Benedictine's Model General Assembly was highly successful this year, as the Cadets rolled into the state capital. When all was said and done, the team performed in superb fashion. The eight Cadets who participated defended their proposals and were able to push all five of those proposals through both houses of government.
On Friday, March 17 Benedictine held its annual squad drill competition. Squad drill is one of many time honored events & traditions of Benedictine's CORPS of Cadets. The event kicked off with the Cadets marching onto the parade deck and performing pass and review. Shortly after, the Cadet choir performed a rendition of the National Anthem as the Benedictine Color Guard posted our nations Colors.
Every year, Benedictine College Prep, holds a ceremony honoring Cadets who have passed away. This ceremony begins at 7:40 a.m., which is the normal time of morning formation. Morning formation is when Cadets raise the American flag, and get their uniforms inspected. During this year's ceremony, cadets honor the American flag then the Battalion Commander, Mauricio Acosta read off the names of the alumni who have died. After each name, Caleb Autry, another sponsoring officer, hits a bell.
A large number of Cadets were inducted into Benedictine's National Honor Society on Tuesday, March 14. Benedictine's National Honor Society is a club of Cadets who show leadership, scholarship and character. The Cadets in the society are required to have a GPA of 3.5 or higher and have a significant amount of community service hours. Also, the Cadets have to be very well-rounded gentlemen who lead by example.
Benedictine College Prep has a person who has really helped the school strive for greatness. His name is Colonel York, and he is a great instructor for the young men here. He shows love towards every Cadet here with pure honesty, integrity, and leadership. Some of the students here might not realize it, but Colonel York is a true gateway person to help everyone here in need of help or to succeed.
One of Benedictine's finest is headed to West Point to continue his academic and athletic career as well as to proudly serve his country upon his graduation from the academy. The scholar-athlete, who is far from mundane, is Dean Ngendakuriyo. On a full scholarship, Ngendakuriyo also had the option to go schools such as: University of Cincinnati, Yale University, Columbia University, Lehigh University, University of Pennsylvania, Bucknell University, Campbell University and many more.
On March 7, Benedictine hosted its first Ultimate Frisbee tournament for students and teachers, which was won by the Panda Express team. The idea of a tourney was made by junior Ethan Autry, who was looking for ideas that the junior class could use to raise money. He took the idea to Miss Lowry, the junior class advisor, who set the tournament up for the students.
Every school year, the students at Benedictine attend Mass on Ash Wednesday. During this Mass, the priest will put ashes on each person's forehead while saying the words, "Remember that you are dust, and to dust you shall return." These ashes represent two things: mortality and repentance.
Benedictine Cadet, Ty Owens, swam righteously in the VISAA state championship meet on Saturday. Owens had superior times of 25.95 in the 50 Meter Freestyle and 1:02.68 in the 100 Meter Backstroke.
Mr. Doran graduated from Benedictine College Preparatory in the spring of 1992, spending all four years as a Cadet. After high school, Mr. Doran went on to Christendom College, a Catholic liberal arts college in Virginia, where he received his B.A. degree. Mr. Doran worked places prior to Benedictine, but Benedictine is where he would ultimately find his true home.