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Graduation 2024 Thanks

It was an absolute pleasure and honor to oversee “all-things-grad” and there are many people who deserve our gratitude.

  • Mr. Vercillo: for his help wherever or whenever needed – assisting with set up and rehearsals, helping with graduates, un-decorating, making sure the grad class stayed safe – name it and he was there to help. Oh, and how about that job he did announcing 300 Grad Statements?! I think there is an announcer’s job in there somewhere should he ever change his plans of being an administrator!
  • Mr. New:  for all his help with planning and coordinating the Grad Mass, distribution of certificates, set-ups and take-downs, and for allowing me to focus on what I needed to do
  • Mr. Comchi: for all his help with rehearsals, set-ups and take-downs, distribution of certificates, and making sure the grad class felt honored and safe.
  • Mr. Collier and Mrs. Ross: for all their work on the grad list and being everywhere all weekend to organize our graduates. And thank you for ensuring each student received the right certificate!>
  • Mrs. Sutter, Ms. Magill, Mrs. Aasman, Mrs. Lambert, and Mrs. Wilson: for all the pre-grad work that was done, certificates, grad lists, slides, grad fees, grad photos, and gown organization. 
  • The Staff Grad Committee: Mr. Balog, Mrs. Christensen, Mr Collier, Mr. Comchi, Mr. Cox, Mr. Dalton, Ms. Fox, Mr. Gilbert, Mr. Goruk, Mr. Hammel, Mrs. Hawker, Mr. Hogan, Mrs. Hoveling, Mrs. Johnson, Mr. Ledsham, Mrs. Leroux, Mr. New, Mr. Nummi, Ms. Omilon, Mr. Pasquotti, Mr. Point du Jour, Mrs. Richards, Mr. Rosen, Ms. Ross, Mr. Schmidt, Mrs. Schwark, Mr. Spiess, Mr. Vercillo, Mrs. Yawney, Ms. Yearous, Mrs. Aasman, and Mrs. Sutter: for everything they did to ensure everything ran as smoothly as it did from beginning to end.
  • Ms. Fox, Mrs. Hoveling, Mrs. Kirkvold, and Mr. Gilbert, plus the First Nations, Metis, and Inuit Education Committee for organizing the Feather Blessing and Metis Sash Ceremony. A special thank you to Elders HolySpirit and Catholic Central Elders for bestowing eagle feathers and metis sashes to our graduates. Also, thank you to the CCH staff for helping to serve dinner!
  • Mr. Comchi and Mr. New and the B&E class: for providing graduates with grad hoodies.
  • Mr. Spiess: for organizing the grad mass and working with our commentator, readers, and offertory. And to Mrs. Christensen, Mr. Collier, Mr. Gilbert, Mr. New, and Ms. Ross for facilitating with set up
  • Mrs. Christensen, Concert Choir, Mrs. Hignell, and Katie Hartman: for providing us with beautiful music for mass and convocation (O’Canada).
  • Mr. Cox and Mrs. Richards: for working with and guiding all of the student speakers and MCs.
  • Mrs. Leroux and the decorating committee, including Mr. Balog, Mrs. Christensen, Mr. Gilbert, Mr. Hammel, Mrs. Hawker, Mr. Hogan, Mrs. Johnson, Ms. Magill, Mrs. Patterson, and Mrs. Schwark for coordinating the decorations at the Enmax. They had a HUGE job of set up but the Enmax looked beautiful!
  • Mr. Dalton and Mr. Goruk: for always being a calming presence (especially for Mrs. Polec) when it comes to organizing students into lines and directing the procession during the mass, the convocation, and the Grand March. Also, thank you for getting students picture-ready and feeling less anxious as they took the stage.
  • Mr. Folkersen and our Students’ Council ushers: for distributing programs and seating our guests.
  • Mr. Dalton, Mr. Goruk, Mr. Schmidt, and Mrs. Schwark for ensuring all grad gowns were collected after convocation.
  • Ms. Barrajon, Mr. Cox, Mr. Hogan, Mrs. Hoveling, Mr. Ledsham, Mr. Rosen, Mrs. Ross, and Mrs. Umeris for representing staff of Catholic Central during the distribution of certificates.
  • Mrs. Larson: for creating the beautiful programs, posting information on the website, and for taking the official “Hat Toss” photo!
  • Mrs. Stacy Henderson, Ms. Omilon, Mrs. Ruaben, and Mrs. Yearous for  taking pictures at the Grand March and for sharing your photographs with our families of the graduates.
  • Priests and Deacons: for being a visible presence at our graduation Mass and for their spiritual support of our students. Thank you especially to Father Kevin, Father William, Father Santiago, Father William, Father Ian, as well as Deacon Jim, Deacon Peter, and Deacon Bruce.
  • Helen Manzara and Cindy Lilienthal: for being the Sacristans.
  • Bridge Brass Quintet: for providing beautiful music during mass.
  • All those who were Altar Servers, Eucharistic Ministers and Ushers during distribution of communion.
  • Mr. Rosen: for running the Grad Mass slides.
  • Mr. Sampson: for bringing greetings from the Superintendent.
  • All our Trustees and Senior Administrative Leadership Team who attended the mass and convocation.
  • Mrs. Kristy Ruaben: for being present at the mass, convocation, and grand march to celebrate those students who attended Trinity E-Learning School.
  • Feature Productions and DB Audio: for making the entire weekend one to be proud of! Your ability to convert a “normal” production into one to cherish and remember is unmatched.
  • Staff of the Enmax Centre, especially Robin Sakamoto: for their excellent service and continued guidance and support throughout the planning process.
  • Sounds Unlimited Inc: for providing the music for the grand march and for the dance.
  • Mark Orenstein and his crew from Life Touch Photographics: for taking the grad pictures, the group picture and pictures of the graduates receiving their certificates. And head caretaker for Campus West, Mr. Urbanczyk for organizing the “lift” for the group photo!
  • The Lethbridge Herald, especially Alejandra Pulido-Guzman: for the wonderful write up in the paper on our valedictorian!
  • Candle lighters representing alumni, parents, CCH staff, Holy Spirit staff, clergy, and trustees: Father Santiago, Trustee Bob Spitzig, Kaareen Caputo, Anthony Kish, Wioletta Nagata, Daniel Vanden Dungen, Gina Dudas, Amber Sheridan, Angela Talbot, and David Westwood.
  • School Council for their lovely gift of rosaries for our graduates.
  • Mrs. Urquhart: for preparing the French Certificates for those grads who have completed 12 years of French Immersion.
  • All Staff of CCH: All the staff present throughout the weekend’s events for guiding students to where-ever they needed to be during the mass, the convocation, and the Grand March. For being available to students, for acting as substitutes for teachers involved directly in the grad activities and for their quiet, constant commitment to making graduation a memorable event for students. Graduation is a gift that the staff of CCH gives to our students.
  • Parents/ Guardians and family members: for sharing your children with us over the past three years!
  • Grade 12s: We are very proud of how you took care of each other and walked together. You carried yourselves with dignity and class. It was an honor and a pleasure to celebrate with you!

Thank you to all who have made this event meaningful, memorable and successful.

Mrs. Joanne Polec

Principal of Catholic Central

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