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Class of 2021 Mass and Graduation

A Celebration to Remember

On Sunday morning, May 16, 2021, the 95 graduates of Holy Family Catholic High School’s Class of 2021 crossed the stage to receive their high school diplomas and to complete high school journeys experienced during historical global times. During a school year experienced in-person, on-campus with adjustments for pandemic protocols, their extraordinary leadership leaves a legacy of positivity, resilience, and perseverance.

While the nine months leading up to the commencement ceremony may be unique to this group of graduates, their four-year experience is defined by their presence in academic studies, athletic pursuits, and artistic endeavors.  So, noteworthy, in fact, that as a whole, the Class of 2021 were offered $11,990,090 in college scholarships and accepted offers totaling $3,725,240 million.

The day began with a Baccalaureate Mass celebrated by Holy Family chaplain Father Nels Gjengdahl for the graduates, their guests, faculty, and administration in the school’s Slattery Activities and Convocation Center.  Members of the Class of 2021 processed to the stage with school administrators and Father Gjengdahl to the concert band’s rendition of “Pomp and Circumstance.” (Elgar 1901) Holy Family combined chorales provided music ministry for the service.

Following the first and second readings read by Whitney Nelson and Emma Boockmeier, Father Gjengdahl shared the Gospel reading for the Feast Ascension of the Lord. He reminded the graduates to live in the Lord and as examples of their faith in their new communities.

Collin Nawrocki recited the description written by the seniors in campus ministry of the Class of 2021 Baccalaureate Symbols as representatives from the class presented them during the offertory. The Class of 2021 selected the following items to represent their four-year journey:

Ninth Grade: Mittens – snowball fights on the front yard
Tenth Grade: Sweatshirt –
Eleventh Grade: Laptop
Twelfth Grade: Mask and College Hat

Following Communion, President Mike Brennan awarded the Ambassador of Christ Award to co-recipients Olivia Hesse and Collin Nawrocki. The Ambassador of Christ Award is given to the senior who leads others with a strong code of ethics consistent with the teachings of Christ. Recipients are nominated by their classmates, and nominations are then voted on by faculty and staff.

Commencement

Following a final blessing for the graduates, student ushers reset the stage, and the Commencement portion of the ceremony began with a welcome from Principal John Dols. Principal Dols then introduced the Class of 2021 salutatorian Joseph “Joey” Richelsen for his salutatory address.

Joey Richelsen shares his salutatorian address.

Joey’s address took his audience through a tour of the building and a trip down memory lane, concluding with a point toward the future. He said, “ Holy Family’s culture and values were never meant to stay in the physical building. As stewards, my classmates, it is now our job to bring that same culture to the next stages of our lives. Spread it across the college campus, spread it across the new communities you assimilate in. And I promise you, the world will become a better place.”

Next, the selected faculty speaker Dr. Jim Tisel was invited to the podium to share his words of wisdom. Dr. Tisel will retire at the end of the school year, but he delivered his address in a lab report in proper science teacher form. In his conclusion, he said, “I do not wish to pose as an expert on religion – but I think we have learned that when we have worked, learned, played and prayed together, we have felt the presence of the Holy Spirit. I want to thank you, students, for being in groups with me where we have felt this presence – and for the fact that your lives and actions show this every step of the way.”

Lauren Taylor delivers the Class of 2021 Valedictorian Address
Lauren Taylor delivers the Class of 2021 Valedictorian Address.

Valedictorian Lauren Taylor followed Dr. Tisel at the podium. Using her signature positivity, Lauren said, “…there is a whole world outside that awaits us, unknowing of who we have been for the last eighteen years: as I said before, it’s both exciting and terrifying at the same time, but we must trust in the plan that God has for us and know that we are never alone.” Lauren will pursue a finance degree at the University of Notre Dame.

During the graduation ceremony, Katherine Wise and Joseph Richelsen were announced as recipients of the Joseph and Mary Medals. The Mary and Joseph Medals are awarded to a senior girl and boy who exemplify the identity and values of Holy Family Catholic High School. These individuals demonstrate a strong, mature faith in Christ while actively participating in the life of the Church. They are knowledgeable of the teachings and traditions of the Church, desire to live like Jesus in their love and service to others and strive to grow spiritually and intellectually.

All three leadership and faith awards (Ambassador of Christ, Mary and Joseph Medals) are selected via nomination by classmates and vote of the school’s faculty and staff. The recipients exemplify a strong, mature faith in Christ and ethics consistent with the teachings of the Gospels.

