ANAHEIM, California – April 4, 2022 – Servite High School celebrated brotherhood, service, and leadership, on March 6th during the 11th Annual Excellence in Leadership Dinner at the JW Marriott Resort in Anaheim, California.
Servite High School honored Frontline Friars and Distinguished Alumni Edgar San Luis '95, Nick-John Haiduc '87 and Adam Hawley '93, at the 11th Annual Excellence in Leadership Dinner.
This event recognized the many individuals who demonstrated excellence in leadership, within their communities that are consistent with Servite’s values. The main honorees for the evening included Captain Nick-John Haiduc '87, Los Angeles County Fire Department, Chief Adam Hawley '93, Chief of Police for the city of Brea, and Commander Edgar San Luis ’95, officer in charge of Naval Branch, Health Clinic, Naval Training Center, Point Loma.
President of Servite High School Randy Adams shared, “Servite strives to form faith-filled leaders and tonight’s honorees are incredible examples of the impact our alumni leaders have in their communities. Each has been called to a life of service and each has answered that call in his own way.“
Adams further spoke on frontline workers, “We celebrate not only these honorees, but all their Servite brothers working in frontline positions and serving their communities. You are the living example of our mission and we are profoundly grateful.”
“We’re particularly blessed by this opportunity to spend time with you recognizing the ‘Frontline Friars’ who have so diligently served others and this community for their entire careers. These Servite alumni have exemplified the ideal of a faith-filled leader in their careers, excelling in their respective fields while serving their communities,” shared Principal Stephen Walswick on his experience with Servite Alumni.
Servite Senior Isaiah Baumgartner of the Class of 2022 confirmed, “You are Servite 24-7, we are called to be leaders in our families, in our communities, everywhere that we are, we can’t just flip the switch when we come on campus and just be role models for the other 800 guys on campus, we have to be role models out in the world. Servite elevates us to positions of leadership.”
Student speaker Nathaniel Quileza '22 shared his Servite journey and how it led him to a full Questbridge scholarship to the University of Notre Dame. Quileza went on to highlight, “These past four years at Servite have given me an unwavering faithfulness to Christ and Mary, a strong sense of respect and responsibility, but most importantly to me, a community that I can rely on in times of need.”
“At Servite, you do not need to be an athlete, you can be an artist, you can be a genius of robotics, there are so many opportunities that Servite offers you,” Haiduc reflected on the diversity Servite offers.
The energy in the ballroom heightened when Baumgartner announced Servite’s soccer team winning the first CIF D1 Regional Championship in school history!
Proceeds from the evening benefited the young men at Servite through financial aid endowments. The event raised nearly $200,000 for tuition assistance. Since 1958, Servite High School has helped address the need for students to receive an excellent, faith-filled leadership education. This event was a great opportunity for Servite to present its unique leadership formation program as well as highlight the musical talents of students in the Servite Select Choir and the classical guitar program.