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ANNUAL GRADUATION SUPPLEMENT

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Sent Forth with Love

The Monitor’s coverage of the Class of 2017 includes:

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mid tears, smiles, cheers and hugs, nearly 1,700 Catholic high school seniors in the Diocese of Trenton were celebrated and challenged during recent Baccalaureate Masses and commencement ceremonies. Representing 11 schools located across Burlington, Mercer, Monmouth and Ocean Counties, the Class of 2017 distinguished itself in academics, athletics, faith formation and Christian outreach to those in need locally and around the world.

 Messages from Bishop David M. O’Connell, C.M.; Franciscan Father Gabriel Zeis, diocesan vicar of Catholic education and JoAnn Tier, diocesan superintendent of Catholic schools …. pages G2,3  Overview of the Class of 2017 … pages G4, 5  Reporting and photos from each of the high schools …. begins on page G7  A look back at the year for seniors and sports …. G18  Catholic elementary school graduates recognized …. page G28


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ach year at this time, we acknowledge and celebrate the many students who graduate from every level – including middle school, high school or institutions of higher learning. Whether attending Catholic or public schools, these young members of the parishes throughout “Graduation the Diocese of Trenis a source ton celebrate a of pride and milestone in their accomplishment lives, a turning ... Congratulations point commemorated through rites and Godspeed!” of passages known as “commencement.” Graduation is a source of pride and accomplishment for them as they close one chapter in their lives only to begin another. To our graduates I say: Congratulations and Godspeed! The day, the congratulations, however, do not belong to them alone. The support

and the sacrifice of their wonderful parents, grandparents and guardians make the occasion possible. Our Catholic schools, in particular, are the recipients of their parents’ trust, hard work and constant sacrifice. They are their children’s “first teachers” and we owe them our thanks and acknowledgment. No school is as important as the family home. And so, to our parents I say: God reward your goodness to your families. Finally, a word to their parish priests, religious, teachers, administrators, staff and coaches. You accepted the confidence of parents and their children, alike, as you helped form young minds and hearts to take their place in society and the community of faith. Be proud of and grateful for your noble calling and its fulfillment. The Lord Jesus, the Teacher and Master, is the model for what you do each day in and

Bishop David M. O’Connell, C.M., blesses graduates of Red Bank Catholic High School, Red Bank,and their families at the end of the Baccalaureate Mass he celebrated June 5. Joe Moore photo out of the classroom. As Bishop, I mark this occasion with a prayerful, grateful heart. May God accompany us all into a joyful future! Remember the words of Dr. Martin Luther King: “You don’t have to see the whole staircase … just take the first step!” The best is yet to come! Yours in the Lord, Most Reverend David M. O’Connell, C.M., J.C.D., Bishop of Trenton

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ith poise, confidence and dignity, the Graduates of the Class of 2017 took part in Baccalaureate Masses and Commencement Exercises marking a conclusion of their high school days. As witnessed by their academic endeavors, accomplishments, service and involvement, the graduates have been recognized as people to invest in, with over $221 million in scholarships and grants awarded to them. That return on investment will be realized as the graduates become tomorrow’s leaders and positively impact our “They are broader society. encouraged We applaud the to realize God’s 1,684 graduates from presence in their Donovan Catholic, lives.” Toms River; Holy Cross Academy, Delran; Notre Dame High School, Lawrenceville; Red Bank Catholic High School, Red Bank; St. John Vianney High School, Holmdel; St. Rose High

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School, Belmar; Trenton Catholic Academy, Hamilton, along with private Catholic schools including Christian Brothers Academy, Lincroft; Mater Dei Prep, Middletown; Stuart Country Day School, Princeton; and Villa Victoria Academy, Ewing. Sincere thanks are extended to parents for their personal sacrifice and commitment in choosing a Catholic school for their child’s education. Administrators and teachers are likewise recognized for their contributions as they teach and model the faith while guiding, encouraging and empowering the graduates to explore and expand their potential. The graduates are well-prepared for a future that continues to unfold and expand. A wide selection of courses provided graduates with a sampling of knowl-

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edge to spur their interests. Beyond high school courses, students expanded their learning by taking part in dual enrollment programs available through Georgian Court University, Seton Hall University, Brookdale Community College, Mercer County College and Rowan University at Burlington County College. Students who take part in the dual enrollment program graduate with college credits, which can lighten the financial burden of undergraduate work. As students say goodbye to all that is familiar, they are encouraged to realize God’s presence in their lives and to recognize their personal responsibility to create a positive impact on our earth and on others. We live in a complex world in need of healing. Our environment has been abused

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e begin again. I say this because this is what a commencement is all about, a beginning; it is never an end. And as I look out at the wonderful faces of our many graduates of 2017 I am filled with hope and joy. Hope in that I believe what began for many of them in Baptism, their birth into Jesus Christ, has now matured. That the dignity they embraced, even if it was in the simple seal of the Sacrament, marking them as priest, prophet and servant leader (king), now is coming to fruition through the wonderful gift they have received in a Catholic education. Saint Paul, the great evangelist and missionary to the gentiles, proclaimed to the Greek community to which he

“The very heart of education and all learning can only take place on the very foundation of Jesus Christ.” preached, that all knowledge – the very heart of education and all learning – can only take place on the very foundation of Jesus Christ. The Greeks, who gave us our educational design, believed in the goodness of the human person. They believed that this goodness was revealed in the health of the body and in a virtuous soul. But, as we all are, they were stymied by their failures in both areas, that of body and soul. The body waned in time, no matter how strong

one became, time took its toll. And the virtue so desired by the Greeks fell short. Their great heroes never measured up to the expectations of their hopes and desires. They became, in all their great aspirations for learning, disillusioned. But Paul gave them hope in the proclamation of Jesus Christ, a foundation upon which one can come to eternal life, and the one who can sanctify even the greatest sinner. Upon Jesus Christ we can truly learn, we can truly become all that we need to become. Jesus Christ gives meaning to our lives, a purpose, a plan and great hope. I believe this is what our students learn in our Catholic schools. This is why I, too, have great hope in the future. But I am also joyful. I am joyful because I have met the

graduates and have come to know their openness to Christ, their willingness to seek him more fully as they transition into new ventures, and their willingness to share the significance of Christ in their own lives with others. They are going forth as witnesses of Christ into the world. What began as a family gathered to celebrate the Baptism of their child has now blossomed into the revelation of what that child has become. There will be more revelations. Christ will manifest himself in and through each of our graduates in many remarkable ways. We come to see just one more sign of this as we celebrate their successes in our many commencement exercises, and send forth Christ’s witnesses out into the world. God bless the Class of 2017!

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Trenton Catholic Academy, Hamilton, G7

St. Rose High School, Belmar, G8

St. John Vianney High School, Holmdel, G11

Red Bank Catholic High School, Red Bank, G12

Notre Dame High School, Lawrenceville, G15

On The Cover Siani Harding was among the 128 graduating seniors from Holy Cross Academy, Delran. To read more about the Burlington County school’s Baccalaureate Mass that was celebrated June 1 and commencement exercises held June 5, see page G16.

Donovan Catholic, Toms River, G22

Villa Victoria Academy, Ewing, G25

Stuart Country Day School of the Sacred Heart, G26

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Have courage and take your faith with you By Mary Morrell, Correspondent

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n ceremonies both joyful and bittersweet, heralding the next steps on a journey of faith and hope, graduates across the Diocese of Trenton celebrated the successful completion of their Catholic high school education.

