The five Catholic high schools in the Diocese of Davenport celebrated commencement ceremonies last month for a total of 238 graduates. Individual schools and top honorees are listed below.
Notre Dame Junior/Senior High School, Burlington
30 students graduated May 29.
Valedictorian: Hannah Marie Delaney, daughter of Steve and Beth Delaney of Burlington. They are members of Ss. John & Paul Parish in Burlington.
Hannah plans to attend Marquette University in Milwaukee and double major in communication disorders and Spanish. She then plans to do graduate studies in speech-language pathology.
Salutatorian: MargaretMary Terese Brueck, daughter of Kenneth and Teresa Brueck of Burlington. They are members of Ss. Mary &
Patrick Parish in West Burlington.
MargaretMary plans to attend Creighton University in Omaha, Neb., to major in biomedical science and minor in music. She hopes to be a pediatric rheumatologist. In the future she plans to be of service to the church. “I hope to participate in the community parish at Creighton as a cantor and eucharistic minister. I also hope to go on a mission trip during my time at Creighton. I am excited for the next chapter in my life and can’t wait to see what God has in store for me!”
Prince of Peace Catholic School, Clinton
18 students graduated May 22.
Valedictorian: Hope Deets, daughter of Dan and Kathy Deets of Fulton, Ill. They are members of Open Bible Fellowship in Morrison, Ill.
Hope plans to attend Iowa State University and is undecided on a major. In the future she plans to find a church where she lives and attend services and volunteer in the community.
Salutatorian: Krista Atkinson, daughter of Joel and Lisa Atkinson of Clinton. They are members of Prince of Peace Parish in Clinton.
Krista plans to attend Clarke University in Dubuque, Iowa, and major in athletic training. Regarding church, she plans to serve as a eucharistic minister in Dubuque.
Assumption High School, Davenport
110 students graduated May 29.
Assumption did not choose a valedictorian or salutatorian this year. The Student Council president and National Honor Society president spoke at the graduation ceremony. “This is the new norm,” said Principal Bridget Murphy. “We haven’t had class rankings for the past two years. We find that in a more highly competitive academic environment, class rankings actually disadvantage our students compared with those of other schools in college admissions and scholarships. It has become the norm for more academically-rigorous schools to not rank students. Roughly 50 percent of schools in Iowa no longer rank.”
Student Council president: Julia Field, daughter of Jim and Jayne Field of Bettendorf. They are members of Our Lady of Lourdes Parish in Bettendorf.
Julia plans to major in middle grades English at Elon University in Elon, N.C. She plans to be an active member of the church and live out Catholic Social Teaching “wherever my life takes me. I would be remiss if I did not give of my time and talent to serve the less fortunate.”
National Honor Society president: Emma Nagle, daughter of Rita and John Nagle of Davenport. They are members of Our Lady of Victory Parish in Davenport.
Emma plans to attend the University of Iowa and study pre-med and become a pediatrician. She wants to become a doctor to provide people with the opportunity to live the life God gave them in the healthiest way possible. “I will continue to volunteer and serve those in my community and in everything I do, I will bring glory to God.”
Holy Trinity Catholic School, Fort Madison
22 students graduated May 29.
Valedictorian: Rachel Mehmert, daughter of Bob and Cathy Mehmert of West Point. They are members of St. Mary Parish in West Point.
Rachel will attend Iowa State University and major in biology and/or genetics. Afterwards she plans to attend medical school at the University of Iowa and become a pediatrician. In the immediate future, Rachel plans to become a lector at St. Mary’s. While in college she wants to continue to express her love for God by joining a parish in Ames. She plans to demonstrate a positive character while volunteering in the community.
“I will serve the church by spreading the Good News of God and being a positive role model every day.”
Salutatorian: Elizabeth Barr, daughter of Tom and Deanna Barr of Fort Madison. They are members of Holy Family Parish in Fort Madison.
Elizabeth will attend Iowa State University and pursue a degree in aerospace engineering and minor in international studies. “I still plan on cantoring regularly for Mass. Because I won’t be able to be in Holy Family Parish while I’m away at college, I am planning on volunteering for a youth group at Iowa State.”
Regina Junior/Senior High School, Iowa City
58 students graduated May 29.
Valedictorian: Kyra Wilson, daughter of Maureen Donovan and Michael Wilson. Kyra is from Swisher and attends St. Thomas More Parish in Coralville.
Kyra plans to attend Carleton College in Northfield, Minn., and double major in linguistics and computer science. She plans to continue to lead children’s programs in order to share the faith with younger students, and to participate with her fellow parishioners in service projects such as collecting food donations and hosting bake sales for charity.
Salutatorian: Gabriella Thomsen, daughter of David and Peg Thomsen of Iowa City. They are members of St. Patrick Parish in Iowa City.
Gabriella plans to attend the University of Iowa and is undecided on a major. Regarding church, Gabriella says she has “always been involved in church service. I have been a eucharistic minister, volunteered at church dinners and have donated many hours of my time helping my community. I plan to continue my service to the church by volunteering my time and continuing my faith journey.”