CRC Thanks Graduates!

8th Grade PicThe graduating class of 2016 was a special one filled with unique personalities, servant-leadership, many laughs, and tremendous unity. Click here for a video remembering this class, and read below for highlights from graduation...

Graduation Speeches by students Elise Deterding, Marissa Kuehn and Kolbe Villa. Keynotes were given by Monsignor Tucker and Monsignor Perkinton. Principal's Address by Mr. J.J. Ekeler.

8th Grade Awards 2017

 

Sarah Al-Kafaji:  Advocate of St. Angela Merici, Reader at Mass, May Crowning Queen, Service as a Peer Helper, Member of Safety Patrol, Cathedral Band, Quantum Leapers History Club, and St. Cecilia Choir, Junior Achievement Eagle Entrepreneurship Program Winner,
Participation in cross country, volleyball, basketball, and track

Elise Deterding:  St. Thomas Aquinas Academic Scholar, Advocate of St. Angela Merici, Reader at Mass, Sunrise Optimist-Neighborhood Extra Student of the Week, Member of Safety Patrol and St. Cecilia Choir, Participation in volleyball and track, Recipient of a Cathedral Knights of Columbus Scholarship

Lydia Froschheiser:  St. Thomas Aquinas Academic Scholar, Advocate of St. Angela Merici, Member of Safety Patrol, Quantum Leapers History Club, Cathedral Band, St. Cecilia Choir, Participation in cross country, volleyball, basketball and track

Alec Goodwin:  Solidier of St. Sebastian, Elk’s Club Teen of the Year, Soar Award winner, Member of Safety Patrol, Participation in basketball

Leah Grauman:  St. Thomas Aquinas Academic Scholar, Advocate of St. Angela Merici, Member of Quantum Leapers History Club and St. Cecilia Choir, Service as a Peer Helper, Participation in volleyball and basketball, Recipient of a Cathedral School Family Association Scholarship

Tabitha Heftie:  Advocate of St. Angela Merici, Service as a Peer Helper and as a Dignity Ambassador, Member of Quantum Leapers History Club, Safety Patrol, Cathedral Band and St. Cecilia Choir, Participation in cross country, volleyball and track, Recipient of a Cathedral School Family Association Scholarship

Nicholas Johnson:  Soldier of St. Sebastian, Reader at Mass, Member of Safety Patrol, Participation in cross country, basketball, and golf, Recipient of a Cathedral School Family Association Scholarship


Emily Korinek:  St. Thomas Aquinas Academic Scholar, Advocate of St. Angela Merici, Reader at Mass, Sunrise Optimist-Neighborhood Extra Student of the Week, Service as a Dignity Ambassador, Member of Safety Patrol, Cathedral Band, and St. Cecilia Choir, Recipient of a Cathedral School Family Association Scholarship

Andrew Korta:  St. Thomas Aquinas Academic Scholar, Soldier of St. Sebastian, student manager for volleyball, Participation in cross country, basketball, and track, Recipient of the Holy Family Scholarship

Marissa Kuehn:  St. Thomas Aquinas Academic Scholar, Advocate of St. Angela Merici, Reader at Mass, Sunrise Optimist-Neighborhood Extra Student of the Week, Soar Award winner, Service as a Peer Helper and as a Dignity Ambassador, Member of Quantum Leapers History Club, Safety Patrol, Mathcounts, St. Cecilia Choir, and Awesome Authors, Participation in volleyball, basketball, track and golf, Junior Achievement Eagle Entrepreneurship Program Winner, Recipient of the Parish Council of Catholic Women Scholarship

Thomas Linderman:  St. Thomas Aquinas Academic Scholar, Soldier of St. Sebastian, Member of Cathedral Band, Participation in cross country, basketball, and golf

Akuach Mabor:  Advocate of St. Angela Merici, Member of St. Cecilia Choir, Service as a Peer Helper, Junior Achievement Eagle Entrepreneurship Program Winner

Tony Martinez

Emilee Miller:  Advocate of St. Angela Merici, Service as a Peer Helper, Member of Safety Patrol and Cathedral Band, Junior Achievement Eagle Entrepreneurship Program Winner, Participation in cross country

