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St. Joseph graduates will carry faith with them

By Bianca Montes
May 25, 2014 at 12:25 a.m.

St. Joseph High School graduating seniors, from left, David Du, Diane DeLeon, Morgan DeLaGarza and Peyton Cuellar laugh as they are told to close their eyes and imagine their futures during the keynote address at Sunday's commencement ceremony at the Victoria ISD Fine Arts Center. This year's speaker was V. Bland Proctor, a graduate of the 1985 St. Joseph High School graduating class.

Class of 2014

70 students

: Royal blue and silver

CLASS FLOWER: White rose

CLASS SONG: "Landslide"

CLASS MOTTO: "I know not what the future holds, but I know who holds the future." - Homer

Top 10 in the class

Valedictorian:Olivia Alexsandra CreagerGPA 103.012

Salutatorian:Johanna Phi-Yen HoangGPA 101.382

Hannah Elizabeth Adams, Historian

Hira Malik

Collin Steele Hartman

Emily Elizabeth Omecinski

David Modu Du

Christina Ashley Haynes

Harrison Parker High

Alexander Edward Ferrell

$4.9 million in scholarship offers were awarded to the class of 2014, and 84 percent of the seniors have been offered at least one scholarship.

Awards

Mr. STJ and Miss. STJ - The highest honor that can be attained by a student. The recipients are selected on the basis of scholarship, leadership, service and character: Cody Janak and Olivia Creager

Sister Ernesting Vollmering Memorial Humanitarian Award - Established to preserve the memory of a true humanitarian who was a model of service and true caring for her students. This award is selected by the senior class and goes to the student who embodies helpfulness, consideration and service: Alyssa Rodriguez and Brenna Flynn

Thomas O'Connor Theology Award - This award is given to two students who have excelled in the study of theology: Hannah Adams and Olivia Creager

Father Clement Otting Gold Jubilee English Award - A memorial honoring the senior who most excels in the study of English: Hannah Adams and Seth Hawes

Cathy Wagner Memorial Sportsmanship Award - Honors Cathy Wagner, a Nazareth Academy alumni whose brief life was a model of athletic sportsmanship: Morgan Barker

John Lyons Memorial Sportsmanship Award - Honors the late John Lyons, a Victoria Advocate sportswriter whose coverage of St. Joseph High School was extensive and his support of the school unsurpassed: Tyler Stocker

Best All Around Athlete Awards: Kalyn Hempel and Adam Konarik

Top Academic Athlete Awards: Johanna Hoang and Collin Hartman

Olivia Creager said through faith, she and her classmates learned they can do all things through Christ, who strengthens them. That lesson was instilled in them while students at St. Joseph High School.

Creager thanked God in her graduation speech for giving her and each of her classmates the gift of life and "for bringing (their) lives together so that (they) shared many beautiful experiences."

The graduating class of 2014 walked across the stage Sunday night at the Fine Arts Center - 100 percent of the class was accepted to 60 different colleges and universities across Texas and the United States.

"The senior class is known as a very generous and loving class, full of spirit and goodness," said senior class sponsor Gretchen Boyle. "They contributed a legacy of excellence to the school in many memorable ways. They are lovable and will be missed."

The Advocate asked 10 students in the 2014 graduating class of St. Joseph High School: How will you use your faith-based education in college?

"I plan to use my faith-based education to help guide me through difficult and challenging times and help me to continue to grow as an individual."

-Dodge Bludau, 18, Baylor University

"I'm planning on being in a lot of leadership activities, and I think leading through Christ will be a lot easier than leading with nothing at all."

-Sarah Valenzuela, 17, St. Edward's University

"I plan on relying on God to tell me what direction to go, as far as a major, and I'll use my faith to stay away from bad influences."

-Seth Hawes, 17, Victoria College

"As a person who's not particularly strong in religion, I feel like the Christian values St. Joseph has have helped me to be more accepting of people that have different believes than I do."

-Luke Stone, 18, Victoria College

"St. Joseph has a real family-type environment, and it's shown me that is what I need to look for in college."

- A.J. Calvo, 18, Victoria College

"Just to stay motivated because I know God has a path for me, and I'm going to follow that path."

-Doug Wall, 18, Blinn College

"I'm a Muslim in a Christian school, so my education has taught me to appreciate diversity, and I'll use that a lot in college."

-Hira Malik, 18, University of Texas at Austin

"My education has taught me to help others if they need it and to stay strong - a strong faith is important."

-Kali Perales, 18, University of Houston-Victoria

"To help me through hard times and to keep my faith up while in college and not lose track of who I am."

-Abigail Schneider, 17, Texas Tech University

"To expand and become a better Catholic and continue to grow in faith."

-Luke Wenske, 17, Texas A&M University

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