Braden Kovalovich '20

Success is something we all strive for. It’s the driving force that inspires us to get up in the morning. People spend all their lives trying to grasp success and they never quite get there. What is success? 

I’m proud of my school, Malvern Prep, because in 6th, 7th, and 8th grade, I learned the fundamentals of success here.

I entered Malvern Prep in sixth grade, not knowing what to expect, unsure, and scared. Yet, soon I learned that the school runs much differently than elementary school. I was given responsibility, choices, and freedom. It was daunting at first and made me even more scared. I learned the consequences of failing to use my newfound responsibilities. However, I learned that I’m not alone. I had dozens of other students who felt just like me. I had teachers and parents who empathized and helped me through. I became stronger. I learned about hard work, determination, and perseverance. I learned how the world works. In this environment, I was being prepared for the world.
I finished sixth grade and felt on top of the world. I passed the first year with flying colors, and summer had passed by as quickly as it came. I entered back on campus, got me classes, and started the year. The workload doubled. As I made my way through the year, my classmates started to branch out into different groups. Each group was extremely talented at something. I quickly learned everyone had a calling. People might not find your calling until high school, college, or even beyond, but everyone does eventually find it. I learned at Malvern that the world is competitive, and to stand out, you have to stand tall. I learned that everyone in the world has potential, but only the greatest people use it.
Seventh grade finished, another summer flies by. I reflected on the now cherished memories of the past two years, and wondered what eighth grade would be like. I re-entered the now familiar campus with a sense of euphoria. I was now the king of the middle school. I breezed through my classes with ease. This is our last year in the middle school. We paid closer attention during chapel services and at anti-drug assemblies because the messages and scenarios shown to us were things we dealt with in our daily lives. Our childhood is waning. So we listened. Listened to the Gospel, to the teaching of Jesus, and to the stories of the Gospel. We listened to the values of our teachers, our parents, and the values of a Malvernian. This is when the values of Malvern Prep truly sunk in. Truth, Unity, and Love. An Augustinian Tradition. I am now ready for what lies ahead.
Malvern Preparatory School is a school that’s main focus is to prepare you for college through values and integrity. However, I never really understood this. Instead, I learned what this meant through the experiences I acquired at Malvern. It’s up to me now to use these experiences and do something with them. Malvern doesn’t just prepare you for college; it prepares you for the world, mentally. physically, and most importantly, spiritually. Malvern truly is An Augustinian School, Catholic and Independent, Living the Augustinian spirit of Veritas, Unitas and Caritas. My years at Malvern have been the best years of my life. I can’t wait to see what Malvern Prep has instore for my high school years.