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5/8/2012 2:26:00 PM
They leave legacy of justice
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St. Clare School Class of 2012
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St. Clare School Class of 2012

The frantic pace of another term at St. Clare School in Southwest Portland nears the finish line as eighth graders approach graduation. The school year has been filled with the typical excitement of school life and high school preparation. Students have learned their lessons well, leaving behind legacies of academic excellence, enthusiastic leadership and positive friendships.

Perhaps the greatest legacy the Class of 2012 will leave will be in the area of social justice. Following a longstanding tradition, St. Clare eighth graders participated in the Oregon Holocaust Resource Center's 2012 Sala Kryszek Writing and Art Competition addressing the topic, “Courage to Act.” The contest, open to both high school and middle school students, asked participants to create a piece of writing or art that helps others “to understand that the courage to act in the face of injustice, even at great personal risk, is a choice open to each of us.” Encouraged and guided by their art teacher, Marie Acurso, and their language arts teacher, Mary Ellen Harmeyer, students crafted art and written pieces to express their understanding of this theme.    

The Oregon Holocaust Resource Center has recently announced this year’s award winners. Winning first place in the middle school writing category is Blaise Johnson-Stevens. St. Clare students attained all three places in the art category with Cavanaugh Lefor earning first, Isabel Trily winning  second, and Lauren Covell taking third. And finally, the overall grand prize winner in both art and writing (out of all middle and high school participants) was Zoe Fanning.

Graduation ceremonies will be held on June 8.

Here are the graduates: Katherine Blaskowsky, Brandon Brown, Kellan Carney-Fenton, Rose Cashmer, Katherine Clark, Lauren Covell, Zoe Fanning, Thomas Foy, Quentin Freemont, Emily Gardner, Chiara Giambrone, Riley Gintz, Jasmine Gross, Elisabeth Hastings, Matthew Hickman, Blaise Johnson-Stevens, Spencer Johnston, Trevor Julien, Anselm LeFave, Cavanaugh Lefor, Ryan Liddell, Conner McCarthy, Nolan McCarthy, Patrick Quinn, Elizabeth Rees, Isabel Trily, Benjamin Zweber

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