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Catholic High Schools in the Archdiocese of Omaha: Congratulations to the Class of 2021!

“And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.”

~ Colossians 3:17

As the coronavirus pandemic begins to loosen its grip on our country, 1,205 young people across the Archdiocese of Omaha prepare to embark on new adventures as they graduate from Catholic high schools this month and begin the next chapter of their lives.

Despite the challenges of attending school under COVID precautions – such as masking, social distancing and varying levels of remote learning – the graduates of 2021 rose to the occasion to complete their studies and grow in their faith.

They now take the fruits of their education and their experiences with them as they move on to universities, colleges and trade schools, enter military service or join the workforce.

They also take with them a belief and trust in God, high hopes for their futures and a commitment to serving others that is a hallmark of their faith.

The Catholic Voice, along with businesses and organizations around the archdiocese, congratulate these graduates for a job well done.

We also honor the parents, family members, clergy, teachers, administrators, mentors and others who helped shape this year’s graduates into faith-filled, caring and capable individuals sharing their gifts with the world.

God’s blessings to you, our 2021 graduates, as you celebrate your achievements and continue your journey of faith.

NORFOLK CATHOLIC JUNIOR/SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL, NORFOLK

34 graduates

Twenty-three graduates earned high distinction honors, with nine achieving an ACT score of 26 or higher. All the graduates plan to pursue at a least a two-year college education.

EMILY FALTYS Valedictorian

KALEE GILSDORF Salutatorian

 

 

 

 

 

 

ARCHBISHOP BERGAN CATHOLIC SCHOOL, FREMONT

19 graduates

Archbishop Bergan’s senior class achieved an average ACT score of 24.2, and 95% of the seniors are planning to attend college next fall. The graduates have accumulated more than 1,500 hours of community service.

LAUREN BAKER Valedictorian

JADIN OSTRAND Salutatorian

 

 

 

 

SCOTUS CENTRAL CATHOLIC JUNIOR/SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL, COLUMBUS

54 graduates

Ninety-six percent of Scotus graduates plan to attend college, with 87% earning scholarships. They also contributed more than 4,320 service hours during their high school careers.

CAMILLE PELAN Top student

ELIZABETH PARKER Top student

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MOUNT MICHAEL BENEDICTINE SCHOOL, ELKHORN

58 graduates

Mount Michael graduates earned $10.4 million in scholarships, with 45% of graduates offered full-tuition scholarships. Average ACT test score for the class was 28.9. The class also includes one National Merit finalist and three commended students.

HUY LE Valedictorian

PARKER HOTTOVY Salutatorian

 

CATHOLIC HOMESCHOOL ASSOCIATION OF OMAHA

21 graduates

The class of 2021 graduates give thanks to God, their families, and their homeschool and parish communities for the support and encouragement they have received throughout their high school education.

CLARE SAFRANEK Honor graduate

JACOB SAFRANEK Honor graduate

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

GUARDIAN ANGELS CENTRAL CATHOLIC HIGH SCHOOL, WEST POINT

35 graduates

Ninety-four percent of Guardian Angels graduates will be attending college in the fall, having received $267,585 in scholarships, and with more than 10% selecting Catholic universities. One student will be joining the U.S. Marine Corps.

TOBIAS STEFFENSMEIER Valedictorian

AVERY KREIKEMEIER Salutatorian

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

RONCALLI CATHOLIC HIGH SCHOOL, OMAHA

65 graduates

Ninety-two percent of Roncalli graduates are college bound, with 46% of seniors earning scholarships. The class also had 5,704.5 hours of community service over their four years at Roncalli, an average of 88 hours per student.

ABBEY SCHWARZ Valedictorian

ELIZABETH MENDICK Salutatorian

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

HOLY FAMILY HIGH SCHOOL, LINDSAY

7 graduates

All of Holy Family’s graduates plan to continue their education, and although a small class, they earned more than $350,000 in college scholarships.

CALEB PREISTER Valedictorian

NICOLE WOJCIK Salutatorian

 

MERCY HIGH SCHOOL, OMAHA

79 graduates

This year’s seniors earned admission to 78 different colleges and universities, with 69% of the class earning scholarships totaling more than $9.3 million. As a class, the seniors completed 8,230 service hours.

