This summer, Nathan Mansour participated in the University of Dayton Summer Appalachia Program. The group travelled to Salyersville, KY which is in one of the most impoverished counties in the nation. For 9 weeks, Nathan and his cohort facilitated a series of summer programs for the children, teens, and elderly in the town. UD students embrace a lifestyle of simplicity – living in a small house with no air conditioning, bathrooms, or cell service. The group spread the Marianist Catholic charism of community through the relationships they built with the people in the area as well as each other. Through living and being with the people of Salyersville, Nathan and the others came to fully understand that just like ourselves, the poor have names and stories. Nathan is a graduate of Espiritu Santo and Jesuit High School.
To learn more about the University of Dayton Summer Appalachian Program, please click here.
Alumni Spotlight, Jesuit Highschool
Aaron started Cub Scouts at our own Pack 487 when he was in 1st grade and entered Boy Scouts at Troop 475 in the 5th grade. He eagerly participated in countless scouting events, camp-outs, and field trips. Aaron earned 3 Catholic religious emblem awards, served in 5 Troop leadership positions, and participated in numerous community service projects. He earned 41 merit badges (20 more than what was required) and completed BSA’s National Youth Leadership Training. He developed a great love for the outdoors and high adventure, including attending West Virginia’s BSA National Jamboree, scuba diving in the Florida Keys, dog sledding in the Minnesota snow, and backpacking the trails of North Carolina.
For Aaron’s Eagle Scout Service Project, he created the outdoor Stations of the Cross here at Espiritu Santo. To fundraise for his project, Aaron presented his idea in front of all Masses, as well as to various ministries, at our parish and at ESCS. He inspired parishioners to generously donate almost $60,000, while our parish contributed the remainder needed. Aaron experienced many obstacles and learned invaluable lessons about leadership and perseverance during the project’s almost 4 year timeline. Our faith community has given Aaron great feedback on this wonderful addition to our Parish’s sacred space.
Aaron’s experiences in Scouting have provided him a strong and wide base of knowledge and skills and have positively developed his character into becoming the young man he is today. Aaron has learned to “do his best”, “be prepared”, appreciate the beauty of God’s creation, and serve others in whatever ways he can.
Alumni Sighting at Threshers Game
Marco Benson, ESCS class of 2013, and cousin Quinn Benson, Class of 2009, enjoyed reminiscing with Mrs Penn at the Back-to-School Threshers game on August 12, 2017.
Congratulations to Rachel who has just started her Junior year at the Academy of the Holy Names. She is currently holding a 4.7 GPA and was inducted into the National Honor Society and the Spanish Honor Society. Additionally, she was asked to become a member of the National Society of High Scholars. We are so incredibly proud of her. Oh the Places she will go!