A Mater Dei Prep graduate embraces her mother during the Baccalaureate Mass celebrated June 1 in Mary, Mother of God Church, Middletown. John

With eyes on the future, 1,689 graduates from 11 schools, were applauded for their accomplishments and encouraged to continue the good work they had begun in their school careers with the help of their families and teachers, and the support of their peers. As celebrant and homilist for several Baccalaureate Masses celebrated across the Diocese, Bishop David M. O’Connell, C.M., reminded graduates of the importance of their Catholic faith. “There is a line in St. John’s Gospel that, as your bishop, I want you to remember today, tomorrow and forever. Having spent three years with his disciples (a word that means learners or students) Jesus taught them and showed them what it means to be his followers. He said: ‘In the world you will have trouble, but take courage, I have conquered the world (John 16:33).’ Tonight, the Lord Jesus Christ gives that same message to you, the class of 2017,’ said Bishop O’Connell, during the Baccalaureate Mass held May 21 for Christian Brothers Academy, Lincroft. Addressing graduates of Notre Dame High School, Lawrenceville, during their Baccalaureate Mass June 10, Bishop O’Connell reminded them that com-

Among the priests also celebrating Baccalaureate Masses was Franciscan Father Gabriel Zeis, diocesan vicar for Catholic education. In his June 1 homily in St. Robert Bellarmine Co-Cathedral, Freehold, Father Zeis asked the graduates of St. John Vianney High School to “reflect on the person they encountered in the time of their Catholic education, the person of Jesus Christ, and what he will mean for them as they go forth as his witnesses sustained by faith, hope and love.” This reflection on Jesus and continuing to practice the faith must be a priority, said Father Stanley P. Lukaszewski, in his homily for the Baccalaureate Mass for Mater Dei Prep held June 1 in Mary, Mother of God Church, Middletown. “Learning about our faith over these years should make us more and more aware of how important it is to rely on the presence of God in our lives, especially as we will have to make major decisions in life.” Father Lukaszewski, who is episcopal vicar for Ocean County and pastor, St. Barnabas Parish, Bayville, also advised graduates to stay close to their families.

mencement did not signify “graduating from your Catholic religion or from your Catholic faith and all its awesome teachings and … mysteries. “You are being You are being promoted to a new promoted to a chapter, a new place new chapter, in your life, a new a new place in your life, a new awareness of more awareness of mysteries and you more mysteries take your faith and you take your with you.” faith with you. Trust me, sometimes your life won’t make any sense without it.” Graduates hailed from diocesan, parish and private high schools serving the four counties of Burlington, Mercer, Monmouth and Ocean. These schools include Trenton Catholic Academy, Hamilton; Notre Dame High School, Lawrenceville; Holy Cross Academy, Delran; St. John Vianney High School, Holmdel; Mater Dei Prep, Middletown; Red Bank Catholic High School, Red Bank; Christian Brothers Academy, Lincroft; Stuart Country Day School, Princeton; Villa Victoria Academy, Ewing; St. Rose High School, Belmar, and Donovan Catholic, Toms River.

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The Class of 2017 from St. John Vianney High School, Holmdel, listen intently to speakers during commencement exercises held June 3 in Brookdale Community College, Lincroft. John Blaine photo

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“Seek always their advice. They were once your age and they know how difficult it can be. You have your education, your faith, your family and, with confidence in yourself, you can achieve anything you want,” he said. During their four years of hard work in their Catholic school community, graduates had the opportunity to excel not only in areas of academics and sports, but to develop their potential in leadership, music, art, theater and the military. Some were recognized for their efforts with notable awards and prizes, others worked quietly and diligently to achieve their personal best. In addition to the varied successes and accomplishments of graduates in all 11 schools, including grants and scholarships totaling more than $234 million, principals, teachers and students alike noted something extraordinary among this years’ graduates – a strong sense of community and devotion to service. “Truly a family,” “dedicated to the less fortunate,” “of the same heart,” were phrases used to describe the young men and women who were educated in a “culture of service” and strong community

of faith. Applauding his graduates as having “made a serious commitment to servant leadership,” Holy Cross Academy principal Dennis Guida also highlighted a principal tenet of the 11 high schools which, together, saw the number of service hours undertaken by graduates reaching well beyond 100,000. Students, some of whom individually dedicated hundreds of hours to serving those in need, including veterans, children, seniors, the disadvantaged, and animals, among others, are committed to taking their faith and their hearts of service into their future endeavors. “Be true to yourself and stay connected with the people who care about you,” stressed Trenton Catholic Academy valedictorian Chiebuka Okpara. “Everyone in this Church is family. By the grace of God, we are a caring family who looks after one another,” he added, underscoring the shared sentiments of many of his fellow graduates. At the heart of if all, shared Melanie Rathgeb Brown, a 1999 alumnus of Holy Cross Academy, and mother of a 2017 graduate, are two powerful practices. “We knew our son was going to start every day

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Four Notre Dame High School seniors lead their classmates into the Sun National Bank Arena where their graduation ceremony was held June 11. John Blaine photo

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The Class of 2017 committed time to service including work with the Trenton Area Soup Kitchen and American Red Cross Blood Drive. The students also hosted their first fun day on campus for Allies Inc., which supports people with disabilities.

Sister of St. Joseph Dorothy Payne, TCA president, receives a Class of 2017 photo from graduates Axel Watson and Chiebuka Okpara during the day’s festivities.

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he word family seemed to personify the graduating class of Trenton Catholic Academy as the Hamilton school students gathered together one last time. “This class has really come together and is so focused on teamwork and service,” TCA senior class guidance counselor Lisa Ford said. “They are truly a family.” The 59 graduates and their families gathered in St. Anthony Church, Hamilton, for a Baccalaureate Mass and commencement exercises May 31, the Feast of the Visitation. Mass was celebrated by Msgr. Thomas N. Gervasio, pastor of Our Lady of Sorrows-St. Anthony Parish, Hamilton, and vicar general and moderator of the curia for the Diocese of Trenton. He reflected of the Visitation and encouraged the graduates to be confident and courageous in life. He also referred to Pope Francis in his homily when he said, “remain steadfast in the journey of faith, with firm hope in the Lord.” Many in the Class of 2017 began their journey together as first-grade students in TCA’s Lower School, when it opened its doors in 2005 after the consolidation of Trenton’s elementary schools. One of those students, valedictorian Chiebuka Okpara, spoke to this fact. “I have been at this school since I was in first grade; I grew up here, so it’s really hard for me to say goodbye,” Okpara said in his commencement speech. “I made so many memories and met so many incredible people that I feel like I have a second family; I feel truly blessed. Now I need to accept the fact that this experience is over. But it doesn’t have to be over. Deep down, inside each one of us is a piece of TCA.”

Salutatorian Nasir Dowling, also a graduate of the Lower School, echoed Okpara’s sentiments. “I ask all the graduates to look at the person next to you because that person became your brother or sister this year.” In her remarks, JoAnn Tier, diocesan superintendent of Catholic schools, also spoke to the treasure of family history. “Msgr. McCorristin, the original Iron Mike, knew the value of an education, and more specifically, of a Catholic school education,” she said of the school’s founder. “He was singularly committed, to guiding students to become faith-filled responsible leaders. “He built the school you call home, and his memory continues to leave an imprint of sacrifice and hope for future generations” Leaving that imprint on future generations is what Trenton Catholic Academy is all about, said Sister of St. Joseph DoroTCA graduates kneel during the thy Payne, TCA Baccalaureate Mass. president. “We exist for systemic change,” Sister Dorothy said. “The graduates are now a part of an important group, an even larger family – the Iron Mike alumni – and that holds a great responsibility. I know this class will continue to serve others and members of the community in the future.”

