Congratulations to our Class of 2020 Valedictorian, Simer Shera, and Salutatorian, Maria Charles!
Simer Shera is graduating with a GPA of 4.31, has completed 657 hours of service as part of her Holy Cross Social Justice (HCSJ) hours, and is president of DECA, which won Academic Club of the Year! She is waiting to hear from her top choice schools (UC Davis and UC Santa Barbara), and has been accepted into Santa Clara University and CSU Long Beach.
Besides being a seasoned speaker with the ability to relate to multiple classmates, Simer’s storytelling ability made her stand out against a highly competitive field of Valedictorian applicants. In a time of uncertainty, she was able to show her vulnerability and willingness to say “I don’t know” in order to push out of her comfort zone and continue to grow. Her call to action to her classmates was powerful and the judges believe her message is exactly what the class of 2020 needs to hear.
“Step out as the brave Mariner you have grown to be. We’re all strong, independent individuals just beginning to make our imprint on the world. So go out and unapologetically expand your knowledge without the fear of judgement.” -Simer Shera ’20
Maria Charles will graduate with a GPA of 4.29, has completed 325 HCSJ hours, spoke at TEDxMoreauCatholicHS: This Is Me, and was Co-President of our Red Cross Service Club, which received service club of the year. She will be attending UC Irvine to study pharmaceutical science and pre-med.
She was elected Salutatorian with a unanimous vote. Her love for Moreau and how she identifies as a Mariner was evident throughout her speech. In such trying times, her speech was filled with hope.
“What defines us as a group is our character and how we have developed into good stewards of this Earth, through our four years here at Moreau, that we will carry on with us wherever life takes us after, and what defines us as Mariners.” -Maria Charles ’20
Simer and Maria will record their speeches from the Teves Theatre stage on May 27, and they will be shared with the graduating class as part of a video compilation of the social-distance ceremony that will take place May 27 and 28.
Though this will not be the graduation anyone expected or hoped for, we are glad to have these two young women share their words of inspiration, encouragement, and hope with the graduating class.