The month of May is an exciting time for our Scecina Memorial High School families. There are a number of events that celebrate the successes of our students and that affirm the school community’s role in making these successes possible. This week, I would like to share my remarks from two such events, starting with the Scholar Athlete Awards that took place on May 18th.
"I would like to begin by welcoming and congratulating our 8th grade guests and their parents from the East Deanery Catholic schools.
To the parents of our Scecina students, you are your children's first and primary educators. Thank you for supporting and encouraging your children in all that they do.
To our students, congratulations on earning the Scholar Athlete award. It has come your way because you enjoy and are good at setting and achieving goals in spirit, mind, and body. What is equally impressive is that you are committing to academic and athletic success at a time when more is being asked of you in these areas than perhaps at any time in the history of education in this country.
This program began in 1997, when many of you were born, so you could say that the Scholar Athlete Awards program is a classmate of yours.
We have continued this tradition because it reflects our mission of standing for academic excellence while encouraging students to develop all the gifts that God gives us, just as Father Scecina did during his lifetime.
|Indianapolis Colt and East Deanery alumnus, Jack Doyle, speaks to student-athletes at the 2014 Scholar Athlete Awards.
Today, it is my pleasure to introduce a successful and Christian person who grew up on the East side, Mr. Jack Doyle of the Indianapolis Colts.
Jack is a great role model for us because he works hard, sees a temporary setback as a new avenue on the road to success, and sets a good example as a friendly, honorable person. Jack attended and graduated from one of our partner schools, Holy Spirit. He has played in the same gymnasium and football field and learned in the same classrooms as many of you have. Jack then went on to become a successful student-athlete at Cathedral High School.
When I think of Jack, a particular saying comes to mind: "It's not where you start that counts; it's where you finish."
One example of that saying, and I mean this as a compliment to Jack, is that he did not make the high school All-City football team, yet his work habits, optimism, determination, and commitment to academic success lead him to be a starter in the National Football League during the most recent season.
Jack played college football at Western Kentucky University in the Sun Belt Conference. During his freshman year, he started 10 games, caught 37 passes, and was named to a national All-Freshmen team. As a sophomore, he suffered a season-ending injury during the year, but still started 7 games and caught 20 passes, again embodying the importance of "it's where you finish that counts."
During his junior year, he started every game and was named second-team All-Sun Belt Conference. During his senior year, he started all 13 games--including a bowl game with a touchdown on national television--and caught 53 passes. That year, he was named first-team All-Sun Belt Conference. During Jack's four-year college career, he was a three-time captain for Western Kentucky.
After his college career, in 2013, Jack signed with the Tennessee Titans. Soon after, the Colts traded for him. Last season, Jack made a quick impact with the Colts, starting on special teams and on offense as a receiver and run blocker.
Please join me in welcoming Jack Doyle.”
58th Commencement Ceremony
On Friday, I will share my remarks from our 58th Commencement Ceremony that took place on May 23.