Character Spotlight: Olympian Skypes with Lower School

Josephine Pucci, 2014 silver medalist with the U.S. Women's Olympic Hockey Team and sister of RCDS substitute teacher Victoria Pucci, Skyped with the RCDS Lower School during morning meeting. She emphasized the importance of courage, finding joy in process, staying dedicated to goals, and bouncing back from challenges. Do you have a Lower Schooler? Ask what it means to "be the bouncy ball!"

A few of her pieces of advice:

  • "When you dedicate yourself to something, you don't know if you're going to win or lose, but you give your all and try your best to enjoy the process."
  • "Control the controllables - there are a lot of things in life you can't control! Don't waste energy on the things you can't control and focus on the things you can."
  • "Everyone is going to have times when things don't go the way they want or the way they expect. Everyone faces adversity. The difference between those who reach their goals and those who don't is how they deal with adversity."
  • "If you drop a bouncy ball, what happens? It bounces back up! If you drop a rock, what happens? It stays on the ground! Always be a bouncy ball. When you fall down, when you get challenged, bounce back up!"

Portrait of a Graduate Connections:


RCDS students cultivate strength of character through the development of social and emotional intelligences, strong and positive moral compasses, and passionate and principled actions.