ELYRIA — One by one, Elyria Catholic High School seniors stood up to give one last thanks to their parents, faculty … and the Blues Brothers.
Each of the 131 graduating seniors recorded a “senior reflections” moment beforehand, in which students had the opportunity to offer an inspiring quote while thanking their loved ones.
Quotes from musicians, philosophers and authors such as Dr. Seuss poured in, but one student took the chance to thank good old Jake and Elwood Blues.
“It’s 106 miles to Chicago,” the student said. “We’ve got a full tank of gas, half a pack of cigarettes, its dark and we’re wearing sunglasses.”
The moment provided a bit of laughter in the seriousness of a celebration in which the students were moving from their educational roots and into the real world of jobs or a secondary education.
Principal Andrew Krakowiak told parents how proud he was of the students and how the student body had broken a record by generating more than $6 million in scholarships and grants while raising $19,000 as a gift for the school.
“You’ve left a legacy at Elyria Catholic that’s going to be very difficult for other classes to top,” he said.
Class salutatorian Rishi Sharma said it was his class’s book smarts, athletic prowess and leadership abilities that made being a part of the Class of 2007 special.
“Our class is awesome,” he said. “I’m proud to say we have the will to work for what we believe is right,”
Valedictorian Kathryn Sue Hyatt told the class that she had learned from each of them and hoped that they would take a little piece of Elyria Catholic to people wherever they go.
“In graduating, take this as an opportunity to meet new people and grow as a person,” she said.
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