In bicentennial year, being ‘men for others’ took on special meaning for Gonzaga seniors

To kick off the celebration of the bicentennial of Gonzaga College High School in the fall of 2021, its students assembled on the football field of the Washington, D.C. school, lining up to form the number 200. In the Jesuit high school for young men near the U.S. Capitol that has witnessed much history since its founding in 1821, the members of the class of 2022 likewise experienced a unique period of history, attending school through more than two years of a worldwide pandemic. In email interviews, three of Gonzaga’s graduating seniors reflected on their school experience and their hopes for the future.

Cutting the cake

At that bicentennial celebration, senior John Jerro of the class of 2022, the student government president, joined Jesuit Father Joseph Lingan, the school’s president, and fellow senior Andrew Schaefer, the student government vice president, in cutting a large cake as students watched from the football field’s bleachers.

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