“Your future awaits … ”
Those are the words that adorn the brochure handed to all prospective students and their families as they entered Cardinal Gibbons on a recent, fall November Sunday. They came for our annual Open House and left experiencing how our school’s mission transforms lives through faith, service, and leadership.
“We are transformed because Gibbons is family, and because Gibbons is our second home,” she explained. “We also are transformed through joy, through acts of service, and through love,” said Principal Nancy A. Barkan.
To be sure hundreds attended the November 3 event, which also provided them with the opportunity to engage with educators and students and get a glimpse of all that Gibbons has to offer. They did so by touring our campus, attending presentations, and going on student-led tours and learning about our academic, spiritual life, technology, athletic, leadership, and co-curricular programs.
A first-stop for many was the welcome presentation, during which assistant principal for engagement Michael Rogosich ’90 thanked attendees for participating, and added: “I am excited you are here and I want you to know that this is a place for students as well as a place for parents.”
He also told them the best part of Open House was meeting others and then challenged them “to meet an educator, a parent, and a student.”
During the presentation, attendees had the chance to hear students speak. In the presentation this writer attended, junior Amelia Aragona ’21 talked about what Gibbons means to her and how she “is shaped by the love of this community.” In her heartfelt speech she also touched upon how Gibbons “grows you as a leader and serves you unconditionally.”
The presentation concluded with a speech by Principal Nancy A. Barkan. She talked about how students and parents alike are transformed by the school’s mission.
“We are transformed because Gibbons is family, and because Gibbons is our second home,” she explained. “We also are transformed through joy, through acts of service, and through love.”
“My vision,” she concluded, “is that I want us to be transformed and to change the world into a better place."
Participants also learned that Cardinal Gibbons is committed to supporting students and families even before they are members of the Gibbons community. The school is offering Application Assistance Night on November 12 for eighth-grade students and families applying for the Cardinal Gibbons Class of 2024.
Starting at 7 p.m., our parents, students, and educators will share information about teacher recommendations, essays, and optional interviews and video submissions. They also will help applicants navigate the process of applying to Gibbons.
For those who missed the November 3 Open House and will miss Application Assistance Night, we invite you to schedule a visit through our Gibbons Positioning System or GPS Program, which pairs each student visitor with a trained Gibbons Guide. The program offers visitors the opportunity to experience a day in the life of a Cardinal Gibbons student.
Meet Christine Costanzo and her daughter, Bella Manley, who attended Open House. Read what they gained from the experience.