Long Island Lutheran Middle & High School: A private Christian school serving grades 6-12
Celebrating Our LuHi Graduates!
The Visscher Gymnasium was filled with family and friends as LuHi held its 56th Commencement Ceremony celebrating the graduating class of 2019. The procession was led by Marshall Charles Beers, Head of School John Buck, administration, faculty, staff and board members.
The Class of 2019 chose Mr. Colangelo as this year’s commencement speaker. Inspiring words from “Mr. C” reminded the graduating seniors that this is not the end. “Save your fork,” he said, referring to memories of his grandmother. He explained that she would say this as each course of Sunday dinner was being cleared so that he knew there was still so much more to come, just like in life.
Salutatorian Danielle Siino shared, “I hope that as our paths split, you take all the love that the people here have given you and spread it because I know that I have grown into a better person because of all the love you have given me.”
Valedictorian Lionel Gilliar-Schoenenberger spoke about taking risks saying, ”A risk, in reality, is a challenge. A real risk is never a mistake. A real risk is, in fact, an opportunity to push through a barrier you may have never tried to cross.” He encouraged his fellow classmates to be daring, follow their hearts, and always move forward.
Victoria Bruchhäuser and Grant Brickner were honored with The highest award presented at Lutheran High School, the Pro Deo et Schola Award is presented to the senior boy and girl who have demonstrated leadership and influenced student activities. Name exemplifies Christian life in school and is an active participant in church activities.
As a parting gift to LuHi, the senior class donated the remainder of their class treasury to three different causes. They divided funds between the Doc. Hebling Memorial Scholarship Fund in memory of Dr. Audrey Hebling, LuHi Meal Packing 2020, to continue service activities so important to our school’s mission, and lastly, to school spirit efforts on campus.
On May 31, LuHi also celebrated the moving up of our 8th graders with The Journey Continues, marking the completion of their middle school experience. Students celebrated with musical offerings by Caden Brown, Arianthe Mastakouris, and Chloe Findlay. Heartfelt speeches were given by Raoul Estinvil, Nia Frith, Scott Cousins, and Vincenzo Verdi. All the students received a bible for their high school journey and were given a flower to present as a thank you to their parents and teachers.