Archbishop Mitty High School’s 51st commencement exercises were held on May 26. The school celebrated the many achievements of the Class of 2018 in a special ceremony that welcomed about 3,500 family members and friends to Father Jack Russi Field. During the event, Mitty recognized more than 400 graduates including five who were recipients of special awards.
Senior Danning Yu was named valedictorian, an honor that recognizes a single graduate as the top academic student in the class. Danning has achieved an outstanding 4.75 GPA and has been recognized with general excellence awards for being one of the top three students in the following areas: mathematics, robotics, science, social studies, English, newspaper, and world languages. In addition to this, he has been a stalwart member of the school’s popular robotics team. But equally striking is the way Danning uses his talents to serve others. While participating in the Ethics, Culture, and Justice: South Africa immersion trip last summer, Danning set up a computer and printer at an orphanage for children with AIDS. And for his recent Eagle Scout project, he built a three-tier compost bin for Archbishop Mitty’s newly established garden. In his spare time, he has also become a virtuoso piano player. Danning will be headed to University of California, Los Angeles to study engineering in the fall.
Senior Nichole Lim was named salutatorian and was selected to give the welcome address at graduation. Nichole has maintained an impressive 4.67 GPA while taking honors and AP classes in every discipline and earning a perfect “A” grade in each course. This year, she was recognized with the AMHS General Excellence Award for being one of the top three students in seven different areas: mathematics, performing arts, science, religious studies, English, newspaper, and social studies. She participated in the Ethics, Culture, and Justice: South Africa immersion trip last summer, and has served as editor of the school’s newspaper and literary magazine. Nichole is also the principal cellist in the AMHS Orchestra. Next year, she will be attending Sussex University in London.
Senior Lizzy Mau was named the female recipient of the Regents Award. Lizzy maintained a 4.57 GPA while taking a rigorous academic schedule with a total of nine A.P. courses in six different disciplines. She has also been a significant contributor to the speech and debate team, participated in the LIFE Corps, and traveled across California and Arizona as part of several school-sponsored immersion trips. In addition to this, Lizzy has given hundreds of hours to behind-the-scenes work in the Performing Arts Department as a stage manager, set builder, and lights/sound coordinator. Next year, Lizzy will be attending University of California, Santa Barbara.
Senior Blair Evans was named the male recipient of the Regents Award. Blair has demonstrated excellence in a variety of areas including mathematics, Performing Arts, Campus Ministry, and Student Government, but what really sets him apart is his leadership style. Blair’s genuine love for this community manifests itself in a ministry of presence rarely seen in a young person. Football game tonight? He’s there. Concert? He’s there too. As a class representative for two years and an ASB spirit commissioner this year, he made leading by presence an art form. Blair also took an active role in the Performing Arts Department, taking the stage in a variety of roles that were memorable, supportive, and sometimes outrageous. He will be attending the University of Southern California in the fall.
Senior Katie Petersen was named the recipient of the Romero Award, which recognizes a graduating senior who shows a deep commitment to social justice and the school’s Campus Ministry program. The award is named after Archbishop Oscar Romero, who fought and died for the cause of social justice. Katie has been a charismatic leader for the Mitty Advocacy Project, a student-run legislative team working to spread awareness about social justice issues. This year, she served as the president of the group. She was also the keynote speaker for Catholic Youth Advocacy Day in Sacramento. Katie will be attending Barnard College next fall.