The enthusiasm and excitement could be felt throughout the building as these 167 graduates and their families began arriving for the ceremonies. This past school year has brought tremendous success for this class academically, spiritually, artistically and athletically, and we are so proud of their accomplishments.
The ceremony opened with The National Anthem sung by seniors Lizzie Adams and Will Adkins. Salutatorian, Emily Mantaro provided a beautiful invocation as an official start to the morning. Along with the many academic, leadership and service awards, other highlights from the ceremony included:
- Valedictorian, Andrew Lam’s message to his fellow graduates spoke of the irreplaceable experiences and memories that they encountered over their four years at Lourdes. He reminded them that “Happiness is in the unexpected, and they should embrace the unexpected in their future relationships and experiences.”
- Mrs. Merryman, in her message to “her seniors”, this year took her inspiration from Billy Joel’s We Didn’t Start the Fire. She asked them to “Let the fire ignite inside you, be the joy, be the love, be the peace, be the goodness. You are the receivers of the gift of the Holy Spirit. Let the fire burn within you. God is counting on you and so are we.”
- Board of Trustees Executive Chair, Genaro Argenio addressed the crowd thanking all in attendance for their support and ongoing commitment to our school.
- April Griggs and Owen Corrigan were named as recipients of the Lourdes Faculty Award.
A very impressive moment of these ceremonies took place when James P. Trainor, LTC (R), USAR, Liaison Officer from the United States Military Academy at West Point was in attendance to present the Academy’s Certificate of Admission to Esther Roman. Esther successfully navigated a rigorous admissions process within the Academy, who typically accepts only 10% of applicants each year. Lieutenant Colonel Trainer gave a thorough description of all the Academy has to offer, and the qualifications Esther was required to meet commenting, “We are confident that Esther Roman has what it takes.” A second presentation was also made to Esther by Ann Mueller, Deputy District Director from Congressman Faso’s office as it was Faso’s district that provided the nomination that is required for this admission process. We are grateful to
Lieutenant Colonel Trainer and Ms.Mueller for being a part of our ceremony. Congratulations Esther!
The ceremony wrapped up with the Ave Maria sung by juniors, Lin Rao and Sarah vonEgypt and Monsignor James Sullivan providing the benediction. The procession of graduates then continued out to the front of the school for the annual tradition of the “throwing of the caps” in front of our Blessed Mother statue.
A beautiful ceremony, an outstanding group of graduates, family, and friends, administration, faculty and staff all came together for a wonderful day.
Congratulations Class of 2017! We are excited to see where your futures will take you!
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