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Seniors Reflect On Their CC Experience

At the beginning of the 2023-2024 school year, students in Mr. Colin Whitehead ’13 and Ms. Alana Bahoura’s Catholic Social Teaching class were given an assignment called a “Statement of Belief.”  

According to Mr. Whitehead, “The point was to give them a space to articulate where they stood on matters of faith at the start of the semester and then to see how they had grown by the end.” 

At the end of the school year, students were given another assignment titled a “Concluding Statement of Belief” in which they were asked to reflect on their time at Catholic Central and how it has shaped their faith and personal lives. 

Here’s what some of our students had to say:  

Tyler Stewart ‘24 

“What CC brings to the table is nothing short of incredible, but if you let it, the opportunity will pass you by. Cliché, but true. CC has “filled my bucket” so much that I don’t know what else I should expect, other than for me to pour back into this metaphorical bucket that this amazing place has created.” 

Andrew Atala ‘24  

“During my time here at CC, I am grateful for all the friends I made. It’s surprising how even at the end of my senior year, I am still making friends and meeting new people who I never had classes within my years here. I like how everyone is friends with each other, even if they don’t know each other, and everyone is willing to talk to others. CC easily has the most extensive line of connections.” 

Charlie Teed ‘24 

“Coming into CC, I didn’t really think I belonged anywhere or didn’t believe that people would benefit from my presence but being at CC made me realize my potential as a person in every aspect of life. Gaining confidence to go out and accomplish anything that is on my mind is something that I will always be grateful for as CC has given me the strength to do so. For the future, I feel better prepared here than I would be anywhere else simply because God has called me to CC for a reason and I am willing to trust that.” 

Paddy Gerzema ‘24 

I learned so much valuable information about the faith here though. If anything, now I am able to share and articulate my views to people in a better way. I feel that I have gained the ability to connect with people better at CC. This will carry over and be something I will be able to do for the rest of my life. I understand the balance of faith and logic way better.  

Nick Asmar ‘24 

“The most important thing I’ve thought about during class is the idea of Social vs. Structural Sin. Our discussions made it very apparent that even if a sin we commit isn’t directly aimed at someone else, almost every sin we commit affects others in some way. This gave me a new perspective on sin and how we are all connected in our actions and has been one of the biggest lessons I’ve learned from this class.” 

Ryan Binck ‘24 

“Kairos taught me that there will always be people there behind me, supporting my every decision, and being there during my lowest times. This led to a massive improvement in my academics and also to my ability to stay determined. It was easily the most essential and beneficial experience I’ve had in my four years at CC.” 

Joseph Curtin ‘24 

“I am most grateful for the lessons and experiences that have made me a better person all around. The people that I’ve met and learned from made my time at CC so much more fun. Coming to CC was one of the best decisions I have made in my life, and I will forever be grateful of my parents for making big sacrifices to be able to send me here.” 

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