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Trinity's Class of 2011 Honors Its 'Rock'

The focus of Trinity Catholic High School’s commencement exercises was supposed to be on the Class of 2011 on Saturday. But the more than 100 graduates of the Roman Catholic high school in Stamford didn’t want to leave without thanking “The Rock of the School,” Assistant Principal Diane Warzoha.

She earned her nickname after tragedy struck Trinity Catholic last year when both Principal Robert D’Aquila and Vice Principal Kevin Sutton died by providing constant support to the students. To show their appreciation, the graduates presented Warzoha with flowers, bringing tears to her eyes and leaving her speechless.

D’Aquila and Sutton were also honored in the salutatory address by Lauren Alyse Janik and the valedictory address by Shilpa Reddy Kolli. Janik compared her class to a tree she saved in her backyard and told how it stands tall despite the struggles it has faced. “When we were hurting we pulled together, and many supportive people helped pull us up,” she said.

Kolli remembered how D’Aquila and Sutton always inspired her and other students to succeed and work hard. She called both men her heroes and compared them to Martin Luther King Jr. for their ability to motivate others.

Principal John Cook encouraged the students to look ahead and gave them “Six Cook Recipes for Success” to help in the future. The recipes included: love one another, understand everybody has ups and downs, and accept change.

The 104 graduates were accepted into about 140 colleges, and the kids will attend about 50 different colleges in the fall. The class also received a combined $6,392,867 in grants, scholarships and other academic awards.

What advice would you offer the Trinity Catholic High School Class of 2011? Share below or send it to reporter Anthony Buzzeo at or .

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