President's Message

Dear Salpointe Lancers,

Salpointe is proud to be a Carmelite school and we celebrate this legacy by giving honor to the people who breathe life into our sacred mission. We would not be the school we are today without the dedication of our faculty and staff, the commitment of our boards and committees, the confidence of parents who entrust Salpointe with the education of their children, and the generosity of our donors. As we build the next chapter of Salpointe’s story, we recognize that our narrative is most powerful when Lancers come together as one community to celebrate our traditions, our faith.and our vision for tomorrow.

Salpointe continues to lead as a high school of distinction. Congratulations are in order for so many, starting with the Class of 2022. This group of 292 seniors wowed us with their talent, energy and commitment to Lancer values. The members of this class were accepted to 187 colleges and universities across America and earned $19.5M in merit academic scholarships. Forty-three students graduated as Salpointe Scholars with grade point averages of 4.0 or higher. Three Lancers will enter college as National Merit Commended Students and two as National Hispanic Scholars. Ten Lancers will serve in the United States military. These Lancers leave as young adults of character and confidence: they are resilient, proud, respectful, accountable, hopeful and prepared. Thank you, Class of 2022, for bringing high honor to yourselves and to Salpointe!

The Stearns Center for the Arts has fulfilled an aspirational Salpointe vision to bring transformative synergy and collaboration to the school’s performing and visual arts programs. In the newly renovated Corcoran Theater, Lancer Thespians produced three amazing full-scale productions and two one-act plays: Disaster the Musical, The Man who Came to Dinner, Little Shop of Horrors, Governing Alice and Rockin’ Cinderella.  We initiated the first all-high school production for Literacy Connects, Stories that Soar High. Eighteen Lancers received Superior rankings at the Southern Arizona Acting Festival and qualified for the International Thespian Competition. For the 23rd consecutive year Troupe 5370 was awarded the Gold Honor Troupe by the International Thespian Society. Congratulations, Lancers!

In Instrumental Music, the focus in the Pocono Music Studio was “Reaching for Excellence” and our ensembles did exactly that. In addition to entertaining at football games and campus activities, the Lancer Marching Band successfully participated in regional and statewide competition season and returned to the long standing tradition of marching in the Tucson Rodeo Parade. Salpointe's Maroon & Gold Lancer Jazz Band participated in the NAU Jazz Festival, earning two individual soloist awards and an Excellent rating. The Spring Fine Arts Festival featuring all Lancer musical ensembles and the Concert Choir was a manifestation of the synergistic and collaborative vision of Stearns Center for the Arts. 

In Dance, students were able to thrive in the Ginny L. Clements Dance Studio featuring floor to ceiling mirrors and a floating floor. Award winning dancers performed under the lights in the Corcoran Theater to full houses at both the fall and spring showcases 
The Lancer Concert Choir thrived in the Foundation Choir Studio, performing three varied programs with music in seven languages across musical eras ranging from the 16th to the 21st centuries. Three students competed at the District Solo and Ensemble competition, earning two Excellent and one Superior rating. 

In the Czarina and Humberto Lopez Visual Arts Studios, our 2D art students enjoyed learning and confidence building with the full array of technical processes and 3D art students sculpted with clay and completed their creations by glazing and firing in our new kilns. Several visual arts students exhibited at the University of Arizona Art Invitational as well as the Pima County Library High School Juried Art Show. Additionally, we proudly presented four shows exhibiting student and community art in the stunning Stevens Gallery.

In athletics, the Lancers earned eight state championships: dance, men’s cross country, women’s volleyball, men’s soccer, women’s soccer, beach volleyball, softball and women’s track and field. Go Lancers! All 26 Lancer teams earned the AIA Team Scholar Athlete award for having team GPAs of 3.5 or higher. Thirty five students, over 10% of this class, will participate in athletics at the collegiate level. Congratulations!

In Humanities, accomplished Lancers were not only exceptional thinkers and learners, but their ability to make connections among literature, theology, art and philosophy within the context of both national and global communities was both impressive and inspiring. AP Literature students dove deeply into the complexities inherent in the human condition: the flaws, the beauty, the triumphs and the pitfalls of humanity. They discussed their own roles as change makers. Striving for sophistication, this year’s Humanities students exceeded the expectations set by the program since 1978.

Salpointe is proud to be the home to the nationally accredited Cracchiolo Family Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics program. STEM students were awarded 1st place in engineering innovation in Racing the Sun. Programming students earned 53 microcredentials in cyber security, data science and artificial intelligence. For the first time, Advanced Engineering Students took the industry standard Solidworks certification test, providing students the opportunity to work as CAD/CAM designers.  Engineering students literally flew to new heights, building drones and passing the FAA's recreational drone pilot test. Senior engineering students earned college credit by participating in the U of A's “Solar Oven Throwdown.” In April, STEM students showed innovation and problem solving in the annual STEM Showcase. And by the way, over the past six years, in our Engineering Fundamentals, Robotics, and Programming electives, the number of female students has more than tripled!

Salpointe’s Campus Ministry Department provided the capstone Kairos retreat to almost 200 seniors. This time honored, four day signature Salpointe program provides the opportunity for self reflection and building relationships with God and with fellow retreatants. The Campus Ministry Department also welcomed student participation in YouCarm, part of the International Carmelite youth group, and in the liturgy team, a dedicated group of Lancers who worked to make our all-school masses inspirational experiences for our community.

The Carmelite fathers and Salpointe’s leadership are grateful to our highly engaged Board of Directors who guide the school to fulfill its mission. Under the able leadership of Pat P. Lopez, Jr.,’74, the Board and its Academic, Advancement, Athletic, Facilities, Finance, Governance, Investment and Strategic Planning committees provide invaluable oversight to all areas of the school.

Finally, we extend gratitude to the Salpointe Catholic Education Foundation board, led this year by Dr. Craig Hoover, and the Salpointe Parent Association board, led by Jen Barner, for once again serving the needs of the Lancers. The SCEF works to maintain excellence in education and SPA builds community by hosting welcoming events for our Lancer parents and past parents. We are grateful for their welcoming hospitality and unfailing support!

It is always a great day to be a Lancer and we invite you to join in our pride! You, our Lancer family, are an integral part of Salpointe’s past, present and future. 


Kay Sullivan
Published June 2022

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