Marian Central Catholic High School Class of 2021

Graduates in the Class of 2021: 136

Valedictorian: Brian Hopp

Salutatorian: Molly Finnegan

Graduation Speakers: Brian Hopp and Molly Finnegan

Class Officers: Brian Hopp, president; Lauren McNulty, 1st vice president; Grace Kramer, 2nd vice president; Courtney Sensabaugh, secretary; Katherine Strode, treasurer.

Academic achievements:

• We are proud to announce that the 136 members of the Marian Central Class of 2021 earned a combined total of $25,977,179 in college scholarships. In addition, 26 members of the Class of 2021 were named Illinois State Scholars.

Athletic achievements:

• Peter Walsdorf, All-State in cross-country and the Northwest Herald Boys Cross Country Runner of the Year; signed letter of intent to run at University of Kansas.

• Dominque Thomas has signed to run track at University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee

• Dylan Connell has signed to wrestle at University of Illinois

• Bryce Shelton has signed to join and wrestle at the Air Force Academy

• Girls golf team finished in 5th place at the Class 1A Seneca Golf Sectionals

• Lauren McNulty made the IHSA Class 1A All-State Girls' Golf Team

What traditional events were adapted for the pandemic and how?

Marian Central graduation has traditionally been held in our school gym with unlimited guests per graduate. However, this year our graduation will be held on our football field with a limited amount of guests permitted to attend. Our prom is traditionally open to all junior and senior students with a guest. This year, only Marian Central senior students were able to attend.

What were the most significant challenges faced by the Class of 2021 and how did they overcome them?

Our seniors were fortunate to be able to attend in person on a hybrid schedule during this year, returning to fully in person following spring break. The most significant challenges surrounded balancing between remote and in-person learning and adjusting to restrictions placed on athletics and social events that would traditionally bring the students together on a regular basis. Our seniors overcame many obstacles that were presented to them.

Principal's reflections on the Class of 2021:

This senior class is certainly going to be remembered not only for their grit and determination as shown in their academic, athletic and service achievements, but also they are going to be remembered as the class that showed grace and resilience as half of their high school experience was turned upside down. The Class of 2021 will most certainly face their futures beyond the halls of Marian Central knowing that, " ... nothing will be impossible with God." Luke 1:37

- Debra Novy, director of curriculum and professional development

Marian Central Catholic High School graduate Molly Finnegan delivers the salutatorian address during commencement ceremonies at the school in Woodstock. Matthew Apgar/Shaw Media
Marian Central Catholic High School's James Alonzo, left, reaches out for a fist bump as Valedictorian Brian Hopp heads to the podium to deliver his speech. Matthew Apgar/Shaw Media
Marian Central Catholic High School seniors James Alonzo, left, and Isabella Antonetti talk in the auxiliary gymnasium as students await their graduation ceremony at the school. Matthew Apgar/Shaw Media
  Marian Central Catholic High School in Woodstock Paul Valade/
  Marian Central senior Ryan Conlon (18) attempts to tackle St. Viator's PJ Scales (1) while fending off a block by Joseph Laterza during a football game in Arlington Heights. John Starks/
  Marian Central Catholic senior Morgan Laudick (10) leaps to block a shot from St. Viator's Emma Morrisey during a game in Arlington Heights. Joe Lewnard/
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