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De La Salle High School Held In-Person Commencement Ceremony On Sunday


On Sunday, May 23, De La Salle High School held its in-person Commencement Ceremony for the Class of 2021. During this graduation ceremony, the Class of 2021 Valedictorian, Jose Grajeda, and Salutatorian, Cyril Joseph, were announced and presented their graduation speeches to the class and the families in attendance.

Traditionally, the senior class awards are presented at the school’s Senior Presentation Ceremony, but due to COVID guidelines, De La Salle did not hold that ceremony earlier this school year and announced all the award winners at the Commencement Ceremony.

If you would like to watch the Baccalaureate Mass or Commencement Ceremony for the Class of 2021, visit the Graduation Information webpage. 

Below is a list of all the distinguished awards.


Class of 2021 Valedictorian ………………………………………………….......................………………… Jose Angelo Oranga Grajeda
Class of 2021 Salutatorian ……………………………………………………………………..................…………….... Cyril Jacob Joseph

Academic Departmental Awards

Brother Hilary La Tour, F.S.C., Religious Studies …………………….……………………..................….…………...…Jon Thomas Baird
          Distinguished Merit …......................................................................................... Luke Thomas Anderson, Brandon Perry Crawford

English …………………………………………………….………...….………….....................………........………… Brandon Perry Crawford
          Distinguished Merit …....................................… Antonio Marco Crivello, Augustin Daniel Gomez De La Vega, Ryan John Vaughn

Mathematics …………………...………………………………........................…………………….…… Augustin Daniel Gomez De La Vega
          Distinguished Merit ………….........................................……… Antonio Marco Crivello, Justin Peter Hopkins, Kason Michael Pelz

Physical Education ……………………………………………….......................………….……………….… Thomas Gerasimos Cumbelich
          Distinguished Merit ……………….………..........................……………………………….…………………… Brandon Perry Crawford

Science …………………………………………….…………….....................….……….…………………………...… Luke Thomas Anderson
          Distinguished Merit .................................... Antonio Marco Crivello, Vincent Ricardo Castillo, Augustin Daniel Gomez De La Vega

Social Studies ………………..………………………………………………………….…………....................……… Luke Thomas Anderson
          Distinguished Merit ……………….................................……. Antonio Marco Crivello, Diego Alfred Hernandez, Ryan John Vaughn

Visual and Performing Arts …………...….………………………..…………….....................……….………………. Nicholas Andrew Kaye
          Distinguished Merit in Music ………………………….............................……. Dominic Arturo Minolli, Jared John Alexander Wilson
          Distinguished Merit in Theatre ….……………………….............................……...……. Hung Cao Nguyen, Bryan Thomas O’Malley
          Distinguished Merit in Visual Art ……..........................……………………………………………..…………………. Jack Ryan Gullum

World Languages …………........................………………………...……………………………..… Jose Angelo Oranga Grajeda (Spanish)
          Distinguished Merit … Thomas Gerasimos Cumbelich (Latin), Maxwell Lowell Hernandez (Latin), Richard Paul Peters III (Italian)

Saint Benilde Campus Ministry Award …….……………………………………….……………………….................… Jon Thomas Baird
Is presented to the graduate whose dedication and consistent work in the school’s campus ministry program demonstrated his commitment to christian service and christian ideals.

Nick Casci Award …………………………...……………………………………………….......................………… Bryan Thomas O’Malley
Nick Casci was an Art teacher at De La Salle and assisted with drama in the early 70’s. This memorial award is given to a student who has participated in Theatre during his four years here. 

Brother Visitor’s Lasallian Award ……………………………………………………...…...................….… Jose Angelo Oranga Grajeda
This award is given in the name of the Brother Visitor or Provincial, currently Brother Donald Johanson, on behalf of the San Francisco/New Orleans District.  This award is given as a sign that the Province is actively engaged in the ministry of Christian education “together and by association.” Specifically, the award is given to a senior whose actions and achievements demonstrate devotion to learning, a spirit of faith, concern for others, and a sharing of talents.

Victor A. Nigro Memorial Award   …………….……………………………………….....………..................………..……Tyler Torio Osbey
Is given to a graduate who is a high achiever, who has demonstrated his commitment to the ideals of Christian education, and who has freely given his love and respect to those around him.

Bruce Wilhelmy Scholarship Award …………..………………………………….....................…………….…….…Blas Vicente Guerrero
This award was named for the brother of De La Salle parent and long-time team doctor, John Wilhelmy. Bruce Wilhelmy exhibited true sportsmanship and leadership serving as co-captain of his Texas State championship high school basketball team. Bruce later went on to study at the Naval Academy in Annapolis and received the distinguished Flying Cross Award for his exemplary efforts in providing pivotal low-level photos of Cuba during the Cuban Missle Crisis. Tragically, this remarkable aviator passed away three years later testing naval planes. This memorial award honors his legacy of leadership.

 

Distinguished Graduation Awards

The following special awards are given to seniors at the graduation ceremony.  These awards are voted on by the faculty at large and then determined by the graduation committee.

Brother Jerome Gallegos, F.S.C. Parents’ Association Award …………..................…………… Agustin Daniel Gomez De La Vega
This award is given in memory and in honor of Br. Jerome Gallagos, a long time Principal of De La Salle who was very active with the parent association during his tenure. This award is given to that graduate whose academic standing, community involvement, and service to the school are of high merit.

Brother Norman Cook, F.S.C. First Principal’s Award ……………….….…………….................…………..…… Patrick Grady Curulla
The First Principal’s Award is given in memory and in honor of Br. Norman Cook, the Founding Principal of De La Salle in 1965. The award is conferred upon a graduate who has demonstrated outstanding achievement in both academic and athletic endeavors

Academic Achievement Award …………………………….......................………… James Joseph Andre & Brandon Perry Crawford
This award is presented to the graduates who have maintained A’s in every class over their four year course of studies at De La Salle.

David Samson Special Achievement Award ……………….……………..................................................… Peter Nickolas Milosevich
This award is given in memory and in honor of David Samson, a long-time very charismatic Social Studies teacher at De La Salle who died of cancer in 2004. This award is given to a graduate who has persevered in the vocation of a student in completing his education at De La Salle.

Rudy Schulze Leadership Award ………………………………………………………….....................………… Brandon Perry Crawford
This award is given in memory and in honor to the graduate who has provided strong leadership for both his class and the entire student body. Mr. Schulze was an exemplary leader, administrator, teacher and friend in the De La Salle community for many years, sharing his gifts and inspiring others to leadership.

Loyalty and Service Award ……….………………………..…………….…………………………....................…. Luke Thomas Anderson
Each year a graduate is acknowledged for his qualities of loyalty and service to De La Salle; a genuine interest in the school community and student affairs characterize the individual receiving this award.

Signum Fidei Award ……………………………………………………………...................………………………… Antonio Marco Crivello
Signum Fidei is a Latin phrase which means Sign of Faith.  This award is presented to the De La Salle graduate who best exemplifies the attainment of the school wide learning expectations of faith, integrity and scholarship.

St. John Baptist de La Salle General Excellence Award ………………………………...................………………… Jon Thomas Baird
The General Excellence Award is the highest and most distinguished award granted by De La Salle at the time of graduation. The award is merited by a graduate who clearly exemplifies the ideals of the De La Salle community through his academic studies, leadership in campus activities, service to the community and demonstration of Christian concern.


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