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On Sunday, May 19 Notre Dame High School gained 38 additional alumni. Sunday’s graduation ceremony was the last on the list of graduation activities for these new graduates. Seniors and their families attended a Rose and Candle ceremony, baccalaureate, a senior awards banquet, then a graduation ceremony.
The Rose and Candle ceremony focuses on the transitions from student to class officer, junior to senior, and high school to college. The focus is on passing the torch in the form of a candle and rejoicing the beauty of life and all that it has in store represented by the rose. The candle is the symbol of light guiding us along our path, and provides assurance in the darkness. The rose symbolizes new beginnings that holds beautiful petals, but also some thorns. Representing some of the things the new graduates are sure to experience beyond high school.
The Baccalaureate Mass held at St. James Catholic Church in North View, was a religious ceremony celebrating the accomplishments and what the future holds for the newest graduates of Notre Dame. The Baccalaureate was followed by a Senior Awards Banquet at Pete Dye Golf Club. During the awards banquet $1,000,000 in scholarship funds were awarded to the 2019 class of Notre Dame.
During the graduation ceremony attendees heard commencement addresses from Co-Valedictorians, Amy Frosch and Samuel Snider, Salutatorian Kristine Waddell, and David Maurer, voted the most popular employee at Notre Dame. Each address touched on the students moving forward in life despite the obstacles they might face, and through their education at Notre Dame High School they have been prepared for those obstacles.
Amy Frosch and Samuel Snider spoke as the Co-Valedictorians and Kristine Waddell as the Salutatorian. The class chose popular Notre Dame employee David Maurer to give their commencement address. Members of the Notre Dame class of 2019 are Amelia Angotti, Brannon Bailey, Garrett Collins, Morgan Dennison, Hunter Emerson, Justin Frazier, Amy Frosch, Elias Gordon, Madeline Griffith, Ethan Hager, Tyler Hardesty, Jeremy Hardman, Brock Harlow, Marinna Heath, Nathan Helm, Aaron Jackson, Gabriel Johnson, Isabella Lopez, Taylor Martino, Joel Maurer, Daniel McGuire, Jacob McGuire, Emma McKeen, Jalen Miller, Jessica Mordan, Trenton Mullins, Kevin Nguyen, Devin O’ Sullivan, Jack Pitsenbarger, Makayla Posey, Mei Mei Rexroad, Kira Riffle, Samuel Snider, Patrick Snuffer, Mark Taylor, Kristine Waddell, Hunter Yost, and Gabriel Zummo.
Congratulations to all of the 2019 Notre Dame Graduates!