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June 15, 2016
CENTRAL JERSEY – With diplomas in hand, the future looks bright for graduates of the Class of 2016 at the four Catholic high schools in the Diocese of Metuchen, who together amassed more than $89.5 million in scholarships and awards.
Overview of Catholic High Graduates
Among the 198 graduating seniors at Bishop George Ahr High School, Edison, more than $28 million in scholarships and grants were awarded this year. The diocese’s co-educational college preparatory school was founded in 1969 and is staffed by the Franciscan Felician Sisters. Over four years, the Class of 2016 contributed nearly 39,000 hours of service to the school and greater community. The class valedictorian will attend the Honors College at Rutgers University, and the salutatorian will attend Northeastern University.
At Immaculata High School, Somerville, 73 percent of 122 graduates received $13.5 million in scholarships this year, with 67 percent receiving more in scholarship money than the total cost of four-year tuition at the parochial high school staffed by the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary (IHM). The Class of 2016 completed nearly 6,700 hours of service to the school and greater community over four years. The valedictorian will attend the Honors College of Western Connecticut State University, and the salutatorian will attend Carnegie Mellon University.
At St. Joseph High School, Metuchen, 82 percent of 176 seniors were awarded $31 million in scholarships this year; and 71 percent received more in scholarship money than the total cost of tuition during four years at the private Catholic all-boys college preparatory school run by the Brothers of the Sacred Heart. Both co-valedictorians of the Class of 2016 will attend Harvard College.
At Mount Saint Mary Academy, Watchung, $17 million in scholarships and awards was received among the 100 graduates of the Catholic, private all-girls high school owned and operated by Sisters of Mercy of the Mid-Atlantic. The Class of 2016 valedictorian will move on to the Boston College Honors Program this Fall, and the salutatorian will attend Princeton University.
The graduating seniors who received the 2016 Bishop James F. Checchio Award for Religion are: Lauren Machalany of Bishop George Ahr High School; Jamie M. Slomka of Immaculata High School; Christine Rosato of Mount St. Mary Academy; Jacob A. Lunn of St. Joseph High School.
“Our Catholic high schools have well prepared these young men and women for the next chapter of their lives,” said Ellen Ayoub, diocesan superintendent of schools. “Along with an excellent academic foundation based in Catholic teachings and traditions, they have demonstrated a deep care and concern for people in their communities and a desire to continue to make a positive difference in the world.”
“We are so proud of the combined efforts of our graduates and their families, as well as the many dedicated faculty and staff members, which have yielded such tremendous results,” Ayoub said.
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