The Delone Catholic High School Class of 2019 made a lasting impression on the school and in the community. Over the last four years, its members have performed more than 13,000 hours of service. The graduating class includes 36 members of the National Honor Society, three members of the National Art Honor Society, 30 members of the National English Honor Society, 17 members of Mu Alpha National Math Honor Society, 11 members of the National Spanish Honor Society and 13 members of Rho Kappa National Social Studies Honor Society. More than half of the graduates took Advanced Placement or Dual Enrollment courses. More than 60 percent of the class graduated with a career grade point average of 3.0 or above. Ninety-six percent plan to move on to higher education. Colleges, universities, trade schools and other organizations have offered more than $6.9 million in scholarships to the Class of 2019, with $180,000 of award money distributed at the Senior Awards Ceremony, exclusively to Delone Catholic graduates. In celebration of these admirable accomplishments, Delone Catholic High School proudly graduated 123 students at the 79th commencement in school history on Friday, May 24, in the Lawrence B. (Sonny) Sheppard, Jr. Memorial Gymnasium.
Lauren Michele Trummer, Salutatorian, is the daughter of Dr. Wolf and Dr. Beth Trummer from Hanover, Pa. In her graduation address, Trummer quoted Henry Ford, who said
Whether you think you can or you can’t, you’re right.”
She urged her fellow graduates to believe in themselves and carry this trait with them in their future endeavors.
Mrs. Livia Riley, Superintendent of Schools for the Diocese of Harrisburg and was on hand to present diplomas.
Rachel Nicole Swingler, Valedictorian, is the daughter of Timothy and Niki Swingler of Hanover, Pa. In her graduation address, she advised her classmates to learn from the challenges you face, and then move on. She reminded the graduates that their “future plans are already perfected and resting in God’s hands.” She concluded by urging each one of the graduates to “one up yourself” so that they many continue to live out exciting lives.
Prior to graduation, the Class of 2019 along with family, friends and teachers, joined principal celebrant Most Rev. Ronald W. Gainer who joined Delone Catholic’s Chaplian and Homilist Rev. Matthew Morelli, and concelebrants of priests of the Adams Deanery for a Baccalaureate liturgy and Senior Awards Ceremony on Thursday evening, May 23, at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Hanover, Pa. In his homily, Fr. Morelli reminded the graduates that as they progress through life, they were not meant to handle challenges alone.
God isn’t calling you to return to what is comfortable but to move forward into a glorious struggle, your path to heaven as future Saints.”
Following the Mass, members of the Class of 2019 received awards for excellence in academics, extracurricular activities, athletics and service. Two new scholarship awards were generously made available to Delone Catholic seniors. The Joseph and Patricia C. Borowick Scholarship benefited nine seniors who demonstrated academic achievement and financial need. Also new this year, the Dessecker Family Scholarship was awarded to three seniors who plan to serve an apprenticeship or enter a trade or technology school. Among the other awards presented were the Bishop Joseph T. Daley Catholic Faith Award, Principal’s Award, Father Allwein Memorial Award and the Loyalty & School Spirit Award. Several guests were also on hand to present awards made possible through the generous contributions of Delone Catholic supporters.
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Delone Catholic seniors with this year’s Golden Apple Award Winner and English Department Chair Nancy Duffy. Photo courtesy of Hanover Studio of Photography.
Delone Catholic High School 2019 Graduation Ceremony. Photo courtesy of Hanover Studio of Photography.