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Many changes this year

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This year has proven to be a time of change in so many ways. I am a senior at St. Paul VI Catholic High School, and not only has my school changed physical locations, but we also moved to a hybrid model of instruction because of the pandemic. The anticipation of moving from Fairfax to Loudoun County has long been building. We are finally able to welcome people to our beautiful new campus in Chantilly. We were so fortunate to have Bishop Michael F. Burbidge lead the ribbon-cutting ceremony and bless our school’s auditorium, gym, football field and baseball field. He has been a great supporter of Paul VI and I am honored to get to know him through his regular visits to our school.

My senior year is different from what I ever could have imagined. I’m grateful to the school administration for working hard to allow us to get back to school, even if only half the time is in the building. With online learning, we lose out on the face-to face-interactions and relationships we took for granted. But since we are now attending in person half of the time, we are fortunate to be able to retain and grow those connections. It might not be the senior year I anticipated, but I am excited to make the best of the year and potentially create some new traditions as a class and as a school.

The ribbon-cutting ceremony last month was an amazing way to officially open our doors to the rest of the world. We heard words of encouragement from the diocesan Superintendent of Catholic Schools, Dr. Joseph Vorbach, and our wonderful Head of School, Ginny Colwell. Like Mrs. Colwell said in her remarks, the school is meant for the students so it was inspirational to be joined by some dedicated students who were happy to give up one of their last few days of summer to honor their new school.

“The ribbon-cutting ceremony was really inspiring to me,” said senior Annie Shanley. “It was cool as a student to be a witness to all the history of the old school, but to see it transform into a new one. To see a Catholic school stand so big and beautiful in a county that didn’t have one is very nice to see.” 

© Arlington Catholic Herald 2020