St. Cecilia School photo
Eighth graders from St. Cecilia School embrace a Hawaiian surf theme.
St. Cecilia School photo
Eighth graders from St. Cecilia School embrace a Hawaiian surf theme.
Holy Trinity, Beaverton
By Mason Axelson
I’ve had many memories here at Holy Trinity.
I remember in kindergarten we always had time in the morning to do activities around the classroom. In first grade there were Whisper Dollars that we would collect during the week and cash in for prizes. In second grade we learned songs about lunch and there was a giraffe in the back of the classroom named Gerald.  Mrs. Kane was the third grade teacher and all of us competed in learning multiplication.
In fourth grade, we went on many trips learning about Native Americans and the early pioneer years. I was at first scared going into fifth grade because older students said it was the hardest year at Holy Trinity. Mrs. Foster taught us vocabulary and we had our state reports.
In sixth grade we went to outdoor school, which was exciting. It was the first time I went somewhere without my parents for more than one night. Seventh grade was a funny year with Mr. Holland as our teacher for science and history. We learned a lot of different things, had many projects, and had fun all year.
Eighth grade is the final year and I don’t know if I’m glad it's finally over or if I am going to miss it. From all of my years here, what I remember most are the nice people, great teachers and excellent education. I’ve benefitted from going here with my friends, education, and Christianity. I will take a lot of my knowledge on to high school. I’m happy that I came to Holy Trinity because its such a great school to make friends, meet nice people and still have a good education.
The writer is an eighth grader at Holy Trinity.
Graduation is set for 7 p.m. Monday, June 13, at Holy Trinity Church. Valedictorian is Sophie Ziels and salutatorian is Ben Klaas.
Here are the graduates: Alex Treat, Justin Shahtout, Ben Klaas, Grant Bowen, Nathan DeBortoli, Jamie Cozart, Andy Schubert, Sam Truax, Emma Combine, Megan Moore, Ben Kemper, Lily Nistler, Kealia Rosa, Mason Axelson, Savannah Inglis, Beth Ray, Sophie Ziels, Nick Smith, Remie Nguyen, Megan Keagbine, Emily Szekely, Molly McCormick

St. Cecilia, Beaverton
St. Cecilia School eighth grade students shared laughter, pleasures and friendships as documented on their class quilt for “Ride A Wave – Catch The Spirit” auction this year.
On the quilt, particularly memorable are field trips to the A.C. Gilbert House on a RAZ bus (3rd grade), Oaks Park (5th grade), and Science Camp (6th grade). On the bumper cars at Oaks Park, there was a wish for music, so a classmate started singing “please don’t stop the music.” Walking along the beach and the giant hole made at Science Camp provided the backdrop for discovering the treasure of friendships.
Other classes and events fondly remembered include: Ms. Marshall coming to school with a Cheerio on her shirt and no more chocolate kisses; Mrs. Isaac’s growl during play rehearsal in fourth grade; singing in the fifth grade Christmas play – "Good King Wenceslaus"; creative writing and Language Arts Book Club party;
Halloween; CYO basketball; Coca-Cola at lunch; scary memories of the old tire swing.
The eighth grade students say they will miss the learning atmosphere, caring teachers, welcoming and supportive St. Cecilia School “family” community. Life lessons for growth and success have prepared them for their journey into high school.   
Graduation is set for 7 p.m. Thursday, June 9, at St. Cecilia Church.
Here are the graduates: Melinda Beaman, Ben Calabrese, Cali Cunningham, Derrick Davis, Marcus Dimeo, Sean Glackin, Santiago Godoy, Drew Hallett, Jack Hamburg, Chase Johnson, Natalie Knell, Justin Krach, Marlee Leonard, Jonelle Munoz, Alex Nelson, Abbie Owen, Joe Riedl, Marianne Smith, Ellie Ruiz, Robert Woodruff

St. Anne, Grants Pass
Ashley Stewart is St. Anne School's lone graduating eighth grader this year. She came to the school when she was a fifth grader.  
Because of the small class sizes, the teacher and students come to know one another in a way that is seldom, if ever, possible in larger class sizes.
"Ashley is a friendly and outgoing young woman and quite capable of exceeding in anything she pursues," says her teacher, Lorey Christensen. "She shows initiative and diligence, not only in school, but also in her life outside of school."
Ashley is student council president. She and other council members organized a successful Catholic Schools Week, an OMSI assembly, Hot Dog Fridays, and Wacky Wednesdays.
"She is a true leader," the teacher explains. "Students in her class, fifth through seventh graders, look up to Ashley as a leader."
Christensen says Ashley — with the education, social, moral, and spiritual values that St. Anne’s has inculcated in her — "and with God’s blessings," will make her school proud.

