Not a Dry Eye in the House
Senior Martha Baeza bravely stood in front of members of the Gross Catholic President’s Circle and gave a heartfelt speech about her high school experience. Martha was invited to share her journey at the annual President’s Circle Dinner on September 13. Members of the President’s Circle are among Gross Catholic’s most faithful donors, and they play a vital role in the effort to be certain that every family is able to send their child to Gross Catholic High School. As Martha shared her story, the audience became visibly emotional and as her speech ended, she was honored with a standing ovation.
Below is a copy of Martha’s speech that was shared that evening.
My name is Martha Baeza, and I am a senior here at Gross Catholic. My home parish is Assumption-Guadalupe parish on 22nd and U Streets.
My mom works as a teacher’s aid in the 1st grade class at Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic School. My dad is a crane operator for Altar Scrap Metal in Council Bluffs. I have two older brothers and one older sister, none of whom came to Gross. My oldest brother graduated from Bryan High School. Later, he graduated from WyoTech, an auto technician school in Wyoming. My other brother was a part of the only class that graduated from St. Peter Claver Catholic High School. My sister graduated from Omaha South High School after St. Peter Claver closed down her junior year. She is currently going to Metropolitan Community College.
I went to grade school at Assumption Guadalupe Catholic School until they closed it at the end of my 7th grade year. Then, I went to Sts. Peter and Paul for my eighth grade year. My mom had worked at Assumption for a long time but luckily she got a job at Sts. Peter and Paul.
I chose to come to Gross Catholic because many people have told me that this school gives many opportunities to challenge yourself in your learning, in your sports, and in your other activities. My mom heard that Gross helps a ton of people if they may not be able to afford the tuition to come here. She knows of many children that came to school here who received much help from the counselors to get into college. The family spirit atmosphere was so welcoming that I could not imagine going anywhere else.
Gross Catholic promotes a multitude of extracurricular activities to participate in. I am currently rehearsing for Dux Esto Drama’s 6th Cougar Cabaret. I also sing in the Chamber choir and dance in the show choir. We sing at Mass and we also have seasonal concerts. I am also a student ambassador. As a student ambassador, one of our first assignments was to welcome our new Freshman Class. We also visit grade schools to help recruit students to come join our Cougar Family. I am a member of SALT, which stands for Student Advocacy and Leadership Team! I am co-captain for Middleton House. I also help with the Liturgical Ministry here at Gross. I am part of the Mass Planning Committee and I recently became a Eucharistic Minister. I am a cantor at my home parish for some Sunday masses. I also play basketball and softball too!!
Gross has helped me become the person I am by encouraging me to learn about my faith. I believe that the theology classes I have taken have helped me grow closer to God. I have learned many things that I never thought I would have to know. The teachers and staff at Gross are very admirable. They expect the very best and help us work to reach it. The supervisors of the many extracurriculars allow us to take charge and work with one another to reach whatever goal we might have in mind. Having the chance to lead my fellow classmates and other students in the school have taught me how to take initiative. I have learned that I can do anything I set my mind to. Our supervisors expect us to get things done right the first time and they allow us to make the decisions . I have learned many leadership characteristics from the staff and students at Gross Catholic.
My plans for next year are to go to a four year school to get my general education done. Then I want to attempt to get into Medical school to become a Pediatrician. I hope to be accepted to Creighton University because it is my dream school. I am filling out a ton of scholarships because I want to be able to go to Creighton.
Thanks to the Individualized Tuition Plan and financial help from our generous donors, like you, I am able to receive an outstanding, faith-filled education at Gross Catholic. Your generosity is overwhelming. Thank you for your continued prayers and support. I will forever be grateful.Donate to the Annual Fund
About Gross Catholic
One of Nebraska’s premier private schools, Gross Catholic High School is a faith and family-based community committed to developing Christian leaders through academic excellence in the Marianist tradition. Recognized locally for its outstanding education, welcoming atmosphere, competitive sports programs, engaging activities, robust faith, and boundless service work, Gross Catholic has energized the Omaha area for nearly 50 years. Gross Catholic recently received the KVSS Radio Superstar School Award and the Omaha World-Herald Omaha’s Choice award for private schools.
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