Our time at TCA would not be complete without mentioning the faculty, staff and coaches. … We’re ready for the world; thanks to our teachers, we can do anything. …” “Be true to yourself and stay connected with the people who care about you. Everyone in this church is family. By the grace of God, we are a caring family who looks after one another. … Just because high school is over doesn’t mean our relationship ends. So Class of 2017 … stay close to your friends, your family and your neighbors.” • Chiebuka Okpara • Valedictory Speech Seniors from Trenton Catholic Academy, Hamilton, file into the town’s St. Anthony Church for their Baccalaureate Mass and commencement exercises May 31. Joe Moore photos JUNE 2017 • TrentonMonitor.com •

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t was the end of one journey and the beginning of another June 6 as 119 members of St. Rose High School, Belmar, concluded their high school career and began their adventure into adulthood. “I chose to come to St. Rose from my very first visit because it felt like a family,” valedictorian, Katherine Considine stated in her address to those gathered in the Monmouth University Activity Center, West Long Branch. “These past four years have proven that initial feeling to be true. The halls are filled with friendly hellos, the students are close with the teachers, and I’ve never seen someone eat alone in the cafeteria. “I think we can all testify to this because St. Rose has been a second home to us,” said Considine, acknowledging the sentiments of her fellow classmates. Though Considine will bid farewell to her second home, the door to a wonderful new opportunity has opened. “For me, today is really bittersweet,” Considine stated. “While I can’t believe we’re finally leaving the comfortable halls of St. Rose, I’m excited to move onto new things and go out into the world.” Along with the graduation ceremony, the Class of 2017 came together to celebrate their faith during the Baccalaureate Mass held June 1 in St. Rose Church, Belmar. Msgr. Edward Arnister, pastor, served as principal celebrant for the Mass. Father Dean Gaudio, pastor, St. Elizabeth of Hungary Parish, Avon, served as homilist. Following the Mass, 35 awards were distribut-

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ed, including those “St. Rose for community and has taught us the service, academ- importance of reaching ics and activities. out to help someone in “We are blessneed, no matter if it’s ed with amazing a friend or a person students” who are we’ve never even exceptionally strong met.” academically and have a tremendous spirit and energy, Sister Kathy Nace, principal, emphasizing that she found this year’s graduating class to be young people of reason, good will, hospitable and inclusive, and very aware of their responsibilities. Also addressing the students was JoAnn Tier, diocesan superintendent of Catholic schools, who offered some final words of wisdom. “As you open a door to new experiences use your education wisely and powerfully to model virtues aching for expression. Through your daily choices and actions, work to bring about a world of trust, a world of acceptance, a world in which we recognize the power of blessings and faith,” Tier said. Senior class president, Jack Cusack, then took the stage to begin the tassel ceremony. He carefully moved his tassel from right to left as his classmates followed. The arena erupted in cheers as purple and gold caps flew into the air, and trumpets sounded from the John Luckenbill Orchestra.

Sometimes, the future can seem scary and intimidating, especially if you have to go and live in a new place for four years where you don’t know anyone. Despite this fear, we have the rest of our lives ahead of us to take the gifts and lessons St. Rose has formed in us and confidently create a life that we love. We each have the ability to make a difference in the world in our own way.” • Katherine Considine, Valedictory Speech The 119 members of St. Rose High School’s Class of 2017 stride into the Monmouth University Activity Center June 6 for their graduation ceremony. The class collectively earned more than $19.5 million in scholarships.


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It is incredible to think that in this room we could have an author who writes a bestselling novel, a researcher who finds the key to cure cancer, an athlete who shatters world records, an engineer who solves environmental issues or an activist who fights to end world hunger. I am excited to see where all of our futures will lead us, but I know that we do not have to wait until our education is complete or until we are established in a career to make a difference. … Our names do not have to be in a history book for us to make our mark; rather, touching the lives of those around us with compassion and inspiring further generations to do the same can be our legacy.” • Claire Romanczyk, Valedictory Speech

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ranciscan Father Gabriel Zeis had an important request for the 261 graduating seniors from St. John Vianney High School, Holmdel, when he celebrated the Baccalaureate Mass June 1 in St. Robert Bellarmine Co-Cathedral, Freehold. In his homily, the diocesan vicar for Catholic education asked the young men and women to “reflect on the person they encountered in the time of their Catholic education, the person of Jesus Christ, and what he will mean for them as they go forth as his witnesses sustained by faith, hope and love.” As the Baccalaureate Mass and the commencement exercises that followed June 3 in Brookdale Community College, Lincroft, marked a milestone in the education journeys of the students who comprised the 45th graduating class, the occasions also brought to mind what it had meant to them to be formed in a Catholic school environment. Noting that the class had collectively earned $35 million in scholarships and grants, Bill Bulman, the school’s director of guidance services, re-

Did You Know? The 261 students in this graduating class have performed more than 21,000 service hours in the past four years. More than 1,000 of those hours were spent visiting the Veterans Memorial Home at Menlo Park, which provides care to military veterans and their spouses.

JoAnn Tier, diocesan superintendent of Catholic schools, presents a St. John Vianney graduate her diploma June 3. marked on how the graduates are poised to take on the challenges that come their way. “This class has a tremendous social awareness of the world, their country, their community, their school and their Church. They have a great dedication to the needs of family and others. They truly understand what we’re called to do as a Church,” Bulman said. In her speech, valedictorian Claire Romanczyk recalled her class’ strong community involvement, and how the importance of understanding and respecting the differences of others was instilled in each student. Romanczyk referenced Pope Francis’ recent TED Talks appearance, mentioning how the Holy Father had addressed the importance of compassion, saying, “’Tenderness isn’t for the weak; it takes spiritual and emotional strength to empathize and act on behalf of the neediest.’” JoAnn Tier, diocesan superintendent of Catholic schools, praised the students for emulating their school’s motto, “Knowledge, Commitment, Involvement,” and encouraged them to use their education to have a powerful impact on society and to “work to bring about a world of trust and acceptance.” “Use your talents to benefit humanity,” she said.

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Congratulations to the Resurrection Catholic School Class of 2017

Paul VI Class of 2017 We’re sorry to see you go!

Congratulations on your many accomplishments! Academic Scholarships totaling nearly $30 million Athletic Scholarships totaling over $3 million Kylie Atkinson Alec Babiak Vincent Blattenberger Giulia Cimino Sarah Clark Joshua Contreras Kayla Cornaglia Sydney Eisenmann Brooke Foster Nayeli Gomez

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day of prayer for the future and thanksgiving for four, well-completed years of study, service and faith unfolded seamlessly June 5 inside the vast reaches of the Monmouth University Activities Center for Red Bank Catholic’s Class of 2017. There, in the presence of thousands of parents, family members and friends, 227 graduating seniors heard themselves praised for completing four years of rigorous study even as they excelled in sports, the arts and most importantly, generosity to the less fortunate. The day began with a Baccalaureate Mass celebrated by Bishop David M. O’Connell, C.M., and concelebrated by Msgr. Philip A. Lowery, RBC director and pastor of St. James Parish, Red Bank, and RBC chaplain Father Mark Nillo, St. James parochial vicar. The Red Bank Catholic Chamber Choir, directed by Shawn Mack, an RBC alumnus, bathed the 4,100-seat arena in soaring sacred music throughout the Mass. In his homily, Bishop O’Connell shared his pride in the students, noting that on a visit to an area coffee shop, wearing an RBC T-shirt prompted someone to ask whether he had kids enrolled at the school. “I said yes, 850 of them!” Bishop O’Connell said. “I am so proud of the school and so proud to be here on this special day,” he added. As would be noted in remarks during the graduation exercise later in the day, the students’ academic, athletic, community-minded and religious accomplishments speak for themselves in the $32.5 million in scholarships awarded by colleges, corporations and organizations, according to the 178 students who reported their amounts. Bishop O’Connell challenged the young people to keep alive after graduation the faith that had been conveyed to them by their parents and burnished by RBC. A Baccalaureate Mass

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Msgr. Philip A. Lowery, pastor of St. James Parish, Red Bank, shakes hands with an RBC graduate during commencement. is the “perfect time to make a commitment” to faith, he said. Addressing the young people during commencement, RBC principal Robert Abatemarco reflected on the merits of the class. “They have excelled in a variety of ways … perhaps the most important way of all, they have dedicated themselves to the less fortunate. … We love them.” Those sentiments were echoed in the remarks of valedictorian Isobel Roisin Murrer and salutatorian Carolyn Anne Davin. Best friends in RBC, they will be going on to Notre Dame University in South Bend, Ind. Davin will study computer mathematics and statistics, while Murrer will major in computer science. Murrer recognized the “incredible accomplishments” of her classmates and urged them to go out and make the world a better place, and, as they hold onto their passions, do more for others. Davin urged the Class of 2017 to “be true to yourselves and do your job with love, courage and dedication. … The key to success is being kind and having faith in God and yourself.”

