Roncalli Class of 2016
When asked to describe what my Catholic high school means to me, I jotted down a few sentences but couldn’t figure out why I couldn’t quite capture the feeling I feel while walking through the halls of Roncalli.
I could rant on and on about the countless awards that Roncalli has earned over the years or about the spectacular education I am receiving, but doing so doesn’t quite cut it. In order to truly describe why I love my school, one must divulge deeper into the heart of what we at Roncalli like to call the “Rebel family.”
The Rebel family surrounds every person who has ever walked the halls of Roncalli or who has been touched by the love of this special group of individuals. Roncalli has a special way of cultivating loving individuals who strive to help in any way possible. In turn, the Rebel Family stretches far and wide, encompassing the many corners of the world and spanning across different cultures. Thus, this family is simply one reason why I love Roncalli. For on any given day I can surely count on the vast array of “family members” who are sure to have my back.
Additionally, just as I can count on my family to always have my back, the Rebel Family adds a whole new meaning to the word “spirit.” If one has ever attended a Roncalli football game, pep rally or witnessed the iconic singing of “Lean on Me” during Mass, one would see the immense aptitude each student possesses when it come to the wild and outrageous.
For instance, our pep rallies have become so famous that school representatives from around the state have observed our pep sessions in hopes that they can replicate the insane amount of spirit our school showcases. Despite our affinity for showcasing school spirit, this is not why I love Roncalli. The reason I love Roncalli is because it is not “weird” to be the spirited student. From Spell Bowlers to the captains of the football team and those in between, students unite to showcase the love each one has for our school.
Lastly, the overwhelming feeling I hope each person will relate with my Catholic school is “love.” Not only do the teachers, administrators and staff love what they do, but every one of them has a passion for children and for Catholic education. There is no doubt in my mind that every faculty member I come across each day strives to make Roncalli a better place. It is because of these people and the love they have for Catholic education that I love attending school in such a caring environment.
Now, despite valiant efforts, I realize I have barely scratched the surface in describing why I love Roncalli. There are so many more reasons. In essence, unless one has rushed the football field after a Rebel win, watched a movie under the lights on the field of the stadium or even swayed to the words of “Lean on Me” with arms intertwined with those whom one holds closest, the Rebel family will remain a mystery.
Yet, until the time when this special family is sure to touch your life, I invite you to pray in thanksgiving for the many blessings a Catholic education brings to the young people of our community and pray that the Catholic faith will continue to enrich the lives of each child who is touched by the gift of a Catholic education.