Photos from Graduation
Long Blue Line Grows Longer
The St. Xavier High School class of 2010 - long since noted as the 50th group of men for others to matriculate from the school’s North Bend Road location – celebrated its commencement exercises in thoughtful fashion.
The June 3 ceremonies at Xavier Universities Cintas Center featured the class of 1960 leading the procession into the arena. Jim Niehaus (’60) had an extra-special connection, as grandson Casey Niehaus (’10) was one of the graduates. (It was also a special walk for Jim Tarbell, who famously didn’t quite graduate with his class and have the opportunity to walk 50 years ago.)
Michael Conway (’10) gave the welcome address, saying the image of the Long Blue Line may not be comprehensive enough He suggested – using principles of geometry her learned in class - a Large Blue Circle might be more encompassing for all. He also referred to the principals of the Graduate at Graduation as the roots of a good life. With those roots firmly in place, trees and forests may grow and spread the values of the Grad at Grad.
Commencement speaker Nick Clooney – an honorary graduate of the class of 1952 – was beyond eloquent in his address: self-deprecating, sagacious and salient. “Don’t be afraid to challenge your knowledge,” he advised. “But hold tight to the knowledge that survives the challenge. That and your faith will be your North Star.”
Ed Horgan earned the Senior Scholar Award for the top academic average in his class of 387 seniors at 97.98 percent. Horgan also won the departmental English achievement award.
Other department awards went to Brian Hurwitz in biology, Brett Geiger in chemistry, E.J. Swisshelm in community service, Michael Gerhardt in computer science, Harrison Lott in French, John Bauke in German, Chris Zenni in health/physical education, Christian Hess in Latin, Cory Ochs in math, Logan Hood in music, David Demo in performing arts, Oliver Lam in physics, Christopher Nam in religion, Michael Conway in social studies, Steven Schott in Spanish and Jeffrey Kraemer in visual arts.
Patrick Phillips took the Rev. Joseph Brennan S.J. Award as the senior with best potential to be an excellent teacher. Ben Holcomb won the St. Francis Xavier Service Award. Conway was the D. Charles Farrell Memorial Leadership Award winner. Jack Gusweiler won the Jesuit Secondary Education Association Award.
The seniors – with 97 percent participating in the class gift program - made a presentation of more than $40,000 in pledges to the Matthew James Scholarship Fund, honoring the memory their deceased classmate, who receives his diploma posthumously.
The graduation ceremonies will air on Waycross Community Television beginning June 4, or can be seen on demand at http://www.waycross.tv/node/282467