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June 8, 2015 | Volume 90 Number 16


2015 Graduates

Benedictine College Preparatory


Featuring 81 graduates for the class of 2015, Benedictine College Preparatory held its commencement exercises June 5 at the Benedictine Memorial Gymnasium, Richmond. The commencement speaker was Mr. Michael A. Bumhulsky, retiring Associate Headmaster of the School. The Baccalaureate Mass was celebrated at St. Benedict’s Church by Abbot Placid D. Solari, O.S.B., being held on the same day as the graduation ceremony.

Valedictorian David John Cisik, III will attend the University of Virginia. Salutatorian Winston Samuel Virt Frick is also attending the University of Virginia.

100% of the Benedictine graduates will attend college, with two students initially going into the Marine Corps before beginning their higher education experience. This year’s graduating class was granted $3.5 million in scholarships, and will attend universities and colleges from coast-to-coast.

Bishop Sullivan Catholic High School


Held on June 1 at Chrysler Hall, Norfolk, the 2015 commencement exercises of Bishop Sullivan Catholic High School featured 106 graduates. RADM Terence E. McKnight, USN (Ret), Norfolk Catholic High School, Class of 1973, was the commencement speaker. Rev. Daniel Beeman presided at the Baccalaureate Mass held at the Catholic Church of St. Mark, Virginia Beach on May 31.

Valedictorian Angela Marina Leon will attend the University of Virginia. Salutatorian Lauren Alexandra Branche will also attend the University of Virginia. Members of the Class of 2015 were accepted to 136 colleges and universities — including 15 Catholic colleges — in 34 states, the District of Columbia, France and Canada. Class members were awarded over $5 million in scholarships and grants.

Among the organizations that benefitted from the school’s community service program were Maison Fortuné, Haiti, the American Red Cross, Habitat for Humanity, Catholic Heart Work Camp, and Children’s Hospital of The King’s Daughters.

Blessed Sacrament-Huguenot Catholic School


With 32 graduates celebrating 2015 commencement, Blessed Sacrament Huguenot Catholic School held its exercises on May 30, at St. Edward the Confessor in Richmond.

Baccalaureate Mass was celebrated at St. John Neumann Catholic Church, Powhatan, on May 27, with Pastor J. Morton Biber presiding.

Valedictorian Clara Leona Frazier will be attending Virginia Tech. Salutatorian Zachary Hunter Buono will attend Johns Hopkins University.

This year, graduates of Bless Sacrament Huguenot were accepted to 50 different colleges and universities in the United States and abroad, with scholarship offerings of over $2 million.

100% of the class of 2015 earned entry to institutions of higher learning.

Holy Cross Regional Catholic School


Holy Cross Regional Catholic School, with 13 graduating students, held its 2015 commencement exercises on June 6 at St. Thomas More Catholic Church, Lynchburg. The commencement speaker was Mr. Richard Steigerwald of the Belvic Company.

Presiding at the Baccalaureate Mass, held on May 29, was Rev. James Gallagher, chaplain at Holy Cross Regional Catholic School.

Valedictorian Gabrielle Jacquelynn Braxton will attend Washington & Lee University. Salutatorian Daniel Gregory Casker will be attending Elon University.

Over $300,000 in grants and scholarships were received by this year’s graduates. 100% of the class of 2015 will be attending four year colleges or universities, both in the United States and Europe.

Peninsula Catholic High School


The 79 members of the 2015 Peninsula Catholic High School graduating class attended their commencement exercises May 30, on school grounds in Newport News. Mariah Smith of Blankets for the Homeless was the commencement speaker.

Presiding at the Baccalaureate Mass celebrated at the school on May 29, were Rev. W. Daniel Beeman, Rev. Msgr. Walter Barrett, Rev. Sean Prince, Rev. John Bosco Walugembe, and Rev. Gino Rossi.

Valedictorian Eric Taleghani will attend the University of Virginia. Salutatorian Naila Sayani is attending Virginia Tech.

The 2015 Class received acceptances from 77 colleges and universities in 23 states and the District of Columbia. This year’s graduates were recognized and rewarded with over $3.7 million in scholarships with 45 students receiving an award of some kind.

Over the course of their high school experience, the 2015 Class of Peninsula Catholic performed 14,688 hours of service to others.

Roanoke Catholic School


The 2015 class of Roanoke Catholic School features 37 graduates. Commencement exercises were held at St. Andrew’s Catholic Church, Roanoke, on June 6 and featured the top four members of the class, known as “The Celtic Cross” as commencement speakers. The Baccalaureate Mass was celebrated at St. Andrew’s by Rev. Msgr. Thomas G. Miller, pastor, on June 6.

Valedictorian Ryan Nathaniel Gerstemeier will attend the University of Notre Dame. Salutatorian Blake Alexander Connell is attending the University of Virginia.

Celebrating its 125th anniversary, Roanoke Catholic counts among its ranks Commended National Merit Scholars, AP Scholars, AP Scholars with Honor, AP Scholars with Distinction, and twelve recipients of the Bishop’s Awards for outstanding volunteer commitment. Additionally, this class has earned 100% college acceptance, accrued over 3,130 service hours, and earned nearly $4 million in scholarships and grants.

St. Gertrude High School


There were 73 graduates of Saint Gertrude High School at the 2015 commencement exercises, held on June 2 at the VCU Verizon Wireless Arena, Stuart C. Siegel Center, Richmond. The featured commencement speaker was Shuwanza Goff ‘02, Floor Director for House Democratic Whip, Steny Hoyer (MD)

Baccalaureate Mass was celebrated at the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart, June 2, by Bishop Francis X. DiLorenzo D.D., S.T.D.

Valedictorian Catherine Clancy Kellis is attending the University of Virginia. Salutatorian Anne Corbin Bailey will attend Virginia Tech.

Graduates of St. Gertrude’s were accepted to 77 universities and colleges, with a 100% acceptance rate for the class. Scholarships and grants earned by the graduating class totaled $3 million.

Walsingham Academy Upper School


Walsingham Academy featured 33 graduates at its 2015 commencement exercises held at Walsingham Academy’s McAuley Hall, Williamsburg, on May 30. The Baccalaureate Mass was celebrated on May 29 at McAuley Hall, with Father Herman Katongole presiding.

Co-Valedictorian Courtney Lynn Carpenter will attend the University of Virginia. Co-Valedictorian Emma Rose Schellpeper will also be attending the University of Virginia.

The Class of 2015 received 91 offers from colleges and universities with 100% attending institutions of higher learning. Over $1.9 million in scholarships and awards were earned with 75% of the graduates being accepted to their first choice of college or university.

39% of the students in the Class of 2015 are lifers of Walsingham Academy, having attended from Prekindergarten or Kindergarten.

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