On Wednesday, June 13, 2018 we celebrated the graduation of the Class of 2018 of St. Raymond of Penafort in Church. Proud families arrived early to secure the best seats. Excited students clamored together, helping each other with their caps, tassels, and sashes. Principal Patricia Wright who has held this position for 12 years, began the ceremony by welcoming guests. Layla Fraiser began the ceremony with a greeting, as she was visibly overcome with emotion. Then, Davin Barrett delivered a speech thanking God, the parents and families, and the faculty at St. Raymond. He ended this speech with a poem that he wrote titled “No Expectations” which can be read here:
Fr. Christopher M. Walsh, our Pastor of 11 years gave a Homily, asking students to remember that all of the lessons they have learned during their time at St. Raymond School, the most important thing they learned was how to pray. Diplomas were distributed as proud families cheered.
The following awards and scholarships were announced:
Religion Highest Average……..Aziza Porter, Effort……..Layla Fraiser
Math Highest Average………..Courtney Tillery, Effort…….Jerrell Bowman and Aziza Porter
Reading Highest Average………Layla Frasier, Effort……….Damilola Akinboro
Writing Highest Average……..Courtney Tillery, Effort………..Damilola Akinboro
Social Studies Highest Average……..Layla Frasier, Effort…………..Aidan Jenkins
Science Highest Average…….Courtney Tillery, Effort……….Aziza Porter
Art Award………..Courtney Tillery
Music Award……….Damilola Akinboro
Highest General Average for the school year 2017 – 2018 is awarded to a student who has a GPA of 94.54.……….Courtney Tillery
The following students have received the Presidential Academic Award for Outstanding Excellence: (GPA: 94.54 and 92.77 )
The following students have received the Presidential Academic Award for Outstanding Educational Achievement: (GPA: 92.38 – 90)
Gabrielle Edwards, Aidan Jenkins, Jerrell Bowman, Dayvion Young, Adrianna Lewis
The Josephine C. Connelly Achievement Award is a 4-year scholarship. It provides 40% of tuition for each of the 4 High School years. The recipients of this award are: Symone Bailey, who will be attending Bishop McDevitt and Layla Fraiser, who will be attending Cristo Rey.
Kelia Vertreace received a Principal’s Scholarship to attend the International Christian Academy.
Yasir McDowell received a Hocker Scholarship and the Valley Forge Merit Scholarship to attend Valley Forge Military Academy.
Aziza Porter has received the Maguire Scholarship from Bishop McDevitt. In addition, Aziza was awarded the President’s Scholarship for Bishop McDevitt.
Courtney Tillery has received the Maguire Scholarship from Bishop McDevitt. And, has been awarded the Ellis Trust Grant to attend Bishop McDevitt.
The Pastor’s Award is bestowed on a student who displays a relationship with the Lord and verified this through her service to our Church and School. This year the Pastor’s Award is given to Layla Frasier.
The Principal’s Award is given to an eighth grade student who displays outstanding service to the school. This year I present the Principal’s Award to a student who has given his time through service to our school community. This award is presented to Eric Stevenson.
Altar Server Award: The following student are recognized for consistently serving at St. Raymond Catholic Church as an Altar Server: Adrianna Lewis
Perfect Attendance Certificate:The following student has never been absent since he started here in Kindergarten. He is receiving the Perfect Attendance Certificate for the school years 2009 – 2018: Damilola Akinboro.
It was a beautiful day that will remembered for decades by many. We are very proud of our students and pray that God will bless them as they enter this next chapter in their lives.