Scecina President Joe Therber with sophomore Gabby Coleman, winner of the 2018 Catholic Schools Week essay contest.
By Beth Murphy, Director of Marketing Communications
This year, I decided to sponsor an essay contest during Catholic Schools Week. I wanted to hear directly from our students about how their Scecina experience reflected the Catholic Schools Week theme of “Learn. Serve. Lead. Succeed.”
The essay contest was voluntary and didn’t involve classes and teachers. The 14 students who decided on their own to participate wrote compelling essays that were heartfelt and convincing. They were expressing, in their own words, how the Catholic school experience at Scecina was molding their lives.
Fourteen Scecina students participated in the Catholic Schools Week essay contest.
To help judge the contest, I asked Scecina President Joe Therber and Vice President of Advancement Bob Golobish to read all the essays and choose their top three. One student’s essay appeared on both of their top-three lists: sophomore Gabby Coleman, who won $150. The main Catholic School Week theme that her essay highlighted was “Serve.”
She and the 13 other students who participated were honored at the Feb. 6 school Mass. The other students, who won Starbucks gift cards, are: Max Denney, Angelica Gonzalez, James Hentz, Tori Hunt, Lorena Luna, Alexandra Marshall, Marie Owens, Areli Rodriguez, Juan Sanchez, Owen Schreiber, Christina Schroedle, Sam Staufer and Grace Swinefurth.
Here is Gabby’s winning essay:
I find it difficult to share a lot about myself with people, but during Catholic Schools Week, I think it is important for my peers and teachers to get to know me and why I am so proud to be a part of Scecina Memorial High School.
During grade school, I attended three different schools, hoping to fit in somewhere. Finally, in middle school, I was able to attend St. Lawrence Catholic School. My mother had always wanted for me to attend Catholic school, as she attended parochial school growing up and obviously knew its benefits.
The opportunity was heaven-sent! I made friends immediately and I felt my teachers genuinely cared about me as a person and my growth as a student. I quickly learned that being myself was OK, and that I didn’t need to impress anyone to feel part of the school. As the middle school years flew by, I found myself in high school, at Scecina as a Crusader.
Being able to attend Scecina is not only giving me an advantage in my education that a lot of other teens don’t have, it’s also molding me into the Christian and young lady that I’m developing into.
I’m not too proud to share that I’m attending Scecina from the assistance and generosity of others. This is very significant to me. I know that it is my responsibility as a recipient of others’ good will and as a student of Scecina to give back to my community. I share my time in our school assisting where needed and I help donate my time through our Baking Club for school or community events.
During school breaks, I volunteer with my grandmother at our church’s food pantry. While helping out this year, I truly learned that giving is receiving.
Being able to serve my community and give of my time has touched me in a way that I’ve never expected. I found that sharing and helping is a true reward - not a reward as in a monetary reward, but in self-fulfillment. Even after my years at Scecina are done, I plan to devote a part of my life as a humanitarian and continue giving to those in need.
Posted on Tue, February 20, 2018
by Beth Murphy filed under