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More than 900 graduate from Catholic high schools in the Class of ’16


More than 900 students graduated from Catholic high schools in the Diocese of Wilmington this year. The following lists the schools at the honors for grads of the Class of 1016.

Members of St. Mark's High School Class of 2016 process into commencement ceremonies on June 4. (Courtesy St. Mark's High School)
Members of St. Mark’s High School Class of 2016 process into commencement ceremonies on June 4. (Courtesy St. Mark’s High School)

St. Mark’s awards 196 diplomas

One hundred ninety-six seniors graduated from St. Mark’s High School during commencement exercises at the school on June 4. Bishop Malooly presided.

The Class of 2016 received scholarship and grant offers exceeding $9.3 million.

The Rachel M. Ali Memorial Award for quiet leadership, excellence of character and devotion to St. Mark’s went to John Hanling, who also was recognized for chemistry. Benjamin Daghir earned the Ronald R. Russo Award for academic excellence and departmental honors in calculus, and he and Jacob Schepers shared the award for advanced social studies over four years. Basilio Bautista III received the Bishop Michael Hyle Memorial Award for outstanding service. He shared the departmental award for music with Emma Johnson.

Other departmental awards went to Holly Stevens, art; Gillian Bruce, English and Spanish; Arianna Grott, creative and critical writing; Madison Breske, critical analysis of literature and drama; Analise Kaminski, family and consumer science; Lauren Marvin, French; Abigail Calvetti, Italian.

Also, Chutong (Tony) Yang, mathematics and science; Shawn Egan, statistics and physics; Andrew Riegner, biology; Schepers, European history; Zachary Hopkins, law and economics; Dominick Sinopoli, technical production; and Marissa Kissinger, theology.

Hopkins and Breske shared the award for American history.

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Ss. Peter and Paul graduates 34

Ss. Peter and Paul High School graduated 34 members of the Class of 2016 at commencement exercises held May 26 at the Todd Performing Arts Center at Chesapeake College. Bishop Malooly presided.

The graduates were accepted to nearly 70 colleges and universities, and they received more than $3.5 million in scholarships and grants.

Riley DeTar was the valedictorian and was a State of Maryland Merit Scholar, along with the winner of the Christopher Maxwell Literary Award and the Adrianna Lee Pride and Perseverance Award. In addition, she received departmental honors in science, world language, math and English.

Salutatorian Delaney Palumbo was also a State of Maryland Merit Scholar, and Allison McLaughlin was recognized as the Baccalaurean.

Steven Evans received the Principal’s Award for dedication to the mission of the school. Frederick Bauer won the Alumni Association Spirit Award and departmental honors for theology, and along with Taylor Quade received the C. Markland Kelly Jr. Award for leadership and sportsmanship.

Other departmental honors went to Mary Flynn, drama, and Savannah Masterson, fine arts and theology. Perry Summers was awarded the Eileen Siemer Schauber Memorial Scholarship for health-related career studies, the Lilli Rossi Selfless Service Award for her commitment to service, and the social studies department award.

The Father Adrian Fuerst Award for academic effort went to Jennifer Kelly. Luke Harrington garnered the John P. Herrity Memorial Award for dedication to the athletic program, and Ashley Wagner earned the Lucille O’Reilly Memorial Award for academics.

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Forty-five graduate from STMA

St. Thomas More Academy graduated 45 seniors during commencement ceremonies June 1 in the school gymnasium. Forty-four of those graduates are going to college, and the other is joining the Air Force. The class received $6.8 million in scholarship and grant offers.

Amy Jackson was the valedictorian and the winner of the Chancellor Award. She also received departmental honors in AP English literature and the Newspaper Award. The salutatorian was Johnsenia Brooks, who also received the St. Thomas More Award and departmental honors for foreign languages.

