HILLSBORO — Nearly two-thirds of the graduating class of St. Matthew School here has learned, prayed, and played side-by-side since kindergarten, so it’s with bittersweet anticipation that many of the class of 2012 are preparing to go their separate ways. About half of the existing class will move on to public high schools in the area, while the other half will study at local Catholic high schools.
“It’s been wonderful to see these kids grow up alongside each other,” said Fanny Lizier, parent of a graduating eighth grader who also has younger students at the school. “I know St. Matthew prepares our students for great success in life, both academically and spiritually, and I’m proud of what they’ve accomplished as individuals and together as a class.”
Graduation is set for 10 a.m. Tuesday, June 12 in St. Matthew Church. A luncheon follows at noon for 8th grade students, parents, and staff in the parish hall, and a Mass and ceremony is scheduled for 7 p.m. that evening, also in the Church.
"The community of St. Matthew Catholic School and Church congratulates this year's graduating class, which is full of very talented individuals," said Jeannie Ray-Timoney, the principal. "We pray that they will continue to nourish their spirits with God's love and seek knowledge as they travel through life."
Here are the graduates: Morgan Lohrer, Andrew Brinker, Janice Parks, Caroline Vames, Peter Fillo, John Bernards, Kalvyn Gaona, Bailey Hammond, Alexia Aguilar, David Mudd, Connor Harris, Collin Dunn, Patrick Maloney, Anika Jaeger, Jack Samuelson, Connor Grover, Natan Lizier-Zmudzinski, Toby Hodges, Camillo Loyuk, Diana DiMarco, Jacob Russell