From Chicago Tribune’s Wilmette Life June 7, 2019
Regina Dominican High School 2019 graduates ‘sisters for life’
When the awards were announced at the recent Regina Dominican High School 2019 commencement ceremony, the 62 graduates were united in their enthusiasm for the winners.
“As the girls’ names were announced, the support from all of their classmates was palpable . . . they were genuinely thrilled for them,” Kassie Porreca, principal at the all-girls, Catholic high school in Wilmette said, adding: “It’s not just lip service — our girls are sisters for life.”
“Every girl in this class will be remembered in their own way . . . as each girl came across the stage with a diploma in their hand, they stood out and shone,” Porreca said.
A Chicago resident, McCabe was out the door by 6:20 a.m. each morning, boarding a Metra train to Wilmette, then hurrying to catch a bus for a two-mile ride to the high school.
As the winner of the 2019 Regina Dominican Principal’s Award for Academic Excellence, McCabe plans to study biomedical engineering as a pre-med major.
McCabe said this summer, she will juggle her part-time job as a restaurant server with an internship at the Merchandise Mart.
“I already feel confident from being in an all-girls environment,” McCabe said. “I think all of us who graduated from Regina feel very capable.”