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Celebrating the Class of 2021

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Go forth & set the world on fire!

 

 

In a school year that called for resilience above all else, the Class of 2021 rose to the challenge and excelled. They moved gracefully from digital learning to hybrid learning and finally rejoiced together with the return of all-day classes, athletics, and activities. Their year culminated in the much-welcomed in-person Baccalaureate Mass and Graduation on the turf of Bullpup Stadium.

 

READ ON FOR SOME OF THE CROWNING ACHIEVEMENTS OF THE CLASS OF 2021:

 

A literal crowning moment came at the end of March when senior JULIA MCINTYRE was selected 2021 Lilac Queen after a rigorous process for an organization that shares the same commitment to community and service as does Gonzaga Prep.

 

ANDREW NORDHAGEN, the class's valedictorian sought the magis in academics AND creativity. The National Merit winner and Spokane Scholar—who also aced the ACT—happens to be the designer of the 2021 Bloomsday t-shirt.

 

Nordhagen was one of six Spokane Scholars. His for math ($2,000), along with ISABELLA DONAHOE in English; ELIZABETH SABATA in Fine Arts; SHOBHIN LOGANI in Science ($2,000); JOSEPH ELLINGSON in Social Studies ($1,000); and CASSIDY VOELKER in world languages.

 

Graduates navigated a world of virtual college visits in the fall that led to acceptance to top tier schools including Notre Dame, Clemson, Villanova, Stanford, and Howard University. More than two dozen will further their education at seven different Jesuit institutions including Marquette, Fordham, Boston College, and Gonzaga.

 

JONAH BROWN accepted an appointment to the Air Force Academy where he will also play Division I soccer for the falcons.

 

Seven other senior student-athletes showed resilience in action during the topsy-turvy sports seasons and will compete at the collegiate level in the fall: JACYN BAMIS will play volleyball for Clemson, DAVID CORNWELL will run track for Belmont Abbey College, MADDIE DAVIES will play volleyball for the University of Northern Colorado, THOMAS KIMMEL will golf for UNLV, LYDIA MYERS will play soccer for Texas A&M University, Commerce; ALAINA O'CONNELL will play soccer for Cal State, Bernardino; CALLAH PRETI will play tennis for St. Mary's University in San Antonio.

 

SHOBHIN LOGANI and CARTER DOMINGUEZ showed command of the language, competing in nationals for debate. ANDREW NORDHAGEN and ALICE GROFFMAN demonstrated command of another language, earning gold medals in the National Latin Exam.

Seniors SHARMANDA JEAN-FRANCOIS, ANNA SHORTELL, and ZACHARY ROUND led the Food Drive Committee who delivered a check for nearly $20K to Second Harvest—bounty from the generosity of the Fall Food Drive.

And finally, in family matters, the Class of 2021 graduated five cousins in the broad branches of the DeCaro family tree: LUCIA DECARO, ADALGISA DE CARO, KATE SCELFO, JOSEPH DAVIDSON and VINCENT DECKER.

This school year will long be remembered because it fell squarely within the pandemic, but the Class of 2021 will be remembered for so much more. 

 

WHERE THEY ARE HEADED

 

Senior group photo

 

AIR FORCE ACADEMY

Jonah Brown

 

ARIZONA STATE UNIVERSITY

Christian Hilburn

Harrison Wells

 

BAYLOR UNIVERSITY 

McKenzie Kalua

 

BELMONT ABBEY COLLEGE

David Cornwell

 

BOISE STATE UNIVERSITY 

Samantha Allbery

Liam Butte

Antonio De Felice

Vincent Decker

Jack Doerschlag

Cole Emery-Murphy

Mason McGregor

Grace Nollette

Anna Shortell

Avery Tee

 

BOSTON COLLEGE

Joey Davidson

 

BOSTON UNIVERSITY 

Kate Lelewski

 

BUTLER UNIVERSITY 

Drew Schmidt

 

CALIFORNIA STATE, SAN BERNARDINO

Alaina O'Connell

 

CARROLL COLLEGE

Timmy Craven

John Paul Robertson

 

CENTRAL WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY

William Brasch

Madeleine Fridenmaker

Adam Herzog

 

CHAPMAN UNIVERSITY 

Jayne Bamis

 

CLEMSON UNIVERSITY 

Jacyn Bamis

 

