Class of 2018 Valedictorian and Salutatorian by, Emily Mohs

Valedictorian and Salutatorian are two individuals who have the overall highest academic achievement in their specific class, and who also give a speech at the final graduation ceremony. This year in the class of 2018, Lilly Witte was named Valedictorian and Maria Striebich was named Salutatorian. Many students do not know the amount of hard work and dedication that is put into receiving this award. It is a great honor to be presented with these awards at graduation.

            Both of these students have contributed a lot of time and energy into their academics at Seton High School, yet they also participate in several other activities Seton provides. Lilly Witte is a part of my clubs here at Seton including StrongHer, Saints for Life, Seton Helping Saints, and Student Government. Witte discloses, “Class wise I have taken just about as many AP classes as I could fit in my schedule and challenged myself to do well in all of them. I also challenged myself to go outside of my comfort zone and meet new people, join as many clubs as I found interesting, and volunteer whenever I had the chance.” Maria Striebich has also participated in many other school activities besides academics. She is part of many clubs such as Saints for Life, and has also participated in volleyball and track and field all four years at Seton. Striebich exclaims, “I have also challenged myself by taking a lot of AP classes, but also in other ways by joining clubs I didn’t think I’d join, going outside of my comfort zone by making connections with people I’d never spoken to, and doing other activities outside of the Seton community.” Both of these students agree that their success was not only achieved by academics, but by getting involved with clubs, sports, and volunteer opportunities within the Seton community.

            These two students have had a lot of success throughout their four years at Seton. Their hard work and dedication in Seton’s academics, sports, clubs, and other things have shown immensely. They both agree throughout this entire process they have had a lot of support from different individuals. Witte describes, “My parents have always pushed me to be the best I could be and have always encouraged that I take my studies seriously.” Many of Seton’s students consider their parents to be one of their biggest supporters; however, Maria Striebich has another important influence in her life. Striebich implies, “My brother has had a huge influence on me because I watched him work so hard throughout high school and in college. He has always been there to help me whenever I need it.” It is important for you to find someone to look up to throughout your four years at Seton. These people can provide specific advice that can lead to great things in your overall high school successes.

            Both Maria Striebich and Lilly Witte have shown tremendous success throughout all four years at Seton. Students should be more influenced to look up to these individuals and to take in all the advice they give. As for these two individuals, they have big plans for the future. Maria is attending The University of South Carolina next year to major in biology. She also wants to go out of her comfort zone and take the time to study abroad at USC. Lilly plans on attending the University of Notre Dame. She is currently undecided on a major, but she is looking at social sciences, possibly political science. Both of these ladies plan on continuing to carry the knowledge they learned from Seton and incorporating it to their everyday college life.

Summer and Dream Vacations by Audrey McQuillan

St. Augustine writes, “The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page.” Have you ever dreamed of a perfect summer vacation? Many people have different ideas of a “Dream Vacation.” Some people’s dream vacation is at the beach, while other might be hiking in the mountains. There are many places around the world people have not discovered. Traveling gives one the opportunity to discover, explore, learn and adapt to new cultures. Traveling can also bring people out of their comfort zone, whether it is trying new foods or a new activity.  

The United States has many cool places to visit for vacation, but there are also many different places to visit outside of the United States. Seton High School Sophomore Caroline Rosen explains about her experience in Italy, “Rome has many amazing places to visit. The cathedrals in Rome are beautiful.  If you ever go to Rome, you need to visit the cathedrals and try Italian gelato”.  Italy is just one of many countries one can visit in Europe. Venice, Florence, Siena, Milan, and Pisa are some of the most popular cities tourists visit every year.  

While Italy is known for its beauty, there are also other exciting places to visit in the United States. Florida, also known as the “Sunshine State” is known for its breathtaking beaches. Seton High School Freshmen Carly Ogilvie discusses her favorite things to do in Florida, “My favorite place I have visited is the Florida Keys. In Florida, we swim, kayak, and scuba dive. I love to eat out in Florida where I can order fresh seafood. We go to Florida to have a break from everything to relax and to have some family.” Many people go on vacation to relax; however, others prefer to explore and discover new activities on vacation. There are many different parts of Florida someone could visit. Each place in Florida is its own unique and interesting city. While Orlando Florida is known for Disney World and all its attractions, Naples, Florida is known for its beautiful beaches, hot weather, and massive shopping malls. Depending on what one is looking for in a vacation, will determine where one should spend their vacation.  

Florida is just one of many places someone can explore in the United States. Seton High School Sophomore Molly Kock describes her family’s annual trip to Disney World, “Ever since I was young my whole family has gone on a trip to Disney World. My mom especially loves Disney World and is always looking for cheap flights so we can go and visit for a few days.” Places like Disney World, Universal Studios, and Sea World can really aid in creating family memories. Disney World is a place for kids and adults of all ages to go and enjoy quality family time. Disney works hard to ensure memorable moments with families and friends.  

