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Dominic Pfeifer part of a long tradition of Catholic-based education

December 31, 2018

On the Friday before Christmas, students at Grand Island Central Catholic High School celebrated the season with a day of fun activities.

The activities included the school’s annual Christmas Cheer presentation. Each year in December, the students raise money for local charities that provide help to individuals and families during the holiday season. This year student council members raised money for the GRACE Foundation, Hope Harbor, Salvation Army, Central Nebraska Humane Society and the Literacy Council.

This year’s goal of GICC’s Christmas Cheer program was $4,000, but the students, staff, and facility worked together to raise $4,736. Helping to lead the fundraising activity was GICC senior Dominic Pfeifer. He is president of the GICC Student Council, which heads up the Christmas Cheer program.

Grand Island Central Catholic High School is a Pfeifer family tradition. Dominic is the sixth child of Terry and Julie Pfeifer to attend GICC.

“This place means a lot to me,” Pfeifer said.

It was that tradition that led Pfeifer to become an active student beyond just the standard student coursework.

Pfeifer said being class president of his junior class and now president of the student council has instilled leadership skills that will help him later in his career.

He said it can be challenging balancing the demands of the student council and the Christmas Cheer program with the demands of his coursework at GICC at the end of the semester, which can be a busy time for students.

Pfeifer said it has been a “big deal” to be part of the family tradition being the last of his brothers and sisters to attend GICC.

“This place is all I’ve ever known,” he said. “My sister started here in 1997. It has been a long tradition, and my parents have put a lot of time and money into this school.”

Pfeifer said both of his parents graduated from Norfolk Catholic School.

Part of his experience as a GICC student is the bond he has created with his fellow students.

“Being able to walk the hallways and putting a name to faces has allowed me to create a tighter bond with them,” he said.

Going to GICC helped Pfeifer not only with his academic and leadership skills but also to better express his faith, which he said is a critical part of attending GICC.

“It is really nice as it is something to lean on and people can understand you,” he said.

Pfeifer said to have his faith to guide him during his high school years has also allowed him to grow and develop as an individual.

“The spiritual growth has been awesome,” he said. “It is nice to know when you are balancing all of your other classes that you have a class where you can go and get in touch with your spiritual life.”

Having his brothers and sisters also attend GICC has helped him navigate his high school years as they provided tips from their experiences attending GICC.

Pfeifer said he has three brothers and two sisters who attended GICC.

Along with his involvement in student council, he is active as a student journalist, in Future Leaders of America and he plays high school baseball and American Legion baseball.

Pfeifer said after high school he wants to attend the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and learn to be a financial adviser like his father.

Jordan Engle, GICC principal, said the Pfeifer family has a “rich history in Catholic education.”

“Dominic has been a great leader at this school,” Engle said. “Having multiple siblings go through this school, he understands the culture of GICC, what our school stands for and he understands how to motivate our student body and move us toward realizing the goal of building a positive Catholic culture, along with holding our student body accountable for living that faith every single day.”

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