Claire A.
Why did you choose Kennedy Catholic High School?

I chose Kennedy Catholic because of the academic rigor, faith formation, and community aspect. I was looking forward to being challenged intellectually and preparing for my plans of going to a university. The retreat offerings here were also a huge factor because I got to combine my school, friends, and faith into a single area of my life. I felt Kennedy Catholic would help to holistically shape me and build my foundation before I move on into the world.

 

Do you participate in any clubs, activities, or athletics? What did you enjoy about them? 

Yes! I was captain of the Girl's Tennis team, a Search Leader, Sophomore Solidarity leader, a member of the National Honor Society, Peace and Justice Club, Lady Lancers, orchestra, and a Eucharistic Minister. I was able to involve myself in all of these clubs, meeting new people in each one. I loved how there was an immediate sense of community in every activity, and they make Kennedy Catholic feel like more than a place of notes and test taking. Each club was recognized and honored by the school as well.

 

What memory will you take away from your experience as a student here?

I will forever remember my teachers and how much of an impact they had on my life. The faculty and staff at Kennedy Catholic truly care about each student and will ensure they feel heard and reach success. I will always feel like I have a home here because of the warm atmosphere the faculty instills into the school.

 

What would you tell prospective students thinking about coming to Kennedy Catholic?

It's a school that wants to see you grow! You get what you put into an experience, so take advantage of the opportunities Kennedy Catholic provides. It has a lot to offer from sports, to art programs, to incredible retreats, making it a place where you can find a good fit for yourself pretty easily. The Lancer Family is real - you just have to give it a chance!

 

How has Kennedy Catholic prepared you for life after high school?

Now that I've graduated, I feel confident going into university-level studies. The counselors were extremely helpful with college applications, and discussing which path would best fit my ultimate career goal. There are opportunities to improve professionalism, like knowing how to dress and hold yourself. There is an expectation of accountability, and you have to know how to ask for help when you need that extra support. Simply asking for help makes you realize there is a ton to go around, and you do not need to struggle alone. Kennedy Catholic also helped me realized that I’m not alone in the world, and people want to see me reach my goals!

   

Khaysia L.
Why did you choose Kennedy Catholic for high school?

A close friend recommended I apply to Kennedy Catholic. When I toured the school, I heard about homecoming, all the after-school activities, fun clubs I could join, student support, and school spirit. I knew right away that this school would be a good choice for me.

What was your experience transitioning from middle school to high school like?

Transitioning from middle school to high school was very nerve-racking, but thanks to Freshmen orientation, it really wasn’t hard. The day before school starts, freshmen walk through their schedules and meet their teachers. Afterward, we went to a roller skating rink to make friends with other first year students.

What memory will you take away from your experience as a student here?

I was cast in the fall play this year! I’ll remember the memories of hanging out with the theater kids backstage and in rehearsals. They made me feel welcomed when being the only Freshman in the cast, and I did not know anyone at first. I also love my friends here, and just being weird and laughing at lunch, or during passing periods. They are what I look forward to every day.

What would you tell prospective students thinking about coming to Kennedy?

For all prospective students who are thinking about coming to Kennedy Catholic, please know that this is a great school where you'll receive an amazing education. You’ll make unforgettable friendships, be involved with fun activities and clubs, and make memories that will last a lifetime!

Rienzi F.

   

Why did you choose Kennedy Catholic for high school?

Among all the other schools I shadowed in my eighth-grade year, Kennedy Catholic was the only one that felt truly welcoming. The community was friendly and inclusive, and I just felt comfortable being myself around other Kennedy students.

Do you participate in any clubs, activities, or athletics? If so, why do you enjoy them?

I LOVE FASU!!! Join FASU, FASU is the Filipino American Student Union! I enjoy FASU so much because we are a very tight and inclusive community. We are like a family, and we teach each other more about Filipino culture, and growing closer together as friends.I also run for the school's Track and Field team. It is a very enjoyable way for me to work out and get involved in the Kennedy Catholic community. 

What memory will you take away from your experience as a student here?

Asking me to pick just one memory out of all the great ones I've made here at Kennedy Catholic is simply impossible. I cannot encapsulate all the good I've had the privilege to experience here. One thing that I know for certain is that I will never forget the warmth of the acceptance and love that my peers give me every day. 

What would you tell prospective students thinking about coming to Kennedy?

If you're thinking of coming to Kennedy Catholic, just know that you have a place here. Whether you're a band kid looking for people to jam out with, an athlete with an interest in getting better at a sport, or a gamer looking for people who share your love for League of Legends, there will always be a group of people at this school who are ready to welcome you with open arms.

   

Patrick D.

What would you tell prospective families thinking about coming to Kennedy Catholic?

I would tell prospective students that this is a great school. You feel connected to a full community from the moment you go through the gauntlet as a freshman, to everyday school, to sports games to, eventually, graduation. There are so many amazing programs to take part in and I’ve learned so much in both academic and life skills. I love Kennedy Catholic, and I look forward to seeing next year’s freshmen in the halls. 

Do you participate in any clubs, activities, or athletics?

I run cross country in the fall, track in the spring, I'm in band, and part of ASB (student government). I really enjoy cross country and track because they’re no-cut sports, they have great communities, and I enjoy running with my team and pushing each other to do better. I like being in band for so many reason, but mainly, there are a lot of people there who share the same love of music, and we have a lot of fun together. There are also so many band events, including playing at football games and pep assemblies, movie nights, various other performances here and there, and the annual band retreat, all of which are so much of fun! Finally, I’m a sophomore ASB officer, which means I get to help coordinate school events, dances, and decorations around the school. I get to make the Lancer experience better for those around me. 

