The memory of that fateful day was palpable on our campus earlier this week, as the Eagle community gathered in prayer for those who lost their lives on September 11, 2001. The images shown on ETV were painful reminders of that horrific day. In a spirit of gratitude, SMCHS once again welcomed our local first responders to join us for breakfast and lunch on this 17th anniversary of the attacks. Among those present were deputies from the Orange County Sheriff’s Department and firefighters with the Orange County Fire Authority from Station 45 in Rancho Santa Margarita, Station 40 in Coto De Caza, and Station 58 in Ladera Ranch. Deputy Chiron, Santa Margarita's school resource officer, offered his reflections to ETV about where he was on Sept. 11, 2001 and how that day impacted his life. Capt. Steve Concialdi , a firefighter/paramedic and OCFA public information officer as well as father of Andy Concialdi ’18 and Gracie Concialdi '19, also commented about the increased safety measures on our own campus, reminding students to always be vigilant about reporting any questionable activity to the deans and their teachers.
SMCHS is forever grateful to all first responders, and will continue to keep them and all those whose lives were lost, along with their families, in our prayers. We will never forget.
Click here to view ETV’s September 11 special edition.