The top students in La Salle’s graduating class include salutatorian Nathan Henry, valedictorian Paige Martin, salutatorian Ryan Rosumny, valedictorian Otso Barron, salutatorian Benjamin Scott-Lewis, valedictorian David Jensen and salutatorian Sam Luft. (Courtesy La Salle Prep)
The top students in La Salle’s graduating class include salutatorian Nathan Henry, valedictorian Paige Martin, salutatorian Ryan Rosumny, valedictorian Otso Barron, salutatorian Benjamin Scott-Lewis, valedictorian David Jensen and salutatorian Sam Luft. (Courtesy La Salle Prep)
MILWAUKIE — La Salle Prep will hold graduation for 177 seniors Saturday, June 5, at 11 a.m. at Rolling Hills Community Church in Tualatin.

Valedictorians are Paige Martin, Otso Barron and David Jensen; salutatorians are Nathan Henry, Benjamin Scott-Lewis, Sam Luft and Ryan Rosumny.

In less than a year, the routines of La Salle Prep’s class of 2021 were upended by a global pandemic, racial reckoning, climate crisis, political conflict and wildfires. The students, like high schoolers all over, found themselves navigating a new world.

“Our high school experience has been one wild ride,” said senior Dakota Canzano.

But the changes and challenges didn’t stop the 177 students from learning in and out of the classroom. While they continued to study — at home during the first semester and some of them on campus in the second semester — they addressed problems with action rooted in the Lasallian mission to serve others.

Amidst studying, applying to college, and earning national and regional recognition for their work in journalism, art and academics, the class of 2021 helped others. For example, they joined a schoolwide effort to make more than 15,000 sack lunches for people in need. They raised money for a boy with leukemia. They donated flashlights to people living outside. They explored poverty, identity and other social issues through webinars and discussions.

The year’s events forced high schoolers, said senior Danny Nguyen, to grow into a generation that has “learned to deal with it all.”

Having to deal with and react to a range of concerns taught the students empathy, gave them perspective and prepared them for the future, said senior Mary Grace Mott.

“We are the class of 2021,” she said. “We are confident, resilient and ready for the next adventure.”