Students give thanks during the holiday season By Jenn Hassler

With Thanksgiving and the holiday season quickly approaching, many people reflect on what they are thankful for and what good things they appreciate in their lives. Students are often asked to complete activity sheets on what they are thankful for or to participate in plays, giving thanks during the holidays. Numerous Helias students are thankful for several different people and opportunities in their lives.

“My favorite part of Thanksgiving is sitting around with my family,” said senior Bekah Knoll. “We all go around and take turns saying what we’re thankful for and reflecting on the good things in our lives.”

One thing several students shared is that they are thankful for their family. Traditionally, many people think about time with their families when they think about Thanksgiving. Families are often looked upon as a great blessing that can support students through classes and sports, make sure students arrive at school, or just cheer them up after a long day. At Helias, several students know that their families will be behind them no matter what.

“I’m thankful for my family,” said a senior. “They mean everything to me and I can always count on them.”

For some students, the opportunity to go to Helias and improve their Catholic education is something that they are thankful to have in their lives. Junior Paige Castle reflects on her move to Jefferson City, Missouri the summer before her freshman year from South Dakota. As a result of the move, Castle had the opportunity to attend Helias Catholic, join the cross-country team, and continue to improve her faith.

“I’m thankful for this because I have met some of the nicest, most genuine people and have made amazing friends,” said Castle. “I also love how ‘God focused’ Jefferson City is; there are so many Catholic churches and schools.

With a faith-centered life, many students give thanks to God through prayer or worship. Throughout the Holiday season, and every season, many Helias students are giving thanks and praises. When you gather with your friends, family, or even just by yourself in quiet time, don’t forget to reflect on the blessings in your life.

“I am thankful for my many gifts and talents because I know I am one of a kind,” said sophomore Ben Stumpe. “I give thanks when I say my nightly prayers and I try to thank God for all I have before I ask for anything.”

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