On Wednesday, January 31, Catholic Central High School celebrated National Catholic Schools Week (CSW) with Mass held by Bishop Jeffrey Monforton.
During Mass, David Kibbey ’24 was recognized for being the second Catholic Central student to receive the National Catholic Educational Associates (NCEA)’s Youth Values, Valor, and Vision Award. Caleb White ’20 was the first recipient.
The annual award recognizes Catholic students in elementary and secondary schools who exhibit determination, selfless service, innovation, and ideas that can change the world. Students eligible for the award are described by the NCEA as unsung heroes, community champions, and persons who go above and beyond their daily duties to exhibit a missionary discipline in service to others.
“It is an honor to have this award bestowed on me. To be recognized for service and valor is truly humbling. I share the honor with all of those that have gone before me, especially my CC brothers and my family,” stated Kibbey.
Kibbey was chosen from more than 1.6 million Catholic school students across the country. He will be presented with a Chromebook tablet from Archangel Education and Technology following National Catholic Schools Week (CSW).
National Catholic Schools Week (CSW) was founded 50 years ago in1974. It’s traditionally held on the last Sunday in January and runs all week into the next year. This year, CSW was held from January 28 through February 2, 2024, and the theme was “Catholic Schools: United in Faith and Community.”
During CSW, Catholic schools typically celebrate with mass, open houses, and other activities for students, families, and community members. However, each school is encouraged to celebrate in their own way. These events help schools focus on the value Catholic education provides to young people, as well as contributes to the church, our nation, and surrounding communities.
According to the NCEA, “Teaching the whole child is not just about what the student learns in isolation; it’s about how they relate to their community,” said NCEA President/CEO Lincoln Snyder. “The students who have won the NCEA Youth Virtues, Valor and Vision Awards articulate the goal of Catholic education to educate and nourish the whole person, to understand that Jesus loves us so much he asks us to do something great for others. These young people have answered that call in light of our faith and are examples to us all.”
Recently, the NCEA added a second week of Catholic education celebration, titled Discover Catholic Schools Week (DCSW). It was held from November 12 – 18, 2023 and included Many Gifts, One Nation: A Day of Giving To Catholic Schools from November 14 at 12 pm EST to November 15 at 12 PM EST. The week is designed to connect schools with prospective donors, families, educators and other members in the community.