5/3/2011 2:33:00 PM It was a welcome that led to great things
Holy Cross School photo by Julee Ryan
The class of 2011 from Holy Cross School.
My twin brother, Peter, and I first stepped foot in Holy Cross School as third graders. In the fall of 2005, my family moved to North Portland from Virginia. My parents were researching our school options in the Portland area while still on the East coast. The deciding factor came when they not only received phone calls from Holy Cross School, but also a personal letter of welcome from our former principal, St. Mary Sister Ruth Frank and pastor Father Dave Gutman. My parents had not yet seen the school, but the welcoming spirit they experienced from Holy Cross confirmed the decision to send us there.
When Peter and I walked into the school building on that first day in October, some of our new classmates caught sight of us and came down the hall to greet us by name. They had been waiting for our arrival, and they took us in like we had been there all our lives. They showed that they genuinely cared about us, which was very helpful to a couple of young boys who were new to town. I think the welcome I received has helped me understand how important it is to make other new students feel at home in our community of Holy Cross. I have even gotten the chance to welcome our wonderful new principal, Julie Johnson, to our school this year.
Our class has participated in many memorable activities including going to Outdoor School at Camp Howard where we studied soil, water, plants, and animals; selling our yard work services as our class project for the auction; and building to-scale models of Portland bridges for math class. We have helped our pastor, Father John Wironen, with preparing the liturgy for the weekly school Mass; and have organized food drives for our St. Vincent DePaul food pantry. As eighth graders, we coordinated our annual Penny War to raise money for the Children's Cancer Association. This year, after all the students at Holy Cross generously emptied their piggy banks , we were able to give more than $1,400 in support of this charity. Our class of 2011 has had many opportunities to learn and grow and take on for ourselves the values espoused by Holy Cross; and for this, I am truly grateful.
The writer is an eighth grader at Holy Cross.
Graduation is set for 7 p.m. Friday, June 10 in the school hall. Graduation week will kick off with a retreat for eighth graders at the University of Portland on Monday, June 6. There will also be a baccalaureate Mass on Wednesday. Students will be taking a trip to Bullwinkles on Thursday, June 9.
Here are the graduates: Christian Barajas, Brittany Beard, Aiko Bongolan, Caleb Boyer, Sean Brady, Richard Brown, Carlos Castro, Salvador Castro-Aldrich, Madelin Delgado-Grubb, Kyle Fahey, Carlos Gonzalez, Karen Gonzalez-Yanez, Gabriel Gutierrez, James Hollberg, Peter Kabele, Stephen Kabele, Kaeden Klein, Andy Langlois, Michael Legge, Kaitlynn Lopez, Jack McCarthy, Kaliea Miller, Bradley Minich, Courtney Misner, Kyle Misner, Alex Moore, Itzel Moreno-Vega, Vy Nguyen, Jocelyn Peterson, Olivia Skalbeck, Victoria Trinh, Cam Volker