Best of the Week 2019-2020: Holy Cross Values



Congratulations to Adam Mocho '22 on receiving the National Catholic Education Association's Youth Virtue, Value and Vision Award for his service and outreach through St. Ed's Labre Ministry. Out of all the Catholic elementary and high schools in the country, Adam is one of ten students this year to receive this award, which recognizes students who go above and beyond the call to serve and who live out their school's mission. "This award is a great honor for Adam and our community. To be one of ten chosen out of the tens of thousands of nominations is really cool and well-deserved for him," says Campus Minister Ms. Cari White.

"I was very shocked and humbled when I heard that I received this award. This honor really means a lot to me," says Adam. "I know that when this information is made known to the public, people will know that I am a student at St. Edward High School. This opportunity allows me to share on a national level what St. Ed's Holy Cross values are all about and what every Edsman in our community, past and present, has done to serve as servant leaders."

Adam has been volunteering with St. Ed's Labre Ministry ever since the summer before his freshman year, spending time each week to help prepare and deliver food to those living in homeless camps throughout the city of Cleveland. To increase involvement, Adam has inspired his family, parents, siblings and grandparents to also volunteer with Labre, St. Ed's Food Pantry and other service ministries. Taking the initiative to go the extra mile, Adam would show up on holidays and days off school to help with any service opportunities going on. "I made the commitment to give up my time for the greater good, but I don't look at service as a waste of time. I enjoy everything about serving - it's more than just fulfilling a service requirement. I've received love and goodness from the people I serve," says Adam. "On Labre, I always have certain takeaways from each night that resonate with me and help me form relationships and connections with the people I meet. When I help with the Food Pantry, I always enjoy seeing familiar faces come through. I think the more you participate in service ministries, you begin to remember the faces you see and pretty soon, you see those faces in the community."

"Adam received this award because of his commitment to service, especially to those who are most marginalized in our society. He exemplifies what it means to be