AWARDS & AFFIRMATIONS
Graduation and moving-up ceremonies 2014
written by Jaci Shinoda
St. Joseph School’s outstanding students have been studying, performing community service, and excelling at athletics all year, and our May 16th Awards Assembly acknowledged students’ commitment to excellence. Our program included scholarship awards for returning St. Joseph students, higher education awards for our graduating class, and scholarly accolades presented by Academic Dean Mrs. Susan Wehrsig.
Our Service Learning Awards recognized students’ generous volunteer contributions throughout the year. Coaches gave heartfelt speeches, and handed out numerous trophies and medals to state finalists and participants during our Athletic Awards segment. The traditional Candle and Rose ceremony signified the transfer of leadership to the upcoming classes, who presented gifts to our graduating seniors. Our St. Joseph School Community joined in to sing our alma mater at the program’s conclusion.
St. Joseph Church hosted joint Baccalaureate and graduation ceremonies on May 23rd, which carried positive aspirations and sage advice for the future, including heartfelt blessings from St. Joseph Church celebrants. The co-valedictorians expressed gratitude for their class, families, friends, St. Joseph School ‘ohana, and to God, who made this wonderful day possible. Family and friends proudly applauded as our seniors were granted multiple honors, including scholarships, special recognitions, and subject awards. Graduates marched down the aisle once more, family and friends demonstrating an outpouring of aloha by draping graduates with colorful lei.
Here at St. Joseph School, excellence is expected, encouraged, and always celebrated as a great achievement. We are a group of unique individuals who positively contribute to our society with methods characterized by the faith, values, and success of our achievements at St. Joseph School. Congratulations to our Class of 2014, and to the St. Joseph School Community, as we work toward a bright future!
SEE MAY/JUNE NEWSLETTER ISSUE FOR MORE: Cardinal Newsletter May/June 2014