The Mount De Sales Experience
The Best of Both World’s
September 30, 2015
Then vs. now by: Theresa Sarver
Mount de Sales Academy’s very own Religion teacher, Allison George is the perfect reflection of the impact that this school and it’s traditions can have on the student’s lives. Ms.George, an alumnae from Mount de Sales, graduated in the class of ‘O6 and to this day, her experience at Mount de Sales has left an indelible mark on her heart which she shall treasure always. During the interview with Ms.George, she shared fond memories from her time as a student here. Her most memorable moment shared at Mount de Sales was her senior year Twisted Tune. Though her class typically lost every school competition, for their final Twisted Tune her class went all out. Ms.George went into detail of her classes victorious day, describing their interpretive dance and black-out outfits with colorful scarves worn in rebellion of Spirit Day Tradition.
As she discussed her past memories, Ms.George talked about the changes she’s seen at Mount de Sales over the year’s. The changes vary from the shoes she was required to wear, to the new renovations. When she was in school, all the girls were required to wear Bucks but now students are permitted to wear Sperry’s. Another difference that she mentioned was the fact that she was taught by Mrs.Lanciotti, the school’s current disciplinary, who was an art teacher at the time and who also happened to be Ms.George’s favorite teacher. Even though Ms.George mentioned a few differences, she also talked about the many ongoing traditions of Mount de Sales. Ms.George shared about how she treasures even the smallest of traditions such as genuflecting in the chapel. She explained how “just those three seconds of peace always seem to get me through the day.” Just watching the present students experience all traditions that she once experienced, still brings joy to her heart because it evokes flashbacks of some of the greatest times from her high school experience.
Now that she is a teacher, Ms.George describes her perspective of Mount de Sales when she states, “I’ve come to appreciate everything so much more because when I was a student I took many of the things the school had to offer me for granted.” When looking back at her time spent here as a student and comparing that experience to her life as teacher, Ms.George realizes that, “there is absolutely no other place like Mount de Sales.” She is now grateful for all the lessons, experiences, and memories Mount de Sales has given her that she will keep for the rest of her life.