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Standout Student ► John Arnold ► Holy Spirit Preparatory School, junior

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made 1,950 lunches for hungry children. This school year, John is serving as president of ONE Apostolate. The sandWhile many Atlanta-area high school wich ministry is not as active during the students spent the summer lying out school year, so the organization focuses by the pool, Holy Spirit Preon volunteering at soup kitchparatory School junior John ens and sewing sleeping bags Arnold was feeding hungry for the homeless. children. Last summer, John When not engaging in coordinated a communitycommunity service, John is wide lunch-making effort in a competitive archer. He still partnership with Action Minfinds time to excel academicalistries that made 300 lunchly, too, and counts Latin, AP es per week for disadvantaged Calculus and AP U.S. History children in College Park and among his favorite classes. East Point. “John is very bright and “I was so enthralled with very driven,” said Jill Stedman, this ministry because it struck John’s AP U.S. History teachme that there were children in John Arnold er and ONE Apostolate advithis nation, a nation with so sor. “He is one of the best critmuch global affluence and respect, who ical thinkers I have taught during my relied so heavily on the public school career. John will be able to accomplish systems and private donations for someanything he sets his mind to. He has a thing as simple as a peanut butter and strong work ethic, and he has a personjelly sandwich,” John said. ality that inspires his peers to be excited During his sophomore year, John and engaged in their work.” spent every Sunday and Tuesday night “John’s maturity, respect for others with his family making lunches for Acand love of ideas is inspiring,” added tion Ministries, but he was not satisfied John’s homeroom teacher, Archie Deen. with this level of commitment. Upon re“John’s ability to relate to all sections of alizing that many children go hungry in our school community, and his respectthe summer when they are unable to reful and engaging connection with his ceive free or reduced-cost lunches from teachers speaks to the wonderful young school, John organized a weekly sandman he has become.” wich-making mission in the main hall of Holy Spirit Catholic Church. What’s Next: “I was the person going through the John is looking at University of Georprocess of coordinating dates for sandgia, Vanderbilt, Wake Forest, Harvard wich making, figuring out how many and Yale. He hopes to take what he has people could show up, actually making learned through the sandwich ministry the lunches, as well as delivering all the to college to operate a “feed the hungry” lunches to the sites,” said John. service group. He plans on a career in The sandwich-making ministry soon law. became a part of ONE Apostolate, Holy Spirit Prep’s community service organiThis article was reported and written zation that serves the homeless. By the by Catherine Benedict, a senior at The end of the summer, the initiative had Westminster Schools.

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