Best of the Week 2019-2020: Holy Cross Values


Congratulations to this year's Class of 2020 Man of the Year nominees: Gabriel Beaver '20, Connor Fairfield '20, Coleman Isner '20, Michael Manning '20 and Brennan Rains '20. Chosen by their fellow classmates for their leadership and embodiment of an Edsman, these five Man of the Year nominees exemplify St. Ed's Holy Cross values and display the competence to see and the courage to act as men of hope for the transformation of the world.

Gabriel (Gabe) Beaver has been a member of St. Ed's National Honor Society, Cross and Anchor Society, IB Diploma Programme and Thinking Men (the unofficial group of seniors who meet every Friday morning with Theology teacher Mr. Owen Williams '13). He has served as a Student Ambassador, Student Minister, CAS Project Leader, Freshman Retreat leader and Kairos retreat leader and is the co-founder and producer of "The Bridge" podcast. "Being an Edsman, all the Holy Cross pillars have truly resonated with me, but at the end of the day, our relationships are the only things that matter," says Gabe. "Relationships have shaped me into the Edsman I am today and I've learned to value each and every single relationship in my life. St. Ed's has taught me to not only value my relationships with my classmates, but also with my teachers, coaches, family and anyone else I interact with throughout the day. I've learned that nothing is ever achieved alone. We are all tied to each other in some way and the St. Ed's community treats everyone like family." This fall, Gabe will be attending Bowling Green State University, majoring in Communications with a minor in Entrepreneurship. Gabe was also accepted into Bowling Green's Presidential Leadership Academy. "As an Edsman, I've tried to embody the Holy Cross Mission of educating not only my mind, but also my heart," says Gabe. "My Man of the Year nomination reminds me of a Bible verse that has always spoken to me, 'As iron sharpens iron, so does one man to another.' To me, no one person can be Man of the Year because we, the St. Edward community, collectively make each other better men. This community has guided, pushed, redirected and shaped me into the young man I am today, and for that, I am forever grateful."

Connor Fairfield has served as a Student Ambassador, Student Minister, Eucharistic Minister, Student Council Officer, and has been a member of the National Honor Society (Executive Council), Cross and Anchors Society, Mock Trial and Thinking Men. In addition to being a student athlete for St. Ed's Football, Rugby and Basketball teams, Connor has also led the Freshman Retreat and Kairos Retreat and served as a director for the IB Film short documentary, "Forest City Blues." Connor will be attending The Ohio State University this fall as an International Studies major and a member of the OSU Rugby team. "When I first came to St. Edward High School as a freshman four years ago, one of the goals that I had set for myself was to simply become a guy that everyone knew that they could come to talk to. In short, I wanted to be friends with everyone so that no one felt that they didn't belong here at St. Ed's," says Connor. "For my clas