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Five grateful students to graduate in Gervais
Sacred Heart School photo
The eighth graders from Sacred Heart School, Gervais.
Sacred Heart School photo
The eighth graders from Sacred Heart School, Gervais.

GERVAIS — Graduation at Sacred Heart School here is set for 7 p.m. Tuesday, June 12 at Sacred Heart Church.

The five members of the school's class of 2012, officials say, more than meet school wide learning expectations of being an active Catholic, effective communicator, a responsible citizen and a life-long learner.

"Having a good Catholic education is very important in my life because I always know what is right and what is wrong," said eighth grader Caitlin Davidson. "I will always know to follow my faith and never give up. Also to always help people in need like we do with our service projects." Caitlin has been sharing her faith with her friends. When she gets older, she says, she'll send her children to a "good Catholic school" like hers.   

"Catholic education can mean many different things, but to me it means learning about the Catholic faith," says classmate John Eisenbacher. "Learning about the Catholic faith does not only happen during religion class, but it can happen all day long, during any class or any place that a person visits."   

Lily Miller says Catholic education made a big difference in her life. "It is helping me get ready for high school and all the harder things that will come," she explains. "I will be able to make good decisions for my life and my future because I have learned what is right and wrong."

Diego Ortiz values community service projects and learning about the Catholic faith in school, two things he says are "bringing us closer to God and Jesus."  

Amy Turner is glad her parents sent her to a Catholic school so she could learn about God and get plenty of individual help in small classes. "We are doing some corporal works of mercy like visiting the sick, feeding the hungry, giving drink to the thirsty and clothing the naked," Amy said. "Even though sometimes we don’t want to do these things, we feel very good about them afterwards."  

Here are the graduates: Caitlin Davidson, John Eisenbacher, Lily Miller, Diego Ortiz, Amy Turner

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