Catholic high school graduates use knowledge to change the world

By Elizabeth Lowe
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The Catholic Review congratulates the 2,357 graduating seniors from the 20 Catholic high schools in the Archdiocese of Baltimore.
Archbishop Curley High School, Baltimore
A baccalaureate Mass was celebrated May 29 at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Baltimore and commencement exercises were May 31 at the Cathedral of Mary Our Queen in Homeland for 124 graduates. The commencement speaker was Conventual Franciscan Father Michael Martin, Class of 1979, the school’s former president and the director of campus ministry for Duke University in Durham, N.C. Mark Pietrogiacomo was the valedictorian and Matthew Avara the salutatorian. Graduates were offered $8 million in scholarships.  
Archbishop Spalding High School, Severn
A baccalaureate Mass and commencement exercises were held May 23 at the Cathedral of Mary Our Queen for 296 graduates. The commencement speakers were Kathy Mahar, the school’s president, and Kirsten Mackey, a member of the Class of 2013. Mackey, Kelly Sharer and Rachel Cutler ranked first, second and third, respectively, in their class. Graduates were offered more than $25 million in scholarships.
Bishop Walsh School, Cumberland
A baccalaureate Mass and commencement exercises were held May 24 at St. Mary in Cumberland for 43 graduates. Bishop Mitchell T. Rozanski delivered the homily. Graduates were offered more than $1 million in scholarships.
The Catholic High School of Baltimore  
A baccalaureate Mass and commencement exercises were held May 28 at the Cathedral of Mary Our Queen for 57 graduates. Sydney Menikheim was the valedictorian and Rachael Pilachowski was the salutatorian. Graduates were offered more than $3 million in scholarships.
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Calvert Hall College High School, Towson
A baccalaureate Mass and commencement exercises were held June 1 at the Cathedral of Mary Our Queen for 287 graduates. The commencement speaker was Father Stephen E. Hook, pastor of St. Ursula in Parkville. Zachary Rowe was the valedictorian and Robert Jones the salutatorian. Graduates were offered $14.9 million in scholarships.  
Cristo Rey Jesuit High School, Fells Point
A baccalaureate Mass was to be held June 13 at Holy Rosary Church in Fells Point and commencement exercises are scheduled for June 15 at the Cathedral of Mary Our Queen for 46 graduates. The commencement speaker was Ralph Moore, a Baltimore City community leader. Brittany Wood was the valedictorian and Darnell Thigpen was the salutatorian. Graduates were offered more than $1 million in scholarships.    
St. Frances Academy, Baltimore
A baccalaureate Mass was held May 31 at Mount Providence, the Oblate Sisters of Providence Motherhouse in Arbutus, and commencement exercises were June 2 at St. Matthew, Northwood, for 42 graduates. The commencement speaker was Annette Waters, chief statistician for the U.S. Office of Secretary for Planning and Evaluation. Daja Belt was the valedictorian and Janelle Rose the salutatorian. Graduates were offered $750,000 in scholarships.
Institute of Notre Dame, Baltimore
A baccalaureate Mass was held May 30 at St. Matthew, Northwood, and commencement exercises were June 2 at the Cathedral of Mary Our Queen for 85 graduates. Twins Amy and Rebecca Gessler were co-valedictorians and Amelia Smith was the salutatorian. Graduates were offered $9.5 million in scholarships.  
The John Carroll School, Bel Air
A baccalaureate Mass and commencement exercises were held June 1 at John Carroll for 169 graduates. The commencement speaker was Vickie Ensor Bands, Class of 1975, executive director of community outreach for Upper Chesapeake Health System. Claire Zurkowski was the valedictorian and Rebecca Driver the salutatorian. Graduates were offered nearly $10 million in scholarships.
