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In their own words

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In their own words

Fran Warmerdam
Bishop O'Dowd High School

O'Dowd's charism — Finding God in all things calls us to: Community in Diversity, Strength of Character, Academic Excellence, Kinship with Creation, Social Justice, Joy — is truly what I pray for in each student. I have been blessed to witness a striking combination of many of these values in my seniors. Recently six seniors came in to talk about the current wording of the new contract for diocesan employees. With intelligence, discernment and thoughtful insight, they asked the question, "How can we help our school, our teachers, our community?" They spoke eloquently and passionately about accepting all people, about the value of diversity, about social justice, by alluding to history, theology and psychology to make their points. Their deep love of our community and of the gifts they received and developed here was evident. Their connection of abstract values to a concrete situation demonstrated that they are ready and poised to care for our world.

Stacie Besagno
Carondelet High School

In light of the significant pressures faced by young people today, my hope for each of them is that they possess a deep value, love and respect for themselves as human beings and children of God. I hope that they have a growing awareness of the unique gifts and talents that they possess as young women, and recognize the vital importance of lifelong spiritual, emotional, social and intellectual growth. Furthermore, I hope that this deep respect for self is partnered with an abiding respect and compassion for others, lived out through dedication to justice and service. My hope for them is that they know they are loved by God, and value a lifelong commitment to grow in their faith.

Janet Appel
De La Salle High School

According to De La Salle High School's Expected Schoolwide Learning Results, we aim to send our students out as men of faith, integrity and scholarship. Perhaps all three of these traits are best promoted when students deeply and genuinely value learning and each other. Being open and enthusiastic about learning opportunities, in whatever form they appear, requires students to have the humility to realize that they don't know it all, and to have the hunger, courage and persistence to discover and develop their own gifts, thus becoming the individuals they were created to be. They will also be invited by these learning opportunities to gain understanding and appreciation of those different from themselves. In caring about others, students' compassion, faith and commitment to share their gifts to make the world a better place gives their learning its highest purpose.

Juliet Arechiga
Holy Names High School

I know we're all worried about jobs and careers, but I don't think setting out rigid life-plans for high school graduates is the answer. They will need spontaneity and flexibility, a sense of adventure, to discover what they're good at, what they love. They will face pressures to set themselves on a narrow path, but I think they should be willing to meander a bit in finding a course they can actually maintain. This, I think, means risk-taking and a willingness to fail, and, especially an openness to the possibilities of education itself, an awareness that, instead of binding themselves prematurely to goals and plans poorly suited to the women they will become, they will make a richer and deeper future for themselves by starting from a place of curiosity and passion.

Stacey Ferreira '86
Moreau Catholic High School

Moreau Catholic educates students to become people of principles as well as scholars. I believe Moreau Catholic's Class of 2014 has acquired the Holy Cross values of integrity, justice, stewardship, love, compassion and hope. By cultivating heart and mind, Moreau Catholic graduates have developed into responsible citizens who will continue to be a positive force in the transformation of our global community. I hope that our students remain lifelong learners and critical thinkers and continue to adhere to high ethical standards in their personal and professional lives.

Martin Procaccio
St. Elizabeth High School

We value the love of life and the precious moments that we share with family, friends and all persons as a gift from God. Our students seek the truth and never settle for blind ignorance. We are accepting of our responsibility to one another in all that we do. We cherish and protect our environment. We celebrate the uniqueness of all persons and privilege we have been given to have a Catholic education.

Angelica Bailon
St. Joseph Notre Dame High School

Young people will inevitably face many challenges when they graduate from high school. Academic preparation is certainly important to one's success in college, but ultimately, we hope that we have instilled resilience in our students. Resilience will empower them to not only overcome life's obstacles, but give them the courage to take risks, see beyond the status quo, be leaders in their community, and keep pushing themselves and others to grow. By engaging our students in the process of building resilience, we are helping to cultivate individuals who will go out into the world with the confidence that they will transform it for the better.

Bruce Halverson
Saint Mary's College High School

As we begin each day at Saint Mary's College High School, we are reminded of the words of our founder, St. John Baptist de La Salle, in our morning prayer, "… that we are in the holy presence of God." This is the greatest value that our students can walk away with as they leave high school and begin to navigate the world around them.

Equipped with a quality education, their skills, talents and interests will emerge and develop as they find their place in the world. Immersed each day in a school community where diversity and inclusion are emphasized, they will understand where true happiness is found. Engaged in relationships with teachers, coaches, staff and administrators, they will know themselves.

As the poem goes: "a hundred years from now, it will not matter …" I would add, it does not matter what I do, where I live, or where I go, but understanding that I am in the presence of God helps me cope with my deepest sadness and celebrate my greatest joys in all areas of my life.

This is the greatest value as our students now move into the bigger world around them.

Bill Treseler
Salesian College Preparatory

Salesian fosters spiritual wisdom, an awareness of truth and just judgment, through our curriculum, which emphasizes social justice, philosophical tenets of world religions, and lifestyle choices faced by young people. Spiritual wisdom is reinforced in our student faith families, which put words to action through community service projects! Spiritual wisdom is a key component of daily interactions between faculty and staff with students in the hallways, on the athletic fields, and at student body gatherings as we constantly explore and develop ideals for personal conduct, social interaction and relationship-building.

Salesian develops intellectual wisdom, the pursuit of scholarly knowledge, by promising an engaged and talented faculty and well-balanced curriculum. AP and Honors courses, focused electives and a zealous commitment to academic excellence by faculty and administrators assure our students will have the academic foundation and confidence to succeed at our nation's top universities!

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