"It (the ceremony) is a way for the Gibbons Drama community to celebrate and reflect on our completed production year and to honor and recognize the work and commitment of all those involved in the program--onstage, offstage, and in the classroom, " said Kevin Ferguson, the program's artistic director. "Produced by our graduating senior, it is also a chance to say goodbye to them and to thank them personally for all they've done for Gibbons and the drama program."
At the recent ceremony, nominees and guests walked the red carpet before entering the Main Stage theater where the awards were presented. The 16 categories of Gibbie Awards, range from Best Actress and Actor to Best Stage Manager and Best Cameo Role. Nominees are chosen by a committee made up of Mr. Ferguson and senior drama leadership team members. Then, winners are decided by voting—which is open to anyone involved in Gibbons Drama.
For Amelia Jerden, who received Best Stage Manager for her work on Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, the award is meaningful because, "stage managing and the theater department at Cardinal Gibbons have been such an important part of my life in high school." As such, she said the program taught her the importance of professionalism, passion, and collaboration. This fall Amelia will attend UNC – Chapel Hill; she is considering a major in media and journalism.
Ferguson said this year's Gibbie Award Ceremony was steeped in laughter and celebration, reflecting the 2016-17 theater season, which centered on laughter and community. "It was," he noted, "a good year to try and make folks smile and feel good for a couple of hours every evening."
Best Actor - Gian Gibboney, Joseph, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
Best Actress - Gabby Simone & Mary Callan Kelso, Narrators, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
Best Supporting Actor - Ben Colon-Emeric & Jack Sabye, Ernie Cusack, Rumors
Best Supporting Actress- Allison Cochrane & Ally McCarthy, Cookie Cusack, Rumors
Best FEATURED Actor - Bradley Stone, Pharaoh, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
Best FEATURED Actress - Hayden Price, Levi, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
Best Cameo Role - Juliana Salcido, Mrs. Potiphar, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
Best Stage Manager - Amelia Jerden, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat,Rumors
Rookie of the Year - Donny Gaynor
The Technician Award - Tripp Fraley
The Sarrubi Award- (For stepping in at the 11th hour & saving the day)
Logan Kelly, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
Best dresser - Rebecca Wicklin
Best Fire Department - Jenna Hackett
Roadshow Team Player Award - Zian Lane
Best Ensemble Award
Joseph Bros, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
Cardinal Gibbons is pleased to announce that Fr. Daniel Oschwald will be joining the school community in August as Priest Chaplain. Fr. Daniel comes to Gibbons after serving two years as Parochial Vicar at St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Church in Cary. In addition to his work at Gibbons, Fr. Daniel will continue to serve as the Administrator for the Mother Teresa of Calcutta Mission in Cary.
Ordained in June 1998, Fr. Daniel has held key positions at several parishes in North Carolina. They include serving as Parochial Vicar at St. Paul Catholic Church in New Bern, as Pastor at Annunciation Roman Catholic Church in Havelock and at St. Mark Catholic Church in Wilmington, as well as Rector at Sacred Heart Cathedral in Raleigh.
Fr. Tom Duggan leaves Gibbons after two years as its Assistant Principal of Spiritual Life. In his new assignment, he will be Parochial Vicar at Infant of Prague Parish in Jacksonville. "It was a privilege to serve the students and staff of a Catholic school and help them grow in their faith," said Fr. Tom.
"Our school community is grateful to Fr. Tom for his strong commitment to faith formation at Cardinal Gibbons, and will be praying for him as he starts his new assignment at Infant of Prague," Principal Jason Curtis said, adding that the school looks forward to welcoming Fr. Daniel to the Gibbons family.
"It is truly a blessing to Cardinal Gibbons that Fr. Daniel will be integrally involved in fulfilling our mission of educating and enriching the lives of our students through our Catholic identity," said Mr. Curtis. "We are grateful for the continued support of our Diocesan Administrator, Msgr. Michael Shugrue, in assigning a priest of the Diocese of Raleigh in ministry to the students, educators, and families at Cardinal Gibbons."
Fr. Daniel is no stranger to Cardinal Gibbons. As Priest Secretary to the late Bishop Joseph Gossman, Fr. Daniel said he regularly celebrated daily Mass at the school, and he attended the blessing and dedication of the new school buildings a few years ago. Additionally, Fr. Daniel already knows many members of the Gibbons school community, including Agnes Penny, Director of Outreach, as well as numerous students, particularly graduates of St. Michael the Archangel School.
