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PRESIDENT’S BLOG

Gratitude this Holiday Season

By Bill Whitaker, Founding President
@BillWhitakerWJA

December/15/2017

With the close of 2017 upon us, and the promise of 2018 following closely behind, it serves as a time of reflection. This year has been a full one for the Washington Jesuit Academy. 


With the close of 2017 upon us, and the promise of 2018 following closely behind, it serves as a time of reflection.  This year has been a full one for the Washington Jesuit Academy.  In April we celebrated our 15th Anniversary with a beautiful gala joining together old and new friends.  The summer saw a transformation of our home here on Varnum Street.  With expanded classrooms as well as a Learning & Technology Commons, we were ready to welcome our inaugural 4th grade class when the doors opened this fall.  We honored the new space in October with a Blessing & Dedication ceremony and welcomed over 300 student sponsors for lunch and conversation with our young men in November. 

Now, in my 17th year with WJA, I remain humbled and grateful for everyone that makes this community so special.  From the parents and loved ones who trust us with their most precious gifts – their sons – knowing that together we can carve out a path of success for them starting when they walk through the doors and continuing through high school to college or career.  To the faculty, who create a safe yet demanding environment in which the young men are challenged to meet their own individual potential and encouraged to foster friendships that will stand the test of obstacles ahead, finding strength in their brotherhood.  I am grateful for the alums who once walked these hallways and now carry the WJA name with them as they navigate the chapters ahead, always making us proud.  They return as role models and show our students what all of their hard work will yield. 

Our loyal supporters, through their tremendous generosity, community connections, or simple volunteering of their time have positioned us to be able to carry out our mission and meet the ever changing needs that come with that journey.  And our Board of Directors, for their forward thinking, strategic commitment to making the WJA the best it can be, we thank you.

In reflecting, I am most grateful for all that has been done here and all who have been a part of what has been built, what has been grown.  And in reflecting, I am grateful to know that so much more is ahead – for the young men currently in our hallways and for those who came before them. 

Learn to be thankful for what you already have, while you pursue all that you want. – Jim Rohn