Roncalli Catholic High School Senior, Syionna Conner-Wilder, spearheaded a month-long33 effort to bring Black History Month closer to all the students.
“Last year at Roncalli Catholic, Black History Month was recognized but I wanted to do more to shed light on the impact that African American’s had and continue to have in our country,” says Conner-Wilder. “This is my last year and I wanted to start something more and hope that it lasts once I am gone. We have more Black students here, especially the Freshman class. My goal is to get them involved and have this celebration become part of Roncalli Catholic on a yearly basis.”
Every morning in February, Syionna Conner-Wilder (2021), Moriah Dixson (2022) and Dhiadra Nelson (2024) planned to speak about influential African-American figures who contributed to America’s history. The end of their efforts resulted in a school-wide Kahoot game on Wednesday, February 24th, where winners of each homeroom received a certificate to the Pride Café.
“The teachers loved it. Some of the seniors mentioned to me ‘I like what you read about today’ or ‘I didn’t know that about that person’, which is cool, because I don’t really talk to many people here.” Syionna says, “I think we as Black people need to step up, be open to teaching other people. We should be celebrating our own culture and inviting others into it as well.”
To close Black History Month, Roncalli Catholic partnered with Big Mama’s Kitchen and Catering to provide a free soul food lunch on Thursday, February 25th, free of charge to all students, faculty and staff.