2019-2020 Virtual Leadership Convocation
Administrative address from Mrs. Harvey:
Typically, I would end Leadership Convocation by thanking all of the recognized students for utilizing their gifts and talents in leading CHS through all the ways that you have contributed to our school community. While I do sincerely thank each one of you for your contributions, the absence of our typical gathering in light of the COVID – 19 pandemic, forces us to all look at leadership through the lens of the different world in which we all now live. As we have seen over the past few weeks, leadership has emerged in ways not previously considered to be typical. Our leaders are now the doctors and the nurses on the front lines caring for those who are ill; the employees in pharmacies and grocery stores who are taking extraordinary risks to provide essential services; parents at home who are teaching their children through home-schooling while trying to do their own work from home; ordinary people assisting the most vulnerable in our society; and the list goes on and on. The one thing all of these groups have in common is that they are continuing to provide the necessities of life and a sense of normal in a world outside of the norm we all know. These leaders are also providing comfort and stability in a world that seems to bring only bad news each day through numbers and statistics.
Cardinal Joseph Bernardin said: “Leadership is the capacity to influence others for the better.” We have certainly witnessed this type of leadership over the past few weeks through the countless individuals who are making the world better, some in large ways and some in small ways. All are important and serve to provide us with a vision of leadership that will serve us at Catholic High and in our wider world in the future. My hope is that all of our students will look at current events and be forever changed by them. Not because we are looking at a future of social distancing and isolation from one another, but because leadership can be achieved through influencing others for the better, in the best of times and the worst of times, in large ways and seemingly insignificant ways. The significance of the task is not as important as the fact that you are getting involved and influencing someone for the better. Your leadership at Catholic High that is recognized here leads me to believe that the future of our world is in good hands because you are already using your God-given talents to make your school a better place. Now go out and do the same in our local community and the wider world. God willing, there will not be another pandemic in your lifetime, but there will be other disasters, other times of trial, and other difficult circumstances. How will you lead during those times?
In the words of the Brothers of the Sacred Heart, as leaders, you are “influencing people to work enthusiastically towards goals identified as being for the common good.” Use your experiences of leadership at Catholic High and do the same as you move forward with your future. Work enthusiastically for the common good and you will be successful, not because there is recognition involved, but because it is the right thing to do.
Thank you for answering the call to get involved at CHS and for making the most of your time here. It is my hope that you will look back on your time at Catholic High as some of the best times of your life, in spite of the crazy second semester of 2020. Yes, it is hard work, yes, it has disappointments, but I also hope that your experiences of leadership and accomplishment are full of pride, joy, fun, and fulfilled aspirations. Keep up the good work and keep leading by service and example. You are continuing the legacy of excellence that is Catholic High School.
Parents, we thank you for entrusting your son to us for this brief period of time. We are grateful and humbled by your support. Go Bears!