CLARE EUTENEUER Valedictorian

CAROLYN HIRE Salutatorian

 

 

MARIAN HIGH SCHOOL, OMAHA

169 graduates

Ninety-eight percent of Marian graduates are college bound with 80% of the students receiving scholarships, earning nearly $30 million in scholarship offers. Three students were named National Merit Scholarship finalists. Although not required, the student body also contributes thousands of hours of service each year.

AMAL IMRAN Valedictorian

G. ABY ACEVEDO Salutatorian

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MADONNA SCHOOL, OMAHA

7 graduates

Madonna’s graduates have worked hard to hone their God-given gifts and to maximize the social, academic, career and life skills learned during their time at Madonna, preparing them to succeed at home, at work and within the greater Omaha community.

ELISE ARNOLD Outstanding student

TOMMY SCHROEDER Outstanding student

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CEDAR CATHOLIC JUNIOR/SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL, HARTINGTON

29 graduates

All the Cedar Catholic graduates will be attending college in the fall, with 94% of graduates having received scholarships.

SKYLER SUDBECK Valedictorian

SARA BURBACH Salutatorian

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

POPE JOHN XXIII CENTRAL CATHOLIC JUNIOR/SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL, ELGIN

10 graduates

All 10 members of the graduating class will be pursuing a four-year college degree, having received more than $140,000 in scholarships offers. And 70% had at least one parent who is a Pope John alumni.

MARISSA PREISTER Top student/class speaker

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ST. FRANCIS HIGH SCHOOL, HUMPHREY

15 graduates

All the graduates are going on to higher education, one after completing basic training this summer for the National Guard. The class has an average ACT score of 22.1, and members have received more than $2.55 million in scholarship offers.

AUSTIN LEIFELD Valedictorian

SYDNEY McKAY Salutatorian

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ST. BARNABAS ACADEMY, OMAHA

1 graduate

This year’s graduate, Maria Carlson, is a special student, known for her daily Mass attendance and as a loyal friend to many. Maria is a proud member of LIFE Runners and enjoys playing the organ. She is still undecided concerning her plans for next year.

MARIA CARLSON

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CREIGHTON PREPARATORY SCHOOL, OMAHA

227 graduates

Creighton Prep graduates will be attending 50 colleges in 24 states. Eighty percent of graduates received at least one scholarship award, with 62 seniors earning full-tuition college scholarship offers. Eight seniors were named National Merit finalists.

DOMINIC MENDLIK Top student

KEVIN PROSOSKI Top student

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DUCHESNE ACADEMY OF THE SACRED HEART, OMAHA

84 graduates

All the graduates will be attending college, with 95% of them receiving scholarships totaling more than $30 million. The class had an average ACT score of 28, with 21 students earning 32 or above. They contributed 9,825 service hours over their four years (117 hours per student). Although lower than past years due to COVID, the class still completed 1,882.25 hours during their senior year.

SOPHIA DERVIN Valedictorian

BAILEY BODNER Salutatorian

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

V.J. AND ANGELA SKUTT CATHOLIC HIGH SCHOOL, OMAHA

192 graduates

Skutt’s graduating seniors have contributed more than 12,650 service hours during their high school years. The class also has earned more than $29.75 million in college scholarships.

ABIGAIL MANN Top student

JACKSON TURMAN Top student

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ST. MARY HIGH SCHOOL, O’NEILL

11 graduates

All 11 graduates plan to pursue post-secondary education this fall, with all earning merit-based scholarships. The average ACT score for the class of 2021 is 26.2. This year’s graduating class also includes two foreign exchange students.

GRANT WINKELBAUER Honor student

WILLIAM OTTE Honor student

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DANIEL J. GROSS CATHOLIC HIGH SCHOOL, BELLEVUE

88 graduates

Fifty-eight percent of this year’s Gross High graduates earned 245 scholarships worth $8.1 million.

BRIDGET NOTHELFER Top student

ALEXIS NOTHELFER Top student