Jesus take the wheel

Katie Woodruff, news editor

Throughout their lives, Julia Hickman, Patty Judd and Katherine Moore, have been constantly involved in religion, just like 56 percent of students. Their time is consumed by participating in retreats, missions trips and volunteer work so according to Moore, she can apply their traditional values of faith into high school.

“My [Catholic] upbringing has become a part of me,” Moore, junior, said. “Since we don’t get to learn about God in school, I like to be involved in my church. Sundays reset the week for me and I like to see my old friends.”

According to the National Study of Youth and Religion, 82 percent of children are raised by parents who talk about faith at home. Judd, sophomore, attends St. Clement of Rome, and Moore attends Mary Queen of Peace, and they both attach they attach great importance to their beliefs and are active in their congregations.

Twenty-two percent of students promote religion outside of services and 32 percent participate in youth groups and religious school clubs. Judd and Moore both followed their parents’ faith tradition.

Although some students attend Catholic services on Sundays, there are other religions at KHS. Hickman, senior, drives a few blocks from her house to Webster Hills United Methodist Church. She said members of the congregation are very involved in the community as well as the people.

Hickman said she attends worship two or three times a month like 52 percent of American teens according to the National Study of Youth and Religion. Besides attending Sunday services, she annually volunteers at the Pumpkin Patch during the fall, the Shalom House and homeless shelters during the winter. In the spring, her church prepares for an auction to raise money for the summer mission trip to various places like Rosebud Reservation in South Dakota, Philadelphia, Ann Arbor and All Saints Camp in the Bahamas. Every fall, Webster Hills Methodist participates in Make a Difference Day with the Glendale community, where they do yard work for senior citizens around the small town of about 6,000 people.

“My family has been big on faith [since I was born]” Judd said. “The [St. Clement] community is like another family to me because everyone understands you. They want to help you learn your faith and become closer to God every day.”