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Catholic high school graduation ceremonies

 


Reflections written by high school seniors selected by their Catholic schools and parishes

 

SamanthaLetscherSamantha Letscher
Benilde-St. Margaret’s in St. Louis Park

Letscher attends Our Lady of Grace in Edina. Her parents are Tom and Sheila Letscher. She plans to attend Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill.

What is the greatest lesson you learned in high school?
Turn to prayer.

Describe the most significant faith experience you have had during high school.
Our morning prayer at BSM reminds us that “we are in the holy presence of God.” It’s never routine; rather, it’s given me a deep appreciation of the many opportunities one day can bring to be Christ-like in word and deed.

What book did you read in high school that most changed the way you think?
Both “Holy the Firm” and “An American Childhood” by Annie Dillard have rejuvenated my perspective of the world.

Who is a spiritual role model for your Catholic faith?
My parents. I can’t imagine having a strong Catholic faith without them, because faith isn’t always easy. You need a support system, and even after 13 years of Catholic schooling, I can’t imagine the values I have learned in theology classes sticking without the constant support of my parents.

What can the Catholic Church do to keep you and other young adults engaged in the life of the Church?
Welcome our questions.

If you could have a conversation with a historical figure, who would it be and why?
My favorite quote comes from Eleanor Roosevelt — “Do one thing every day that scares you.” I would love to get her advice about how to make a difference.

If you could go back in time five years, what advice would you give yourself?
Stop looking ahead; stay in the moment.

What are the top three things that you hope to accomplish in your life?
I plan to major in biomedical engineering in college, and I hope to help ease the burden that sickness brings upon people in some way, big or small.


Joseph McDonaldJoseph McDonald
Saint Agnes School in St. Paul

McDonald attends Holy Family in St. Louis Park. His parents are Paul and Chris McDonald. He plans to attend North Dakota State University in Fargo, N.D.

What is the greatest lesson you learned in high school?
No matter how good or bad the situation may be, no matter how hopeful or bleak the outlook may seem, God is in control and knows what is best.

Name one thing you are proud of accomplishing in high school.
Being a part of our 2012 state championship baseball team!

Describe the most significant faith experience you have had during high school.
This past spring break I was privileged enough to make a pilgrimage to the Holy Land with other boys from my school.

Who is a spiritual role model for your Catholic faith?
Father Moorman, God rest his soul, was a retired priest at my parish while I was in grade school. His devotion to his priestly duties, even while faced with many challenges and crosses, was an inspiration to me during the earliest years of the development of my faith.

What can the Catholic Church do to keep you and other young adults engaged in the life of the Church?
Emphasize a more rich and full education on the teachings, tradition and history of the Catholic Church for youth and young adults.

What is your favorite prayer?
The Memorare.

If you could have a conversation with a historical figure, who would it be and why?
Lord Robert Baden Powell, the founder of the Scouting movement. As a 13-year Scout, I have always held him in high regard.

What are the top three things that you hope to accomplish in your life?
In the short term, I hope to graduate in four years, and in the meantime, become proficient in both Latin and Greek. In the grand scheme of life, I plan to follow God’s will for me to the best of my ability, enjoying every day that God has blessed me with!


MaggieJohnsonMaggie Johnson
Cretin-Derham Hall in St. Paul

Johnson attends Nativity of Our Lord in St. Paul. Her parents are Nancy and Greg Johnson. She plans to attend the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities, College of Design.

What is the greatest lesson you learned in high school?
Listen to others. To truly understand the world’s problems and how to solve them, we have to first make connections with people and learn their needs.

Name one thing you are proud of accomplishing in high school.
Starting the American Cancer Society Relay for Life event at Cretin-Derham Hall. In our first year, we raised $6,000 for cancer research, which made all of the work very worthwhile.

What is the most meaningful way you have helped another student or students in your school?
By encouraging them to give blood and by co-chairing three of our blood drives. I am grateful for how supportive CDH has been.

Describe the most significant faith experience you have had during high school.
During the fall of junior year, I was a member of the cross country team. One day before practice, my friend and teammate shared the news that her mom had been diagnosed with breast cancer. During that same time, my brother was home from college dealing with a concussion that he had gotten from playing football. I felt overwhelmed and helpless, even after praying for them. So, I decided to go to Mass in the chapel before school. The next morning I went and immediately felt at peace. I continued to go throughout the year, and daily Mass became a calming and healing experience for me. My friend’s mom went into remission, and my brother recovered from his concussion!

