BG seniors reflect on time at high school, lessons learned

As the school year draws to a close, Bishop Guertin is preparing to say goodbye to the Class of 2016.

The graduating class has been making the most of its last week together with a number of events leading up to graduation on Sunday, June 5, including the class trip to Canobie Lake Park, the Baccalaureate Mass and Dinner, and the Senior Send-Off.

A new BG tradition began at this year’s Senior Send-Off, when the members of the senior class council lowered the class banner. The banner will be displayed at graduation and at future class reunions.

Before finals and Senior Week, the top scholars in the Class of 2016 were celebrated at the Scholars’ Breakfast. Twenty-three seniors with a cumulative GPA higher than 4.0 were recognized, including the top five students: valedictorian Tim Morrison, salutatorian Gabe Madonna, Ellie Foltan, Lukas Atwood and Angela Wang.

Though BG’s Class of 2016 has excelled in academics, athletics and all of the activities the school has to offer, it hasn’t always been easy.

"BG has taught me how to fall on my face," said Roviel Arquiza, who will attend Dartmouth College next year and hopes to pursue a science-related career. "I learned that you’re going to fall quite a bit, and that’s OK. You can’t win everything – it’s just not possible."

Since arriving at BG almost four years ago, the Class of 2016 has changed a lot.

"I have grown up a lot at BG, and the friends I have made have helped me develop my personality and made me more confident with myself," said Emily Tobin, who added that she will miss BG’s band next year. Tobin plans to attend Penn State University to study music education.

As the seniors prepare to graduate and move on to college, they agree that the BG community has taught them a lot.

"I’m going to miss the little things: brief interactions with teachers, quick hallway conversations with friends, and so on," said Jeff Steiner, who will attend the University of New Hampshire next year.

"Guertin is filled with wonderful people, and I’m glad to say that I was given the opportunity to form a relationship with them."

Holly Boivin is a sophomore at Bishop Guertin High School in Nashua.