Class of 2020

Dear Senior Class...

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  • Mrs. Andrews

    Dear Seniors

    Time has flown, I remember when you were freshmen. It has been a true blessing to grow with you along the way. I have had many of you in class, and some for two years. Twelve of you were on the Ecuador trip last summer. I pray for blessings upon your futures, especially at this uncertain time. I hope you will return to see us at WJ.

    ¡Los quiero mucho!
    Sra. Andrews
  • Mrs. Bok

    Dear Class of 2020,

    You have handled the pandemic with empathy and dignity as you faced one disappointment after another.  I was the most whiny one in the Zoom room every time.  Happily, the people who told you that these are the best years of your life are crazy.  Your life stretches ahead of you, and high school becomes a building block for the greatness ahead.  When I sold realestate in Miami,  my broker was a wise woman who taught me volumes about property values and life.  I share her best piece of advice:  never put your name on a cheap pen.  The reasons are obvious and metaphorical.  Stamp your names on greatness. 

    We love you.  - Mrs. Bok
  • Mrs. Byrne

    To the Class of 2020:
    I have great hope for the future knowing that you are our future leaders. You are strong, intelligent, and kind. Go boldly forth and make us proud.
  • Mr. Dunn

    Class of 2020,
    Graduation is a tender moment of celebration. It allows you to stand on the precipice of what was, what is and what will be. While it's easy to look at the most immediate experiences, let's not forget the journey and how it has brought you to where you stand today.
     
    Not that long ago you came to Walsh Jesuit aspiring to be a better version of yourself. Perhaps you were excited or scared, sure of your path or just trying to put one foot in front of the other. Either way, your years of classes, extracurriculars, service, Mission Days, and countless other enrichment opportunities have helped you to grown into the person that you are right now. There have been many people who have helped shape who you are—take time to sit in gratitude for those people.
     
    Certainly, there have been times that things didn't go the way you wanted them to: teams not made, grades not achieved, friendships lost. There have been moments you have let slip away. There have been people lost too soon—people you love, people who inspired you. And even at the end, it feels like time has been stolen away from you. Yes—it’s true—sometimes things don’t go the way you want. Sometimes life seems difficult. But even in those times of darkness, loss or challenge, we realize that there is light, hope and support. I hope you have learned this during your time at Walsh Jesuit.
     
    And now, here you stand—ready to take on a world that is ever more unknown. What will be the next step? Who else will inspire you? What else will you be asked to endure? As you continue forward, I hope that you will let your hearts be imprinted by those who share wisdom with you. Welcome challenges as a chance for growth and knowledge. Permit God’s loving grace, which is offered abundantly to you, to animate who you will become and truly fall in love with the gifts that God has bestowed upon you.
     
    You will be change agents for a world that is thirsty for change. You will be a blessing to those you meet, inspire people to be better than they thought possible. You will create experiences that are graced with God. You will challenge others to grow more closely to who God created them to be. You will comfort people in times of loss or disappointment. You will be Walsh Jesuit—all that we offer and all that we stand for—alive in the world. I am confident that our world will be a better place because you are in it. I am blessed to have shared a moment with you during your time at Walsh Jesuit and I look forward to seeing how you will spread love, grace and support to others in the future. Go forth and be those people we know you are capable of being.
  • Coach G

    To the Senior Class of 2020,
     
    During your four years at Walsh Jesuit, I had the privilege to have watched you grow intellectually, athletically, socially, and spiritually. I observed your growth with a great deal of satisfaction. In each of you, I have seen an inexhaustible reservoir of possibility. Continue to experience all that life has to offer you, in a life of your own choosing, and in a world of your own making. Thank you for all that you are, and what you are becoming. You truly are an amazing group of young men and women. Continue to touch the lives of all that you encounter in your own special way. Your Senior class will always be remembered in a special way. My thoughts and prayers are always with you.
     
    Mr. Grescovich
  • Mrs. Glowe

    Seniors,
    I am so proud of how you have carried yourselves this year. You guys always brought a smile to my face whenever I walked down senior hallway. Thank you for sharing in my love for spikeball, good music, food tastings, and deep theological conversations at lunch time. My prayer for you is to continue to seek God and grow in all the gifts that God has given you to love and serve.
    Thank you class of 2020, go rock the world!
  • Mr. Green ('03)

    My hope for you all is that when you look back on your years at WJ, one of the words that comes to your mind is ‘love.’

