Holy Cross Graduates Recognized

35th annual celebration of graduates from the parish

Holy Cross parishioners value education, and they keep that value front and center. On June 11, the parish recognized the community's high school and college graduates, just as it has done for the past 35 years: with a celebration that began after the Sunday liturgy, with the reading of the graduates's names, announcement of those who are receiving scholarships through the parish, and a reception afterwards. The goal of this annual activity is to provide support and encouragement for youth to complete high school, as well as those going on to college and those graduating from college. 

This year, the parish recognized five high school and nine college graduates during a brief ceremony following the 10 AM Mass. In addition, six were awarded Holy Cross college scholarships.

Dolores Paylor read the names of the five high school and nine college graduates. Kay Patterson announced the scholarship recipients.

High School Graduates





  • Mikayala Austin is a graduate of Cardinal Gibbons High School. She will attend Loyola University in New Orleans and major in music therapy. While in high school, she received the President Award for outstanding academic excellence, the James Cardinal Gibbons Award for Academic Excellence, and was a North Carolina Scholar (not in photo).
  • Eugene Enweluzor, Jordan High School. He plans to study at Durham Technical Community College and major in management.
  • Denra Laville, Jordan High School. Student activities included membership in the Spoken Word Club, president of the Spanish Club, member of the National Honors Society and concert mistress of the String Orchestra. She will attend the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, pursuing an MD/Ph.D. in medical nanotechnology research, specializing in oncology.
  • Munachimso Nwabinwe is a graduate of the Southern School of Energy and Sustainability High School, where she participated in the Varsity Women’s Basketball, Cross Country Track, Yearbook Committee and Robotics Club, and served as an office assistant. She will attend the University of North Carolina Charlotte and major in chemistry.
  • Olissa Udemadu is a graduate of Hillside High School. His activities included Varsity Football, Outdoor Track and Field, historian of the Kappa Leadership Development League, public relations officer for the National Honors Society, founder and president of the National Society of Black Engineers, junior senior class representative for the Student Council, student tutor for the HHS Tutoring Group, and peer mentor for the HHS IGNITE membership program.

College Graduates






  • Gabriella Austin, bachelor’s degree in education, University of North Carolina Wilmington
  • Anna Cherry, Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, majoring in business management, U.S. Air Force Academy
  • Sean C.D. Colbert-Lewis, Sr., Master of School Administration, North Carolina Central University
  • Claire Daaleman, Saint Louis University, master’s degree, occupational therapy
  • Camille Fullbright, Bachelor of Science in Public Health, health policy and management concentration, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • Drew Lane, Bachelor of Arts, Internal Relations and French, University of Southern California
  • Emily McCrorie, Bachelor of Science in Environmental Health, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • Jordan Mitchell, Bachelor of Science in Public Health, community health concentration, East Carolina University
  • Chrystal Thomas, University of Phoenix, Master of Business Administration

Scholarship Recipients

Four of this year's Holy Cross Scholarship Recipients with Fr. Andy







  • High School Graduates: Eugene Enweluzor, Munachimso Nwabinwe and Olisaemeka Udemadu
  • College Undergraduates: Mathew Anagor, Monica Crump and Truman Crump

Photos by Renee Nix

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