As is customary for a high school Salutatorian, Bishop Conaty-Loretto senior Rosemary Kim welcomed the graduates and their guests to the commencement ceremony on May 31, 2013. As soon as she began speaking, she made history by delivering the first trilingual address in the school’s 89-year history.
Kim began her address in her first language, Korean. After that, she addressed the crowd in Spanish, and finally, English. Kim received thundering applause when done, and her feelings of relief and accomplishment were clearly visible on her face.
“Initially, I was planning on speaking in only English and Spanish, and when (BCLHS Principal) Mr. Spicer suggested I include Korean as well, I was a bit surprised,” Kim stated. “I had never given a speech in Korean before, let alone three different languages at one time.”
While Korean is her native language, Kim has been speaking English since Kindergarten and Spanish for the last four years.
“Bishop Conaty High School has prepared me in so many ways for the next chapter in my educational career,” Kim says. “I have grown tremendously as a person. The teachers and all the staff have always been supportive and helpful.”
Kim will be attending Boston University in the fall.
Bishop Conaty — Our Lady of Loretto High School is located at 2900 W. Pico Blvd. in Los Angeles. For more information call (323) 737-0012 or visit bishopconatyloretto.org.