On Saturday, June 2, Oakcrest graduated 28 young women in the G. Lloyd Bunting, Sr. Theatre. The 2011-12 Oakcrest Crescens yearbook name is “Life is a Song.” The Senior Class wrote the following in the yearbook dedication: “As we think back to this year of Oakcrest, we should see it as a giant song – one that has us singing along to the words. It’s a song that is innate in each student; we find it in our school work, our activities, and friendships. It is a song that encourages us to live to the fullest and embrace every opportunity that Oakcrest has given us. Live each day with the motto “kia kaha,” forever strong. Oakcrest is just a verse of the song that we all live. It is a joy to carry out what we have learned here at school and bring it to the rest of our lives. Carry a song in your heart, and spread happiness wherever you go. 2011-2012 is a year to cherish, a year to sing out and celebrate. Life is one grand, sweet song, so start the music.” Congratulations, Class of 2012…we are so proud of you, and we will miss you next year!
The Sun Gazette covered the graduation in its article, “Oakcrest Grads Encouraged to Stay True to Principles, Explore the World Around Them.” Click here to read the full article.
Here are excerpts from the Sun Gazette article:
“Oakcrest “has instilled in me to love learning. I’ve learned how to learn,” said [Co-Valedictorian Alex] Gadiano, who is heading to Colgate University and plans to study chemistry and Spanish on a softball scholarship.
“Our class has always been a class of adventurers,” said Mary Zischkau, the Class of 2012’s other valedictorian. “Our thirst was the thirst for knowledge and truth….We should be forever strong in our principles,” she told classmates. “Let us face [the future] with confidence and fortitude.”
“You’ve been given an education that has given you a sense of your own self, [and] a sense of purpose beyond your own selves,” [Ellen Cavanagh] told the graduating seniors. “Nothing happens by chance. This is not an accident….It’s a gift that’s been given to you…but it’s only the foundations. Invest in your intellectual growth. Your relationship with God, invest in that.”
“Life is a song,” Zischkau told her classmates. “May our lives be songs of true happiness.”