By Dewey Terrill
Saint Xavier High School conducted commencement Saturday using live stream technology so family and the public could view the event. Due to COVID-19 the ceremony celebrating the end of their high school journey was limited to a maximum of 10 people in attendance at the Saint Xavier Catholic Church, while others watched via the entire event via live stream.
Class member Audrey Lichtensteiger told the audience that over the years her classmates have become more than close friends. "To me you guys have become family. I am so incredibly lucky and blessed to have you in my life."
Lichtensteiger said that Saturday marked the end of their high school journey. "Today we say goodbye to friends we have grown up with and teachers that have watched us grow up, and taught us some of the most valuable lessons we will ever have learned."
The class members include the Valedictorian, Youngmin Jeon, Salutatorian, Nara Moon, plus Audrey Lichtensteiger, Joanna Craig and Griffin Powers.
Three of the five members of the class were able to attend the ceremony at the Saint Xavier Catholic Church, while two of them, Youngmin Jeon and Nara Moon, could not be present. Video presentations recorded by both Jeon and Moon, however, were shown during the commencement ceremony.
Students at Saint Xavier, like other schools in Kansas, have not been able to attend classes in-person since March due to the Governor's order to close schools because of the coronavirus. They have been completing the school year using online learning.