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Police Officer Believes in Value of Catholic Educationyovan Cardenas

 Police officer Yovan Cardenas received what most young people would ever want from their education: fun and inspiration. 

Cardenas, Denison native and member of the City of Denison Police Department, attended St. Rose of Lima Catholic School through sixth grade.

 “My Catholic education was full of fun activities, like Star Wars themed week,” fondly recalls Officer Cardenas, who says he enjoyed sixth grade, especially his classmates.

 Add to his experience the strong religious component of a Catholic education and Cardenas says he definitely received a well-rounded preparation for his life today.

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Dear Parents,

Wondering if a Catholic education is the right choice for your family? As you consider enrolling your child in one of our 16 school systems in the Diocese of Sioux City, here’s why we are...


ACADEMICS Our schools are among the best academically in Iowa with our students scoring higher on national and state tests compared to public school students.

 SCHOLARSHIPS We awarded over $18 million in student scholarships just last year.

 SUCCESSWe prepare students to succeed in life with a solid emphasis on academic excellence, faith-based practices and religious discussions, not found in public schools.

 TALENTSWe encourage and cultivate the unique gifts each student has and it shows in nearly 100% of our juniors who want to share their talents with others.

VALUES – Our schools are where values matter. That’s why nearly 100% of our 8th graders really care about their schools and want to make the world a better place.

Because a Catholic education is an important investment in your child’s life, I encourage you to visit www.valuesmatteriowa.com and contact us at 712-233-7527 to learn more about our generous scholarships, academic excellence and faith-based education.


 Patty Lansink
 Interim Superintendent

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