She digs out a rock during her class’s nature walk, her dirtied fingers deciphering textures to determine its geological origins. She collaborates with a classmate to code a game in Scratch, their story coming to life in scripts and pixels. She raises her hand as the priest asks about the Gospel reading. Her heart beats faster – she knows The Answer. No matter where or what or when, she is always learning at St. Edward.
HE DISCOVERS HIS FAITH.
Though his shoes don’t quite touch the floor when he sits in the pew, he thinks deeply about God. Does God know his name? Is God watching him at this very moment? He finds himself doing things and not doing things because of God. More and more, something or Someone seems to be guiding his decisions. It is transformative. He is discovering his faith.
SHE SPEAKS HER MIND.
At first she is scared to talk in class. But her teacher gently coaxes her. By Lower School, her voice doesn’t tremble anymore. Her Upper School teachers encourage her to ask Big Questions. Classmates sometimes challenge her ideas, and she defends them. She listens to other Learners too, adopting bits of their new thinking even as she adapts her own. Confident yet open-minded, candid yet thoughtful, she is speaking her mind.
HE IS RESILIENT.
His engineering experiment doesn’t work. For a moment, he is embarrassed. His fists clench. But he catches himself. He sits and thinks. He soon gets back to work, disassembling and reassembling pieces of his machine. When he’s ready again, he releases the ball bearing. Eureka! He is so giddy he could dance. Led by expert educators who embrace classroom mistakes as real learning, he is becoming a resilient young man.
SHE GETS INVOLVED.
She has the worst balance on the Surf Team but is first to the beach for practice. She struggles with the F chord but plays her dad’s old Fender in Band until her strumming hand aches. She runs for Student Government. She wins. While she is not the tallest or the most talented or that Learner who others naturally follow, she refuses to be a bystander in school or life. She is going to be involved.
HE SEES THE WORLD DIFFERENTLY.
As much as St. Edward has opened his mind, it has opened his heart that much more. He recognizes the world does not revolve around himself. He realizes its edge does not begin and end at his hometown. His earliest memories of school are of service projects. Food pantries. Neighbors in need. He sees the world differently today. He sees it with his heart. He wants to do more.
SHE STANDS OUT IN HIGH SCHOOL.
Dana Hills. JSerra. Mater Dei. SMCHS. The best high schools welcome her. Once there, teachers recognize she is different. She is a poised leader and loyal team player; she is a creative problem solver and analytical thinker; she is quick with a smile and the first to stand up for what is right. Like so many graduates of St. Edward, she is a great student and an even better human being. She is the person she is meant to be.