Scecina Student Ambassadors were fitted at Leon Tailoring for the tuxedos they are wearing to escort dignitaries, including Archbishop Charles C. Thompson, during the Archdiocese of Indianapolis' Celebrating Catholic School Values event on Feb. 22.
By Beth Murphy, Director of Marketing Communications
Why were six Scecina students in Downtown Indianapolis this month at the iconic tailoring shop favored by Colts quarterback Andrew Luck? The four girls and two boys are Scecina Student Ambassadors who have the distinct honor of representing Scecina Memorial High School at the Archdiocese of Indianapolis’ 22nd annual Celebrating Catholic School Values: Scholarship and Career Achievement Awards on Feb. 22.
Each year, one Archdiocesan high school is chosen to have its students attend the event and escort the honorees.
That’s how the Scecina students ended up being fitted at Leon Tailoring Co. for tuxedos, which they will wear to the event. Leon Tailoring, a fixture in Indianapolis since 1905, fits and tailor-makes clothing for Luck and other Colts players and pro athletes, as well as many of the politicians and businessmen and women of Indianapolis. Lots of Catholic school boys also get their prom tuxes at Leon.
The students had fun being fitted by Larry Ettinger, who operates the shop with his brother Norman. The brothers are grandsons of Leon founders, Leo and Sadie Ettinger. Larry takes his own phone calls during fittings, including making a deal for a car and talking to a bowling league buddy. He expertly often guessed the sizes of the students. It was clear he’s been doing this for a while.
“Do you want vests or cummerbunds?” he asked them. “The cummerbunds are what I call the ‘James Bond look,’ ” he explained, “while the vests are the classic look.” The girls ended up with cummerbunds while the boys will wear the vests.
The students all are Scecina Student Ambassadors. They are: Matthew Funk, Angelica Gonzalez, James Hentz, Michaela Lindsay, Kristen Sitzman, and Nayeli Torres-Ochoa.
“I’ve never been fitted for a tux before,” said Matthew, a junior. “So that was really interesting.”
Nayali will escort Archbishop Charles C. Thompson.
Scecina’s Student Ambassadors Program offers valuable opportunities to serve the school and community, to grow as leaders, and gain impressive experience for college and life. They represent Scecina at event such as Open House, graduation, alumni events and grade school visits and are expected to be outstanding in character. Students must be in good academic standing to apply in the spring to be ambassadors for the next school year.
The Celebrating Catholic School Values event will be held at the Crowne Plaza Union Station in Indianapolis on Thursday, February 22. This year’s celebration features keynote speaker Sister Carol Cimino, SSJ, Ed.D., Superintendent of Schools, Diocese of Buffalo , N.Y., and will draw more than 700 guests from the greater Indianapolis community in celebration of Catholic education. For more information, visit www.archindy.org/stewardship/ccsv.html