joyous and happy learning environment. I have a special privilege to see God every day in the faces and actions of my students."
Michael Ambrose,
Math teacher

"I feel privileged to go to a school where I know everyone there cares about me and supports me. Connelly has helped me grow in my faith and build my confidence. I could not have picked a better school for high school."
Raynee, Class of 2013

"I had a pretty remarkable experience at Connelly. I think it was the catalyst for my university acceptance. I owe the rest of my life decisions and career choice to that experience at Connelly." 
Sally Polk-Garcia '73

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APR 4 - Edline course registration begins
APR 4-5 - ASB Officer Campaigning
APR 6 - Parents Association Meeting @ 6:30 p.m.
APR 6 - Junior Class Performs Play @ Servite 8 a.m.-noon
ASB Officer Speeches & Elections 
 - 5/7 SAT Registration Deadline
APR 9 - ACT Testing
APR 11 - Ambassador Applications Available 
APR 11-13 - Cheer Tryouts
APR 11-15 - Global Solidarity Week
APR 12
All-School Service Day
APR 13
 - Academic Council Meeting @ 3:15 p.m.
APR 14 - Global Solidarity Day
APR 14 - Comedy Sportz Match @ 6:30 p.m.
APR 15 - Ambassador Applications Due
APR 16 - Spring Fling Dance @ Rosary - 7-11 p.m.
APR 18-20 - Senior Exit Interviews; Classes begin @9:45 a.m.
APR 19 - Spring Concert Dress Rehearsal
APR 19 - Graduation Orders - Pickup @ Lunch
APR 21 - Early Dismissal
APR 21 - Spring Open House @ 6 p.m.
APR 21 - Spring Concert @ 5:30 p.m.
APR 22 - Earth Day Mass; Formal Uniform Day
APR 22 - Comedy Sportz Match @ 6:30 p.m.
APR 23 - Family Gardening Day 8 a.m.-noon
APR 24 - National College Fair
APR 25 - Spring Pep Rally
APR 25-26 - Class Officer Campaigning
APR 26 - AP Pre-Admin for all AP Students
APR 27 - Class Officer Elections
APR 27 - GAA Banquet @ 6 p.m.
APR 28 - Int'l Student Meeting
APR 28-30 - Tri-School Theatre Spring Musical @ 7 p.m.
APR 29 - Edline Course  Registration Ends

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