House of Integrity co-senior executive delegates Jacqueline Scott and Haylee Hall are thrilled their House has won the Second Quarter points competition, which will land them in the House Cup finals in the spring. It is the first time Integrity will appear in the House Cup since the competition began.
“It feels awesome to see the seniors putting in the effort,” Haylee said. “It’s a sense of gratification for us as senior leaders seeing people in the House putting in effort and getting us rewarded for it.”
Haylee said one important way the House won points in the Second Quarter was through the commitment of the House members to attend morning liturgy on Thursdays, one of the way Houses can earn points.
Jacqueline said she was impressed with how the House members came together to support the Spirit of the Season giving challenge during Advent. Nearly every House member donated money, and many of them took a turn shopping, wrapping the gifts, or delivering them.
“Everyone took part,” Jacqueline said. “We collected enough money we could get all the (assigned family’s) children’s gifts and something for the parents too.”
Jacqueline and Haylee said they’ve seen more commitment from their House members all school year, something they credit to the House faculty leader Mrs. Terri (Blunk) Purichia ’90, who serves as a permanent substitute teacher and Volleyball coach. Integrity came in a close second in the First Quarter points, and Mrs. Purichia inspired the House leaders and members to work hard in the last quarter to get the win.
“Coach P. has been an amazing leader,” Haylee said. “She’s so enthusiastic, and that carries over to the House, especially the leaders.”
House leaders and members have been inspired all school year to get involved – and not just to earn points. That showed in how everyone came together to put on the bonfire last semester. It had been several years since Integrity sponsored the bonfire, which at one time kicked off what is now known as Guerin Day. Haylee said she wanted to bring back the event because she remembered hearing about it when she was in middle school. As the leaders began planning it, they quickly decided to bring on other Houses to help organize it in order to make it more manageable – and to get more students interested in attending. Jacqueline and Haylee said their plan worked, and they were pleased with how many students attended.
Jacqueline and Haylee said they like working together to plan things for the House and are quick to point out each other’s strengths. Jacqueline is “analytical and organized,” Haylee said. And Haylee “is creative and thinks outside the box to think of ways to get people involved,” Jacqueline said.
Jacqueline is on the Girls Soccer team, is a member of the Spanish Club and SEAC, and is a Student Ambassador. She plans to attend Indiana University-Bloomington and major in chemistry on the pre-med track.
Haylee is on the Volleyball and Track & Field teams and a member of the Pinterest Club. She plans to attend IU-Bloomington and has received a direct admittance to the Hamilton Lugar School of Global and International Studies and plans to major in biology and East Asian language and culture with plans to go into dermatology. She is teaching herself Korean and learning the alphabet to get a head start.
Both girls have held leadership positions in the House since sophomore year and said it feels good to accomplish a goal during their senior year.
“It shows the initiative we both have in making our mark, and it feels good knowing we could go out winning something substantial for our House,” Haylee said.
“I think it will keep going too,” Jacqueline said. “I want the enthusiasm to continue even next year.”
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