Editor's note: As Hastings Catholic Schools celebrates 100 years, the Tribune looks at the schools' past, present and future. Today, in the second of three stories, we look at the benefits students, staff and parents see in a Catholic education.
When Hastings native Tim Skoch enrolled at the University of Kansas in 2011, he was amazed by the number of students who struggled with their faith.
"In college, it's very difficult to keep up on the faith life," Skoch said. "Kids who don't have it are the ones that didn't even have a hint of it in high school. It's easier to keep in college because I have a background in it."
Skoch, a 2011 graduate of Hastings St. Cecilia High School, believes it was his strong religious background and education that instilled in him the faith he has today.
"I feel like my experience at St. Cecilia was more of a family atmosphere," he said. "When you go to a Catholic school, there's something to bond yourself around a little more than school."