Junior Longar Bak Speaks to Benefactors!
Our wonderful student, Longar Bak, recently spoke to a group of Gross Catholic benefactors at the Annual Fund President’s Circle Kick Off. The President’s Circle is a group of our most devoted and magnanimous donors. The text of his speech follows.
Hello. My name is Longar Bak, and I am a junior at Gross Catholic. I feel that I am extremely lucky to come to school here every day because I am surrounded by people who are great examples for me. I believe my friends, teammates, and teachers at Gross are influencing me every day to be a better person.
Gross Catholic is special to me because I feel like I belong here. There are many schools that are bigger than us, but I don’t think they have as much spirit and family love as we do. Our family love is strong, and we support each other through good and bad times.
I am currently playing basketball and have played football and basketball for all three years of high school. I also enjoy photography because my dad does photography, and I have been tagging along with him since I was six years old. Throughout these past three years of high school, I have gone through a lot of ups and downs, tough losses, and exciting wins. I have also made a lot of friends that really feel a lot like family. They’re my boys. I have gained their trust, and they have gained mine. We give each other a hard time a lot, but in the end, it’s all love. I believe that Gross Catholic has changed me in a way that strengthens bonds with kids that go to school here.
A good example of how students impact each other here at Gross, occurred during our recent football season. The season got off to a rough start, and all of the players were starting to get pretty down by the fourth week because we were 0 and 4. It was about that time when one of the seniors really stepped up and started leading the team. He was a good role model for positive thinking and refused to quit on us, and this really turned the team’s attitude around. Everyone started feeling more optimistic, and we started winning! I really looked up to this senior, and I want to be like him next year when it’s my turn to help lead the team.
Another example of why it is great to go to school here was this year, when I had the opportunity to host a shadowing junior high student. I noticed that he was really happy at the end of the day because he had a lot of fun meeting my friends and going to my classes with me. In fact, he was convinced by his experience that Gross is the right place for him, and he is planning on coming to school here. I like the fact that I might have been a good example for him, and that that might have played a part in his decision.
The teachers at Gross Catholic are special. My teachers are great role models for me. They are amazing and kind people who will always say hello when I walk through their doors. My teachers always help me when I’m stuck or when I have a problem. I honestly feel like I can talk to any teacher about anything, and they will be willing to set time aside and help me.
One of the most important ways the Gross Catholic has impacted me is in my faith life. I am surrounded by people who provide examples of how to be a good person in the eyes of God. Before I came to Gross, I barely prayed. But now I say like six prayers every night before I go to sleep. My theology teachers, Mrs. Matzen and Mr. Connelly, made me start to pay attention more to prayer. Going to LIFE meetings is also great. At LIFE we talk a lot about respecting others. Before I started going to LIFE meetings, I didn’t always act very grown up. LIFE meetings helped me put things into perspective. Now, I like to help others when they’re feeling down.
When I leave Gross High School, I hope to be successful—to have a good job and support a family well. Maybe I will own my own business someday, but I am not really sure what field I want to get into just yet. I do feel like my classes and experiences are preparing me for a good future. I think the classes I am taking here are giving me a fantastic head start on what I want to practice in college. For example, my Criminal Justice class teaches us about the court and legal system, and that helps students have an idea about whether that is something they want to study in college. I believe that many of our classes will help us in that way, and my teachers are helping me be ready for the challenges that I will face after high school.
When I graduate from Gross Catholic High School, I know that all I have learned will help me be the best person I can be—academically, socially, and spiritually. I have been trying to live by our motto, Dux Esto (Be a Leader.) Since the best way to influence others is to be a good example for them, I hope I can be that for others. I know that I have had many great examples to watch and learn from while being a student here, and I am very grateful to be a Cougar!
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