Alumni Spotlight: Jay Hicks '00

On February 2, 2020, CC alumnus Jeremiah “Jay” Hicks ’00, shared some of his memories and thoughts about how his time at CC shaped his future. Jay is currently the Program Director for WPGC 95.5 FM in Washington D.C. 

On Coach Mach, CC, and his daily approach to life...

“Make it Happen”
This was our theme for the 1998 Football State Championship season. I was the starting defensive-tackle. 
The “Make it Happen” concept came from our coach, the legend, Tom Mach.
He told us, “There are 3 types of people in this world. There are people that ‘watch’ things happen, those people that ‘wish’ things would happen, and those that ‘make’ things happen.”
Because of CC I make things happen. 
This theme has been the core of my entire life. In life, you have development arcs. CC gave me the arc that has allowed me to become a FULL man. A man of integrity, a man of discipline, a man of optimism, a man of honor. The life principles I learned at CC have allowed for me to conquer things in life that some folks said I couldn’t. They have allowed me to assist numerous people in helping them see the “Goodness” in themselves.
When I wake up every morning , I am ready to “Make it Happen” every day, and I am forever grateful and thankful to the CC community, my coaches, my teachers, my teammates, and  every clergyman.
I will forever honor the “Royal Blue and White”- Go Shamrocks! Make it Happen! 
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“Teach Me Goodness, Discipline, and Knowledge” is the motto of the Basilian Fathers and the sacred mission of Catholic Central High School. For ninety years, the graduates of Catholic Central have made a positive impact locally, nationally, and around the world.