On June 13, 2021, the Emmaus High School Class of 2021 walked across the stage at the PPL Center to receive their diplomas. This graduation ceremony at the PPL Center is always the highlight of the EHS academic year. It was the perfect day for our teachers, administrators, and families to join the graduates in celebrating the successful completion of high school after a year of unexpected challenges. For these young adults, this ceremony represents a defining moment in their lives.
The Emmaus High School Orchestra performed during the processional with Pomp and Circumstance and the National Anthem. The Emmaus High School Chorale performed the Emmaus High School Alma Mater and Dr. Kate Kieres, Principal of Emmaus High School, welcomed the crowd and introduced the members of the Class of 1971. Twelfth grade principal, Greg Annoni, then introduced this year’s Dr. Herman Corradetti Academic Hall of Fame Award inductee, Caitlin O’Brien. Caitlin was honored for exemplifying scholarship, leadership, service, and volunteerism throughout her time at Emmaus High School.
Caitlin is ranked in the top 1% in her class. She was a National Merit Scholar Finalist, National Level AP Scholar with Distinction, and has received over 20 awards in the areas of science, math, and engineering.
Caitlin has competed and placed each year through the Pennsylvania Junior Academy of Science, the Lehigh Valley Science Fair, and Delaware Valley Science and Engineering Fair since 2017. She has also participated in local, state, and national math competitions each year as part of the Math Club and Pennsylvania Math league.
Caitlin has been inducted into the National Honor Society and the Tri-M Music Honor Society. She was recognized for her performance on the National Spanish Exam and designated an AP Scholar of Distinction by the National College Board.
Caitlin has also been involved in the following:
-President of Science Fair
-President of the USA Biology Olympiad Club (founder in 10th Grade)
-Vice President of Math Club
-Junior Team Captain for TSA TEAMS
-Marching Band Assistant Equipment Manager
-Drum major in EHS Marching Band (Junior/Senior year)
-3rd and 2nd chair in EHS Symphonic Band
-Founder of the basketball pep band
-Deputy News Editor for The Stinger
-No Place For Hate Club
-University of Notre Dame Family Volunteer Camp
-Habitat for Humanity
-Girl Scout Ambassador
Caitlin will be double majoring in physics and EECS (Electrical Engineering and Computer Science) at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the fall.
The graduation ceremony continued with student representatives taking the stage. Class of 2021 President, Brendan Baig; President of the National Honor Society, Bailey Tietz; LCTI Representative, Milan Chin; and Class of 2021 Representatives, Emily Deneen and Pandora Schoen captivated their audience with speeches about the events and memories of the past decade that have shaped them into who they are today. After all of the graduates were announced, School Board President, Dr. Kenneth Bacher, declared the Class of 2021 graduated. We wish the Class of 2021 the best of luck and a lifetime of happiness!