Loyola Academy Honors February "Loyola Leaders of the Month"

Grade 6 student Chengkai Mei, Grade 6 remote student Conor Dowling, Grade 7 student Stella Hunter, and Grade 8 student William Mackerron were named February’s “Loyola Leaders of the Month” (LLM), a program implemented to promote self-awareness, practice the Jesuit philosophy, and develop a greater sense of community among the middle school community.

“Chengkai is an incredibly hard-working and kind student,” says Loyola teacher Ms. Harmon. “He has shown significant improvement in his studies over the past six months and has demonstrated strong leadership skills. He is quick to lend a helping hand, makes positive contributions in class and works well with all of his peers. Chengkai is truly committed to being a young man with and for others!”

“One thing that stands out about Conor Dowling is his positive attitude that he brings to our remote classroom every day,” says Loyola remote teacher Ms. Capobianco. “His classmates know that when they are in a group with Conor, he will not only work hard, but he will make sure everyone’s voices are heard and ideas are included. Additionally, his creativity brings joy to our classroom. We are proud that Conor is our Remote Loyola Leader for the month of February.”

“Stella has been a wonderful addition to our Loyola Academy community this year,” says Loyola teacher Mr. DeVito. “In terms of classroom effort, athletic ability, and overall attitude, Stella leads by example. The Ignatian value of ‘Cura Personalis,’ or care for the whole person, is certainly an aspect of Loyola in which Stella has excelled. Not only does she work to develop her mental and physical attributes, she exhibits great compassion for her peers, another Ignatian value known as ‘Men and Women for Others.’ Stella has certainly made a positive impact at Saint Columbkille.”

“William is an enthusiastic learner and a kind and helpful community member,” says Loyola teacher Ms. O’Brien. “He demonstrates ‘Magis’ by going above and beyond to research topics he is interested in outside of class and sharing what he learns in class discussions. He always contributes new ideas and connections to the learning environment. William is also known in his class for being the prayer leader every day, and he does an excellent job.” 

Each month, a student from each grade who have distinguished themselves and exemplify the two core values of Loyola Academy (“Magis” and “Women and men for and with others”) are recognized by the Loyola Academy team. Students also have the opportunity to submit votes for their peers who they feel have shown great strides in becoming a leader in our community.