Bishop David M. O’Connell, C.M., speaks with members of RBC’s Class of 2017 before the June 5 Baccalaureate Mass.

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Did You Know? The Class of 2017 was key when it came to athletics: the girls’ cross country team won the NJSIAA Non-Public A title; the girls’ soccer team won a share of the NJSIAA Non-Public A title with a tie; the girls’ gymnastics team won its third consecutive NJSIAA state championship; and the girls’ basketball team won the NJSIAA Non-Public A title.

RBC has taught me countless things over the years. … I’ve learned how to interact with so many distinct personalities, how to handle my work and stay organized, and how to keep religion important in my life, despite being busy, stressed and pulled in all different directions by my activities. This school has prepared me, and all of you, as much as it could for entering the real world, and for that, I am forever grateful.” • Isobel Murrer, Valedictory Speech

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Matthew Nolan DeLorenzo Valedictorian

Adam Albanowski Jaya Nicole Armstead Mary Nicole Auletta Elizabeth Gray Bacovin MaryKate Reilly Bailey Marta Elizabeth Bakaj Alison T. Bannon Trinity P. Barcless Mark Edward Barry Mary Emma Bassett Reyna Mary Battaglia Azzeiza S. Beadle Wyatt Daniel Bearce Blake Becker Tyler F. Belinsky Kelly Anne Benco Samantha Marie Benziger Jennifer Catherine Berko Rachel Ann Birkbeck Elizabeth Bivens-Tatum William Blohm Michael Bonavico Alayna Marie Borden Julian Bossbaly Daniel P. Brauer Samantha P. Brodowski Megan Lillian Bromwell Antonio Bruno Keelan C. Brush Jordan T. Burnett Kyle C. Burns Kristyn Leigh Butler Andrew F. Camera Griffin E. Cannie Lindsey M. Capizzi Alison R. Carella Marianna Violet Carella Victoria Anne Carella Zachary Carlin John R. Carroll Rebecca C. Cary Alexander Bernard Case Christine D. Castellano Dominic J. Chiarello Marissa Ann Chiarello Thomas Ciano Gabriella Lucia Ciccone Nicholas M. Cirillo Caitlin Marie Clarke Nicole L. Clarke Jennie Elizabeth Collins Jessica H. Corace Alexandra L. Covello Elijah J. Coyne Nicole Gianna Cremente Garrett J. Cronin Matthew P. Cuccagna Shannon Aurora Cecilia Cullen

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Nicholas V. Cuomo Shannon Marie Daly Dante Dominick D’Amico Riley J. Daniels Emily Teresa Danko Hunter John Paul Dargay Chad Davis Alexander N. DeAngelis Victoria Noel Dee Deanna Marie DeJonge Julianne S. Dela Cruz Anthony Michael Delle Grotti Matthew Nolan DeLorenzo Matteo C. Delmonico Jacob William DePaola Steven Louis Dieso Edward J. Dietzler Cara Anne DiGiuseppe Jacqueline Marie Dimmick Daniel M. DiPasquale Michael Joseph DiStefano Emmanuel Dixon Cody Glenn Donnelly Caroline W. Doonan Brighid Claire Douglas Thomas James Drahuschak Raymond John Dreyfuss Katelyn Rose Dunkel Nicole Emily Dunne Jane Marie Endres Kylen J. Fairman Jami Li Fassnacht Jarred A. Fernández Drew Edward Ferraro Mariana Elizabeth Fierko Carrie Jan Finkelstein Alexa Nicole Fisher Michaela Reilly Fitzpatrick Derek Jordan Flowers Sydney Eliza Foster Shannon Janetta Foy Owen P. Fugate Joseph P. Gallagher Chandler Leigh Garcia William W. Garrison Rachel Elizabeth Gaylord Colleen Gehan Robert Perry Gentilucci Alexander J. Gergel Angela Giampolo Amanda Rose Gill Samantha Gilligan Camryn Alexis Glassman John Richard Gola Gabriel Michael Gomez Aleksandar Gonevski Lauren Ann Goodwin Jeffrey D. Gordon Peter James Hayden Gray

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Jocelyn Danielle Griffith Nathaniel Griffiths Jacob Gronikowski Isabella K. Guhl-Erdie Kristina Marie Gutierrez Emily Nicole Haas Parker Thomas Hader Cassandra Rose Hahn Catherine Stafford Hahn Margaret Ann Hahn Alexis Marie Hammond Ryan P. Haney Ross Donald Hansen Trevor R. Harris Madison Elizabeth Hart Christopher Paul Hawkins Jordan A. Held Juliana Rose Held Zachary Stephan Henig Michael Jon Hernandez Noah F. Hewitt Isiah Page Hiatt Andrew Kennedy Hickey Jenna Lynn Hoffman Wolfgang T. Hoffmann Trinity Taylor Holmes Colin Alexander Holness Gabrielle Nicole Horn Beatrice Eleanor Jayne Howell Caitlyn E. Hughes Lauren Anne Hunte Catherine Anna Ingram Jason S. Janora Kaila A. Jansen Eryk Tomasz Jasinski Hanah Jeong Lauren Nicole Johnson MacKenzie Elizabeth Johnson Jonathan Faustino Jumamil Joseph F. Kale Morgan E. Kalman Brian Patrick Kane William Michael Kaniper Justin P. Keegan Ye Jin Kim Abaigeal Clare Kirlin Lauren N. Kiszely Juliana Rose Kite Natalie Rose Klek Adrianna Klugiewicz Brennan J. Kocsis Joseph Paul Kolano Kristen Marie Kreutzberg Kristina C. Kubala Ryan J. Kumpf Mackenzie Rose Kuran Timothy Walton Kurz Kate Elizabeth Lafferty

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Sarah Lafharis William Fuhrmann Lalli George N. Lambert Zachary P. Landi Sabrina LaRagione Antonio Onofrio LaTorre Francesco E. LaTorre Logan Michala Lazarczyk Justin M. Lazzarino William L. Lee Mark D. Leonard, Jr. Victoria Cecelia Ling Olivia Grace Livelli Teylor Lee London Elizabeth Grace Lyons Xinyu Ma Alec Richard Mabie Brett D. Machin Patrick A. Magnuszewski Chelsea Marie Maguire Laura Marie Maher Nicholas R. Mancuso Antonio Mannino Caroline Kay Manyoky Alyssa Nicole Martindell Jeremy Areola Masanque Antonio Salvatore Mascino Erykah Lu Mathis Branden Michael McCormick Meghan Rose McDonagh Kellan B. McDougall Shannon N. McFadden Morgan McGahran Jenna N. McGrath Patrick McGurk William Sean McHenry Kameron McKithen Kevin J. McLaughlin Mari-Clare McNamara Meghan Kelly McNamara Chelsea C. Mecanko Jonathan R. Meeh Nicole Ann Merrill Nicole Juliet Miller Ryan T. Miller Thomas S. Mizsak Jayson Robert Morelli Scott Adam Morgan Benjamin C. Morley Bennett Morrell Matthew B. Morrell Peyton Alexandra Morrell Aleksandra Victoria Mostrowski Madison Theresa Mount Austin R. Moxham Thomas P. Moxham Jessica F. Mozgai Kelly Lynne Mullen

