Year after year, seniors graduate from Gilmour leaving an impact on each other and the rest of the community. So what will people remember most about the Class of 2018?
“With our class being one of the biggest, if not the biggest, in the history of the school, we have kids with all sorts of interests which they pursue zealously,” said Zach Holtz (’18).
The senior class is so big that the school has had to make changes to adapt to their size. This included having an extra bus and extra rooms for the freshman trip to the University of Notre Dame four years ago, and having to add a B4 lunch period in order for there to be room in the Commons for everyone. These special accommodations could have easily gone to the seniors’ heads, but they preferred using their class size for confidence in things such as academics and athletics.
Many students have had significant academic achievements such as Matt Mangel (’18) scoring a perfect 36 on his ACT, Nick Majer (’18) creating his own business through the Entrepreneurship program, and Kathy Jung (’18) completing her fourth study of Journalism. This class is not only big in number, but big in achievements as well.
Their dedication to encouraging one another to succeed stretches beyond the school building, and right into athletic events. For example, Girls Varsity Soccer captain, Izzy Greene (’18) said, “Most all of the seniors from the boys and girls soccer teams attended each others’ playoff games, along with a majority of the student population to show their support.” Instead of competing to see who is the best athletic team, and the most popular, they enjoy being each other’s number one fans.
On the baseball field, the Class of 2018 is leaving their mark by being the last team to play on the old field, and the first class to play on the turf. Logan Wright (’18) said, “I think I can speak on behalf of all the senior baseball players that we hope to have a strong season this year to set a winning path for the field for future teams to carry on.”
Being a Holy Cross School, Gilmour’s mission for everyone is to “develop the competence to see and the courage to act in order to create a more humane and just society.” Seniors seem to truly be affected by this mission. There is a large amount of inclusiveness and a limited amount of ignorance present in this senior class. Connie Holman (’18) said, “It’s so nice that our class has welcomed myself and all the new transfers into the school like we’ve been here since freshman year.” The Class of 2018 has had many transfer students since their first year and the current students try their best to help them get comfortable.
Erin O’Connell (’18) said, “Being someone who is involved in multiple clubs, I’d say Gilmour is a place I’ve come to know as a home for everyone. Whether you play sports, dorm, or even just belong to a club, there is a place for everyone in the senior class.”
Most of the time, in order to have a group that is proactive and successful, they must have a great leader or leaders. If there isn’t anyone capable enough to speak on behalf of a certain group, then how will they be able to get their message across or leave their positive mark?
John Kunzo (’18) said, “As a member of Student Council, I think that our grade is unique because although we are the largest in school history, we have a close-knit feeling. We don’t have a lot of cliques. Our grade enjoys getting together and just having fun.”
Dechlan Kirincic added, “When our grade is trying to have hangout events outside of school, we have a more-the-merrier mentality. We know that the best times happen when we get to experience them together.”
Going beyond the students’ perspective, Mr. David Pfundstein (’93), Dean of Students, said, “This class is definitely one of the more humorous groups of kids we’ve had at Gilmour, but they also stay respectful and know how to get down to business when it’s necessary.”
For the Class of 2018, having an easy going attitude along with the ability to follow rules can help to create a great environment to live, learn, and grow. Mr. Pfundstein added, “Their ‘show by example’ attitude is very noticeable in being role models to the rest of the student body.”
Overall, the Class of 2018 appears to be a fun, loving, and inclusive group of kids who want the best for each other and the rest of the community.