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Roundup on 2022 Catholic high school graduations in archdiocese

(The following information was submitted by Catholic high schools in The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Washington.)

Washington, D.C Catholic high schools

Archbishop Carroll High School

(Sponsored by The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Washington)

Number of graduates in class of 2022: 80 young women and men

Graduation ceremony: May 26 at at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. 

Graduation speaker: Richard Dyer, a member of Archbishop Carroll’s class of 1978 who serves as the general manager of WUSA-TV Channel 9.

Baccalaureate Mass: May 25 at the National Shrine’s Crypt Church, celebrated by Washington Cardinal Wilton Gregory

Valedictorian: Ester Ventura

Salutatorian: Victoria Ruiz

Accomplishments of class of 2022: Graduates received 481 college acceptances (100 percent college acceptance rate) and more than $9 million in scholarships. Archbishop Carroll celebrated its first graduating class from its Jim Vance Media Program, and 77 percent of Carroll’s engineering program seniors are pursuing STEM majors

 Georgetown Visitation Preparatory School

(Sponsored by the Visitation Sisters)

Number of graduates in the class of 2022: 130 young women

Graduation ceremony: June 7 at Georgetown Visitation 

Graduation speaker: Sister Mary Bader, a 1978 graduate of Georgetown Visitation and a Daughter of Charity who serves as the CEO of St. Ann’s Center for Children, Youth and Families in Hyattsville, Maryland

Baccalaureate Mass: June 6 at Visitation, celebrated by Father Patrick Kifolo, OSFS

Valedictorian and salutatorian of class of 2022: Visitation does not name a valedictorian and salutatorian. The class chooses a speaker for graduation. This year, the speaker will be Class President Joella Kiondo. In addition, one student will receive the General Medal of Excellence for having the highest G.P.A. in the class. 

Gonzaga College High School

(Sponsored by the Society of Jesus)

Number of graduates in the class of 2022: 229 young men

Date of graduation: June 5 at St. Aloysius Church, Washington, D.C. (Ticketed event, not open to the public)

Graduation speaker: Jesuit Father James Conn, professor emeritus of canon law at the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome and superior of the Casa Santa Maria, the residence for post graduate student-priests of Rome’s Pontifical North American College. Father Conn began is teaching career in 1971 at Gonzaga and is in his 51st year as a Latin teacher.

Baccalaureate Mass: June 4 at St. Aloysius Church, The celebrant will be Jesuit Father Joseph E. Lingan, a 1975 Gonzaga graduate who now serves as the school’s president. 

Valedictorian of class of 2022: Tyler E. Kaczmarek

Salutatorian of class of 2022: Antonio G. Dolojan

Special accomplishments of class of 2022: Five National Merit Hispanic Recognition Scholars, five National Merit African American Recognition Scholars, and 15 National Merit Commended Scholars. This school year, Gonzaga College High School celebrated the 200th anniversary of its founding in 1821.

St. Anselm’s Abbey School

(Sponsored by the Order of St. Benedict)

Number of graduates in the class of 2022: 47 young men

Date of graduation: June 4 at St. Anselm’s Abbey Theater and gymnasium

Graduation speaker: Dr. Aaron Dominguez, Provost and ordinary professor of physics at The Catholic University of America

Baccalaureate Mass: May 29 at St. Anselm’s Abbey Chapel. The celebrant will be Abbot James Wiseman, OSB. 

St. John’s College High School

(Sponsored by the De La Salle Christian Brothers)

Number of graduates in the class of 2022: 283 young women and men

Date of graduation: June 3 at the Basilica of the National Shrine. 

Graduation speaker: Msgr. John Enzler, a member of St. John’s class of 1965 who serves as the president and CEO of Catholic Charities of The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Washington, will speak at the graduation as the celebrant and homilist of the Baccalaureate Mass  

Valedictorian of class of 2022: Olivia Baptiste

Salutatorian of class of 2022: Nagomi Myers

Special accomplishments of class of 2022: More than $35 million in scholarships

Maryland Catholic high schools in The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Washington

The Academy of the Holy Cross

(Sponsored by Holy Cross Sisters in Kensington)

Number of graduates in the class of 2022: 104 young women

Date of graduation: June 6 at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception

Graduation speaker: Francesca Pellegrino, president and founder of the Catholic Coalition for Special Education 

Baccalaureate Mass: June 5 at Holy Redeemer Church, Kensington

Valedictorian of class of 2022: Adrianna Melina Monzon-Osorio

Salutatorian of class of 2022: Anna Marie Avila

Special accomplishments of class of 2022: The Academy of the Holy Cross’s class of 2022 has taken a very active role in numerous social justice activities including cultural heritage education, supporting refugees in Ukraine, service to numerous local organizations, and efforts supporting women in crisis.