    I hope that you received love - especially from the Faculty, Staff, and Administration.  I hope that you gave love - especially to someone who might not receive as much as they deserve.  Most of all, I hope that you grew in love - that you consider yourself a more loving person as you graduate WJ than when you matriculated (these words are intentional, more on that later). 
     
    One of my favorite quotes is: ‘Love what is real.’  A person can only love something real or actual.  Often times, people miss out on love - not because they are bad, evil, or unlovable, but because they want to love on terms that are unrealistic.  When you remember your time at WJ, remember the reality that it was.  The friends -and the drama; the successes - and the failures; the invigorating class - and the boring ones; the chats in the Commons and locker rooms - and the loneliness of Distanced Learned.  This is the ‘reality.’  More importantly, love the reality that you were.  You cannot love what you wished you were, you can only love what is real.
     
    At graduation, perhaps the most crucial word in the quote is neither ‘Love’ nor ‘Reality.’  The most important word is ‘Is.’  Your experience at WJ is not over; it will always be with you.  If the Faculty/Staff/Administration has done our jobs, the experience you received here will always be a part of your life.  You are ‘graduating’ not ‘leaving.’  True, you will no longer be students… but now you are alumni.  If the past few months have taught us anything, it is that We are Warriors, Wherever, Whenever.  My hope for you all is that after your graduation, you can look in the mirror and ‘Love what is real,’ and be able to do so - at least in part - because of your time at WJ.

    Love you all, Mr. Green
  • Mrs. Haught

        I wish that I could be telling you these things in person, but e-mail will have to do. It's always a wonderful thing to teach seniors; I love that I get to spend your last year of high school with you and see you start becoming more of the adult you will eventually be. It's also nice to be able to have conversations with you that don't always revolve around school. You guys gave me some great laughs and I will remember you always. It's hard knowing that our time together is up, especially because I've taught some of you for the past three years straight, and what a privilege that has been. 
        ​Know that in the future, my classroom door is always open. It makes me so happy when I'm teaching a lesson and all of a sudden, a former student comes by to say hello and I get to catch up with them and see how they're doing. Please do this. Visit Walsh and come in and say "Hola." If you don't remember anything else about Spanish or grammar or culture, I hope you remember that we had a great time in Spanish all together and that you will be remembered as a wonderful class made up of some truly great people. 
        I hope to see you at the Senior car parade, and then after that...well, it's not adiós, but rather hasta luego. 

    ​Un gran abrazo y muchas felicidades, 
    Sra. Haught
  • Mrs. Katona

    Dear Walsh Jesuit Class of 2020,

    I always thought that the year 2020 would be one of the most unique years to graduate simply because ‘2020’ is such a unique number.  It’s interesting how unique this year to graduate turned out to be!
    The word unprecedented has been used so many times for our situation over the last couple of months.  When I think about the class of 2020 now and in the future, that is the word I will think of- unprecedented.
    Unprecedented  courage, strength, patience, humility, stamina.   These are some of the characteristics that will take you into your future endeavors and help you to move forward.
    I am so proud of this class of 2020.  I will continue to pray for all of you and will miss you very much.  The best of luck to each and every one of you.

    Peace and Love,
    Mrs. Katona
  • Mr. Kerr ('02)

    Class of 2020:
     
    I think it is important to acknowledge from the outset that your accomplishments should not and will not be overshadowed in the minds of the Walsh Jesuit community.  Amongst you there are scholars and athletes, performers, advocates, friends, devoted siblings and children.  There are so many roles and hats you wear we could only begin to acknowledge.  But, I also want to extend gratitude for what you have given up and why you have done it.  You gave up your prom so a vulnerable classmate could stay safe.  You gave up your baccalaureate so an at risk faculty member could stay home.  You gave up your senior experience so a devoted staff somewhere could remain focused on keeping others healthy and safe.  You gave up your in person graduation so grandparents remain healthy.  If you have not yet framed all this in that way, it is all true. So, thank you for that. 

