Congratulations to the Saint Francis High School seniors who celebrated their graduation on May 25. Among their accomplishments:
- 264 graduating with honors
- 72 received National Merit recognition; of those, 20 are finalists
- 167 National Honor Society (NHS) members
- 102 California Scholarship Federation (CSF) members
- 289 attended Senior Retreat
- 35,187 hours of community service completed
- Attending 136 different colleges and universities
Several seniors received recognition for their accomplishments during their four years. As the student with the highest grades and one with a great love of learning, Ananya Karthik was class valedictorian. At Saint Francis, she served as the editor of the school newspaper and advocated for environmental sustainability initiatives. An avid researcher, she seeks to learn more about every topic imaginable. Ananya also began an initiative to introduce young women to the applications of artificial intelligence and how it can interact with art.
This year’s salutatorian was Valmic Makund. His teachers describe him as a student who cares very much about the work he does and the people he collaborates with. As a member and leader of several clubs and activities, notably the creative writing and gaming clubs and the school’s literary magazine, Valmic took full advantage of the breadth of opportunities to have a well-rounded experience at Saint Francis.
The Blessed Basil Moreau Man and Women of the Year recipients are chosen by their peers for representing the commitment, leadership and spirit of the class of 2019. Seniors selected Jack Perry, a leader in the classroom and on the athletic fields. He competed in football and lacrosse and founded the Fellowship of Saint Francis Athletes. When his football season ended due to injury, he embraced the opportunity to use his story and faith in God to inspire his teammates and the student body to persevere when facing great challenges.
The Woman of the Year honor was given to Sienna Caputo, who is among the most respected and beloved members of the senior class. With the heart of a servant leader, she was involved in Campus Ministry throughout her four years and led several senior retreats.
Zade Lobo received the Robert J. Urban Memorial Award, given to a student who loves learning, has been an active school leader and believes in the power of global citizenship. Zade was involved with numerous campus clubs and volunteered to support just about every school event. He loved to lead his peers to their own “eureka” moment an inspire those around him.
The President’s Award recognizes the student who best reflects the spiritual, intellectual and social goals of the school’s mission. This year, the honor went to Natalie Blanc. A dedicated student, prolific artist, member of ASB and varsity athlete on the water polo and softball teams, Natalie had an ability to facilitate healthy civil discourse and help guide peers toward collaborative solutions. She was instrumental in developing the Common Ground student forums, where she helped plan and lead student forums on a wide range of topics.