Twelve eighth-graders graduated from Carroll Lutheran School June 4 in the presence of family, friends, staff and other community members.
The evening ceremony included music, prayers, parent comments, speeches from each graduate and a video honoring each student.
Each eighth-grader expressed his or her gratitude to teachers and parents. Many talked about their faith journey, and described their hopes and dreams for the future.
Among the graduates were three students who earned the Presidential Award for Academic Excellence: Sophia Gilbart, Brooke Leppo and Evan Wladkowski. Of the 12 students, three were recognized for earning straight A’s all year: Sophia Gilbart, Brooke Leppo and Kylie Holmes. In addition, four earned A’s or B’s for the entire year: Sophia Dickmyer, Caroline May, Chamberlyn Schafer and Evan Wladkowski. Six students had exceeded the number of community service hours required for high school graduation: Sophia Dickmyer, Nicolette Frick, Sophia Gilbart, Kylie Holmes, Brooke Leppo and Caroline May. In addition, Sophia Gilbart, Brooke Leppo and Kylie Holmes were recognized for perfect attendance.
The graduates will be attending various high schools in the Carroll County public school system, Delone Catholic High School, Carroll Christian Schools and Mount St. Joseph in Baltimore.
They are joining more than 50 other young people who have graduated from Carroll Lutheran, a faith-based school in Westminster that serves students of all faiths in grades kindergarten through eighth grade.
Wendy Folfas, a 2010 graduate of the Kindergarten to Grade 8 program at Carroll Lutheran School, recently received The Compassion Cup Award upon graduating high school from McDonogh School in Owings Mills. When their daughter received the surprise award, Jayme Folfas said to her husband John, “That was the Carroll Lutheran School upbringing and influence.”
The Compassion Cup at McDonogh is awarded “to that student in the senior class who has shown the greatest tendency toward the rarest of human virtues, compassion; a student who has the gift of understanding and sympathy for the problems of others.” While athletic and academic awards are common, John Folfas said that it is “unusual to hear about a compassion and kindness award.”
The teachers at McDonogh actually choose the students who receive the awards. Having worked with Wendy on leadership projects at McDonogh, her history teacher and now Director of Religious Studies Bridget Collins said that the Compassion Cup “is one of the nicest awards we give,” with Wendy exhibiting the most empathy for fellow students.
When asked what she did to deserve the McDonogh award, Wendy said simply that she is a friendly, open and approachable person and is kind to everyone. Jayme Folfas said that her daughter observed “the staff at Carroll Lutheran School modeling and teaching compassion and kindness and values every day of her K to 8 education. They not only taught academics—they taught about life.” And John Folfas echoed those same sentiments: “Carroll Lutheran School is a place where honor, integrity and respect are stressed.”
Paying tribute to the personalized and faith-based education she received at Carroll Lutheran School, Wendy Folfas said, “I would like everyone to have the experience I had at CLS; it prepared me well.”
From 2007, Carroll Lutheran School has had 41 graduates from our 8th grade. Following are a few statistics about our alumni.
We are very proud of how these well-rounded graduates are achieving success in high school!