Savannah Martinez ~ Senior Stories

Unlike some people, I did not have a dream school. I knew exactly what I wanted to study, but I had no idea what school I wanted to go to. I felt lost for a long time, until my dad suggested applying to Boston University. After some research, I found out that BU has a human physiology major, which was something I had not seen at any other school I applied to. I finally had a sense of direction, and when I found out I got into Boston University, I knew exactly where I wanted to go. I am definitely nervous because I have never really left home, but I am very excited to see what the city of Boston has to offer. My time at Trinity has prepared me for college better than I could have hoped. Through the IB program, I know I am ready to take on my college classes. In attending an all girls school, Trinity has empowered me and given me confidence that know I will take with me to Boston. I will definitely miss going to school with my friends, but I am confident that Trinity gave me the strength to handle whatever challenges come my way during college. Overall I know I am ready to find a new home at Boston University because Trinity allowed me to grow into a strong and independent woman. 

Savannah Martinez, St. William Grade School
Boston University

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Clarissa Rivera ~ Senior Story

For as long as I can remember, I’ve always been an indecisive girl of diverse interests. My ten-year-old self wanted to be a veterinarian, my thirteen-year-old self was sure I would be a criminologist and my fifteen-year-old self was set on becoming a psychiatrist. Even now, my eighteen-year-old self is hesitantly treading down a path of uncertainty and confusion. The majority of my friends and classmates seem so in tune with their passions, or they at least have some idea of what they would like to do in the future. For me, there really wasn’t, and still isn’t,  a distinct path that I felt pulled towards. I know that I have a strong interest in the arts, politics, cultural diversity, and social justice issues, but I still cannot picture myself satisfying only one of these for the rest of my life. I equally enjoy all of them and am still accumulating new interests even now as I am about to enter college. In a sense, it is a little frightening not knowing where life will lead me in the years to come; however, my four years at Trinity taught me to embrace my curiosity and to discover new passions. Teachers and classmates encouraged me to take risks and never fear the unknown. Now, I’ll carry my curiosity with me on my journey to Northwestern University. College should not feel like a place that restricts or limits its students. It’s a place where we can delve into the vast pit of knowledge they make available to us and find who we truly are. I’ve come to terms with not being completely certain about my future because I know that with the solid foundation Trinity has helped me build, there is still time to continue exploring, discovering, and learning.

Clarissa Rivera, St. Frances of Rome Grade School, Cicero
Northwestern University, Chicago

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Sara Doyle ~ Senior Story

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 

Carly Uhlir ~ Senior Story

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 College, Gambier, Ohio

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Veronika Lubeck ~ Senior Story

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

Marisa Maiella ~ Senior Story

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

Chloe Theus ~ Senior Story

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

Lauren Haeger-Montino ~ Senior Story

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

Emma Hayes ~ Senior Story

Trinity High School has prepared me in many ways, other than just my education. I’ve learned how to stand up for what I believe in, how to step outside my comfort zone, and what it truly meant to be a friend. My voice grew stronger throughout my four years at Trinity. My freshmen year, I would keep to myself and go along with whatever someone told me to do. Now, I use my voice for my opinion to be heard and to fight for others who are still looking for their voice. As a freshman, I did not like trying new things. I wanted to be in the back, never be in any photos, and wait for someone to talk to me. Over the years, I joined clubs, played varsity basketball, and sat at different lunch tables making new friends every day.  If it was not for Trinity, I would not be stepping outside of my comfort zone by choosing a college I continue my academic and athletic career thirteen hours from home. I made so many memories at Trinity, but the one’s I’m gonna cherish the most are the ones I have made with my amazing friends along the way. Trinity is a place where it didn’t matter what religion I practice or what I wore, it was a place filled with girls creating memories together. It’s sad I am ending my story here at Trinity, but I am ready to carry what Trinity has taught me to my new home. At Misericordia University, I will share what I have learned at Trinity with others. I will take the strength, knowledge, and faith Trinity has taught me to the classroom and the basketball court. 
Emma Hayes, St. Benedict Grade School, Chicago
Misericordia University, University in Dallas, Pennsylvania

Leah Gibbons ~ Senior Story

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