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Aim High Completes Another Successful Year on Priory's Campus

Aim High

Priory Student TAs

Drew Ahlering, Cesar Azrak (Co-Lead Teaching Assistant), Carl Azrak, Scott Berni, Charlie Berns, Luke Braby, Joseph Braby, Bart Brnjac, Jake Buganski, Matthew Capps, Jacob Conard, James Coyle, James Dimitroff, Charlie Ferrick, Connor Funk, Joseph Gioia, Luke Granberg, Connor Hanzlik, Jack Hopson, Brian Koch, Gulshan Kodwani, Frankie Kostecki, Andrew Latuda (Co-Lead Teaching Assistant), Sanjay Mandava, Matt McNeive, Jacob Mercer, Tommy Mooney, Tyler Moore, Nick Murphy, Domenick Palmer, Duncan Phillips, Colin Phillips, Will Sandifer, Jacob Schlattman, Joe Shymanski, Patrick Smith, Jacob Sowers, Matthew Spellman, Michael Spencer, David Villareal, Walker Vonderhaar, Jack Wagner, Bret Wang, Alex Wasinger, Joey Weaver, Daniel Willman, and Sandeep Yanamala.

Aim High, the enrichment program for motivated middle school students from high-risk environments, returned to Priory’s campus for the 24th year this summer, filling the otherwise quiet High School with a flurry of activity.

“Aim High is such a phenomenal program that positively affects the lives of hundreds of children each summer,” said program alumnus Imani Harris. “It offers children exposure to methods and systems that increase their passion for innovation and learning.  In many cases, the program serves as an avenue to facilitate a lifetime love of learning and a desire for achievement.”

As has become a tradition at Priory, many of our High School students volunteered as teaching assistants for the program. 51 of the 70 volunteers on campus were Priory students, and 3 recent alumni worked as paid assistants as well.

“The summer flew by and was very enjoyable because of the boys and their work with the students and the teachers,” said Carrie Lane, Aim High’s site coordinator at Priory. “We couldn’t do this with out them!”

Throughout the summer, Aim High students take classes in several traditional academic disciplines, but also take elective classes that allow them to explore the arts, journalism, sports, and other enriching and creative subjects. The program hosted guest speakers, performers, and put on a talent show in the Kevin Kline Theatre.

Students who are interested in helping at Aim High next summer should talk to Mrs. Lane.

“Listen carefully, my son, to the master’s instructions, and attend to them with the ear of your heart.”

Prologue, 1

“This is advice from a father who loves you; welcome it, and faithfully put it into practice.”

Prologue, 1

“First of all, every time you begin a good work, you must pray to him most earnestly to bring it to perfection.”

Prologue, 4

“If you desire true and eternal life, keep your tongue free from vicious talk and your lips from all deceit; turn away from evil and do good; let peace be your quest and aim. (Ps 33[34]:13)”

Prologue, 17

“Clothed then with faith and the performance of good works, let us set out on this way, with the Gospel for our guide, that we may deserve to see him who has called us to his kingdom (1 Thess 2:12).”

Prologue, 21

“If we wish to dwell in the tent of this kingdom, we will never arrive unless we run there by doing good deeds.”

Prologue, 22

“What is not possible to us by nature, let us ask the Lord to supply by the help of his grace.”

Prologue, 41

“Therefore, we intend to establish a school for the Lord’s service.”

Prologue, 45

“The good of all concerned, however, may prompt us to a little strictness in order to amend faults and to safeguard love.”

Prologue, 47

“The reason why we have said all should be called for counsel is that the Lord often reveals what is better to the younger.”

Chapter 3, 3

“Your way of acting should be different from the world’s way; the love of Christ must come before all else.”

Chapter 4, 20-21

“Never give a hollow greeting of peace or turn away when someone needs your love.” –Chapter 4, 25-26

“Bind yourself to no oath lest it prove false, but speak the truth with heart and tongue.”

Chapter 4, 27-28

“Place your hope in God alone.”

Chapter 4, 41

“Respect the elders and love the young.”

Chapter 4, 70-71

“Pray for your enemies out of love for Christ. “

Chapter 4, 72

“If you have a dispute with someone, make peace with him before the sun goes down.”

Chapter 4, 73

“The first step of humility is unhesitating obedience, which comes naturally to those who cherish Christ above all.”

Chapter 5, 1-2

“Speaking and teaching are the master’s task; the disciple is to be silent and listen.”

Chapter 6, 6

“The first step of humility, then, is that a man keeps the fear of God always before his eyes (PS 35[36]:2) and never forgets it.”

Chapter 7, 10

“Let us consider, then, how we ought to behave in the presence of God and his angels, and let us stand to sing the psalms in such a way that our minds are in harmony with our voices.”

Chapter 19, 6-7

“On arising for the Work of God, they will quietly encourage each other, for the sleepy like to make excuses.”

Chapter 22, 8

“Every age and level of understanding should receive appropriate treatment.”

Chapter 30, 1

“Above all, let him be humble. If goods are not available to meet a request, he will offer a kind word in reply, for it is written: A kind word is better than the best gift (Sir 18:17).”

Chapter 31, 13-14

“Let all the rest serve one another in love.”

Chapter 35, 6

“Indeed, nothing is to be preferred to the Work of God.”

Chapter 43, 3

“Idleness is the enemy of the soul. Therefore, the brothers should have specified periods for manual labor as well as for prayerful reading.”

Chapter 48, 1

“The life of a monk ought to be a continuous Lent.”

Chapter 49, 1

“All guests who present themselves are to be welcomed as Christ, for he himself will say: I was a stranger and you welcomed me (Matt 25:35).”

Chapter 53, 1

“Proper honor must be shown to all, especially to those who share our faith (Gal 6:10) and to pilgrims.”

Chapter 53, 2

“(B)ecause wherever we may be, we are in the service of the same Lord and doing battle for the same King.”

Chapter 61, 10

They should each try to be the first to show respect to the other (Rom 12:10).”

Chapter 63, 17

“We wish this rule to be read often in the community, so that none of the brothers can offer the excuse of ignorance.”

Chapter 66, 8

“Trusting in God’s help, he must in love obey.”

Chapter 68, 5

Never to do another what you do not want done to yourself (Tob 4:16).”

Chapter 70, 7

“No one is to pursue what he judges better for himself, but instead, what he judges better for someone else.”

Chapter 72, 7

“Let them prefer nothing whatever to Christ, and may he bring us all together to everlasting life.”

Chapter 72, 11-12

“What page, what passage of the inspired books of the Old and New Testaments is not the truest of guides for human life?”

Chapter 73, 3

“What book of the holy catholic Fathers does not resoundingly summon us along the true way to reach the Creator?”

Chapter 73, 4


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