DeLaSalle’s success as an institution is built in partnership with the generous support of parents, alumni, friends, and outside foundations, who believe in and help sustain the work we do each day to form young people for adult lives of learning, faith, and service.
The school recognized more than 200 of these partners in our Lasallian mission at the annual Lasallian Recognition Luncheon on May 22 at DeLaSalle. The luncheon gave supporters an opportunity to connect with each other – and more importantly, with some of the students whom their support directly impacts. Coming back for the luncheon four days after their last official day of school, over 30 graduating seniors in the Class of 2018 greeted guests as they arrived. They also served as table hosts, sharing their individual stories and dreams as part of a class where 97 percent have made plans to attend college after DeLaSalle.
President Barry Lieske, AFSC, shared a school update and thanked our benefactors, noting that, just as seniors take the next step in their life journey, DeLaSalle will again welcome a full ninth grade class and begin 2018-19 as the third-largest Catholic high school in the Twin Cities. A panel of three seniors — Saul Maldonodo Perez, Sam Mishler, and Joanna Sylvain — shared some of their accumulated wisdom, and De also presented its annual “Salute to Graduates” video for 2018.
Luncheon guests conveyed their gratitude for having heard about the good things happening at De and meeting so many of our graduates. They also received a packet of blank thank you notes with student artwork featured on the front cover as a token of DeLaSalle’s appreciation for their support.