As a young boy, I clearly recall the valuable lessons I learned from my Catholic school teachers. These lessons often went far beyond any class lecture they may have offered to me. Much of their message emphasized the importance of focusing on doing the small things. And if I followed this template, success from the big things would soon follow. More to this point, at St. Agnes, our Catholic school teachers focus on this same important lesson to our students. We teach our young BEARS to tend to the smaller particulars of their work. And by doing so, they will achieve success when it comes to the bigger matters.
I recently reflected on these very lessons as we recognized those middle school students who had earned Academic Distinction during the first trimester of the school year. Acknowledgement of such academic accomplishment is an important event in our Catholic school program. Just as the group of Honor Roll students listed below have followed the model for success that our teachers have provided to them, this exemplary group of 6th, 7th and 8th grade students in turn serve as academic role models to their younger peers. The positive example they provide gives evidence to the verity that by tending to the smaller details of our work as students, we are then prepared to earn success from the bigger matters in both school and in life outside of the classroom.
Please join me in congratulating our Academic Distinction recipients for trimester 1:
6th Grade: Virginia Joyce, Ryan Paradela, Ana Pierce
7th Grade: Finn Smith
8th Grade: James Czlonka, Sophia McCaul, Madison Paradela
6th Grade: Amelia Caquelin, Dylan Payne, Lanaii Stewart
7th Grade: Jamil Conley
8th Grade: Carlos Acosta, Owen Benefiel, Terry Graham, Cecelia Liberto, Tsion Soloman
6th Grade: Tyler Holloman, Ryan Johnson, Julian Jones, Kennedy Sharp, Elizabeth Woodbine
7th Grade: Brock Nicholson
8th Grade: Christopher GeGroote, Henry Romeo, Christian Smith, Seamus Smith, Jamison Washington
St. Teresa of Calcutta once described our calling as Christians to “Be faithful in small things because it is in them that your (our) strength lies.” And as I reflect on these words, I know well that the strength of our outstanding students is seen within their daily efforts to do their very best, all for the Greater Glory of God (Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam).