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“I wasn’t made to fit in.  I was created by God to stand out!”  Abi Chagolla, a 2015 Gehlen Catholic graduate.

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 Many Latinos & Latinas continue to struggle growing up in the United States surrounded by a predominantly English speaking & Caucasian society. Abi never let her race & ethnicity derail her from achieving God’s calling.

 Abi’s teachers & moderators inspired her quest for excellence both inside & outside the classroom.  Abi was involved in Gehlen Catholic’s choir, band, speech, drama, Christian Leadership Team, volleyball, softball, track & field. 

Abi’s most important & fulfilling work was attending, cantoring & serving at St. James Parish (now All Saints Parish) Latino Masses. 

Abi has come to a greater understanding the sacrifices her parents made so she could receive a quality faith & academic education at Gehlen Catholic School.

 Abi’s mom missed many of her activities as an elementary student during the school day, as Abi’s mom worked days.  As Abi was involved in co-curricular activities in junior & senior high school, her father cheered quietly in his heart working nights in Le Mars versus the stands.  More than just sacrificing their time & financial resources, Abi comprehends her parents’ unspoken fears of losing her proud Latino culture, traditions, heritage, faith & language.  Abi’s parents only wanted her to have the best education & stalwart faith possible.

 In December 2019, Abi’s  received her Bachelor’s Degree in both Theatre Performance & Communications from the University of Northern Iowa (UNI).  Abi expressed her gratitude to Speech & Drama moderators for the numerous opportunities they provided Abi to prepare her for her post-secondary education & career in the arts & communications. 

Abi said, “I believe & trust in God.  I take the time to pray &/or just talk to Him.  He has helped me get to where I am today.” “Students cannot find their voice, without passionate teachers, a thriving communication, & an ingrained faith.  It starts here at Gehlen Catholic School,” Abi adamantly acclaimed.       

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ACT testing results were released nation-wide. Our Diocese of Sioux City Catholic school students exceeded both state and national student averages in all content areas of English, mathematics, reading, and science. 

ACT scores are used to predict college readiness.

ACT SCORES 2018

DIOCESE OF SIOUX CITY

STATE OF IOWA

NATIONAL

ENGLISH

22.9

21.0

20.2

MATH

22.4

21.2

20.5

READING

23.8

22.5

21.3

SCIENCE

23.4

22.0

20.7

COMPOSITE

23.2

21.8

20.8


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What's Ha​ppening

Registration and scholarship applications for school year 2019-2020 open on February 1, 2019
. We are happy to share that we will continue our partnership with our scholarship program administrator, TADS, out of Minneapolis, MN. We have had many meetings and discussions with TADS after last year’s award season and look forward to a few small changes to make the application process even easier for parents.
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Diocesan Schools add New International Exchange Opportunities
Educatius International will patner with the 7 Catholic high schools to bring international students to our school communities for the 2019-2020 school year.
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Giving to DAA Supports Our Schools
The Diocesan Annual Appeal supports all ministries throughout the Diocese of Sioux City including education.
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Catholic School Students Outperform Peers
Rigorous academic standards resulted in outstanding results on the 2017-18 Iowa assessments. Our students scored higher in all grades for the subjects tested, reading, math, and science.
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Essential to the educational ministry of the Church, the Catholic Schools of the Diocese of Sioux City are fulfilling the Church’s mission to teach as Jesus did. Together with the support of parents, teachers, administrators, clergy, parishioners and the community at large, we are committed to providing an education rooted in the Gospel of Jesus Christ where Catholic doctrine and values and academic excellence prepare each student for a life of faith, service and integrity.

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