Helias Catholic High School Celebrates the Graduating Class of 2020
On Friday, June 19, 2020, 186 Helias seniors crossed the stage and accepted their diplomas during a socially distanced graduation ceremony at Ray Hentges Stadium. The event was preceded by Baccalaureate Mass inside Rackers Fieldhouse.
This year’s graduates were offered more than $4.8 million dollars in scholarships including $386,000 in A+ scholarships. Due to the delayed graduation date, seven members of the senior class could not attend the ceremonies.
Scripture for the graduation service and ceremony was from the Book of Jeremiah 29:11-14. “For I know well the plans I have in mind for you—declares the LORD—plans for your welfare and not for woe, so as to give you a future of hope. When you call me, and come and pray to me, I will listen to you. When you look for me, you will find me. Yes, when you seek me with all your heart, I will let you find me—declares the LORD—and I will change your lot; I will gather you together from all the nations and all the places to which I have banished you—declares of the LORD—and bring you back to the place from which I have exiled you.”
“This class has endured more upheaval in their senior year of high school than many people do in their lifetime,” said Principal Kenya Fuemmeler. “They have put their trust in the Lord as the book of Jeremiah encourages. They have gained experiences which will make them more resilient and filled with patience.”
Coach Victor Bell, a Helias Catholic social studies and history teacher who coaches both basketball and football served as the guest speaker during the graduation ceremony.
The Helias class of 2020 includes five students committed to service to our country (two whom have already left for basic training); 19 students with a 4.0 GPAs; two seniors with perfect ACT scores; eight students who each completed more than 500 hours of community service; 29 Bright Flight scholars and one student who is a Top 100 Missouri Scholar. The class of 2020 performed a combined total of 15,500 hours of service over their four years, along with many other accomplishments. 98% of the graduating class is pursuing post-secondary education.
Several awards were also presented at a virtual awards assembly on May 4. Those students were honored in person during the graduation ceremony. The Veterans of Foreign Wars Award went to Griffin Buschjost and Veronica Worthen; the American Legion Citation was awarded to Gabriel Borgmeyer and Olivia Hennon; and the Father Helias award went to Jack Crull and Holly Hentges.
Helias Interparish High School is committed to providing excellence in education as established on the teachings of the Roman Catholic Church for students grades 9-12. Working in partnership with families, we are dedicated to providing a disciplined environment where Christ and His graces in each person are recognized, respected and fostered. As a teaching institution in the traditions of the School Sisters of Notre Dame and the La Salle Christian Brothers, we challenge our students spiritually, academically and physically as we help to form them to be active, lifelong, enthusiastic participants in the Church.