Dear Friends, Alumni, and Parents of the Orchard Lake Schools and St. Mary’s Preparatory,
Good wishes from the Orchard Lake St. Mary’s Prep Boarding Program! Once again it is my pleasure to write to you as the Dean of Resident Students because this was just fantastic year in our boarding program.
14 boarding students will graduate on Sunday May 18th 2014 and begin new episode in their academic career. Our seniors have been accepted by many universities in the United States; such as University of California - Irvine, University of Syracuse, Otis College of Art and Design - Los Angeles, Southern California Institute of Architecture, Washington College, Sacred Heart University - Connecticut, Merrimack College, Pratt Institute, Canisius College – New York, Woodberry University, University of Connecticut, University of New Hampshire, University of Iowa, University of Massachusetts Boston, University of Delaware, Michigan State University, Drexel University, University of Illinois, Penn State University, Arizona State University, Purdue University, etc.
In the 5th marking period of the 2015-16 academic school year, 22 of our students made the dorm’s Dean’s List. The Dean's List is comprised of excellent students within the Boarding Program as only those who have achieved at least a 3.75 grade point average are included. Furthermore, the overall GPA in the boarding program for the 5th marking period was 3.43 GPA. This is the best overall GPA that we ever had in our boarding program.
Planned Innovations/Services in our Boarding Program for 2015-16
- Providing Free ACT/SAT tutoring classes for all dorm students
- Creation of Intramural/Club sports team for dorm students
- New International Student Orientation in August
We who are part of the Orchard Lake St. Mary’s Boarding program are always trying to improve and provide a better living and learning environment for our students.
Having been the Dean of Residents Students for the last five years, this year was an exceptionally difficult to decide who will receive the Dorm Award and Dorm Ambassador Award. We had several very strong candidates and all candidates were true models of academic achievement, passion, loyalty, and hard work. Because of his energy, his devotion, and his many continuing achievements, Bowen Liu (Aaron) is very deserving of this Dorm Award. He is completely devoted Catholic, fantastic student, and excellent Assistant Resident Advisor. He served as an Assistant Resident Advisor for two full academic school years 2012 - 2014. He was a true asset to the Boarding Program. Brendan Wallington served as an Assistant Resident Advisor for the full academic school year 2014 and he was a true asset to the Boarding Program. Brendan Wallington is a true representation of academic achievement, enthusiasm, commitment, and hard work. Therefore, it was my honor to grant the Dorm Ambassador Award to Brendan Wallington. We are proud to have them as part of our school and our boarding program.
This year we provided our students with plenty of excitement. Our dorm students had opportunity to visit following: Easter break - Fort Lauderdale Florida with Robin Goddard, Cedar Point, Henry Ford museum, Detroit Institute of Arts, Detroit Auto Show, Detroit Pistons’ games, Ski Trip – Alpine Valley, Zap Zone laser tag, SportNFun go kart, Bungie Jumping, Air Time Trampoline/Game Park, Rock Claiming with International Students Advisor, Airbus Haunted House, local restaurants, local movie theaters, St. Mary’s sports games, and Jazz Band performance. In addition, students visit local shopping centers on a weekly/monthly basis such as Somerset, Twelve Oaks, Great Lakes Crossing, Wal-Mart, Best Buy, ethnic food stores, Haircut Solons, Local Banks, coffee shops, est. Also, we have our annual dorm tournaments in ping pong, pool table billiard.