St. Joseph valedictorian wishes classmates farewell
For Christopher Mason, valedictorian of St. Joseph High School, graduation day will be bittersweet.
On Saturday, Mason will lead his classmates in a farewell address, congratulating them on their achievements and remembering the past four years they spent together in Catholic school.
"I'm mostly going to focus on how we are and will always be a family," Mason said. "And even though we're about to go out into the world and find new homes and new families, we will always be each other's family."
In the fall, Mason, 18, will attend Texas A&M University to study biomedical engineering.
"I'm still deciding whether or not I want to be a doctor," Mason said. "They're coming up with all these new technologies to help patients, and ultimately, that's what I want to do. I want to help people."
Mason said he never strived to be valedictorian, but he did make a conscious effort to do the best he could.
"The title doesn't mean much to me, but it means a lot that I did the best I could," he said.
As a National Merit finalist, Mason qualified for tuition assistance, a study abroad and undergraduate research stipend at Texas A&M.
"I'm thinking about doing my study abroad program in Rome," he said.
But Mason also excelled in non-academic extracurriculars. He was a basketball guard and the senior captain of his cross-country team. He served as student council treasurer and student ambassador, among other activities.
As he departs the school he said groomed both his faith and academic success, he said the only thing he won't miss - is the school bells.
"I can't say enough about how close everyone is here," he said. "Going off is going to be hard, but they've prepared us well here, and I'm looking forward to the new adventure."