December Students of the Month
December Students of the Month Announced
Congratulations to the December Students of the Month at Saint Bernard School: Timothy Braun, a seventh-grader, and Thomas “TJ” Ward, a senior.
Students are nominated for this honor by their teachers for exhibiting the Xaverian values of humility, trust, compassion, simplicity and zeal.
Timothy, 12, of Oakdale, is currently a full-time virtual learner but looks forward to the day when he can return to school in person and continue his involvement with the school Praise Choir, Student Ambassadors Club, and the cross-country and track teams. Outside of school, he enjoys hiking, sailing, reading, writing stories, drawing, photography and being active in his church community.
Timothy’s teachers say as a distance learner, he continues to be engaged and is a positive contributor to his class community. He’s described as an “inquisitive scholar” who is kind, thoughtful, helpful to others, and eager to learn.
“Being a Saint allows me to be part of something much bigger than myself. It is a large family community that is extremely supportive and encourages everyone to reach their full potential,” Timothy says. “I am able to develop my faith and share it with others throughout my school day. Saint Bernard School challenges me on a daily basis to work hard, strive for improvement, and live my faith.”
Thomas, 18, of New London, is a member of Saint Bernard’s Tone Commandments vocal group, Student Council, Silver Cross Society, and boys’ swim team. He was the first boy to swim for Saint Bernard School in many years and even recruited others to swim so that SBS now has four boys on the team. Outside of school, TJ also swims competitively with the Connecticut Aquatics Club.
Teachers and staff describe TJ as “one of the unsung heroes of our community.” They say he supports his peers, is polite and honest, and is a great swim teammate - enthusiastic, supportive and conscientious.
Currently in his fourth and final year at Saint Bernard, TJ says, “Personally, the community is what I like the most. It just feels way more tight-knit than any other school. We’re like one big Saints family.”