Jon Titus won the Bishop’s Leadership Award and was honored for instrumental ensemble. Omiros Bousses received the Bishop Saltarelli Servant Award, and Nicholas Reyes earned the Fr. James Lentini Service Award and honors in religion and chorus.

Other departmental honors went to Jacob Robeson, art; Joanna Petrosky, AP studio art; William Hart, law and society; Kelley Northan, AP psychology; Sarah Hayes, social studies;

Also, Patricia Hayes, English literature and the Model UN Award; Steven Smailer, mathematics; Kaiyao Shu, AP calculus and ESL; and Travis Ziegler, engineering.

Michaela Pearson won the yearbook award, while Devin Petka took the Drama Club award. Kayce Boller was recognized for community service.

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Archmere graduates 106

Archmere Academy graduated 106 seniors during commencement exercises on June 5 at the school. Bishop Malooly presided.

The valedictorian was Gregory McCord, who also took departmental honors in science. The salutatorian, Rahul Subbaraya, was also honored for his work in mathematics.

The Archmere Medal, the school’s most prestigious award given annually to the senior whom the faculty believes best exemplifies the ideals and values of Archmere, was earned by Christopher Dewees. Jessica Zbranak won the Activity Medal, the second-highest honor, which recognizes service and participation.

Other departmental honors went to Joseph McAlonan, drama; Sophia Cipriano, theology; Laura Williams, Christian service; Hannah Palczuk, French; Victoria Falasco, Spanish; Paul Henjes, German and humanities;

Also, Joseph Spall IV, computer science; Dylan Dramis, vocal music; Taylor Tucker, history; Daniel Bondi, technology; Victoria Richardson, forensics; and Rebecca McBride, instrumental music. John Vaile III and Barbara Boylan shared the award for art.

Benjamin Revak was recognized for excellence in boys athletics, and Presley Conaty won the award for girls athletics.

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170 graduate from Padua

One hundred and seventy young women became alumnae of Padua Academy during commencement exercises June 2 at St. Anthony of Padua Church. Bishop Malooly presided. The graduates were offered nearly $19.4 million in scholarships and grants.

The student speakers were co-valedictorians Audrey Ostroski and Chiara Smorada and salutatorian Sarah Brush. Ostroski and Smorada each received the Padua Academy Award for the highest scholastic average for four years. Brush was also recognized for mathematics.

Anastasia Hutnick received honors for French, English and social studies. Other departmental honors went to Alexa Bruette, religious studies; Julia Classen, science; Victoria DeLissio, Italian; Reyna Trujillo, Spanish; Susan Everett, textiles and clothing; Emily Platz, technology; Sarah Cottrell, art; and Margaret Achenbach, music.

Francesca Marinaro received the Student Council Leadership Award. The Sarah Smith Scholarship was presented to Erin Schuessler, and Mary Clare Culloty was recognized with the Knights of Columbus Award. Francesca Murray was awarded the Brother Michael Rosenello Award. Josefa Castelli earned the St. Francis of Assisi Award, while Alexandra Roat received the St. Francis de Sales Award. Meghan Hanson was the recipient of the Board of Trustees Award.

The following students were recognized for perfect attendance for four years: Cottrell, Lan Ho, Abigail McGowan, Chelsea McNamara, Laura Mumley, Ostroski and Alasia Slade.

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84 new alumni at St. E’s

Eighty-four seniors graduated from St. Elizabeth High School during ceremonies held June 6 at the St. E Center. Bishop Malooly presided.

The class was accepted to 95 colleges and universities, and it received scholarship and grant offers totaling more than $7.2 million.

Student speakers were Anjenee Cannon and Dylan Gerstley. Gerstley received the Sister Mary Ellen Hussey Award, presented to the senior who best exemplifies Sister’s forthright nature and uncompromising vision of academic excellence, personal achievement and clearsighted leadership.

