Xavier has almost 10,000 alumni, but only 54 can say they finished first in their class.
The valedictory address at graduation is one of the important moments. So, too, is the salutatory address.
It's a relatively small club whose members get to stand before their classmates as well as friends and family of the graduates and reflect on the past four years and what lies ahead.
The Falcon Achievement Award winners as well as the Loyalty and Service Award winners also are in special groups. Those awards are handed out at graduation.
The Falcon Achievement award recognizes a senior who, during his athletic career, has represented the very best that athletics stand for at Xavier. Chosen upon the recommendation of the faculty and staff, the recipient is a young man who embodies those qualities of loyalty, commitment, sportsmanship and hard work which characterize our fine scholar-athletes.
The Loyalty & Service Award highest award that Xavier bestows is given to that senior who, during his career here, has made a most significant personal contribution toward the betterment of his school through his leadership, loyalty and service to others, especially his classmates and fellow students. It is also bases on the student's passion and perseverance he displays in all aspects and is voted on by faculty and staff.
For a list of these awards and two other major honors, go to our website under the Academics heading and look for Major Awards & Honors: https://tinyurl.com/yxcyof5g
For a story on the 1992 and 1994 Falcon Achievement Award winners, brothers Corey and Keith Bike, go to our Facebook page. https://www.facebook.com/XavierHighCT/
As we count down to graduation on Saturday, we'll have other stories on Facebook.
Also, Friday evening's Baccalaureate Mass as well as Saturday morning's graduation will be livestreamed.
Below are the links for each event; they can also be found by going to nfhsnetwork.com and searching for Xavier.
The Baccalaureate Mass: https://tinyurl.com/y2cc65nd