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Dear Saint Patrick – Mason Kim ’22

Dear Saint Patrick,

The first time I walked through the halls of Saint Patrick High School, I knew this school was the place I wanted to spend the next four years. Throughout my time at this school, I’ve been active in many different extracurricular activities, but as a freshman I was nervous. I came from a public school, and many of my friends throughout middle school went to other high schools. I felt lost, but the welcoming environment I was approached with walking through the halls of this institution made me feel like I made the right decision. The teachers I’ve connected with are individuals I hold very close to my heart as I prepare to graduate. The smaller class sizes within the school, and passion each faculty member brings to this school, are what has made it so special for me and so many other students. Each teacher I have had throughout my four years of high school has been more than willing to offer their time before and after school for help, catch-up work on days when I was sick, and sometimes just being there to talk. The faculty genuinely care about YOUR success, and their effort helped shape me into the man I am today.

Saint Patrick talks a lot about Brotherhood, and this sense of becoming a family over the four years students stay here. I can tell you right now, no matter who you are, at Saint Patrick High School you will fit in. You will be part of this family the school talks about so much. The school, along with your classmates, will influence your actions in amazing ways and personally helped increase my confidence as a young man. If there is one thing I will miss most from my high school experience, it will be the shared Brotherhood I have with my SPHS family.

Saint Patrick High School has taught me a lot. But the most important thing I have learned over the past four years is about myself. Saint Patrick has helped me find who I am as a person. The school has taught me to be confident in the activities I participate in but continue to keep a humble mind. Within one, year-long course, I’ve been taught how to give business presentations, meet with potential clients, and outreach to individuals of high standings within their companies. I’ve been able to grow as a person, and through the Public Speaking class, learned how to conduct a job interview, give presentations in front of an audience, and found my passion for public speaking. These lessons, along with many more, shaped me into the person I am today.

In the fall, I will be attending the University of Richmond on a Presidential Scholarship. I am pleased to credit most of my success to this school that has given me so much. The opportunities that have presented themselves over the past four years have been life changing. Through numerous leadership positions, I’ve co-led a team of students to do the Polar Plunge, raising over $35,000 in 2 years. I’ve also been featured on news channels, in news articles, and on SPHS social media. The most important lesson I’ve learned during my time here is to get involved. At my freshman orientation, I was told that the SPHS experience doesn’t end in the classroom. I needed to go out and take advantage of it all. This lesson is something I will strive to live by in college and beyond.

I’ve changed since I was a 14-year-old boy walking through these halls. The timid boy that walked through the doors at Belmont and Austin is not the same man who will be walking out. The sports and clubs that I was a part of helped me meet my closest friends, and the support I was given from faculty and staff was extraordinary. For instance, when I was working on my Eagle Scout project, not only did the school offer its full financial support, but I was put in contact with countless staff members who were eager to help me achieve my goals. I hope that as new students begin to attend Saint Patrick High School, they find the same home I’ve had for four years.

Sincerely,

Mason Kim ’22

To read the other Dear Saint Patrick letters from the Class of 2022, click here.

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