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Written By: Jay Wetherington Class of 2020
My story begins long before I was born. It begins with my grandfather, who dedicated 35 years of his life to bringing Christ to young athletes in his community on Hilton Head Island through a ministry called "Week of Champions." My story also begins with my great grandfather serving his small town in Ohio by ministering in hospitals, churches, and funeral homes. My story begins with the leaders of Calvary, whose vision it was to minister to our community through developing a Christ-centered school. They have taught me respect, perseverance, and humility. All of these people have set the tone for my own story.
I am Jay Wetherington, and my story is one of respect, perseverance, and humility. Over my years at Calvary, I have learned to use these three tools to become the young man so many people have always believed I would become. Through respecting my classmates and teammates, I have learned that if you give respect, it will come back to you in return. I pride myself in respecting authority because I know it is the right thing to do and that one day I will be the authority, and I will want the same respect I give others. I also respect my school and what Calvary is truly about and the mission they have set out to accomplish. I hope to aid them in this mission and to minister to people all around me.
Perseverance is also something Calvary has taught me to take great pride in. The will to work hard and to never give up, even when it would be the easy route not to. They have set a bar for me to always give my all and to love the journey as I go. Dedication to what you are doing and giving it your all at any cost is something Calvary has helped me get to where I am now. The endless hours of hitting in the cages, throwing bullpens, football practice, and then going home and staying up until the early morning hours to study for a test are just a few components of true dedication. My school has helped me tremendously with doing what I think is right, even when it may not be the most popular thing, but sticking with it anyways. Through criticism or peer pressure, you keep pushing through and keep believing in what is right.
Humility, I have been taught, is the greatest tool you can have. Not being too prideful in yourself because, in reality, there are others who can do the same thing as you, and probably can do it even better. Keeping yourself humble helps with keeping you down-to-earth, as well as keeps you working through tough situations. Being humble consists of constant work and not being too prideful to get your hands dirty. For example, having a workout at 7 a.m. for baseball, then going to practice, instead of going home every day, go to the cages and hit a bucket of balls. I also make sure to take corrections from coaches and even teachers. I enjoy taking advice and applying it to whatever I am doing at the moment. I have learned that humility is a tool that not many people have, and with it, you can make yourself the greatest you can possibly be.
Through my journey at Calvary, I have learned to use the three tools of respect, perseverance, and humility to be the man I am today. Without my mentors at Calvary guiding me through life and my story up to this point, I would not be where I am now. I am very grateful for my grandfather, great grandfather, and my church and school leaders who have helped write my story.
Calvary Day School offers a Christ-centered educational experience for grades Pre-K – 12 through the development of the total student- spiritually, academically, socially, and physically. We provide the best, most affordable private education in Savannah, Georgia.