St. Peter’s High School Class of 2022 celebrated the start to the end of their high school experience on Thursday with the celebration of May Crowning at St. Peter Church. A longstanding tradition in the Catholic Church, the month of May is devoted to Mary, the mother of Jesus.
During the homily, St. Peter Church pastor Father John Miller explained to those in attendance Mary’s important role in the church.
For the Class of 2022, May Crowing is the first time high school seniors wear their graduation gowns. The senior class elects ten of their classmates to serve on the May Court. They are selected based on their faith, kindness to others, and attentively to God’s will.
This year’s May Queen was Alana Mitchell, and her escort was Corey Schenkelberg. Members of the court include Madison Bays, escorted by Zachary Keffalas, Elizabeth Dauterman, escorted by Bryan Phillips, Kendall Nolen, escorted by James Williams, Jr., and Nakyrah Williams, escorted by Kellen Young.
This year’s Crown Bearer is Tahlia Fulk, a St. Peter’s School second-grader who made her First Holy Communion this past Sunday.
Thursday’s May Crowning Mass also marked the first all-school liturgy since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Events like May Crowning are what help to set apart St. Peter’s as a Catholic school. Students from Kindergarten through high school worshiping together, as a school family, is a seminal part of the St. Peter’s experience,” said Laurie McKeon, St. Peter’s Head of School. “Not only is May Crowning a unique spiritual experience for our seniors at St. Peter’s, but it is also an aspirational time for all our students.”
Senior activities for the Class of 2022 will continue next week with Baccalaureate Mass on Wednesday night, the Senior Awards program on Thursday afternoon, and culminating with graduation ceremonies next Sunday, May 15, in the high school auditorium.