Grandparent and Special Friends Day 2018
On Tuesday, Nov. 6, the Eagle community welcomed its extended family members to campus when grandparents and special were the honored guests at the 3rd annual Grandparents and Special Friends Day. The morning began with a Mass held in the Moiso Family Pavilion officiated by Rev. Craig Butters, and was followed by campus tours led by the guests’ grandchildren, our very own SMCHS students. Approximately 400 guests, students, and friends were in attendance.
Pictured Above: Grandparent’s Club Co-PresidentFollowing Mass, ASB President John Grayson ’19 welcomed the guests, and offered heartfelt and humorous reflections about the role his grandparents have had in his own life. Principal Dunne also shared his fond memories of his grandparents and the joys they brought to his life. Mr. Dunne conveyed to the guests “how special their role is in the lives of all the students at SMCHS.”
Sue McKeehan (far right) with husband and three grandchildren
During his greeting, President Sulick also conveyed how important the grandparents' involvement is, adding, “Growing up in today’s world and being a teenager can be challenging. You are role models, advice givers, and a soft place to fall for these young people. The mentoring that you do and the consistent love that you show is super important. Thank you for being here today and for the extra TLC and love you offer to our students. We are honored to have you here today.”
Mr. Sulick added some fun to the morning by encouraging guest participation and posed the following fun questions:
Who traveled the farthest to attend today’s event?
Winner: Angelina Valerio Padilla, aunt of Ian '22 and Nia '22 Asuncion-Duong, traveled from the Philippines!
Who has the most grandchildren?
- Rusty and Judy Vaughn – 21 grandchildren – grandparents of Ashley Rodgers '22
- James and Barbara Grimes – 19 grandchildren – grandparents of Bridget '20 and Caroline '22 Hayden
- John and Katharine Trotter – 19 grandchildren – grandparents of Liam Trotter '21
Grandparent’s Club Co-Presidents Sue McKeehan and Meredith Moody encouraged all guests to consider joining the Grandparents Club. Sue McKeehan added, “We hope today represents the beginning of a long friendship with other grandparents and friends of Santa Margarita Catholic High School.” Click here to read more and sign up to be a member of the Grandparents Club.
Following the morning’s program and tours, the Grandparents Club organized a lovely brunch that took place on the deck of the pool. A portion of the ticket sales from the brunch will go toward establishing the Grandparents Club scholarship for students in need.
SMCHS loves our grandparents and special friends!