Held in the Miller Athletic Complex on campus, the ceremony honored the graduates’ past four years at Presentation, while looking ahead to the future. “Our education at Presentation has shaped us into rational, curious, and intellectually–driven women,” said valedictorian Mary Claire Simone. “We graduate with solid character founded on our motto, rooted in our faith, and expressed through our actions every day.”
Before the tassels were turned and the caps were tossed, several members of the Class of 2016 were honored for their contributions to campus. Among those honored was Taylor Farley, recipient of the school’s highest honor – the Nano Nagle Award. A woman of faith motivated by a sense of service, Taylor has served as the president of the Presentation Ambassadors Club, starting goalkeeper of the varsity soccer team, and single-handedly raised thousands of dollars for charitable drives on campus.
Also honored was Alina Ma, who earned the Presentation Leadership Award. As a yearbook editor and ASB officer, Alina’s dedication and unmatched work ethic shined.
Among the graduates were students honored for their commitment to making the world a better place. Maya Varma’s life-bettering inventions earned her the top prize at the Intel Science Talent Search and a shout-out from President Obama himself during the White House Science Fair. Stuti Vishwabhan’s non-profit organization, Teach Seniors Technology, earned her a prestigious Jefferson Award and recognition from the San Jose City Council.
Though the Class of 2016 will embark on divergent paths, with 100 percent of graduates going on to college, one constant remains the same–they will always be sisters in plaid.