Amidst the coronavirus pandemic, Principal Alicia Garcia wanted to keep with tradition and notify the valedictorian and salutatorian in person.
Written by: Elise Denoux, Assistant Principal & Liliana Pando, Director of Admissions
Student recognitions are part of Providence traditions. They are a powerful tool for weaving students, staff, and families into a single community. It is unfortunate that COVID-19 is now forcing some of our students to miss out on celebration milestones in their academic career. With that in mind a group of teachers and staff, led by Dr. Alicia Garcia, ensured that two seniors got the celebration they deserve.
“My goal has always been to show our students and parents that Providence offers an education fostered in faith, rich in love and with emphasis on the growth of well-rounded students” explains Dr. Alicia Garcia, Providence Principal. “We had to close our campus but the Provet spirit is alive!”
To qualify for the status of Valedictorian or Salutatorian, a student must attend Providence from the beginning of her sophomore year through her senior year. The student with the highest GPA is valedictorian; the second highest GPA is salutatorian. These students are selected based on their cumulative GPA as of the end of the fall semester of their senior year (Student-Parent Handbook 2019-2020, p. 17).
The entourage of staff first surprised Faith Bruce on Saturday morning to recognize her as the Valedictorian, and about one hour later they surprised Hayley Rodgers, as the Salutatorian.
Both Faith and Hayley have incredible resumes of leadership, service and academic achievements. Each of these outstanding students have challenged themselves in AP courses and advanced level electives earning above a 4.0 GPA.
Faith began her academics at Providence as a freshman. Along with earning honor roll pins each year, she has earned the Hinojosa Family and the Valero Alamo Bowl Scholarships. Faith is a member of the National Honor Society, Mu Alpha Theta, Ecology Club, Global Justice Committee, Broadcasting Team, and Spanish Honor Society. She also competes on the swim team.
Hayley is one of several 7-year Provets in the Class of 2020. She began her academics at Providence as a 6th grader. Hayley is a member of the Rotary Interact Club, Ecology Club, National Art Honor Society, Page Turners, and the National Honor Society.
Faith Bruce and Hayley Rodgers are beautiful examples of Providence women, who are responsible, self-disciplined, compassionate, and adhere to academic integrity. We are grateful for the gifts they have shared with our Providence community and are thankful for the commitment of their families.
We are proud to say that Faith and Hayley conduct themselves in a manner that is representative of and uplifting to Providence Catholic School.