The Gooden School Promotes 8th-Graders

Nate Huey, Chaplain David Kitch, and Emelia Lagousis

First published in the June 16 print issue of the Pasadena Outlook.

Photos by Susan Bradforth
The Outlook


The Gooden School recently held a promotion ceremony on campus for the first time since 2019. At the ceremony, the audience was treated to two emotional speeches by valedictorian Emelia Lagousis and salutatorian Kai Timbadia about their time at the school.
Sam Christopher, from the Class of 2014, was the graduation speaker. Christopher attended LaSalle and then Yale. In his speech, he gave students some advice.
“I hope you understand now that who you are is so much more than what you accomplish,” Christopher said. “It includes all the help you gave and received along the way, and it includes the people you love and the people who love you,” exemplifying the school’s motto of “respect for self, respect for others and respect for the world.”
Attendees also heard a Latin oration and a blessing for the students from Gooden Chaplain David Kitch. “The most true thing about you is that you are beloved,” Kitch told the graduating class.
Gooden’s 8th-graders will be attending high schools including Alverno Heights Academy, Flintridge Preparatory School, Mayfield Senior School, Sequoyah School, the International School of Los Angeles, Webb, St. Francis, La Salle and Don Bosco High School.