Leadership Through Service


Hi I’m Gabe DiMartino, a Kennedy Catholic H.S. Senior in Washington state

My Leadership Philosophy can be defined in one simple statement “Leadership Through Service”. Leadership is, by definition, an exalted role with the purpose of pushing a group towards a common goal. However, I believe the most impactful form of leadership is through humbling oneself and working alongside others to achieve a common good.

I have witnessed this daily through my mom who chooses to support her co-workers helping them through complex issues without the need for credit.

For me, I chose to serve through leadership on the Altar.  At age 10 I Altar Served my first mass with the jobs of carrying the candles and ringing the bells. Over the years I have grown to carry out more responsibilities and serving in different ways such as Eucharistic Ministry, Deaconate Chores, Collections, and Head Altar server.

In this way, I serve the priest in his most sacred duty and support the younger servers new to their roles. Through my leadership, I help them understand the importance of anticipating the Priest’s needs and acting independently to fix issues. I like to believe that my service on the Altar translates to leadership for future servers all striving for the common good.

As I prepare to head off to college, I imagine I will continue to serve my church and believe my campus leadership will mirror the path I took as an Altar server. First, learning the ropes of my new environments, next volunteering through clubs and activities that best serve my community.

Finally, I want my college education and experience to inform how I can serve others with an ultimate goal of working for organizations like “Engineering Without Boarders.” In living these values I can continue to lead through service.

Thank you

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