Northeast Ohio Catholic magazine offered high school leaders — principals, presidents and deans — an opportunity to share their thoughts and messages with the class of 2020.
Included with the leadership quotes are pictures of each school's valedictorian, salutatorian, top scholar and/or Phi Beta Kappa member.
Download the May/June edition of Northeast Ohio Catholic Magazine to see the special layout for the Class of 2020.
"We’re so proud of our seniors at Hoban. With so much robbed from them this spring, they have faced challenges and disappointments with exceeding character, grace, and determination. This experience has galvanized the class of ’20’s singular bond of friendship and love which I know will grow even deeper with time.” –Tom Curry, president
“Beaumont’s class of ’20 is a collection of young women that are as unique as a group as they are individuals. The imprint they have made academically and athletically is only surpassed by the indelible mark they have made in our hearts. We love them and will miss them.” –Nick Beyer, principal
“When I think about how the Men of Benedictine from the class of 2020 will be remembered, the words gritty, resilient and caring come to mind. They endured and embraced changes that were out of their control, and they continued to find ways to make themselves better.” –Ryan Ryzner, principal
CLEVELAND CENTRAL CATHOLIC
“Ironman strong are the words that best describe the Cleveland Central Catholic class of 2020. With the guidance of a caring faculty and administration, our seniors will graduate prepared to face the future with confidence and hope as they successfully take the next step in their lives.” –Sister Allison Marie Gusdanovic, SND, principal
“The class of 2020 over the past four years has consistently risen to the challenge. Graduates have earned national academic recognition, received regional awards in the arts, won numerous athletic accolades, fostered relationships and developed ministries that have allowed them to leave their print at Elyria Catholic and in their community.” –Suzanne Lester, principal
“Gilmour’s class of 2020 is an incredible group of spirited young people. Whether in their work in the classroom, on the stage, on the fields or through service in the community, Gilmour’s seniors understand they have both the talent and the responsibility to make the world a better place.” –Kathy Kenny, head of school
HOLY NAME HIGH SCHOOL
“The Holy Name class of 2020 collectively can be described by one word: Leaders. From the time they were freshmen, they have proven to be exceptional leaders in the classroom, as well as in student government, campus ministry, athletics and clubs. They are motivated and caring young men and women.” –Shelbrey Blanc, principal
“Congratulations to the Lake Catholic Cougar class of 2020. From academic excellence, leadership in STE(A)M education, musical and theatrical ability and athletic success, this class has it all. The class of 2020 possesses a strong service orientation, living the motto: ‘Enter to Learn, Exit to Serve.’” –Charles Fuller, principal
“The class of 2020 has made a lasting impact on the Magnificat community during their four years. As faith-filled leaders, we celebrate their many academic, athletic and creative accomplishments, and we are proud to send them into the world to learn, lead and serve in the spirit of Mary’s Magnificat.” –Marilyn Arundel, principal
NOTRE DAME CATHEDRAL LATIN
“NDCL’s seniors are truly the salt of the earth. They have been the ‘secret sauce’ that flavored and inspired so much good. From Kairos and our ministry with the homeless … to athletic competition and Spirit Week contests, our seniors led the way. During the school shutdown, they took the lead to keep our community connected. God bless them!” –Joseph A. Waler, principal
OUR LADY OF THE ELMS
“Congratulations! Though your senior year promised to be memorable, the current situation was not part of the memory building plan; however, you ladies have done a great job in taking it in stride, remaining resilient and keeping your faith. Thanks for working through this unprecedented time and continue to boldly go forward with all the great opportunities that remain in front of you. As the venerable Dominican St. Catherine of Siena said, ‘Be who God meant you to be and you will set the world on fire.’” –Michael Gavin, academic dean
“We know this was not the senior year you envisioned, but we hope that it was transformational. We pray that you continue to be happy, healthy, holy … knowing that you are highly prepared for your future. You’re never alone! You’re always a Bruin! Go be great!” –David Stec, principal
“Our seniors are a close group of guys. Their collective good humor, sharp wit and staunch work ethic are held together by their strong faith. They are leaders, not individuals, who prioritize service to others above personal gain. In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, they are realistic in their understanding and selfless in their perseverance.” –Dan Bradesca, principal
SAINT JOSEPH ACADEMY
“Saint Joseph Academy seniors are resilient. In the face of uncharted territory, they are living our charism of unifying love through service to the dear neighbor without distinction. Their positivity while creating and building community has shown they are already becoming the compassionate leaders our world needs.” –Jeff Sutliff, principal
ST MARTIN DE PORRES
“Thank you class of 2020 for your strong leadership, ability to create positive change and commitment to extracurricular activities. Although diverse in personality and interest, you stood united in support of one other as you pursued your goals. Always remember: we are here for you and we love you! Congratulations!” –Ryan Hurley and John Fay, co-principals
“The St. Edward class of ’20 is an exceptional group at an exceptional time. More than any group before, they have embraced our standards and demonstrated the character, grit, trust, character and self-sacrifice to thrive. They will make a difference in our world.” –KC McKenna, principal
ST. VINCENT-ST. MARY
“The St. Vincent-St. Mary class of 2020 encapsulates what it means to be Irish! Thespians, musicians, scholars, athletes, rocketeers and more — these successful students generate pride from the entire STVM community and the skills they have acquired in high school will ensure their future success.” –Kimberlee Gorr, principal
“Trinity High School’s class of 2020 walked in our halls as kids and in four years developed into adult servant leaders, critical thinkers and lifelong learners. They have taken the Ministry and Retreat Program and the transformational Pre-Professional Internship Program to new heights. Congratulations, seniors, you are Trojans for Life!” –Linda Bacho, principal
VILLA ANGELA ST. JOSEPH
“I am so proud of how far you have all come, and the young men and young women you have all become. It has been such a thrill to watch you all bond as a family, grow academically as well as spiritually, and lead our school in such a positive way!” –Dave Csank, principal
“Walsh Jesuit’s class of 2020 is one of its most spirited and supportive classes. Whether it’s cheering at a game, watching stage productions, praying together or joined in serving others, they always have shown up for each other and demonstrated what it means to be men and women for others.” –Father Mark Carr, SJ, principal
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