A packed crowd sits in the Activity-Athletic Center, eagerly waiting to hear who will receive this year’s Crimson and Gold yearbook dedication.  Over 1,700 members of the Chaminade community rise to their feet in roaring applause as co-Editor-in-Chief Ryan Smith ’17 announces that the honor will be going to Mr. Christopher Lynch ’82.  Mr. Lynch, whose unwavering strength of character has powered him through his ongoing fight with cancer, gracefully makes his way to the podium as the cheers became increasingly louder.  Wiping tears from his eyes, Mr. Lynch addresses the assembly with an emotional speech.

Over a decade after the passing of Gold Star Alumnus Ronald Winchester ’97, his memory still continues to inspire those close to him. His best friend in the military, Zach Iscol, founded the Headstrong Project, aimed at assisting veterans suffering psychologically after returning from war. This honorable work honors Ronnie’s memory, and offers a prime example of the values of service and duty that he valued.

Throughout his life, Conor Lynch ’17 has viewed community service as one of the most compelling opportunities to answer the call to assist. Conor has demonstrated his dedication to service by becoming a Boy Scout, an organization through which he has found an opportunity not only to grow as an individual, but also give back to the broader community. Advancing as a Boy Scout and doing good for his town, Conor volunteered at the Glen Cove Emergency Medical Service (EMS) Center. Today, Conor has made impressive strides on a monument he will build to honor the Glen Cove EMS and fulfill his dream of becoming an Eagle Scout.