With finals in the books, there are only a few events left before seniors walk across the stage at graduation. On Sunday, June 5, Cathedral Prep will graduate one of its biggest classes in recent years. The Class of 2016 accomplished a lot in and out of the classroom. In addition to earning acceptance into many fine colleges and universities, Prep students continue to compete as part of one of the best athletic programs in the state.
Athletics are always a huge part of Cathedral Prep’s school year. This year, especially, Prep has impressed and surprised many people within the Erie community and even the state. In fall sports, Cathedral Prep football finished second in the state after an impressive playoff run. They produced a number of athletes who will be playing in college next year for schools like Gannon, Edinboro, Case Western, and John Carrol University. Meanwhile, freshman Pat Kelly also had a shot at the state golf title earlier in the season.
In the winter, Cathedral Prep hockey also had a stellar season, finishing second in the state after moving up a division from last year. They lost a heartbreaker in the final, but they were the first team in 10 years to move up a division and win the Pens Cup. Additionally, the tennis, lacrosse, and baseball teams all look to continue their success in postseason.
Within the school, a lot has changed for students over the past few years. There are a number of different parts of the school that have been adapted this school year. The lunchroom is perhaps one of the biggest changes with Metz taking over. After a rocky start, the students are overall pleased with the lunch change. On top of that, televisions were added to the lunchroom for the students’ entertainment.
There have been negative moments for students and faculty alike during the 2015-16 school year, highlighted by the hockey team sendoff gone wrong. Poor decision making by some students led to negative press that caused the infamous bus chase to be covered not only locally, but find its way to the USA Today. In spite of that day, this school year has overall still been successful on a number of fronts.
This groups of seniors is one of Prep’s largest in recent history. Although the school has gotten some scrutiny, overall the school has experienced a successful year. Good luck to all of the graduating and incoming Ramblers.