Bishop Miege High School has been around for 63 years and thrives off of tradition. Many families have come in and out of the Miege community, but sometimes certain families like to extend their stays.
Seniors Maggie Masoner and Daniel Fontaine come from a long line of alumni families. From parents, to uncles and aunts, and even grandparents, they are officially the last ones to represent their legacy while walking across the stage in May.
“All my aunts and my mom went to Miege,” Masoner said. “My mom graduated in 1986.”
Both Masoner and Fontaine were able to spend a little time of their high school experience with their older brothers, Paul Masoner (‘20) and Patrick Fontaine (‘19).
“It was super fun going to school with my brother because I always took classes a year or two after him, so I knew what to expect,” Masoner said. “I also loved seeing him in the halls and knowing upperclassmen and teachers going into Miege.”
Although Miege was the fan favorite in both families, they didn’t want to stray away from the family tradition.
“I would not have picked anywhere else because I really enjoyed Miege and the atmosphere that it brought,” Fontaine said.
Masoner said she was certain from a young age that Miege was the place she would spend her high school years.
“I grew up going to games and knew I was coming here since I was 2,” she said.
Technically, Masoner is the last child in her family, but she said she hopes her children could continue the tradition.
“I definitely want my kids to come here,” she said.
The Miege motto “Nova et Vetera” or “the new and the old” has lived up to its standard with the many generations of graduates both families have contributed to. The era of the Masoners and Fontaines has come to an end, but will not be forgotten.
“It has been interesting to be part of an alumni family because even though teachers might confuse you with your brothers, it’s still always nice to see that you aren’t just yourself,” said Fontaine. “There is a legacy you have been a part of, and that you’re building on.”