June 3, 2010 in Washington Voices

St. Michael’s Chris Drahman known as dependable; peers cite him as leader by example

Jennifer Larue jlarue99@hotmail.com
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Chris Drahman does maintenance work around Mount St. Michael. He is a senior at St. Michael’s Academy and plans to attend SCC.
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Chris Drahman, a St. Michael’s Academy senior, doesn’t have much to say. He relies on actions and getting the job done over words, and what he hopes his actions show is “how a Catholic acts in the world.”

Drahman has attended the academy since kindergarten and, early on, his desire to serve was evident.

“Teachers have commented throughout the years on what a big help he is,” said his mother Theresa Drahman. “One teacher in grade school told me that he helped her get through a very difficult year. It was a big class and her first time as a full-time teacher. She appreciated him always being there; ready to help with anything at all.”

For the past two years, Drahman has worked in maintenance on the large campus. “I’m very particular about who I hire,” said teacher Sister Marie Janae, who is in charge of finance and personnel. “I trust him implicitly. He’s dependable and has an incredible work ethic.”

Drahman has helped the drama department with electrical work, special effects and stage assembly. He also has been involved with the police Explorer program and performed more than 500 volunteer hours for the school and community in the past three years.

He is a good role model, say his peers. Sister Mary Petra, principal of St. Michael’s Academy, asked each senior to choose two students whom they thought deserved a specific honor and explain why. Drahman’s name came up often.

Regarding a student who best represented good ethics and leadership, his peers said: “He sets a good example and works hard.” “He has a positive and helpful attitude.” “He’s an obvious choice. He’s never a bad influence and he follows the rules.” “He exemplifies the Christian spirit. He always gets the job done, is good and spirited.”

After graduation, Drahman plans to “go to college, get a good job, and hopefully get married, raise a good Catholic family and die a saint.” He intends to do his best while continuing to volunteer.

“Have a good time,” he urges others, “but play by the rules and, if you make a mistake, correct it, forget about it and move on.”

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