The Royal Affair '18

After years of enduring growing pains (for both staff and participants), the ND TRiO experience came to a bittersweet end. After sharing memories and bouts of laughter over cuisine at LaSalle Grill, the staff of ND TRiO celebrated the academic and co-curricular accomplishments of seniors as the group reminisced about their years in ND TRiO. “I’ve witnessed some really amazing moments with this group. This is a really talented group,” said James Desits, TS advisor. After receiving the certificate of completion (the ND TRiO diploma), participants were gifted graduation cords to commemorate the “TRiO finale.” Special recognition was also given to ND TRiO valedictorians and salutatorians as well as recipients of the Reverend Theodore Hesburgh, C.S.C. Award of Excellence.

Created in 2015, the Reverend Theodore Hesburgh, C.S.C Award of Excellence honors a graduating senior(s) that has not only exhibited academic inquisitiveness, but has exemplified the spirit of TRiO through civic engagement, servant leadership, and a steadfast commitment to excellence. This year’s award recipients are:

Rebekah Amaya

Indie Brown

Lauraine Davidson

Fiona Hughes

Also created in 2015, scholars earning the highest GPA were awarded the academic distinctions of valedictorian and salutatorian. This year’s recipients:

Upward Bound

Valedictorian: Fiona Hughes

Salutatorians: Willow Crisovan & Anna Jurgonski

Talent Search (inaugural)

Valedictorian: Lauraine Davidson

Salutatorian: Mireya Robles

To conclude the event, Lauraine Davidson tearfully wished her classmates and TRiO advisors farewell. “We did it! We did this and I’m proud to be a member of this class - the Class of 2019. To ND TRiO, we couldn’t have done this without you. We promise to make you proud.”

Bon Voyage, Class of 2019. Bon Voyage.