St. Matthew, Hillsboro
The eighth grade retreat at St. Matthew is a tradition loved by both students and teachers. As the 27 members of the class of 2011 reflect on their time at St. Matthew, almost universally they point to the retreat as the pinnacle event of their experiences at school.
The retreat is held in February over two nights and three days at the Tilikum Retreat Center and is led by REACH Youth Ministry Retreat Team. It's a time for the students to deepen their faith and bond with classmates.
James Harris, an eighth grader, cites the experience as full of praying, singing, reflecting and having honest, open conversations. He says that it is learning and “accepting that God has a journey there for us and we’ve only been on a small part.”  Amanda Ganete explains that the retreat was “eye opening” and that she learned so much about her faith. “To do this as a class makes it even more meaningful. ”
Boys and girls were divided into groups and the REACH team focused on gender issues as a teen-ager growing up in the Catholic faith. Alex Satterlee said it was nice to “talk about what it meant to be a man” within the faith.
Matt Schmidt, the eighth grade homeroom teacher, has been with this class for two years and has enjoyed seeing the class mature. He describes this class as social, communicative and caring. The undercurrent of concern is strong when class issues arise and they challenge each other to rise above and succeed.  
In honor of the graduates, a graduation Mass and reception is set for 7 p.m. Tuesday, June 14, at St. Matthew Church.   

Our Lady of the Lake, Lake Oswego
Graduation for Our Lady of the Lake School includes an 11 a.m. Mass and a 6:30 p.m. ceremony on Friday, June 10 in Our Lady of the Lake Church.
Graduation speakers will be Bill Goodwin and Shannen Burton the two student body presidents for the year.  
Here are the graduates: Nicole Januzzi, Erin Hoyt, Marie Fucile, Sara Hedberg, Shannen Burton, Sarah Passadore, Emily Pozzi, Bill Goodwin, Mark Mueller, Alexandra Podeschi, Ryen Maulsby, Jamie Waters, Julianna Ramey, Katie Sandquist, Blake Rayburn, Alex Hull, Nicole Fouts, Fiona Marziello, Emily Slingsby, Brigid Kelley, Josef Schwab, Katie Kilpatrick, Patrick Schneider, Tanner Moore, Jackson Pahl, Clark Coveny, Ethan Beberness

St. James, McMinnville
The fifth grade class will graduate at a Mass to be celebrated at 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 16, in the newly remodeled church. Six students will receive their diplomas with the student body and parents in attendance.
Here are the graduates: Hailey Dunn, Daniel Espinoza, Alisa Howell-Smith, Yesenia Granados, Nicole Reynaga, and Nikki Alvarez.
The fifth grade teacher is Kristen Tollefson and principal is Jeananne Bloudek.

All Saints, Northeast Portland
The All Saints School class of 2011 will graduate at 1 p.m. Sunday, June 12, at All Saints Church.
Here are the graduates: Emma Anderson,  Grace Andrews,  Joel Arker, Cole Boileau, Jacob Brown, Dhara Brown, Samuel Butler, Elliot Cahn, Dante Carnevale, Abigail Diess, Joseph Dooling,  Padrick Ellis, Riley Ford, Ethan Fulsher,  Noelle Gammon, Justin Gray, Michael Haines, Noah Harrison,  Christa Hernandez,  Ashlee Jaha, Elizabeth Johnson, Samuel Knox,  Julia Koch, Natalie Kowell, Rhaine Levesque,  Brock Luthi, Daniel Martin, Freddy Mena,  Sophia Morrow, Michaela Mueller, Patrick Myers, Austin Nelson, Stein Nielsen, Natalie Nielsen, Merik Nudo, Anna O'Boyle, William Paustian, Adam Pearce, Gregory Pelton, Mckenzie Raze, Mattie Reed, Olivia Rimmer, Marguerite Rischiotto, Timothy Salu, Elderkin Schmidt, Ethan Seidel,  Andrew Sevilla, Kara Shea, Samantha Simmons, Gunnar Vik, Alexandra Volonte,  Trenton Warner, Seth Willis, JosephWilson

