Around the House by Jack Cregan

Laura has been accepted to St. Louis University
Laura has been accepted to St. Louis University

January was a month for new beginnings at Boys Hope Girls Hope of Colorado.  After time at home with their families for the holidays, the scholars returned to the homes for a new year, with resolutions to continue their excellence.  Regis Jesuit, Grandview, and Liberty all started new semesters in January, allowing for a fresh start for the grading period and a new schedule of fun and enjoyable classes.  Jocelyn, who had spent countless hours in 2014 studying physics, was relieved to take on a science class that she finds much more interesting, in astronomy.  Laura remained committed to her two advanced placement courses, English and Spanish, but swapped out forensic science and orchestra for psychology and statistics, two classes she finds challenging but more related to her potential future majors within the health sciences.  As second semester seniors, Luis and Darwyn are enjoying classes like detective fiction, economics, and even yoga.  The artistic trio of middle school scholars at Liberty Middle School, Elias, Eddy, and Destiny, each get to express themselves and showcase their talents in classes like art, photography, and choir.  With the New Year comes new learning experiences, and soon the scholars will have new knowledge to share with us.

Seniors Luis and Darwyn spent the first two weeks of their semesters at their service project placements, serving in the community before returning to their studies.  After such successful service projects at schools during their junior years, both Luis and Darwyn elected to continue serving in the educational field.  Luis, who hopes to study elementary education in college next year, aided in a third grade classroom at St. Therese in Aurora.  The tiny school, which was formerly attended by Boys Hope Girls Hope scholars, gave Luis the opportunity to gain valuable first-hand experience in a classroom environment, and only ensured that education is his calling.

Darwyn returned to Grandview High School, where he started his Boys Hope career, to assist in a special education classroom.  Though Darwyn had never worked with special needs students so closely, he was never nervous about the demanding two weeks.  Instead, he approached each day with a positive attitude, so much so that he is now too considering education and cognitive studies as a future.

The month also had its share of fun made possible by kind friends of the program.  One Sunday afternoon Destiny, Kimberly, Laura, Jocelyn, Eddy, and Elias attended the Nuggets game against the Wizards at the Pepsi Center.  Thanks to Nicholas Rotello of Seven Two Partners, the scholars were fortunate to experience an overtime thriller with money in their pockets for snacks and drinks, allowing for an unprecedented viewing experience.  On the same afternoon, the Regis Jesuit boys and Jack joined the Regis Men’s Club for their annual Father-Son Prayer, Pizza, Poker, and Ping Pong Palooza.  Mentors Gregg Chiasson and Conor McCallin joined the Boys Hope crew at Regis for an evening of “P” related activities, making for a fun night raising money for great local causes.  Boys Hope Girls Hope would like to thank Nick Rotello, the Regis Men’s Club, all tutors, mentors, and everyone else who has helped get the New Year off to a great start