COLORADO STATE UNIVERSITY

Evan Duchesne

 

EASTERN WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY

Melvyn Chery

Christopher Croft

Parker Hatzke

Jonathan Juarez

Sergio McEvers

Zaynie Mellgren

Erika Mortvedt

Joe Smith

Cassidy Voelker

Johnny Wieber

 

FORDHAM UNIVERSITY 

Aedon Benson

 

GEORGE WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY

Caitlin Martin

 

GONZAGA UNIVERSITY

Isabella Amador

Olivia Berube

Charissa Birdtail

Olivia Bruce

Duncan Cooper

Steven Deibert

Isabella Donohoe

Aiden Dougherty

Erin Dougherty

Joe Few

Olivia Kaiel

Kaylene Kristofferson

Hailey Landkammer

Nicolas Lopez

Kate Scelfo

Caiden Sundin

Kaitlyn Toland

 

GRAND CANYON UNIVERSITY

Ayla James

Colin Kelly

Brendan O'Rourk

Ryanne Saccomanno

 

HAWAII PACIFIC UNIVERSITY

Shannon Kinney

Maddi Murphy

 

HOWARD UNIVERSITY 

Sharmanda Jean-Francois

 

LEWIS & CLARK COLLEGE 

Vanessa Miranda

 

LINK YEAR

Caden Rubright

 

LOYOLA MARYMOUNT UNIVERSITY

Siri-Amélie Birrer

Ben Conner

Sydney Dombrowik

Joseph Ellingson

 

MARQUETTE UNIVERSITY 

Grace Batkoff

Owen Manfred

 

MILWAUKEE SCHOOL OF ENGINEERING

Jack Ou

Owen Zwyer

 

MONTANA STATE UNIVERSITY

Liam Arnold

Grace Ducharme

Jonathon Hughes

Cameron Owens

Lily Semerad

 

NORTH IDAHO COLLEGE 

Jackson Smith

 

NORTHERN MICHIGAN UNIVERSITY

Julian Temple

 

OREGON STATE UNIVERSITY

Adalgisa De Caro

Mitchell Torre

 

PACIFIC UNIVERSITY OREGON

Bradi Hester

 

PALO ALTO COLLEGE

Kristyn Simpson

 

PENNSYLVANIA STATE UNIVERSITY

Jacob Sun

 

SANTA CLARA UNIVERSITY

Claire Eckhardt

 

SEATTLE UNIVERSITY

Alice Groffman

Ciara Hagan

Natalie Perrier

 

SOUTHERN METHODIST UNIVERSITY

Lily Anderson

 

SPOKANE COMMUNITY COLLEGE

Jacob Guerrero

Colin Hogan

Rex Kibbe

Blake Lempka

Carissa Managhan

Jillian Rose

 

SPOKANE FALLS COMMUNITY COLLEGE

Joshua Centenari

Andrew Garcia

Tyler Gates

Garrett Gores

Aidan Green

Connor Reagan

Payton Strait

Ben Tafoya

 
ST. MARY'S UNIVERSITY, SAN ANTONIO

Callah Preti

 

STANFORD UNIVERSITY 

Andrew Nordhagen

 

TEXAS A&M UNIVERSITY, COMMERCE

Lydia Myers

 

TEXAS CHRISTIAN UNIVERSITY

Jacob McIntyre

 

TRADE SCHOOL 

Spencer Appel

 

UNIVERSITY OF ARIZONA 

Shannon McGuire

 

UNIVERSITY OF BRITISH COLUMBIA

Aine Hurley

 

UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, SANTA BARBARA

Brandon Vue

 

UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, BERKELEY

Shobhin Logani

 

UNIVERSITY OF HAWAII AT MANOA

Summer Ambute

 

UNIVERSITY OF IDAHO 

Rebekah Boyd

Curtis Niblock

Meghan Nulf

Elizabeth Sabata

 

UNIVERSITY OF KANSAS 

Patrick Husband

 

UNIVERSITY OF MONTANA

Jordan Bunning

Kaya Guerrero

 

UNIVERSITY OF NEW HAVEN

Emma Henderson

 

UNIVERSITY OF NORTHERN COLORADO

Maddie Davies

 

UNIVERSITY OF NOTRE DAME

Grace Keyes

 

