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A letter to the Regis High School class of 2014
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The class of 2014 from Regis High School.
Regis High School photo
The class of 2014 from Regis High School.

Joni Gilles

Editor’s note: Joni Gilles, principal of Regis High School, wrote this letter to the class of 2014.

STAYTON — Was it really just four short years ago that our journey together began?  A journey filled with learning, love, laughter, successes and challenges? A journey that joined together a “new” principal, not quite ready to say good-bye to the field of education, and a wide-eyed, bright and timid group of ninth graders? For me to be moving on just as each of you are moving forward is a profound honor.  
For four years you have donned the green and gold — the colors of Regis High School. These colors are proudly displayed in letter jackets, awards, sport’s uniforms, pom-poms and posters and are intertwined in every aspect of Ram Pride. But they  are really much more than school colors. They, in fact, both symbolize and encapsulate the Regis experience. In the green we experience faith and hope — very profound Catholic values. Fifty year ago the founding fathers stood on a bare plot of soil in Stayton with faith in their hearts and a vision in their minds. It was their faith and hard work that allows you to stand here today. My hope as you continue your journey is that green becomes the most vibrant color on your path.
And what about gold? In S.E Hinton’s classic novel, The Outsiders, Johnny’s last words to Ponyboy are, “Stay Gold, Ponyboy.” Just as Johnny saw the gold in Ponyboy, I recognize that in you. You, my dear students, are a golden class. You shine brightly in so many ways. Don’t give up on your dreams.  Even when life gets tough remember who you are and what you stand for. Stay true to who you are.  Stay golden!
As you move forward, many colors will enter the vibrant fabric of your life. My wish is that you will remember the significance of the green and gold — a strong faith and firm belief in who you are — and allow these colors to guide you. I am proud of each one of you and it has been my privilege to share these past four years with you.   
— Joni Gilles
Regis Baccalaureate is set for 6 p.m. Thursday, June 5, at Immaculate Conception Church in Stayton. Commencement begins at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, June 8 at Regis. Valedictorian is Kimberly Webb. Salutatorian is Erica Csintalan.
Here are the graduates: Julia Barnes, Levi Baxter, Brad Bender, Amanda Bentz, Alexandra Bochsler, Shane Branch, Maria Brown, Spencer Cannady, Kasey Christiansen, Erica Csintalan, Trevor Dolby, Noah Fessler, Hannah Fraser, Zachery Gescher, Brenden Gormley, Jeremiah Grieser, David Haren, Jose Hernandez, Cody Heuberger, Sarah Heuberger, Stephanie Kintz, Janie Lonergan, Rebeca Lorenz, Bethany Jane Lorenza, Anthony Marcott, Brianna Martinez, Jodi May, Maria Mendez-Rodriguez, Mackenzie Minten, Colby Moll, Jesse Morris, Ryan Mumey, Caitlin O’Bryant, Alvaro Pelayo, Grace Peters, Nicole Rickman, Daniel Rodriguez, Victor Rodriguez, Sarah Tabor, Tyson Toepfer, Andrew Wavra, Kimberly Webb, Isabella Westenhouse

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