What book did you read in high school that most changed the way you think?
“Water for Elephants” by Sara Gruen.

Who is a spiritual role model for your Catholic faith?
My mom has shown me that through serving others, I can live out my faith.

What can the Catholic Church do to keep you and other young adults engaged in the life of the Church?
I think we should be encouraged to participate in the life of the Church. I find Mass to be more meaningful when I am involved, as an altar server or Eucharistic minister. The Church also needs to reach out to those who believe in living out their faith through service, because it is so important to serve others and spread our faith.

What is your favorite prayer?
The Memorare.

What are the top three things that you hope to accomplish in your life?
I hope to have a family, be an interior designer, and be well-traveled, all while growing in my faith and keeping my family and friends close.


AndreaLezamaAndrea Lezama
Cristo Rey Jesuit High School in Minneapolis

Lezama attends Assumption in Richfield. Her parents are Armando and Gloria Lezama. She plans to attend Loras College in Dubuque, Iowa.

What is the greatest lesson you learned in high school?
Do everything for the greater glory of God, serve others and trust in God.

What is the most meaningful way you have helped another student or students in your school?
A classmate was struggling with passing his classes. He thought that he wasn’t smart enough. I started to show him that I believed in him and that he was capable of having good grades. I would always encourage him to try his best. He says that if it wasn’t for me, he would still be failing and he would not be ready to graduate this year.

Describe the most significant faith experience you have had during high school.
I went on two Kairos retreat and three ACTS (Action, Community, Theology and Service) retreats. On these retreats I was able to see God’s love through others.
Through these retreats, God also showed me that we are all special and that we have to love ourselves just how he made us.

Who is a spiritual role model for your Catholic faith?
One is my mom, Gloria, and the other is Gema, a member from my parish that I view as mom. Both of them pray the rosary with such devotion. All what they know about God, they go and teach others about it. They both have beautiful hearts.

What can the Catholic Church do to keep you and other young adults engaged in the life of the Church?
Allow us to participate in different ministries in the parish. Someone in the Church has to invite us and make us a part of the community.

What is your favorite prayer?
Chaplet of the Divine Mercy.

What are the top three things that you hope to accomplish in your life?
Graduate from college and get a well-paying job, create a program that will help teenagers in difficult situations, and give back to my parents for all they have done for my siblings and me.


EmilyKirschEmily Kirsch
Holy Family Catholic High School in Victoria
Kirsch attends St. Joseph in Waconia. Her parents are Patrick and Ann Kirsch. She plans to attend Saint Louis University in St. Louis, Mo.

What is the greatest lesson you learned in high school?
Ultimately, we have to trust in God’s plan.

Name one thing you are proud of accomplishing in high school.
Staying true to who I am and to my values.

Describe the most significant faith experience you have had during high school.
On my mission trips to Guatemala, Ethiopia and Haiti, my eyes were opened to the abundance of poverty and pain in this world, while also witnessing overwhelming joy and faith.

What book did you read in high school that most changed the way you think?
Immaculée Ilibagiza’s “Left to Tell” showed me how to fully turn to God during a time of trial.

Who is a spiritual role model for your Catholic faith?
My parents have taught me how to appreciate and live out my Catholic faith through everything I do.

What can the Catholic Church do to keep you and other young adults engaged in the life of the Church?
There needs to be a greater effort to assist the youth in understanding their faith so they do not become disengaged or misinformed. Additionally, using social media and incorporating more events such as Lifeline Masses put on by NET Ministries.

What is your favorite prayer?
The Prayer to Your Guardian Angel.

If you could have a conversation with a historical figure, who would it be and why?
I would have a conversation with Corrie Ten Boom. During Word War II, she bravely helped many Jewish people escape the Holocaust.

What are the top three things that you hope to accomplish in your life?
Work in a career that brings me joy and fulfillment, engage in more international mission work, and live in such a way that others can see Christ through me.


MonicaNelsonMonica Nelson
Home-schooled

Nelson attends Church of St. Paul in Ham Lake. Her parents are Brad and Deb Nelson. She plans to attend Benedictine College in Atchison, Kan.

What is the greatest lesson you learned in high school?
Every experience is beneficial. No matter how difficult or joyful, everything helps you grow in one way or another.