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Lauren Maria Scalice Zachary T. Scavo Zachary C. Schaber Alexa Nicole Schaeffer Allison Marie Scharko Michael A. Schraft Matthew J. Sellers Brendan J. Shannon Ethan Sheehy Christian Alexander Simms Elizabeth Ann Simon Haley Skove Olivia Jane Skwierawski Kyle P. Smith Mary Katherine Smith Emily Elizabeth Sowa Sam Nicholas Stephan Nicholas Daniel Stewart Conlan Harry Storms Abigail Elspeth Stryker Haojun Sun Liam Szentjobi Matthew Xavier Tantum Emily Katherine Thibault Culley A. Thomas Lucia Rosabella Timberlake Cameron S. Tolas Trevor D. Tuccillo Emily L. Tyler Sunny Upadhyay Gabrielle Marie Utlak Emilio R. Valentin Jessica Valenza Mackenzie Leigh Van Den Bogart Madison M. Vetter Ryan Osvaldo Vidal Nikhil S. Vishakanta Christian L. Vogel Samantha M. Waldie Erin Marie Walker Andrew Hayden Walkley Nicholas Anthony Walsh Wenxing Wang Kelly King Wert Allison Marie Wetherell Kelsie Jane Whalen Hannah J. White Sean Robert Whittaker Taryn C. Wilcox Jessica L. Wroblewski Samantha Elizabeth Wuensch Yu Xia Yuan Xie Matthew T. Yacubovich Kelly Ann Young Christian D. Zamora Xin Xin Zhang Haoran Zhong Noelle St. John Zurick

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A soon-to-be graduate presents the gifts to Bishop David M. O’Connell, C.M., during Notre Dame’s Baccalaureate Mass June 10 in the school’s auditorium.

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he Notre Dame High School Class of 2017 marked the milestone of their graduation much the same way as they began it four years ago: with prayer, gratitude and a keen sense of expectation about the educational adventure to come. Ceremonies began with a Baccalaureate Mass celebrated by Bishop David M. O’Connell C.M., June 10, which saw the Lawrenceville landmarks’s 1,400-seat auditorium full to overflowing. The 351 graduates in their blue and white caps and gowns shared the space with their parents and other close family members, their teachers, administrators Two Notre Dame graduates present JoAnn Tier, diocesan and friends. On June 11, this time with superintendent of Catholic schools, with a banner representing thousands of relatives and members of the the Class of 2017 during their commencement exercises. community-at-large, the school Community came together again for a graduation cerdirect prayer is Father, Son, Spirit … one God but emony in Trenton’s Sun National Bank Center. three persons, a Holy, Blessed Trinity.” The young people – who have been awardNotre Dame High School, the Bishop said, ed nearly $60 million in scholarships – participatconveyed that faith to the students throughout ed actively in the Mass as readers, altar servers, their four years there. Now, said the Bishop, Extraordinary Ministers of the Holy Eucharist. “you are being promoted to a new chapter, a In his homily, Bishop O’Connell noted the new place in your life, a new awareness of the commitment to Catholic belief nurtured at home mysteries and you take your faith with you. Trust and in school and urged the class to continue to me, he said, sometimes your life won’t make any make their faith the linchpin of their lives. sense without it.” Speaking directly to the students on the vigil Class president Zachary C. Schaber talked of of the Solmenity of Holy Trinity, the Bishop enmaking “amazing friendships for life.” Schaber couraged them to be true witnesses to Catholic called the atmosphere so rewarding that he foteaching as it is expressed in the “central mystery cused on finding a college with the “same tight of our faith: that the God to whom we pray and knit environment.”

Five graduates proudly display their diplomas June 11 following Notre Dame’s graduation ceremony in the Sun National Bank Center.

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We have all faced challenges that shaped us into who we are today. We faced and overcame mental adversity in the classrooms, where our teachers pushed us to think critically and to solve problems. We learned how to deal with those awkward conversations we first had with someone who is now a close friend. We experienced spiritual growth … because we are a faith community here at Notre Dame. What we have ‘come to know’ is that through the rest of our lives, we will face adversity. Successfully confronting and dealing with setbacks will build and strengthen character, will teach us to believe in ourselves and to have hope.” • Matthew Nolan DeLorenzo, Valedictory Speech

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he sky was cloudy and there were even a few falling raindrops. But the tenuous weather did not dampen the spirits of the 128 graduating seniors from Holy Cross Academy, Delran, who received their diplomas June 5. Donning maroon and white caps and gowns, the graduates walked as a class from the school building to the Tom Reilly football field where Thomas James Jillions, who was one of two class valedictorians, reminded his peers that “Each of us has been given the tools to succeed and now it is our turn to lead by example and set the precedent for those around us.” “How we conduct ourselves in the coming years will echo through eternity and stay with us till the end of time,” Jillions said. The other valedictorian was Logan Tyler Napoli. JoAnn Tier, diocesan superintendent of Catholic schools and a Holy Cross graduate, reminded the graduates of their “personal responsibility” to use their talents to create a positive impact in society and in others. After acknowledging that the class had collectively earned more than $18 million in scholarships and grants, Tier encouraged the students to “Experience the life-giving energy that God has placed in each of us and work to develop your talents to the fullest. Immerse yourself in the many adventures of life. Commit to the journey.” Highlights of graduation week 2017 included the June 1 Baccalaureate Mass with Father Phillip C. Pfleger, episcopal vicar of Burlington County, as principal celebrant. In his homily, Father Pfleger reminded the graduates that Holy Cross provided them with both a good education and a strong spiritual foundation that will serve them well in the future and to always remember that they are “never alone.” “God the Spirit is always there,” he said.

Did You Know? The Class of 2017 made a serious commitment to servant leadership by working with both the Catholic Athletes for Christ and Special Olympics.

Father Phillip C. Pfleger, episcopal vicar of Burlington County and pastor of St. Isaac Jogues Parish, Marlton, and St. John Neumann Parish, Mount Laurel, addresses the students at the school’s June 1 Baccalaureate Mass held in the school courtyard.

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Holy Cross principal, Dennis Guida, looks on as JoAnn Tier, diocesan superintendent of Catholic schools, hands Holy Cross graduate Jack Mackuse his high school diploma. Craig Pittelli photos

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In a generation where mediocrity is often accepted as the norm, I urge every one of you to look past this fad and learn from each failure until you eventually succeed. Understand that thanks to lessons learned here, there is an incredible greatness locked inside each and every one of you. Graduates, today is the day we unlock this greatness.” • Thomas Jillions, Valedictory Speech “If you think about it, we do have a pretty incredible group of students ... here today. We have graduates that are aspiring to be engineers, doctors, lawyers, Mona Lisas, Mad Hatters, the list goes on! ... It is a pretty diverse crowd. ... This class is going to do a lot of big things in this world, and I’m just thankful to be a part of it.” • Logan Napoli, Valedictory Speech

A special graduation tradition at Holy Cross is to invite those parents who are alumni to present their children with their diplomas. Delighted with the opportunity to hand her daughter, Victoria Lynn Bostick, a diploma, Noelle Tracey Bostick, Class of 1988, said she felt “honored and blessed that both my children wanted to attend Holy Cross and be a part of the Lancer community.” “I think Victoria’s time at Holy Cross has helped her embrace new challenges, given her a chance to explore different career options, increase her social skills, celebrate successes and learn from failures.” Melanie Rathgeb Brown, Class of 1999, said it was particularly meaningful for her to present a diploma to her son, William Werner Brown, who, as a newborn, suffered from kidney disease, and, just as he was to enter his senior year was diagnosed with a “rare and highly fatal liver cancer.” In addition to his high school accomplishments, “the diploma was a sign that he had overcome very serious medical odds,” Brown acknowledged.

New Holy Cross graduate Beau Bruneau gets a congratulatory hug after the ceremony.

