class of 2018
KRISTIN FAITH AVENIS With acceptances to ten different universities, Kristin ultimately selected American University where she was accepted with honors. As a political science major, she envisions herself as an agent of change, “I want to be a leading force of change in our political system, whether that means being an immigration lawyer or a politician.” At SHC, Kristin served as SBO vice president of business, captain of the Dance Team, and Class of 2018 Valedictorian. She’s currently establishing a new program with College Track, an organization empowering students from underserved communities to graduate from college. “At SHC, I learned that asking for help is not a sign of weakness. I am lucky to have a community of peers and teachers that were always willing to support me.”
EUGENIO FREW Throughout his time at SHC, Eugenio has graced the stage in four theater productions and as a member of five choirs. He was a member of the SHC Football Team for three years and twice served as a Kairos student leader. In the fall, he will join the freshman class at California Lutheran University studying music education. For Eugenio, the beautiful campus, small school feel and strong performing arts program work together to make Cal Lu the perfect package. “The most important lesson I learned at SHC is to be myself. In college, if I’m honest, genuine, nice and if I’m just being myself, I hope to thrive and make lifelong friends.”
EMILY FUKUDA “Sacred Heart Cathedral taught us the most important lesson for our generation to realize: we have a voice that deserves to be heard.” In Emily’s Salutatorian address, she invited her classmates to use their collective voice to create change. This fall, she will attend the University of California at Los Angeles where she will study business economics and music. For Emily, UCLA stood out because of its striking similarities to SHC, “UCLA has a beautiful campus, excellent academics, a thriving visual and performing arts program, and a welcoming and energetic community, just like SHC. It felt like home.” Having served as assistant director for TEDxYouth@SHC, Chorus president, Spoken Word leader, Irish for a Day Ambassador, Treble on the High Cs director, and as a member of Guitar Club, Shakespeare Club, California Scholarship Federation, and Block Club, Emily has certainly made the most of her high school career.
To view both the Salutatorian and Valedictorian speeches from this year, use your SHC|us app to augment Emily and Kristin below!
KHYREE GLOVER Khyree chose the University of California at Merced for their efforts in serving the underserved. “I know I will receive an exceptional education, and I feel like I can truly thrive at an institution that leads the UC system in serving underrepresented ethnic groups and low-income families.” At SHC Khyree was an active Visual & Performing Arts student, member of the Block Club and Broadcast Club, and also served as an Irish for a Day Ambassador. He counts balance among the most important lessons he learned at SHC, “I learned how to manage academics and my commitment to cocurricular activities. I know I’ll be able to bring this skill with me to college.”