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November Students of the Month


Juniors Andrew Booth and Mia Puzzo were named the November Students of the Month. These two students share an interest in the arts and love for their teachers at Gonzaga Prep. Booth, who is said to have a “mean curve ball in ping-pong,” is involved with Improv club and values the willingness of his teachers who have worked to help him be successful in school. Puzzo is involved with National Honors Society, Women’s Leadership club, [Varsity] Girls Tennis, and Yearbook. She is looking forward to making new memories with her tennis teammates come spring.


What follows is a series of questions and answers from Booth and Puzzo about their experiences at Gonzaga Prep:


Q: Favorite class? Why?

Booth: Church and the Arts. It’s a really interesting class. We have learned many different types of architecture and types of music, as well as and how it changes throughout history and why it changed.

Puzzo: Art classes have always been my favorite type of class because I enjoy drawing and painting. I also have a great appreciation for learning about different kinds of art styles.


Q: Favorite teacher/coach? Why?

Booth: I can’t really say that I have a “favorite” teacher. I honestly like every teacher I have.

Puzzo: Mrs. McLeod is my favorite teacher because she is always really positive and welcoming. You can tell that she really cares about her students!


Q: What do you know now about Gonzaga Prep that you didn't know before you were a student here?

Booth: How much the teachers are really willing to help you. The teachers here will really help if you are willing to ask for it.

Puzzo: Before I was a student at Gonzaga Prep I had just moved to Spokane and I didn’t know anyone. I had no idea that I would make so many great friends through tennis and different classes!


Q: What do you think you would like to do in the future?

Booth: Maybe a teacher, or a pharmaceutical technician. Either way, I would like to do a job that helps other people.

Puzzo: I have always loved art and designing things. I would love to have a career that allows me to be creative and use my artistic abilities.


Q: What is one of your favorite memories from your time at Prep?

Booth: My favorite memory at Prep would probably just be hanging out with my friends at the rocks outside of the Chapel of the Three Companions.

Puzzo: Some of my favorite memories at Prep have been through playing tennis with my teammates last season!


Q: What have you been thankful for during the month of November?

Booth: I’m thankful for my amazing family, my awesome friends, and the great teachers that have helped me along the way.

Puzzo: I’m so thankful for a valuable education and for my friends and family who constantly support me.


Q: What is a fun fact about yourself you would like to share?

Booth: I used to have a mean curve ball in ping-pong.

Puzzo: I love to travel to new places!











Students of the month


October Students of the Month


Senior Abby Hays and Sophomore Colin Kelly were named the October Students of the Month.

These students have been inspired by their teachers and various Gonzaga Prep activities, which make them excited for school each day. Hays spends is a Student Ambassador, Basketball Manager, and participates in Campus Ministry activities. Kelly is a lover of sports who enjoys watching and cheering on the Gonzaga Prep teams, as well as his favorite football team the Green Bay Packers.


What follows is a series of questions and answers from Hays and Kelly about their experiences at Gonzaga Prep:


Q: What is your favorite class? Why?

Hays: Advanced PE with Mrs. John because I love exercise and we play fun games!

Kelly: My favorite class is Chemistry because of the labs and demonstrations.


Q: Who is your favorite teacher/coach? Why?

Hays: Mrs. Plaster -- Every time I go into her classroom she makes me smile and I know I'm going to learn something new that day!

Kelly: My favorite teacher or coach would be Mr. McKenna because we have a back and forth banter about the Packers and we get along.


Q: What do you know now about Gonzaga Prep that you didn't know before you were a student here?

Hays: One of the best experiences has been the Food Drive and I didn't know much about it before I was a student. The amount of food we collect and delivering it to families has been an impactful experience.


Q: What do you think you would like to do in the future?

Hays: I think I want to work in physical therapy. I really enjoy helping people and I'm fascinated how the body works and moves.

Kelly: I think in the future I would like to do something sports related.


Q: What is one of your favorite memories from your time at Prep?

Hays: Search!

Kelly: My favorite memory if probably the basketball state championship.


Q: Favorite Halloween memory? Halloween candy?

Hays: When I was little, we went to a Halloween party in St. John with my friend, Lily. It was really fun because all the families who had recently adopted kids were there. It was great to get to know the other kids who had been adopted. Candy: Snickers or Almond Joy.

Kelly: My favorite Halloween candy is probably Twix.


Q: What are you thankful for this month?

Hays: My family!

Kelly: I am thankful for the surgeons that performed my surgery and all of the doctors that followed after.


Q: What is something people might not know about you?

Hays: I come off shy, but once I get to know people I talk a lot! Also, I was adopted on August 13, 2001 when I was 4 months old! I was born in Cambodia.

Kelly: Something people might know about me is that I have cerebral palsy.









September Students of the Month

Sophomores Addy DeCaro and Owen Manfred have been named the September Students of the Month. Both students share a love for the community at Gonzaga Prep and an enthusiasm for being involved. DeCaro spends her time participating in Spanish Club, Sophomore Ambassadors, Women’s Leadership, and Women’s Basketball. Manfred participates in Sophomore Ambassadors, Sophomore Class Council, and throws Javelin in Track and Field.

What follows is a series of questions and answers from DeCaro and Manfred about their experiences at Gonzaga Prep:

Q: What do you like most about Gonzaga Prep?

DeCaro: I love the community the most at Prep.

Manfred: I love that Gonzaga Prep is a great big community. All students, no matter which class, can always come together at cons and other events. I don’t have any experience at a public high school, but I can only imagine that the community is nowhere near as strong.

Q: Favorite class? Why?

DeCaro: My favorite class right now is AP World History because I am learning so much and I’m being pushed to improve my time management skills.

Manfred: My favorite class has got to be Spanish. Señora McGann always brings so much energy into all activities that we do and it is always exciting.

Q: Favorite teacher/coach? Why?

DeCaro: It would be hard to chose because each teacher offers so many different qualities.

Manfred: My favorite teacher would probably be Mr. McIntyre. He teaches my World History class and always knows how to present the content in ways we students can relate to it. Every class period is full of fun stories and interesting facts.

Q: What do you know now about Gonzaga Prep that you didn't know before you were a student here?

DeCaro: Spirit Week is a BIG deal at Prep. I did not know that before.

Manfred: I didn’t know a lot about different courses that were offered before freshman year. I was so excited to see such a variety of options.

Q: What do you think you would like to do in the future?

DeCaro: I would like to be an environmental engineer and travel the world.

Manfred: In the future, I want to go to Physical Therapy school. One day I may even own my own practice.

Q: What is one of your favorite memories from your time at Prep?

DeCaro: My favorite memory is spending a tremendous amount of time planning spirit week and then winning the best video while I was on class council.

Manfred: So far, my favorite memory at prep is spirit week freshman year. I got to dress up as Oscar the Grouch and get hyped at each different con. Spirit week was definitely the best part of my year.

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