Congratulations To The Chaminade Class of 2012

Students at the Creve Coeur school earned more than $11 million in renewable scholarships at the college level.

graduated the 101st class in its history Sunday, and the first class to be lauded in the Skip Viragh Center for the Arts.

The class, more than 110 strong will move on to destinations around the country. Mizzou, the United states Coast Guard Academy, Dartmouth and the North American Hockey League, just to name a few. In fact, a surprising number of graduates (10) are headed for colleges in the state of Colorado, alone.

A plea for simple rounds of applause for each graduate was respected throughout. The longest sustained applause for a single graduate was for John Schweiss, who has enlisted in the United States Army.

Class Salutatorian Timothy Watkins, heading for Vanderbilt University in the fall, pointed out how a Google search led him to the belief that the art of giving a good graduation speech had much in common with a possible search for how to talk to girls.

John Vatterott, founder of the college with the same name, gave a commencement adress that urged graduates to use the skills they had picked up at Chaminade out in the world to live the school's "Esto Vir" motto.

Valedictorian recalled the letter he received from the school March 17, 2005, notifying his family that he had been accepted to attend the following fall for the sixth grade. He saluted his fellow classmates for the way they came together as four members of their class lost a parent, and how the faculty had mentored the men into a group ready to accept 10 college athletic scholarships, $11.6 million in renewable scholarships and "30 Bright Flight" scholars.

Chaminade held a ceremony May 18 to hand out a variety of class honors. You can go to the school's UStream home to watch the ceremony online.

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Editor's Note: Terschluse, who will attend Washington University, has been an active blogger on the Patch "Local Voices" platform, specifically writing about his experiences as a diabetic and the work he has done to help children around the world who are living with it as well. In addition to numerous honors, we're happy to report he was also a



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