Before arriving at West Catholic Prep, Kha’Jey Frazier ’19 was a little apprehensive about starting a new chapter in his life. Having grown up in the North Philadelphia area, Kha’Jey was essentially starting over at West. But when Kha’Jey came for a tour of the school, he interacted with a few members of the football team and they all gave him the same advice.
“They told me if I came to West Catholic and remained focused, I would have great opportunities once I graduated,” says Kha’Jey.
Wrapping up his senior year, Kha’Jey’s accolades include becoming captain of the varsity football team, and participating in both student council and the engineering club.
School President Paul Colistra was approached by the Global Football Team, inviting a student to compete in Ireland for the US team. For Colistra, Kha’Jey was the clear choice. But he went beyond a simple invitation —he decided the school would cover the cost of the trip. Colistra recalls, “My thought was to choose a young man who would positively represent our school, and provide him this experience so he could come back and share it with his teammates. It becomes something the younger guys can strive toward.”
“The trip was a life changing experience for me,” says Kha’Jey. Some highlights of his trip include: touring the famous Trim Castle; interacting with people on the streets of Dublin; and even learning the Irish jig. Kha’Jey’s trip to Ireland expanded his global horizons and highlighted the transformation from an apprehensive teenager to the mature and confident young man he is today.
After returning from his trip, Kha’Jey began to reflect on his four years at West. “I have been blessed to be around faculty, staff, and students who want us to succeed,” says Kha’Jey. “I’ve had the opportunity to be exposed to so many different viewpoints and ideas that have helped me become who I am today. West Catholic Prep is a place where you can be comfortable and express who you are to your peers and teachers.”
When asked about the most important thing he’s learned in his time at West, Kha’Jey responded, “It’s important to not be ashamed of our mistakes, rather to take responsibility for them and try to learn from them.” He also praises his parents for supporting him through his time at West. “They encouraged me to apply to West because they knew the school would give me some great opportunities.”
Kha’Jey hopes his accomplishments at West can help him become a positive influence on his younger family members. He plans to pursue a career in chemical engineering and attends Millersville University.
We’re excited to see what Kha’Jey accomplishes in the next chapter of his life.
For more stories like this, check out the Fall 2019 West Notes!