As part of Chaminade Julienne's 160/125 Anniversary Celebration, the school is recognizing alumni, faculty/staff members, current students and friends of CJ on a monthly basis. Recipients of the Member of the Month award are true models of the CJ mission who represent the charisms of the Marianists and Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur. Congratulations to the following winners for the month of January:
Student: Jay Bryant '12
Faculty/Staff: Linda Colas
Alumni/Friend: Debbie Heck
Jay Bryant '12
If something is taking place at CJ, chances are Jay Bryant is going to be involved, so it was only fitting for the junior to be the first student-recipient of the Member of the Month award in 2011.
As an Eagle, he has volunteered his time in a number of ways: for each of his three years, Bryant has served as the Student Council Class President; during the last two years, he has participated in the Eagle Ambassadors program; he is active in the performing arts department, playing in the band, pep band, and liturgical choir; and, in the spring, Bryant organizes a CJ Relay for Life team.
“It's a great feeling to be the first student recognized for this award,” he said. “I am so grateful for CJ offering many different opportunities for me to get involved. I absolutely love everything that I do, and it is my pleasure and honor to represent the school.”
Teacher Linda Colas has been serving CJ for 27 years in the foreign language department teaching Spanish and Latin. She is currently the moderator for both the Language Club and the Spanish Trip, but going over and beyond is natural for the veteran faculty member.
“I feel very honored because I don’t think of what I do as being especially extraordinary. It is just part of who I am, who we are, and what we do,” Colas said of the school and her fellow CJ coworkers. “You never expect to be honored for something you do all the time.”
Despite having never attended CJ or one of its predecessor schools, longtime Eagles supporter Debbie Heck said she “bleeds blue and green” for the community that has been so influential to her family.
Her husband, Tom Heck, is a 1970 graduate of Chaminade High School, and sons Chris and Andy each graduated from CJ in 2001 and 2009 respectively. During her time as a CJ parent, Heck was a dedicated member of the Blue Green Club, and today is still recognized for some of the wonderful traditions she implemented, including the addition of the Red Carpet at prom.
“This is such a thrill for me because I love CJ so much,” Heck said, adding she was both honored and surprised to be named Member of the Month. “It has been wonderful to meet so many students, members of the faculty, and families, and to have them as lifelong friends.”