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Alumni News Post

Joseph
Joseph

I graduated from OLGC in June in 2014, and I am now attending Paul VI Catholic High School as a freshman. The transition was challenging at first because I was used to the friendly atmosphere of OLGC and how things worked there, and I didn't want to leave that behind. However, I soon became comfortable in my new home at Paul VI because of how well OLGC prepared me for the years to follow eighth grade.

I graduated from OLGC in June in 2014, and I am now attending Paul VI Catholic High School as a freshman. The transition was challenging at first because I was used to the friendly atmosphere of OLGC and how things worked there, and I didn't want to leave that behind. However, I soon became comfortable in my new home at Paul VI because of how well OLGC prepared me for the years to follow eighth grade.

One of my favorite parts of my seven years at OLGC was my three years in middle school. I feel like I learned the most these three years and they prepared me well for high school. From an academic standpoint, I learned the proper format for writing papers and citing sources that I would use in high school, and I mastered various mathematical formula and properties that assist me in geometry at Paul VI. In all my classes, I learned effective study habits and organizational skills that I still use to help ease the stress of high school. Also, the advanced technology such as IPads, computers, and online assignment submissions at OLGC greatly prepared me for the laptop program at Paul VI.

Socially, I felt that I grew closer to my peers during middle school through educational events like Medieval Day, the Passion Play, and the Science Fair. Lots of field trips throughout the years such as the Baltimore Science Museum, the National Holocaust Museum, National Basilica, Franciscan Monastery, Mount Vernon, and my favorite, Busch Gardens, created a fun, interactive way of learning more about the subjects we were covering in class.

I believe that I grew in faith the most throughout my years in middle school at OLGC. With an awesome religion teacher, our class learned about the Church throughout history and today, God acting in our lives, and what our duties are as Catholics. The student council provided many fun opportunities to serve the less fortunate such as collecting school supplies, sending cards, and Penny Wars, which raised money to help buy a bus so less fortunate kids didn't have to walk to school.

I feel like OLGC gave me the knowledge, confidence, and faith to help me succeed in high school. Although my time at OLGC is behind me, I will always remember the things I learned from the teachers and students that made me a smarter, happier, and better person in high school.

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