Senior Michaela Heil shares her vocal talent with the Crusader Community as part of the choir and singing the national anthem at Scecina sporting events and also at her parish, Holy Spirit, where she frequently cantors Sunday Mass.
Each week the Scecina Student Spotlight introduces the Crusader Community to a current Scecina student who has been a recipient of the President's Academic Excellence Award.
By Cari Gallagher '93
At just 5 feet tall and barely 100 pounds, Scecina senior Michaela Heil might be easy to overlook. But don’t let her small size fool you. She is capable of big things. Michaela is an outstanding varsity cheerleader, a mainstay in the Scecina music department, and a perennial high honor roll student. During her time at Scecina she has challenged herself to follow in the footsteps of Father Thomas Scecina and model the core values that Crusaders hold dear.
Vocation: Honoring and living according to the unique gifts that God has given us in keeping with the teachings and values of the Catholic faith.
Michaela is passionate about music and has a beautiful singing voice, a gift she shares graciously with the Crusader Community. She is part of the Advanced Choir and the All Women’s Choir. She has performed at Scecina’s Sacred Music Concert and often sings the national anthem at Crusader athletic events. In March she will appear in Scecina’s spring musical, Disney’s Tarzan, as young Terk. She is a member of the Holy Spirit youth choir and frequently cantors at Sunday Mass.
Servant Leadership: Following Jesus’ example of meeting people’s needs and helping them fulfill their highest destinies.
As a four-year Scecina cheerleader, Michaela is talented and dedicated. But her biggest contribution to Crusader cheerleading is the ability to model exemplary behavior to younger athletes. She is punctual, attentive, and hardworking. She rarely misses practice, and never a game. Michaela takes time to work with new cheerleaders, helping them to learn and perfect the routines. As a veteran flyer (the cheerleader at the top of a stunt), she is often called upon to demonstrate correct technique, and she is always patient and helpful. Michaela’s coaches and teammates recognize her positive impact on the cheerleading squad. She has been recognized as the Cheerleader of the Year and has been selected squad captain multiple times.
Stewardship: Receiving, cultivating and sharing God’s gifts gratefully and generously.
Although she admits that juggling school work, cheerleading, and other commitments is her biggest challenge, Michaela makes time to participate in service projects such as delivering meals on Thanksgiving, adopting a deserving family at Christmas, and coordinating donations for the Indianapolis Humane Society. She also makes her friends and family a priority, often cooking for them. She admits to making a “mean pierogi,” a Polish dumpling filled with meat, potatoes and cheese.
Excellence: Living the Gospel and attaining the best possible results in all that we do.
Michaela strives for excellence in everything she does. Her accomplishments at Scecina have been numerous. She is a four-time recipient of the President’s Academic Excellence Award, a four-time scholar athlete, an ICC Academic All-Conference cheerleader, and a member of the National Honor Society. Her efforts and achievements have helped to prepare her for the next step in life: planning for college and career. She has been accepted to the University of Indianapolis, where she plans to study medical laboratory science.
Posted on Wed, January 20, 2016
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