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Christian Brothers Academy senior Joseph Huber swims to a first-place finish in the 100 freestyle during the NJSIAA Non-Public A championship meet vs. St. Augustine on Feb. 25. In 2017, CBA won its 27th consecutive Shore Conference title, and placed first in the Monmouth County Championship.

Notre Dame senior Alec Mabie competes in the 110-meter hurdles June 10 in the NJSIAA track and field Meet of Champions. Mabie ran a personal record time of 15.71 seconds.

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ecent graduates made impacts in their respective sports across the Diocese of Trenton during their senior seasons. Twelfthgraders added experience to established teams and won conference, county and New Jersey State Athletic Association Championships, as well as provided leadership to first-time teams that made their debut in the past school year.

Mater Dei senior Eddie Lewis makes a first quarter catch and runs the ball in for a touchdown Dec. 3 in the NJSIAA Non-Public Group II title game vs. Holy Spirit Academy. Lewis also was part of a hook-and-lateral touchdown that broke a tie to earn the Seraphs a 26-20 victory and a state title.

You can read about the accomplishments of Catholic school athletes in 2016-17 at www.TrentonMonitor.com > News > Sports.

St. Rose senior Brendan Hueth, left, tries to get the ball past an Asbury Park defender during an Oct. 4 match. Hueth was among the top boys’ soccer scorers in the state in 2016.

Photos by John Blaine Red Bank Catholic senior Tia Montagne goes up and over an Immaculate Heart Academy defender during the Caseys’ 55-41 victory in the NJSIAA Non-Public A championship March 11. Montagne’s defense helped force 17 turnovers and IHA shot just 36.8 percent from the field. Senior pitcher Demi Rivera was one of two hurlers to face off with Middletown North in St. John Vianney’s 2-1 victory May 16 to earn the team’s eighth consecutive Monmouth County Tournament title. The Lancers also won a Shore Conference title June 8.

Coach Debbie Schwartz, right, demonstrates how to defend against an offense with Donovan Catholic senior Madison Heck as members of the Griffins field hockey team look on. The fall 2016 season marked the debut of the program.

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Trenton Catholic Academy seniors Henry True Alton and Chris LaBelle high five after the Iron Mikes won the Mercer County Tournament title Feb. 24. Alton, LaBelle and fellow senior Boko Mupungu were in charge of providing leadership and setting the tone for the young team throughout the season.


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Donovan Catholic graduates process down the aisle June 4 during the Baccalaureate Mass in St. Joseph Church, Toms River. John Blaine photo

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mid prayer and celebration, the community of Toms River’s Donovan Catholic High School bid Godspeed to the 174 students of the Class of 2017 who will soon carry the skills, knowledge and values gleaned there to colleges and universities around the nation. The lingering goodbye began June 1 with the traditional award ceremony and reception in St. Joseph Church, Toms River, (which shares a campus with Donovan Catholic), and culminated with graduation in the same location June 5. There, the students, who collectively garnered more than $27 million in scholarships, received their diplomas and jubilantly tossed their caps into the air in the parking lot upon exiting the large worship space. The festivities reached a liturgical high point June 4, when on the Solemnity of Pentecost, Bishop David M. O’Connell, C.M., celebrated a Baccalaureate Mass for the class and their parents and educators. The church was filled to capacity as Bishop O’Connell charged the assembly to go forth mindful of the faith experienced by the Apostles on the first Pentecost as the Holy Spirit descended upon them. “As you graduate, don’t leave that faith behind you in college,” he said. “Go where the Holy Spirit leads you … living confidently in a continuing relationship with God through Jesus Christ” which will, according to the timeless promise of Pentecost, “be with you to the end of time.” He commended Father G. Scott Shaffer, Donovan Catholic’s director and pastor of St. Joseph Parish, parents, faculty and staff and “all those who have loved you to this moment.” Bishop O’Connell also presided over two spe-

Bishop David M. O’Connell, C.M., celebrates a Baccalaureate Mass June 4. Father G. Scott Shaffer, Donovan Catholic’s director and pastor of St. Joseph Parish, is seen at right. John Blaine photo

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Catholic education had given me the foundation of the most basic lessons of friendship and love. … Teachers, you give of yourself each and every day to make us into better people and stronger Catholics. Over these past four years, you’ve taught us important lessons not only in your subjects, but about what it means to be adults who act for the betterment of those around us. We can learn a lesson from all experiences. Our friends, our families, our work – all give us examples to follow and experiences to look back on.” • Maureen McGarry, Valedictory Speech

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cial awards: the Bishop George Ahr Medal for Religious Studies and the full-tuition scholarship that bears his name as the 14th president of The Catholic University of America, Washington. For the first time in the school’s history, there were two recipients of the Bishop Ahr Award – twins Maureen and Erin McGarry, who also served, respectively, as valedictorian and salutatorian. Brooke Sobieski was awarded the CUA scholarship. Between festivities, all three talked about the firm spiritual and academic footing each received at Donovan Catholic. The twins, who belong to St. Joseph Parish, said they found the experience challenging and exciting. They said it bolstered the already strong faith nurtured in their home and was definitely a factor in their choice to continue their education in Catholic universities. Erin McGarry plans to enter Villanova University, Villanova, Pa., in the fall, and Maureen McGarry is set to study at The Catholic University of America. Sobieski, a member of St. Aloysius Parish, Jackson, spoke of how she was energized to win the scholarship named after Bishop O’Connell. “I’m so excited; it’s surreal,” Sobieski said, explaining that as the last of four children in her family, the tuition-free scholarship had “lifted a burden off my shoulders.”

Did You Know? For the first time in the school’s history, there were two recipients of the Bishop George Ahr Medal for Religious Studies – twins Maureen and Erin McGarry, who also served, respectively, as valedictorian and salutatorian.

The Class of 2017 from Donovan Catholic High School toss their caps in the air June 5 in the parking lot of St. Joseph Church, Toms River. Mike Ehrmann photo


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We are thankful for the bonds we have created at Villa. We are grateful to have found such funny, supportive, intelligent and hardworking Villa sisters in each other. In fact, I can’t imagine spending my time here with anyone else. All that we have experienced at Villa has shaped us into the women we are today ... We will be CEOs, veterinarians, surgeons and engineers. We will be the women running national ad campaigns and the women who change the face of technology. We’re not just going to break the glass ceiling; we’re going to kick a hole through it. But no matter what we do in the future, we should always be grateful for where we come from. • Francesca Bottini, Valedictory Speech

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said. “The Villa community and Villa experience are unique. Some of us have been here for 14 years, or nine years, or four years, or even just two. But we have all been impacted by Villa, and likewise have made an impact on our school.” Following Bottini’s speech, Filippini Sister Elizabeth Toft, who is celebrating the 50th anniversary of her graduation from Villa Victoria Academy, addressed the group. She left the graduates with a piece of counsel for their upcoming journey into adulthood. “No matter what difficulties you encounter, no matter what problems may loom over you, no matter what you have to suffer, God chooses to surround you with his love.” “We are 13 true friends, true sisters, and now we are going to show the world what true Villa women can do,” Bottini said.

Valedictorian Francesca Bottini speaks of camaraderie and success in her address to her fellow students. At right are Filippini Sisters Elizabeth Toft and Lesley Draper, upper school principal.

“We are 13 true friends, true sisters, and now we are going to show the world what true Villa women can do.”

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Like branches on a tree, we all diverge in interest, but our roots remained the same. These roots nurtured us all to develop confidence in who we are. In this environment, we molded our passions, interests and ambitions. We’ve taken advantage of our room to thrive, we’ve boosted each other up along the way and we are now ready to stretch ourselves beyond the trees of the Stuart Woods. So, today, we present ourselves as fearless as the girl standing boldly in front of the charging bull on Wall Street – ready to turn the next page and express our passions to those outside of our community.” • Abby Paul, Graduation Welcome Speech

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Recently conferred Stuart Country Day graduates process out of the school’s Cor Unum after commencement exercises June 10.

