Traditions

nasthar

class of 2015

“In the future we will encounter many new and exciting changes—

opportunities in which we can influence each other in ways similar to

how we have been influenced. And in looking forward to the many

possibilities we will all have, I repeat what Mr. Morelli says often, that

you are to be who you are and be that well. This classic line which we

know all too well comes from one of Saint Francis de Sales’ letter to

Saint Jane de Chantal, in which he also said, “Let us be what we are

and be that well so that we can bring honor to the Master Craftsman

whose handiwork we are.” He goes onto say that even if we were to

become the most perfect creatures under heaven, what good would

that do us if we were not as God’s will would have us be. So Class of

2015, as you go on to become the next great

faces of the world, let us never forget to go to

Mass, to pray the rosary, and to love God with

all that you are so that you can become the

person whom God created you to be.”

Peter Rainwater

Valedictorian, Class of 2015

“There’s really something about this class of 2015. Throughout my

four years I have always had this thought lingering in my mind. That

the people who I was surrounded by, had a certain kind of spark.

Like many teachers and parents may have realized, we have never

taken no for an answer. We’ve been able to keep high grades and

test scores, while still staying connected with our fellow friends and

families. We’ve been successful on the courts, fields, and tracks,

while still being successful in the classrooms. We have not been

afraid to question the world around us, to question past beliefs and

methods, and to sometimes question authority;

because, by nature, this class of 2015 does

not settle. We go out there and achieve what

we believe must be achieved. And because of

this, I see us all truly becoming a guiding force

in the years to come.”

Nicholas Magnasco

Salutatorian, Class of 2015

100% of our seniors graduated. Students were offered

$16,266,901 in scholarships and accepted to the

following colleges and universities:

ARIZONA

Arizona State University

CALIFORNIA

American River College

Azusa Pacific University

Cabrillo College

California Baptist University

California Lutheran University

California Maritime Academy

Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo

California State University, Channel Islands

California State University, Chico

California State University, East Bay

California State University, Fresno

California State University, Monterey Bay

California State University, Sacramento

California State University, San Bernadino

California State University, Stanislaus

Chapman University

City College of San Francisco

Concordia University - Irvine

Contra Costa College

Cosumnes River College

Culinary Institute of America

Dominican University

East Los Angeles College

Fresno Pacific University

Hartnell College

Humboldt College

Loyola Marymount University

Mission College

Modesto Junior College

Saint Mary’s College of California

San Diego State University

San Francisco State University

San Joaquin Delta College

San Jose State University

Santa Barbara City College

Santa Clara University

Sierra College

Sonoma State University

University of Californa, San Diego

University of California, Berkeley

University of California, Los Angeles

University of California, Riverside

University of California, San Francisco

University of California, Santa Cruz

University of San Diego

University of San Francisco

University of Southern California

University of the Pacific

Universtiy of California, Davis

Whittier College

COLORADO

United States Air Force Academy

University of Colorado, Boulder

GEORGIA

Agnes Scott College

HAWAII

Brigham Young University, Hawaii

University of Hawaii, West O’ahu

IDAHO

Boise State University

INDIANA

University of Notre Dame

KANSAS

University of Kansas

Wichita State University

MASSACHUSETTS

Springfield College

NEBRASKA

Creighton University

NEVADA

University of Nevada, Reno

NEW HAMPSHIRE

Dartmouth College

NEW YORK

Cornell University

Fordham University

Syracuse University

OHIO

Franciscan University of Steubenville

PENNSYLVANIA

Saint Francis College

SOUTH CAROLINA

Clemson University

Furman University

TEXAS

Saint Edward’s University

UTAH

Salt Lake Community College

VIRGINIA

Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

WASHINGTON, D.C.

The Catholic University of America

WISCONSIN

University of Wisconsin, Madison

PHILLIPINES

Ateneo de Davao University (Philippines)

Excerpt from Fr. Fallon’s letter to St. Mary’s community:

Let me let you in on the story of a startup which did not begin in Silicon Valley but found its roots in the Central Valley…

At its beginning, St. Mary’s High School was very much like the modern-day start up. It had few resources but had the faith to follow through with a dream. That

dream of providing Catholic secondary education to the young people of the San Joaquin began to take shape when the Irish Catholic wife of the founder of the city

of Stockton, Captain Weber, persuaded her husband to donate a tract of land on which St. Mary’s would eventually stand. Another dream shaper was Archbishop

Sadoc Alameny, the first archbishop of San Francisco who persuaded the Dominican Sisters of San Rafael to leave their convent in the temperate climate of Benicia

to make what he called a “little sacrifice” to come to Stockton with its often unbearable heat, to raise funds for the building of the school. The sisters did their

fundraising by horse and buggy.

The first teachers were the Dominican Sisters who have maintained a constant presence even to today. Over these many years, the Dominicans were joined by the

Franciscans, Diocesan Priests, Sisters of the Blessed Virgin Mary and since 1970, the Oblates of St. Francis de Sales. The coming of the Oblates introduced the

school to the spirituality of St. Francis de Sales, one of our current patrons. The Spirituality of St. Francis de Sales has been wholeheartedly embraced by the school

community and it is one of our hallmarks. Our milestones over these 140 years are made up of the memories of people who have been part of us…

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