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St. John graduates school’s last senior

Bishop Dunne honors Bell’s high standing
Being last is not necessarily the worst thing sometimes, as Leslie Bell can attest to.
Bell, a senior at Bishop Dunne Catholic School in Dallas, is officially the last graduate of St. John Catholic School in Ennis — even though the school closed in 2008.
At the time of the 96-year-old institution’s closing, Bell was ranked at the top of her class and would have stood to graduate with that distinction. In order for her to maintain that status, the Dallas school agreed to let Bell attend classes there under the St. John curriculum and program.
Bell said the honor is something she will cherish as she looks back on the memories she had while a student at St. John.
“It is sort of bittersweet to have this day finally come,” she said. “I get to graduate as a student of St. John but I wish the others in my class could have been with me. I went from a graduating class of 11 to somewhere near 100 and it would have been great to have my senior class with me as I took the stage.”
Bell, wearing Crusader blue, received her diploma as part of the graduation ceremonies for Bishop Dunne held at Southern Methodist University on Saturday. Her graduation photos were in the St. John cap and gown and depicted the life she left behind when the school closed, but she does not harbor any feelings of ill will about the changes she faced.

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