Middle School: All Saints Catholic School
Why you chose St. Joes? The moment I walked into St. Joe's for my student visit day, I knew this was my future high school. Students and teachers were interacting with one another and not one person was left out. The respect and maturity between staff and students was truly amazing, and I knew that I would be welcomed here. In addition, SJ is one of the only high schools I have seen that pushes you in regards to academics. I had always wanted to push myself and step out of my "box", and SJ was the perfect fit for that. With all that it offers, St. Joe's curriculum is arduous, but they provide all the help you can ask for. I am so thankful that I have chosen SJ and am looking forward to my coming years.
Favorite St. Joes moment so far? My favorite moment at SJ has been the Freshmen Finale. I was quite impressed at what the staff put together for the freshmen. The time and effort that they put into the event was unimaginable and it was a huge hit among the students. They provided so many options as to whether or not you wanted to participate in outdoor games, or you wanted to play board games with your friends, dance or share a meal.
What extracurriculars are you a member of? This past school year I participated in the Italian Club, Amaranth, Letters with Love, and Stock Market Club. I am also a Student Ambassador. Each club had their own unique way of being conducted. The moderators made sure every single student was enjoying their time as well as ensuring a great takeaway from the club.
Advice for Incoming Students? High school is another step, a new journey, and it can be super hard. Therefore, my biggest advice for incoming students is to step out of your comfort zone. In most cases somebody is looking for a friend, but is shy to do so. I was definitely an introvert coming into SJ, but as I became involved in clubs and spoke up in class to answer questions, I soon became open to communicating with everybody. In addition, I encourage incoming students to get involved in the variety of extracurricular activities. There are SO many clubs and sports that are available to suit your needs, and if you're open to trying something new, go for it! You don't have to be good at speaking Italian to join the Italian Club, and you don't have to be good at finance to be a part of the Stock Market Club. In fact, it's encouraged to join clubs to enhance experiences at SJ and experience new things. I also encourage students to interact with your teachers, ask them questions, make those social connections. By getting to know your teachers you have an advantage at pretty much anything whether its obtaining a future recommendation letter from them or just to simply talk about how your grades are going. But most of all enjoy your high school journey!