At the graduation ceremony, four students were honored with exemplary awards. See below for the text read by SI Principal Patrick Ruff as he introduced each student:
Our Valedictory Address will be given by a student who has distinguished herself in many ways. She has achieved an un-weighted grade point average of 3.98 – that is only two A-'s in her entire four years, while taking 16 Advanced Placement and Honors courses during her tenure at SI. A voracious reader and writer, she was a founding member and fixture of the Wildcat Writers Club, through which she — and her classmates — designed and taught creative writing lessons at local elementary and middle schools; served as Editor in Chief for Inside SI, authentically telling the story of SI in each issue; and was the Head of Production for The Quill, producing a literary magazine that in unrivaled by other schools – high school and college.
She has volunteered over 200 hours of community service, is an Advanced Placement Scholar with distinction, a member of the Principal's Honor Roll, and won three gold medals on the National Latin Exam. In addition, she is a black belt in Tae Kwon Do.
Whatever she sets out to accomplish, she does so with passion, perseverance, and humility...and SI is a better place because of her.
Fr. President, ladies and gentlemen, it is a pleasure to present the Valedictorian of the Class of 2018, Angela Yang.
The Loyalty Award
This award is presented to a member of the senior class who demonstrates character, dedication, and enthusiasm, and one who sincerely strives for the betterment of the school community.
Our recipient this year is a young man with a variety of gifts, talents and interests. He reflects the ideals of Jesuit education and is an impressive example of our aspiration and hope for the future. He has a positive approach to all things and is recognized by teachers and peers alike for his humility, generosity, and enthusiasm. Showcasing a variety of gifts, he a fixture on SITV, is an accomplished jazz pianist, and was a key member of the Robotics Team. He has been published in The Quill and Inside SI but his creativity is not limited to the written word as he has produced SITV episodes based on Star Wars, Stanger Things, and Shakespeare just to name just a few. He is equally adept with both coding and the green screen and has brought joy to SI with his imagination, innovation, and vision. Moreover, he has shared his passion and commitment to justice for all as a member of InSIgnis, was active in our Liturgies, and even offered a student reflection at a Friday Morning Liturgy this past spring. He is an AP Scholar, has been on the Principal's Honor Roll each of the past four years, amassing an unweighted grade point average of 3.9 and still managed to complete over 150 hours of community service.
He is a young man of character, compassion and excellence. He is generous in sharing his gifts and talents with others and lives each day with remarkable optimism, openness to new experiences, belief in the goodness of others, and faith in God. In every activity, he enlivens all with dedication, hard work, and a spirit of good will. As a young man, a leader, and a Catholic, no better role model can be found. He has left his mark on SI and we are grateful.
Fr. President, ladies and gentlemen, it is a pleasure to present the 2018 Loyalty Award to Alex Ring.
The Fr. Anthony P. Sauer, SJ, General Excellence Award
This award is named in honor of Fr. Anthony P. Sauer, of the Society of Jesus who personified excellence in his forty years at St. Ignatius College Preparatory. In his tenure as president, he transformed SI into one of the best schools in the West, turned it into a co-educational campus, modernized the facility, and increased the endowment to help SI be a school for all. It is conferred upon a senior who is distinguished by scholarship, excellence in conduct, and outstanding devotion to the school through participation in both curricular and co-curricular activities.
An articulate, reflective, and conscientious young woman, this year's recipient has been recognized by faculty and students alike for her scholarship, leadership, and service. She is a person who uses her time and talents well as she pursues a wide range of commitments and interests.
A humble leader and genuine role model for classmates and teammates, she is an exceptionally gifted student who consistently strives to do her personal best to develop intellectually, physically, and spiritually. She has taken a most demanding schedule with an amazing 17 AP and Honors courses achieving an astounding unweighted grade point average of 3.97. Moreover, she is an AP Scholar with Distinction, a member of Service Club and the Block Club, and a lifetime member of the California Scholarship Federation. However, her success is not limited to classroom as she has excelled in athletics, participating at the varsity level all four years, earning all-league honors three times, and serving as captain during her senior season.
She was a Big Cat, member of the Wildcat Welcoming Club, and InSIgnis. In addition, she has completed over 250 hours of community service, was an editor for Inside SI, a member of Girls Who Code, and served on Student Council.
She gives her all to every activity and makes it look easy; she is positive, quick to smile, generous, and authentic; she is a young woman who personifies virtue and excellence in mind, body, and heart.
Fr. President, ladies and gentlemen, the 2018 Fr. Anthony P. Sauer, SJ General Excellence Award is presented to Cassie Fell.
The Ignatian Award
The Ignatian Award is the highest award our school offers. It is conferred upon the graduating senior who has consistently put the welfare of students above his or her own interests. This award winner is chosen from the graduating class for generous service on their behalf, dedication to the Gospel message, and devotion to the Christian ideals enunciated by the patron of our school, St. Ignatius of Loyola.
This year's recipient is a humble leader and genuine role model for classmates and teammates. An honors student who consistently strives to do his personal best to develop intellectually, emotionally, and spiritually, this student has been a retreat leader, team captain, and leader on Student Council. He has taken 17 advanced placement and honors courses and earned only one grade lower than an A during his tenure on 37thAvenue. Hehas been on SITV, served as a Big Cat, and as a Junior Retreat leader; he has been on the Principal's Honor Roll each semester and is a commended scholar by the College Board. This young man's talents are many and varied because of his insatiable quest to discover and master new opportunities. He has written for The Quilland Inside SI, played golf and ran cross country, and stared in SI Live; he served on Student Council all four years, tutored at DeMarillac Academy, and worked on immigration issues through the Kino Border Initiative; he inspired us with his voice at each Friday Morning Liturgy, regularly led morning prayer over the PA, and still found time to complete over 200 hours of community service.
He is a young man blessed with many gifts – he is intelligent, morally upright, and full of integrity – in short, he is a leader and has touched our hearts and challenged our minds the past four years. His good-natured, outgoing, and winning personality, positive approach to life and learning, and genuine concern for those around him have earned him the respect, trust, and admiration of both his teachers and peers.
Fr. President, ladies and gentlemen, it is a pleasure to present the 2018 Ignatian Award to Michael Lundgren.