The Madeleine, Northeast Portland
As the 2010-2011 school year is winding down, eighth graders are busy completing their service capstone projects. Before graduating, each student selects a social issue to further investigate and research. Upon building a stronger understanding of the issue, he or she joins with an organization or agency in which they coordinate 10 hours of volunteer work. Some of these organizations include Children’s Healing Art Project, Oregon Food Bank, Blanchet House, Pot Luck in the Park, Washington State School for the Blind, SOLV, Candlelighters, and the Boys and Girls Club. Upon completion of his or her volunteer work, each student writes a reflection identifying how he or she grew from the experience, how the service connects to Catholic Social Teaching, and how he or she met the school’s spiritual, academic, moral, social, and physical learning expectations through the project. Last but not least, says eighth grade teacher, Rob Parker, “Students learn to respond to God’s call to serve others, commit to justice and service, and respect the dignity of all people.”
Here are the graduates: Joey Bari, Kaysha Briggs, Robert Brooks,  Elizabeth Criswell, Emmett Dooney, Rachael Gowen, Sophia Forstag, Lucy Healey, Aditi Jackson    , Liam Keaney,  Will Keating, Maggie Landers, Isabella Langhus, Kevin Laskowski,  Sean Laskowski, Gabby Lopez, Erin McGinnis, Morgan Nelson, Anna Pillsbury,  Sam Reis, Sloan Rodarté, Emily Rosebrook,  Gabe Scanlon, Nate Schaffer, Owen Slyman,  Jacob Smith, Sarah St. Clair, Julia Stevenson,  Jean-Baptiste Tooley, Caroline Walter  

St. Clare, Southwest Portland
Ask a 13- or 14-year-old to miss a meal, and you will probably have a very grumpy teenager. Ask 26 eighth graders to fast from all or most solid food for twenty-four hours from a Monday morning through a Tuesday morning during a school day, and you would expect open rebellion. Remarkably, on April 4-5, the St. Clare class of 2011 was asked to do just this, and they did it with perseverance and a willing attitude. Over the past decade this religion class exercise has become a tradition at St. Clare.
To prepare, students use materials from the Catholic Relief Services program “Face the Fast” to learn about food insecurity, threats of global climate change on food production, distribution of food in the world, the principals of Catholic social teaching, and specific details of people in developing nations who struggle with hunger, oppression and violence. The students also learn about the Catholic tradition of fasting as a spiritual exercise and a tool toward building character and empathy with others.
As they approach the day of the fast, the students also ask friends and family to sponsor them. All of the money collected will eventually be sent to Catholic Relief Services to help combat hunger and injustice. On the day of the fast, students eat a healthy and hearty breakfast at home. When they arrive at school the actual fast begins, though its effects do not usually appear until around lunch time. During lunch, the eighth graders stay in the homeroom and have the juice or other very small amounts of food while writing in their journals about their experience.  Several other times over the next eight to 10 hours, the students are asked to write about how their fast is affecting them and to pray for those who struggle with hunger issues daily.
On the second day, students return to school without eating breakfast. Instead, following a final lesson on the distribution of wealth around the world, the students break their fast together in a special “hunger meal” which brings home the reality of the inequities in our world. Students share their experiences at a school liturgy by reading reflection prayers they wrote during their fast.  
One student wrote: “I learned that that world isn’t fair and that the way we can bring it back together is by helping the needy and reaching out with sympathy to others, not because we know them, but because everyone holds the right to clean food and water and to life.”
Graduation is set for 7 p.m. Friday, June 10.
Here are the graduates: Caroline Ambrose, Lucile Beckett, Audriana Bolton, Lilyana Brodrick, Danny Bugingo, Andrew Cannon, Caroline Cassinelli, Madison Caster, Harrison Clifford, Chloe Elliott, Brandon Emmert, Reid Fitzpatrick, Matthew Freepons, Emma Hoppes, Hannah Lyons-Cavazos, Katherine Malueg, Richard McEvoy, Jacob Perris, Andrew Raffety, Margaret Redshaw, Jack Rees, Matthew Sukimoto, Cameron Thompson, Jereme Wilkie, Matthew Woodruff, Mary Young

