Brilliant sunshine sent the St. Paul High School class of 2010 off into the real world at the graduation Mass and ceremony Sunday afternoon at the church.
Fifty-nine seniors said their goodbyes at the 88th commencement of SPH at the hour and 40-minute event.
Class salutatorian Kaylee Bundschuh called the day, “bittersweet.”
“This is a journey we’ve traveled together the past 12 years,” she said. “We’ve been through so much...everyone here contributed to that extraordinary experience.”
Bundschuh went on to say some doors were closing Sunday, but added many new ones were opening at the same time.
“We’ll have stories to tell and re-tell,” she said.
“All good things must come to an end,” class valedictorian Amber Welfle told the crowd.
“This class is full of unforgettable memories,” Welfle added. “We’ve set the bar high for other classes.
“We’re always ready to see the fun in every situation,” she added. “We’re all ready to start the new chapter of our lives.”
The class of 2010 achieved many academic, spiritual and athletic goals during its time in school.
Honors included during their senior year a state runners-up finish in volleyball and a state championship in football.
Winners of the coveted Bishop’s Crosses awards were Welfle and Nicholas Tuttle. This award is given to the graduate who has compiled an outstanding average in theology class and performed exemplary Christian service.
The class of 2010 president was Clairice Hinckley, while serving as vice president was Cassie Corrigan.
Class secretary was Emily Nickoli and Tuttle was class treasurer.
The class motto was, “We came here as strangers, we stay as friends; we leave with memories that will never end.”
Both SPH Principal Jim Tokarsky and Norwalk Catholic School President Walt Klimaski said the class of 2010 would always hold a special place with them because they, too, came on board with the school in fall 2006.
Klimaski said some classes are “good,” while others “great,” but he called this graduating class, “wow.”
Tokarsky led the presentation of the class, while the Rev. Eric Mueller offered the military blessing for those headed from SPH into the armed services.
Hinckley led the class in the switching of the tassel.
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