    That being said, the sacrifice is not over.  In the midst of our Covid-19 world, giving still needs to happen.  But this will pass and be a blip in the midst of the long story of our world (I’m a history teacher. Trust me.)  I would hope that you make sacrifice a part of your life beyond now. 

    Some day, you will realize all that a Walsh Jesuit education provides (I’m an alum. Trust me.).  Take what you have been given, no matter what your future path may be, and use it to make the world better.  Even in the smallest ways.  Make it better.  Our world is not as bad as some make it out to be, but it can always be better.  I leave you with one of my favorite quotes from one of the four church women martyred in El Salvador;
     
    “I hope that you come to find that which gives life a deep meaning for you. Something worth living for – maybe even worth dying for, something that energizes you, enthuses you, enables you to keep moving ahead. I can’t tell you what it might be – that’s for you to find, to choose, to love. I can just encourage you to start looking and support you in the search” - Sr. Ita Ford  
     
    Thank you class of 2020,
     
    Mr. Kerr
  • Mr. Kudro

    Dear Class of 2020:
     
    All I can say, is please know that you were, and continue to be, loved!  I hope that all of these Jesuit catchphrases we bandy about really have meant something to you.  I hope you have truly felt what cura personalis really means, not only in words, but that our love has been shown “more in deeds” over these four years as well.  Through this whole pandemic, I’ve seen you exhibit the magis and be “open to growth” as you’ve had to rise above so many challenges to the way we were so used to doing things.  I pray that “finding God in all things” has been a reality and not a cop out, and that you have been able to continue to find God, even during these hard times, and that you keep yourself open to finding, and being found by, God throughout your future beyond these halls!  Most of all, I challenge you to truly be “Men and Women for, and with, Others!”  I challenge you not just to be “nice,” “kind,” or “decent” people.  Our motto, and Christ himself, calls us to be more than that!  I challenge you to truly make a difference with all the gifts, talents, and opportunities you have been given!  “To live more simply, accept no unjust profit, and continue to work to change unjust structures,” as Fr. Pedro Arrupe challenged us!  A Jesuit School Alum is indeed bright, successful, and elite.  But most of all, a Jesuit School Alum is compassionate, recognizes God as their source and destination, and uses all of these blessings and achievements not merely for themselves, but for the good of others.  I believe in you Class of 2020, and look forward to all the good you will bring to our world!

    Peace — Mr. Kudro 
  • Mr. Lynch ('94)

    Class of 2020,
     
    You have faced more adversity than any of the preceding graduating classes that have walked the halls of Walsh Jesuit.  But the mark you leave on the school will not simply be the obstacles you have overcome (though it is quite an example to present and future generations of Warriors).  No, your mark is found in the relationships you have forged, the experiences you have shared, and the lives you have changed for the better.  Mine is one of those.  I speak for many when I say that this is truly a special graduating class, and this school is forever better because of who you are as a class, and because of who you are as individuals. 
     
    May God continue to bless you abundantly, Class of 2020.
    I will be praying for you.
     
    Sean Lynch '94

  • Fr. O'Connor, S.J.

    You are a gift to this world Walsh Jesuit Class of 2020!

    What a joy to journey with you these past years.  Know that you will be missed.  Remember to keep in contact with the faculty and staff who have impacted you the most.  Remember that you were created by God's love for a reason.  Your gifts, talents, and love are critically important to the people around you and to our world.  Know that you are never alone in the (Walsh) Jesuit school family which spans across the globe.  Know how much you are loved and appreciated.  Wherever you are, always be "for and with others...," always carry your WJ memories, and never hesitate to be generous or to love.

    Peace prayers, Fr. O'C 
  • Mrs. O’Driscoll

    Hey 2020 Seniors!

    Wow, four years have passed in the blink of an eye. Congratulations! You made it! Your hard work and care for one another during these most difficult times give rise to celebration; that is, a socially distant celebration! You have managed to soar through unprecedented challenges as your senior year comes to an end. May success be there in the walks of life you choose and may all the dreams that your hearts hold come true. As you voyage into your futures ahead, here is a prayer for you inspired by the Irish saint, Brendan of Clonfert, patron saint of travelers and voyagers.

