April 11 was everybody’s favorite half day, quarter sessions. It began like all the others, with an opener, a prayer, and the presentation of colors. Then Mr. Murnock announced who got first and second honors from each class. That was followed by the always dramatic reveal of the percentages of each class that received honors, which the junior class won with 48 percent of its students earning honors for the third quarter. Following this, Prep honored some people who got very high scores on their standardized tests, including The Rambler‘s own Sean Taylor.
A new addition to the ceremony at Cathedral Prep was to honor faculty, staff, and administration for their hard work and time spent here. The awards started at 5 years of service to the school in this historic building and continued in this pattern all the way through to recognizing the likes of some of Cathedral Prep’s finest for 35+ years of service: Mr. Achille, Mr. Alexa, Mr. Czytuck, Mr. Daeschner, and Mr. Scharrer.
The speaker was Dr. Brian Stark, a Cathedral Prep and University of Notre Dame alum and father of current and future Prep and Villa students. He opened his speech in the form of a prayer and gave examples of how the school’s mission of “creating men of vision in spirit, mind, and body” has truly shaped his life. When he finally said amen and closed his speech, he put on his gift, and tried to dismiss the school, something he said he’d always wanted to be able to do. However, we had to remain in our seats for the traditional closing of the quarters sessions ceremony, the singing of the school song.
Check out photos from the final Quarter Sessions of the school year below: