I can do all things through Christ which strengthens me.-PHILIPPIANS 4:13
What an amazing year! We have grown so much as a community and our focus- to get Verb students in and through college- is stronger now than ever before. Below I’ve included an excerpt from a conversation I had with Nicholas Spates, Valedictorian for the Class of 2015. I am sure you will find his responses demonstrate both maturity and thoughtfulness. As we move forward, please know Verbum Dei remains committed to ensuring college entrance and graduation for all its students. The faculty and staff recognize we cannot accomplish our goals without your help. Students, we need your commitment. As Nicholas states in his reflection, you have to “work harder”. Every year strive to have a BETTER GPA, complete MORE Christian Service hours, and STRENGTHEN your relationship with God. Parents, we need your support. Students that have supportive parents are more successful. Email us, call us, stop by and visit us. You are important to us and we value our partnership! Verbum Dei Community, we are unstoppable as long as we work together- Faculty/Staff, students, parents, corporate partners and supporters! Let’s continue to work together to set the world on fire!
Dr. Odom Lucas
Student Name: Nicholas Spates
City: Watts, California
Junior High School: The Accelerated School
College Destination: Georgetown University,
How was Verb different than your junior high school?
Verb is far more structured.
What were your keys to success here at Verb?
Organization, teamwork, mentorship, and a flat out dedication to working hard every day until my work ethic became a habit.
How have you benefited from the CWSP program?
The CWSP program gave me insight on how to work in the workplace and gave me a taste of certain careers. I have connections I couldn’t have dreamed of before.
If you had to do your high school career all over again what, if anything, would you do differently?
I would make sure to balance work and play a bit more. At times I wish I could be less serious!
Which was the hardest year of high school? What did you learn from that year?
Sophomore year! I had to learn that it doesn’t matter how tough it gets you have to persevere!
What was your most favorite memory during your time here at Verb?
Playing basketball with my older brother (Verb alum Darrius Spates, c/o 2012)
We have no doubt you and the other members of the Class of 2015 will do amazing things. What message would you like to leave for the underclassmen?
Work harder. It doesn’t matter how hard you are working now, every last one of us can work harder, so do it!
What message would you like to leave for your Verb teachers?
I love you all for giving us your time and expertise because I know it’s not about the money at verb. You guys really love us.
What message would you like to leave for your CWSP supervisors and other supporters of Verbum Dei?
It just isn’t possible without you all. At the end of the day, I can go to school because of you. Thank you!
Finally, what would you like to say to your family who have supported you through your time at Verb?
The foundation is made at home and my foundation A1. I couldn’t be who I am with you all. Thank you!