    Help me as I journey, Lord, beyond the familiar and into the unknown.
    Give me the faith to leave old ways behind and break fresh ground with You.
    Christ of the mysteries, I trust You to be stronger than each storm within me.
    I will trust the darkness and know that my times, even now, are in Your hands.
    Tune my spirit to the music of heaven and make my obedience count for You. Amen.

    Take good care seniors! Triumph is just “umph” added to try. Be of good character and remember to be kind. We will miss you, but now it is your turn to fly… You are Walsh Jesuit WARRIORS wherever and whenever, now go forth…and set the world on fire! 🔥

    With love, Mrs. O’Driscoll
  • Mr. Palange

    Walsh Jesuit Class of 2020,
     
    It is funny the things you miss when things end so unexpectedly. What I’ve found is that it isn’t the big things that I miss the most - the events, the games, the performances, the ceremonies - but instead it’s those small moments in between. I miss the joke of the day on the morning announcements, I miss hearing Mr. Storads class from all the way down the hall, I miss the nonsensical conversations that tend happen in my office or at the start of a class period, I miss going to practice everyday, I miss the laughter and energy you bring to our school.
     
    Like you, I wish things were different. If you had told me on March 12 that it would be our last “normal” school day of the year, I wouldn’t have believed you - but here we are. While it may be an easy way to justify things, I don’t believe in the saying that, “everything happens for a reason”. I do firmly believe, however, that through bad there is always an opportunity for good - it is up to us to find for it. In the moment it can be hard, but life is all about perspective. It is 10% about what happens to us and 90% about how we react to it. I hope that we have prepared you to take these moments that have stopped us in our tracks and to grow and develop from them and in spite of them.
     
    As you graduate from this place and move on to the next phases of your lives, I hope you look back fondly on the times you have had at Walsh Jesuit and the lessons you’ve learned along the way. I know I will. Class of 2020, you will he missed - we are so appreciative for all that you have contributed to our community. You are Warriors now and you are Warriors forever.
     
    God bless you, we will be here rooting for you along your next adventures! You will always be in our prayers - don’t forget about us as you go out and set the world on fire!
     
    Mr. Palange
  • Fr. Petkash, S.J.

    Dear Seniors,
     
    Your world turned upside down two months ago. None of you saw this coming. Suddenly, plans made for an end-of-senior-year celebration were in jeopardy. In the coming months and years, life as you knew it will not be the same. How are you to deal with this?
     
    Yet, from the day you set foot on campus, Walsh Jesuit has been preparing you to move out into a world where you will be faced with change and uncertainty, more so now than ever. You have been challenged to be a creative and critical thinker, always open to growth. You have begun to recognize the power of love, with respect for the human dignity of all. And your faith has been challenged to be put into action, especially through concern for those less fortunate than yourself. These qualities have prepared you to face the uncertainties and challenges before you.
     
    Most of all, I pray that Walsh Jesuit has prepared you to be men and women who know, love and serve Jesus Christ, ready to pray and discern that all-important question, “What does God want of me?” May your model always be Jesus Christ; He is THE person for and with others. May you live your life for God’s greater honor and glory, A.M.D.G.
     
    Prayers and blessings,
    Fr. Don Petkash, S.J.
  • Mrs. Puckett

    To the Class of 2020:

    The commencement speech is my favorite type of speech. A great commencement speech is motivational and uplifting, usually oozing with poignant advice. I have to come to rely on two commencement speeches when I need encouragement and reminders for how to best live. As you graduate, I’d like to share excerpts from these two speeches with you. I hope they inspire you now and years from now.

    “Don’t ever forget that you’re a citizen of this world, and there are things you can do to lift the human spirit, things that are easy, things that are free, things that you can do every day. Civility, respect, kindness, character. You’re too good for schadenfreude, you’re too good for gossip and snark, you’re too good for intolerance…don’t ever forget that a small group of thoughtful people can change the world. It’s the only thing that ever has...I wish you the quality of friends I have and the quality of colleagues I work with.  Baseball players say they don’t have to look to see if they hit a home run, they can feel it. So, I wish for you a moment—a moment soon—when you really put the bat on the ball, when you really get a hold of one and drive it into the upper deck, when you feel it. When you aim high and hit your target, when just for a moment all else disappears, and you soar with wings as eagles.” Aaron Sorkin, 2012

