Students Featured at National Summit!
Posted 10/01/2016 07:00AM

Students and Parents Featured at National Summit!

Saint Joseph Prep was selected to participate in the National Summit on Catholic Schools and Hispanic Families. This landmark gathering, hosted by the Roche Center for Catholic Education at Boston College, took place at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Cambridge, from Monday, September 19 through Wednesday, September 21.

The Roche Center and its researchers recently published a study entitled, “Catholic Schools in an Increasingly Hispanic Church: A Summary Report of Findings from the National Survey of Catholic Schools Serving Hispanic Families.” The Summit brought together leading educators, funders, researchers, and advocates, and addressed the pressing need to serve Hispanic families in Catholic schools and ministries.

Our SJP students and parents were featured prominently! As the leading participants in Tuesday evening's panel discussion and table conversation segment, our students and parents shared their experience and offered their expertise. Each student and parent was seated at a separate table--often as the only student/parent in the group--and asked to offer his/her reflections on a variety of questions from "Why did you choose a Catholic school?" to "What does your school do well?" and "In what ways might your school do better?"

Following these discussions, our students led a brief prayer service for the entire conference. Each of our scholars shared a "six-word story" about SJP and his/her cultural heritage, and the group brought everyone in the room together by joining hands for the "Our Father" in both Spanish and English, SJP-style.

Our thanks to the following students and parents for representing us so well: Jade Diaz ’20 and her mother, Alexandra Diaz; Ricky Espada ’17Shadi Lopez ’19 and her father, Alex Lopez; Bryan Martinez ’19 and his brother Michael ’16; Allynne Ribeiro ’17 and her mother, Wanderleia Ribeiro; Dante Salvucci ’17 and his mother Magi Escalante; Benjamin Stratter ’17 and Jonathan Stratter ’17 and their mother, Bea Stratter; Kathleen Tierney ’20 and her mother, Marisol Ospina, as well as her younger sister, Natalie.

Mr. Nunan and Ms. Creamer attended the Summit, and everywhere they went they heard the participants raving about our scholars and families. Nationally recognized leaders went out of their way to tell us: "Your kids were so poised and so perceptive." "Your students and parents brought such a wonderful presence and made such a real difference in the conversation; the evening would not have been the same without them." "Your students are amazing! And they really love their school." "You must be so proud of those young women and men." Indeed, we are!