Stepinac High School continued its celebration of the 2020 Class 2020 celebrated by Rev. Thomas Collins (Class of ’79) available for viewing on www.LocalLive.com.
The names of the graduation student award winners were also announced and congratulated by Paul Carty, Principal.
The Mass was the second in a series of special live and virtual events that the all-boys Stepinac, honoring the school’s 70th graduating class. The first was the presentation of personalized lawn signs to each of the 180 graduates which featured a large year-book photo of the honoree.
The celebration of Stepinac’s Class of 2020 continued on June 25 with a student car parade. After arriving in their cars, graduates and their parents/guardians walked a short distance to the athletic field, decorated with a huge arch of red, white and blue balloons. Each graduates photo was displayed on the scoreboard.
Members of the faculty were on hand to cheer the graduates. Upon completion, the student and family member returned to their car and exited the campus. To protect the health and well-being of the participants and the community, the students arrived at the campus at a designated time based on their last time, rather than en masse. In addition, they were instructed to follow social distancing protocol and wear masks.
A virtual celebration of the graduates was presented on the school website (stepinac.org) on June 30th. Each graduate was featured along with their graduation awards. A highlight was photos and videos of the Class of 2020’s moments from the school year. Valedictory and salutatory addresses were included along with other special presentations.
If distancing guidelines permit, an extended celebration of the Class of 2020 will be held in mid-July with a small-scale graduation ceremony for the graduates and their parents/guardians only. Social distancing rules will be strictly enforced. Details for this and other events will follow in future announcements.
Father Collins noted, “Given the extraordinary challenges they faced during the spring semester, it is fitting we recognize the Class of 2020 in several special ways. Like the entire Stepinac community, the graduates proved to be a strong, resilient and determined counter-force to the pandemic.” Paul Carty added, “We congratulate them on their achievements at Stepinac and wish them well as they follow in the steps of our alumni in pursuing post-secondary success at college and in their future careers.”
Local graduates receiving awards this year include the following: Bronxville: Emmet Loughran -- Law Honors Academy, The National Honor Society Certificate, Principal’s Award for Academic Excellence, President’s Award for Service; Eastchester: David Share -- Boy Scouts of America-Rank of Eagle Scout; Harrison: Mychal John Riccio -- Engineering Honors Academy, The National Honor Society Certificate, Order of the Crusader, Rho Kappa National Social Studies Honor Society, Mu Alpha Theta Mathematics Honors Society, Science National Honor Society, Certificate of Congressional Recognition, The Honorable Nita Lowey Congressional Service Academy Nominations, William F. Plunkett Award Scholar-Athlete Award, Boy Scouts of America-Rank of Eagle Scout, The Patrick Grimes Award; Larchmont: Shengrui Gan -- Mu Alpha Theta Mathematics Honors Society; New Rochelle: William Anthony Flood -- President’s Award for Service; West Harrison: William Patrick Henderson -- Economics and Finance Honors Academy, Order of the Crusader, The National Honor Society Certificate, Excellence in Religious Studies, The Mercy College School of Business Leadership Award, Frank Becerra Spirit in Sports Award, St. Michael’s College Book Award.