Meet Jonathan Gasca, a freshman at Memphis Catholic and an intern at Resurrection Catholic School. In “Walk the Walk,” Jonathan (and freshman Leah Shaw) will share some of their experiences as students and interns in the ETW program.
Hi, my name is Jonathan Gasca and I am a student at Memphis Catholic High School. I have been attending this school since 7th grade year and am now in 9th grade.
Prior to attending Memphis Catholic, I attended a school named Resurrection Elementary School. Thanks to this school, I am in the National Junior Honors Society and the NDignite pre college program. My favorite subject to learn in school is definitely Math and Science. Outside of school, I enjoy playing online video games at home or playing soccer with my cousins.
So far I’ve had a great experience at Memphis Catholic where I’ve made new friends and learned many valuable lessons. I have learned that getting ready for college should start in your freshman year, getting use to high school is an easy process, and to stay focused with your goals in mind. Out of all the lessons I’ve learned, my favorite one is that it is possible to balance your academics, social life and relationships. Yet, to be aware of also focusing on your education and future so the balance doesn’t affect both in a negative way.
Check back soon for the next update from Leah Shaw, an intern at FedEx Express.
Meet Leah Shaw, a freshman at Memphis Catholic and an intern at FedEx. In “Walk the Walk,” Leah (and later, fellow freshman Jonathan Gasca) will share some of their experiences as students and interns in the ETW program.
Hi! My name is Leah Shaw. I’ve been at Memphis Catholic Middle and High school since the seventh grade. Before I went to Memphis Catholic, I went to St. John Catholic School, where I attended from pre-k 4 to 6th grade. At Memphis Catholic, I participate in cross country and basketball. Now, basketball is one of my favorite sports that I love doing all the time. My favorite subjects are Algebra with my math teacher, Ms. Trivitt, and World History. The reason why I love these subjects is that math takes a lot of difficult thinking when you’re trying to understand it, and in history you are learning about things that happened decades before our time. What I like to do is go to other Jubilee schools and participate in activities with the kids and have fun with them. One thing that I’ve learned in my first semester as a high schooler is that you have to stay on top of your game and you always need to study every night.
Check back soon to meet Jonathan Gasca, an intern at Resurrection Catholic School.
Memphis Catholic strives to prepare well-rounded students to be servant leaders. Gene Lamanilao is the epitome of a servant leader. A graduate of the class of 2012, Lamanilao was no stranger to leadership during his four years at the school. He served as president of the Spanish Club, co-founder of the Art Club, and Mostellar House captain. And beyond being a leader, Lamanilao knows how to serve. While a student at Rhodes College, he volunteered as a service-site coordinator for a local soup kitchen, assisted with Compassion Neighborhood Clinic through Caritas, and co-founded a local chapter of the Food Recovery Network.
Asked about his top three accomplishments, Lamanilao thought for a moment before listing off three quite different accolades (in “no particular order” he notes). First, he was awarded the Clarence Day Scholarship. He credits Memphis Catholic for “making [him] a distinguished candidate for the scholarship,” which helped bring him to where he is today. Second, he lists completing the St. Jude half-marathon in December 2015. Training, he says, for the half-marathon and the full marathon (just completed this December 2016) has helped teach him the virtues of discipline and perseverance. Finally, Lamanilao recalls winning 2nd place for best research presentation at the University of Arkansas in November 2015. He was honored to be selected to present research from the bio-organic chemistry lab where he worked on campus and attributes his success to the many opportunities he had on campus to refine his presentation skills.
Lamanilao intends to pursue a career in medicine now that he has graduated from Rhodes, a career path largely influenced by his experiences in the Education That Works program. As a high school student, Lamanilao worked at UT Medical, Baptist Memorial, and UT Pharmacy. While he had long been interested in medicine, he can pinpoint the moment when interest turned into focused direction. He recalls a day when his supervisor at Baptist allowed him to spend a day shadowing a surgeon. It was a big moment and his determination to pursue the career was only bolstered by his experiences coordinating health events, where he saw doctors volunteering their time to help. He still has an open mind about what field of medicine he may pursue, but says, “Personally, I am looking at internal medicine.”
Students like Lamanilao are building a bright future for Memphis. It’s a future focused not just on personal accolades and success, but also on service to the city and ensuring everyone has what they need. Thank you, Gene for the work and energy you put into our city!