UNIVERSITY OF OREGON

Mariah Cloke

Adam Feryn

Mason Ruiz

 

UNIVERSITY OF PORTLAND

Avery Barnett

Kaitlyn Dugger

Nick Frazier

Julia McIntyre

Zachary Round

 

UNIVERSITY OF SAN DIEGO

Adelyn Derzay

Olivia Sestero

 

UNIVERSITY OF SAN FRANCISCO

Ana Lillie

 

UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON

Naly Cao

Andrew Chan

Maeve Collins

Holly Harget

Daniel Hughes

Lisa Huynh

Joseph Jarrard

Natalie Miller

Rebekah Moran

Bridget Murphy

Luke Nave

Tamara Njagi

Hope Patterson

Teresa Pham

Kellen Sanders

Jack van Loben Sels

Garrick Watkins

Braeden Welsh

Allia Wing

 

UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN

Campbell Seibold

 

UNIVERSITY OF NEVADA, LAS VEGAS

Tommy Kimmel

 

VILLANOVA UNIVERSITY

Sarah Schlegel

 

WASHINGTON STATE UNIVERSITY

Talia Bergman

Jayden Blewett

Lucia DeCaro

Christina Flynn

James Franz

Grace Groshoff

Jackson Hult

Hannah Meany

Aliah Orellana

Jordan Robideaux

Thomas Shields

Tim Thompson

Enrico Torres

Anthony Turner

 

WESTERN WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY

Makaylah Albrecht

Soleil Jeffery

Matthew Kuester

Avery Martin

Mason Morris

Kaitlyn Olson

 

WHITMAN COLLEGE

Aidan von Buchwaldt

 

WHITWORTH UNIVERSITY

Katelyn Bumbeck

Cole Deac

Zachary Denker

Daniel McKeirnan

August Nelson

Caitlynn Rathbun

 

YAKIMA VALLEY COMMUNITY COLLEGE

Brock Molenda

 

GAP YEAR

Ryan Cobb

Carter Dominguez

Crysta Finnigan

Christopher Hafer

James Holman

Skyler Jordan

Kyah Le

Alex Neyman

Lukas Overbeck

 

WORKING

David Siwinski

 

MILITARY

Tyler Bassuer

Owen Benson

Joseph Warren

 

UNDECIDED

Julian Arias

Cora Ball

Hodges Flemming

Brendan Kelly

Kimberly Orellana

Jaden Ortega

Luke Perko

Janessa Riordan

Miles Watson

 

 

 

Andrew Nordhagen

 

VALEDICTORIAN REFLECTION: BE LIKE WATER

 

Water is one of the most essential things to life on earth. It is simultaneously nurturing, flexible, and strong—qualities that the class of 2021 has come to exemplify. In spite of the social, mental, and emotional toll that the pandemic inflicted, a defining trait of the class of 2021 was the grace and poise with which we navigated a less-than-ordinary senior year.

As Chinese philosopher Lao Tzu said, “Water is the softest thing, yet it can penetrate mountains and earth.” Like a river carving its way through solid rock, our graduates flowed and adapted, carving their way through even the most unyielding obstacles.

 

That being said, I would be remiss to ignore the shortcomings we've experienced this year, from bigotry around the world to racism in our own halls. The division and polarization that have been pervasive in our country worked their way into our school, and efforts toward change were met with resistance and apprehension. And that's a pretty big rock, so to speak, in our collective river.

 

But that struggle and division leads to movement—movement motivated by love and justice—and this year, I strongly believe that we've taken more steps forward than back. The BIPOC coalition of students and alumni sparked a fire in the Prep community that had been a long time coming, challenging the school to take deliberate steps toward a more loving and inclusive community. Through the Christian Service office, student leaders and faculty have collaborated to provide resources for us to have the conversations necessary to facilitate real change. This fight for justice is far from over, and it's something that I, alongside those leaders, urge current students and faculty to continue here at Gonzaga Prep and something that I hope we, as a class, will take with us to college and beyond.

 

Now, I'm not sure there's anything I could say to the graduating class of 2021 that would possibly compare to the lessons we've learned this year just by living through it, so I'll borrow from Bruce Lee: BE LIKE WATER.

