Tucker Terranova ’23
Four years ago, over 400 Chaminade High School students walked up the steps of 340 Jackson Avenue for the first time. Filled with excitement, anxiety, and eagerness for a new beginning, these Flyers took on the task of creating new bonds with their faculty and peers. Now, in what seemed like the blink of an eye, these same students are officially Chaminade alumni of the Class of 2022.
In the past four years, the world has arguably changed more than ever. Whether it was a quarantine that took away precious time from their high-school experience, or an additional challenge that the COVID-1 pandemic presented in the classroom or on the playing field, this class of seniors has displayed the virtues of perseverance and adaptability. On June 5, 2022, these men walked across the stage to receive their diplomas, a token of their hard work throughout these four years.
For a new graduate, this day can come with many different emotions. Bro. Thomas Cleary, S.M. explained that he sees three different types of graduates every year: “Consistently, there are seniors who are proud of what they accomplished, seniors who are thrilled to get their diploma,
and seniors who are bittersweet that the experience is over. I always remind them that although they are graduating, “Once a Flyer, always a Flyer.’”
The experience at Chaminade is truly like no other, and there is no bigger testament to this than the students themselves. Graduates often jump at the opportunity to return for Thanksgiving Mass or sports games when they are home, pulled by a sense of nostalgia and a desire to reconnect with their Flyer family.
On the day of graduation, Chaminade students have the unique opportunity to culminate their four years of Marianist education not only with a stunning ceremony, but also the Baccalaureate Mass. Marianist virtues are tied into every aspect of daily life at Chaminade, and this Mass is a perfect example of how the school encourages its students to grow closer to God.
The person who most exemplifies these Marianist traits is given the Chaminade Man Award, the most prestigious honor given at graduation. Mr. Robert Paul ’12 stated that the “Chaminade Man is defined by the motto: Someone who does the right thing, at the right time, regardless of who is watching.’ He is involved in many different aspects of the school community and is committed to his academics. It is the highest award that we give.”
This year’s Chaminade Man is Charles Ambach ’22, who is also the class’ valedictorian. “Looking back on my time at Chaminade,” Ambach stated, “I am so grateful for all of the opportunities I have been able to pursue and all the passionate faculty who supported me. We’ve done really well, not only as individuals, but as classmates who supported each other through thick and thin.”
This senior class is one that we can all look upon as role models. They have shown immense strength and fortitude along their journey here and have been well prepared for the challenges ahead. To the class of 2022, thank you for all of the lessons you have taught us, and good luck in your future endeavors.