37th Annual Archdiocesan Black Heritage Prayer Service
On Friday, February 20th, a group of Middle School students, including student council officers, traveled to Holy Name Cathedral to attend the 37th Annual Archdiocesan Black Heritage Prayer Service. The theme of the service was “This is Our Story: We Need Each Other to Survive.” The service began with a procession of student representatives from each school displaying their school banner. Guest speaker, Dr. Mark Nimo, DRE at St. Columbanus, illuminated the importance of sharing one’s story and led guests through song. Students from various schools shared inspirational stories—both personal testimonials and historical tributes; the latter included stories about Jean Baptiste Point Dusable, Saint Josephine Bakhita and Diane Nash. Between each story and with the help of Dr. Nimo, these words were proudly sung throughout the packed cathedral:
This is my story
This is my song
Praising my Savior
All the days long
Sacred Heart students reflect on their experience at the prayer service:
"The part that moved me the most was when the students talked about their story or about the story of another person. It was very moving how much they stressed that your story is your story; it is different than anybody else's." – Luke, H7
"One story that stood out to me the most was the one about Saint Josephine Bakhita, who was from Sudan and sold into slavery. Despite all of her obstacles in life, she looked at them as a gift from God, making her a stronger person. Her positive attitude and amazing good deeds were really inspiring." – Paige, A7
"It was amazing to see how some kids started off in shelters or in the streets with no place to go and no beds; and we think it is not a big deal to come home and sleep in a bed and a home. Now, they are talented kids going to very good colleges and giving to others." – Sofia, A7
Each May, Middle School students are elected by their peers to serve as student leaders of the school.
Both Hardey Preparatory and the Academy elect their own slate of officers. In addition, in the fall, each Middle School class level elects one Hardey and one Academy representative to also sit on Student Council.
This group meets weekly on Tuesday afternoons during the Middle School lunch period to plan programs, write policies and discuss student concerns. This group oversees school traditions like the Red and White Induction, school pep rallies, the Halloween parade and hotdog lunch entertainment. This year, student council officers will also be incorporating Public Service Announcements into the school day each month, so stay tuned!