Patriots Day 2021: Celebrating the JC Community

A special welcome, cookout, Patriot grams, and fundraising mark day


Sydney Miller, Sports Editor

It’s good to be a Patriot! The second annual Patriots Day included an outdoor cookout on Miller Way that students and faculty could enjoy among the festivities. For $5, students could get a full lunch, and eat it outside with their friends.

Field games were set up on the stadium field, allowing some teacher and student competition. There were 12 faculty and staff volunteers for the field games and over 55 student participants.
During the day, Over 465 Patriot Grams were distributed to students during advisory on that day.
The second annual Patriots Day was a tremendous success for the school.
Director of the Fund for JC Alyson Shiflett said, “It was a tremendous success. It was a success on campus for our students, and out in the community for parents, grandparents, and alumni. The day was full of so much positive energy—not to mention it was a beautiful, sunny day.”
She added, “I think it was a success because of the collaboration, teamwork and support that went into it. John Carroll is all about community, and the success of this day showed just that!”
Patriots Day, which was held on April 20, served as a fundraiser for the school. The day, along with Alumni Weekend, raised $53,020 from 426 donors. According to Mrs. Shiflett, money will “support the Fund for John Carroll which is John Carroll’s annual giving program that directly benefits students and faculty while also enhancing the school’s programs—Academics, Athletics, Arts, and Special Programs. Above all, it benefits YOU the students.”
She commented, “The best part of the day for me had to be the very start of it, standing with my fellow faculty and staff and welcoming and cheering on students as they arrived on campus and waiving to parents as they dropped their students off.”
For all classes, this was their first real in-person Patriots Day, and it was one to remember.
Sophomore Ramona Lavarias said, “I think Patriots Day offered a sense of unity and pride in our school in a way that we cannot in a normal school day.”
Sophomore Emma Halle said, “I thought Patriots Day was a nice day for us to all remember our school.”
Sophomore Carly Jones said, “It was a fun day to go outside and have fun with friends. . . It was a fun way to have students and teachers interact away from academics.”
Carly also participated in the field games and said, “They were fun to play and watch.”