Vox Populi: Sending off our 8th graders with faith, courage
Article appeared in July 2016 Vox Populi
By Sheila Rast
The eighth grade students have completed their journey at The Catholic School of Visalia, George McCann Memorial. We have sent them off knowing that they have a good solid foundation to help them achieve success as they continue their education. We have sent them off knowing that their faith will give them strength and hope and courage as they continue their life’s journey. Each of the classes at George McCann presented the 8th grade students with a special gift as a remembrance of their time at George McCann. In a long standing GMC tradition, the 7th grade planned and organized a beautiful dinner for the 8th grade students and their parents.
At graduation the students are recognized for their achievements:
CHRISTIAN SERVICE AWARDS: The criterion for this award is that each students must complete at least 60 hours of service and many of ours students have surpassed this number. We are very proud of the fact that ALL of the 8th grade students were able to meet the criteria and receive this award. They are truly examples of people who are living out their faith and following in Christ’s footsteps.
Catholic Daughter Award: Mary Rosa
Knights of Columbus Awards: Sophia Dominguez, Tim Flores, Matthew Byerlee and Payton Davis
Daughters of the American Revolution, Kaweah Chapter Award: Ellie Applegate
George McCann Academic Excellence Award: Mary Rosa
Presidential Awards for Academic Excellence: Sophia Dominguez, Mary Rosa, Trinity Reimer and Claire Toomey
Outstanding Graduate: Claire Toomey
Integrated Math: Mary Rosa and Tim Flore
Algebra: Haley Boken, Matthew Byerlee and Gracie Richardson
Science: Trinity Reimer
Social Studies: Claire Toomey and Payton Davis
English: Sophia Dominguez and Aaliyah Seuell
Reading: Ellie Applegate
Spelling: Matthew Byerlee
Religion: Gabrielle Bridges and Gracie Richardson
Citizenship: Ethan Fox and Abby Garcia
Art: Natalia Gutierrez
We are so proud of all of you!