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The House System

A crucible for leadership. A family of students. A platform for intrascholastic competition and collaboration. Students are “tied” into a House in 5th grade, which they will call their House for the rest of their lives. Our alumni love to return to campus and check up on their house. 

Jenny
Head Girl
Hector
Head Boy
Sophia
President, House of Trent
Will
President, House of Nicaea
Berry
President, House of Lyons
Ashley
President, House of Chalcedon
Jenny
Head Girl

My name is Jenny, and I am grateful for the opportunity to serve Holy Spirit Prep as Head Girl. Ever since I entered the school in the third grade, Holy Spirit Prep has welcomed me into its vibrant community and made my experience here highly memorable. The teachers and upperclassmen here have continuously inspired me and my peers to support one another and give back to the community. As I became more involved in clubs, sports, and apostolates, including One Apostolate, Alpha Phi, Newspaper, Cross Country, and Track and Field, one of the most lasting lessons which they have taught me is to never miss an opportunity to serve others. For the 2020-2021 school year, I am incredibly honored to assist such passionate faculty members and continue the work of student leaders before me.

Entering into the new school year, I am excited to be working alongside a few of the most skilled, creative, and dedicated peers that I have met at Holy Spirit Prep. With the help of the Head Boy, Hector, I am confident that our leadership team will be able to go above and beyond the status quo in aiding the student body. I am truly thankful of how the Holy Spirit Prep family has taken me in throughout these past eight years, and I can’t wait for the underclassmen to feel at home as I have here. Through the numerous retreats, fundraisers, school-wide events, and Flex periods that our leadership team will oversee, I hope that all students will be able to shape fun and unique memories that they will treasure years down the road.

Hector
Head Boy

My name is Hector Padilla, and I am extremely grateful for the opportunity to serve our spectacular HSP community as Head Boy. Throughout my time as a student at Holy Spirit Prep, I have been involved in numerous clubs and teams, some of my favorites being Milites Christi and our 2x State Champion Swim team. Being the school's Head Boy has been a dream of mine since I can remember, and now that I'm finally here, I am even more excited to bring about all the great ideas that have been building up to this point.

I am especially excited about the new leadership team, which consists of the ever capable Jenny Li as Head Girl, who I know will do a great Job. Many things are new this year, and I am ready to take on these new challenges head on. 

Sophia
President, House of Trent

I am honored to be a part of this unique and prestigious system. The House System is an essential piece of our school community and enables great, long-lasting relationships to be built. Not many schools have the tightly-knit school environment like we do here. Our school represents a family, everyone knows everyone, and we all genuinely respect one another. I cannot wait to begin putting my personal touch on Holy Spirit Prep. This year is definitely going to be one to remember.  

Trent has all of the tools it needs to succeed. It only makes sense that Big Blue is going to be victorious and triumph over the other three Houses. We have an amazing, outgoing vice president, Morgan Delaney, strategic and efficient captains, Sofia Oliver and Ainsley Hillman, two enthusiastic prefects, Olivia Arnold and Daniel Jones, and our fearless house master, Mrs. Amanda Thornhill. Together, our team will become a force to be reckoned with, destroying whatever crosses our path. Trent Represent.
 

Will
President, House of Nicaea

As House President, I am planning to work together with our leadership team to instill the Nicaea spirit into all our members. We want everyone in our House, especially the underclassmen, to feel welcome, as we were when we first began at the Upper School. Our goal is to create that same sense of community which we felt as new students, and establish ourselves as a leadership team open to suggestions. This year especially, many people have wanted to be involved in the House system and other school events, so we aim to involve as many people as we can, taking suggestions and ideas in order to create a better environment for our house members.

I am very much looking forward to this year, as it has given us the opportunity to participate in the great Holy Spirit Prep tradition of the House System. We are excited to reveal the various events, activities, and surprises we have planned for the students this year. Most of all, this year will be incredibly exciting for our house specifically, as we plan to continue our reign as House Champions, especially after our incredible win last year. The House of Nicaea will rise again!
 

