My Student of the Week is Ryan Brantley. As the year has progressed, Ryan has demonstrated time and again that he is closely aligned to the Jesuit pillars; most especially being Open to Growth, Intellectually Competent, and Loving. In class, Ryan is not hesitant to ask for clarification or explanations of topics that are often far-removed from the day-to-day experiences of a high school senior. Ryan is able to take this information and make connections between differing ideas and form his own understanding. As a caring young man who is always eager to help others with a welcoming smile and a genuinely open heart, Ryan takes time to visit his Kindergarten Buddies (yes, he has two!) throughout the week, not just on Buddy days. He approaches them with open arms and a smile as big as the sun. Ryan does not just learn about the pillars, he lives them out daily.