When I am asked what sets Catholic education apart from that of other academic communities – either public or private – my reply is grounded by the driving goal of our school. To this point, St. Agnes aims to form disciples of Jesus; to raise up lifelong learners; to teach our students to fully develop their gifts and talents for the greater glory of God; and to be virtuous leaders who see the face of Christ in others as they reveal the face of Christ to those they meet.
As I reflect on the many gifts and talents of our young people, I take pride knowing that at St. Agnes, doing one’s best is not only expected, but celebrated. Accordingly, our middle school scholars were recently recognized and commended for their first trimester success. Please join me in congratulating the following students who were honored during our Academic Distinction Ceremony that was held on December 12:
Principal’s List: Lily Adkins, Noella Kelly and Trystynn Saunar
First Honors: Delaney Claggett
Second Honors: Zaniah Gahagen, Giselle Grant, Camontae Griffin, William Holmes, and Tristan Johnson
Principal’s List: Virginia Joyce, Ana Pierce and Ryan Paradela
First Honors: Kennedy Sharp, Ryan Johnson, Hana Hairston and Dylan Payne
Second Honors: Amelia Caquelin, Tyler Holloman, Lanaii Stewart, Elizabeth Woodbine and Kahlil Regan
Principal's List: Jamil Conley and Finn Smith
First Honors: Brock Nicholson and Nathan Perez
Second Honors: David Wilder
While the gifts and talents of our students may differ, the scholastic achievement of our young people do share a binding commonality. The lifelong learners of BEAR NATION demonstrate a habit of mind which can be best summed by the Greek Philosopher Aristotle: “Excellence is an art won by training and habituation. We do not act rightly because we have virtue or excellence, but rather, we have those because we have acted rightly. We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act but a habit.” Within our Catholic school, the practice of these routines result not only in academic success, but also help guide our students along a pathway to living a life of virtue in heart, mind and soul.