Traditions

List of 15 items.

  • A Pinecrest Christmas

    This Christmas season event invites our families and friends to enjoy preparations for the birth of Christ through music and visual arts. The event showcases the artistic talents of our Lower, Middle, and High School students. The program begins with Christmas songs and hymns, followed by an art show and reception.
  • Belardi Bell

    A gift from the class of 2011, the Belardi Bell, named after former High School Chaplain Father Todd Belardi, is rung after winning athletic events and at Graduation. It can be found in the grassy circle across from the Upper School Gym.
  • Catholic Schools Week

    National Catholic Schools Week is the annual celebration of Catholic education in the United States. The event begins the last Sunday in January each year and runs all week. Pinecrest Academy observes the annual celebration with events that focus on the value that Catholic education provides to young people, and its contributions to our Church, our communities, and our nation.
  • Festival of the Arts & Piney Awards

    This popular spring fine arts awards show takes place each year in the Upper School Gym. The event features our Middle and High School Visual and Theatrical Arts students.
  • Founders Day

    During this important annual event, alumni, families, faculty, staff, and the entire student body come together to celebrate the founding of the school, our founding families, and each other. An all school Mass is celebrated every year on this special occasion.
  • Integer Award

    Wholeness is what is meant by the word “Integer.” At Graduation, we recognize two students, one young man and one young lady, who exemplify complete formation according to their peers, teachers, and administrators. This award recognizes the two students who have consistently demonstrated exceptional characteristics of leadership and apostleship, assimilating the highest ideals of all four areas of Integral Formation – intellectual, human, spiritual and apostolic.
  • March for Life and Tour of Washington, DC

    Each January, our juniors travel to Washington, DC, for the March for Life. This educational trip provides a front line and hands-on experience during which students also learn about historical landmarks in our Nation’s Capital. In addition to participating in a March for Life Rally and the March itself, students also tour the White House, Supreme Court, Washington Monument, 911 Memorial, MLK Jr Memorial, Arlington National Cemetery, The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, Holocaust Museum, and many other landmarks during their visit.
  • May Crownings

    May is considered the month of Mary, our Blessed Mother. On the first Friday in May, an all school Mass is celebrated in Mary’s honor. Following Mass, each school participates in a traditional Crowning of Mary, by crowning her statues at different sites on campus. Students are specially selected for the honor of crowning each school’s statue, and all students are encouraged to bring a flower to lay in front of the Blessed Mother. This activity is a beautiful moment when we pause to honor Our Lady with flowers and songs, to thank her for all her love, protection and graces. 
  • Passing the Torch Ceremony

    Formerly the Junior Ring Ceremony, Passing the Torch is a beautiful ceremony whereby our seniors “pass the torch” on to the juniors, signifying their move into a leadership role on campus.
  • Powder Puff Football Games

    Each year, our high school girls compete in Powder Puff Football games, with high school boys cheering them on. This event builds school spirit, brings our high school families together, and allows for healthy and entertaining competition. Each class wears a uniquely designed t-shirt, which serves as a football jersey. After games are completed, a trophy is awarded to the champion. Halftime entertainment is provided by the boys, who show off some impressive choreography!
  • Semper Altius Arch at the Amphitheatre

    A gift from the class of 2007, the Pinecrest Arch is used as a “passageway” by the new Graduates immediately after graduation, marking their transition from Pinecrest Academy into adulthood. Graduates walk through the arch, with alumni waiting for them on the other side to congratulate them. 
  • Semper Altius Award

    This award is the most prestigious award a student in grades 3-11 can receive. The Semper Altius Award is granted to the students in each grade who demonstrate outstanding commitment to the ideals of the school by excelling in all areas of Integral Formation: spiritual, human, intellectual, and apostolic.
  • Senior Mission Trip

    A milestone for our seniors that began with the first graduating class of 2007, is the Senior Mission Trip, an opportunity to bring the years of Integral Formation full circle with a major apostolic event. Many who have participated consider this trip a “life changing event.” Locations have included Mexico, Nicaragua, and Guatemala, where students serve the poorest of the poor, construct churches, spend time with the disabled, play with village children, and deliver donated items.
  • Trivia Night

    This fun-filled - and oftentimes hilarious - event is an annual Senior Mission Trip fundraiser, with trivia teams made up of parents, alumni, faculty, staff, and friends, all competing for a grand prize.
  • Valentine‚Äôs Day High School Tradition

    Since 2007 each year on Valentine’s Day, the high school boys gather behind the high school building and form a giant heart for the girls – most of whom watch from the windows! Then, the young men give a carnation to each young lady in the high school. This activity is seen as a wonderful example of old fashioned chivalry!