St. Francis High School Class of 2005 Graduates

June 09, 2005|By Julianna Malogolowkin

Pomp and Circumstance played as 145 Golden Knights, clad in brown robes and caps, walked to Senior Lawn for the 56th annual commencement exercises held at Saint Francis High School last Saturday morning for the class of 2005.

Fr. Antonio Marti, O.F.M.Cap., the Provincial of the Western American Province of the Capuchin Franciscan Order, represented his Eminence Cardinal Roger Mahony, Archbishop of Los Angeles at the graduation. Fr. Matthew Elshoff, O.F.M.Cap., the school president, and Thomas Moran, the school principal, also officiated at the 56th commencement ceremony of the local Catholic, college-preparatory institution.

"Processing for graduation is the pinnacle of your high school career," said senior Sean Franklin of La Crescenta. "Right before you walk onto the lawn everything hits you all at once. You are overcome by happiness and pride to be done but also by sadness because you are leaving."


Valedictorian Jonathan F. Mathews of Alhambra and Senior Class Representative, James Andrew Kislingbury of Pasadena gave formal addresses to the audience.

A humble valedictorian, Mathews, who said the only reason he was on the podium was not because he was smarter than anyone else but only because he was a good test-taker, told classmates: "Saint Francis will always be with you. It will always be in your hearts."

Many graduates said they leave high school with fond memories.

"I am relived to be out of high school, but in some ways I wish we could just back track a little," said senior Clark Sanchez-Figueras.

Mathews received the Capuchin Award and Medal for Scholarship. Receiving Bank of America Achievement Plaques were Ernest Michael Arnold and Jonathan F. Mathews in Liberal Arts and Salutatorian Steven Yongsuk Shin for Science and Mathematics.

Bank of America Certificates were awarded to graduates in the following categories: Art, James Andrew Kislingbury; English, Matthew Sustayta Salazar; Fine Arts, Lawrence Anthony Alonso De Belen and Anthony Gregory Manfra; Foreign Language, Nathan James Dykstra; Mass Media, Alex Christopher Engemann and Brian Andrew Farris; Mathematics, Philip Andrew Hihn; Publications, Timothy James Calica; Religious Studies, Christopher John Schell; Science, Brian James O'Toole; and Social Studies, Jason Michael Castillo.

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