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Members of the Stuart Country Day Class of 2017 were encouraged to “just be brilliant” during their Baccalaureate Mass June 8.

Did You Know? More than 20 percent of the graduating class will be attending an Ivy League University. Fifteen percent of graduates will enroll in dual discipline or five-year master programs, 15 percent will attend business schools and 35 percent will pursue degrees in a STEM field (science, technology, engineering and math). munity a couple years ago, we have flourished and matured throughout our time at Stuart – all of us developing into the confident young women we are today,” said Paul. Before the honorary graduates could stride through the doors of the Cor Unum, beginning their new separate journeys, Head of School, Dr. Patricia L. Fagin, lauded their togetherness, a key component of their years together at Stuart. “The members of Stuart’s Class of 2017 are like pieces of a puzzle that have come together, piece by piece, to create a magnificent picture,” said Dr. Fagin. “They are powerfully linked and have always been there for each other in times of joy as well as in times of adversity. They have learned that you needn’t be of the same mind to be of the same heart.”


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Closing one door, opening another By EmmaLee Italia, Correspondent Bringing their elementary and middle school experiences to a close, 1,269 eighth graders graduated this June from the Diocese of Trenton’s 34 Catholic elementary schools. No small task, these future high schoolers are “called to live a life of virtue to benefit our world,” said JoAnn Tier, diocesan superintendent of Catholic schools. “An eighth grade graduation presents a time to reflect on the impact their Catholic school education has had in forming them in their faith-life, in academic success and in applying their learning to make sound decisions as life unfolds,” Tier elaborated. Holy Cross School, Rumson, and St. Charles Borromeo School, Cinnaminson, joined Catholic schools across the Diocese in holding Baccalaureate Masses and commencement exercises. Holy Cross graduated 45 eighth graders June 2, and 28 graduated from St. Charles on June 8, the latter including two sets of twins. Father Micheal Manning, pastor of Holy Cross Par-

An eighth grade graduate of St. Charles Borromeo School, Cinnaminson, proudly brandishes his diploma following commencement exercises. Craig Pittelli photo ish, and Father Daniel E. Kirk, pastor of St. Charles Borromeo Parish, celebrated their respective parish schools’ Baccalaureate Masses just prior to commencement. Many graduates from both schools plan to attend area Catholic high schools next year. “Our world benefits from students being educated in the Catholic faith,” Tier noted. “Catholic school students are called to a higher standard – to live the teachings of Jesus. [They] are challenged to recognize the face of God in those whom they meet.” For the graduates, the Catholic school experience has allowed them not only to excel academically, but also to grow

spiritually. “How do we know where [we are going]? God will guide us,” said Holy Cross student council president Thomas Makin, during commencement. “It is our job to continue to put faith, trust and prayer first in our lives.” In Catholic school, “students know that they are loved and respected. They are supported by their administrators and teachers,” Tier said. “Their learning has unfolded not only from textbooks, but also from life-experiences that often provide the most significant learning. Students have the confidence to be learners, as well as leaders.”

To see video featuring interviews from the Holy Cross School, Rumson, graduation ceremony, visit TrentonMonitor.com.

During the eighth-grade Baccalaureate Mass in Holy Cross Church, Rumson, graduates of Holy Cross School bring forward the gifts for the celebration of the Eucharist. Hal Brown photo

Holy Cross School graduate Victoria Duminski is all smiles as she receives her diploma from Father Michael Manning June 2. Hal Brown photo

Graduates move their cap tassels from one side to the other, symbolizing completion of eighth grade in St. Charles Borromeo School, Cinnaminson. Craig Pittelli photo

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wo days of solemnity and celebration marked the rite of passage of 233 seniors of the 55th graduating class of Christian Brothers Academy, Lincroft, to the wider academic landscape. The events began May 17 in St. Mary Church, Middletown, the setting for the academy’s Baccalaureate Votive Mass of the Holy Spirit, celebrated by Bishop David M. O’Connell, C.M. The nave, which seats more than 1,000 comfortably, was filled to standing room capacity with parents, relatives and friends of the graduating seniors, many of whom often seemed clearly moved by Bishop O’Connell’s homily. Referring to the Gospel reading, John 15, the Bishop urged the graduates to take the words to heart. “All kinds of thoughts fill the minds and hearts of those present tonight. There are no coincidences as the Gospel speaks to you. Jesus asks you to remain [in him] as he remains [in you].” “I am not here tonight as a commencement speaker, but to deliver God’s message. As long as we remain connected,” to Jesus, he said, “you will have life … without Jesus you can do nothing.” Bishop O’Connell challenged the departing

In discussions about successful people, we often hear the word ‘talented’ or ‘gifted’ used to describe the individual in question. I don’t think that it’s fair to talk about successful people this way. I don’t think that anyone has an easy path to success. ... Even those whom we view as prodigies had to spend thousands of hours perfecting their abilities. Mozart, for example, started writing music at six, but his first pieces are generally regarded as unexceptional. It was not until he was 21 – after 15 years of focused practice – that Mozart composed his first masterpiece. Success, especially creative success, demands not natural ability but consistent and focused practice.” • Matthew Prince, Valedictory Speech

Bishop David M. O’Connell, C.M., shakes hands with CBA principal R. Ross Fales during the Baccalaureate Mass held May 17 in St. Mary Church, Middletown.

Christian Brothers Academy graduates applaud during a commencement speech.

Did You Know? Of the 233 graduating seniors, 220 will be attending four-year schools ranked by U.S. News & World Report as among the best universities or colleges nationally or regionally. students to enter into the world as the men of faith and action their parents want them to be. “It’s what you came here to be … remember the words as you go forth.” A day later, on May 18, the class and their family members united once again, this time at the College Arena in Brookdale Community College, Lincroft, for commencement exercises. CBA principal R. Ross Fales began the ceremony by recalling Bishop O’Connell’s message to remain men of integrity as the graduates begin studies in a wide range of disciplines in colleges and universities, including many Catholic institutions, around the United States. In addition, two-thirds of the Class of 2017 received merit-based scholarships, totaling $23,576,000. Nicholas Karris delivered the ceremonial opening address as salutatorian, and Matthew Prince delivered the valedictory address. In his speech, Prince called to mind the story of Microsoft’s Bill Gates, who endured many setbacks before his rise to multi-billionaire, industry-leading CEO. “Pursue your ambitions, but understand that you will fail many, many times,” he said.

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and stripped of natural resources. Our society is often marked by insensitivity, injury and cruelty to human beings, to God’s creation. Graduates will be called upon to use their education wisely and powerfully to bring about a world of trust, a world of acceptance, a world in which we recognize and acclaim the blessings of faith, family, country and the human spirit. Our world needs such commitment. We are each a special part of God’s plan and we can have a significant effect

in each other’s lives. Pope Francis encourages us to look toward the future; a future that is made of encounters with each person’s existence deeply tied to one another. He relates that we build the future by standing together – every one of us. We are proud of our graduates, young men and women to whom we look to be the light that the world needs. May they enjoy the journey which unfolds into tomorrows. May they experience the life-giving energy that God has placed

in each of us, and work to develop their talents to the fullest. The wisdom of Blessed John Henry Cardinal Newman bears reflection: “God has created me to do him some definite service; he has committed some work to me which he has not committed to another. I have my mission – I may never know it in this life, but I shall be told it in the next. I have a part in a great work; I am a link in a chain, a bond of connection between persons.” Congratulations and God’s blessings, graduates of the Class of 2017.

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Scholarships and grants awarded to the Graduating Class of 2017… $31,051,398. Congratulations to All!