Abby Reese:  St. Thomas Aquinas Academic Scholar, Advocate of St. Angela Merici, Reader at Mass, Sunrise Optimist-Neighborhood Extra Student of the Week, 1st place in the Cathedral Science Fair, Service as a Peer Helper and as a Dignity Ambassador, Member of Quantum Leapers History Club, Safety Patrol and St. Cecilia Choir, Participation in cross country, volleyball, basketball, and track, Recipient of a Cathedral School Family Association Scholarship

Austin Reinke:  St. Thomas Aquinas Academic Scholar, Soldier of St. Sebastian, Reader at Mass, Soar Award winner, Service as a Peer Helper, Member of Mathcounts, Safety Patrol, Tech Club, and St. Cecilia Choir, Participation in basketball, Recipient of a Cathedral Knights of Columbus Scholarship

Kylen Sealock:  St. Thomas Aquinas Academic Scholar, Advocate of St. Angela Merici, Reader at Mass, Service as a Peer Helper, Member of Safety Patrol and St. Cecilia Choir, Participation in cross country, volleyball, basketball, and track, Recipient of a Cathedral School Family Association Scholarship

Aaron Tate:  St. Thomas Aquinas Academic Scholar, Soldier of St. Sebastian, Reader at Mass, Member of Mathcounts, Chess Club, and Safety Patrol, Participation in cross country, basketball, track and golf

Bella Terrano:  St. Thomas Aquinas Academic Scholar, Advocate of St. Angela Merici, Reader at Mass, Member of Safety Patrol, Participation in volleyball and track, Recipient of a Cathedral School Family Association Scholarship

Teresa Tran-Le:  St. Thomas Aquinas Academic Scholar, Advocate of St. Angela Merici, Reader at Mass, Service as a Dignity Ambassador, Member of Safety Patrol and Mathcounts, Participation in basketball, Recipient of a Cathedral School Family Association Scholarship

Kolbe Villa:  St. Thomas Aquinas Academic Scholar, Soldier of St. Sebastian, Reader at Mass, Sunrise Optimist-Neighborhood Extra Student of the Week, Service as a Dignity Ambassador, 1st place in the Catholic Schools Week Quiz Bowl, Member of Mathcounts, Chess Club, Quantum Leapers History Club, Safety Patrol, and St. Cecila Choir, Soar Award Winner, Participation in cross country, basketball, track and golf, Recipient of a Cathedral Knights of Columbus Scholarship

Delaney Volnek:  Advocate of St. Angela Merici, Reader at Mass, Elk’s Club Teen of the Year, Soar Award winner, Recipient of the Prudential Spirit of Community Awards Certificate of Excellence for service to the community in Nebraska, Service as a Peer Helper and as a Dignity Ambassador, Member of Mathcounts, Safety Patrol, Awesome Authors, Quantum Leapers History Club, and St Cecilia Choir, Participation in volleyball, basketball, and track

Mason Warner:  St. Thomas Aquinas Academic Scholar, Soldier of St. Sebastian, Participation in cross country and track, Recipient of a Cathedral School Family Association Scholarship

Alex Wehling:  Soldier of St. Sebastian, Reader at Mass, Member of Safety Patrol and St. Cecilia Choir, Participation in cross country, basketball, and track

Caden Wieseler:  St. Thomas Aquinas Academic Scholar, Soldier of St. Sebastian, participation in basketball and golf, Recipient of a Cathedral School Family Association Scholarship

Gillian Young:  St. Thomas Aquinas Academic Scholar, Advocate of St. Angela Merici, Member of Safety Patrol, Quantum Leapers History Club and St. Cecilia Choir, Participation in cross country, volleyball, and basketball

Mr. Ekeler Graduation Speech

When I entered Cathedral this group of graduating students was in the sixth grade, and immediately they stood out as a class that was as full of potential as they were kindness. At no juncture have they disappointed; at every opportunity they have exceeded expectations.

As a result, I began to think that my address should match their excellence. While at Mass yesterday two things occurred to me: First, it is not possible to match the excellence of this class in one address, so I need to forgive myself for coming up short. I hope all of you in this audience forgive me as well.