Name one thing you are proud of accomplishing in high school.
Receiving second place at the National History Day competition last June in Washington, D.C.

What is the most meaningful way you have helped another student or students in your school?
Since I am home-schooled, I have been able to reach out to my siblings and friends in a different way. Whether it be helping them with schoolwork, or simply being someone they know they can turn to, I hope that I have had a positive impact on their lives.

Describe the most significant faith experience you have had during high school.
I have been able to be a part of my peer ministry group at the Church of St. Paul. This group has provided me with the opportunity to minister to my fellow peers and lead them closer to Christ.

What book did you read in high school that most changed the way you think?
I recently read “33 Days to Morning Glory,” which helped me understand the importance of relying on the Blessed Mother and turning to her in times of need.

Who is a spiritual role model for your Catholic faith?
My confirmation saint, St. Catherine Labouré, has been a great spiritual role model for me. I admire the way she willingly responded to Christ’s call, and gave herself unreservedly to his plan for her life. I strive for this holiness every day of my life, and I try to follow St. Catherine Labouré’s example.

What can the Catholic Church do to keep you and other young adults engaged in the life of the Church?
By keeping the faith alive and relevant for our youth and young adults, I hope that they will continue to be engaged in the life of the Church. Recently I have noticed the youth taking charge and evangelizing to others. It has been beautiful to witness many young adults taking action and truly living out their faith. The young people of the Church are ready to go forth and proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

What is your favorite prayer?
Mother Teresa’s prayer, “Do it Anyway,” is a beautiful prayer of entrustment to Christ to do his will regardless of difficulties.

If you could have a conversation with a historical figure, who would it be and why?
I would be so grateful to have the opportunity to talk with Mother Teresa. Her life radiates joy and sacrifice, and I would want to be inspired to exemplify her life.

If you could go back in time five years, what advice would you give yourself?
I would tell myself to maintain a strong relationship with God through prayer, because this is one of the most important parts of the Christian life.

What are the top three things that you hope to accomplish in your life?

  1. After getting a college degree, get a job that I can enjoy.
  2. Respond to God’s call for my vocation.
  3. Strive for sainthood by radiating Christ’s light to every person I encounter.

Grant OncayGrant Oncay
St. Thomas Academy in Mendota Heights

Oncay attends Holy Name of Jesus in Medina. His parents are  Steve and Trish Oncay. He plans to attend the United States Military Academy at West Point.

What is the greatest lesson you learned in high school?
No matter what happens, keep your mind on your goals and work hard.

Name one thing you are proud of accomplishing in high school.
Beating our rival, South St. Paul, in football to win the conference championship.

What is the most meaningful way you have helped another student or students in your school?
One of my friends dealt with a severe family issue, and I did my best to make sure he knew myself and others were there for him.

Describe the most significant faith experience you have had during high school.
The opportunity to enjoy Mass with my closest friends in a school I care deeply about is something I really cherish.

Who is a spiritual role model for your Catholic faith?
Vince Flynn was a great role model for me. Being friends with his son and getting to spend a lot of time at his house was truly a blessing. I can always remember him as someone who put family and faith first. He was the definition of generosity and selflessness, and was never afraid to remind someone of what really matters in life.

What is your favorite prayer?
The prayer of St. Thomas Aquinas.

If you could have a conversation with a historical figure, who would it be and why?
Dwight Eisenhower, due to his incredible foresight, care and service for his country, almost unrivaled list of accomplishments, and status as one of the most notable graduates of West Point.

What are the top three things that you hope to accomplish in your life?
I want to fly Apache helicopters during my time in the Army, travel the world, and be looked upon as someone who is responsible and honest by all who know me.


MadelineEmanuelMadeline Emanuel
Academy of Holy Angels in Richfield

Emanuel attends St. John the Baptist in Savage. Her parents are Tom and Cyndi Emanuel. She plans to attend the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities.

What is the greatest lesson you learned in high school?
Never let someone else’s opinion have an effect on who you are.

Name one thing you are proud of accomplishing in high school.
At the end of my junior year, I was awarded the Mary Norris Lunde scholarship. This award was chosen by the Holy Angels staff and presented to one junior male and female who show respect, learn and accept differences between people, and firmly stand on what he or she believes in.

What is the most meaningful way you have helped another student or students in your school?
I am on a peer counseling team at Holy Angels called Students Assisting Students.

