Best of the Week 2022-2023: Holy Cross Values
ST. ED'S COMMEMORATES 2023 CATHOLIC SCHOOLS WEEK WITH COMMUNITY-WIDE APPRECIATION
In celebration of Catholic Schools Week, St. Edward High School lived out the "Made New" theme with intentional planning and programming to celebrate the people who make St. Ed's community so special. Kicking things off with an invitation to share joy with fellow Edsmen and colleagues, VP of Faith, Mission and Culture Owen Williams '13 shared a message to the community encouraging them to share notes of gratitude with those at St. Ed's for whom they're grateful. All week long, students participated in fun dress-down day themes and daily community period activities (i.e. Karaoke, a Spelling Bee and a Faculty vs. Student Dodgeball game) to boost school spirit. Students also got to participate in a premier screening party of "Our Time," a documentary on St. Ed's 2022 Football State Championship. Additionally, Executive Operations Manager Mo Loesch and Admission Operations Manager Molly Pietch surprised faculty and staff members each day with acts of appreciation and special treats, from a Monday morning coffee cart station and homemade charcuterie cups, to a popcorn and vintage candy bar and donuts from Big Mouth Donuts.
To connect with other Catholic schools throughout the week, St. Ed's Trash Talkers embarked on a grade school tour and the Jazz Ensemble served as ambassadors of St. Ed's while performing at schools in the local area. Click here to check out the Trash Talkers' performance on Fox 8 from Monday morning.
In the spirit of being Made New and celebrating our identity as a Holy Cross school, Student Minister Samuel Clemente '23 put together a series of video reflections from fellow classmates, sharing what attending a Catholic School means to them. "Being at a Catholic school allows us to find relationships within our beliefs and faith," says Robert Torres '23. "Even though not all of us are Christian, there's a lot of different backgrounds and beliefs at St. Ed's and the Christian faith gives us all a moral compass to follow to be better together and stimulate a friendly, loving environment that's accepting of all backgrounds and beliefs."
"What I love about being in a Catholic school in the Cleveland diocese is having the chance to meet and go to school with people from all different walks of life and different communities in Cleveland," says Lukas Kucera '24. "I like being at a Catholic school because it gives me opportunities to understand different interpretations of my own faith and grow in a more broad, yet firm understanding of God," adds Brian Clark '23.