By Marty Denzer
Catholic Key Reporter
KANSAS CITY — Plans for a new Catholic high school are proceeding in the Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph. The school, to be built in northern Lee’s Summit and opened in the fall of 2015, will be distinctly Catholic, co-educational and college preparatory, preparing students to lead and to serve. The histories and traditions of Archbishop O’Hara and St. Mary’s high schools will serve as the foundation for the new school, which will also honor the spirit of other metro area Catholic high schools that have gone before: Bishop Lillis, Cardinal Glennon, Bishop Hogan, De LaSalle and Loretto academies.
Land has been purchased, but the diocese wants help in naming the new high school. A contest, open to everyone in the diocese of school age and older, will be held to select the name of the new school.
Last fall, a group from both St. Mary’s and Archbishop O’Hara high schools and neighboring communities, met for a 2-day workshop to discuss what they believed the new high school should be and what it should do. After the group outlined their ideas, a committee, comprised of diocesan clergy, staff and lay leaders, fleshed them out and compiled them into a program statement: We Believe…We Commit.
The first step in participating in the naming contest is to read the program statement, said Steve Hilliard, diocesan Director of Strategic Planning/Interim Director of Stewardship and Development. There are two versions of the statement, one for elementary school students, the other for eighth graders through adults. The statement can be read by visiting www.MyCatholicSchools.com and clicking on “The NEW Diocesan High School Naming Contest” badge. Hilliard said entry forms and program statements can also be picked up at parish offices throughout the diocese.
After reading the statement, Hilliard said, a participant should think and pray about a name for the new school that will reflect the beliefs and commitments listed in the statement. The entry form is attached to the program statement online. The name submitted must include one or more of the following:
• a saint’s name,
• title of Jesus Christ or Mary, for example, Good Shepherd or Mater Dei,
• name of a Catholic leader or belief, for example, Holy Family, cardinal virtues or Bishop Smith.
After choosing a name, explain why the name was chosen, using the program statement as a basis.
All entries must be received by May 31, 2012. Submit entry online at www.MyCatholicSchools.com or mail to The NEW High School Naming Contest, c/o the Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph, 20 West 9th Street, Kansas City, Mo., 64105.
Three finalist names will be chosen and voting for the favorite will be held Aug. 10-17. Hilliard said the contest gives everybody two chances to have a say in the name of the new school: submitting a name and/or voting for the favorite. The winner of the contest will receive a $250 gift card.
The name of the contest winner and that of the new high school will be highlighted in the Aug. 24 issue of The Catholic Key.
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