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We are family, Ursuline grads proclaim



Published: Sun, June 1, 2014 @ 12:01 a.m.

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By ELISE McKEOWN SKOLNICK

news@vindy.com

YOUNGSTOWN

For many students graduating from Ursuline High School, commencement day was bittersweet.

The 104 graduating seniors, who are claiming more than $9 million in scholarships, walked down the aisles of Stambaugh Auditorium Saturday with people who felt like family.

“I’m going to miss my friends,” said Dana Creatore of Boardman. “We’re like a big family. It’s going to be sad to see everyone go. We’re going to lose touch with a lot of people.”

The 19-year-old participated in softball, volleyball, Italian Club and more during her four years at Ursuline.

But she’ll remember the people.

“What I’ll remember the most is how close of a family we are, and how important we are to one another, and how we will always have each other’s backs,” she said.

Her four years at Ursuline flew by, she said. “It’s amazing how fast time goes by,” she added.

Creatore plans to attend Choffin Career & Technical Center to become certified as a surgical technician. Her ultimate goal is to become a registered nurse.

Her classmate, Ryan Peplowski of Liberty, agreed the class is like a family.

“I’m excited, a little bit nervous, a little bit sad, too,” the 18-year-old said. “There’s some emotion here, leaving my friends. We are a family. Some of us have come from St. Rose all the way up to Ursuline. We’ve been together for 12, 13 years.”

The small class size allowed him to get to know everyone, he said.

“Ursuline truly is a family,” he added.

He’s also excited to start something new. He will attend Youngstown State University to study business.

“I feel like Ursuline did a very good job of preparing me,” Peplowski said.

“And I’m very excited moving forward.”

At Ursuline, he participated in band, soccer and track.

A former Ursuline graduate offered the class of 2014 some pointers for the future.

Mayor John A. McNally, a 1987 Ursuline graduate and speaker for this year’s commencement, acknowledged he didn’t remember what the speaker at his commencement said. He also admitted he couldn’t remember the advice he gave the Ursuline class of 2001 as speaker. This time, he said, he didn’t want to lecture the graduates. Instead he offered them a few tips to survive being an adult.

First, he said, every day in life matters. And they will make decisions in each of those days.

“Do not fear the decisions you make,” he told the class. “Embrace them and move on.”

Second, because every day matters, he said, they should work hard and play hard. Third, set aside time each day to pray and reflect. And, finally, he told them, never stop learning. In closing, he told them to “make new friends and experience life outside the Mahoning Valley, because when you do you’ll begin to realize, or realize anew, the many wonderful things our area has to offer.”


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1fcb(320 comments)posted 2 months, 3 weeks ago

Unbelievable!! Youngstown in the only city who would have their mayor,who has just been charged with corruption in federal court, to give the address to high school graduates! He says "Don't be afraid of the decisions you make". I think he means, "Make sure you can hide the decisions you make". Again, Unbelievable!

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2valleyred(1097 comments)posted 2 months, 3 weeks ago

God Bless the 104 graduates of Ursuline High School!

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3topper11(89 comments)posted 2 months, 3 weeks ago

fcb @ what a nice person you must be. to send such a up lifting message to these young people. I sure hope you do not have any kids . Because I feel sorry for them .

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4fcb(320 comments)posted 2 months, 3 weeks ago

topper: don't feel sorry for my children. They are all educated and above all honest, The message I posted is nothing but true. You must know that these children are not stupid and know all about the mayor. I can see that you must be a supporter of his.Bottom line is that these children were sitting there listening to the mayor knowing all the time what is going on with him. Any number of speakers could have been chosen besides a corrupt city official.Don't try to blow smoke up these kids behinds,they are much to smart for it. I'am guessing your choice would have Jimmie T.

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5lilsipe66(2 comments)posted 2 months, 3 weeks ago

Congratulations,to the Graduates of Ursuline. The great Theodore Roosevelt said, " To educate a person in the mind but not in morals is to educate a menace to society".You were blessed with a Catholic education. Remember your Catholic School teachings.Remember to still pray as you did everyday in UHS. God and Jesus will guide you in your future. ...Remember to step back and take a moment of" just to be".. be still, be quite, whether it be,in a cathedral, on a mountain, on the shore of great water, but just be, so that you will hear Gods answer to your prayer. Sometimes you may not get what you wanted in your prayer, but God will give you what you need. Later in life you may understand this.. and say Thank God for unanswered prayers.
Temptations, sadness, illness, loss,criticism, hostile temperaments, negative, judgmental, closed minds will be all around you. Do your best to stay positive and surround yourself with those who put positive energy to you and return that same love to them..This is and will be easier said then done;understand this.
The future will also bare joy, happiness, successful endeavors, love, and kindness, learn to identify this and embrace it; for this will get you through the latter.
God Bless you class of 2014.

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