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Surf’s up for the Mavericks as they prepare for senior class activities and graduation

Several Mavericks have a photo shoot before going to prom.

Several Mavericks have a photo shoot before going to prom.



Several Mavericks have a photo shoot before going to prom.

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The year may be nearing a close, but it is in no way slowing down for the Mavericks. In fact, it is just ramping up. The seniors have a full schedule leading up to graduation day.

It started with the Senior Day of Reflection on May 4. This was a chance for the seniors to gather together as a class and reflect on their high school experience.

Up next are the last NDB performances for seniors in performing arts programs. The choir concert “Singematography” was May 7, and the dance show “Divine Chaos” was May 12.

Next, there are AP tests and final projects that seniors must get through before celebrating graduation. While stressful, these are the last AP tests the seniors will have to take!

May 17th is Academic Awards Night, a night to celebrate the achievements of the NDB community.

The next day is the Senior Holiday, a well deserved break for the busy seniors. Many seniors are planning fun day trips as a way to celebrate their coming graduation.

Then, Sunday the 20th is the Mother Daughter Mass and Brunch, an annual opportunity for the seniors and their mother or special guest to reflect on their relationship and share a fun event.

For the seniors, Monday is their last day of high school classes ever! The day ends with the All-School Picnic. Students can relax, enjoy a snack, and sign each other’s yearbooks.

The next day there is no school for anyone, as it is a teacher work day, so students have a whole day to study up before finals.

Then, finals season will be upon us. The 28th is Memorial Day, so students get a three day weekend before possibly taking one last final on Tuesday.

Tuesday is also Baccalaureate Mass for the seniors and their families. This is the first event where the seniors get to wear their cap and gown.

Wednesday, May 30th, is Class Day and the seniors’ last day at NDB,

“It’s bittersweet to leave Notre Dame,” says senior Jilly Antunez, adding, “but I know that it’s my time to use the lessons I have learned and apply them to wherever I end up.”

This is the day when the whole school says goodbye to the seniors and the other classes get to partake in the annual Moving Up ceremony. Freshmen will becomes Sophomores, Sophomores will become Juniors, and the Juniors will become the new Seniors.

After Class Day, the seniors will all be headed to graduation, their very last event. Seniors have expressed both excitement and sadness that this day will soon come.

Senior Lindsay Berardi says, “Graduation is a day that I have been excited for and dreading, but I’m trying to just soak up these last few days of being a student and Notre Dame.”

On May 30th, St. Bart’s Church in San Mateo will be filled with the graduates and their friends and family. As they walk down the aisle, each of the senior’s chosen quote will be read. These quotes reflect the students’ personal journeys through high school. The students will also hear speeches given by this year’s valedictorian and salutatorian, Karenah Rajasekaran and Roxie Khalili.

On being chosen as salutatorian, Roxie says, “It’s an honor to be chosen among my graduating class and I am going to spend the time I have left coming up with a good message to leave the school with.”

Indeed, this message, and those expressed on graduation day, will be the last imparted on the seniors during their time at NDB and hopefully we will take them to heart.

Our time at NDB has been filled with struggles, but it also has been a time for us to grow and learn together. Hopefully, for years to come, the seniors will be able to look back and smile every time they remember their sisters, the Mavericks.

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