The ceremony continued with the announcement of scholarships and the presentation of diplomas to the graduates of the Class of 2021:

Spencer Charles Adelmann
Allison Elle Agerland* Summa Cum Laude
Nicole Margaret Allen
Megan Christine Beach
Elle Michaela Bernaski* Cum Laude
Sebastian Bojorquez Rojas
Emma Grace Boockmeier
Daniel Borbonio
Zachary Francis Bornhoft
Samuel Lawrence Bradley * Cum Laude
Emiliano Baldemar Corona
Alexa Josephine Cuadros
Eli James Devins
Patrick Finnegan Dowling
Marie Rose Fahey Magna Cum Laude
Ewan David Farrell Cum Laude Jordan
Marie Flink Summa Cum Laude
Etienne Gerald Foudray* Summa Cum Laude
David John Frahm
Joseph Henry Freitas Summa Cum Laude
Antonio Gaeta Summa Cum Laude
Aidan Richard Greene
Thomas Michael Guyer * Cum Laude
Caroline Mary Hess * Magna Cum Laude
Olivia Sharon Hesse * Cum Laude
Ashley Margaret Heuer Magna Cum Laude
Joseph Russell Heuer
Nicholas Ashton Huson * Magna Cum Laude
Alexandra Elaine Ihrke
Alexander James Janey * Magna Cum Laude
Keyrie Sashell Jimenez Flores
Cassidy Margarete Jones Magna Cum Laude
Carver Douglas Kasper
McKenna Marie King
Jacob Anthony Kirsch * Summa Cum Laude
Haley Rose Klahsen * Magna Cum Laude
Dylan Matthew Krumpholz Summa Cum Laude
Jakob Dane Lenzmeier * Summa Cum Laude
Spencer Paul Lewin Magna Cum Laude
Grant Fredrick Limke
Charles Michael Lindberg Summa Cum Laude
Ethan Fredrick Lindholm
Sydney Marie Linn
Jaden Trey Lorenz
Gavin Patrick Lund  Summa Cum Laude
Marcus Daniel Lund Cum Laude
Owen Everett Lund
Grace Kemple McGlynn
Jacob Patrick McPartland
Graham Harrison
Payne Miller Cum Laude
Patrick Mccauley Mulheran
Haley Anne Nahlovsky  Summa Cum Laude
Collin Scott Nawrocki
Whitney Mae Nelson
Bruno Joseph Neyra
Aidan James O’Donnell Magna Cum Laude
Anthony Aaron Olson Cum LaudeJonathan Robert Olson
Jillian Rae Oncay Summa Cum Laude
Bridget Irene Orr
Jacob Thomas Parker
Sophie Elizabeth Paul Magna Cum Laude
Jordan Marie Pelzel Summa Cum Laude
Tyler James Pettibone
Isaac Douglas Pitner Summa Cum Laude
Brendan Michael Quinn Summa Cum Laude
Noel Paul Rahn
Julia Ann Red Wing Magna Cum Laude
Benjamin Gerard Reddan Summa Cum Laude
Joseph Raymond Richelsen Summa Cum Laude
Patrick Alan Ricke
Luke Michael Roelofs Magna Cum Laude
Abigail Olivia Roper
Bennett White Roseth
Reyana Nicole Schaffe Magna Cum Laude
Jordyn AnneMarie Schenk
Arden Alva Lee Schlegel
Zeke Ruslan Schneider Cum Laude
Bishop William Schugel Magna Cum Laude
Jeremy Thomas Schumacher Summa Cum Laude
Noah Merrill Seck
Brendan Michael Sieve Magna Cum Laude
Indira Sin
Gregory James Stoffel Summa Cum Laude
Nicholas Richard StrandLauren Suzanne Taylor Summa Cum Laude
Tanner Joseph Theis
Noelle Tara Trombley
Jordan Jeffrey Van Eyll
Jalen Brooks Ward
Jacob Michael Warmka Summa Cum Laude
Molly Eileen Weber
Stephen Anthony Webster Magna Cum Laude
Katherine Marie Wise Magna Cum Laude
William Gerald Zay Summa Cum Laude

 The Class of 2021 graduates will attend 45 universities across the country and bring our total number of graduates to 2,060 since the school’s opening in the fall of 2000.