 

Graduates: as we step out into the world, be flexible enough to adapt to challenging circumstances, but remain strong enough to break down any obstacle you face. Most of all, though, be nourishing—strive for justice, and foster love and growth wherever your path takes you.



Owen Manfred

 

EXCERPT FROM GRADUATION ADDRESS: ONCE A BULLPUP, ALWAYS BULLPUP

 

About three weeks ago, I had the opportunity to have lunch with the

Provincial Assistant for Education of Jesuits West and a few other seniors.

He asked us what a Jesuit education means to us. Mason McGregor had the

best answer to this question: What makes Gonzaga Prep special and what makes

Prep Jesuit is the fact that ALUMNI KEEP COMING BACK. It's the “Once a Bullpup,

always a Bullpup” mentality.

 

Ever since freshman year, we were taught the Profile of the Graduate: Open to

Growth, Intellectually Engaged, Religiously Alive, Loving, and Committed to Doing

Justice. We were taught the ideals of the Jesuits and had those ideals ingrained

into us from day one. As we walk out into the world, we take these ideals with us.

The ideals that make us loving, open, caring, intellectual, religious—good and empathetic people. That's why people come back. That's why alumni choose to send their kids to Prep.

Because Gonzaga Prep graduates BULLPUPS.

 

A Bullpup isn't just a mascot or a logo on a t-shirt. A Bullpup is a person who is good and will go and set the world on fire. We will all go our separate ways next year, and we will mature into real adults, eventually. As we do this, don't ever forget that you are a Bullpup, backed by thousands of Bullpups before you. “ONCE A BULLPUP, ALWAYS A BULLPUP!”

 

 

 

CLASS OF 2021 ACHIEVEMENTS & AWARDS

 

LEADERSHIP, ACADEMICS & SERVICE

 

CLASS OF 2021 VALEDICTORIAN

Andrew Nordhagen

 

CLASS OF 2021 SALUTATORIANS

Duncan Cooper, Joseph Ellingson, Shobhin Logani, Tamara Njagi

 

NATIONAL MERIT STUDENTS

Joseph Ellingson and Andrew Nordhagen

 

NATIONAL MERIT COMMENDED STUDENTS

Evan Duchesne and Shobhin Logani

 

SENIOR CLASS LEADERSHIP AWARD

Owen Manfred and Zachary Round

 

OUTSTANDING SENIOR SCIENCE STUDENT AWARD 

Joseph Ellingson and Adalgisa De Caro

 

BARTHLEMESS MATHEMATICS STUDENT AWARD 

Shobhin Logani

 

OUTSTANDING ENGLISH STUDENT AWARD

Andrew Nordhagen

 

OUTSTANDING WORLD LANGUAGE STUDENT AWARD 

French: Kaitlyn Toland 

Spanish: Meghan Nulf

Latin: Alice Groffman and David Cornwell

 

OUTSTANDING PHYSICAL EDUCATION STUDENT AWARD 

Jayden Blewett and Shannon McGuire

 

U.S. AIR FORCE ACADEMY APPOINTMENT

Jonah Brown

 

PRESIDENT'S VOLUNTEER SERVICE AWARD 

Tamara Njagi and Zachary Round

 
FR. ZEHNDER VOLUNTEER AWARD

Sharmanda Jean-Francois and Jayne Bamis

 

COMMENDED TUTOR 

Nicolas Lopez

 

CATHOLIC COMMUNITY SCHOLARSHIP 

Owen Manfred and Julia McIntyre

 

PETERSEN SCHOLARSHIP 

Joseph Ellingson, Jayne Bamis, David Cornwell

 
FR. WATRIN VOLUNTEER AWARD

Anna Shortell

 

2021 ANCILLA

Samantha Allbery 

Summer Ambute

Siri-Amélie Birrer 

Katelyn Bumbeck

Adalgisa De Caro 

Adelyn Derzay

Erin Dougherty 

Claire Eckhardt

Aine Hurley 

Shannon McGuire

Julia McIntyre 

Rebekah Moran

Bridget Murphy 

Tamara Njagi

Alaina O'Connell 

Kaitlyn Olson

Natalie Perrier 

Teresa Pham

Callah Preti 

Sarah Schlegel

Anna Shortell 

Kaitlyn Toland

Cassidy Voelker 

Allia Wing

 

