FilAm boy delivers graduation speech at Orange County’s oldest Catholic school

Robert Harraka Jr. graduates with the title of Regimental Commander, the highest rank in the military program

Robert Harraka Jr. graduates with the title of Regimental Commander, the highest rank in the military program

St. Catherine Academy’s Class of 2015

St. Catherine Academy’s Class of 2015

St. Catherine’s Academy (SCA), an all-boys Catholic School with a military tradition in Anaheim is proud to announce its graduating Class of 2015.

The Graduation Eucharist and Commencement Ceremony will take place on June 12, from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. Thirty-five cadets, both local and international, will celebrate their successes from the oldest school in Orange County. The graduation gathers local families along with families from Mexico, China, and Australia to attend the special occasion.

Leading the graduating class is Filipino American Robert Harraka Jr. who holds the title of Regimental Commander, the highest rank in the military program at SCA.

Harraka Jr. is a three-year cadet at SCA. As the school’s leader, he will deliver a memorable closing speech to the graduating class. Harraka is the son of Robert Harraka and Rosanna Harraka. His mother is Filipino.

Harraka will be attending the prestigious Servite High School also in Anaheim.

The day will begin with mass presided by Father Michael Pontarelli, SCA Class of 1969, followed by award presentations and the June Drill. Eighth grade Regimental Commander, Harraka will deliver his speech to the graduating class who has been well prepared to continue their education at a number of prestigious high schools.

The award ceremony will grant deserving cadets the Marc A. Arizmendez Memorial Award and the Howard & Helen Wiederholt Memorial Scholarship.
Following the award ceremony, cadets will participate in a drill competition, and band students will perform.

St. Catherine’s Academy is pleased to congratulate the 34 graduating cadets for their hard work and dedication. They have been accepted to attend the prominent high schools listed below:
• Army Naval Academy- Carlsbad, California
• Marine Military Academy – Texas
• St. John Bosco – Bellflower, California
• Servite High School – Anaheim, California
• Mater Dei High School – Santa Ana, California
• Colegio Cumbres- Mexico
• Colegio Senda – Mexico
• Heart Light High School – Texas
• Calvary Chapel – Costa Mesa, California
• Colegio Himalaya- Mexico
• Temecula Preparatory – Temecula, California
• San Dimas High School – San Dimas, California
• Colegio Sonora – Mexico
• Salesian High School, Los Angeles, California
• Colegio Cervantes Bosque – Guadalajara, Mexico

St. Catherine’s Academy, founded in 1889 by the Dominican Sisters of Mission San Jose, is an independent Catholic school with a military tradition for boys in Transitional Kindergarten through 8th grade.

The school offers both day and resident programs.

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