Florida, Italy, and Disney are just few of many places where someone can experience a “Dream Vacation”. Whether traveling out of the country or staying in, there are many different places families can experience family quality time.  

Transitions by Sherilyn Drexler

As the cold stiffness of winter begins to melt away, and spring’s warmth begins to shine through, we enter a season of ends, transitions, and eventual new beginnings. Every year former grade school students enter their new high schools where they’ll spend the next four years, newly risen seniors enter a year of excitement and lasts, and former high school students enter their new college campuses- all new worlds of possibilities and opportunities in their own right. In the spirit of new beginnings, members of each category reflect on the old and look to the new: 

GRADE SCHOOL TO HIGH SCHOOL- Jane Streicher- Seton High School Class of 2021 

 What has been your most memorable moment from your first year at Seton? 

My most memorable moment so far at Seton was definitely the garage get down. Dancing with everyone was so much fun especially since it was the first dance I have been to with my sister.  

 What has been the biggest thing you learned? 

The biggest thing I learned this year is to take chances and to push myself outside of my comfort zone. Throughout my first year I took part in a lot of new academic, athletic, and leadership opportunities which I never thought I would. By taking part in these new challenges, I have been able to grow a lot as a person.   

What advice would you give an 8th grader coming into their first year of high school? 

I would tell an incoming eighth grader to push themselves to venture not only outside of their comfort zone but outside their normal group of friends. I know that going into Seton I felt scared not knowing a lot of people. But I tried to always go out of my way to say hi to new people in classes or at lunch, and it really helped me meet some of my best friends.  

FRESHMAN IN HIGH SCHOOL TO GRADUATION- Rylee Jung- Seton High School Class of 2018 

What has been your most memorable moment from your Senior year at Seton? 

My most memorable moment of Senior year was being a leader for K72. This experience was absolutely amazing. I have never felt so loved and supported by not only my classmates, but some of the juniors and the staff.  

What has been your biggest takeaway from your time in high school? 

My biggest takeaway from high school is learning to trust and be confident in myself.  

What surprised you about your senior year? 

This answer kind of ties into my last answer. What has surprised me the most about this year is how much I’ve opened up and have been able to do. I used to not think I was good enough for a lot of stuff, but this year I really proved myself wrong and accomplished so much.   

What advice would you give underclassmen about going into their senior year? 

The advice I would give to juniors going into senior year is to do everything you possibly can. Make the most out of the time you have left here – get closer with the people in your grade, talk to teachers more, support your classmates at sporting events, go to the art shows, plays, and do everything that Seton has to offer that even slightly interests you. Don’t be afraid to get really involved and just have fun! 

HIGH SCHOOL TO COLLEGE- Megan Igel- Seton High School Class of 2015 

What has been your most memorable moment from college?  

It’s hard to pick one specific memorable moment! I’ve had so many cool experiences, whether it be through class, clubs, or just hanging out with my friends. But if I had to pick one moment I know I’ll never forget, I would say it was the first night after I moved in to my dorm freshman year. The freshman at Miami move in early, and the university always plans fun events. The first night all of the people in my dorm walked over to the ice rink together, where the synchronized ice skating and hockey team greeted us. After the presentation, we went outside into the quad. There were food vendors, tables of free items, and hundreds of freshman students walking around, just like me. It was this first time it hit me that I was going to spend the next four years of my life in the Miami community.   

What surprised you about college life?  

I think the thing that surprised me the most about college was how different it is from high school. In high school, everyone always told me that college would be a breeze. I wouldn’t say college is easy, but it is different. It’s nice having fewer classes and more breaks throughout the day, as opposed to being in the same building every day for 8 hours a day. The change of scenery from day to day is something I really enjoy. With so many things going on around campus each day, I never really know what to expect when I wake up in the morning. Sometimes I’ll be walking to class and pass by a university-sponsored food truck, or I might happen upon a group of therapy dogs on campus. I have even seen student-led protests, made up of young people like you and me, standing up for what they believe in. So I guess the thing that surprised me most about college is how unexpected and different each day is, even after having attended the same university for the last three years!   

What advice would you give to people going into their first year of college?  

My biggest piece of advice for incoming college freshmen would be to have patience and follow your heart. College is a fun time, but it can also be intimidating. Don’t worry if, in your first semester or even your first year, you feel like you haven’t found “the college experience.” How one experiences college is different from person to person. Don’t feel like you have to be a certain way or do a certain thing to be doing college right. College is what you make of it! That being said, college is a time to follow your heart and learn more about who you are! Explore your interests, take some classes outside of your major, hang out with people you wouldn’t normally hang out with. You only have 4 years, so make the most of every moment!