May 8, 2015

Junior Leadership Ceremony

It has become our custom in recent years to host a Junior Leadership Ceremony for our junior class as a way to commission them to become the student leaders of Trinity High School.  We held this year's ceremony this past Tuesday night in our gym.

The Tau crosses, rings, and notes
The class president, William Sheppard '16, gave some wonderful opening remarks urging his class to be good examples for the underclassmen and to leave a lasting legacy.  I then offered an opening prayer and together we all prayed Psalm 25 monastic style.  Mrs. Leblond P'16, the junior class advisor and a math teacher, then read the reading from Matthew's gospel where Jesus commissioned His disciples and told them to "Go and make disciples of all nations."  Following the reading, Mr. Mailloux '72 offered a wonderful reflection on leadership using Pope Francis and Cardinal Lacroix '75 as the best examples of servant leadership.  Mr. Mailloux then had the juniors stand and he asked them a series of questions:

Mr. Mailloux: Do you accept the challenge to be light to the Trinity High School 

Juniors:                  I do, with the help of God’s grace.

Mr. Mailloux: Will you carry out your responsibility as a Trinity High School student   
                                 leader with enthusiasm and a willingness to witness to the Gospel?

Juniors:                 I will, with the help of God’s grace.

Mr. Mailloux: Are you committed to a ministry of mercy to both your school and your  

Juniors:                 I am, with the help of God’s grace.

Mr. Mailloux: Are you committed to giving witness to your faith as part of the Catholic  
                                mission of Trinity High School?

Juniors:                 I am, with the help of God’s grace.

Each year we present each class with a symbol of our Catholic faith. The freshmen receive a San Damiano wall cross at our opening Mass, the sophomores receive a rosary bead on the Feast of of Our Lady of the Rosary (Oct. 7), and the seniors receive a decorated candle at the Senior Farewell Mass in late May.  At the junior leadership ceremony, we present each junior with a Tau Cross necklace.  They also receive a note from a coach, teacher, advisor, etc. encouraging them to be strong leaders during their senior year, to make the most of it, to leave a legacy, etc.  We also present class rings to those who ordered one but this is a tradition that seems to be dying out as only 14 (out of 115) bought one this year.

The evening concluded with a light reception in the back of the gym.

We are looking forward to working with the Class of 2016 and can't wait to see what they bring to the table next year as the senior class of Trinity High School.

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