Northeast Ohio Catholic magazine offered high school leaders — principals, presidents and deans — an opportunity to share their thoughts and messages with the class of 2021.
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"We’re so proud of our Hoban seniors. Although it has not been an easy year for young people, they have faced challenges and disappointments with character, grace and determination. This experience has galvanized the bond of the Class of 2021, which I know will grow even deeper with time.” – Br. James Spooner, C.S.C., interim president
Class of 2021, you’ve made it. You have persevered with grace and resilience through an incredibly difficult year. Ladies, you leave an indelible mark on our vibrant Beaumont community through your model of empathy for others and willingness to speak up. Thank you! We are so confident in the amazing young women you are becoming. Go forth and change the world! –Wendy Hoke, President
"You’d be hard pressed to find an obstacle that these Men of Benedictine cannot overcome. We celebrate all of the accomplishments of the Class of 2021, and we look forward to watching them have a positive impact on those around them. We are proud of you, Gentlemen. #MOB #BHS" -Ryan Ryzner '95, president/principal
"Ironman Resilient" are the words that best describe the Cleveland Central Catholic class of 2021. Our seniors are graduating, prepared to face the future with confidence and hope, after having the courage to embrace the unknown challenges of a global pandemic. - Sister Allison Marie, SND, principal
The Class of 2021 embraced being part of the Elyria Catholic community as they nurtured their God-given talents through academic, co-curricular, and athletic opportunities. They discovered gifts in themselves that inspired them to give back to their school and community. Ready to build upon Elyria Catholic’s pillars of excellence, compassion, faith, tradition, and community, our graduating class is prepared and eager to reach their full potential. We applaud their accomplishments and pray that they continue to make meaningful contributions to their local, national, and global communities. -Annie Heidersbach, President
“The Class of 2021 has made an incredible impact throughout all their years on Gilmour’s campus, but I am especially grateful for the leadership and resiliency they have demonstrated this year. They set the tone for the student body as they approached each day of this unusual year with grit, gratitude and smiles on their faces. I know they take seriously our school’s mission and that they understand that they have both the talent and the responsibility to make the world a better place. I can’t wait to see what’s next for this talented group of young women and men.” - Kathy Kenny, Head of School
“Throughout these challenging times, our class of 2021 adapted and persevered to make the most of their senior year. All graduates should be proud, as I am of them, of how they developed their minds, bodies and spirits – the Triple Threat – while at Holy Name. Once a Namer, Always a Namer!” – Karen Carter, principal
Congratulations Lake Catholic Class of 2021! You navigated the twists and turns of education in a pandemic to deliver a truly memorable and special year. Your success in the classroom, on the field, on the stage and in the hallways is a study in resilience and determination. GO LAKE! -Mr. Charley Fuller, principal
In a year unlike any other, the Class of 2021 led our school community with grace, perseverance, and flexibility - traits that will serve our graduates well as they continue to learn, lead, and serve beyond high school. We celebrate and congratulate your many achievements, Class of 2021! - Marilyn Arundel '76, Dean of Faculty and Academics
"On the very first day of school, I told our students that I alone couldn't lead our school through the pandemic. I asked them to step up to their role of leadership. And that's exactly what the Class of 2021 did. Through their example, initiative, and maturity, they helped us successfully navigate this challenging time. We are grateful for their leadership!" -- Joseph Waler, principal
These future Elms leaders have risen to every bar set before them. They have garnered scholarships, recognition and numerous awards while creating a bond that will travel with them for a lifetime. St. Thomas Aquinas said, “There is nothing on this earth more to be prized than true friendship.” Congratulations to the class of 2021! -Kevin Kelly, 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
"I am extraordinarily proud of the resilience, courage, and commitment to excellence demonstrated not only by our seniors at Saint Ignatius High School but all seniors across the country." - Anthony T. Fior '02, Ed.D., Principal
“Saint Joseph Academy seniors are resilient. In the face of uncharted territory, these young women are living our charism of unifying love through their grace, humility and perseverance. Their positivity while creating and building community has shown they are already becoming the compassionate leaders our world needs.” –Jeff Sutliff, principal
Congratulations to the class of 2021! You’ve left an enduring mark on our community both in and out of the classroom. In the face of ongoing adversity, you came together and pushed each other to excellence. We’re all proud of you and can’t wait to see what's next for you! Congratulations! -Adam Trifiro, Principal
"As we've managed the pandemic, the members of the senior class have been the unsung heroes. Their leadership and creativity have been the foundation for a such a positive school culture in the face of tremendous challenge. I am certain they will be better leaders for our world because of the lessons they've learned this year." --St. Edward High School Principal KC McKenna '00
The Class of 2021 has faced a tumultuous final two years of high school. We could not be more proud of how the seniors at St. Vincent-St. Mary High School have responded to the many challenges placed before them. They have become resilient problem solvers - creating new traditions and memories in the face of adversity. -Mrs. Kimberlee Gorr, Principal
“Trinity High School’s Class of 2021 has been the epitome of leadership. They have not only persevered through the most historic of times, but taken our school to new heights with their hard work, passion for Trinity, and the care they have for one another. Congratulations and thank you Trojans!” –Linda Bacho, principal
“The Class of 2021 has faced unprecedented challenges, especially over the past year. They have consistently risen to meet and overcome those challenges with positivity, courage and faith. They have truly come together as a family and supported each other through it all. This class will serve as a model for the rest of the school on what it means to be a Viking, and their futures are limitless!” — Dave Csank, principal
“The Class of 2021 truly embodies our mission of “men and women for and with others”. Uncommon resiliency and a faithful response to the our God and our neighbor allowed them to excel academically, develop communally, and grow spiritually. Well done, Warriors. Now go and set the world on fire!” -Sean Lynch ‘94, principal
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