Jeannie Ewing

Freelance Writer

Jeannie Ewing believes the world focuses too much on superficial happiness and then crumbles when sorrow strikes. Because life is about more than what makes us feel happy, she writes about the hidden value of suffering and even discovering joy in the midst of grief. As a disability advocate, Jeannie shares her heart as a mom of two girls with special needs in “Navigating Deep Waters: Meditations for Caregivers” and is the author of “From Grief to Grace: The Journey from Tragedy to Triumph.” She is a frequent guest on Catholic radio and contributes to several online and print Catholic magazines. See her professional portfolio at

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Top grads mark beginnings and endings

Bishop Dwenger High School: Valedictorian Christopher Wilkins Bishop Dwenger High School: Salutatorian Tavehon McGarry Marian High School:  Valedictorian Mackenzie Mencias Marian High School: Salutatorian Margaret Cook Saint Joseph High School: […]

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William Oberley

Heritage High School, Monroeville Valedictorian William Oberley After attending St. Louis Academy for eight years of Catholic education, Heritage High School valedictorian William Oberley embarked on a new venture in […]

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Aidan Kaczanowski

Penn High School, Mishawaka Valedictorian Aidan Kaczanowski A creative professional and scientist at heart, Aidan Kaczanowski is valedictorian of Penn High School. He hopes to combine his love of computer […]

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Thomas Coates

Elkhart Central High School, Elkhart Valedictorian Thomas Coates Elkhart Central valedictorian Thomas Coates knows it’s not always easy to be a Catholic in a public high school. In a way, […]

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Isabel Ortiz

Saint Joseph High School, South Bend Salutatorian Isabel Ortiz Life consists of mainly faith, soccer and school for Saint Joseph High School salutatorian Isabel Ortiz. She and her family moved […]

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Joshua Dippold

Bishop Luers High School, Fort Wayne Valedictorian Joshua Dippold Joshua Dippold, who graduates from Bishop Luers High School this month, knows how to incorporate his Catholic faith into everyday life. […]

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Margaret Cook

Marian High School, Mishawaka Salutatorian Margaret Cook Life is far more than just skating through school to achieve perfection for Margaret Cook. The Marian High School salutatorian was touched by […]

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Olivia Neher

Bishop Luers High School, Fort Wayne Salutatorian Olivia Neher Being part of a community that stands for life is important to Bishop Luers High School salutatorian Olivia Neher. When she […]

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Tomás Aguilar-Fraga

Saint Joseph High School, South Bend Valedictorian Tomás Aguilar-Fraga For some, math is a formidable academic subject, but not for Saint Joseph High School valedictorian Tomás Aguilar-Fraga. It’s not only […]

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Mackenzie Mencias

Marian High School, Mishawaka Valedictorian Mackenzie Mencias For Marian High School valedictorian Mackenzie Mencias, there’s a healthy balance between being challenged and being overwhelmed. She described both as being under […]

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Tavehon McGarry

Bishop Dwenger High School, Fort Wayne Salutatorian Tavehon McGarry High school extends beyond mere academics, as Bishop Dwenger High School salutatorian Tavehon McGarry will say. For him, high school solidified […]

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Christopher Wilkins

Bishop Dwenger High School, Fort Wayne Valedictorian Christopher Wilkins Faith and science are compatible and express the vastness of God’s intelligent design of creation. Bishop Dwenger High School valedictorian Christopher […]