Summit's first graduation
Summit Academyís first graduation celebration began at 5:00 pm on Friday, June 3, the Feast of the Sacred Heart, at St Mary's Church.  Five Summit seniors came together with families and friends, donned in their navy blue graduation gowns and joyous smiles to begin their last Summit exercise as students. Summit's graduates after receiving their diplomas.
This final occasion began with a baccalaureate Mass at St. Mary's Church in Cottonwood. The celebrant was Fr. Camillus Temba, Music was provided by a large Summit student group and additional parents and friends. Servers were siblings of the graduates. Each of the seniors played a part as readers, intention speaker, or gift bearers. The special Mass began with a procession including candlelight and music. It continued with the graduates each contributing their part and Fr. Camillus speaking on the challenge to be great Catholics in our daily lives, colleges, universities or wherever the Lord is calling them. The Mass concluded and all were invited to head up to Summit Academy where commencement exercises would take place.
Joseph Uhlenkott performs a song he wrote and dedicated to the grads.At 6:30 pm, the Summit auditorium changed into a graduation hall. Christ's portrait was center stage with navy, burgundy and white decorations and many flowers helping to accentuate the event. Chairs lined the auditorium surrounding the stage and all became quiet. Graduation began with the High School faculty, Annette Wemhoff, Fr. Meinrad and Barry Sugarman all filing in. Once seated, the graduates marched in to "Pomp and Circumstance." Fr. Meinrad gave an Invocation and Summit's own Katie Struble who amazed the audience with her solo of "The Star Spangled BannerĒ followed it. Annette Wemhoff continued on with the welcome and a short introduction of the Salutatorian, Shane Wemhoff, and the Valedictorian, Mark Uhlenkott. Before beginning his actual speech, on behalf of the Seniors, Shane and Dylan Greene brought Percy and Edna Roeper on stage and gave them a long overdue thank you for their instrumental part of helping Summit to begin eight years ago with the generous giving of their basement until something further could be found. That reminiscent time of appreciation and Shane and Mark's talks followed. Both thanked the Lord for his blessings and classmates and many of the individuals involved in making their education a superb one.Barry Sugarman, commencement speaker.                           
The night continued on with a presentation of awards. Then Barry Sugarman, Executive Vice-President for the University of Sacramento gave the keynote address. He challenged the students to always search for the truth, remain in Christ and to serve others. It was a message for the graduates and all Christian
adults. The presentation of the diplomas occurred next. The exercise then concluded with the Benediction by Fr. Meinrad and the recession by the graduated Class of 2005! Smiles, congratulations, and the shaking of hands commenced. 
The evening had not yet ended! With many hands and in just a short amount of time, tables were brought in and the auditorium was transformed into a magnificent dining hall. Dinner was brought out and people began eating and visiting. Entertainment during the dinner included skits from the Student Government of
each graduate in a game show format and a slide show also of this group. The evening ended then for most of the adults. The packed auditorium was slowly vacated and all involved were well pleased with this first ever graduation ceremony!!!
A big thank you to all of those who helped make this event a success: Senior parents, decoration crew, Fr. Temba, Fr. Meinrad, Mr. Barry Sugarman, choir, faculty, babysitters, cooks, and the many friends of families who were enlisted to help. With all of these hands working together, the night ended with many proud, happy memories of the Summit Seniors of 2005!!!

Awards and Scholarships for Summit Academy Seniors
Dylan Greene: 
  Carroll College 
   Presidential Scholarship -  $7500 renewable
   Bishop Carroll Grant - $350
  University of Dallas
   Presidential Merit Scholarship - $7000 renewable
   Aspiring Scholar Achievement Program - $5000 renewable
  Creighton University
   Creighton Academic Merit Scholarship - $7000 renewable
   Creighton Service and Leadership Merit Scholarship - $2000 renewable
   Selected Freshman Leadership Program
 Target All Around Student - $1000
 Elks Most Valuable Student - $25
Shane Wemhoff:
  University of Idaho 
Achievement - $750
   Alumni Association - $100
   Leadership - $1000
   C.W. Moore - $2000/year
   Robert Lee Promise - $500/year
   IBW/Charles Ambrose Adams - $500
  Carroll College
   Presidential Scholarship - $7,500 renewable
   Bishop Carroll Grant - $2,000
  Benedictine College
   Academic Scholarship - $8,000
  St. Martinís College
   Chancellorís Scholarship - $9,500
 State Farm - $100
 Elks Teenager of the Month  - $25
Mark Uhlenkott:
  Franciscan University of Steubenville
   Academic University Grant - $5000 renewable 
   Book Scholarship $500
   Institutional Grant $3500
 Navy ROTC $100,000
 Farm Bureau $500
Elaine Rehder:
  Lewis Clark State College
   Presidential - $500
   Idaho Promise - $500 renewable
  University of Idaho
   Presidential - $1000
 Elks Teenager of the Month - $25
 
Valedictorian Mark Uhlenkott and Salutatorian Shane Wemhoff The graduates with principal Annette Wemhoff.
Shane Wemhoff makes a presentation to Percy and Edna Roeper for their help in getting the school started. The grads carry in candles during the Mass at St. Mary's prior to graduation.
The senior boys presented flowers to their only female classmate, Elaine Rehder.

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