Describe the most significant faith experience you have had during high school.
I lost my grandpa in September of my junior year of high school. My grandpa had spent the last nine months of his life in a nursing home. When I was selected to be a member of our campus ministry team, I decided to spend my service hours at a local assisted living home.

Who is a spiritual role model for your Catholic faith?
Mother Teresa inspires me to continue to serve others and grow in faith.

If you could have a conversation with a historical figure, who would it be and why?
Princess Diana because she was known for her fundraising and charity, especially toward children and the ill.

If you could go back in time five years, what advice would you give yourself?
“Don’t sweat the small stuff.”

What are the top three things that you hope to accomplish in your life?

  1. Graduating from the University of Minnesota;
  2. Becoming a dentist;
  3. Having a family.

KieraJoinerKiera Joiner
East Ridge High School in Woodbury

Joiner attends St. Peter Claver in St. Paul. Her parents are Jocelina and Keswic Joiner. She plans to attend Florida A&M University in Tallahassee.

What is the greatest lesson you learned in high school?
Time heals all wounds, no matter how bad they may seem at the time.

Name one thing you are proud of accomplishing in high school.
I learned how to be comfortable with myself, because in the end, I am the only one I need to rely on.

What is the most meaningful way you have helped another student or students in your school?
I was a student aide for a teacher who had a class of kids who were not doing well in school. These students were called “weird” and “freaks” in the halls because they really kept to themselves. But once I got to know each of them on a personal level, I learned that they were some of the best people out of the entire school. They were sweet and smart and determined to get better in school. We became good friends in that class, and I ended up leaving with an incredible amount of respect for each and every one of them.

Describe the most significant faith experience you have had during high school.
Throughout my high school experience, there have been three students at my school who have passed away. What really stuck with me was the way that the entire school came together to mourn these kids. And it was an amazing thing to watch because even in the face of great tragedies, there was still hope and love among us.

What book did you read in high school that most changed the way you think?
I just finished reading “Frankenstein” for my English class. It really changed the way I see people because the monster in that book was actually a benevolent creature that was ruined by society. It taught me to be accepting of people even if they are different.

Who is a spiritual role model for your Catholic faith?
I taught a religious education class for preschoolers, and I really consider those children to be my spiritual role models. They are very small, and they need simple explanations for things, and this really helped me get to the core of my faith.

What can the Catholic Church do to keep you and other young adults engaged in the life of the Church?
The big thing to remember is to make the Catholic teachings relevant to the things going on in the lives of young adults, whether it be finding student teachers to help in class or as simple as finding adults who can bring things into perspective.

What is your favorite prayer?
“Now I lay me down to sleep” — I have been saying it since I was able to talk, and it really comforts me.

If you could have a conversation with a historical figure, who would it be and why?
I would have a conversation with Malcolm X because he was not afraid to fight for what he wanted, and that is something that I really admire.


JennaBrownJenna Brown
Bethlehem Academy in Faribault

Brown attends Divine Mercy in Faribault. Her parents are Timothy and Janet Brown. She plans to attend the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities.

What is the greatest lesson you learned in high school?
Respect is not something to be earned, it is freely given, and every human being deserves it.

What is the most meaningful way you have helped another student or students in your school?
I am a tutor for those who struggle with time management, completing their homework, and certain subjects they need extra assistance on. I am glad I reached out to those students in more than just school. I hope I made them feel welcomed and that they mattered.

Describe the most significant faith experience you have had during high school.
The ninth grade confirmation retreat was the significant changing point in my faith. I developed a deeper realization of Christ as the Eucharist, and I developed a deeper zeal for a relationship with God.

Who is a spiritual role model for your Catholic faith?
My great-grandma, Marie Brown.

What is your favorite prayer?
St. Francis of Assisi prayer.

If you could have a conversation with a historical figure, who would it be and why?
I would have a conversation with Abraham Lincoln because, in my opinion, he is the most accomplished president.

If you could go back in time five years, what advice would you give yourself?
Do not let the miserable days enfeeble your overall contentment.

What are the top three things that you hope to accomplish in your life?
Travel the world, graduate from medical school and write a novel.


PatrickBuehlerPatrick Buehler
Providence Academy in Plymouth

Buehler attends St. Bartholomew in Wayzata. His parents are Nancy and Bob Buehler. He plans to attend Yale University.

Name one thing you are proud of accomplishing in high school.
I am honored and proud of the opportunity to work with the nonprofit startup Miya’mba Remedial Education for Cameroon, which aims to educate Cameroonian children with special needs for ultimate integration into society.