St. Ignatius, Southeast Portland
By Haley Trantel, Natalie Benson, Sophie Cettina, and Nancy Le
We will never forget St. Ignatius School and our eighth grade year. We are a class of 30, a number that has its ups and downs. It’s always nice that there’s a variety of people, but when there are 30 of us whispering, it isn’t really what would be called “quiet.” We are known as “the never-ending class” because when we are walking out of a classroom, and someone is waiting to go in, students just keep coming.
Being an eighth grader at St. Ignatius brought a lot of new responsibilities and never-before-experienced leadership roles. We started the year with a special eighth grade Mass, which reinforced our roles as leaders of the school and models for the younger kids. The Pumpkin Patch was a great experience for us and the first graders. It helped us bond with them and have a good time. Our class visited the Oregon Holocaust Resource Center to hear a Holocaust survivor speak about his experiences during the war. It was a touching story, and it helped us get an in-depth look into what we were already studying. We’ve gone on a retreat that helped us learn about each other and ourselves. It was a good time of reflection.
We consider our class to be a giant family, full of good friends with so many different personalities. Our class ranges from people who are quiet and shy, to people who are loud and outgoing, even the class comedians. One of the qualities of being so close is that if we put our minds to it, we work really well together. We have shown this in many events including our science fair projects, service at Blanchet House, and Field Day. No matter how long you’ve been at St. Ignatius, your classmates eventually become family to you.
Eighth grade is about remembering our past years at St. Ignatius and making new memories in the present. In fact, at our annual Christmas program, we recreated our performance from kindergarten. We sang and danced to “Mele Kelikimaka” the same way we did years ago.
St. Ignatius does a great job of getting us ready for high school, with the help of hard-working teachers. Although we are excited to be moving on to high school, we will always look back on and be grateful for St. Ignatius. The school has provided us with good academics, good friends, and memories that we can cherish forever. And being as close as we are, we know that we will always keep in touch one way or another.
The writers are eighth graders at St. Ignatius.

St. John Fisher, Southwest Portland
Graduation for 22 eighth graders is set for 7 p.m. Tuesday, June 14 at St. John Fisher Church.
Here are the graduates: Jhona Amparo, Sophia Anderson, Wilder Boyden, Alexa Dixon, Edward Ferguson, Michael Fitzgibbon, Griffin Fogarty, James Gambee, Gabrielle Hamlin, Thomas Kaempf, Collin Landry, Jolianne Maddock, Jacob Mitchell, Constance Parker, Laura Parker, Emily Ray, Kendall Scott, Jose Sedas Salcido , Lia Shaw, Sidney Stefani, Luke Tillisch, Paul Wyatt
St. Pius X, Cedar Mill
Eighth graders from St. Pius X School graduate at 7 p.m. Friday, June 10 at St. Pius X Church.
Here are the graduates: Marshall Baldocchi, Matthew Beaird, Madison Beary, Kaleb Bell, Sydney Bogen, Samuel Brunson, Michael DaSilva, John DeRego, Robert Erwin, Jenna Fortner, Nathan Hartmeier, Connor Hayman, Nicholas Houtsager, Brent Jacobson Jr., Danielle Lomartire, William Mahoney IV, Mary Makowski, Jennifer Manning, Nicole Manning, Christian Meader, Daniel O’Reilly, Anna Pfluger, Kylie Rickman, Michael Rosson, Hailey Sears, Erin Sussex, John VanderZanden, Branden Vennes, Keara Vu, Conner Williams, Jeffrey Williams

St. Thomas More, Southwest Portland
Here are the graduates: Colette Copic, Marianne Dolan, Erin Dooney, Ian Flanigan, Nicholas Goulet, Cary Hagan, Blake Hilary, Amelia Hookland, McKenna Hughes, Julia Kaempf, Jeffrey Larson, Corri Lindholm, Meredith Loy, John Madden, Clarice Martinez deCastro, Emily McLeod, Edward Murphy, Michael Niedermeyer, Robert Nisbet, Ryan Reilly, Spencer Schillinger, Maggie Smith, Michael Stephenson, Fiona Walker, Colton Walter

St. Francis of Assisi, Roy
By Alexander Kiss and Nathaniel Trobough
Here at St. Francis, we have a well-adapted math program. There are independent study groups: Math 2, or seventh grade math; Math 3, eighth grade math; and finally Algebra.
Math 2 covers pattern relationships to multistep algebraic equations and inequalities. Math 3 covers integers all the way up to polynomials. This course prepares the student for algebra. Last but certainly not least, there is Algebra. The Algebra course covers variables, quadratic equations, polynomials, and radicals. The books’ contents are nicely laid out, and they follow along the lines of the state wide math standards for the indicated grades. They introduce you to essential skills which propel you through the chapters and prepare you for tests.
Our learning process is unique; everyone works at his or her own pace. This allows for the efficient and expedient processing of the information learned from the excellent math books. Students with greater understanding of a certain chapter can progress ahead and work at a suitable pace.
One such student, Gunnar Schaedler, agreed to be interviewed. Gunnar is in the Algebra study group. He said, “Math is okay overall; it depends on what we’re studying.” I asked him if the matter of independent studying affected this quality of being “okay.” According to Gunnar, math is more interesting when there is variation. He also said that math is better when you study in groups.
So all of this tells us that independent studying and different math groups are a more efficient method of studying. Different math levels correspond to different levels of student capability.
The writers are students at St. Francis.

