Christian Brothers College High School President Michael Jordan, along with CBC administration and faculty, recently surprised the Seidel family by announcing the creation of the Joshua M. Seidel Award, which recognizes a graduating senior who has demonstrated aptitude, interest, and achievement in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics curriculum. The award also celebrates CBC’s commitment to the national initiative aimed at preparing students for careers in a technologically advanced society.
President Jordan said, "CBC is proud to name this award in honor of Josh Seidel, class of 1997, who went on to make his mark in the engineering. Josh embodied the CBC spirit and modeled the values that CBC strives to instill in all students."
The inaugural award winner, senior Jack Harris Reddan was chosen by the CBC faculty because of his high achievement in math and science courses, STEM electives, participation in STEM related extracurricular activities, and his intent to study a STEM-related field after high school. Jack will be attending Notre Dame in the fall.
Upon receiving the word from CBC about this new award given in their son's memory, Terri and Mike Seidel said, "We continue to be amazed, humbled and honored by all the people Josh has touched and all they want to do to keep his spirit alive. We are forever grateful to President Jordan and the faculty and staff at CBC and take a great deal of pride knowing that Josh's legacy will be uniquely tied to the success of CBC's best and brightest STEM students. Congratulations to Jack for winning this award. It's clear to us that he embodies the motto Josh lived by: Work Hard. Play Hard. Help Others."
CBC has enriched its STEM position with various changes and enhancements over the last several years, including a switch by the science department to a Physics first curriculum sequence, modeling pedagogy introduction to many of the classes, an increase in collaboration between the math and science departments, and transitioning to new AP curricula for biology, chemistry, and physics. Additions to the curriculum include of Robotics, Principles of Engineering I, and Principles of Engineering II, in which teachers with experience in the engineering industry help students develop problem solving skills and engineering fundamentals utilizing hands-on technology. Next school year, AP Physics, through the Saint Louis University 1818 Program, will join AP Biology and Honors Anatomy and Physiology in being offered for college credit.
The Josh Seidel Memorial Foundation - whose mission is to provide opportunities, through scholarships and financial aid, to students pursuing education in the fields of science, technology, math and engineering - would also like to sincerely thank CBC for creating this award in Josh's honor. We look forward to continuing to support fine educational institutions like CBC and ensuring students like Jack Harris Reddan achieve their educational and professional goals.
Work Hard. Play Hard. Help Others.