SOMERVILLE, NJ -- Immaculata High School will hold a Baccalaureate Mass for the Class of 2017 on Friday, June 2nd at 6 p.m. at Immaculate Conception Church, located at 35 Mountain Ave.
Director Monsignor Seamus Brennan will be the main celebrant of the Mass.
Commencement Exercises will take place at the Church on Saturday, June 3rd at 2:30 p.m. The Most Rev. James F. Checchio, Bishop of Metuchen, will present the graduates with their diplomas. Second Generation Spartans (those whose parent/s graduated from Immaculata) will have the honor of having their parents accompany them in the procession when receiving their diplomas.
Samantha Fama, a resident of Hillsborough, will be the salutatorian. She will be playing Division I Lacrosse at the New York’s University of Binghamton’s School of Management, studying accounting. While at Immaculata, Samantha was a Varsity Lacrosse captain, Volleyball team captain, president of Catholic Athletes for Christ Club, executive board member of the National Honor Society (tutoring chair), member of Spanish Honor Society, and retreat leader.
“Immaculata has tremendously motivated me to excel. In the classroom, through the Honor Societies, and on the field, the importance of leadership and character is emphasized. This is truly a tight knit community, who serves as a second family to all. That is demonstrated in the readiness of our students, through Campus Ministry, to do service for others," Fama said.
" That commitment has laid the groundwork for me to promote change in the world through my own future endeavors. Besides receiving a Catholic Education, I have been blessed with many opportunities and would not be the person that I am today without Immaculata,” she added.
The Valedictory Address will be delivered by David Hoffman of Basking Ridge. Headed to Princeton to study astrophysics and play football, David was president of the Student Council, involved in the National Honor Society and Spanish Honor Society and played football and basketball.
“Immaculata has given me countless opportunities to develop in an environment that encourages success and has ceaselessly offered me the ability to improve and grow within my academic and extracurricular life,” Hoffman said. “I have learned valuable lessons about leadership, teamwork, accountability, and planning. Even in my everyday interactions with students and teachers, I learned key relationship skills and developed my character, so I can face challenges in the coming years.”
Hoffman and Fama were both Skyland Conference Scholar Athletes during the 2016-17 school year.
“These two Spartans are exemplary representatives of their class,” said Jean Kline, school principal. “This year the members of the class of 2017 were accepted at many prestigious colleges and universities, earned millions of dollars in scholarships, achieved major milestones in athletics and music, and set new standards for service through Campus Ministry. As a group, they enriched our community and we are grateful for their contributions to the Spartan legacy and wish them the best.”