Doreen Liu won departmental honors in mathematics, science, English and religious studies. She also received the Blessed Virgin Mary Sodality Award for the highest general average over four years, along with the Ciro Sr. and Lidia Poppiti Viking Scholar Award for intellectual curiosity, leadership, awareness of global issues and mastery of 21st century skills.

John Paul Moryc received honors for social studies. He also shared the Frank E. Webb Memorial Award for second-highest general average over four years with Jillian McAndrew. McAndrew earned the Pastor’s Award for working the hardest. Michael Ricci received the Class of 2016 Award, which is given to a graduate by his or her classmates for being the most personable, kind and considerate of the seniors. Nicholas Moffitt and Rafael Parra shared the St. Elizabeth Parish Youth Leadership Award.

Aika San Diego and Matthew Spychalski received the James T. Curran Memorial Award, presented to a female and male graduate who demonstrate honesty, integrity, humility and citizenship. Leighton Trimarco and Brian Marchioni were the winners of the St. Sebastian Award, which goes to the female and male senior who exemplify excellence on the athletic field and in the classroom.

Departmental honors went to Joshua O’Donnell, Spanish; Mitali Patel, French; Karla Figueroa, chorus and vocal activity; Vincent DeLissio, visual arts; and Stephanie Charney, performing arts.

Elizabeth Rapposelli was presented with the Jennifer Forester Memorial Award for best exemplifying Benedictine Spirit … Viking Pride. Charney earned the St. Scholastica Spirit of School Award for best giving witness to the mission statement of the school. Nathaniel Kohl was the recipient of the St. Benedict Pax Award.

Gerstley, Moryc and Parra were recognized for perfect attendance.

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Salesianum graduates 238

Salesianum School graduated 238 seniors on June 3 in the school gymnasium. Bishop Malooly presided.

The Class of 2016 received scholarship and grant offers totaling more than $24 million.

Timothy Rickert and Luke Szrama shared the Rev. Thomas A. Lawless, OSFS, Gold Master Award for highest academic ranking. Szrama also received departmental honors for mathematics, chemistry and physics.

The following students were recognized with various awards: Charles Barilo, Tyler Benzinger, Tyler Brown (posthumously), Marek Easton, Ny Aaire Hollis, William Horstmann, Colin Lott, Matthew McColgan and Conner Popo, visual arts; Matthew Brown, journalism/writing; Sean Cahir, technical aspects of theater; Kyle Cathers, personal integrity; James Christopher, dramatics; Aidan Drake, German.

Also, Ryan Filliben, French; William Frangia, biology; Christopher Hunnewell, television production; Patrick Lyons, religious studies, social studies, Latin, moral responsibility and good citizenship, and scholar-athlete; Riley Montgomery, leadership and service to the Salesianum Student Council, and the Spirit of Salesianum Award.

Also, Aaron Moriak, computer science; Randall Mueller, Spanish; Colby Reeder, athletics; Stephen Saville, instrumental music; Robert Sinko, drafting and architectural design; Parker Strand, Latin; and Jacob Vassalotti, English and Latin.

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Ursuline Academy awards diplomas to 60

Sixty young women joined the ranks of Ursuline Academy alumnae during graduation exercises held June 5 in the school gymnasium. Bishop Malooly presided.

The valedictorian was Emma Derr, who also received departmental honors for English, Latin, social studies, theology and instrumental music. The salutatorian was Katherine Hosey.

The President’s Award was given to Sarah Quillen for excellence in service to school and community. Morgan Thornton received the Agnes Horty May Alumnae Award for scholarship, extracurricular projects, leadership and character. Mary Katherine Corbino was the winner of the Cross of Merit Award for outstanding service and loyalty to the school and student body. She also received departmental honors for drama. The Neilia Hunter Biden Award for service to country, community and fellow Americans was presented to Maya Showell.

Other departmental honors went to Jacquelyn Kepley, chorus; Kaitlin Coviello, visual art and French; Brooke Schaen, Spanish; and Olivia Hatton, math and science.

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