Hot off of winning Gold Medals in the 2016 Olympics, GC Alums Kyle Snyder and Jack Conger have just added a couple of NCAA titles to their collection. As a junior wrestling for Ohio State, Snyder followed up a second straight undefeated season by successfully defending his NCAA heavyweight championship. Conger earned his first NCAA individual title while smashing the record in the 200 Fly and posting a time of 1:37.35. Congratulations to Kyle and Jack for continuing their streak of excellence.
This morning, Lauren French was presented with the 2017 Prudential Spirit of Community Award during Large Community.
Prudential Financial, in partnership with the National Association of Secondary School Principals, sponsors a national awards program to honor middle level and high school students for outstanding volunteer service. Thousands of young people across the country were considered for 2017 Prudential Spirit of Community Awards. From those candidates, a select few in each state and the District of Columbia were selected for special recognition.
Lauren was recognized for her recent diaper drive, which provided more than 10,000 diapers to an organization that provides essential items for babies from low-income families. She was presented with the Prudential Spirit of Community bronze medallion, and it is hoped that her service inspires other young people to serve their community as well.
This past Saturday, GC Poms competed in MAPDA's Pom and Dance State Championships at University of Maryland's Ritchie Coliseum. Competing against stiff competition in Division 1, GC Poms beat out several teams to place 2nd with their Large Group Poms routine and 3rd with both their Small Group Lyrical dance and Small Group Jazz performance. Congratulations to GC Poms on their great season and year end winning record!
On April 1, GC Poms will be holding a Camp for aspiring dancers and Pom performers in grades six through nine. Dancers will learn pom and kick skills, routines, and stretching tips and will end the day with a special performance. For more information or to sign up, click here: Sign up now!
Two of the 24 teams that entered this year's Leukemia and Lymphoma Society's Student of the Year Campaign were led by GC students. Team Falcons Against Leukemia and Lymphoma (FALL) and Team Kyle's Army helped the L.L.S. raise $110,000 to help fight cancer.
Kyle's Army, consisting of Kyle Fritschi, Chris Morris, and Jake Wright, raised over $95,000 and was awarded 1st Runner Up out of 24 teams in The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's Student of the Year Campaign. The team was also presented with one of three Citizenship Awards and the Community Outreach Award for "facilitating high engagement of the community based on their campaign creativity, passion, reach and leadership." Team FALL, consisting of Keelin Ferris and Mallory Brendel, helped raised an additional $15,000.
The entire campaign raised a record breaking total of over $851,000. Congratulations to both Team FALL and Kyle's Army.
His Eminence, Cardinal Donald W. Wuerl, Archbishop of Washington, has agreed to lead an outdoor Mass at the site of Good Counsel's new Grotto on Wednesday, August 30 beginning at 9:00 am. At the end of the Mass, he will bless the sculpture of Our Lady and the Child Jesus and Grotto, dedicating this new holy space on GC's campus.
Anyone who has made a gift to support the Grotto will be invited to this special Mass and dedication ceremony. To learn more about the Grotto project or make a gift, please click the link below. Thank you to all members of the Good Counsel community who have already supported this important project.