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Scecina students shine in community events



Scecina students spread out throughout Indianapolis on Sept. 21 to perform service. This group spent the day partnering with Shepherd Community Center in cleaning up the neighboring area on Indy's Eastside.

Greetings,

Every day the teachers and staff get to see what great students we have here at Scecina and observe their individual gifts and talents.In the past few weeks, others in our community also have seen first-hand what the young people at Scecina have to offer our world at large.

First, senior Austin Keogh and freshman Chad Lightbourne were invited to attend a Sept. 16 event on education called "Ready for Success," sponsored by the Mayor's Front Porch Alliance.

Austin represented Scecina on a panel of student leaders from local high schools in a discussion with U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan about community engagement and closing the achievement gap. Also taking part in the program were Scecina parent Mike O'Connor of Eli Lilly & Co. and Michael Twyman, program leader for Indy Black Expo's "Your Life Matters."

Austin not only represented Scecina well, he spoke highly of his school and mentioned Scecina's commitment to Christian service in the community. He was able to pose a question to Secretary Duncan about how the secretary, when traveling and speaking to diverse groups, is able to find common ground. The secretary noted that Austin's question was one of the most insightful he has been asked.

The second event was Scecina's Day of Service on Sept. 21. Our young people traveled to sites all over the city performing jobs small and large to help the nonprofit agencies in our community. At one of the sites, the Ransburg YMCA, the next day three administrators told me what a great job our students did there. Thank you to our campus minister, Maria Siap, and all of our staff for providing these Christian Service experiences for our students.

These are wonderful examples of how we are working together with you, the parents and guardians, to help our students grow into servant-leaders and to prepare them for life.

Thank you and God bless,

Joe Therber