The special relationship between St. Katherine Day School and Archbishop John Carroll High School was celebrated this past week with the Best Buddies Picnic where students and faculty involved in the Best Buddies program enjoyed a celebration of food and fun.

“We had a really great time with everyone. The water balloon fight was the best part of the picnic. We’ll miss the students of St. Katherine’s over the summer but look forward to seeing them again in the fall,” said rising junior and student body president Tommy Anderson.

Maria Montanez, the president of Best Buddies, added that they are “blessed and grateful to be able to have the picnic and thankful for Mr. Fox for hosting.”

In addition to the picnic, the Carroll and St. Katherine’s community celebrated the graduation of eight St. Katherine Day School Seniors last Monday.

“This has been one of the best graduating classes in the history of St. Katherine Day School. They were very kind and community oriented and did a lot of outreach for others,” noted SKDS teacher Rosemary Faris.

Tamika Lincoln, a member of the graduating class, exclaimed, “Graduation was really fun! It was great spending time with my friends and my family was very excited.”

Christina Lincoln, a fellow St. Katherine Days School student, watched with pride as her sister graduated. “I’m sad to see everyone go, but I am happy for them,” beamed Christina.

Father Mike expressed his pride during his homily. “I’m proud of our St. Katherine’s graduates who are gifts from God. They show us how to love, how to live, and how to be joyful.” He encouraged them to “keep smiling, keep loving, and continue to be a shining light in our world,” and assured them that they will always have a home at Archbishop Carroll.