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
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
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
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 College, 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