Education

Life comes full circle for scholarship recipient

Lupita Leon never imagined she’d become a teacher, nor that she’d teach in front of the desks she once sat in. She teaches at Annunciation School in Denver, where she attended for eight years with the help of a scholarship from Seeds of Hope. Now she passes on the values and faith instilled in her…

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A refugee finds happiness at Catholic school

Aluel Doldol came to Annunciation School in fifth grade. She loved school but spoke little English when she first arrived for class. “That was my hardest year at Annunciation,” said 18-year-old Aluel. “My English was terrible. It was frustrating because I couldn’t communicate, and I love to talk. But the teachers worked one-on-one with me…

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A defining moment in 10th grade

John Stapleton experienced a defining moment in his life when attending Holy Family High School. During his sophomore year, his heart turned to Christ. “Holy Family did help me fall more in love with the faith,” said John, 30, a seminarian at St. John Vianney Theological Seminary. “That year in my life was defining for…

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Small school leads to big career

Vic Lombardi calls Holy Family High School the place where friends become like family. “I was very fond of my time at Holy Family because I made life-long friends there,” he said. “Some that I met at school are like brothers and sisters to me.” Vic, formerly a sports anchor for CBS4 Denver and now…

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Foundation laid for entrepreneur

Wendy Skaalerud came to Bishop Machebeuf High School her freshman year, feeling out of place. “My family moved around so often, I really didn’t have a community,” said Wendy, an Illinois native. “I felt like a fish out of water, because I think there’s a tendency for these groups of kids to know each other…

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Finding Christ while at Machebeuf

Before Claudia Perez came to Bishop Machebeuf High School, she lacked a relationship with Christ. “I knew about the books of the Bibles, the names of the Apostles and where Jesus died,” the 18-year-old graduate described. “But that was it. I didn’t have a spiritual connection. At Machebeuf, I was introduced to Jesus Christ—not just as…

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