     “Find out what makes you kinder, what opens you up and brings out the most loving, generous, and unafraid version of you—and go after those things as if nothing else matters. Because, actually, nothing else does…Education is good; immersing ourselves in a work of art: good; prayer is good; meditation’s good; a frank talk with a dear friend; establishing ourselves in some kind of spiritual tradition—recognizing that there have been countless really smart people before us who have asked these same questions and left behind answers for us…
     
    Do those things that incline you toward the big questions, and avoid the things that would reduce you and make you trivial. That luminous part of you that exists beyond personality — your soul, if you will—is as bright and shining as any that has ever been. Bright as Shakespeare’s, bright as Gandhi’s, bright as Mother Teresa’s. Clear away everything that keeps you separate from this secret luminous place. Believe it exists, come to know it better, nurture it, share its fruits tirelessly.” -George Saunders, 2013

    Congratulations, Class of 2020!
    All my best,
    Mrs. Puckett 
  • Mr. Swinerton

     
    Thanks for making my first year at Walsh Jesuit so wonderful, I enjoyed having you in class and look forward to your bright futures!
     
    -Swin
  • Mrs. Tate

    Dear Seniors,
    May God Bless You and be with you on this next exciting journey of your life! Stay healthy and safe and “Go Man Go” while following your dreams!
    Lots of Love,
    Mrs. Tate
  • Mrs. Truax

    Thank you, Class of 2020, for getting me through this tough year.  You have been amazingly kind and compassionate.
  • Mrs. Vanas ('98)

    Congratulations seniors!
    Although it has been a bit unconventional, you got through your final year of high school.  These will be memories to share with your children and grandchildren.  They may be memories of loss, but I hope you also remember the courage, strength and community we had together as a school.  You should all feel proud of everything you have done over the last 4 years. 

    God bless and good luck!
     - Kelly Vanas ‘98
  • Mr. Wright ('10)

    Dear Class of 2020,

    Thank you for your hard work, your compassion, and all that you have done for our great school. You should be proud of your accomplishments and I know you will go on to do great things in the future. Go Warriors! 

    Mr. Wright ('10)
  • Mrs. Ziemianski

    Dear Class of 2020,
    Congratulations and best wishes to you as you graduate! You are a gift to WJ and to me, and as you begin this next chapter of your lives, please know that you leave behind an unforgettable legacy. Thank you for so many joyful memories, Warriors!
    All the best,
    Sra. Ziemianski

Dear Seniors,

You have grown in so many ways as you face this difficult challenge.
 
Like so many other adults who serve our school every day, Ms. Margheret is an alum of WJ, and she came back to make a difference at her alma mater. It was her idea to create a special page to capture some memories your class shares, especially moments of celebration during your Senior year, one that none of us will ever forget.
 
As you entered as Freshmen, you began that journey that will end with more than just a diploma from Walsh Jesuit. Many of your early thoughts, defeats and successes were captured in your black Companions folders. You have enriched Warrior Nation and have many memories etched in your mind of your time at WJ. As you see where you started and reflect in true Jesuit fashion on where you are now, you will see so much growth and change. You will see the special person you are, that there have been incredible people on this pilgrimage with you, and you will see that God is always in your midst at every turn.
 
Cherish the journey and hold it close to your heart - just as all us do who are blessed to know you and hold you dear in our hearts.
 
You have given so much to keep others safe. May you receive a gift in this page for the group that will forever be known and loved in the Walsh Jesuit Family, as Women & Men For & With Others!
 
AMDG - Karl Ertle, President
 

Important Dates & Information

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We have started an 'Adopt-a-Senior' Facebook page where families can “adopt” 2020 Seniors! SENIORS / SENIOR PARENTS: Facebook message Jill Ziegler, Lori Owen Wallace, or Brooke Wallace '20 & request to be in the Adopt-a-Senior Group! Once you're added, just read Warrior Mom & page creator, Mrs. Lori Owen Wallace’s instructions on what to do & be sure to invite your parents' friends!
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    • WJ Men's Volleyball

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    • WJBN's - Seth Carr

    • BLOOPERS :)