After a day of orientation, the Class of 2024 spent Tuesday, September 18, 2020 reflecting on their Lasallian Identity. The retreat was led by 14 student leaders, the Mission and Ministry Staff, and almost 20 faculty and staff volunteers. La Salle’s robust technology made it possible to deliver a large group experience via individual homerooms.
The day began with a prayer service featuring a reflection by Matthew Mattia, ’21. “The mission of St. John Baptist de La Salle is never finished because you are the next piece of the puzzle,” explained Mattia.
In the opening session, senior student leaders explained the school seal, reflected on its significance, and offered practical insights from their own time at La Salle. The class also viewed “When the Game Stands Tall,” a film based on the De La Salle (a fellow Lasallian school in CA) football team’s 151 game winning streak. The film’s themes of teamwork, adversity, humility, and character were then discussed by each homeroom.
Perhaps the most impactful parts of the day were student talks given by seniors Connor Mangan and Kevork Zeibari. Via Blackboard Collaborate, Connor and Kevork each shared about their own journeys at La Salle and how their identities have developed over the past three years. After each talk, members of the class of 2024 were given time to reflect on its message and relation to their own experience.
Throughout the day, Brother James Butler, F.S.C. personally distributed a class of 2024 tie to each student. “All of you are invited today to begin the journey which will create those ties which will bind you to La Salle for life,” he said as part of the closing prayer and induction ceremony. This was a fitting way to conclude their day of retreat and begin their time at La Salle.
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