One Big Family at St. Joseph’s Indian School

My name is Laura and I am the Donor Relations Officer in the Development office here at St. Joseph’s Indian School. I have been here for 14

Laura, St. Joseph’s Donor Relations Officer
Laura, St. Joseph’s Donor Relations Officer

years and I’m a mother of three boys. We are a wrestling family and I look forward to the season every year.

This year, I am lucky to have a son on the Chamberlain high school wrestling team along with a couple of our St. Joseph’s students – one of whom is Jay.

We had our first tournament recently and it was Jay’s first time ever wrestling in a meet! He did great but did not get a win that day. I talked to him afterwards and asked how it went. He said “not good.” I assured him that he will get the moves figured out and encouraged him to keep his chin up!

A week later, we went to another meet and Jay was up to wrestle. I had butterflies in my stomach for him! I found myself yelling and cheering for him like he was my own.

Jay started wrestling this year.
Jay wrestles on the Chamberlain high school team with Laura’s son.

And guess who pinned his first guy for a Win… That is right, Jay!

The look of excitement on his face was priceless. I am so proud of our students for getting out of their comfort zone and trying new things. I feel like St. Joseph’s employees and students are One Big Family – I’m so happy to be part of it!

There is a saying I like: You can never lose – you either Win or Learn. I look forward to seeing St. Joseph’s boys alongside my own Winning and Learning this wrestling season. You can bet I will be there cheering them on the whole way!