Bishop McNamara High School

(Sponsored by the Brothers of the Holy Cross in Forestville)

Number of graduates in the class of 2022: 213 students, including 111 young women and 102 young men 

Date of graduation: May 27 at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception

Baccalaureate Mass: May 26 at Mount Calvary Catholic Church, celebrated by the pastor there, Father Robert Boxie III

Valedictorian of class of 2022: Justin Malloy
 Salutatorian of class of 2022: Tiffany Obina 

Special accomplishments of class of 2022: The students in Bishop McNamara High School’s class of 2022 contributed more than 18,000 hours of Christian service and earned more than $21 million in merit-based scholarships. In that class, 77 percent of all seniors are graduating with a GPA of 3.0 or above, and 47 percent of all seniors are enrolled in one or more Advanced Placement courses.

Connelly School of the Holy Child

(Sponsored by the Society of the Holy Child Jesus in Potomac)

Number of graduates in the class of 2022: 69 young women

Date of graduation: June 3 at Connelly School of the Holy Child

Student graduation speaker: Speech will be given by class president Cameryn Lea.

Baccalaureate Mass: June 2 at Our Lady of Mercy Church in Potomac, celebrated by Msgr. Charles Antonicelli, the pastor there

 DeMatha Catholic High School

(Sponsored by the Order of the Most Holy Trinity in Hyattsville)

Number of graduates: 165 young men

Date of graduation: June 3 at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception

Student speakers at graduation: Welcome by Therman Hawkins III and farewell by Luke Kelly

Baccalaureate Mass: June 1 at DeMatha Catholic High School, celebrated by Trinitarian Father James Day, the school’s president

Special accomplishments of the class of 2022: The senior year of DeMatha’s class of 2022 coincided with the school’s 75th anniversary year

https://cathstan.org/news/local/dematha-s-75th-anniversary-and-pandemic-marked-eventful-school-experience-for-two-seniors

 Don Bosco Cristo Rey High School

(Sponsored in Takoma Park by The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Washington and the Salesians of Don Bosco)

Number of graduates in the class of 2022106 graduates, including 55 young women and 51 young men

Date of graduation: June 2 at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception 

Graduation speaker: Ada Gonzalez, a member of Don Bosco Cristo Rey’s class of 2018

Baccalaureate Mass: June 1 at Our Lady of Sorrows Church in Takoma Park, celebrated by Cardinal Gregory

Valedictorian of class of 2022 – Jacqueline Alvarez

Salutatorian of class of 2022 – Diana Andrade

Special accomplishments of class of 2022: Don Bosco Cristo Rey’s class of 2022 had a 100 percent college acceptance rate, and 52 percent of the seniors are graduating with honors.

 Elizabeth Seton High School

(Sponsored in Bladensburg by the Daughters of Charity)

Number of graduates in the class of 2022: 166 young women

Date of graduation: May 31 at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception

Baccalaureate Mass: May 31 at the Mahler Center for the Performing Arts at Elizabeth Seton High School, celebrated by Msgr. Ray East, the pastor of St. Teresa of Avila Parish in Washington and a nationally known Catholic evangelist and speaker

Special accomplishments of class of 2022: The class of 2022 at Elizabeth Seton High School earned nearly $19 million dollars in scholarships. Members of that class will be attending Johns Hopkins University, Howard University, Spelman College, and Stanford University. One of the seniors earned a spot in Florida A&M University’s famous marching band. Other members of Seton’s class of 2022 interested in the arts are enrolled at the Fashion Institute of Technology and Cooper Union, and some of Seton’s graduating seniors interested in the engineering, computer science and health care fields are enrolled at Purdue, Virginia Tech and George Washington University.

 Georgetown Preparatory School

 (Sponsored by the Society of Jesus in North Bethesda)

Number of graduates in the class of 2022: 120 young men

Date of graduation: May 21 at Georgetown Preparatory School

Graduation speaker: Alejandro Rojas, class of 2022, spoke at commencement, nominated by his class peers and selected by a faculty and student panel. 

Baccalaureate Mass: May 20 at Georgetown Prep’s Boland Arena in the Hanley Center, celebrated by Jesuit Father James R. Van Dyke, president of Georgetown Prep

Georgetown Prep names a recipient of the Williams Medal. Richard Francis Williams ranked first in the Graduating Class of 1962 at Georgetown Preparatory School, and after his premature death in 1966 a medal was established in his memory to be awarded annually to the student with the highest academic average in his senior year. This year, the Williams Medal goes to Weicheng (Wilson) Kan.