Who is a spiritual role model for your Catholic faith?
My grandma prays a rosary each day and has the humility vital to a loving and worthy presence at the source and summit of our faith, the Mass.

What can the Catholic Church do to keep you and other young adults engaged in the life of the Church?
It is undeniable that contemporary culture is vastly different than it was even 20 years ago. The meteoric rise of the Internet and social media is testament to that. The Church needs to adapt to this new age, not in its values, but in its messaging; it is essential that it stays true to its timeless principles.

What is your favorite prayer?
Angel of God.

If you could have a conversation with a historical figure, who would it be and why?
I wish I had been present during the apogee of Ancient Rome to speak with Marcus Tullius Cicero and witness his invectives against Catiline.

If you could go back in time five years, what advice would you give yourself?
Don’t simply step out of your comfort zone — leap!

What are the top three things that you hope to accomplish in your life?

  1. Get a pilot’s license.
  2. Circumnavigate the globe.
  3. Create a bucket list.

And perhaps get a job in medicine or finance somewhere along the way.


AdamBabcockAdam Babcock
Prior Lake High School

Babcock attends St. Michael in Prior Lake. His parents are Mark Babcock and Paula Moy. He plans to attend Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif.

Name one thing you are proud of accomplishing in high school.
Receiving the Minnesota Association of Student Councils’ scholarship.

What is the most meaningful way you have helped another student or students in your school?
I supported my friend in finding her way out of the party scene and into God’s plan.

Describe the most significant faith experience you have had during high school.
I was extremely confused on where I felt called to go to college, so I prayed a novena to St. Therese of Lisieux. I was actually in Madison, Wis., visiting my brother at UW-Madison. In the hotel, I went upstairs to my parents’ room, and the first thing I saw when I walked in was a pillow with a distinct rose stitched in, as St. Therese is known as the “Little Flower.” I did not have an epiphany moment on where to go to school, but I knew that I had not been forgotten, and I simply had to be patient.

Who is a spiritual role model for your Catholic faith?
My youth minister, Pat Millea, has given me the opportunities to lead, grow spiritually and share the joy I have found through God.

What can the Catholic Church do to keep you and other young adults engaged in the life of the Church?
Take the initiative to talk to youth, and simply be real with us and be willing to listen to what we have to say.

What are the top three things that you hope to accomplish in your life?
I hope to go to World Youth Day in Krakow, spend some time doing missionary work in a developing country, and leave Earth a better place than it was before.


KatessaArcherKatessa Archer
Totino-Grace High School

Archer attends St. William in Fridley. Her parents are John King and Lisa Archer. She plans to attend the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities.

Name one thing you are proud of accomplishing in high school.
I am proud of fulfilling to the best of my ability the requirements of the four pillars of a Lasallian high school: faith, learning, service and community.

Describe the most significant faith experience you have had during high school.
The mission trip I attended to New York City where I learned to accept differences and rely on God to help me through difficult or uncomfortable situations.

Who is a spiritual role model for your Catholic faith?
My dad is my spiritual role model because not only has he instilled in me the value in having a Catholic faith, but he lets me explore my personal faith and continue my development.

What is your favorite prayer?
Serenity Prayer.

If you could have a conversation with a historical figure, who would it be and why?
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. I would like to know how to improve difficult situations for all minorities that still exist today.

What are the top three things that you hope to accomplish in your life?

  1. Become a judge (possibly a Supreme Court justice)
  2. Adopt a child with disabilities
  3. Travel all around the world

MikePucciMike Pucci
DeLaSalle High School

Pucci attends Our Lady of Peace in Minneapolis. His parents are Tony and Rita Pucci. He plans to attend DePaul University in Chicago.

What is the greatest lesson you learned in high school?
Some people may be going through a lot, so I try to stay lighthearted and caring toward all that I come across. If I’m able to make a person smile who may be struggling in some way, then I feel that I’ve spread God’s love through that small act.

Who is a spiritual role model for your Catholic faith?
Joy Biedrzycki, faith formation director at Our Lady of Peace parish. She taught me that God does not expect perfection, but does expect my best effort. Mrs. Biedrzycki was also one of the first people to teach me how to pray in such a way that I could feel God listening.

