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The Holy Cross Community has played an integral role in my life. I am and always will be a Holy Cross Titan. Being a member of the Holy Cross Community is something that I am very proud of. The lessons I learned, the connections I have made with my Pastors, teachers and peers have shaped me into the person I am today.

Holy Cross Parish has always been home. I enjoy coming back to Holy Cross and supporting the parish by volunteering at fundraisers such as the Salmon BBQ and the School Picnic. Recently, I came back to participate in a school Mass that my little sister was hosting with her class, and I felt like I had never left. The staff, the students, the uniforms, the parents, and the choir were all reminders to me of where I came from. The Parish, our Priests and my faith played an important role in shaping my character. I am clear of who I am and the morals I live my life by, because of the influence of Holy Cross Parish.

Holy Cross School is my second home. I feel like I spent more time at Holy Cross than the average student because my mom is a teacher there. Because she taught at Holy Cross before I was even born, I spent a lot of time there before even starting Kindergarten. The staff at Holy Cross played an integral role in shaping me and my character. I was so well taken care of and supported at school that I gained self confidence. This confidence has helped me in high school. I was encouraged to be a leader during my years at Holy Cross. Being a leader was respected at HC, which helped me to be a leader on and off the field as a football player at St Thomas More. Holy Cross taught me about my faith, which guided me to make moral and good decisions through high school and my life. Holy Cross is an inclusive community and that is also something that I took with me to STMC. Holy Cross taught me to work hard and that academics are important. The skills I learned and strong work habits I formed during my years at Holy Cross have served me well. I have achieved Distinction Honors every year from Grade 8 through Grade 11 and I am on pace to do so in my final year of high school as well.

In the fall I will be attending SFU Beedie School of Business. I am proud and excited to begin this new chapter in my life and I look forward to all the new experiences that are ahead of me. If I am a fortunate recipient of this scholarship, I will put it towards my university tuition.

Thank you for considering me for the Annual Knights of Columbus/Holy Cross School Scholarship.

Matthew Auld