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As I am nearing the end of my time in high school, I am seeing myself reminiscing about my past and my experience growing up catholic and being fortunate enough that my parents would pay for me to go to a school like Holy Cross. I am forever grateful for their devotion to my religious journey. Growing up alongside my peers and teachers at Holy Cross was an experience I will never forget because it shaped me into the person I am today. Holy Cross Parish and Elementary both have had massive impacts on my outlook and behaviour going into high school. Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, I was an avid altar server during my time at Holy Cross and continued serving on Sundays during my first high school years. My time at elementary school learning about the catholic faith continued into high school, mostly due to my involvement in the Roman Catholic Challenge program at Holy Cross, which I connected to the material that I learned in my Christian education classes in high school. I was always fascinated by the faith and I continued that fascination into high school. In more recent years, my teachers for Christian education in high school have encouraged me to put my writing skills and interest in the faith to use. After hearing this, I kept it in the back of my mind as a possible option in my post-secondary journey. My education was also enhanced by Holy Cross in the way that I was able to get onto both the English and French language honour roll. My skills in writing and reading were always evident to me, even at a young age when I was given larger speaking roles in school masses and longer and more challenging to read books during my youth. I was also very fortunate to have a French class in elementary school as it gave me a significant boost over other people in high school who had no prior experience with another language. These are some of the more notable experiences that shaped my time in high school. In terms of my plans, once I am done high school, I’m currently unsure of my exact educational path at this point, although I do have a few ideas floating around in my head. Because of that, I have decided to attend Simon Fraser University for a bachelor’s in Criminology. Taking a social science like criminology allows me to take a diverse catalogue of different programs with my goal being to find something that I really enjoy that I will eventually want to pursue as a potential career. To conclude, I wouldn’t be the person I am today if it wasn’t for my past experiences at Holy Cross Parish and Elementary, as well as people like Father Chris, Carmine Morelli, Carlo DeFazio and my old principal, Dino Alberti. Without important people like this from my past, and my education as a whole, I never would have been able to live my life to the fullest and get to the point that I am today.