Resurrection College Prep graduates 195
Resurrection graduates Bianca Baltazar, Briana Torres and Donna Gawron addressed their classmates at the Resurrection Class of 2012 graduation. | Contributed photo
Updated: July 3, 2012 10:33AM
One-hundred and ninety-five young women celebrated their graduation as the Resurrection College Prep High School Class of 2012, according to a news release.
A Baccalaureate Mass was held May 21 at St. John Brebeuf in Niles and the graduation ceremony was held May 23 at the Copernicus Center in Chicago. At the Baccalaureate Mass, 34 graduating seniors presented their mothers or grandmothers with roses. These special mothers and grandmothers were Resurrection alumnae who were honored for continuing the Resurrection legacy with the current generation of students.
The Resurrection Class of 2012 included 17 Illinois State Scholars and the 195 graduates were awarded more than $7.6 million in college scholarships.
At the graduation ceremony three students were selected to address their classmates. The graduates included young women who have distinguished themselves in academics, service, athletics and artistic achievements. Two high achieving students, Donna Gawron and Briana Torres, presented “Student Reflections.” The commencement speaker was Bianca Baltazar.
Gawron, president of the Resurrection Student Council, was the first student speaker. She read from the Dr. Suess book, “Oh, the Places You’ll Go,” and urged her classmates to hold onto their imaginations as they face the next phase of their lives. She also challenged the class of 2012 to live out the lyrics of “Go Make a Difference,” which is a song frequently sung at Resurrection liturgies.
Gawron was a Res Scholar and an Illinois State Scholar, a member of the National Honor Society, the Spanish Honor Society and Tri-M, the Music Honor Society. She was president of the Resurrection Science Club and a member of the Resurrection Chamber Orchestra. She also performs in a Polish violin and dance ensemble. Gawron will be attending Loyola University in Chicago, where she plans to study biology as a pre-med student.
Torres has been an active member of Key Club, Italian Club and National Honor Society during her time at Resurrection. She is a Res Scholar and Illinois State Scholar and will continue her education at Boston University, where she plans to study international relations and Arabic.
Baltazar was selected as the commencement speaker. She is a member of the Orchesis Dance team, has been involved in various clubs at Resurrection, has volunteers at Resurrection Medical Center and served as sophomore class secretary. Baltazar will be attending Marquette University, where she plans to major in broadcast journalism while pursuing political science as a minor.