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Stepinac High School Graduation Brings Families Together

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. – Nick Shaw and Caleb Evans began their "bro-mance," their mothers said, at Archbishop Stepinac High School, which hosted its 2012 commencement ceremony Thursday night.

Nick and Caleb both played football, lacrosse and wrestled throughout their careers at the all-boy Catholic School in White Plains. Shaw's mother Rose said they were opponents in pee-wee leagues growing up, but became teammates in high school and subsequently "bros," friends who are so close they are like brothers.

Shaw, an honors student, is the last of four children to graduate and will be attending Quinnipiac University in the fall, his mother said.

"He's an all around good kid," said Rose Shaw, who was also honored Thursday with the Block “S” award for service.

Just before the presentation of the diplomas to the 121 graduating seniors, Stepinac High School Principal Paul Carty called Rose Shaw's name, accompanied by a vociferous cheer from her sister-in-law Jackie Longo, as one of seven recipients of the award.

In light of the recent death of Frank Becerra , a career law enforcement officer and Stepinac graduate, the Frank Becerra Spirit in Sports Scholarship was awarded to Devin Thomas.

Approximately $9 million in total scholarship money was awarded to members of the class of 2012, Carty said.

This year's salutatorian was Michael Surovich and the valedictorian was Emele Uka. In his valedictorian speech, Uka recalled his freshman year, when he and his classmates used their "expertise in science to make sling shots and shoot each other with them."

"Life is like a slingshot, sometimes you get pulled back, only to go further," Uka said. "Today is the end of an important part of our lives, but the beginning of a new one."

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