A handful of Cabrini High School students will be featured in the Catholic Schools Week issue of the Clarion Herald (Archdiocese of New Orleans newspaper) on January 21st. Please see below for their reflections on what Catholic education means to them…
Courtney Carroll -12th grade
Knowing the sacrifice my parents make to put me in a Catholic school, I often pressure myself to be the best: the best student, the best participant, the best everything. As you can guess, this mentality has clashed more than a few times with reality. But this perception is the exact reason I am thankful for my education. Catholic school has taught me to be my best self, not the best everything. I have strengths and I have faults, but the amazing community and support I found thanks to Catholic schooling has helped me become the person I am today.
Keion Dorvilier – 12th grade
My parents are very devout Christians. They came from Haiti in the late 80s or early 90s with what little they had and the faith of God. Growing up, they always put a heavy emphasis on Christian values. This led to my sisters and me being put through Catholic school at a very young age. My parents, more specifically, my mom, put aside her own education and dreams of traveling aside to help us find our vocations through God. Even today, she works overtime at her job to pay off my tuition, contribute to my savings and fund my prom dress. Despite our ups and downs, my parents’ sacrifice helped build me into the strong person I am today and I couldn’t be more thankful.
Mary Napoleon – 12th grade
Unique from my friends who only gain knowledge about the mind and body, my Catholic education teaches me about the mind, body, and soul. I appreciate the opportunity to receive an education that focuses on my success beyond academics. I feel privileged to attend a school that cares about nourishing our souls and encouraging us to strengthen our relationship with God.
Genevieve Cruz – 9th grade
I appreciate my Catholic School education because it builds me into a better character and nourishes my mental, physical, social, and spiritual success. I am able to learn the importance of self-discipline which builds my character and my academic success. Going to a Catholic school has brought me closer to God and to live like Christ which has brought me to make better decisions.
Kaiden Wolfe – 9th grade
I get to learn that human life is sacred and that the dignity of the human person is the foundation of a moral vision for society. I am lucky to have a school that offers values such as wisdom, justice, compassion, and integrity. Catholic education also makes sure that I promote the common good and be respectful to others so they can respect me.