Lance Bonner '06

Associate Attorney, Faegre Baker Daniels LLP

 How has your high school experience impacted your life?

The classroom taught me work ethic and perseverance. Athletics taught me teamwork, leadership and tradition. Service taught me community engagement, global citizenship and justice. My peers taught me friendship, and my teachers and coaches taught me good stewardship.

What advice would you give a current CDH student?

Don't take for granted the opportunity to be a part of a supportive and healthy community of caring teachers, administrators and students with shared values. The uniqueness of the CDH community as a supportive high school community did not become apparent to me until I left high school and spoke with others about their high school experience.

What does being a graduate of Cretin-Derham Hall mean to you?

It means community. My closest friends are still members of my high school graduating class, and I know this is also true of many of my classmates.

What is your favorite memory of high school?

The first day of my sophomore year English class with Ms. Malone-Povolny. It was only an introduction to the class and her teaching approach, but I remember how entranced I was listening to her speak. The moment is etched in my memory as the beginning of intellectual curiosity that has driven much of my academic and career progress.