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Scecina celebrates 60th commencement


The Class of 2016 celebrates commencement at
Scecina Memorial High School!

 

The Class of 2016, along with their families, friends, teachers and administrators, enjoyed three days of celebration of the accomplishments and the memories from their four years at Scecina Memorial High School.

Awards Day, May 25

The festivities for Scecina’s 60th graduating class started with Awards Day. The Class of 2016 was awarded more than $10.5 million in college merit scholarships, which amounts to more than $100,000 per student.

Baccalaureate Mass, May 26

Baccalaureate Mass at Little Flower Catholic Church was devoted to honoring our Catholic-Christian faith. Father Bob Gilday, in his first-ever baccalaureate homily, focused on being humbly grateful.

“At this Eucharist, we give thanks to God for all the gifts God has given you, especially during your four years of high school,” he said. “All that we are and have, all that we receive, are gifts from God either directly or indirectly through others. In a special way this evening, seniors, please give thanks for your parents and family, for the faculty, staff, and administration of Scecina Memorial High School, for the members of your class, and for the entire Scecina community. At some point, please take a moment to thank your parents and teachers.”

Father Bob also passed on the best advice he had ever received: “When I was about to graduate from college and was preparing to go to Rome to study theology, one of my college professors advised me to choose as friends students who were brighter and better than I. He said that doing so would challenge me to become the best version of myself as a student and as a person. This is not only true for school but also for life.”

That same evening one of Scecina highest student honors was presented, the John J. Henninger Memorial Award for Christian Service. Beginning with the Class of 1977, the Henninger Award has been presented to a senior who excels in the areas of Christian service, faith, and positive contributions to Scecina.

This year there was a tie, and two seniors won the Henninger Award: Corinne Maue and Michael Ruiz-Moranchel. The other nominees were Abigail Brown, Bailey Hope and Jenna Nosek.

Commencement, May 27

For commencement in the gymnasium, Scecina welcomed Gina Kuntz Fleming, superintendent of Catholic Schools for the Archdiocese of Indianapolis, as a special guest on behalf of Archbishop Joseph Tobin.

“Today we celebrate with you one of 11 commencements in the Archdiocese for the Class of 2016, in which there are a total of 1,444 graduates, 96 of whom are Scecina Crusaders!” said Mrs. Fleming.

Mrs. Fleming said her hope and prayer for the graduates was for them to go forth and wisely use their gifts by capitalizing on the foundation built at Scecina, and that they continually strengthen their relationship with God and “all those in your midst.”

Fleming helped award diplomas to the graduates, along with Principal John Hegarty and President Joe Therber, who also spoke to the class.

Principal Hegarty said the Class of 2016 was special to him, not only because his son Eamon was among the graduates, but also because of how close the class is. Together they had celebrated individual and team academic and athletic feats, such as winning a State Championship (softball) and a SemiState Title (football). They also had come together when tragedies befell them, such as the deaths of classmates’ parents and the passing of a beloved teacher and coach.

President Therber noted how the Class of 2016 was the 60th to cross the stage for their diplomas.

“What were you doing in 1957 . . . do you know anyone who was alive then . . . does time that far back even seem possible?” he asked. “Believe it or not, in 1957, a group of young people stepped across this stage to receive the first-ever diplomas with the name ‘Scecina’ on them.”

President Therber also gave each graduate a Father Tom challenge coin. “Your Scecina challenge coin signifies that you have achieved, have met the challenge, and are members in an important group,” he told them.

He closed by saying, “The footprints of your younger years are already marked in the sand, so to speak, with so many more to come. As you lay the next steps down, on behalf of our faculty, administration, and staff, I congratulate the Class of 2016 for what each of you has contributed to the life and the ongoing story of Scecina Memorial High School.”

Read the address by valedictorian Ria Rebein, “Remember the Four B’s.”

 

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