Students at St. Viator Catholic School and Bishop Gorman High School in Las Vegas started their school

Principal Tracy Brunelle, left, and Associate Rosy Hartz, right, join Mark Dreschler, President, and CEO of Premier Trust, with St. Viator students at the Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast

day off in a slightly different way today: They joined with 400 other students in attending the Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast, as well as dignitaries that included:  mayors of Boulder City, Henderson, Las Vegas and North Las Vegas and the chairman of the Clark County Board of Commissioners.

“It’s an event that celebrates unity and diversity as business, faith and political leaders come together with students from across the region,” said Associate Rosy Hartz, who accompanied students from St. Viator’s Campus ministry and youth ministry programs.

Fr. Thomas von Behren and Br. Carlos Flórez pose with St. Viator students

Another delegation of students came from Bishop Gorman High School, accompanied by Associate Kim Martinez and Fr. William Haesaert, CSV. The Viatorians’ newest school, Cristo Rey St. Viator Las Vegas College Prep, was represented by Fr. Thomas von Behren, CSV, president , and Br. Carlos Flórez, CSV, its student enrollment officer.

Fr. William Haesaert enjoyed the event with St. Viator students

The keynote speaker at the breakfast was Kerry Bubolz, president and chief operations officer of the Las Vegas Golden Knights, who last year made it to the NHL finals. He added star power to the event, but his words went a long way with students in attendance.

“The guest speaker really touched upon how we all — adults and students — can be proactive in our community,” said Zoe D., a student at St. Viator School. “Instead of being an individual, we must work as a team for the greater good and best ultimate outcome.”

Another student, Brandon Beltram summed up the thoughts of many, when he said: “It was eye opening to see how big of a community we are and that we can all come together.”

The Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast dates back more than 60 years. It is organized by the Interfaith Council of Southern Nevada and benefits Camp Anytown program, which empowers youth in leadership skills, human relations and diversity.