Saint Francis is immensely proud of its Class of 2017 graduates. By all measures, this class of seniors was incredibly successful. There were:
246 seniors who graduated with honors, earning a 3.5 GPA or higher
172 members of the National Honor Society
98 lifetime members of the California Scholarship Federation
118 seniors recognized by the National Merit Foundation
268 seniors who attended the Senior Retreat
35,662 hours of community service completed by the senior class
35 committed collegiate athletes
Principal Patricia Tennant commended the graduates, noting that the love and support they gave each other while at Saint Francis was a testimony to their greatest accomplishment: becoming Holy Cross Men and Women.
Several seniors received recognition for their accomplishments during their four years. As the students with the highest grades, Ryan Chandra was named class valedictorian and Heajune Lee was class salutatorian. Ryan served as a board member of the Lancer newspaper and chair of the Los Altos Youth Council and participated in Model UN. Heajune was active in the International Club, Stand Up Speak Up and Model UN, as well as the school’s chamber choir and string ensemble.
The Blessed Basil Moreau Man and Women of the Year recipients are chosen by their peers for representing the commitment, leadership and spirit of the class of 2016. Seniors selected Scott Spinali, known as “Mr. Saint Francis” as Man of the Year, and Emily Skahill, a top scholar-athlete who served on the student council, as Woman of the Year,.
Andrew Romero received the Robert J. Urban Memorial Award, named after a former school administrator and is given to a student who loves learning, who has been an active and influential school leader and who believes in the power and responsibilities of global citizenship to make positive changes in both our school and world community. Andrew, a strong student, member of the football and wrestling teams and leader in Campus Ministry, exemplifies the well-rounded Holy Cross man.
The President’s Award recognized the student who best reflects the spiritual, intellectual and social goals of the school’s mission. This year, the honor went to Mehak Chadha. Whether she was campaigning for local politicians or addressing water quality issues abroad, she lives out the Holy Cross value of serving the world.
At the Baccalaureate Mass, held the evening before graduation, Beau Kempis received the Br. Eamon Schaffer, C.S.C., Service Award for his exemplary service to the school. Beau was an active Campus Student Ministry board member who served as a senior retreat leader and volunteered at liturgies. The award is named for a former librarian and educator who was dedicated to service.
View highlights from the graduation below.