Congratulations to the Class of 2019, who celebrated their commencement ceremony on June 1.

This class received scholarship and grant offers totaling more than $11 Million. After applying to more than 1,000 colleges, they will be attending schools and programs in 11 states plus Canada and England. Among their ranks is a Moreau Scholar, a Chick Evans Scholar, and eight Illinois State Scholars, ranking in the top 10 percent of all students in Illinois as determined at the end of their junior year. In addition, the class has won 14 Regional Championships in athletics, plus an array of competitions in Mathematics, Robotics, and Entrepreneurship.

Congratulations to our Top Ten Seniors: Valedictorian Karol Gonzalez, Salutatorian Evelyn Padilla, Maryfer Palacios, De’Jah Donahue, Anastasia Adjei, Star Brooks, Ahn Le, Boyang Dong, Melanie Montedeoca, and Armani Pace.

The 93 new graduates join the ranks of our distinguished HT alumni, now more than 8,000 strong. As Principal Marianne Lynch shared, we hope our newest alumni remember these four things wherever life may take them. “First, appreciate who you are and the gifts that God has given you. You each bring something special to the world. Be proud of who you are and make the most of the gifts you were given. Second, happiness is more important than material goods.  If you focus all of your energy on wanting more, you never take the time to appreciate what you already have.  Take the time to be grateful.  Third, a mistake is often a gift, not a roadblock.  It can help you rethink and refocus, finding a better way to achieve your goal, or even redefining the goal itself. Finally, remember that you have the power to transform the world.”

Our Class of 2019 scholars are going on to pursue their dreams at the following higher education and career institutions:

  • Academy of Art University
  • Arrupe College
  • Augustana College
  • Benedictine University
  • Bradley University
  • Calumet College of Saint Joseph
  • Columbia College Chicago
  • ComEd Construct Program
  • DePaul University
  • Dominican University
  • Drake University
  • Drexel University
  • Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising
  • Gettysburg College
  • Harold Washington College
  • Hope College
  • Iowa Wesleyan University
  • Illinois College
  • Johnson & Wales University
  • Knox College
  • Loyola University Chicago
  • Malcolm X College
  • Marquette University
  • Monmouth College
  • Morton College
  • National Louis University
  • North Central College
  • Northeastern Illinois
  • Northern Illinois University
  • Oakton Community College
  • Ohio Dominican University
  • Penn State University
  • Purdue University
  • Saint Xavier University
  • Simon Fraser University
  • Southern Illinois University
  • St. Ambrose University
  • St. Xavier University
  • Triton College
  • Truman College
  • University of Illinois Chicago
  • University of Illinois Springfield
  • University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
  • University of London
  • University of Massachusetts Boston
  • University of Miami
  • Washington & Jefferson College
  • Western Illinois University
  • Xavier University of Louisiana
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