Juan Diego Academy may not be the oldest high school in the Rio Grande Valley, but it already has a rich history. Being the first Catholic regional high school in the upper Rio Grande Valley, Juan Diego has many symbols that are a part of its identity, one being the stone water fountain in the middle of campus.
Unfortunately, the severe thunderstorm that damaged most buildings on campus last May 31 also damaged the fountain. Straight-line winds believed to have been over one-hundred miles per hour scattered pieces of the fountain across the plaza. It was a devastating site, but it did not discourage the help offered by others. Although the buildings were repaired, the broken fountain remained, broken and untouched. That was until JDA sophomore and Boy Scout, Joseph Seiba, decided to rebuild the fountain as part of his Eagle Scout Project.
Seiba has been a member of the Boy Scouts for ten years and has participated in several fundraisers and service projects while with them. “Being a boy scout is not just about camping and fishing, but learning important leadership skills and helping those around you,” commented Seiba. With the help of other members of the Juan Diego community, Seiba has been working to put the fountain back together. The project started at the beginning of spring break and is scheduled to be completed in May. The fountain restoration is the fourth Eagle Scout Service Project done by a JDA student on our campus (the flagpole memorial area, picnic area, and picnic tables are all service projects done by Eagle Scouts from JDA).
It is certainly a blessing to have the fountain restored and continue to be an important symbol on Juan Diego’s campus.
Story and Photo by Paloma Lyke