CRC Thanks Graduates!

8themailgroupThe graduating class of 2018 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 Jacob Mullendore, Nam Ninh and Katie Villa. Keynotes were given by Monsignor Nemec and Monsignor Perkinton. Principal's Address by Mr. J.J. Ekeler.

8th Grade Awards 2018

William Aldag:  St. Thomas Aquinas Academic Scholar, participation in Mathcounts, reader at Mass, member of Safety Patrol, participation in cross country

Moira Baxter:  St. Thomas Aquinas Academic Scholar, Advocate of St. Angela Merici, member of Safety Patrol, 1st place Junior Achievement Eagle Entrepreneurship Program, participation in volleyball, cross country, and track, Recipient of a Cathedral School Family Association Scholarship

Jacob Becker:  St. Thomas Aquinas Academic Scholar, participation in Mathcounts, member of Safety Patrol, participation in cross country and basketball

Nick Bender: St. Thomas Aquinas Academic Scholar, Soldier of St. Sebastian, participation in Mathcounts, service as a Peer Helper, participation in basketball

Mac Boatman:  Soldier of St. Sebastian, member of Safety Patrol, Runner Up Junior Achievement Eagle Entrepreneurship Program, participation in basketball

Mayzie Criger:  Advocate of St. Angela Merici, 2nd place Cathedral Science Fair,  participation in track

Charlee Hagedorn:  Participation in volleyball, cross country, basketball, and track

Simon Heftie:  St. Thomas Aquinas Academic Scholar, Soldier of St. Sebastian, member of Dignity Ambassadors, member of St. Cecilia Choir, reader at Mass, member of Safety Patrol, Sunrise Optimist – Neighborhood Extra Student of the Week, participation in basketball, Recipient of a Cathedral School Family Association Scholarship

Tenley Heimes:  St. Thomas Aquinas Academic Scholar, member of Safety Patrol, 1st place Junior Achievement Eagle Entrepreneurship Program,  participation in volleyball, cross country, basketball, and track, Recipient of a Cathedral School Family Association Scholarship

Jenna Hoage:  Member of Safety Patrol, participation in volleyball, cross country, basketball, and track

Max Ivavov:  St. Thomas Aquinas Academic Scholar, Soldier of St. Sebastian, reader at Mass, member of Safety Patrol, Mathcounts, chess club and tech club, participation in cross country and track, Recipient of a Cathedral School Family Association Scholarship

Tristan Kauffman:  Soldier of St. Sebastian, participation in basketball

Thomas Kistler:  St. Thomas Aquinas Academic Scholar, Soldier of St. Sebastian, reader at Mass, member of Mathcounts, Recipient of a Cathedral School Family Association Scholarship

Emma Kolbet:  St. Thomas Aquinas Academic Scholar, Advocate of St. Angela Merici, Service as a Dignity Ambassador and Peer Helper, member of Mathcounts, Cathedral Band, and St. Cecilia Choir, reader at Mass, 3rd place Cathedral Science Fair, member of National Junior Honor Society, participation in volleyball, Recipient of the Holy Family Scholarship

Addie Korensky:  St. Thomas Aquinas Academic Scholar, Advocate of St. Angela Merici, Service as a Dignity Ambassador and Peer Helper, member of Safety Patrol and St. Cecilia Choir, Elk’s Club Teen of the Year, 2nd place Cathedral Science Fair, Recipient of a Cathedral School Family Association Scholarship

Sara Kreikemeier:  St. Thomas Aquinas Academic Scholar, Advocate of St. Angela Merici, Service as a Peer Helper, member of Safety Patrol and St. Cecilia Choir, 1st place Junior Achievement Eagle Entrepreneurship Program, participation in volleyball

Sam Miller:  Soldier of St. Sebastian, member of Mathcounts, reader at Mass, Runner Up Junior Achievement Eagle Entrepreneurship Program, participation in track

Jacob Mullendore:  St. Thomas Aquinas Academic Scholar, Soldier of St. Sebastian, reader at Mass, member of Mathcounts, Sunrise Optimist – Neighborhood Extra Student of the Week, Runner Up Junior Achievement Eagle Entrepreneurship Program, participation basketball and track, Recipient of a Friends of Cathedral Scholarship

Sammie Murray:  St. Thomas Aquinas Academic Scholar, Advocate of St. Angela Merici, reader at Mass, Service as a Peer Helper, Member of Safety Patrol,  Cathedral Band, and St. Cecilia Choir, Sunrise Optimist – Neighborhood Extra Student of the Week, 3rd place in Cathedral Science Fair, participation in volleyball, Recipient of a Cathedral School Family Association Scholarship

Alex Nguyen:  Soldier of St. Sebastian, member of Mathcounts

Nam Ninh:  St. Thomas Aquinas Academic Scholar, Soldier of St. Sebastian, reader at Mass, Service as a Dignity Ambassador, Member of Mathcounts and St. Cecilia Choir, Sunrise Optimist – Neighborhood Extra Student of the Week, Elk’s Club Teen of the Year,  Runner Up Junior Achievement Eagle Entrepreneurship Program, participation in cross country and basketball, Recipient of a Friends of Cathedral Scholarship

Jennifer Pham:  St. Thomas Aquinas Academic Scholar, Advocate of St. Angela Merici, reader at Mass, Service as a Dignity Ambassador and Peer Helper, member of Safety Patrol and Tech Club, school photographer, participation in cross country and track

