If it were not for Trinity High School, I would not have met a diversity of people who I may not have befriended otherwise. Friends and teachers have made my past four years at Trinity happy ones and I am excited for my next adventure at Elmhurst College in the fall.
On December 1st I walked up my stairs after school and checked the mailbox to see a blue box from Elmhurst College. Inside were an acceptance letter and a winter hat. I immediately texted my friends and family to let them know the good news. Without those friends, family, and teachers who supported me, especially the ones who have impacted my life the past four years, I would not be as confident as I am, that Elmhurst College is the place for me. When high school began, people told me that time flies, and I did not believe them, but the past four years of high school really have flown.
Still, I cannot wait to continue meeting friends and teachers who will definitely make an impact on my life. I am thankful for the teachers at Trinity who have helped when I needed it most, especially three who left Trinity–Mr. Daly, Ms. Tebbutt, and Mrs. Harrington–and several who are still here: Mrs. Kane, Ms. Rosas, Mrs. Costello, Ms. Link, Mrs. Spohnholtz and Mrs. Hopek. My love for science, religion, history, art and even business classes have grown thanks to many teachers at Trinity who made learning fun. I cannot wait to become a teacher myself one day!
Victoria Bendersky, Elm Middle School, Elmwood Park
Elmhurst Collge, Elmhurst Illinois
My start at Trinity was difficult and at times. I did not think I was going to make it. Trinity was something very different to me. Through my year and four months here, I have learned to be more open and learned what it means to empower yourself and other women. I have learned the true meaning of connecting with your peers, your teachers, and even the community.
Even if I was only here for a single year and four months, I feel that I have attended Trinity for all four years. It’s heartbreaking knowing that I soon will be cheering with another mascot. However, it is a pleasure that I was given the opportunity to be a Blazer. I came to Trinity during the middle of my junior year, and I am proud of the person that Trinity has helped me become. Trinity is a school of empowerment, a school of honor, a school of community, a school of value, a school of growth, and most of all a school of faith. Trinity is a school that has gained admiration from young and old because at Trinity, Blazers can do great things and are encouraged to follow their dreams. Trinity is a school of welcoming and loving arms and that is what I can say I love the most.
Trinity has helped me pick up the broken pieces that I had both school and family related. I am honored to be part of this loving community that has prepared me to further my education onto South Suburban College on a full ride scholarship.
Evangelin Young, Jacob Beidler School, Chicago
South Suburban College, South Holland, Illinois
We live in a world where most people want to belong to something greater than themselves. The desire to belong can create groups that despise other groups being different. As a Mexican-American with Caucasian and Latina heritage, I see myself as a special creation of diverse heritage. I empathize with the desire to feel belonging to each group, but I think of myself as the product of cultures, not as a bystander apart from the mainstream.
Since I entered high school, I have met a variety of mixed-race people. It is one of the most beautiful things in the world to not feel pressured to be the perfect example of one culture or the other but to be accepted as one whole, unified being. As a young girl becoming a young woman, my initial thoughts of self-doubt were damaging because I had not yet developed a sense of myself, a sense of how I could find my own way in a world that craves uniformity. Trinity offered me the chance to meet and interact with inspirational peers and teachers alike who were shining examples of how to live authentically. It never occurred to me that I could belong not to a group of people, but to myself alone. In that sureness of self, I am able to give of myself and my talents in the knowledge that who I am, my genuine self, is never lost in translation.
Daniela Pope, Hauser Junior High, Riverside
The University of Illinois, Urbana Champaign
Trinity High School was a dream of mine since I was in sixth grade. Attending a coeducational elementary school, I knew that in high school I wanted a new community and environment. I remember counting down the days until I would be able to say “I’m a Blazer!” Being the only one to attend Trinity from my elementary school, I experienced mixed emotions. It felt as if everyone already knew each other and I did not. However, I learned that I was in control of making high school the best it could ever be. As I reflect back on my four years here, I am in awe of how much I have blossomed academically, mentally, physically, emotionally and spiritually. I could not have become the woman I am today without the constant motivation of my teachers, friends, and family. I am eternally grateful to Trinity for preparing me to be the first in my family to attend college out of state and for making me realize how proud I am to be a Hispanic woman and scholar.