Fr. Daniel described his new assignment at Cardinal Gibbons as wonderful news. "It (Cardinal Gibbons) is clearly a place of much activity, of much devotion, and of great Gibbons spirit," he said, adding that the buildings, educators, and students are impressive.
Asked what he sees as his role at the school Fr. Daniel said, "I hope to be a quiet, spiritual presence for the educators and students at Gibbons. I hope to put a happy, joyful face on Catholic life for students, and I hope to be an educator of the teachings of the Catholic Church and of the Gospel of Jesus."
In addition, he said he is looking forward to welcoming classroom educators when they return in August, working with the Deanery community "to involve other priests to celebrate daily Mass at Gibbons," and to helping students discern if they are being called to religious life.He jokingly added that since he doesn't have a favorite sport, he will try to be at as many athletic events as possible.
So when you see Fr. Daniel in the hallways at school, be sure to give him a warm and spirited Gibbons welcome.
On a sunny May weekend the 347 members of the Cardinal Gibbons High School Class of 2017 joined in fellowship at their senior luncheon, celebrated their faith at Baccalaureate Mass, and two days later turned their tassels, received their high school diplomas, and graduated to a life of promise.
Graduation weekend - Friday May 26 and Sunday May 28, 2017 – was a time for graduates and parents alike to celebrate academic achievement, close friendships, family, and faith. As the final notes of "Pomp and Circumstance" faded into the distance on Sunday afternoon, it was, all agreed, a memorable graduation weekend.
It started on late Friday morning when graduates enjoyed time together at their senior luncheon. It took place under a tent on the site of the new Holy Name of Jesus Cathedral, formerly the site of Cardinal Gibbons High School. The cathedral will open in July.
At the luncheon, students received their senior gift – A Gibbons cross to wear as they start the next chapter in their live. They also received their first present as graduates – A Gibbons Alumni shirt.
Friday night, educators, graduates, families, and friends gathered at St. Francis of Assisi Church in Raleigh for the Baccalaureate Mass. Monsignor Michael P. Shugrue, Administrator of the Diocese of Raleigh, was the principal celebrant at the Mass.
That evening, senior Julia Ryan, a member of the executive student council, gave an inspiring speech to the audience. (Read Julia's speech.)
At Sunday's graduation seniors gathered one last time as the Class of 2017. At 1 p.m., the girls dressed in white caps and gowns and carrying yellow roses, and the boys dressed in green caps and gowns, filled NC State University's Reynolds Coliseum as the Cardinal Gibbons community stood by to celebrate the graduates.
At graduation, Principal Jason D. Curtis addressed the seniors. He talked about how building and construction has been a theme for the Class of 2017. "Your class's first major event on campus was the blessing and dedication of our new school buildings by Bishop Burbidge. Your last lunch together was held ...on the site where Holy Name of Jesus Cathedral will be dedicated in July."
He then told the Class of 2017: "We hope that you see your formation at Cardinal Gibbons as a call to build ... yes, to construct buildings, build businesses, and form communities ... but above all, to build people... Build people by being a living reflection of God's love for them so that they know they have the deepest of foundations: the love of God our father, and eternal life through Jesus Christ." (Read the principal's full speech.)
This year's valedictorian, Nelson Zimmerman, who is headed to Catholic University in Washington DC, and salutatorian, William Garrabrant, who will attend North Carolina State University, delivered their speeches to an attentive audience. (Read speeches by the valedictorian and the salutatorian.)
Principal Curtis presented the diplomas to the seniors and later he presented special commencement awards to students. (View the list of students and the awards they received.)
This year's graduates, like others before them, enjoy 100 percent acceptance to some of the nation's finest colleges and universities. (View list of graduates and college acceptances.) Additionally, members of the Class of 2017 received over $13 million in scholarships.
Before the cap toss, graduates, sang "Wagon Wheel," a song familiar to them, thanks to English educator Michael Friedman who plays it most every Friday between classes, making it an 'Only at Gibbons' tradition. Commencement 2017 ended when the sea of white and green mortarboards came raining down on the late afternoon crowd gathered in front of Reynolds Coliseum.