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January 27, 2013

Person of the Week: Showing appreciation: Senior plans activities for National Catholic Schools Week

EBENSBURG — Alex Lieb and her classmates at Bishop Carroll Catholic High School in Ebensburg are celebrating National Catholic Schools Week this week.

Lieb and her five classmates in the leadership development class have worked hard organizing activities to mark the occasion.

Each day, students will honor a different aspect of their lives and have fun doing so, said Alex, who was chairwoman of the project.

Today, the community will be the object of the students’ appreciation.

“The community does so much for Bishop Carroll,” said Alex, a senior. “Without our community, we would not have the support for fundraisers that allow our school to continue to operate.”

The students will be able to unwind by following the theme of today’s event, “Crazy about the Community.”

The boys will be able to wear the wildest ties they have and the girls, the craziest knee socks, she said.

On Tuesday, the theme is “Flashback: Remembering our Faith.”

On that day, students will be allowed to dress in the fashions of the 1980s, Alex said. Students will erect displays they have made stating why they like attending a Catholic school, she said.

Wednesday is “Teacher Appreciation Day.”

“It’s the most important day for us, because it’s a chance to show the teachers how much they mean to us,” she said. Student council members also will present flowers and candy to the teachers to show how much they are appreciated, she said. Students also will be allowed to dress like their favorite teacher.

Thursday is “I Scream for Catholic School Day,” with students being served ice cream for lunch. There also will be games for students to play at lunchtime, she said.

Friday is “Student Appreciation Day.”

“We are making Friday a half-day of school,” Alex said, adding that students will spend the afternoon participating in activities such as playing video games or participating in a volleyball tournament.

The entire leadership development class worked hard organizing the event, Alex said.

“I just wanted to do this because when I look back, I want to remember high school as being fun, and having memories such as “Student Appreciation Day,” said Alex, a member of the girls volleyball team.

“I think this week is a chance for students at Bishop Carroll to remember what coming to a Catholic school is all about. It’s about our community, our faith and being a good person.”

For her efforts, Alex, daughter of John and Marsha Lieb of Carrolltown, is the Person of the Week.

Other members of the leadership development class are Alex Repko, Nik Suckinos, Brandon Martinazzi, Gabriel Gresko and Alli Farabaugh.

Joseph R. Skura, English teacher and student council adviser, said Alex and the others in the leadership class have been busy planning activities to recognize the work of the students and teachers.

Alex, as student council president, has been the chairwoman of many events at the school, he said.

“Alex is a wonderful young lady,” said Skura, who also is head coach of the the girls volleyball team.

“On the volleyball court this year, she was a true leader. In the classroom, she excels. As our student council president, she is a go-getter and a role model to her fellow students.”

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