Because of Trinity’s comfortable all-girl environment, I was able to push myself to become the leader and friend I am today. From running cross country to playing soccer to serving others, I have become a stronger and more understanding individual. My leadership was developed by pushing myself to pursue my passions. Improv was one of my passions. My sophomore year I founded Trinity’s first ever Improv Club. Starting this club allowed me to become a leader who embodies compassion, patience, and wit. I have had so much fun planning skits and playing games with members. In addition to developing as a leader, I have also developed as a whole person. I have made some of the best friendships here at Trinity and each friendship has taught me something about being there for others. My appreciation for Trinity lies in the community where the spirit of Trinity is most prevalently seen. Trinity gave me the confidence I needed to pursue my passions and I am forever grateful for that.
Sara Doyle, St. Luke Grade School, River Forest
Loyola University, Maryland
Not too long ago, I was singing and dancing in the Trinity auditorium as a fourth grader during the 2009 production of Annie. Before that, I spent hours in the library during various grade school summer camps. And even before that, I packed a lunch and accompanied my grandmother to early mornings at work. For me, this isn’t a graduation after 4 short years of being a Blazer. I look back on a lifetime of involvement at Trinity. I grew up in this place, to be quite honest. With a grandmother who has served this institution for 40 years and always loved to take me to work with her, many of the older teachers recall me crawling through these halls when I was barely a foot tall. Trinity has become such a part of my identity, and I can recall hundreds of connections that I made with teachers, former students from long ago, and my own classmates, and while I’ve witnessed members of the community come and go, they have all shaped who I have become. I am proud to say that I have given a lot of dedication to Trinity, and I know that it has reciprocated this to me over the years. I always knew I would find a home here, and when I finally got my chance after a childhood of waiting, my Trinity journey is one that I will never regret. High school flies by, but there was never a wasted moment.
Carly Uhlir, Park Junior High, LaGrange
Kenyon University, Gambier, Ohio
These four years at Trinity high school have flown by, and I can honestly say that I am walking out of Trinity as a changed person. When I walked through those doors the first day of summer school, I was a shy girl who was afraid of making friends. Throughout the years I found friends that I know will be my lifelong sisters. I did not know what career path I wanted to take until I joined the environmental club. This experience I had has shaped me into becoming the person I am today, where I will major in environmental science and sustainability at Santa Clara University. Trinity has helped me become confident, independent and a leader, so I am well prepared to attend college far from my family. I will always cherish the years I have spent here and know that I am going out into the world as an empowered young woman!
Veronika Lubeck, St. Josephat Grade School, Chicago
Santa Clara University, California
From the moment I stepped into Trinity’s doors, I knew Trinity would be more than just my high school. Every day for the last four years I’ve roamed the same halls that my grandmother once did. (Class of “69…GO NANI!!) I look around at all those who pass me. I find a young woman so excited to start the next chapter in our lives. We’ve entered Trinity as friends, maybe even strangers but we leave as family. I see teachers who beam with pride as we are the products of their selfless dedication and amazing work. It is in these 4 short years, Trinity became my home. I’ve belonged here and know I always will.
