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Team approach helps House of Courage succeed

Seniors Joe Gryboski and Zach Tackett make a good team as co-senior executive delegates for the House of Courage. They tend to bounce ideas off one another and take turns doing tasks that meet their different interests, Joe said. Joe is more analytical and serious, whereas Zach is more laid back and a bit of a jokester, and their different personalities provide a nice balance. Together, they hope to inspire their House to win the Third Quarter Points Race in order to compete in the House Cup later this semester.

Joe has previously served as sophomore and junior delegate to the House and said he likes being a senior House leader because it gives him an opportunity to meet and interact with students from other grades. If he weren’t a leader, he would be more likely to sit with his friends, but being a leader forces him to interact with others. He also is a member of the National Honor Society and was senior captain of the Boys Soccer team and was manager of the Girls Basketball team.

Zach previously served as social event coordinator for the House and said he likes being a senior delegate for the opportunity to help his House and its members. He also is on the Baseball team.

Zach said he is most proud of the Halloween party the House of Courage put on last fall. Members of the House donated candy to give to each student as they entered in the morning and helped decorate the student entrance.

Joe said the Halloween party and other events show how members of their House take part in activities. Recently, several members of the House attended a Thursday morning liturgy in the Chapel and enjoyed donuts afterward.

“It’s a lot of fun seeing different grades come together into a House,” Joe said.

Zach plans to attend Indiana University-Bloomington and hopes to major in mathematics with a minor in economics.

Joe is still weighing his college decision as he waits to hear back from Vanderbilt University, the University of Notre Dame, Washington University in St. Louis, and Johns Hopkins University. The Ohio State University and Purdue University also are in consideration, he said. He plans to study sports medicine or physical therapy because he would “like to help people for a living.”

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