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We caught up with Nancy Hackett Clary ’90 and her daughter Nora ’23 about their shared Beaumont experience. Nancy shared, “The best part for me is seeing Nora happy and understanding the power of being in such a compassionate community.”

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Tell us about your favorite class or teacher

My favorite classes were in studio art with Sr. Lucia. The art building was not connected to the main building like it is today so we had to walk outside to get there…not miles uphill in the snow BUT it felt like a different “campus.” A magical feeling place.

I also loved French class with Mr. Langa and English with Mrs. Bihuniak. Both have left indelible memories and fun stories to share. Such challenging subjects that I appreciated so much more once I was in college!   

Share your favorite Beaumont tradition

Christmas Ball as a senior was my favorite. I also enjoyed being a part of the track team during my years at Beaumont. Each year we celebrated our state championship accomplishments at our banner raising ceremony- definitely a favorite assembly for me!

What’s the best part of having your daughter attend Beaumont

Lots of laughs! The best part for me is seeing Nora happy and understanding the power of being in such a compassionate community.

Tell us about your favorite class or teacher

My favorite classes right now are ceramics and IB History!

Share your favorite Beaumont tradition

My favorite tradition at Beaumont is the school dances. I love getting to dress up and spend time with friends!

What’s the best part of being a legacy

I love hearing my mom’s stories about her time at Beaumont as we’ve had some of the same experiences. We both bonded over taking Mrs. Bihuniak’s class! 

What does it mean to you to share this Beaumont experience with your mom

I love that I am carrying on my mom’s legacy at Beaumont. It’s crazy to think that she walked through the same halls when she was my age. It’s been really cool to share this experience together and see that some of her closest friends are the ones she met at Beaumont.

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Favorite Song/Band

Nancy

U2

Nora

It’s hard for me to pick, but lately, I’ve been listening to Rex Orange County 

Favorite TV show

Nancy

Seinfeld and Friends

Nora

Gilmore Girls!

Favorite lunch to buy at school

Nancy

Packed my lunch as there was no Chef Bo.

Nora

Definitely Chef Bo’s chicken tenders and fries


We caught up with Melissa Luna Skowronski ‘93 and her daughter, Arianna ‘23 to learn about their Beaumont experience.  “I love being able to share Arianna's Beaumont experience with her.  It's fun to relive my memories, but seeing her at Beaumont create her own memories, forge her own path, and become her own woman has been amazing to watch!  

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Tell us about your favorite class or teacher

There are a lot of teachers that stood out to me: Mrs. Lindstrom - Algebra and Calculus, Mrs. Buynak - Fashion, Sr. Ann - Computer, and Mr. Langa - French

Share your favorite Beaumont tradition

My favorite tradition that Beaumont still does today is the Junior Ring Ceremony, but we called it the Junior Unity Mass.  Going to Arianna's this year reminded me of my time at Beaumont and the friendships that I made.

 What’s the best part of sharing your Beaumont experience

Besides the education, the best part is being able to share my memories with her.  There's a lot of, "When I was at Beaumont..."  

Tell us about your favorite class or teacher

My favorite classes are fashion, French, and IB environmental systems and societies. 

Share your favorite Beaumont tradition

Christmas on campus! I only experienced it freshman year before covid, but I enjoyed being able to work with the younger kids and spread some holiday cheer! I hope we can bring it back next year since I’ll be a senior!

What’s the best part of sharing your Beaumont experience

 The best part is knowing that I am continuing a legacy. I know my mom is excited that our graduation years both end in 3.  So we can look forward to celebrating our reunions together!

My mom and her sisters all went to Beaumont and I have met my mom's friends from Beaumont! The thing that is the coolest is that some of my mom's classmates also have daughters in my grade that I am friends with! This has shown me how connected the Beaumont community is and I am so grateful to be a member.

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Favorite Song

Melissa

I couldn't remember my favorite song or band, but I'm pretty sure our prom theme song was "End of the Road" by Boyz II Men


Arianna

I have a lot of favorite songs and artists, but I think Taylor Swift is my favorite, specifically the 10 minute version of All too well.

 

Favorite TV Show

Melissa               

I don't remember watching too much TV, but I think I watched a lot of Seinfeld.


Arianna

Gilmore girls!

Favorite Lunch

Melissa

I don't remember any of the lunches that we had, but I do remember buying the cookies.  They were definitely NOT Chef Bo cookies, which I've had and his are much better!


Arianna

I don’t really have a favorite lunch, but I love Chef Bo’s chocolate chip and peanut butter cookies!

 


We caught up with Ann Cook Van de Walle ’90 and her daughter, Quinnie ’24 to learn about their shared Beaumont experience.  Ann is currently pursuing her Masters in Social Work at the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences, Case Western Reserve University, “I had so many strong female role models at Beaumont. Women of great faith, great intelligence, and great ability who were passionately committed to giving of themselves to make the world a better place. I can see that tradition continue as I watch Quinnie’s experience unfold. Their example shaped me and inspires me still.”

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Tell us about your favorite class or teacher

So hard to choose! Some favorites: Mrs. Bihuniak was the most rigorous and best writing teacher I have ever had, bar none; Mrs. Plent in AP US History (I can still hear her say, “It was an idea whose time had come...”); Mrs. Buynak’s sewing class; Sr. Beverly Anne LoGrasso’s Peace and Justice Class 

Share your favorite Beaumont tradition

I remember Christmas Ball in the Fine Arts Building and how special it felt to be in that elegant space Senior Year for a holiday dance.

What’s the best part of sharing your Beaumont experience

It is so much fun that Quinnie has Mrs. Bihuniak now.  It is awesome to share such an indelible learning experience across the generations!  It is also fun to go back to watch her compete, being in the gym and remembering competing there as well.

 It is a gift to see Quinnie so happy at Beaumont and to see that Beaumont continues to prepare young women to be strong, capable, faithful leaders within a community that fosters strong bonds of Sisterhood. I am grateful that Beaumont and the wonderful people there have a part in shaping her.


Tell us about your favorite class or teacher

I loved all of the tech classes that I took with Sr. Ann freshman year (digital design, computer science). I also really like the discussions that we have in AP Gov. It’s definitely a well-paced class that leaves room for us to talk about our personal experiences.  

Share your favorite Beaumont tradition

I really enjoyed my first “normal” Beaumont Day this year with all of the fun activities and time to hang out with friends!

What’s the best part of sharing your Beaumont experience

Agree on the Mrs. Bihuniak tidbit!  I think it is super exciting that we have been taught by the same teacher and experienced some similar projects!

I am really glad that I am able to go to the same high school as my mom and have similar experiences in the same space even though they’re separated by time. I remember hearing about Beaumont when I was younger and I feel fortunate to be able to share this with her. It is definitely fun to bond over our Beaumont experiences!



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Favorite Song/Band

Ann

I remember a lot of Tom Petty and quite a bit of Springsteen

Quinnie              

Not really original, but I’m on a big Taylor Swift kick right now

Favorite TV Show

Ann                       

I can’t remember watching much tv, but I do remember the movie Fletch running all the time

Quinnie

So hard to pick, but one of my favorites (and the family’s) is Ted Lasso.

Favorite Beaumont Lunch

Ann

We didn’t have a Chef Bo… I brought my lunch!

Quinnie

That one chicken and waffle day every year for sure!