Roncalli senior praises Catholic school experience

By | February 18, 2011

Olivia Krejcarek, a senior at Roncalli High School in Manitowoc, delivered the following address during a Catholic Schools Week Mass Feb. 4. The school has kindly shared Olivia’s address with The Compass.

 What makes a Catholic School different than a public school? There are the obvious answers such as religion classes, or dress codes, but I feel it goes much deeper than that. In any school, private or public, one will find school pride. However, what truly separates Catholic schools from others is the pride in our faith.

Each student, teacher or faculty member is at a different phase in their faith, but it is still a unifying force that drives us together. We are free to talk about, question, and grow in our faith every day in a school setting. Teenagers face many challenges and temptations as they go through high school. One of the best things a teenager can turn to for help or support is his or her faith in God.

In a Catholic school, we are able to discuss this in everyday teaching and incorporate it into lesson plans as well. I have found through personal experiences that being in a Catholic school has made my learning experience more comfortable and more meaningful. I am able to freely express my opinions on God, and know that I am always around people with similar views as myself. This support makes the weight of the pressures of high school that much easier to bear.

One of my favorite things about being in a Catholic school is the ability to start every class with a prayer. It helps remind me that we are doing everything for the will of God. I could be having the most stressful day ever, and just a simple prayer said before starting math, physics, or English can assure me that I will make it through and everything will be alright.

I am so thankful that I have had the opportunity to go to Catholic Schools throughout my entire education. The community effect of my Catholic education has helped me to grow as a person in mind, body and spirit. Every person is different, but this has truly been the right choice for me. I love not only being able to have school pride, but to have Catholic pride as well.

Olivia Krejcarek, Class of 2011

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