Describe the most significant faith experience you have had during high school.
It occurred in my sophomore year when my academic mentor and the president of DeLaSalle, Brother Michael Collins, died. I loved him like family, and it was through my strong faith in God, along with the love and support from DeLaSalle, that I was able to get through that difficult time.

What are the top three things t hat you hope to accomplish in your life?
To find a line of work in which I can work with youth and assist them in reaching their goals and finding success and happiness; to have a family of my own and be blessed with children; finally, to be able to share my belief that it can be fun and gratifying to give back to your neighborhood and church.


CatherineGreenheckCatherine Greenheck
Convent of the Visitation in Mendota Heights

Greenheck attends St. John Neumann in Eagan. Her parents are Mike and Sarah Greenheck. She plans to attend Creighton University in Omaha, Neb.

What is the greatest lesson you learned in high school?
Figuring out who I am and finding the confidence to believe in myself.

What book did you read in high school that most changed the way you think?
“The Latehomecomer” by Kao Kalia Yang. This is a memoir about a Hmong family immigrating to the United States. It made me think about how to be welcoming to new people into new places, and how to appreciate cultural differences.

Who is a spiritual role model for your Catholic faith?
My two good friends, Jeannie and Ellie, who also graduated from Visitation three years ago. Jeannie is my confirmation sponsor, and Ellie always encouraged me to show my faith, not hide it.

What can the Catholic Church do to keep you and other young adults engaged in the life of the Church?
By putting Catholic doctrine into simple terms that are easy for us to understand.

What are the top three things that you hope to accomplish in your life?
I hope to be successful as a registered nurse, continue to be involved with my church’s youth ministry, and raise a family in Christ.


NickSchroepferNick Schroepfer
Hill-Murray High School

Schroepfer attends St. Ambrose in Woodbury. His parents are Matt and Carrie Schroepfer. He is still deciding where to attend college.

What is the greatest lesson you learned in high school?
Stay true to my morals.

Describe the most significant faith experience you have had during high school.
Serving as a faith formation catechist, working with 7th-graders at St Ambrose.

Who is a spiritual role model for your Catholic faith?
I have been blessed with many mentors and role models in my faith. Teachers such as Mr. Cooper, Miss Moore, Mr. Ranweiler, Mr. Schaan, Mr. Deziel and Mrs. Johnson have all influenced different aspects of my faith.

What are the top three things that you hope to accomplish in your life?  
In the future I hope to get married and raise a family, live in another country for a period of time, and retire somewhere peaceful and warm.


MadelinePetersMadeline Peters
East Ridge High School in Woodbury

Peters attends St. Ambrose in Woodbury. Her parents are Ken and Treva Peters. She plans to attend the University of San Diego.

What is the greatest lesson you learned in high school?
It is much more rewarding to be independent and do your own thing than it is to follow the crowd.

Name one thing you are proud of accomplishing in high school.
I am proud of being the captain of the swim team two years in a row.

Describe the most significant faith experience you have had during high school.
Being my younger sister’s confirmation sponsor was my first experience being a faith mentor to someone, and it was both challenging and rewarding.

Who is a spiritual role model for your Catholic faith?
My mom is the strongest woman I know and never wavers in her faith.

What can the Catholic Church do to keep you and other young adults engaged in the life of the Church?
Continue to host events such as World Youth Day and other youth conferences.

What is your favorite prayer?
The Hail Mary.

What are the top three things that you hope to accomplish in your life?
Travel to as many places as possible, become an architect and eventually raise a family.


LandonHayesLandon Hayes
Delano High School

Hayes attends St. Mary in Waverly. His parents are Joan and Brad Hayes. He is still deciding where to attend college.

What is the greatest lesson you learned in high school?
How to become a role model in my tightly knit community.

Name one thing you are proud of accomplishing in high school.
Being voted Homecoming King was a great honor.

Describe the most significant faith experience you have had during high school.
I was involved in “Catalyst,” which was a group full of high school students who met before school on Wednesdays and went over Scripture and became more intuitive with our faiths.

Who is a spiritual role model for your Catholic faith?
Before I entered the year of confirmation, Father Timothy Cloutier taught me a lot of great things about the Catholic faith.

What can the Catholic Church do to keep you and other young adults engaged in the life of the Church?
Youth groups are a great way to get the younger Catholics involved.

What is your favorite prayer?
The Serenity Prayer.

If you could go back in time five years, what advice would you give yourself?
Enjoy the little things because they are what mean the most.

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