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Central students learn the art of debate
The Central Catholic class of 2013.
The Central Catholic class of 2013.

 Central Catholic High School photo
Caitlin Gast and Olivia Engstrom listen as Siobhan Lieuallen speaks during debate.
 Central Catholic High School photo
Caitlin Gast and Olivia Engstrom listen as Siobhan Lieuallen speaks during debate.
Here are the graduates:
Cameron Lorraine Ainslie, Samuel Paul Altenhofen, Katherine Olivia Andersen, Ariel Leigh Anderson, Samuel Kara Aschalew, Dominic James Austin York, Frederick Arnez Baker, Leland Ward Beatley, Katherine Lynnette Bennett, Margaret Frances Bernetich, Benjamin Elden Bilotti, Jeffrey John Blankinship, Molly Elizabeth Bluhm, Karen Mary Brown, George Gabriel Brown, Debbie Anh Thu Bui, Christian Joseph Burkhartsmeyer, Adam Ryan Canales, Allison Gabrielle Cichoke, Matthew Frederick Claussen, Madison Philomena Mary Clifford, Sylvia Vanessa Cornejo, Hayden Connor Corrado, Victor Jenino Covington, Zachary Todd Cross, Abigail Elizabeth Daeges, Mariah Camille Denman, Jack James Dienes, Meghan Lundy Dilg, Mika Marie Donahue, Paloma Marisol Dooley-Gonzales, Daniel Ryan Dooney, Molly Margaret Dugan, Tony Duong, Beau James Duronslet, Austin Jacob Dyer, Thomas Joseph Elliott, James Anthony Ellis III, Richard Thomas English, Abigail Jane Engrav, Olivia Catherine Engstrom, Kylee Laurén Esparza, Jeremy Clyde Espinosa, Tim John Farah, Charlie Francis Farrenkopf, Hayden Glenn Fawcett, Grace Alexandra Finlayson, Aidan Cole Foren-Self, Patricia Lynn Fox, Elise Aruba Francis, Mitchell Robert Franz, Fergus Edward Frederickson, Quentin French Fulsher, Monica Gajda, Gabrielle Joy Garcia, Caitlin Elizabeth Gast, Bryan Merrick-George Gates, Jacob Lawrence Gorretta, Susanne Mei Gov, Fiona Genevieve Grahek, Kirby Louis Green, Keenan Scott Green, Andrew John Green, Jonathan Russell Grenz, Xavier Jordan Lamond Griggs, Glen Michael Groven, Richard Joseph Lee Guasco, Adam James Haldeman, Jacob Wayne Hansen, Kelsey Marie Hansen, Shannon Lee Hardie, Christopher John Hart, Caroline Kemper Heath, David Michael Heinrich, Darren Michael Heller, Raina Kathleen Hembry, Claire Elizabeth Hennebery, Haley Ellen Holenstein, Du Pyo Hong, Amantha Elizabeth McDade Hood, Cameron Davis Houston, Payton Grace Janssen, Kailee Joelle Johnson, Emily Rosemarie Johnson, Grace Louise Johnson, Sarah Lorraine Johnston, Taylor Marie Kendig, Cody Lowell Kimbrough, Danielle Marie Kimes, Andrew Joseph Kirvin-Quamme, Justin Haruki Klein, Bailey Shannon Kose, Tyleur Janel Kotzian-Upshaw, Michael Thomas Kuhn, Jalen Malik Ladd, Sarah Barbara Lance, Jordan David Landstrom, Theodore Gregory Lathrop, Siobhan Sarah Lieuallen, Chloe Ana Mikele Lisicak, David Macauley Mack, Maximilian Joseph Malany, Jeremy James Martin, Lindsey Louise Mattila, Matija Louise McLaughlin, Maximillian Kelly Meyer, Jasmine C Meza, Madeline Mekeel Miller, Michael Thomas Mishima, Shannon Victoria Modjeski, Maheyla Meri Molinari, Giovanni A Monroe, Megan Kathleen Moran, Alejandro Moreno-Vega, Leighton Shea Murphy, Ryan Joseph Myers, Hannah Rebecca Neely, Jamie Marie Nevarez, Vivian AnHa Nguyen, Nga Ngoc Nguyen, Lillian Anh Nguyen, James Anton Nizich, Simon Avery Noling, Marissa Louise Nudo, John Oscar O'Donovan, Tess Willow O'Halloran, Leslie Marlene Ortiz-Angeles, Michael Sinclair Pahissa, Robert Anthony Pahissa, Joseph Henry Palodichuk, Zachary Edward Panowicz, Taylor Marie Pasic, Brian Emerson Payne, Zachary Randall Pearson, Madison Cathleen Perry, Vinh Christian Pham, John-Qui Manh Phan, Colin Orion Phelps, Christopher Michael Pitts, Joseph Daniel Pouch, Madeline Elizabeth Price, Quinn Marie Pruitt, Kael Christopher Race Kryger, Jordan Airess Reynolds, Margaret Jennifer Riley, Madaline Nancy Ritt, Zackary Scot Rodrigues, Courtney Marie Roe, Cody Allan Rosebrook, Bryce Michael Rosenbaum, Alex Michael Roth, Caitlin Lee Rowan, Nathaniel Toluono Salu, William Robert Sample, Nicole Margaret Schlotfeldt, Elizabeth Rae Schuberg, Jane Therese Schumacher, Kelly Charles Schwyhart, Mitchell David Seeley, Kathryn Rose Segal, Sara Katherine Seibert, Michael Alexander Sells, Jacqueline Simone Sheridan, Anna Catherine Shida, Katie Marie Simerly, Cody Weisenberg Simmons, Alexis Jarin Skalbeck, Kevin Daly Smith, Franklin Franchot Vladimir Smith, Taylor J Smith, Ruben Paul Sola, Carl Philip Sonnenschein, Grant Joseph Stringer, Tyler Taffera-Santos, Natalya Buenafe Tebor, Rhonda Marie Teeny, Nathan John Torres-Walker, Curtis Dean Van Driesche, Katherine Louise Villafranca, Bryn Elisabeth Walsh, Carina Colleen Walter, Trevor McGinn Warner, Malcolm Xavier Warren, Kyle Edwards Watkins, Rebecca Leigh Westby, Baylee Marie Westrick, Bradley Thomas Whitmore, Esmé Anna Whritenour, Mitchell Thomas Williams, Lawrence Elliott Wilson, Shicheng Zhang, Qiaohao Zhong and Mary Rose Olivia Zipse.

