Leo High School President Dan McGrath wil J. Robinson 2018
Coach Mike Holmes raises us up!
The Lion Queen, math teacher Miss Aurora Latifi
These are the final examination days for the Leo High School Class of 2015.
Latrell Giles will go to St. Joe's in Renssalaer, Indiana - million miles from 37th & Rhodes.
I am going to miss these fine young men - one gent will be going to the United States Coast Guard Academy and another will study and play football at St. Joseph's College in Rensselaer, Indiana where Leo Legend Jimmy Arneberg once coached and Chicago Bears held their summer work-out camps. All have been accepted to at least one good college, or university. The 2015 Valedictorian wants to opt for the skilled trades, probably the stationary engineers - great trade and vocation that.
Leo Men will go on to proud lives. These are proud people around this school - proud Alumni, proud leadership, proud parents and families and proud students.
I'd like to credit this pride to three individuals: Leo President Dan McGrath, football coach and Father Figure Mike Holmes and the Lion Queen, Miss Aurora Latifi.
I can think of no trio people who have done more for each and every member of the 2015 and for Leo High School's traditions of commitment and courage.
Dan McGrath spends every waking hour anguishing over Leo High School and young men it serves. Dan is at every Leo event - academic, athletic or social. Not an hour goes by that misses a Dan McGrath moment for each and every student under this roof, all the while bringing his many talents to the onerous tasks of meeting payroll, strategic planning, correcting a student's prose, or reaching out to new money.
Mike Holmes raises up young men. Mike takes every student to his massive heart with a father's pride. He is the most positive, joyful, fierce and sweet-hearted man our young men will ever meet in life.
Aurora Latifi commands love and respect in the math classes she teaches and in halls she patrols. Leo graduates know algebra, calculus, geometry and basic math when they accept a diploma at graduation, because a pretty girl from the mountains of Albania would not allow failure.
Our young men succeed because Leo expects that of them. No three people set that bar higher than Dan McGrath, Mike Holmes and Aurora Latifi.