Get to Know the Aliygs!
Achtij Aliyg, junior, Gross Catholic High School
Achtij Aliyg was born in Egypt and moved to Omaha in 2003 from Sudan. She has two younger siblings, ages 1 and 9, and an 18-year-old brother, Agwiar (featured here as well).
Achtij said the classes at Gross Catholic are challenging and that the student body is “amazing.” Anatomy class is of particular interest to her and she hopes to someday work in the medical field. She also is interested in sports medicine and theology. She said she loves learning new things about faith that she didn’t learn in grade school. Going to Mass with her classmates each week is enjoyable, and she especially loves going on retreats with her class. She feels she is more disciplined after attending Gross Catholic.
Outside of the classroom, Achtij participates in volleyball, is a student ambassador and was on the homecoming court this year.
Achtij said she is grateful for donors who have generously supported her school. “Donors have provided us with our chapel, which is a peaceful place to pray,” she said. “Our entire volleyball team goes to the chapel before games to pray together.”
Achtij hopes to attend a local college and wants to be an obstetrician.
She said the upperclassmen at Gross Catholic are her role models and she looks to them as examples of how to act. They help the underclassmen and newer students at school. She added that the guidance counselors have also been mentors to her “as they are always willing to help with problems in classes or in your personal life.”
Agwiar Aliyg, senior, Gross Catholic High School
Like his younger sister, Agwiar Aliyg was born in Egypt and moved to Omaha in 2003 from Sudan. He has two younger siblings, ages 1 and 9, along with his sister, Achtij.
Agwiar said he love that Gross Catholic is a smaller school. “You know everyone and it is like one big family,” he said. History and Government are the classes that interest him the most. He is also involved in football and volunteers for Mercy Housing, in its after-school care program. Agwiar said his football coach has been a role model and mentor to him during his time at the school. He said he is always encouraging him to “be on his best behavior” and is a there for him and the entire team, offering support and advice when they need it.
One aspect of his Catholic education that stands out the most to Agwiar is learning more about his faith and doing good things with that knowledge. He said this keeps him on the right path and encourages him to do more “instead of just getting by in life.”
After graduation, Agwiar plans to attend University of Nebraska Omaha and study business. He also is considering enlisting in the Army so he can gain on-the-job training and learn new skills.
Agwiar said that the ongoing presence and support of Gross Catholic alumni has helped make the school better for future students and has made an impact on him and the entire student body today.
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 50 years. We are Faithful, Compassionate, and Driven!
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