Students in the Class of 2017 at Vianney and their families were on campus to celebrate their inclusion in the 57th class of Griffins at St. John Vianney High School.
Griffins past and present, parents, siblings and friends gathered in the Fieldhouse for a night of fun and spirit. Administrators, teachers and students all spoke to the crowd about what to expect, and advice on how to make the most out of it.
Senior Chris Roseman, stepping in at the last minute to fill in for his brother, gave the students a wonderful perspective.
"Don't get discouraged if you don't make a team or things don't go according to plan. There is always something for everyone at Vianney, and always people to support you along the way," said Chris. "Most of all, make the most of your time here. I can't believe I am going to graduate already, your four years will pass by before you know it!"
Among the presentations, students tried their hand at some Vianney trivia, were introduced to the faculty and even sang the fight song for the first time as a class!
The keynote address was delivered by Kevin Walsh '91, who teaches History and Leadership along with leading our basketball program as the head coach. Always one to make it memorable, Mr. Walsh broke out a full Woody costume from Toy Story, and themed his speech around lessons from the popular kids movies.
"One lesson you can take from Toy Story is don't be afraid to make a friend with someone different. If Woody had never taken the time to make friends with Buzz, the movies would have been pretty short. There are going to be lots of kids from different schools, even some you may think of as rivals now. But you'll all be Griffins, and those same kids could be your Buzz," he explained.
"Do me a favor and talk to your parents. 'How was your day today?' Don't just say 'fine'. Because they are investing in you; not just their money, or time but with their love."