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Seniors have a ball during honor walk
Courtesy Valley Catholic High SchoolSr. Catherine Hertel cheers as Valley Catholic seniors Makoa Nakamura and Alex Tranquill test their bocce ball skills during the Senior Walk of Honor across the Sisters of St. Mary of Oregon campus. The sisters welcomed the seniors with refreshments, bocce ball and a blessing.
Courtesy Valley Catholic High School
Sr. Catherine Hertel cheers as Valley Catholic seniors Makoa Nakamura and Alex Tranquill test their bocce ball skills during the Senior Walk of Honor across the Sisters of St. Mary of Oregon campus. The sisters welcomed the seniors with refreshments, bocce ball and a blessing.

BEAVERTON — Eight days before walking across the stage on graduation day, Valley Catholic High School seniors took part in another meaningful procession: the school’s second Senior Walk of Honor across the Sisters of St. Mary of Oregon campus. On June 2, dressed in their graduation robes, the seniors visited everyone who studies, works and lives on the campus.

After leaving the high school, the seniors visited the motherhouse, where they were greeted by Sister Charlene Herinckx, superior general, as Valley Catholic President Bob Weber and other staff members applauded. The bell on the roof of the motherhouse rang out once for each of the 100 graduates, the largest graduating class in school history.

On their patio on the east lawn, the sisters recognized the students’ accomplishments, offered refreshments, hosted an impromptu bocce ball game and sang a blessing.

“The seniors were just delightful,” said Sister Charlene. “I hope they all feel that Valley Catholic is always home for them.”

The seniors continued their walk to Maryville, where residents applauded  as they congratulated the soon-to-be graduates. Next, the seniors passed through the elementary and middle school hallways, where students chanted “Let’s go, seniors” and “Go, Valiants.”

As the seniors returned to the high school lobby, they were greeted by the youngest Valiants: students from Valley Catholic Early Learning School. The youngsters reached up to give high-fives to the seniors, who were then greeted with applause and hugs from faculty and staff and cheers from the freshmen, sophomores and juniors who lined the halls during the final moments of the walk.

“My favorite moment of the walk was going to the middle and elementary school,” said senior Seancarlos Gonzalez, who is one of three Valley Catholic valedictorians. “Seeing the smiles on the children’s faces as they gave us high-fives in the hallways was awesome.”

He added, “I’m excited to graduate but, at the same time, I’m really going to miss everything that Valley Catholic has been in my life.”

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