St. Mary's School opened its doors September 6, 1948 and had just two graduates in May 1949. This year, St. Mary's 70th year, there were twenty-two graduates and all had some part of the Celebration of the Eucharist. Before Mass began on May 19th, seven eighth graders brought up different symbols that represented their class of 2019 through the years at St. Mary’s. Three of their classmates read what the symbols meant to them. Class graduates read the readings and petitions and brought up the gifts. After Mass, the Graduation ceremony began. Dr. Trish Wallinger welcomed the graduates and their families; and thanked the parents for allowing the school to have them. Every year there are two 8th graders who are selected to read their essay about what it meant to be a student at St. Mary's School. This year, Julia Bennett read her essay in which she remembered each of her teachers and grade events, like learning cursive from Mrs. Sobilo in second grade and states and capitals in 4th grade. The other speaker, Mary Engelkamp, came to St. Mary's in the 7th grade. She talked about how wonderful those two years have been, and thanked her fellow classmates for welcoming her and making her feel a part of the class. Then, Miss Sheridan, the eighth-grade teacher, called each student by name to approach the altar as Dr. Wallinger handed Father Del their diplomas for conferral. Afterwards, there was a reception in the parish center amidst some tears, hugs and lots of photos with parents, grandparents, Fr. Del, and classmates! For more photos click here.