On a day to remember their family, faith and education, 23 students became the most recent graduates of Sacred Heart High School Sunday afternoon at their commencement exercise.
“My wish for each of you is that you cherish and protect the experiences of the church and the your education here at Sacred Heart, Sister Elizabeth Young, SCL, Superintendent of Schools for the Jefferson City Diocese said during her remarks. “I wish to offer a thank you to the parents for their partnership in the education and the future of these students who are the future of the Catholic Church.”
In his speech, Valedictorian, Logan Sunnarborg, also commented on both the success of the students and the alumni of Sacred Heart.
Sunnarborg listed several accomplishments his class and the school have seen in recent years.
“The biggest accomplishment that Scared Heart attains every year is graduating successful;l people, including all of those who sit with me today,” Sunnarborg said. “Sacred Heart has a legacy of promoting hard-working dedicated alumni and continues to do that with my class and future classes.
“The diplomas we are receiving here today are so much more than a certificate,” Sunnarborg added. “It is a guarantee that we have been instilled with great values that will lead us to a successful future and I know that if we stay true to those values, failure is not an option,” as our eighth grade motto read.
Commencement speaker, Debbie Bolin told the students that no matter where their path may lead they were all a part of the family of Sacred Heart.
“In this time at Sacred Heart, we have grown as a family, and what happens in a family: we pray together, we fight, we have our differences of opinions, we have crazy fun and laugh,” Bowlin said. “We have also had some changes this year.
“Change equals growth and we are not the same as we were when we first began this journey together,” she added. “We have evolved into more educated, older people who are more spiritual, more prayerful, more thought-filled people; we are people in conversation always changing.”
Assistant principal at Sacred Heart Holly Wilson made similar remarks prior to the start of graduation.
“Our graduates will soon be leaving and will travel to all parts of the globe,” Wilson said. “I know they take this opportunity to learn and grow.
“They are amazing individuals who have their families and the family of Sacred Heart who love and support them,” Wilson added. “They should always know though that they can always come back to this home.”
Dr. Gary Manning also offered his comments about the class of 2016 and their special qualities.
“Over the last two years that I have been at Sacred Heart, I have gotten to know these graduates very well.” “There is uniqueness about them and I am certain they will achieve all of their goals whether that is in college, the workforce or in the military.”
Bolin in her address offered advice on achieving goals and the subject of change to both the graduates and their parents as they began a new chapter in their lives.
“Some change is easier than others and I know the seniors are ready to make this change,” Bolin said. “You have taken college courses and have been successful and have been raised in a faith filled community and you know that God is always with you … in your successes as well as your failures and tragedies.
“Your parents, however are in different levels of preparedness for change … they are celebrating with you this weekend because graduations and accomplishments need to be celebrated,” she added. “But then they know that they have to let go and let you go.”
She concluded by saying that for some parents it’s easier and for some it’s more difficult and ended with the following.
“(Graduates) Your life is a journey… not a guided tour so make your journey matter,” Bolin said. “Not just to you but to others. “Travel the path God wants you to take in such a way that others’ lives will be changed as a result of their encounter with you.”
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