LEADERSHIP MISSION: INSPIRED BY TRADITION AND A COMMITMENT TO REACH OUR FULLEST POTENTIAL, WE DEVELOP LEADERSHIP QUALITIES THAT BUILD A FOUNDATION FOR SUCCESS.
We must bear true faith and allegiance to our family, friends, St. Laurence and the St. Laurence community.
We must encourage each other through education to gain the skills and knowledge both spiritually and socially to overcome obstacles in life.
We must promote positive thinking towards change and realize its ability to influence others.
We must fulfill our obligations as students in academics, athletics, clubs, and extra-curricular activities.
We must identify with the feelings, thoughts and attitudes of others.
We must treat people as they should be treated, which is how we would want to be treated ourselves.
We must put the welfare of others before our own.
We must develop strong characters in ourselves as men of our word who value honesty.
We must do what’s right, both legally and morally.
We must face our fears head on.
St. Laurence firmly believes that there is no such thing as a born leader. Some people may argue this point, but if you read what great leaders say, they will all tell you that they learned their leadership skills from other leaders. St. Laurence is fully committed to developing students into leaders, which involves equipping them with the skills they need to function in a world that is continually increasing its demand for leadership in all fields. When you come to St. Laurence, you can expect to have these leadership development opportunities which are not available anywhere else:
- Incoming freshmen and sophomores participate in the teams course and high ropes course at the Irons Oaks Adventure Camp – which builds team skills and initiative in the students.
- Juniors can attend an intensive one-day leadership seminar conducted by the Executive Development Center of Bradley University to hone their leadership skills.
- The Leadership Class is a yearlong elective open to all sophomores, juniors, and seniors that focuses on communication, group dynamics, situational leadership, ethical decisions, and management of time and finances.
- Leadership Week held in January brings a nationally known guest speaker to kick off the week and activities during the week highlight leadership St. Laurence-style.
- Students can join the Forum, a group of students and faculty that discusses and makes recommendations to the administration regarding important school issues and concerns.
- St. Laurence participates in the HOBY leadership program and the Northern Illinois Leadership Seminar.
- St. Laurence has launched a new program, Team of Teams, this school year. The school will be viewed as a team made up of smaller teams of students and staff that will set personal goals in the areas of academics, service, school involvement, and religious development for themselves and for the team to which they belong.
What parents can expect
Major: Engineering. Grade School: St. Mary, StL Class of 2013
My four years at St. Laurence were enjoyable and prepared me well for West Point. The students and faculty at St. Laurence made it a comfortable and friendly learning environment for me to excel. The numerous extra-curricular activities gave me the opportunity to get involved and make a difference in the school and community. My involvement as Football Team Captain, Student Council Secretary, and Computer Lab Assistant Steering Committee Member enabled me to help others and develop leadership skills. Other important skills of time management, good study habits, and a positive attitude will serve me well as a Cadet in the Academy. My appointment to the United States Military Academy was made possible by the whole St. Laurence community through outstanding academics, athletics, and leadership.
Sean Milligan. Indiana University – Kelley School of Business, 2014
Major: Information & Process Management, Grade School: Homer Junior High, StL Class of 2010
St. Laurence and the Leader-Scholar program gave me a hard work ethic and ability to manage my time in college. I am a proud student of Indiana University in the Kelley School of Business, and I have to thank St. Laurence for giving me the skills that allowed me to hit the ground running my freshman year in Bloomington. I am going into my junior year and those skills are still prominent in my studies and in my internship with McDonald’s Corporation. My four years at St. Laurence gave me the foundation to succeed in my future endeavors.
Ryan Tabor – Class of 2008, Grade School: St. Daniel the Prophet School
Undergraduate Education: B.S. in Neuroscience, University of Illinois at Chicago, Class of 2012
Graduate Education (in Progress): Doctor of Medicine, Rush Medical College, Chicago, Class of 2016
Current Occupation: Medical Student/ MCAT Biology and General Chemistry Instructor for The Princeton Review
Throughout my time at St. Laurence High School, I was exposed to many mind-opening and inspiring teachers, given many opportunities to pursue interests, and afforded the opportunity to contribute to a myriad of service and community projects. It was during these formative years that my budding interests in science, medicine, and service were cultivated. The Leader-Scholar Program helped me develop the confidence and skills that have served me well in my pursuit of these interests. Since graduating from St. Laurence, I have held multiple leadership positions throughout my undergraduate career, worked as an emergency medical technician servicing the entire Chicagoland area, traveled to Peru to volunteer at a center for children with physical and mental disabilities, and matriculated at a medical school where I am preparing for a career as a physician. I am indebted to the St. Laurence community and the Leader-Scholar Program for inspiring and empowering me to “Leave as a Leader.”