St. John’s Catholic Prep, Buckeystown
A baccalaureate Mass was celebrated May 23 at St. John the Evangelist, Frederick, and commencement exercises were May 24 at the Buckeystown school for 53 graduates. The commencement speaker was Gordon Oliver, the school’s president. Daniel Russo was the valedictorian; Christopher Pliszak and Jennifer Powell were co-salutatorians. Graduates were offered more than $4 million in scholarships.
Loyola Blakefield, Towson
A baccalaureate Mass was celebrated June 1 at the Cathedral of Mary Our Queen and commencement exercises were June 2 at the Towson school for 182 graduates. Tyler Good-Cohn and Jordan Jenkins, members of the Class of 2013, gave the welcome address and commencement address, respectively. Graduates were offered $12.5 million in scholarships.
St. Maria Goretti High School, Hagerstown
A baccalaureate Mass and commencement exercises were held May 25 at St. Ann in Hagerstown for 59 graduates. Jessica Swarner was the valedictorian and Ellie Gorman the salutatorian. Graduates were offered nearly $5 million in scholarships.
Maryvale Preparatory School, Brooklandville
A baccalaureate Mass was held June 6 and commencement exercises were held June 7, both at the Brooklandville school, for 62 graduates. The commencement speaker was Jennifer Ulehla, Class of 1986, women’s lacrosse coach for the University of Michigan. Samantha Stewart, a member of the Class of 2013, gave the class address. Graduates were offered nearly $6 million in scholarships.
St. Mary’s High School, Annapolis
A baccalaureate Mass was celebrated May 23 at St. Mary in Annapolis and commencement exercises were held immediately after at Carroll Gardens for 108 graduates. The commencement speaker was Camille Brown, associate superintendent of Catholic schools for the Archdiocese of Baltimore. Julie Reiter was the valedictorian and Harte Olechowski the salutatorian. Graduates were offered more than $7 million in scholarships.
Mercy High School, Baltimore
A baccalaureate Mass was celebrated June 2 at Mercy High School and commencement exercises were June 5 at the Cathedral of Mary Our Queen for 86 graduates. The commencement speaker was Religious Sister of Mercy Jane Gerety, president of Salve Regina University in Newport, R.I. Graduates were offered more than $4 million in scholarships.
Our Lady of Mount Carmel School, Essex
A baccalaureate Mass was celebrated May 29 and commencement exercises were May 31, both at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church in Essex, for 48 graduates. Jerome Cosby was the valedictorian and Alex Kovalick the salutatorian. Graduates were offered more than $2 million in scholarships.
Mount De Sales Academy, Catonsville
A baccalaureate Mass was celebrated May 23 and commencement exercises were May 25, both at the Catonsville school, for 124 graduates. Meghan Brown was the valedictorian and Mary Connolly the salutatorian. Graduates were offered nearly $13 million in scholarships.
Mount St. Joseph High School, Baltimore
A baccalaureate Mass was celebrated May 31 at St. Louis, Clarksville, and commencement exercises were June 2 at the Cathedral of Mary Our Queen in Homeland for 247 graduates. The student speaker was John Thomas Cook, a member of the Class of 2013. Graduates were offered more than $17 million in scholarships.
Notre Dame Preparatory School, Towson
A baccalaureate Mass was celebrated May 28 and commencement exercises were May 29, both at the Towson school, for 146 graduates. The commencement speaker was Rosalind Healy, Class of 1978, deputy director of the Baltimore Office of Promotion and The Arts. Jacqueline Penn was the general excellence awardee. Graduates were offered nearly $20 million in scholarships.
The Seton Keough High School, Baltimore
A baccalaureate Mass was celebrated May 28 at St. Joseph’s Passionist Monastery in Irvington and commencement exercises were May 30 at the Cathedral of Mary Our Queen for 93 graduates. The commencement speaker was Barbara Anderson, Class of 1974, pastoral life director for Our Lady of Mount Carmel, Thurmont, and St. Anthony Shrine, Emmitsburg. Emily Burgess was the valedictorian and Tori Sanders the salutatorian. Graduates were offered nearly $4 million in scholarships.

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