Berry
President, House of Lyons

Hello! My name is Berry Fox and I am super excited to be the 2019-2020 President of the House of Lyons. It is a great honor to be selected for this position as a junior and I look forward to a successful year for my house. I joined Holy Spirit Preparatory School in the middle of my sixth grade year and have been a member of the House of Lyons ever since. The students of Lyons immediately welcomed me and created a supportive environment where I met some of my best friends. I want to build the spirit of Lyons and strengthen the pride we have as a House.

A close working leadership team is a step to success. This year’s leadership team exemplifies hard work, teamwork, and determination. I look forward to collaborating with Noah Weeks, the Vice President, who helps come up with fun ideas for the house. Olivia Jones is the captain and her high energy is a helpful tool when running our day to day operations, and getting our snacks! Last but surely not least we have our Prefects, Max Bendig and Tomas Hossain Aguilar, who help support Olivia. I hope to make this school year enjoyable for the whole House of Lyons. Through yummy snacks and fun activities we strive to become closer as a House. Semper Melius!

Ashley
President, House of Chalcedon

Hi! My name is Ashley Postell and I am the president of the House of Chalcedon. It is my honor and privilege to serve The House System. When I first entered Holy Spirit Prep in 2016, I had never seen anything like this before. The House system has allowed me to strengthen friendships as well as my leadership skills. As time grew on, I started looking up to the leadership team not only in my House but in all the Houses. I knew one day I wanted to be a courageous leader just like them. I served as the 2018-2019 Captain for the House of Chalcedon.

This year I am really excited to work with the leadership team to steal a victory from the House of Nicaea. I’m very fortunate to have Jesus Anaya-Ruiz as my partner-in-crime. Alongside him are my Captains, Paydn Devine and Patrick Radosta. Underneath them are our prefects, Emil Sacco and Ava Sipos. Each of the members on this team are very skilled and will help us succeed in a victory for this upcoming year. We have our Vice President in charge of the public relations and special activities. Our Captains will be in charge of the house board, finances, and house points. Lastly, our Prefects will be in charge of lost and found, student participation in flex, and student participation in Masses with the assistance of our Captains. I’m super pumped to see what we have in store for this school year. I’m looking forward to working not only with the leadership team but the members of the House of Chalcedon.

Veni, vidi, vici - I came, I saw, I conquered. 


House Motto
Semper Melius ("Always better")

House Saint
St. Jude

Council of Lyons
March 31,1272

 


House Motto
Veni vidi vici ("I came, I saw, I conquered")

House Saint 
St. Thomas Aquinas

Chalcedon Council 
October 8 - November 1, 451

 


House Motto 
Veritas, Virtus, Triumphus (“Truth, Virtue, Triumph”)

House Saint
St. Peter, Holy Apostle, First Pope, and Martyr

Council of Nicaea
325 AD

 


House Motto
Sapientia Vitam Dat ("Wisdom gives life")

House Saint
St. Anthony

Council of Trent
1545-1563

 

Key aspects of the House System include:

• Service projects
• Fundraisers
• Sponsoring school events, i.e., Homecoming, Spring Dance, and House Days
• House feast days
• Hosting school athletic and non-athletic contests
• Sharing meals together
• Academic and peer mentoring
• Sponsoring House apostolates

Leadership Opportunities include:

Head Boy and Head Girl are responsible for being the “faces” of Holy Spirit Prep.  They are the leaders of the student body and partake in all aspects of our community, including being members of the Honor Council and Leadership Council.

President and Vice President (1 of each per house, Seniors): Presidents lead their respective house with the guidance of the faculty House Master/Mistress.  Presidents are members of the Leadership Council.

Captains (2 per house, Juniors)
Prefects (2 per house, Freshmen or Sophomores)
Junior High Reps (2 per house, 8th graders)

Intermediate Building Reps (1 per house, 5th-7th grades): The 5th-7th grade reps make up the I.B. Leadership Council which connects to and mirrors the Upper School Leadership Council. 7th graders take the lead on this council as they are the senior members of the Intermediate Building.