Grade 6 student Julia DeLima, Grade 6 remote student Cece Novoa Paiz, Grade 7 student Pablo Berganza Argueta, and Grade 8 student Apryl Michaels were named April’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.
“Julia earned the Loyola Leader award for April for her tremendous growth as an individual and her commitment to her community, inside and outside the classroom,” says Loyola teacher Ms. Harmon. “Julia first joined Saint Columbkille in September, and since then she has embodied what it truly means to be a woman with and for others. She makes valuable contributions in class, is helpful towards her peers and teachers, and volunteers to complete classroom tasks without being asked. We are so proud of Julia and all of her hard work this year!”
“Cece was chosen as our remote Loyola Leader for April because of her determination and kindness she demonstrates in our classroom every day,” says Loyola remote teacher Ms. Capobianco. “She is a great classmate who always comes to class with a positive attitude. Cece works hard to show magis in all that she does. We are proud to have her as our April Loyola Leader!”
“Two Ignatian values that come to mind when thinking about Pablo are ‘Magis’ and ‘People for Others,’” says Loyola teacher Mr. DeVito. “Throughout the school year, Pablo has demonstrated great leadership in and out of the classroom. He treats all of his peers with the utmost respect, whether they are close friends or acquaintances. Pablo also consistently pushes himself to produce high-quality work, acting as a positive example for his classmates.”
“Apryl was selected as the 8th grade Loyola Leader for her commitment to helping her classmates and warm welcomes for each student as they enter each morning,” says Loyola teacher Mr. Walsh. “Apryl is always ready to assist a peer academically and check in if someone needs a quick boost. We are lucky to have Apryl enter our school even if it is just for 8th grade.”
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.