Our Lady of Good Counsel High School

(Sponsored in Olney by the Xaverian Brothers)

Number of graduates in the class of 2022: 317 young women and men

Date of graduation: Baccalaureate Mass and Graduation on May 26 at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. The presider at the Mass was Father Thomas Lavin, OFM Conv.

Graduation speaker: The top 10 graduating seniors are invited to prepare and present a five-minute commencement address to a panel of faculty and staff. Aaron Siegel was selected to be the class speaker.  

Special accomplishments of class of 2022: Our Lady of Good Counsel’s class of 2022 received nearly $40 million in scholarships, the most a graduating class from the school has ever been offered.

St. Mary’s Ryken High School

(Sponsored in Leonardtown by the Xaverian Brothers)

Number of graduates in the class of 2022: 134 students, including 65 young women and 69 young men.

Date of graduation: May 31 on St. Mary’s Ryken campus at the Donnie Williams Center

Baccalaureate Mass: Celebrated on May 22 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church  in La Plata, Maryland by Father Jack Berard

Valedictorian and salutatorian of class of 2022: St. Mary’s Ryken does not have a valedictorian or salutatorian. Instead, the school has an Xaverian Orator and Class Speaker.

Elise Cecil of the class of 2022 at St. Mary’s Ryken is the Xaverian Orator and will speak during the school’s Baccalaureate Mass. The Xaverian Orator is presented to the student with the top cumulative GPA over their four years at SMR.

Nina Ferrero, chosen by faculty and staff, will speak on behalf of St. Mary’s Ryken’s class of 2022 at the school’s 41st commencement ceremony. Ferrero is a St. Mary’s Ryken Biomedical Science Pathway member. In addition, she is a Presidential and Leadership Scholarship Recipient. She became the president of her sophomore class; served as vice president of Student Council during her junior and senior years, as president of Knights for Life, and she was the president of the National Honor Society. Ferrero is a member of the Xaverian Brothers Sponsored School Stewards, has earned over 200 hours in service to the community and led several student retreats. In addition, Ferrero was the cross country captain and ran track. She also participated in the St. Mary’s Ryken spring musicals and was recognized as a Distinguished Young Woman of Charles County.

Special accomplishments of class of 2022: The class of 2022 at St. Mary’s Ryken High School earned scholarships offers totaling over $21 million and completed 18,620 service hours, 54 percent over the requirement. The class also included four National Merit Commended Scholars and 15 AP Scholars, and 26 student-athletes signed to continue to play their sport at the college level.

St. Vincent Pallotti High School

(Sponsored in Laurel by the Pallottine Missionary Sisters)

Number of graduates in the class of 2022: 86 young women and men

Date of graduation: May 25 at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. The graduation ceremonies began that day with a Baccalaureate Mass celebrated by Father Larry Young, the pastor of St. Mary of the Mills Parish in Laurel.

Valedictorian of the class of 2022: Ademide Adeyemo

Salutatorian of the class of 2022: Alexandria Horne

St. Vincent Pallotti High School marked the 100th anniversary of its 1921 founding during the 2021-22 school year.

https://cathstan.org/news/local/after-st-vincent-pallotti-high-school-marks-100th-anniversary-two-seniors-look-to-the-future

Stone Ridge School of the Sacred Heart

(Sponsored in Bethesda by the Religious of the Sacred Heart)

Date of graduation: June 9 at Stone Ridge School of the Sacred Heart on the Hamilton House lawn
 

Graduation speaker: José Andrés, the father of Stone Ridge alumnae Carlota of the class of 2017, Ines of the class of 2019 and graduate Lucia of the class of 2022. Andrés is a Spanish chef, and founder of World Central Kitchen, a non-profit that is first to the frontlines, providing meals in response to humanitarian, climate, and community crises. He is often credited with bringing the small plates dining concept to America. He owns restaurants in Washington, D.C., Los Angeles, Las Vegas, South Beach, Florida, Orlando, Chicago, and New York City.

Baccalaureate Mass: Stone Ridge will have a Fourth Academic Mother Daughter Liturgy on June 6 in the school’s Athletic Center

Letters: Legislature acts foolishly on convention center; Greed motivates those who sell firearms; Homeless presence overwhelms residents

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Didn’t our Legislature learn anything from Aloha Stadium? The stadium of steel was supposed to form a protective “patina.” Instead it rusted and corroded. The state pumped tens of millions of dollars in repairs over many years. Now the stadium sits as an unusable unsafe monolith of legislative incompetence.

