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Union | DLS Magazine

"Union in a community is a precious gem, which is why our Lord so often recommended it to his apostles before he died. If we lose this, we lose everything. Preserve it with care, therefore, if you want your community to survive." ~ St. John Baptist de La Salle

Published twice a year, our Union magazine is an important way for our current and alumni families to stay in touch. We feature stories with current students, teachers, clubs, athletes, and more, and we share the latest news from our more than 10,000 living alumni. There are many ways in which De La Salle keeps that connection, that "union," strong, and this magazine is one great way in which we provide that in-depth look at the happenings on Winton Drive. We encourage you to flip through these pages and discover the latest news, programs, and updates from De La Salle High School.

Union Editor:
Rich Davi, Communications Coordinator
(925) 288-8148

Fall 2021 Union Magazine: Inside This Issue

De La Salle High School is committed to rebuilding community on campus in a variety of ways. The cover image for the 2021 Fall Union Magazine brings together students from various classes, as all students returned to campus for the 2021-22 school year. All classes are occurring in-person, so the entire student body in on campus five days per week.

Commencement 2021
After much thought and consideration, the De La Salle administration was thrilled to be able to host an on-campus graduation for the Class of 2021. A traditional outside graduation was held, but instead of being in the Quad, the ceremony was moved to the football stadium. Graduating students and their families heard from retiring President Mark DeMarco ’78, Vice President for Academic Life Dr. Heather Alumbaugh, Class of 2021 Salutatorian Cyril Joseph, and Class of 2021 Valedictorian Jose Angelo Grajeda.

Post-Graduation Plans for the Class of 2021
For the Class of 2021, 251 of 258 students made decisions to attend either a four-year or two-year school upon graduation from De La Salle High School. See where the Class of 2021 is attending college.

Q&A with De La Salle’s New President, David Holquin
De La Salle High School is excited to have David Holquin at the helm. The school shared his professional experience in the spring, but the with fall Union, we wanted to provide an opportunity to get to know the new president on a personal level.

We’re OnBoard
Under the direction on Director of Campus Life and Culture Mike Aquino, De La Salle incorporated the OnBoard! Student Leadership program to help with orientating and welcoming new students to De La Salle High School.

Brother Carter, Living the Lasallian Charism
The presence of the Brothers returned to De La Salle in 2021, as Brother Carter Powers journeys down the path of becoming a Christian Brother.

Faculty Recognition
Social Studies Department Chair, Mrs. Annemarie Talmadge is the school’s 2002-21 Lasallian Educator of the Year. Long-time faculty and staff members Sherry Bedford and Bob Zorad retire.

Rebuilding Community at De La Salle
With the full return of campus life for the 2021-22 school year, De La Salle is focused on rebuilding its community. In this issue we highlight a number of events that returned to campus this school year, helping to re-establish community among faculty, staff, students, and families.

Union Archives:

Fall 2021: "Building Community"
Spring 2021: "Mark DeMarco Legacy"
Fall 2020: "Distance Learning"
Spring 2020: "What Makes Us Lasallian"
Fall 2019: "The Perfect Effort"
Spring 2019: "Les Hommes de Foi...Men of Faith"

Fall 2018: "Lasallians Without Limits"
Spring 2018: "Stewardship"
Fall 2017: "A New Generation"
Spring 2017: "Community"
Fall 2016: "Evolution"
Fall 2015: "Innovation"

Spring 2015: "Guided"
Fall 2015: 50th Anniversary Special Edition
Fall 2014: "Instructed"
Spring 2014: "Loved"
Fall 2013: "What's in a Name?"

What's Happening Alumni?


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Have you recently started a new job, did you get married or have a new baby? If there is something new and exciting happening in your life, De La Salle wants to hear about it.

You can share this information with your classmates, and the entire De La Salle community, by sending us a few short sentences (along with a picture or two). We will collect these submissions and include them in our next issue of the Union magazine.

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