"When people ask about St. Elizabeth High School, the first thing that comes to mind is the “Viking Spirit.” At school, you see it practically every day in print, online, in anything connected with St. E. It made me curious if there was more to it. After doing a little research on the Vikings, I came to understand more about their true nature. While most people may see them purely as aggressive warriors, they were also great explorers and traders – and had a spirit of brotherhood between them that was a key to their successes. St. E has that same spirit of brotherhood between students and faculty alike, hence, our “Viking Spirit.” It’s that Viking Spirit that has helped sustain me over and over in the face of challenge and change…and will continue to do so long after I graduate.
I’ve gone through some life-changing experiences during my years at St. E – experiences that have helped me see who I really am and what I can be. My first day, I came through the door as the little brother of Eric Patton, the “football star.” Anyone with a talented older sibling knows how tough it can be to get out of that shadow. But, St. E has helped me develop talents and interests of my own, and I have hope that my legacy and contribution to the school can be just as great as my brother’s. No high school experience is without growing pains but the good experiences here have always far outweighed any difficulties. It was a struggle for me to adjust to high school at first, but the continuing support from my student and faculty friends has helped me to make a success of my time here at St. E. It’s the people here – and the Viking Spirit – that make this school so special.
A big factor in my career at St. E has been the excellent guidance counseling, helping me to build better study habits and consequently, earn better grades. On the athletic side, another highlight of my St. E experience has been the pleasure of being part of our 2010 championship football team – an achievement I’ll never forget. The ability to develop both my athletic talents and academic capabilities has helped make me a better, more well-rounded “student-athlete,” which has led to many scholarship offers from prestigious universities…and a clear path to a great future.
I’m very appreciative to my family for sending me to St. Elizabeth. For me, St. E is a second home, and I will consider it an honor to call it my Alma Mater one day."
Andre Patteon now attends Rutgers University, Class of 2017