Yailenne Escobar, Mary Lyon School, Chicago
The New School, New York
In 1952 my grandmother, Leona Hanley Schmitt, concluded four years at Trinity High School and received her diploma. Sixty-six years later, her granddaughter is doing just the same. Even though my grandmother passed away long before I began my Trinity career, I know within my heart that she has walked with me along every step of the way. I feel sincerely blessed to be connected with my grandmother through the sisterhood of Trinity, and I hope that I continue to be an empowered young woman ready to set the world on fire, just as she always was.
As Trinity became a part of my grandmother’s heart, Trinity has become a part of my heart as well. I will hold in my heart all of my classmates who worked hard in class with me, laughed with me, and supported me. I will hold in my heart all of my teachers who pushed me to do my very best, even though it was not always easy. I will hold in my heart the choir room and the many hours I spent there working to perfect a piece for the concert. I will hold in my heart the spirit that flooded the hallways of Trinity not only during Spirit Week but every single day of the year.
As my senior year comes to a close, my heart is overflowing with the love, joy, and community that Trinity High School is. It is with great pride that I will say, “I am a Trinity Blazer” when asked where I went to high school, and it is with great happiness that I will remember that I will always be a Trinity Blazer.
Trinity has guided me. Trinity has pushed me. Trinity has shaped me. Trinity has loved me. And, as Tim McGraw sings, “a heart don’t forget something like that.”
Maya Kolatorowicz, Divine Providence Grade School, Westchester
Marquette University, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Deciding to visit Butler University was easily one of the best decisions I have made in my short eighteen years on this earth. As soon as I stepped foot on campus I could tell that I had found my new home for the next four years. Everything that I had hoped for in my next four years of education was wrapped up in one university and I was ecstatic. I applied early decision and when I got my acceptance letter on October 21st, I honestly cried of happiness. As I come to an end of my Trinity career and look forward to the next four years of college, I am grateful to all of the people in my life who have helped me to get to this point and continue to help me grow. Even though I will definitely miss my Trinity community, I know that the bonds we made these past four years won’t break and I am never far from these girls who have become my sisters. Go Blazers!
Molly Healy, Ascension Grade School, Oak Park
Butler University, Indiana
What I will miss most about Trinity is seeing some of my favorite teachers and my best friends. The bonds that I have formed at Trinity will never be broken or forgotten as I have met some of the best people. I will especially miss the school spirit and the entertaining spirit weeks. Trinity has formed me into the person that I am today by allowing and encouraging me to speak up in class and to voice my opinion. Trinity has helped me grow as a person through extracurricular activities and through my IB classes. Going to an all-girls school has prepared me for the world that lies ahead by enabling me to be myself and by making sure that I take pride in everything that I do. I am eternally grateful to Trinity for not only the education that I have acquired but for the life lessons that I have been taught throughout my high school journey.
Mariana Semanyshyn, St. Nicholas Cathedral School, Chicago
DePaul University, Chicago
As the countdown to graduation gets closer and closer, I cannot help but feel a sting of sadness amidst all of the excitement in my heart. I cannot wait to begin my college career at Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana next fall, but I also do not want to think about how close I am to saying goodbye to my home for the past four years. Trinity has taught me much more than how to complete the square or write a commentary on modern poetry; it has taught me what it means to be a part of a family, to build a community and help those around you grow and learn more about who they are all while you do the same. I have had the most incredible people beside me throughout these past four years that supported me and helped me reach this point, mainly by providing incredible opportunities for me to develop my passion even before beginning my college education. My fondest memories have been working with the newspaper and yearbook staffs, as well as art club. All three moderators, Mrs. Buckley, Ms. Crnkovich, and Mrs. Costello, encouraged me to explore my artistic talents and challenged me to work outside of my comfort zone. Because of their support, I knew right away that I wanted to continue writing and art in college, and I will always have them to thank for providing atmospheres for me to do what I love every day. I will miss Trinity more than words can say, and I am so thankful to have attended a high school that has prepared me so well for what lies ahead.
Taylor Smith, St. Luke Grade School, River Forest
Ball State University, Indiana