Valerie O’Riordan Takes a Bow

Valerie O’Riordan Takes a Bow

In front of a packed house in the Lindland Theatre after the final performance of the spring musical, How to Succeed in Business without Really Trying, Valerie O’Riordan took her final bow as Drama Director at Archbishop Riordan High School, a position she has held since 2000. Ms. O will continue to teach at Riordan and lead the House of Russi as provincial.

Dozens of former students attended the final performance to honor Ms. O, whose career at Riordan included directing 35 shows, entertaining more than 46,000 audience members, and inspiring countless actors from Riordan and other all-girls schools.

James Chun Signs with Chaminade University

James Chun Signs with Chaminade University

Surrounded by his family, coaches, Riordan mentors and teammates, James Chun ’18 signed to play basketball at Chaminade, a Marianist university in Honolulu. Chun was a four-year basketball standout and set many school records in his final season, including the most 3-pointers made in a game, season and career.

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Journalism Awards

Journalism Awards

Current Archbishop Riordan High School students and alumni recently earned top honors for their writing and photography.

The California Newspaper Publishers Association named Roman Peregrino ’18 a finalist in two categories for the same article: Best Writing and Profile Story for “Spartan sisterly love saves Crusader brother.” In addition, Julian Castillo ’19 was named a finalist in the category of Enterprise News Story for “Hidden figure under gym floor revealed during refurbishing.” Both articles can be read here.

The Crusader was the only newspaper from a San Francisco high school and a Catholic high school to be named to the General Excellence category, making the it one of the top four in the state among CNPA members.

JC Canicosa ’16, a sophomore at Loyola New Orleans, won a journalism award for college sports column writing from the Society of Professional Journalists. In his eponymous column “JC does sports,” he tries different sports and writes about them with a healthy dose of humor.

Finally, in photography news, the work of two student photographers, seniors Chris Peterson and Brandon Castro, was selected for the program that will be distributed at the National High School Journalism Convention in San Francisco later this month.

Look for the next edition of The Crusader to be published soon.