spring 2011 - John Paul II HS

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spring 2011 - John Paul II HS

S e e k t o S e r v eS T U D E N T S P O T L I G H TNohely Torres joined the JPIIHS community asafter she graduates in 2012, and matriculates intoout of many Spanish classes, and found herselfShe has also aided the Office of Admission, serving asthose living in poverty offer visitors whatever they have,a freshman. Now a junior, with an eye on herhigher education, she will be the first member ofthe only freshman in Spanish IV, Nohely found thean ambassador, welcoming visiting 8th graders who arebelieving strongly that the best thing a person can dop h i l a n t h r o p ysenior year, Nohely’s three years here have beenfilled with challenging academics, opportunitiesfor service, athletics, and the arts, as they are forall JPIIHS students.Nohely’s experience here,however, represents more than that of a typicalCardinal. As she makes her way through a collegepreparatoryenvironment, she does so knowing thather family to attend college. The significance ofthis achievement is not lost on Nohely. Her strongintellect, work ethic, family life, and faith have ledher to this point, and she is grateful.“I am a strong person and I willgraduate and go to college, settinga high standard for my [younger]brother and sister, and change thingsfor my family.”Nohely’s father knew Mr. Poore, and in 2002 heacademics much more difficult here than at herprevious school. Reflecting on her freshman year,Nohely says it wasa “huge change.”Navigating thischange ledNohely to behighly involvedin Cardinal Crew,the studentorganization thathelps welcomeapplying to JPIIHS.As vice-president of the Spanish Honor Society, Nohelycoordinates with other foreign language societies,participates in foreign language night, and encouragesthe study of Spanish. She has played soccer for JPIIHS,serving as JV captain, and recognizes that soccer helpedher be more comfortable at JPIIHS.Academically, Nohely is drawn to math and science. Herdream school is TCU and she hopes to study business– and possibly join the Peace Corps one day. Duringwith material accomplishment is give it away.Nohely understands the importance of her time atJPIIHS. She is proud to know that she will graduatefrom a rigorous academic environment, proud to knowthat she could doit, and grateful toher parents fortheir pride andsupport. Whenshe reflects onwhat she hasNohely (right) pictured withher younger brother.p h i l a n t h r o p yapproached him about seeking a solid educationfreshmen to JPIIHS. She enjoys helping othersthe summers, and whenever possible, Nohey visitsaccomplished andgraduate and go to college, setting a highfor his daughter. Nohely attended E.D. Walkerand mentoring new students which allows her toher extended family in El Salvador. There, she finds awhat her futurestandard for my [younger] brother andpublic school through 8th grade and admits thatshare tips about how to fully integrate into therelaxed way of life, and people filled with appreciationholds, she notessister, and change things for my family.”Nohely (left) pictured with her motherand younger brother.her first year at JPIIHS was difficult. She missedher friends and was nervous. While she placedJPIIHS community. Her number one tip? “Takeadvantage of the great faculty,” she recommends.and content with what they have, not always seekingmore. Spending time in the small towns, she notes that“I am a strongperson and I will

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