By Anne Marie Amacher
The Catholic Messenger
Graduations at Catholic high schools in the Diocese of Davenport are complete, with 245 receiving diplomas from the diocese’s five high schools.
Lee Morrison, superintendent of Catholic schools, thanked the parents of graduates of the class of 2014 for choosing Catholic education in a diocesan Catholic high school for their children.
“They are beautiful and talented young people in their own unique way and that gives me great hope for our future. You parents have sacrificed so your son or daughter could attend one of our Catholic high schools. I truly hope that your child came away from our high schools with the strong academic background that they will need to succeed at the next level of education, a greater knowledge of Jesus, a love for Jesus, a willingness to serve Jesus and with the Gospel values woven into the very fabric of their being.”
Here’s information about the graduations, valedictorians and salutatorians:
Burlington — Twenty-one students graduated from Notre Dame High School on May 25 in the school gym.
Valedictorian was Claire Marie Dupuis, daughter of Chris and Virginia Dupuis of Burlington. They are members of Ss. Mary & Patrick Parish in West Burlington. This fall Claire plans to attend St. Louis University. In the future, she plans to carry over her extracurricular activities to college and to be compassionate and caring to others.
Salutatorian was Cody David Moehn, son of Dan and Katie Moehn of Burlington. They are members of Ss. John & Paul Parish in Burlington. Cody plans to attend the University of Iowa.
Clinton — Twenty-one students graduated from Prince of Peace Catholic Schools on May 25 at Prince of Peace Church.
Valedictorians were Lauren Pittman and Noah Strausser. Karli Atkinson was salutatorian.
Lauren Pittman is the daughter of Michael and Ann Pittman of Clinton. They are members of Prince of Peace Parish. Lauren plans to study pre-law. “Next year I will be attending Loyola University, a Jesuit college in Chicago. While I am there, I plan to join service and faith-based groups. Becoming a member of these groups will help me to grow in my faith. I also plan to serve my new church as a eucharistic minister. I may also take on new ministries, such as being a greeter or reader at Mass. I plan to continue to donate my time and talents to my new church.”
Noah Strausser is the son of Gary and Robin Strausser of Clinton. Noah plans to attend Yale University and study architecture. “I currently do not belong to a church. However, I do plan on joining one in college. Since I have grown up in a Catholic school, I have learned about the Catholic faith. I will continue my spiritual journey by learning about other faiths before deciding the faith I will practice.”
Karli Atkinson is the daughter of Joel and Lisa Atkinson of Clinton, members of Prince of Peace. Karli plans to study physical therapy. “I will be attending St. Ambrose and will be able to continue to serve at Mass as a eucharistic minister. I will lead by example in continuing (to live the) faith and encouraging others to do the same. I also intend to join clubs like pro-life club, a service club or a campus ministry club. These opportunities will help me be able to reach out to those in need such as underprivileged children in the community. I plan on helping others by using my God-given gifts every day at school, in the community, and for my church.”
Davenport — One-hundred-fifteen students graduated from Assumption High School on May 18 in the school gym. Valedictorians were Adelyn Kristine Huber and Anna Carolina Roa.
Adelyn Huber is the daughter of Dan and Sue Huber of Davenport. They are members of St. Paul the Apostle Parish. This fall Adelyn plans to attend the University of Wisconsin at Madison and study mathematics and actuarial science. “I feel grateful to have been part of the St. Paul and Assumption communities for the past 18 years. My classmates, teachers and administrators have helped shape my faith. I believe as members of the Catholic community we serve one another by being involved and engaged. I will draw upon my faith as I go forward in life. I believe I can best serve the Catholic community going forward by using my gifts and talents to serve those who are less fortunate — through acts of service.
Anna Roa is the daughter of Richard and Claudia Roa of Bettendorf. They are members of Our Lady of Lourdes Parish in Bettendorf. This fall Anna plans to attend the University of Iowa and study chemical engineering and pharmaceutical engineering. “I hope to continue to serve in the music ministry in the Catholic Church. I also hope to serve as a eucharistic minister in my parish.”
Fort Madison — Twenty-three students graduated from Holy Trinity Catholic School on May 25 at the high school.
Valedictorian was Adam Stewart, son of Henry and Kathy Merschman of Fort Madison. They are members of Holy Family Parish in Fort Madison. Adam plans to attend Simpson College to study environmental science. “In the future, I plan to be active in my parish — whether it is my parish now or in another. I will be active by taking part in Mass and activities within and outside the church itself.”
Salutatorian was Kristen Tinguely, daughter of Roy and Debbie Tinguely of Fort Madison. They are members of Holy Family Parish. Kristen plans to attend Iowa State University. “I plan to serve the church by hopefully going on mission trips in college and also when I’m out of college.”
Iowa City — Fifty-five students graduated from Regina High School on May 25 in the junior/senior high gym.
Valedictorian was Cat Rudolph, daughter of Jan and Jeffrey Rudolph of Iowa City. They are members of St. Mary Parish in Iowa City. Cat plans to attend Iowa State for dietetics, join the Peace Corps for two years, and then work as a registered dietitian. In the Church she hopes to “continue attending Mass in college and wherever I am located in the future. I will serve the Church directly by participating as a eucharistic minister or usher. In my day-to-day life, I will try my best to live by God’s teachings. It’s so easy these days to feel embarrassed about Catholic faith, as there is a lot of criticism out in the world. Yet by being proud of my faith and letting it reflect in my daily life, I will serve the Church with my support and representation.”
Salutatorian was Grace Ann Larew, daughter of Ann and Rick Larew of Iowa City. They are members of St. Mary Parish. This fall Grace Ann plans to attend Creighton University in Omaha and study exercise science on a pre-med track, with a goal to attend medical school one day. “As I will be attending a Jesuit institution I plan on continuing to be a eucharistic minister and lector at St. John Parish on the Creighton University campus.”