St. Vincent de Paul, Salem
On June 8, the sixth grade students will graduate. The 8:30 a.m. graduation Mass at St. Vincent de Paul Church will include a presentation of a Bible and diploma signed by their teacher and school principal.  
The fifth grade students and their parents will host a reception immediately after Mass. Strawberry shortcake and ice cream will be enjoyed by all while a power point presentation highlights the activities the students have participated in over the years.
Three students graduating this year have been together since preschool. Rita Callaway, Hanna Duffy and Emily Winters together have experienced starting kindergarten, taking their first Communion in second grade and attending a week-long outdoor school in fifth grade. Everyone thinks these three girls, along with the remaining 6th grade students, will be lifelong friends.
Here are the graduates: Alyssa Lopez, Emily Winters, Hanna Duffy, Kyle McMunn, Rita Callaway, Spencer Schbig
St. Mary's Academy, The Dalles
Eighth graders graduate at 6 p.m. Tuesday, May 31 with a Mass and commencement ceremony in St. Peter Church. A reception follows in the parish hall.
Jordan Palmer is valedictorian and Elizabeth Peters is salutatorian.
Here are the graduates: Rory Johnson, Sydney Langer, Ambie Lynch, Gabi Drake, Sammy Minnick, Soledad Finn, Brainna Stavaas-Jamack, Jordan Palmer, Mackenzie Urness, Elizabeth Peters, Griffin Martin, Tess Alexander, Anna Miller, Rebekah Maule, Clara Larsen, Olivia Starks, Ben Feil, Jace Bailey, Andy Felderman, Hannah Burford

St. Anthony, Tigard
School officials are wishing the graduating class of 2011 "a fantastic voyage ahead of you."
"Congratulations on all of your accomplishments throughout the years," a statement from the school said. "The teachers and staff will miss this energetic and fun-filled group of students. May God bless you and guide you while you make your journey through high school and beyond."
Graduation ceremonies include a farewell assembly at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, June 14 in the church. Graduation Mass is at 7 p.m. the same evening.  
Here are the graduates: Kevin Alexander, Ryan Bay, Maggie Bear, Hannah Caruso, Alexander Chamberlin, Jack Cleveland, Nolan Corrado, Maggie Davison, Jake Day, James Dawson, Devin Distant, Sophie Dunn, Eric Fellin, Joseph Greenough, Emilee Heyden, Andrea Jaramillo, Emily Jesser, Megan Jones, Daniel Maldonado, Michael McCoy, Sydney Miller, Tracey Nguyen, Chloe Nightingale, Bridget Nolan, Michael Paino, Andrew Ratchen, Joseph Raulino, Mary Root, Brendan Rude, Trenton Soelberg, Dane Strength, Omar Vega, Paul Vickers, Thomas Vickers

St. Luke, Woodburn
Graduation is schedule for 10 a.m. Saturday, June 11 at St. Luke Church.
School officials say the nine girls and 11 boys of the class of 2011 have contributed greatly to the mission of the school through high academic performance, involvement in community service and enthusiastic leadership.  
"Their creativity and energy for learning will be missed," says a statement from the school.   
Nine of the 20 graduates plan to continue their education at Catholic high schools.  Margaret Nyman and Vanessa Quan will attend St. Mary’s Academy; Reilly Smith, Trenton Gianella, Emmanuel Oropeza, Jake Fessler, Vince Kelly, and Francisco Contreras will attend Blanchet Catholic; Chris Atwood will attend Jesuit.
Here are the graduates: Ashton Vosburg, Jose Cruz-Martinez, Noah Hammack, Vince Kelly, Jake Fessler, Margaret Nyman, Helen Daniels, Carina Myrand, Vanessa Quan, Clay Gregory, Emmanuel Oropeza, Alyssa Castro, Kimberly Miranda, Jack Bizon, Reilly Smith, Sam Gomez, Trenton Gianella, Francisco Contreras, Christian Meza, Chris Atwood