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St. Joseph grads ready for next four years

By Jennifer Lee Preyss
May 29, 2011 at 12:29 a.m.

Heather Gonzales is momentarily overcome with emotion as she walks on stage to the sounds of "Pomp and Circumstance" during Sunday's graduation ceremony for St. Joseph High School. The ceremony was held at Victoria College.

Do you plan to attend a faith-based university?

"Yes, I'm attending St. Mary's because I would like to continue my faith-based education. It doesn't have to be Catholic. As a Baptist student, I like to see Christianity from all points of view," Julia Pullin, St. Joseph High School Senior, College: St. Mary's University

"Yes, I'm choosing a faith-based school because I feel that I can express myself more in an atmosphere where I can express my religion," Ryan Leos, St. Joseph High School, College: St. Mary's University

"No, I decided to go to Victoria College. I want to stay here for a year and save money," Leslie Zepeda, St. Joseph High School Senior, College: Victoria College

"No, because I think students should attend the school that best suits their major," Chris Wood, St. Joseph High School Senior, College: Sul Ross University

Class Size: 91

Honor Society Graduates: 37

Class Colors: Royal Blue and White

St. Joseph Valedictorian: Stephanie Lynn Kasper

St. Joseph Salutatorian: Aimee Leona Fries

National Merit Scholar: Stephanie Kasper

National Merit Hispanic Scholar: Paige Lanell Guerra

National Merit Commended Students: Andrew Polasek; Wade Perry, Jerry Poland

Graduates of St. Joseph High School's class of 2011 slowly marched down the aisles of the Victoria College auditorium Sunday evening, waiting to receive diplomas at the other end.

In royal blue graduation caps and gowns, 91 graduating seniors gathered to celebrate their four years of high school and acknowledge the next four years they'll spend at college.

Texas A&M University, University of Texas, New York University, Arizona State University, Northeastern University, Rhodes College and St. Mary's University are merely a few of the 64 higher learning institutions the graduates of St. Joseph will be attending this fall.

"Our class will be able to spread it's charm and good fortune across the United States," Salutatorian Aimee Leona Fries said.

At St. Joseph High School, students are charged with acquiring a well rounded faith-based education throughout the school year year. And now that high school has been completed, The Victoria Advocate wanted to know if graduating seniors planned to continue their education at a Christian-centered university. Here's what the students had to say.

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