Learning to Live with God at the Center
The Khoza family explored all the high school options available in State College for sons Ethan and Cameron, but they believed nothing could compete with the value that Saint Joe’s offers. Now, they encourage other families to invest in the unique benefits and opportunities that Catholic high school offers.
Ethan and Cameron’s father, Makhonyola, describes the environment at Saint Joe’s as “not only academically robust, but also one that gives equal attention to the leadership, faith and character of his sons.” For this reason, he says, it’s been worthwhile for their family to make the financial investment in tuition, even if they have to make some sacrifices along the way.
“I understand that there are other tuition-free school choices out there that are compelling, but I would encourage others to strongly consider Saint Joe’s,” Makhonyola says. “I believe the academics are without comparison. In addition, many other schools stop there, at academics, when we all know that preparing kids for the real world is more than just increasing academic knowledge. There needs to be a character formation as well. It is our experience that the components that make up a St. Joe’s education–faith, scholarship, leadership and service–are bringing the best of all worlds to our children. We thank God for it!”
The Khozas say they have witnessed incredible growth in both their children.
“They are stretched and challenged academically, and they are discovering that the boundary lines of their ‘best’ are continually being expanded,” Makhonyola says. “We love this! But just as much, we appreciate how they have been exposed to acts of service and leadership which have given them important opportunities to develop more holistically.”
Ethan graduated with the class of 2018 and his parents are confident that his time at Saint Joe’s prepared him well for the next steps in his life. Cameron is a rising sophomore.
“We believe that a life lived with God at the center, seeking to influence and serve others is a life well lived, and Saint Joseph’s is helping to shape our children in this way,” Makhonyola says.
Q&A with the Khoza Brothers
Q: What is your favorite thing about attending Saint Joe’s?
Ethan: My favorite thing about Saint Joes is the community feeling. People care about each other, and the environment is good for accomplishing great things academically, spiritually, and socially.
Cameron: Definitely the food and the small environment
Q: What does receiving a Catholic education mean to you?
Ethan: It means receiving an education that is valuable and being taught by teachers who cared about me as an individual.
Cameron: It means not only learning about academic material but learning about God and the plan that he has for our lives.
Q: What activities do you participate in?
Cameron: I play on the basketball team and I am also involved in the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, and my brother was involved in both of these as well.
Q: What are your future aspirations?
Ethan: I will be attending Grove City College to study business management and hopefully work in business when I graduate.
Cameron: Right now, I’m following God’s plan. Whatever that may be, that’s where I’ll go.
Q: What advice do you have for future Saint Joe’s students?
Ethan: Make sure to do as much as you can during high school. Join lots of extracurricular activities even if they aren’t something you’d normally do. Also try to have fun and make friends.
Cameron: Be yourself — don’t try to be anybody that you’re not. Also be invested in the school. You have to come here and really want to get something out of Saint Joe’s.