The Baccalaureate chapel is a Trinity tradition that is a prelude to the commencement exercises and is a time to dedicate graduates to the Lord, and honor them and celebrate their achievements. The Choral Ensemble, directed by Elissa Butler, opened and closed the lovely outdoor ceremony.
Citizenship awards were given and to top off those awards, Mrs. Howell recognized Peer Mentors, honoring those who serve others in the Imago Dei School. Mrs. Howell said, "many students today will be recognized for outstanding achievement. These Peer Mentor students are recognized for investing their time and talent in the well-being of someone else. It’s quiet and invisible to most, and not recognized in traditional ways. Their investment can only be recognized by the enriched life of another." We join Mrs. Howell in recognizing Joey Haro, Michaela Lanni, Edgar Romero, Luke Pfeiffer, Kate Stimson and Kailee Velasco.
Mrs. Massetto announced the Academic achievements of those with high cumulative GPA's, finishing with announcing our Salutatorian, Jack Anderson, with a cumulative GPA of 4.83 and Valedictorian, Elijah Miller, with a cumulative GPA 4.85!
Congratulations to award winners for specific departments:
Humanities Award: Tim Owens
Math, Science Award: William Yumbar
Customer Service Award: Leo Modugno. Mr. Smith said, "Great Dei Coffee was developed for students like Leo. He is the ‘face’ of Great Dei Coffee. He sold more cups of coffee than the Golden Arches, manned the cash box better than Wells Fargo and gave service sweeter than Coca-Cola Classic.”
Language Award: Kate Stimson
Senior Thesis Award: Scott Black
Lifetime Knights acknowledged - Rowan Comstock, Ella Gonzales, Katie Heitmann, Elijah Miller, Timothy Owens, Kate Stimson, Chapman Wolf
AA Degrees were earned by 15 students! Congratulations to Jack Anderson, Reagan Fernandez, Liam Hambel, Katie Heitmann, Arianna Laolagi, Sophia DeWier, Ella Gonzales, Maxton Gould, Michaela Lanni, Alivia Morrison, Riley Spector, Kate Stimson, Shane Sypher, Chapman Wolf, and Will Yumbar.
Military appointments were awarded to Chapman Wolf (United States Air Force Academy) and Shane Sypher (United States Naval Academy).
House captains for 2021-22 school year announced.
Boethius - Chad Mitchell, Grace Pantellas
Cincinnatus - Levi Alderson, Lucas Mendoza
Dante - Daniella Hernandez, Nathan Thomas
Patrick - Andrew Ketenjian, Danielle Quayyum
The House Cup is the prize for the House that triumphs in annual competition and best embraces the culture of the school. This year, events were compressed, taking a full year of competitions into just a few months. The House Cup for 2020-21 went to Patrick House.
The same evening, the Commencement exercises took place in the courtyard. It was a beautiful night attended by parents and families, faculty, staff, alumni, and members of Trinity's Board of Trustees.
The Salutatorian and Valedictorian made moving speeches and the senior verse was shared. Mrs. Massetto awarded Trinity's highest award, the Order of St. George, to Ella Gonzales.
Diplomas were given, prayers were offered, hymns were sung, and the ceremony ended as it had begun, with the traditional bagpipes playing as graduates walked.