Hometown Spirit: St. Anne Pacelli Celebrates 50 Years by Drawing in Former Students

By Taylor Barnhill  - bio | e-mail

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - With 50 years of rich history, Saint Anne Catholic School and Pacelli High School are joining forces to celebrate their anniversary. This school stands out so much because the former students just keep coming back for more.

Lower school principal, Jenn Ford said, "It's a great time to be a Viking! What more can we have to celebrate than our history, where we came from and what makes us the school we are today."

One unique trait to Saint Anne Pacelli is the fact that so many of its teachers are graduates of the school.

Football coach Bryan Eason said, "It's amazing that you see people who are proud to be alumni here, they talk about it and are excited to be part of it. And seeing people come back they talk about the family atmosphere."

"It felt like it was an opportunity to help the school the way it helped me. I attribute a lot of who I am today from being a Viking," Ford added.

By having former students lead the class, it shows current students the importance of returning to your roots.

Student council president Allison Harris said, "I think students like having teachers who graduated from here because they feel like they love the school so much that they wanted to come back and work here."

With several alumni on staff, Pacelli can't help but draw people into it's close-knit community.

Ford concluded, "Everyone feels like they belong and everyone contributes to make the Viking family what we are today. I think that is the biggest reason why most of our teachers come back. That sense of community is very strong here."