By MIKE CHAIKEN
A high school diploma indicates a successful completion of four years of academics.
But after four years at St. Paul Catholic High School, members of the graduating class of 2013 were asked what did they learn about themselves after four years at the parochial school.
St. Paul’s Class of 2013 graduated in a ceremony last Friday night at the Cathedral of St. Joseph in Hartford.
“I learned how to be a good friend at St. Paul, how to work hard all the time, and make sure you’re ready for college and life beyond,” said Casey Sullivan, one of those seniors graduating last Friday.
Graduating senior Jamie Schiopucie said, “I guess the lesson I learned is to always keep friends close because it’s important to have those relationships in life. And (I learned to) keep your faith.”
Olivia Singler, another senior said, “The lesson I learned most is be yourself and always speak up for yourself and be more open.”
“St. Paul has taught me how to be more confident in myself and taught me what I’m capable of,” said Kindeya Chiaro.
Lea Kulak, another graduate, said she learned at St. Paul “not to take anyone or anything for granted, and to just do your best.”
In her valedictory speech, Hailey Morneault told her fellow seniors, “Lao Tzu once said, ‘A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.’ Our St. Paul experience is that single step that began our journey. It has left us with great memories, good friends, and enough faith, knowledge and support to get us through the rest of our lives. Today is a day to celebrate the passing of our childhood and our entrance into adulthood. We should step into our future fearlessly and ready to conquer the next part of our lives. In moving forward let us not forget the path we have taken and learn from that as we embark on our future journeys.”
In his salutatory address, Matthew Santovasi said, “We will always remember our days at St. Paul – not only as students but also as athletes, actors, musicians, leaders, club members, volunteers, and friends – in school and out. Although individually we belonged to various organizations and teams, it was as members of the Class of 2013 that we realized the most success. This class came together, stuck together even through difficult times, and eventually was able to attain a very high level of success.”
In his remarks and farewell to the students, St. Paul president Cary Dupont told the class of 2013, “Your time has come to leave the nest and soar.”
St. Paul Catholic High School Class of 2013 is:
Hailey Elizabeth Morneault – Valedictorian
Matthew M. Santovasi – Salutatorian
Elijah David Abrams, Gregory Robert Balla, Kelly Eileen Bradley, Michael Thomas Butler, Theodore John Carey, Calvin Gregory Champa, Tiffany KaSin Cheng, Kindeya Chiaro, Darek John Chrzanowski, Olivia Elizabeth Colbert, Jessica Rose Coombs, Julia Rose D’Abramo, Julie Anne Dayton, Kelly DiBiaso, Michaela Ariana Dolishny, Kyle James Dube, Jackson Thompson Etting, Yatong Fan, Benjamin Gaudio, Marietta Evelyn Gentile, Nicholas Patrick Guertin, Niccolo Augustus Iacovelli, Robert Andrew Javier, Joseph Charles Johnson, Jane Elizabeth Kenney, Minji Kim, Lea Crocean Kulak, Callandra Jean Laderoute, Stuart Johann Langer-Marshall, Jaclyn Marie Latvis, Lauren Christine Leary, Yurae Lee, Elizabeth Grace Leonard, Monika Maciorowski, Kayla Rae Mainuli, Jeffrey Marcel Massicott, Solomon James McIver, Shanika Deshana McKoy, Simone Gabrielle Morin, Hailey Elizabeth Morneault, Erica Dornfried Osowiski, Monica Marie Palmieri, Seong Hyun Park, Geun Park, Tristan Oliver Petit, Maxwell James Pryor, Megan Elizabeth Quinn, Joohwan Rhee, Taylor Gabrielle Rinheart, Elijah W. Roberge, Joshua Lee Romine, Jordan Mahlik Rowley, Matthew M. Santovasi, Jamie Jo Schiopucie, Christina D. Scurto-DeDominicis, Allison Seroczynski, Nicholas David Shemkovitz, Olivia Rose Singler, Lyndsay Elizabeth Sklenka, Michael Joseph Skorupski, Hyerim Son, Chelsea Mae St. Pierre, Jungwon Suk, Casey Marie Sullivan, Kimberly Marie Szabo, Emily Sommer Tkac, Alexandra M. Vojtila, Robert Nathaniel Vumbaco, Alexander Celeano Wells, Canhui Zhang, Wanxin Zhang, Eric Thomas Zukauskas.