Salutatorian Max Pettit and valedictorian Hedid Rojas-Salinas pose at De La Salle North Catholic in Portland. (Courtesy De La Salle North Catholic)
Salutatorian Max Pettit and valedictorian Hedid Rojas-Salinas pose at De La Salle North Catholic in Portland. (Courtesy De La Salle North Catholic)
De La Salle North Catholic High School in Portland looks forward to celebrating 57 graduates Saturday, June 5, at 2 p.m. during a drive-thru ceremony, to be held in the school’s parking lot.

The class of 2021, known as “Virtually, The Best Class Ever,” has two valedictorians, A'Chy'Gei Motley and Hedid Rojas-Salinas, and two salutatorians, Rowan-Skylar Chavez McCormack and Max Pettit.

Motley will attend Howard University in Washington, D.C., where she plans to study to become a midwife. “I want to be a midwife to help the infant mortality rate decrease for Black and brown babies,” Motley said. “I knew the small community and opportunities at DLSNC would help me reach my goals. De La Salle always has my back.”

“De La Salle not only gifted me with a community, but it granted me the incentive to want to become a beacon of change for others beyond my family,” said Rojas-Salinas, who will attend Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee. She hopes to uplift her community by obtaining a medical degree and becoming one of the few Latinas in the medical field.

“De La Salle is not simply a school, it is a glimpse into the future on what society can be: a melting pot of zealous and innovative individuals who consistently strive to create a better world for all,” said Rojas-Salinas. She is one of six De La Salle seniors who won the Renaissance Foundation Scholarship, which is renewable for four years.

Chavez McCormack won the Pioneer Scholarship at Lewis and Clark College in Portland but decided to attend Portland State University instead to study both business and fashion, a passion he discovered while at De La Salle. “I always push for myself to go higher in my studies,” he said. “And the teachers at DLSNC are pushing you at all times — they won’t let you fall off. To me, it shows that they care about you, and they want you to do your best.”

Pettit is headed to University of Portland in the fall, having won its President’s Scholarship and Oregon Success Award. “De La Salle has been more than a home for so many of us,” said Pettit. “Their commitment to our community is what allows us all to succeed. And as cliché as it reads, if they had not been advocating for me all along, I would not be the person I am today. My goal for the future is to cherish my today less than I stress about my tomorrow.”

“We are truly proud of all our graduates and look forward to seeing the positive impact they make in Portland and the world,” said Principal Tim Joy.