As a nation, we set aside this Monday to honor those men and women who have given their lives in service of our country. Many people have made the ultimate sacrifice to maintain our freedoms that as Americans we enjoy, and are undoubtedly deserving of this day.
I would like to be more inclusive of others, such as nurses, educators, and community leaders, that serve this country on a daily basis as part of the collective upbringing that encourages the young people of today to live in service to a common good. Without these local individuals modeling commitment and service to others, there would be fewer volunteers to put themselves in harms way for the safety of others.
It is in that vein that I’d like to honor someone who has dedicated his life in service to our country, but in a different way. By serving his community, he has supported a fundemental component of this country, our educational system.
As principal at St. Mary’s High School, Alan J. Powers has brought us into the 21st century by leading a capital campaign to complete renovate our 40-year old building. He successfully shepherded our qualified faculty and staff through an ardous accreditation process, ensuring that our schools reputation for academic quality remains intact. Under his leadership we have progressed by leaps and bounds and I am so grateful for the time he has given to this community.
And while it is not nearly enough, I offer my sincere gratitude for all of his efforts.
Thank you, Mr. Powers.