Monsignor Donovan in Mind, Body, and Spirit

October 14th, 2013 | By Marjie No Comments


Submitted by Class of 2015 AP Language students from Monsignor Donovan Catholic High School:
Daisy Gallegos, Isabella Gallo, Will Keen, Rudy Montyre, Emily Shapland, Mackinlee Slate, and Kayla Ward

At Monsignor Donovan Catholic High School, students develop their minds, bodies, and spirits daily. Our close-knit community grows through service opportunities, extracurricular activities, and sporting events, and we reach out to our community to help and involve others.

Monsignor Donovan offers rigorous academics that help students prepare for college. Classes are small, providing a one-on-one connection between students and teachers. We are required to achieve 20 hours of service each year; the majority of students go above and beyond this requirement.

Even though we concentrate on academics, we also participate in many clubs:  St. Cecilia society choir, band, math club, earth club, yoga club, art club, and more. Our clubs are not only life-defining, but they help our students shine in what they do best. They also keep our bodies and brains active!

Today there are more sports compared to 10 years ago when Monsignor Donovan first opened. There are football, basketball, and soccer, just to name a few. Most students participate in at least one school sport. Our theme this year for athletics is “Finish It.”  This goal was set in place after the boys basketball team made it to the Elite 8 in the GISA State tournament and lost by one point. Sports at Monsignor Donovan help us develop long-lasting relationships with our teammates and coaches who teach us to work hard so we are ready to compete and “Finish It.”

We recognize that healthy bodies incorporate good nutrition and lifestyle habits as well as exercise at the recreation and interscholastic levels. Donovan offers the option of having nutritional lunches provided by Inokos, Chic-Fil-A, and Cali-ntitos. In addition to eating healthfully, Donovan students are required to take a gym class (PE) the first semester of their freshman year and, if we choose to, we can take a more advanced gym class our senior year. These two healthy elements of Donovan help us nurture healthy minds, bodies, and spirits.

At Donovan, we embody spirit in our everyday academic and athletic activities. Teachers get students involved with their interactive styles of teaching and coaching, which can be done here because we have smaller class sizes and a strong sense of community. Through these great qualities, we embody our minds, bodies, and spirit in our daily life here at Monsignor Donovan Catholic High School.

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