Secondly, I realized that my entire message to you resides in the Gospel from that very Mass. John 14 is one of my favorites, and I’ll refresh your memories now…

"If you love me, you will keep my commandments.
And I will ask the Father,
and he will give you another Advocate to be with you always,
the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot accept,
because it neither sees nor knows him.
But you know him, because he remains with you,
and will be in you…”

The part that resonates is this gift of another “Advocate”, the Holy Spirit. We are just a few days away from the Ascension, which must have been bitter-sweet for the Apostles because Jesus would simultaneously ascend to ultimate and infinite glory, but he would also be departing those on earth who loved him so dearly. This scenario is apropos for all of us in the Cathedral Eagle Family as we prepare to say goodbye to our amazing and loved leader, Monsignor Tucker, and also to each of you in the Class of 2017.

But today is especially your day, and it is our goodbye. As Jesus identified the Paraclete as the medium of His message, we must ask two questions: what have you left for us at Cathedral, and what will you take with you?

I believe you have left our Eagle Family the gift of leadership. For some this meant the very tangible new Dignity Ambassador program, but for others it simply meant the authentic way you interacted with the youngest and neediest at our school.

You also left us an example of welcoming love. In your hallway I posted the words, “A new commandment I give you: Love One Another.” You lived these words as you experienced a new Principal, many new teachers, and the welcoming of new classmates. While others experience change and nervously say, “How will this impact me?” you say, “How can I bring this person and this change into our world?” That type of open love takes courage, and is an example to us all in times of change, adults especially.

The next question is what you take with you as you move on to high school. You have given Cathedral so much, and so what has it given you? I think the first thing you take is your faith. At Pius, Cathedral students are known as being especially reverent and dependable. You will only strengthen that reputation because you are, quite honestly, our most devout class of students both in your visible actions and in your humble spirituality.

The next thing you will take is your curiosity. For the last three years at Cathedral we have dived deep into curriculum, invested in relationships, and focused on student-centered learning. We have preached “fail forward” and the marriage of rigor and vigor. That culture should serve you well as active, questioning students.

Finally, you take this HOME with you. Most of you know that I grew up in this parish. Life has thrown me immense joys, like the birth of children. It has also had its necessary tragedies, like the death of friends and mentors. In every situation I did something I hope you do: I came HOME. Just as I do in moments of joy, find your favorite pew and proudly say a prayer of thanksgiving here, at your HOME. Just as so many do, crumble in front of the Blessed Mother and give her all your pain and suffering when life seems too heavy, here at your HOME. Finally I challenge you to find your way through those doors for no reason at all except…to come HOME.

Congratulations Class of 2017.

Finally, I’d like to thank your parents. Most of you parents are now in an emotional place in which images are flashing through your minds and hearts. That first little plaid jumper or polo. Their trembling hand in yours as you walked to kindergarten. The field trips and sleepovers and ballgames and choir concerts. All of those things that are part of the rush of modern parenting. The parents deserve the appreciation and love of everyone here tonight. Being a parent today is not easy, but you’ve navigated the experience gracefully by trusting God’s hand and His nudges.
Now I’d like to honor those families whose youngest is graduating today. These are the families who will no longer have children at Cathedral, and this year there is an astonishing number of these families: 13.
At this time I’d like to call these parents forward so we can appropriately thank you for your Cathedral School careers…


Jamie & Anne Deterding
Mark Tate & Melanie Conkel    

John & John Froschheiser
Nick and Renae Terrano    

John & Collette Goodwin
Long and Teresa Tran-le    

Jerome & Karen Linderman
Dan and Tami Volnek  

Oswaldo & Raquel Martinez
Norton and Monica Warner    

Ron & Ann Miller
Michael and Linda Wehling    

Herb & Katie Reese

I’d like to publicly acknowledge these families for their trust in Cathedral. I’d also like to congratulate them on raising such amazing young men and women, and thank them for their support of our Cathedral Family. Finally, I want to take this opportunity to impress upon you that once you’re an Eagle, you’re an Eagle for life.