Scotus President Wayne Morfeld
At Scotus Central Catholic’s winter activities pep rally I had the opportunity to share with the students how important I believe team success is versus individual success. Part of my discussion was reminding students we live in a society today that encourages us to think in an exactly opposite manner – or “what is in it for me”? If I don’t find immediate success, society often says quit or at least find someone else to blame for my perceived lack of fair treatment. Yes, somebody scores more points than someone else, or someone competes in 3 speech team categories or someone has a large part in the musical while somebody else simply appears on stage. The size of the part you play on your team does not matter. How you play the role you have on your team does matter! At the end of the day, if the activity is going to maximize its potential for success, everyone’s part is vitally important. The athlete sitting on the bench during the game who busts his or her tail in practice to help the team improve plays a vital role. They are appreciated and are a vital part of any success the group or team has. To this point Scotus has had a great year, I simply feel it is an appropriate time to remind us how much has been accomplished and what it takes to maximize opportunities for success. The rest of this article is a reprint from last year but is, I believe a great reminder of what it takes for Team Scotus to maximize its potential.
I love the title SCOTUS CENTRAL CATHOLIC! The word SCOTUS is music to my ears for many reasons. One reason is because it contains the word “US”. To me, this is a constant reminder us/we are all in this together, working as a team, the Scotus Team. Because of the sacrifices of many team-oriented people, Scotus, over the years, has evolved into and has maintained a reputation as a high performing, faith-based institution.
Also pleasing to me is that there is not an “I” in SCOTUS, just like there is not an “I” in the word “TEAM”. In today’s modern society the question often asked is “What is in it for me?” or the “I” syndrome. Many of the people who contribute to the success of Scotus do so without great fanfare or recognition. They contribute because it is the right thing to do, not for personal gain. Thank you.
As requests come across my desk for a variety of things my decisions are based on what is best for the school as a whole and not individuals. Yes, every student is important as an individual, but ultimately the body of Scotus Central Catholic shall reign supreme, and decisions will be based on what is best for the body of Scotus Central Catholic. If a request appears to be “I” based the answer will have to be “no”.
Personally, being part of a great team is much more gratifying and important than personal success. Being president of this great school gives me the opportunity to work collaboratively with an outstanding Scotus community, parents, faculty, staff and students. Working together we make great things happen and there is plenty of success to be shared and celebrated by everyone.