This morning was the baccalaureate Mass for high school graduating seniors in our parish. Deacon Dan gave the homily while both Father Phil and Father Mark celebrated Mass. All the graduates sat together in the front.
Mass was followed by a breakfast sponsored by the Knights of Columbus and hosted by teens in the high school youth group. We had hot pancakes, sausages, OJ, and peaches. Each graduating senior was called forward; an announcement was made of where they were going to college, what they were majoring in, any scholarships they'd been awarded as well their senior quote. Each then signed the 2009 high school class ceiling tile that will forever live in the youth room.
The highlight of the event was when the Grand Knight announced the scholarship winners. Each applicant was scored on their academics, community/school/church involvement and their essay (I may be missing something). My understanding is that the competition was 'blind' (applicants' names were removed prior to the committee scoring/judging). We were SHOCKED when the first name announced was Madeleine Gardiner. I didn't even have my camera with me because I didn't think that she would win. We've been members of the parish less than a year, Madeleine doesn't have typical school activities since she's homeschooled, etc. I was in such shock that I don't even remember the name of the young man that also won. But needless to say we are very happy that she won.
Here's a pic of her at home with her award.