WOODBURN — St. Luke School will graduate 19 students June 11 at 10 a.m. at St. Luke Church here.

The St. Luke eighth-grade class enters into graduation after a harrowing year. Like their peers across the state, the class navigated learning amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The group began their year fully remote, picking up their studies in a Google suite, which they’d begun using in the spring of 2020. Autumn allowed for some limited in-person instruction, giving students much-needed access to their teachers. This in-person time was interrupted by the Oregon wildfires and later the ice storm in February.

In the face of each hurdle, students continued to show up, helping clean the school grounds of fallen branches, rallying around their fire-stricken communities and honoring their commitment to education by diving into their studies. Despite the challenges they faced, these 19 students came through the year with grace, demonstrating perseverance and commitment to their learning. A favorite English focus was exploring “The Giver” by Lois Lowry. In science, students mastered the art of microscope usage, viewing slides that were more than 100 years old. The students were faith leaders in their school community, taking on various morning prayers shared with the group virtually and even filming a beautiful rendition of the Stations of the Cross for the Lenten season. Their teachers praise the St. Luke Class of 2021 as models of faith in action, poised for bright futures.