What memory will you take away from your experience as a student here?

I'll always remember the amazing community and the power of the Lancer family. Everyone always has each other’s back. Take our football games, for example: the student body shows up decked out in Lancer gear, the band plays, cheer performs, and the football team is out on the field. Everyone is connected through the Lancer family, and it’s really special to see.

 

  

Khushi K.
Why did you choose Kennedy Catholic High School? 

I chose Kennedy Catholic for various reasons. When I first shadowed here, I felt secure and safe. People greeted me as I walked past them, and the teachers treated me as if I was already a student. I felt a sense of belonging. Kennedy Catholic also has many academic benefits over other schools. For example, it's a college preparatory school. The schedule, classes, teaching methods, and encouraged independent thinking ensures we can survive and thrive in college, and throughout our lives. Kennedy Catholic is now my very best asset to find opportunities such as job shadowing or resources to find careers and fields. 

How has AVID benefited you? 

AVID stands for Advancement Via Individual Determination. It considers a student’s future potential and desire to achieve, and helps them prepare and drive towards a good education and a career. AVID has helped me in so many ways. At first, I thought it wasn't needed for my standing in education. However, AVID helped me organize not only my binder and planner, but my thoughts, my plans, and my future goals. Now, because of the resources AVID provides, I have a solid vision of where I want to go and where I want to be. Our teacher, Ms. Petrusha, offers both amazing insight and time to reflect on who we are as people and what we strive to do. She has helped me learn to not only care about my educational and physical well-being, but also my mental health. We take ten minutes out of our class time specifically to relax and think. Both the AVID program and Ms. Petrusha have contributed to my standing today. 

What memory will you take away from your experience here? 

A memory I will take away from my Kennedy Catholic experience is the time I got to spend with friends and teachers. My friends here give me motivation to go to school. My teachers are kind and understanding of any issue or problem, and are almost always willing to compromise to meet my needs. I won't forget that warmth here, or the excitement I feel when I walk into this school and greet my dearest friends. 

What would you tell prospective students about coming to Kennedy Catholic? 

To students who are thinking about coming to Kennedy Catholic, just know that you're always welcome. We will always have our arms wide open, ready to embrace you into the Lancer Family. The moment you show up on your first day, it will already feel like home. If you are looking for a sense of belonging and acceptance, Kennedy Catholic would be a great fit for you. If you're looking for classes with a higher level of difficulty that will further train you for college, we are for you. If you're looking for a good sports program that isn't just elite, but also makes you feel safe, Kennedy Catholic is for you. It’s simply a wonderful school, community, and family. Join us, and get to know the feeling of being a part of something special.

Fernando R.

   

Why did you choose Kennedy Catholic High School?

During my Lancer Visit Day, my experience was filled with loving, welcoming attitudes from the students and teachers, people I had never even met before. In middle school, I was also part of the Kennedy Catholic Elementary Band Program, so I got to experience the energy and culture of Kennedy Catholic as early as fifth grade. I knew from the start that this is where I wanted to be and where I saw myself growing into my young adult life.

 

What is your favorite memory from freshman year?

My favorite memory was my first high school football game. For the first time in my life, I got to experience an all-American, quintessential high school experience at Lumen Field, then CenturyLink Field. The band was playing, the hype from the student section was real, and concluded with a win for the Lancer Football team. It will always be an experience to remember.

 

Do you participate in any clubs, activities, or athletics?

I am a musician in the Symphonic Band and Jazz Band. I'm an athlete on the Football team, as well as Track and Field. This is also my third year as part of ASB (student government). I enjoy being part of these extracurricular activities because each group teaches different important life skills. They allow me to be part of something bigger than myself, getting to know different people and build relationships with like-minded individuals.

 

What memory will you take away from your experience as a student here?

Pep assemblies are the perfect representation of the Lancer spirit and how the life at Kennedy Catholic really is vibrant. From competitions, to class chants, to the band making noise, a Lancer pep assembly definitely has a certain feeling that you can only experience if you attend one. They are my favorite way to conclude a week - with celebration.

   

Avery W.
Why did you choose Kennedy Catholic High School?

I chose to attend Kennedy Catholic because I saw the diversity and inclusivity in the students. The teachers were supportive, and it was apparent they cared deeper than grades and more about your well-being and overall success. I knew I would be challenged in the classroom, leaving to grow and develop my expertise needed for college. It truly is a one-of-a-kind school!

 

What are you involved in at Kennedy Catholic?

I am involved in many activities! I am the ASB School President, I created the Black Student Union Club, and I am part of the Anti-Sexist Intersectional Feminist Club. I also play volleyball, basketball, and softball. I enjoy these activities because they bring people together and are driven by passion and compassion. There is an overarching theme of unity in each one of these activities. I believe our school culture creates a valuable, healthy environment to be in no matter what club, sport, or extracurricular you choose.

 

What do you love most about being a Lancer?

Everything, and I mean everything, is rooted in love and compassion. You can feel it in the halls, in the walls, and in the people that make up the school. When you are in such a healthy and loving environment, it leaves a lasting mark on you. The Lancer family doesn’t have an expiration date. I have made some lifelong friends and long-lasting relationships here. We are one unit that will always be there for each other, even after high school.

 

How has Kennedy Catholic prepared you for life after high school?

Kennedy Catholic doesn’t shy away from the realities of the real world, so I have learned to process and think through my own standpoints on events that happen in our country. It's pleasing to see how our school comes together to get through difficulties. I am challenged, and through that, I learn skills, thought processes, and maturity I wouldn't have been able to learn anywhere else. It is extremely rewarding. I am better equipped for the real world because of the knowledge, integrity, and compassion Kennedy Catholic has instilled into me.