We are proud of our Leo graduates

The stately old church at St. Margaret of Scotland was filled to capacity for Leo’s 87th commencement exercise on Sunday, May 29, as members of the Class of 2016 received their diplomas on a warm, sunny, fittingly beautiful day.

Chris Winters, Terrence Lee Jr. and Antione Dunning were the leading honorees among the graduates, each with two notable achievements.

Tracy Robinson, a 2004 Leo graduate, was the commencement speaker. Tracy enjoyed a four-year playing career at Loyola University after leading the Lions to the first and only state basketball championship in school history. Upon graduating from Loyola, he embarked on an overseas playing career that has taken him all over the world.

Tracy’s speech was interrupted by applause several times as he reminded the graduates that leaving high school is really only the beginning of their life journey. He urged them to set high goals and pursue them with diligence, dedication and honor, and to listen and follow those who love you, not the naysayers.

Chris Winters gave a speech as 2016 valedictorian, recognized for having the class’ highest GPA. A standout athlete in football, basketball and track, Winters also received the Michael L. Thompson gold medal for excellence in music as a four-year member of the Leo Choir.

Antione Dunning, like Winters a four-year member of the honor roll, finished 0.02 points behind the valedictorian in cumulative GPA and spoke as the class salutatorian. Dunning also received the Stafford L. Hood gold medal for excellence in English.

Terrence Lee Jr. received Bishop John R. Gorman gold medal for excellence in religion, as well as the Andrew J. McKenna gold medal for leadership. A legacy Leo grad, Terrence received his diploma from his father, Terrence C. Lee Sr., a member of the Class of 1993.

Fellow legacy grad Mykel Hampton received his diploma from his father Mike, a 1983 Leo grad.

Meanwhile, SirLaurence King’s fourth-place finish in the 3,200-meter run at the IHSA Class 1-A state track meet earned him All-State recognition for track, matching the honor he received for cross country in the fall. As an All-State performer in two sports, SirLaurence earned the William J. Koloseike gold medal for excellence in athletics.

The Class of 2016 award winners:

William J. Koloseike gold medal for athletics: SirLaurence King
Bishop John R. Gorman gold medal for religion: Terrence Lee Jr.
Michael L. Thompson gold medal for music: Chris Winters
Donald F. Flynn gold medal for history: Daenon Daniels
Dr. James J. Ahern gold medal for science: Adam Ahmed
Thomas and Mary Owens gold medal for math: Darias Oliver
Stafford L. Hood gold medal for English: Antione Dunning
Matt Lamb gold medal for fine arts: Darius Branch
Dr. James Glos gold medal for foreign language: J. Russell Lamb
Frank W. Considine gold medal for social justice: Leroy Henry
Andrew J. McKenna gold medal for leadership: Terrence Lee Jr.

The members of the Class of 2016:
*Adam Ahmed
*Darius Alan Branch
*Christopher Michael Calloway
Dellvon Markise Cannon
Dimitri Keyonta Clark
*+Daenon Abel Daniels
Kentrell K. Drummond
*+Antione Jovon Dunning
De’mon K. Fox Jr.
David Steven Frye
*Jamil Hasan Green
Mykel Devonte Hampton
Miguel Derrick Harrell
William R. Harris
*+Leroy Dashawn Henry
Christopher E. Higgs
Teyari Diallo Jackson
*+SirLaurence Benjamin King
*+J. Russell Lamb Jr.
*+Terrence Carl Lee Jr.
Harvey Moss III*+Darias A. Oliver
*Corielle Nikolas Robinson
Lydell Smith
Ra-Shun L. Thurmond Jr.
Kendall Aron Walker
*+Christopher Lee Winters

*Honor roll
+National Honor Society