Each year, Bishop Kelley High School awards the Bishop’s Medal to a senior who
best represents the ideals and goals of the school. Jayro Torres, a San Miguel
graduate, was awarded the 2014 Bishop’s Medal.
“This year’s recipient has made the most of his Bishop
Kelley experience,” said BK President Rev. Brian O’Brien, as he introduced Jayro. “He has worked hard and involved
himself in virtually every aspect of the school.He took advantage of the opportunities set before
him and encouraged others to realize their talents and gifts. A true gentleman
in every way. He overcame much in his young life and next year he is
headed to college.One teacher said of him, ‘It’s one of the greatest four-year transformations I
have witnessed during my career.’
You cannot encounter this young man without leaving
with a smile. A graduate of San Miguel School, he
is a “cheerful giver”whose academic life saw a dramatic
improvement throughout his four years.Just last year he took the time to go back to San Miguel and share with
the 8th graders his wisdom on how to succeed in high school.He shared with them the temptations of the
neighborhood from which he came and told them to get involved early and to not
be afraid to share your God given gifts.”
Jayro was also named one of the Class of 2014’s Brother Norman McCarthy, FSC
Spirituality award (along with San Miguel classmate Jackie Galdamez!). He is a
freshman at Tulsa Community College.
Alex is a San Miguel graduate who attends Bishop Kelley High School. Anyone who meets Alex today would never guess that he attended elementary school in an environment where neighborhood gang activity is wide-spread.
“It was normal to act out in school to gain respect of the other kids. It was a gang influence mentality that made it cool to be disrespectful. I saw things that kids should never be exposed to at that age”, confessed Alex. Currently, the fastest growing gangs in the U.S. are Hispanic gangs. This trend is also reflected in Tulsa. Sadly, we believe that more than 50% of our San Miguel boys, like Alex, are especially at risk of becoming involved in gangs. For all of our boys, these gangs are an ever-present danger. San Miguel School offers an alternative community, where all of our students find love and support. As sixth graders, they begin to see a glimmer of hope for their future.
“I vividly remember the first day I came to San Miguel, it was sixth grade orientation and we played games to get to know our classmates. I had to introduce Valera, my new classmate.Who knew that we would all stay connected in a family sort of way? This small school changed me, my future, and my family. The friendships forged here will last forever. The small classes, attention and love shared here at San Miguel have prepared me for a future that I can be proud of,” Alex said.
After three years of nurturing, hard work, and dedication, San Miguel students leave ready to successfully navigate high school and college.
Thanks to you, San Miguel School is equipping great kids with the tools to build a bright future for themselves. Alex, too, is creating a story with a happy future!