Will that be the fate of the Hawai‘i Convention Center (“Legislature denies Hawai‘i Convention Center $64 million needed for rooftop repairs,” Star-Advertiser, May 23)? Instead of giving the Hawaii Tourism Authority $54 million now and getting the job done right, lawmakers gave HTA a $15 million Band-Aid — penny wise and pound foolish.

You know the HTA is going to come back in years to come asking for more money. Materials and labor costs will have gone up. It will cost more in the long run. Didn’t Hawaii see a surge in tax revenue? Use some of it for the convention center.

A wise man learns from his mistakes. Our Legislature is not very smart.

Robert K. Soberano

Moiliili

Greed motivates those who sell firearms

On so many levels and for so many reasons, what happened in Texas should not have happened (“Gunman kills 19 children in Texas school rampage,” Star-Advertiser, Top News, May 24).

It did happen for only one reason — Greed.

Greed for money by selling guns.

Greed for power by selling guns.

Greed for control by selling guns.

“Guns don’t kill people.” They just make it easier — and profitable.

Thomas Luna

McCully

Celebrate the diversity of the lives we share

I wrote this shout-out for diversity as I monitored the daily news.

The shootings in Buffalo, N.Y., require a response and, here in Hawaii, we are (maybe) well-positioned to call out (“‘How dare you!’: Grief, anger from Buffalo victims’ kin,” Star-Advertiser, May 19).

My husband’s grandfather was converted to Christianity by a New England missionary in Japan and came with an early boatload of laborers to Hawaii (probably because he could read and write, and there were obvious opportunities for conversion).

My husband’s oldest sister, a dietician who first worked at Tripler Army Medical Center, married an African- American man from Mobile, Ala., whom she met working at a hospital in California.

The first marriage my husband officiated was of our brother-in-law’s sister (who had just left a Catholic nunnery) to a former priest (a Caucasian from Michigan). They met doing missionary work in South America.

My history reflects that of many on this island. And it is one I celebrate. We have so much to learn from one other. Let’s promote that education — without guns — and with aloha.

May Mamiya

Moiliili

Use election to set term limits for politicians

The only way to get elected in this state is if the incumbent gets sick; if the incumbent is found guilty of a crime; if the incumbent retires; or if the incumbent runs for a higher political office.

Due to lack of term limits of many of our elected officials, and being tired of the same old faces and of political shenanigans, I have decided to vote for nonincumbents this year as a way to try to generate new opinions and viewpoints in our Legislature.

Enough of the same names, faces and power-hungry individuals who haven’t held a nonpolitical job for decades. I will do my research and vote for new candidates this year as my way of term-limiting.

Kimberly Case

Manoa

Homeless presence overwhelms residents

I agree with Robert Ramsey’s letter regarding rousting the homeless (“Rousting the homeless an exercise in futility,” Star-Advertiser, May 23).

I have lived in Waikiki for 22 years. I am also aware of what is happening with the homeless.

I cannot drive more than a block without seeing homeless groups and their camps. The city will remove them and their belongings and within a day, they are back at their same location. It is an exercise in futility. The increasing numbers of homeless show this to be a fact.

People cannot sit on bus benches; they cannot walk down a sidewalk without having to endure this.

If this is not curbed, and quickly, Honolulu will be just like Los Angeles and other ruined cities.

Make the homeless accountable for their actions. Most important, take away all their privileges. Yes, privileges. A free phone, free health care, free laundry services, free shower facilities, free food, it goes on and on.

I am asking our elected officials to step up, now.

Diane Tippett

Waikiki

True indigenous people forced aside by others

Apparently, many white American immigrants now consider themselves to be indigenous, while authentic indigenous people, including Native Hawaiians, have been pawns on a political chessboard.

“They will not replace us” must have been the cry from all indigenous peoples who have now been replaced by those who now call themselves “we.”

“They” have won. They (we) have forcefully replaced indigenous people worldwide, if not numerically, then by political and military force. And we call our country a democracy? Who are “we”?

Jeff Bigler

Wailuku

Ala Moana bridge unnecessary for area

Regarding the pedestrian overpass that is going to be built across Ala Moana Boulevard (“Ala Moana Boulevard pedestrian bridge construction to begin,” Star-Advertiser, May 2): I agree with the other letter writers. I don’t think it is necessary. I live in the area and I don’t see many people crossing to and from the beach park. The stop lights are adequate. The funds could be better used to fix the roads around Kakaako.

Nieva Elizaga

Ala Moana


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