Alumnae

The world lost an amazing young woman in early 2017. Jennifer (Eggers) Attenasio '97 suffered a catastrophic pulmonary embolism just hours after giving birth to her son, Teddy. As her twin sister, Michele (Eggers) Lago '97, recounts in the Fall 2017 Carondeletter, Jenny brought light to five people whose lives were saved because she was an organ donor. Please read more here.

Jennifer (Eggers) Attenasio '97 (left) and her twin sister Michele (Eggers) Lago '97

Jennifer (Eggers) Attenasio '97 (left) and her twin sister Michele (Eggers) Lago '97


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After completing her first year at Wellesley College, Becca Gilbert '16 spent her summer working in a microbiology lab – in collaboration with MIT – studying evolutionary biology and biochemistry... ("Wow," is right!) Before beginning her second year at the women's college just outside of Boston, Becca came home to the East Bay and stopped by Carondelet for a visit.

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Carondelet High School proudly announces the naming of its state-of-the-art aquatics center for three-time swimming Olympic gold medalist, Natalie Coughlin Hall, who graduated from the school in 2000. The Natalie Coughlin Aquatics Center is a featured part of the school's brand new, six-acre, Walnut Creek-based Carondelet Athletics Complex, expected to open in early 2018.

Coughlin, who has earned 12 Olympic medals in her career, will be featured prominently at the new athletics complex, with a larger-than-life image of her diving into the pool at the 2008 Beijing Olympics depicted on the wall adjacent to the entrance of the aquatics center. Her image and athletic accomplishments will also be displayed in Carondelet's Hall of Fame, to be unveiled in spring 2018.

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Carondelet extends a warm welcome to all of the new faculty and staff who have joined us recently. These dynamic individuals bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to their respective roles and they will, no doubt, bring a renewed sense of excitement and commitment to excellence to our school. Please join us in welcoming these new additions to our team!

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On Saturday, August 19 more than 300 people came to Carondelet to honor of the life and love of Sr. Eleanor Eagan, CSJ. Family, alumnae, faculty, friends, present and from years ago came to pay their respects to the woman who made such a profound, wonderful impact on our community. Get a glimpse of the full photo gallery from Saturday.

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The Carondelet Community mourns the loss of Sr. James Marien Dyer, CSJ, who served our school as principal from 2001 to 2007, and most recently presided as principal at our neighboring St. Francis of Assisi Elementary School in Concord. We will miss her presence among us as we remember a beautifully gifted CSJ.

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It is with a sad heart that we share the news that our beloved Sr. Eleanor Eagan, CSJ has passed on to God. Sr. Eleanor was an integral part of the Carondelet community for more than 30 years and we will honor her work and her impact on generations of young women at a community-wide Celebration of Life here at Carondelet later this summer, after students and teachers return to school in August. Please continue to keep Sr. Eleanor's spirit and her family in your thoughts and prayers.

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Concord, Calif. (June 19, 2017) – Carondelet High School was named "Best Private School" in the East Bay according to a recent poll of readers of the East Bay Times. In a special "Best in East" section that was published June 18, the newspaper announced the results of its survey, which solicited input from local residents.

"Carondelet is honored to be recognized for the excellent education that we provide young women," said Carondelet President Bonnie Cotter. "Through innovative and challenging academics along with the opportunities we provide our students to lead and develop their voices, we are preparing young women for success in college, careers and in life ahead."

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The rain has stopped, the sun is out and our tractors are moving! Construction of our state-of-the-art athletics complex is well under way and we look forward to opening the facility later this year.

If you'd like to take a peek at all the action, check out our web cams, which are live streaming the construction in both in the aquatics area and on the field.

Please stay tuned for details about our grand opening, and for more information about the project, click here.

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Concord, Calif. (May 24, 2017) – Carondelet High School recently named Angela (Varian) Schroeter its 2017 Alumna of the Year, recognizing her commitment to living the Carondelet mission.

"Angela is a woman of courage by standing up against the powerful farming industry to fight for clean water," said classmate Michelle Missaggia Daly '88, a member of the Alumnae Association Board, who presented the award.

"She is a woman of heart by doing it relentlessly because of her belief in protecting the voiceless. And she is a woman of faith by believing she was doing the right thing even when she may have questioned it. We are so proud to see her living the Carondelet mission and making meaningful changes in our world," Michelle said.

A member of the Carondelet class of 1988, Angela graduated from UC Davis with a double-major in Geology and Environmental Policy and Analysis. She continued her education at the University of Nevada, Reno, earning a Master's Degree in Hydrogeology and became a groundwater specialist who focuses on environmental justice and helping disadvantaged communities.

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Kristina Campbell '93 has dedicated her professional life to advancing and protecting the rights of immigrants. She became interested in immigrants' rights after working with farmworkers on a spring break trip. After graduating from St. Mary's College, Kristina attended Notre Dame Law School, earning her J.D. in 2002.

She currently works as a tenured Professor of Law at the Jack & Lovell Olender Director, Immigration and Human Rights Clinic at the University of the District of Columbia (UDC), David A. Clarke School of Law. Kristina teaches immigration law and supervises the casework of students enrolled in the Immigration Clinic, which provides much needed legal representation to immigrants. In her free time, Kristina leads her students on study trips to Arizona, Mexico, and Texas to provide legal services to immigrants. She credits the superior education she received at Carondelet for laying the groundwork for her to become a leader in her field.

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Brittany Stitch '06 was recently honored for her work as co-founder of Guild Education in Forbes 30 under 30. Guild Education offers online classes, programs and degrees for working adults in partnership with top universities. Guild partners directly with large employers to offer "education as a benefit" to their employees. This gives employers an advantage in recruitment and retention, while giving their employees the opportunity to pursue a meaningful degree.

Brittany is a Teach for America alumna, and has a BA, MBA, and M.Ed from Stanford University.

Congratulations on your stellar accomplishments, Brittany!

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In this issue: Our annual Sr. Clare Dunn Forum focuses on Women in Politics; Ven a Ver takes Washington, D.C. to advocate for social justice, the Carondelet Athletics Complex gains city approval to move forward, and much more!

We are excited to share the Winter 2017 issue with you. The magazine can easily be viewed online on your computer, tablet or phone. If you prefer to download a copy, follow this link
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