This Wednesday during the Catholic Schools Week Mass, VCS President Bob Weber and VCHS Principal Ross Thomas presented the Distinguished Alumni Award to Pat Roshak Joyaux '54.
The gym erupted in applause as students, faculty and guests honored Pat
with an extended standing ovation.
has been at the heart and soul of Valley Catholic Middle and High School for the past 33 years.
helpful, compassionate spirit has embodied the mission of the Sisters.
A 1954 graduate of St. Mary of the Valley (now Valley Catholic High School), Pat was an active student on campus.
was named junior prom princess, and in her
senior year was prefect of the Sodality Club
(a devotional society for spirituality).
In 1978, Pat
became involved in the school's Alumni Association and learned of the opening for a school secretary.
That year Pat
was hired and the rest is history.
Besides being an alumna herself, Pat's
five daughters all attended Valley Catholic, as well as 15 grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
In his remarks about Pat, President Bob Weber said, "She has worked with 10 principals in her time at Valley Catholic, hundreds of teachers and staff members (including me as a 22-year-old first-year teacher in the early 1990s), and helped thousands of students and parents on a daily basis with everything from report cards to bus fare to simply being a positive, helpful person who knows the answers to all the possible questions that come through her office."
spoke a few words of appreciation in receiving this award.
spoke highly of the value of Catholic education, and referred to it as a gift.
asked the students to be thankful to all those who make it possible for them to receive the gift of an education at Valley Catholic
Speaking from experience, she
told the students that their time at Valley will have a significant impact on their lives.