This article will appear in a special supplement in the Wheeling papers on February 10, 2015. The article was written to celebrate Catholic Schools Week.
Many, if not most high schools, offer a state driven curriculum, clubs, organizations, and athletics. In a time where most students are now given the choice of school they wish to attend, why did they select Bishop Donahue? We posed that question to eight of our students’; here is what they had to say about B.D.H.S.
Senior Matt Vucelik, the Valedictorian of the Class of 2015 said, “I shadowed at many schools, but none gave such an impression of belonging that Donahue gave me. My three brothers had gone to public schools, just like the rest of my family. I was supposed to follow their footsteps, however, I was given the choice of where I wanted to go. After my first visit to Bishop I had made up my mind, nothing else could compare. Not only did I get a great education, but I joined a new family, not just my Donahue family, but the Catholic Church as well. Prior to high school, I had struggled with my faith, but Bishop has helped me grow into who I am now. I don’t know what the future holds, but I do know that I would not be the same person I am now if I hadn’t chosen Bishop Donahue.”
Senior Cheyanne Reinbeau focused on smaller classes and individual attention. “All the teachers know our names and are willing to help us if we do not understand what they are teaching or fall behind in class. At Bishop there is a family atmosphere and there is not a division between upper and lower classmen. I feel like I am well prepared and ready for college. I have been given all the right opportunities for a bright future here at Bishop Donahue.”
Junior Samantha Zimla attended Our Lady of Peace. “I wanted to continue my education in a Catholic school. The teachers know all the students by name, unlike larger schools. You’re not just a number at Bishop, the faculty and staff know you. You also get one on one attention in the classrooms from the teachers. I can’t even begin to explain the closeness and relationships I’ve gained from attending Bishop; it has been a great high school experience.”
Junior David Coleman was unsure of his high school plans when attending St. Michael’s grade school. His parents had graduated from Wheeling high schools, but neither inspired David. “The deciding factor was the time I shadowed at Bishop. I really liked the teachers I met and the students all knew each other and got along well. I made my decision based on what I saw and haven’t regretted it since. I’m now in my third year attending Bishop Donahue, and everything that made my first year so memorable has only gotten better.”
Sophomores Megan Stout and Logan Ingram came to B.D.H.S. after attending public schools. Megan said, “One of the reasons I chose Bishop is because I like having a smaller class.” Logan also liked the small school environment, “I chose Bishop Donahue because it is a small school that feels like a family. Classes are small which makes teaching and learning much easier. We know all the other students and there aren’t any cliques like you find at larger schools. Both students also commented on the religious and service component of the school. Megan stated, “Not only do I get taught academics, but they teach everyone that we ‘Enter to Learn Christ and Exit to Serve Christ’, I think that is important.”
Freshmen Brek Dimmick and Madison Wiedebusch are both happy they chose Donahue. Brek said, “The reason why I chose Bishop is because of the great education they offer. Madison had attended Catholic schools since kindergarten, but she had to make her own choice about where to attend high school. “When it became time to choose a high school, my parents gave me the choice to enroll at any school that I wanted. I shadowed at a few other high schools and I found the one that I felt the most comfortable at was Bishop Donahue. Right away, the upperclassmen were friendly and welcoming and I knew that was the school I wanted to graduate from. The teachers are always willing to help in any way possible. The small class sizes allow the teachers to give the students a lot of individual attention. Now that I’ve been at Bishop Donahue for a full semester, I’m even more convinced that I made the right choice.”
Our students’ comments reaffirm our belief that Bishop Donahue is a school where academic excellence, family values and a faith based environment exist side by side. To learn more, join us for our annual OPEN HOUSE on February 11th at 7:00 p.m. Registration begins February 17th from noon to 6:00 p.m.