Marisa Maiella, St. Celestine Grade School
Augustana College, Rock Island, IL
Walking up the main staircase Trinity High School my freshman year, I was dazzled by the sun peeking through the window. As figures moved past me and eyes finally adjusted to the light I realized something pivotal in that moment: I had no idea where I was going. In my comical terror, I walked the three flights of stairs it took to get to my locker and started my day. The day was a whirlwind of running, teachers nodding reassuringly, and panic. I could not fathom the day that I would understand how to get through the school or possibly do all the tasks expected of me by my teachers. It was truly unthinkable for me to be where I am today. I am a leader and advisor, I have guided those who have become lost. I was given wonderful opportunities that could only be found in a place as unique and astounding community as Trinity. At Trinity, I got to experience true love and community. My time at Trinity has given me the misfortune of knowing what true downfalls are, but Trinity also taught me how to rise up out over your adversities while taking those around me with me. I will miss the people at Trinity immensely, but now I know how to go out into the world and accomplish what I want in the future. My journey to college has been one, unlike many others. I didn’t have a top choice or first pick for a university. I only had areas of interest and a few solid ideas of where I would be happy to be as an adult. I will study creative writing, history, and anthropology. After university, I wanted to be an editor and have my writing be published. I knew wherever I went to get a higher education. I wanted to see and do more than I did at Trinity, which would be a challenge. I made sure all the schools I applied to schools that gave me the opportunity to study and travel. I know that no matter what I do or where I am going that I have the aspiration of the generations before me lifting me up. My college acceptance experience was less about going to the school of my dreams and more about becoming a dream myself. To be a dream come true I must succeed no matter where life takes me. I want to achieve the impossible and do the improbable not only for myself but for those who have made sacrifices in dedication to me. The legacy I want to leave behind at Trinity and the world is simple: You do not have to know where you are going all the time because sometimes the only way to be found is to get lost. As I move forward in my life to DePaul University, the moment I walk onto that campus needless to say I will be lost and ready to start the next chapter of my life.
Chloe Theus, Komarek Elementary, North Riverside
DePaul University, Chicago
Attending Trinity High School is the best thing that has ever happened to me. I have never been a shy person, and I didn’t think it was possible to become anymore outgoing and confident, but Trinity has brought more of that extroverted personality out of me. Because of my four years at Trinity, I have grown into an empowered woman who is ready to handle anything head on, despite what difficulties may lay ahead. Being a partial IB student has allowed me to learn an immense amount in all subject areas and has taught me how to work hard. I will be leaving Trinity as a strong, independent, justice-seeking woman. I will be continuing my education at Michigan State University as a Spartan, but I will always be a Blazer.
Lauren Haeger-Montino, Ascension Grade School, Forest Park
Michigan State University
I will miss several things about Trinity. One is that going to an all-girl school is going to a school that understands you. The other part that I’ll miss are those unexpected and funny moments during class, lunch, the gym, homeroom, or 3B that my friends, classmates, and/or teachers say or do that gets me to crack a smile on my face. Whether it was a story someone was telling, sarcasm, or just a random happening, it always seemed to make my day. Trinity has changed me over the years from being so shy and timid to a friendly yet still shy caring girl. Going to an all-girl school has prepared me for different opinions on topics and situations people have experienced throughout their lives.
Leah Gibbons, St. Marys Grade School, Riverside
Morain Valley College, Palos Hills, Illinois
Over the course of my time at Trinity, I have found myself a part of so many communities that I would never have imagined myself being so passionate and actively involved in. Within every community at Trinity, I have formed countless bonds with lifelong friends and girls from every grade level. On the softball field, I have learned to overcome the toughest obstacles and grow with others as a family. In the IB program, I was able to work closely with so many amazing girls. The program also taught me to value education and hard work. Within the art room, I found a community of the greatest minds and hearts where I could paint and create with immense support and collaboration. I have countless memories within every single one of those environments that I wish I could hold onto forever; however, all of them have given me the confidence I need to have a positive future. I will always have my Trinity family behind me, and through Trinity, I was able to commit to Saint Louis University and continue my future there. I have the confidence to take with me the gifts Trinity gave me to succeed in life and make a difference.
Olivia Poholik, St. Daniel the Prophet Grade School, Chicago
Saint Louis University
Let me be honest. I did not want to attend Trinity at first, but as these 4 short, life-changing years flew by, I am leaving Trinity as a boss in this world. Trinity taught me how to be ambitious and most importantly to NEVER give up on your dreams. It has taught me that failure is another word for determination. I was skeptical about an all female environment, and I’m sure a lot of my classmates had this feeling upon entering Trinity too. This risk of mine appeared to be the first step I took into realizing that life is full of experiences, and if you don’t take risks, your horizons will never grow. I was taught to empower other women, and through these past 4 years, I saw my voice and opinions heard. I was valued regardless of what my gender was.
Nicolette Lollino, St. Vincent Grade School
DePaul University, Chicago