ABy Kieran Rodriguez ’18
As a challenging yet enjoyable first year at Chaminade comes to a close for the class of 2019, they were given a respite on Wednesday, April 20. This break was “Down to the Wire,” a grade-wide event filled with camaraderie and spirituality. The event was the perfect time to re-energize and refocus for the comprehensive exams less than two months away. However, those exams were not on the forefront of students’ minds.
First, the students watched the freshman lacrosse team play St. Anthony’s on Ott Field. Over 200 freshmen filled the stand and watched the Flyers work hard to win the game. As attackman Sante Nicolia ’18 put it, “We went into the game completely focused, with every player ready to do his part in the game, especially since it was our first time playing in the intense rivalry game against St. Anthony’s.”
After the game, the freshman spectators and players were treated to a delicious dinner of chicken heroes in the AAC. Students engaged in talking and laughing with friends at dinner before prayer and reflection in Hearst Auditorium. The event began with a greeting and introduction by Mr. Michael Foley ’99. After watching an inspirational video of a courageous military chaplain, Mr. Thomas Engelhart ’10 shared a personal story to relate to the freshmen how they should handle difficult times in life by maintaining faith and trust in God.
Next, Coach Scott Cole ’95 reflected on a video shown to the freshmen about a diseased wrestler who lost every match of his career but persevered and ended his career with his first victory. Coach Cole’s talk resonated with the freshmen. Sante Nicolia felt inspired after the talk, recalling, “Coach Cole’s talk taught me there is no excuse for anything. Throughout the night, I learned that with determination and faith, anything can be achieved.” The highlight of the event was the Eucharistic Adoration led by Father Garrett Long S.M. ’62. The students had the opportunity to reflect on the day’s events and also start to mentally and spiritually prepare for the end of the year.
This year’s “Down to the Wire” was well attended and enjoyed by all in attendance. Students left the event inspired and motivated to finish the school year on a high note. While the end of the year can be difficult and sometimes hectic and confusing, especially for freshmen, “Down to the Wire” provided a relaxing environment for not only friendship and reflection, but also a reminder that there is still more left to be accomplished during these last few months of school.