The seniors gathered in the basement of the Cathedral Center dressed in their cap and gown on Friday, May 27 as a Baccalaureate Mass was held at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception for the Bishop Luers Class of 2016. Following the Mass, a Graduate Luncheon was held at the Grand Wayne Center. Forgetting the handshake and going for the hug, the Class of 2016 crossed the Bishop Luers stage during Graduation Ceremonies later that day.
Grace Everett earned valedictorian
Grace Elizabeth Everett of Fort Wayne has earned the rank of valedictorian for the Bishop Luers Class of 2016.
Everett felt that having the opportunity to pray every day, go to reconciliation weekly and attend the all-school Mass monthly allowed her to develop a close relationship with the Lord.
“I am also very grateful for my theology teachers, who have imparted their knowledge of the Catholic Church to me so that I may properly defend my Catholic faith and continue to live a faith-filled life in the future,” she said.
She expressed gratitude for the sacrifices of her parents, which enabled her to attend a Catholic school: that education armed her with the knowledge of the teachings of the Catholic Church so that she can properly defend the Faith.
During the summer of her sophomore year, Everett traveled to France with a group of Bishop Luers students. Everett was captain of the varsity basketball team and a member of the varsity golf team. She is an assistant basketball coach for the sixth-grade Bishop Luers junior basketball team, and volunteers with Seton Miracle Miles and the St. Elizabeth Ann Seton parish festival.
“Working and being involved in so many extracurricular activities has taught me to budget my time, but more importantly, I find that exposure to the different activities has allowed me to grow culturally and spiritually, and gain a deeper understanding of my fellow students and those around me,” she said.
Her immediate plans are to attend The Ohio State University business school after graduation and major in accounting, with a possible minor in finance.
Justin Dippold earns salutatorian
Justin Michael Dippold has earned the rank of salutatorian for Bishop Luers High School class of 2016.
Dippold is a parishioner of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton and attended St. Elizabeth Ann Seton School from pre-k through eighth grade.
“I will always be grateful for my parents’ sacrifice and desire for me and my siblings to attend a Catholic school. When I reminisce, I understand how God works through people in these special Catholic school walls of brick and mortar,” he explains.
“I am very grateful to attend Bishop Luers and the teachers I had there. Mrs. Brodmerkel and Ms. Karst are two of the most caring teachers, and I will never forget what they taught me in and out of their respective classrooms.”
Dippold not only takes his academic challenges seriously, but also excelled in his extracurricular activities as well. He served as Math Academic Super Bowl captain, Sodalitas leader, member of the Future Business Leaders of America, and Franciscan Brother’s Discernment Group and a volunteer at St. Mary’s Soup Kitchen.
In addition, he played basketball and football.
Dippold will major in Finance and Sports Management at Hillsdale College in the fall where he will also play football.