NEWTOWN—On Saturday, June 2, the 28 graduates of St. Rose of Lima School held their Mass and graduation ceremony in St. Rose Church. The graduates received a total of $362,000 in academic scholarships for high school. Nine students will attend Immaculate High School in Danbury; eight will go to St. Joseph High School, Trumbull; five are heading to Newtown High School; one student to Masik High School in Monrow; and one student to each of the following private schools: Hopkins, Avon Old Farms, Canterbury and Fairfield Prep.
Katerina Crowe, president of National Junior Honor Society and Daniel DeBartolomeo, president of Student Council, gave speeches and both emphasized the family bond the class has formed through their years at St. Rose School. Katerina stressed the importance of service in all they have done and said a strong foundation has been built at St. Rose School on which they will all grow forward. She said that even though they are setting off on different paths, the bond will remain strong. Daniel echoed these sentiments and acknowledged the unique talents and abilities each class member possesses. He recalled through the years all of the work they have done together as a class and said that each person was instrumental in making the class a winning team. He went on to say that whether they started St. Rose School in kindergarten or joined in sixth grade, they were an integral part of this family. Katerina is going to Immaculate High School. Daniel will attend St. Joseph’s.
Former Principals Donna DeLuca and Mary Maloney were in attendance and both gave awards in their names. The St. Rose School faculty and administration were all present as well as all the clergy. Msgr. Robert Weiss was the main celebrant of the Mass.
Students processed into the church, each carrying a red rose. At the conclusion of the Mass and ceremony everyone went out to the front lawn where the Class of 2018 tossed their caps in to the air in celebration of their graduation. Now they are officially St. Rose School alumni and will always have a home here.