The Holy Trinity Blue & Gold Foundation honored Holy Trinity School alumni graduating high school this June (Holy Trinity School Class of 2013), the current graduating 8th grade class, and HTS faculty and staff who reached milestone years during its annual “Spring Fling” event on May 25.

This graduating class of 2017 high school seniors was the first in recent memory to have three students achieve top honors from their respective high schools. Two students were named valedictorian and one named salutatorian.

Jacqueline McNulla, of Plainfield, is this year’s valedictorian at Mount Saint Mary Academy in Watchung. This is the second consecutive year a student from Holy Trinity was named valedictorian at the Mount. Jackie also received a commission to attend the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland.

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Veronica Cunningham, of Scotch Plains, who also graduated from the Holy Trinity School class of 2013 and is a 2017 graduate of Mount Saint Mary Academy, has received a commission to attend the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs. This was the first time in Mount Saint Mary Academy history that two students from the same class will be entering one of the military academies.

Sophia DiIorio, of Scotch Plains, is this year’s valedictorian at Union County’s Academy for Allied Health Sciences in Scotch Plains. She will be going to Columbia University in New York in the fall.

Hannah Toner, of Westfield, was named salutatorian of Union Catholic High School. Hannah will be attending the University of Notre Dame in South Bend.

"It is great to have an opportunity to recognize and honor the Holy Trinity Class of 2013 who received their academic foundation from our school.  We are very proud of their achievements and want to wish them well as they begin college this fall,” said Tim Dursee, Vice President of the Blue & Gold Foundation.

In addition to the high school seniors, the Blue & Gold Foundation recognized Holy Trinity School’s current 8th grade graduates.  The Holy Trinity School class of 2017 has been awarded over $800,000 in scholarship funds to private and Catholic high schools.

The Catholic high schools providing scholarships to Holy Trinity School students include:

  • Mother Seton Regional High School
  • Mount Saint Mary Academy
  • Oratory Preparatory School
  • Roselle Catholic High School
  • Seton Hall Preparatory School
  • St. Peter’s Preparatory School
  • Union Catholic High School

The annual Spring Fling event also was an opportunity to continue the tradition of presenting anniversary year awards to faculty and staff. Jacqueline Pantano, eighth grade teacher, was recognized for 20 years of service. The following teachers and staff were recognized for 15 years of service: Laura Gribbin, fourth grade teacher; Rosemary Walsh, kindergarten teacher; Rosemary Malcolm, resource room teacher; Suzanne Iannelli, administrative assistant; and Laurie Realmuto, secretary.

The Blue & Gold Foundation announced its new junior board member, Maddie Newall, of Westfield, a sophomore at Mount Saint Mary Academy. As a board member, Newall will continue to help broaden the Blue & Gold Foundation's alumni and youth outreach activities.

The Holy Trinity Blue & Gold Foundation is a non-profit organization comprised of parents, school administrators, community leaders, and alumni. It's mission is to serve Holy Trinity students past and present, build an alumni social network, and support the school financially as it enters its second century. For more information, please visit their website at http://www.blueandgold.org/.