Lisette Rodriguez:  St. Thomas Aquinas Academic Scholar, Advocate of St. Angela Merici, reader at Mass, Service as a Peer Helper, member of Mathcounts, Cathedral Band, and St. Cecilia Choir, Sunrise Optimist – Neighborhood Extra Student of the Week, May Crowning Queen, Recipient of a Cathedral School Family Association Scholarship

Andrew Rowley:  St. Thomas Aquinas Academic Scholar, Soldier of St. Sebastian, member of Mathcounts, Awesome Authors, Safety Patrol, and Cathedral Band, Recipient of a Friends of Cathedral Scholarship

Noah Strizek:  St. Thomas Aquinas Academic Scholar, Soldier of St. Sebastian, Member of Safety Patrol, participation in cross country, basketball and track

Lina Sughroue:  St. Thomas Aquinas Academic Scholar, Advocate of St. Angela Merici, Member of Safety Patrol and St. Cecilia Choir, participation in cross country, volleyball, and track

Ceara Swanson:  Advocate of St. Angela Merici, Member of St. Cecilia Choir, participation in volleyball

Miles Sweeney:  St. Thomas Aquinas Academic Scholar, Soldier of St. Sebastian

Vincent Trinh:  St. Thomas Aquinas Academic Scholar, Soldier of St. Sebastian, reader at Mass, Service as a Dignity Ambassador, Member of Safety Patrol, Mathcounts, Cathedral Band, St. Cecila Choir and Board Game Club, Sunrise Optimist – Neighborhood Extra Student of the Week, school photographer, participation in cross country, basketball, and track, Recipient of a Friends of Cathedral Scholarship

Brynn Trouba:  St. Thomas Aquinas Academic Scholar, Advocate of St. Angela Merici, reader at Mass, Service as a Dignity Ambassador and Peer Helper, Member of St. Cecilia Choir and American Heritage Girls, Sunrise Optimist – Neighborhood Extra Student of the Week, participation in volleyball and basketball, Recipient of a Cathedral School Family Association Scholarship

Payton Tuttle:  St. Thomas Aquinas Academic Scholar, Service as a Peer Helper, Member of St. Cecilia Choir, Sunrise Optimist – Neighborhood Extra Student of the Week, 1st place Cathedral Science Fair, participation in cross country, volleyball, basketball, and track, Recipient of a Cathedral School Family Association Scholarship

Katie Villa:  St. Thomas Aquinas Academic Scholar, Advocate of St. Angela Merici, reader at Mass, Member of Safety Patrol, Mathcounts, and St. Cecilia Choir, 1st place Junior Achievement Eagle Entrepreneurship Program,  1st place Cathedral Science Fair, participation in cross country, volleyball, basketball and track, Recipient of the Parish Council for Catholic Women Scholarship

Josh Wennekamp

Mr. Ekeler Graduation Speech

The word PRIORITY was coined in the 14th century. The word has Latin roots and was created as a singular noun meaning the one thing that came prior to all others.

Interestingly, in the 20th century a plural form of the word was established. Today we hear people talk about "having priorities", or they may ask, "What are your priorities?" In the busy-ness of today we have warped THE ONE THING to justify our overloaded and overwhelmed lives. Instead of disciplining our focus we have invented a new word.

Speaking of which, it occurs to me that all successful people I’ve encountered have focus. This is the ability to ignore and remove all obstacles and impediments between a person and their priority.

Cathedral Eagle Class of 2018, let me tie all of this together. You see, in just four years most of you will be sitting in these very pews at the Pius Senior Mass. You will be heading from that Mass to the Senior Parent Breakfast. And here are my questions to you: What is your priority between today and that day? Do you have the focus to pursue it? If you're not sure how to answer those questions I have a very simple guide for your journey.

Before I give you that guidance, however, let me point out a few things. For the last three years this Class of 2018 has scored in the top three of all diocesan schools in academic testing. To extrapolate that, these students have collectively performed in the top 3% of the State of Nebraska. This class has also reduced their number of infractions, missing assignments, detentions and homework plans every single year. And most importantly, this class has performed more hours of service than any that has graduated from Cathedral in recent memory.

The journey has not always been easy. Yet, as the dust settles, it's fair to say that in my tenure at Cathedral, you are the class that enters high school with the most potential.

Now let's get back to that guidance - how do you reach your ceiling and meet your potential? How do you find the focus to create your success? Here's the answer, and it's a full circle: You embrace a single priority, and you erase the plural "priorities" from your life.

Your priority, Eagles, is applying your gifts, talent and work to God's mission. When you commit to the priority of applying your talents to God's work, you will find doors opening before you. Along that journey there will be good times and hard times, but there will never be bad times if you leave room for God to work in your life.

Here’s the challenge, Class of 2018: Consider if you will be closer or further from God’s purpose for your life, if you live the next four years just as you've lived the last four days. This is a good question to ask yourself often – if I live the next four years as I’ve lived the last four days will I be closer to God’s plan for my life?

Should you find yourself closer, I guarantee it is because you have embraced your priority, and you have relentless focus.

Before I finish I want to remind you that Cathedral is your home, and your home is where your priority was shaped. Home gives you roots and it gives you wings. If you plan to soar, always boldly pursue your priority, and always come home. It is here you will find your faith, your clarity and your focus. So please, come home to Cathedral often.

Congratulations Cathedral Eagle Class of 2018 – Keep soaring.