Bishop Eustace Preparatory School congratulates the Class of 2017, our 60th graduating class. Christine Elizabeth Adams Jacob Ayoub Christian Basso David Christopher Batastini Tarquin Anthony Bennett Brian A. Bernetich Michael Bifulco II Kevin Griffin Brandt Paul Raymond Braungart Madeleine Nicole Bristow Gianna Natalie Cantz Johnny Cao Antonio J. Carletti Nathan Ricardo Carpenter Lauren Elizabeth Cavanagh John Matthew Celano Jessica Nicole Chase Rebecca Grace Clements Michael J. Colella Ashley Nicole Conklin Morgan Connell Elise Catherine Connelly Stephen Cordasco Christina Marie Cucinotta Katherine Anne Cucinotta

Lewis J. D’Ippolito Samantha Dabbundo Alexander J. Dagney Jason Danielewicz John Lovett Dean James Edward Deiter III Michael Anthony DelMastro Priscilla Diane DiCiurcio Juliet Dorothy DiFlumeri Alexis Madison DiGennaro Mark William DiGiovanni Majella DiLeonardo Kristi DiMeo Alec Champion DiPietrantonio Allison Marie Dressel Carly Meredith Dyal Matthew J. Dziuba Michael John Dziuba Sarah Jane Dziuba Jacqueline Madeline Eichhorn Nicholas J. Faiola Breanne Elizabeth Falese Olivia Anne Fante Zachary Fiato Violetta Katina Fifis

Michael Vincent Fisher Jesse Myles Flax Lindsey Michele Forrest Ryan Patrick Gallagher Daniel Robert Gault Erin Rachael Gentek Kyle Gregory Gentek Danielle Marie Gheysens Hannah Marie Girgis Madelyn Bea Goldfield Samuel David Gray Kendall Elizabeth Griffis Victoria Marie Guevara Emily Christine Hansen Danielle Karen Hing Caroline Elizabeth Hromy Kaylee Rae Hudson Daniel Michael Hullihan Soriya Thach Huynh Montel Christopher Johnson Sarah Jones Jada-Alexandria Kabakole Ava Therese Karnish Jordan Taylor Kosylo Christopher Edward Krawiec

Chloe M. La Motta Brandon H. Lange Dominic R. Lario Graham Cristian Laughlin Sean P. Lippincott Alyssa Marie Lobisi Jeffrey Ian Love Allison F. Maier Robert Christian Maiorino Alexander S. Manley Amanda K. Manuola Dominique Joelle Marrone Joseph Michael Marrone III Sophia Rose Marrone Camille Patricia Marsdale BilliJean McDade Nolan John McDonald Stephanie Christina McGady Matthew Scott McGough Sarah Grace McGough Hailey Nicole McGrath Alexis Lynn McKennon Alexis Nicole Mignogna Alexi Kathleen Miller Brenna Catherine Miller

Andrew Joseph Mitchell Cameron Margaret Mohr Alexandria Sophia Nachodsky John Hieu Nguyen Jacob M. O’Brien Thomas O’Brien Vincent Andrew Paetow Andrea Gianna Pecora Anthony M. Pinto, Jr. Robert Joseph Pirollo Madison May Powell John Joseph Poyatt III Cayden Daniel Primeau Jackson Philip Propp Erin Elizabeth Quinn Tess Emily Quinn Madeline Anne Raue Gabrielle Elizabeth Robinson Kyle Philip Ronkin Shannon Elizabeth Rosa Alexa Paige Rosen Nicoletta Victoria Rudi Katarina Nicole Ruehlicke Brendan Joseph Ruskey Jesse Alec Saul

Emily Josephine Schneider Julia Kathlyn Schumacher Greg Anthony Scolieri II Victoria Noelle Shaw Madison Anne Shelly Ryan Sherlock Emma Rose Smith Erin Olivia Smith Michael James Snyder II Alexander F. Solipaca Isabella K. Spatzier Nicholas David Stillwagon Isabella Marie Swallow Alana Nicole Talvacchia Lacey Belle Todd Luke Connor Viola Meghan Ann Walker Sara Catherine Weill Dylan Paul Wenzke Makayla Elle Wenzke Ethan Kenneth Whalen Casey Elizabeth Whittaker Spencer Patrick Wilkins Catherine Alyssa Zimmerman Philippe Lucas Zimmermann

The charity of Christ urges us on!

Congratulations to the Class of 2017!

Our graduates have earned admission to the following secondary schools: • Christian Brothers Academy

• Notre Dame High School

• Holy Ghost Preparatory School

• The Peddie School

• The Hun School

• Princeton Day School

• The Lawrenceville School

• St. Joseph High School

• Mount St. Mary Academy

• Stuart Country Day School

• The Pennington School

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Christ will manifest himself in and through each of our graduates in many remarkable ways. Franciscan Father Gabriel Zeis, diocesan vicar for Catholic education

Foundations in Faith

Notre Dame High School seniors lead the procession at the start of the Baccalaureate Mass celebrated by Bishop David M. O’Connell, C.M., in the school auditorium June 10. John Blaine photo

Carrying a Crucifix, a St. Rose High School, Belmar, senior leads her classmates into the Activities Center in Monmouth University where commencement exercises were held June 6. Mike Ehrmann photo

Graduates of Stuart Country Day School of the Sacred Heart, Princeton, process in the Cor Unum for the Baccalaureate Mass celebrated June 8. Tom Wiedmann photo

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Trenton Catholic Academy graduating seniors pres Thomas N. Gervasio during the school’s Baccalaure May 31 in St. Anthony Church, Hamilton. Joe Moore p

Foundatio Members of the graduating class of St. Rose High School, Belmar, come together as a community of believers for the Baccalaureate Mass celebrated by Msgr. Edward Arnister, pastor of St. Rose Parish, and concelebrated by a number of area priests. Mike Ehrmann photo

You are being promoted to a new chapter, a new place in your life, a new awareness of more mysteries and you take your faith with you. Trust me, sometimes your life won’t make any sense without it.” Bagpipers led the Caseys of Red Bank Catholic High School into the Monmouth University’s Activities Center for the June 5 commencement ceremony.

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Bishop David. M. O’Connell, C.M., addresses the graduates of Red Bank Catholic during the Baccalaureate Mass he celebrated June 5 in the Monmouth University Activities Center. Joe Moore photo

Holy Cross Academy, Delran, graduates and their families seated in the bleachers form a fitting tableau as JoAnn Tier, diocesan superintendent of Catholic Schools offers remarks to the assembly. Craig Pittelli photo

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ons in Faith Dr. Edward Gere, principal of Donovan Catholic, congratulates class salutatorian Erin McGarry during the school’s June 5 commencement exercises in St. Joseph Church, Toms River. Mike Ehrmann photo

Faculty form a flank as the graduates from Donovan Catholic, Toms River, prepare to enter St. Joseph Church, June 4 where Bishop David M. O’Connell, C.M., celebrated a Baccalaureate Mass. John Blaine photo Following their May 31 Baccalaureate Mass and Commencement Exercises, the Class of 2016 from Trenton Catholic Academy, Hamilton, along with teachers, staff and diocesan officials pose for a traditional photo on the steps of St. Anthony Church, Hamilton. Joe Moore photo

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Gold and white caps are tossed high in the sky following St. John Vianney High School’s commencement exercises June 3 in Brookdale Community College, Lincroft. John Blaine photo

Graduates will be called upon to use their education wisely and powerfully to bring about a world of trust, a world of acceptance, a world in which we recognize and acclaim the blessings of faith, family, country and the human spirit. JoAnn Tier, diocesan superintendent of Catholic Schools

Foundations in Faith Presenting parents with a rose during the Baccalaureate Mass is a beloved tradition upheld in Mater Dei Prep. Here, a graduate gets a hug from her dad while her mom smiles through tears of joy. John Batkowski photo

A happy Notre Dame graduate poses for a picture with her younger sister after the graduation ceremony held June 11 in the Sun National Bank Arena. John Blaine photo

A graduate of Villa Victoria Academy, Ewing, is surrounded by her family following the school’s June 4 Baccalaureate Mass and graduation ceremony. Tom Wiedmann photo

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