Carson Staples, a senior at Holy Innocents’ Episcopal School, has been named a semifinalist in the 2017 National Merit Scholarship Program.
Staples will have an opportunity to continue to compete for some 7,500 National Merit Scholarships worth about $33 million, which will be offered next spring. Winners of Merit Scholarship awards must have outstanding academic records and earn qualifying SAT scores, among other requirements.
Marist School recently planted and dedicated a Peace Pole on campus as a permanent reminder of the school’s commitment to nonviolence.
The Peace Pole is a hand-crafted monument that displays the message and prayer “May Peace Prevail on Earth” in different languages on each of its four sides. Marist School’s Peace Pole was blessed on Sept. 11 at a Family Mass, which also commemorated those who died on 9/11. The Peace Pole was planted on campus in Alumni Plaza between the Wooldridge Library and Ivy Street Center and was dedicated in a ceremony for students, faculty, and staff on Sept. 15. Tens of thousands of Peace Poles have been erected in 180 countries across the world, all dedicated as monuments to peace. Peace Poles are an internationally recognized symbol of the hopes and dreams of the entire human family, standing vigil in silent prayer for peace on earth.
At the dedication ceremony, Marist School senior Thomas Vance said, “The Peace Pole helps us remember the tragedies of 9/11, affirm the United Nations International Day of Peace on September 21, and remind us that we rely on the spirit of Jesus, the Prince of Peace, to give us strength to build a world of justice. Planting a Peace Pole on Marist’s campus is a symbol we are moving towards peace.”
The dedication ceremony was led by Marist School President Father John Harhager and representatives from the student clubs, Peace by Peace, Mosaic Diversity Club, and Model United Nations. Student opinion on the Peace Pole was positive. Anna Hilsman, a junior, commented, “The Peace Pole truly embodied Marist’s mission of diversity by giving us a physical reminder.”
Marist School’s Peace Pole will be a permanent addition on campus, beheld by students and visitors for years to come.