As our school year comes to an end, I think back to September when our former principal, Sister Mary Ellen Ford SSJ, passed away following a courageous battle with cancer. Our gymnasium was later named in her honor and we have heard repeated throughout the year, her mantra..."Small in number, big in heart."
Truer words were never spoken to describe Wildwood Catholic High School. What a wonderful year it has been in so many ways!
Just to mention a few of this year's accomplishments...
Members of the Class of 2014, (50 students), were awarded $8.756 million in awards and scholarships at graduation. (And the amount continues to grow.) These include a U.S. Naval Academy appointment and Division I athletic scholarships.
Our fourth seeded boys basketball team won the CAL championship.
Our other teams made us proud by showing good sportsmanship and taking us to quite a few playoff rounds.
Our Forensics team won the Diocesan Championship.
Our students participated in a plethora of Community Outreach projects including Challenger Soccer, Special Olympics, Good Counsel Homes, Juvenile Diabetes, and Saint Mary's by the Sea Retreat House just to name a few.
Our dedicated teachers recently ratified a new four-year contract.
Thirty-five students took part in our annual educational European trip.
Many of our graduates have shared their recent successes as well. Again, just to cite a few...
Publication of a doctoral dissertation in microbiology;
Several law school graduations;
Many attaining honors in college and taking part in exciting life experiences including service or learning trips to Africa and Central America;
A triathlete going for a spot on the next U.S. Olympic Team;
A basketball player going professional in Europe.
Indeed, "Small in number, big in heart" thanks to a well-rounded Christ-centered education that is made possible by the love and spirit of so many in our school community and beyond.
My hope and my prayer is that we all experience a happy, healthy, renewing summer so that the school year 2014-2015 is just as successful.
Mary B. Kane