2021 KNIGHTS

Duncan Cooper 

Joseph Davidson

Antonio De Felice 

Aiden Dougherty

Evan Duchesne 

Joseph Ellingson

Nicholas Frazier 

Joseph Jarrard

Thomas Kimmel 

Owen Manfred

Jacob McIntyre 

Luke Nave

Andrew Nordhagen 

Brendan O'Rourk

Zachary Round 

Kellen Sanders

Andrew Schmidt 

Thomas Shields

Jackson Smith 

Aidan von Buchwaldt

Braeden Welsh

 

2021 EAGLE SCOUT 

William Brasch

 

SPOKANE SCHOLARS

ENGLISH: Isabella Donahoe

FINE ARTS: Elizabeth Sabata

MATH: Andrew Nordhagen $2000 awarded

SCIENCE: Shobhin Logani $2000 awarded

SOCIAL STUDIES: Joseph Ellingson $1000 awarded

WORLD LANGUAGES: Cassidy Voelker

 

SPOKANE LILAC ASSOCIATION QUEEN 

Julia McIntyre

 

FOOD DRIVE 

Zachary Round, Anna Shortell, Tamara Njagi, Sharmanda Jean-Francois

 

NATIONAL HONOR SOCIETY OFFICERS

Siri-Amélie Birrer, Tamara Njagi, Adalgisa De Caro, Alaina O'Connell, Kaitlyn Toland

 

ASB CO-PRESIDENTS 

Owen Manfred and Zachary Round

 

SENIOR VICE-PRESIDENTS

Jayne Bamis, David Cornwell, Claire Eckhardt, Soleil Jeffery, Ana Lillie, Julia McIntyre

 

SENIOR CLASS COUNCIL

Bridget Murphy, Harrison Wells, Rebekah Boyd, Joseph Ellingson, Kristyn Simpson, Mason McGregor, Daniel McKeirnan, Grace Groshoff, Avery Tee

 

FINE ARTS

 

CHRIS BABCOCK MEMORIAL DEBATE AWARD

Carter Dominguez and Shobhin Logani

 

NATIONAL SCHOOL CHORAL AWARD 

Elizabeth Sabata

 

JOHN PHILIP SOUSA BAND AWARD 

Thomas Shields

 

LUIGIAN AWARD 

Kaitlyn Dugger and Allia Wing

 

DRAMA SPOTLIGHT AWARD 

Rebekah Boyd

 

VISUAL ART AWARD 

Hailey Landkammer

 

OMNIA ART SHOWCASE

 

BLACK AND WHITE 2-D

Gold: “Prom 2020” Hailey Landkammer

Silver: “Olivia Captures” August Nelson

 

COLOR 2-D

Silver: “Kitchen Sink” Kate Lelewski

Bronze: “X” Antonio De Felice

 

PHOTOGRAPHY

Gold: “Neowise” Andrew Nordhagen

Silver: “Portrait in History” Alice Groffman

 

MULTIMEDIA AND 3-D

Gold: “Ugborough” / Erin Dougherty

Silver: “Trefoil Knot” / Daniel Hughes

Bronze: “Venus” / Madeleine Fridenmaker

 

ATHLETICS & ACTIVITIES

 

BOBBY ETTEN AWARD 

Summer Ambute and Owen Manfred

 

DAVE MACHTOLF AWARD 

Garrett Gores and Brock Molenda

 

DENISE SCHLEPP LEADERSHIP IN WOMEN'S ATHLETICS AWARD 

Adalgisa De Caro

 

JOE KEOGH AWARD 

Julian Arias

 

GSL SCHOLAR ATHLETES 

Claire Eckhardt and

Evan Duchesne

 

NECA/IBEW SCHOLAR ATHLETES 

Kyah Le and James Franz

 

VARSITY KNOWLEDGE BOWL

Andrew Nordhagen, Shobhin Logani, Duncan Cooper, Joseph Ellingson, David Cornwell, Aiden Dougherty, Alice Groffman, Aine Hurley

 

HISTORY BOWL TEAM 

Duncan Cooper and Alice Groffman

 

STEAM/DESTINATION IMAGINATION TEAM

2nd place at the Virtual State Competition

Daniel Hughes and Blake Lempka

 

NATIONAL LATIN EXAM AWARDS

GOLD MEDAL: Summa Cum Laude

Andrew Nordhagen and Alice Groffman

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