Reflections by Randy Hodge
|Posted on December 23, 2017 at 5:05 PM|
The end of the year always finds the circulation of many lists counting down the major events that happened. And before we ring in 2018, I would like to create my own list and look back at the top events for St. Patrick School during 2017.
It would be impossible to rank them in order of importance so I have placed them in chronological order instead:
1. In March, we brought back our school play for the first time in recent history. Our students performed “The Entire American Revolution (in 40 minutes or less!)”
2. The Class of 2017 graduated in May! 75% of the class were members of the National Honor Society and were recognized as CMAC Scholar Athletes. 17 out of the 20 enrolled in higher education. Two signed National Letter of Intents to participate in college athletics. 12 graduated with honors (3.79 GPA or higher) with seven of those having a weighted 4.0 GPA or higher. They were offered a total of $793,330 in scholarships over the next four years.
3. The varsity boy’s baseball team followed up last year’s historic season with an even more historic season that culminated in our school’s first baseball state championship.
4. After piloting a 1:1 Chromebook program, each student in grades 9 – 11 received a Chromebook for the 2017-18 school year. Middle school students have a cart of 30 Chromebooks at their disposal and elementary students have new touch screen Chromebooks in the elementary computer lab.
5. St. Patrick High School and Aquinas College signed an agreement to host classes on our campus. More than 40 juniors and seniors signed up for the inaugural classes.
6. St. Patrick School received a Building Healthy Communities grant. New Ga Ga Ball Pits were installed in the area between the church and school as well as at Alton Park, much to the liking of our student body. You can read more about this project in my previous columns.
7. The St. Patrick Student Ambassador Team was established and began doing missionary work in our parish and throughout the area with the goal of reaching out and making St. Patrick High School an even more welcoming place for students of all ages.
8. The varsity football team finished the regular season with an 8 – 1 record. They went on to the Division II 8-player state championship game and finished as State runner-up’s.
9. Our Quiz Bowl team competed on the Quizbusters show on PBS and won the play-in match and advanced to the tournament round. They completed an excellent season bringing home a second-place league trophy and a second-place league tournament trophy, where they were defeated only by one point.
10. The school is wrapping up 2017 with many Advent initiatives that include our students collecting boxes of food for local families, our Big Rock and Little Rocks working together to fill 130 shoeboxes for the Community Fund’s shoebox project, NHS members collecting more than 170 toys and appearing on WZZM in Grand Rapids for the annual Toys for Tots collection and an excellent elementary Christmas program under the direction of music teacher Mr. David Skeels.
“We Achieve!” is the third and final part of our mission statement and it is evidenced by this list. Many hours of work by a great number of individuals were completed to make all of these events happen throughout 2017. We are excited about these accomplishments and are even more excited for the prospect of bigger and better things to come in 2018. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from all of us at St. Patrick School!