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Seniors share their most coveted memories on Eye Street

Andrew Kozeny ’24 competing in match versus Good Counsel

The Class of 2024 only has a couple of weeks left on Eye Street. During this four-year period, students experienced some truly special moments. 

“My favorite memory was leading Kairos and being a rector, the group of students that I had was very special,” said Jaques Sangwa ‘24.

Kairos is a religious retreat where students get to hear talks from peers and teachers as well as build friendships in small group talks and discussions. Like Sangwa, it came up as an important memory for others, too.

“My favorite memory at Gonzaga was Kairos, it was just a special experience that changed my life,” said Kevin Fletcher ‘24.

Because Kairos is a life-changing experience, it was a coveted memory for a lot of people in the class of 2024.

“Kairos was the best, especially leading Kairos,” said Vince Gude ‘24.

Seniors can have the chance to lead a Kairos retreat being a group leader for students and give a talk to the retreatants. Kairos leaders can make or break the retreat for retreatants.  

“Kairos was really special,” said Kyle McHugh ‘24.

Kairos isn’t the only place students can bond.. On Gonzaga’s rugby trips, they were also able to build bonds with classmates. The Gonzaga Rugby team takes a trip abroad every year to compete against a high level of competition. This year the team went to Argentina where they played two games and spent time exploring Argentina. 

“I loved the Gonzaga rugby trip to Argentina. I got to spend two weeks hanging out with my friends in Argentina,” said Liam Slater ‘24.

Gonzaga also has other academic trips like the band and vocal trip to Disney World.

“My favorite memory at Gonzaga was the Gonzaga Disney Band to Disney World; it was just fun to spend time with friends and ride all the rides,” said Logan Lewis ‘24.

Additionally, sports hold special memories for many students. The Jesuit Classic is a soccer tournament between four Jesuit schools every year. This year Gonzaga hosted the tournament and Gonzaga soccer players hosted kids at their house. The Gonzaga soccer team got to compete and hang out with kids from other Jesuit schools.

“My favorite memory was this year when Gonzaga hosted the Jesuit Classic soccer tournament where we got hosted kids from other Jesuit schools at our houses and showed them around; it was really fun,” said Copeland Marshall ‘24.

Soccer, though, isn’t the only sports memory that students savor.

“My favorite Gonzaga memory was the Gonzaga hockey game versus St. John’s. The energy was all there, and I experienced the Gonzaga community at that game; everyone was having a good time and supporting our boys,” said Ryan Kretz ‘24.

Andrew Kozeny ‘24 also had a favorite memory tied to his time in golf.

“My favorite Gonzaga memory has been being on the Gonzaga golf team; I work very hard at it so it is extremely rewarding for me when we win,”  Kozeny said. 

School traditions like homecoming also hold a special place for some.

“My Favorite Gonzaga memory was our senior year homecoming, I really enjoyed spending time with all my friends in the same place,” said Owen Kent ‘24.

Attending Gonzaga was a truly special experience that students will remember till the end of their lives. The Gonzaga community is truly a brotherhood.

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