Graduation ceremonies for Central Catholic High School are set for Thursday, June 6 at the Chiles Center on the University of Portland campus. Valedictorian is Katy Segal and salutatorian is Nga Nguyen.

Central Catholic’s social studies department recently held three days of debates of state and local issues in Dan Munson and Geoff Stuckart’s government and politics classes. Debates on these issues were meant to explain the role of government in current events and to allow students to practice participating in informed and respectful conversation about controversial issues, events and ideas.  

Students researched and prepared arguments to debate whether the city of Portland should add fluoride to the drinking water, whether employers should be required to provide employees with sick leave, whether Oregon should prohibit same-sex marriage, and whether Oregon should pass stricter gun control laws. All of these issues are currently under debate in the Oregon legislature, on the May 21 ballot, or are expected to appear on the 2014 ballot.

Teachers from outside the social studies department brought their students to the debates in an effort to see how moral and religious issues play out in real life.

Nathan Patla brought his Scripture class to witness the deliberations.  

“The Bible is used in so many moral arguments, so it is nice to have a discussion where we can see specific instances where it is used," Patla said.

These debates are part of a larger effort at Central Catholic to make students more aware of the social issues faced by society. In April, students and faculty celebrated International Day and participated in a day of awareness for modern slavery and a day of silence for members of the GLBT community who have been victims of bullying.

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