READING, Pa. - It's the final curtain call for Holy Name high school as the class of 2011 graduates. It's the last time any class in that building will wear the white and blue. After graduation the school will prepare to merge with Central Catholic to become the new Berks Catholic High School.
Teachers shared high fives and congratulations with students before they walked in the auditorium for graduation. "I think everyone is really excited," said Lindsay Shields, "Also, cause we're the last graduation class of Holy Name."
There's excitement in the air, but when students first learned their beloved school would become home to the new Berks Catholic the sentiment was different.
"My first reaction was pretty negative," said Tim Wood, "I'm a football player and I would love to come back to watch my football team play their games. Unfortunately, that's not going to happen. But it is an exciting time for the kids who are still in high school."
"I feel bad for the underclassmen cause they have to deal with the new change, but as a senior all you're thinking about is graduation," said Melissa Lluberes.
Valedictorian, Rachel Bigos said during her speech, "Therefore it is our duty to live our lives with the pride of being the last class of the white and blue."
The caps and gowns will look different in the future. "Blue and white that's going to be gone," said Shields, "It's black and gold."
Everything with the name Holy Name will be wiped away this summer, but this last class says the spirit of Holy Name won't disappear
"I think the environment, the vibe, everybody is going to be the same loving people. So, it isn't really going to change that much," said Francesca Taveras. "Holy Name will live on in us forever," said Wood, "I think all of us will keep Holy Name close to our hearts. I'll always be a Bluejay forever."
"While our school may close our pride lives on through each of us," said Bigos.
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