Parents, friends and relatives raced up and down the aisles with phone cameras as the students, one by one, had their “small moment,” receiving their diplomas. One graduate earned such a loud and raucous reaction from a supporter that she returned to her seat, eyes down, shaking her head. Graduate Sydney Amber Smith broke ranks to go over and give religion instructor Michael Lescault a vigorous high five.
Lescault gave the invocation, praying, “Help them to always seek the highest good.”
“My fellow classmates have never ceased to amaze me,” said Class President Jennifer Jordan, who cited various awards won by her colleagues, including Salem News All-Star. Above all, she observed, was a feeling of love and respect in the school.
Valedictorian Emily Estabrook praised the school staff. “They never gave up on us,” she said. And she saluted her peers, saying, “When I look out at our class I see stars.”
“Walk always with God,” Fleming concluded. “And may you always be held in the palm of God’s hand.”
BISHOP FENWICK 51ST GRADUATION
No. of graduates: 140
Valedictorian: Emily Estabrook
Salutatorian: Monica Poeske
Class gift: A fence to surround the courtyard/picnic area dubbed Chris’ Place.
Per student cost of class gift: $20.13
Gift to prinicipal: A bracelet for Sister Cathy, who said, “Every time I put this on I’ll see these faces.”
Millionaires Club — Students have earned, so far, a combined $9.5 million in scholarships.
Bishop Benedict Joseph Fenwick Award for “students with the courage and conviction to live the Christian life” — Parick Corcoran and Kathryn Hart
In lieu of flowery language — Each student was awarded a sunflower along with a diploma and raised it at the conclusion, so a virtual sea of sunflowers danced above the heads of the Class of 2013.