TRUMBULL—St. Joseph High School, southern Connecticut’s premier catholic college preparatory school, is proud to announce that on June 5, 2021, the school conferred diplomas upon 228 students who boast a 100% college acceptance rate.
The 2021 Commencement was held on the school’s athletic fields in a socially distanced ceremony. Parents, siblings, and friends honored graduates with an abundance of love an excitement for their perseverance and determination throughout this unique school year. During the ceremony, graduates heard from distinguished leaders Ms. Vicki A Tesoro, First Selectman (Town of Trumbull), Mr. Christopher Wilson, Chairman of the Board (St Joseph High School); and Dr. Steven Cheeseman, Superintendent of Schools (Diocese of Bridgeport). Remarks and prayers to the Class of 2021 were marked with an overwhelming sense of pride.
In addition, Joseph Harrington and Helen Mahoney, this year’s Valedictorian and Salutatorian respectively, shared inspiring and heartfelt words with their peers in reflection of their high school journey. “Getting to this point, this year, hasn’t always been easy. It required hard work, determination, and sparknotes,” reflected Valedictorian, Joseph Harrington, who delivered the Farewell Address. “But we keep fighting. Keep learning. Keep changing. Keep growing. Keep persevering… Because that’s what we do best: we work hard, we play hard, and we win, every day. And even though we won’t win each and every day, we don’t give in.”
Salutatorian, Helen Mahoney also shared, “At the end of one chapter of our lives and the beginning of another, we look to our Patron, Saint Joseph. And like him, we will be open to tackling new challenges, living fearlessly, and making a positive impact in the lives of those God puts in our path.”
“The Class of 2021 will be remembered for their legacy of kindness, tenacity, and unshakable faith”, remarked President Mr. David Klein, who presided over the ceremony. “We are incredibly proud of the senior class. They have lead our community as examples of optimism and perseverance. This class has proven that with adversity and challenge, comes growth and change, and I have no doubt that this class of Cadets will have a remarkable future. We cannot wait to celebrate their next accomplishments, as we know there will be many.”
“St. Joseph High School is an exceptional place,” remarked Mrs. Nancy DiBuono, Principal. “The school community, led by the positivity of our seniors, has found a way to celebrate one another, express gratitude, and look to the future with enthusiastic confidence. The Class of 2021’s hard work and dedication have paid off and we would not be more proud of their accomplishments.”
St. Joseph High School is an independent Catholic college preparatory community that educates and motivates young women and men to live purposeful lives as ethical leaders committed to the common good of all. The School remains unflappable in its commitment to excellence while confronting the unique obstacles of these times. In a year marked with unprecedented challenges, not only do SJ Cadets Carry On – they thrive.
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