Mother Seton Regional High School Commencement

Mother Seton Regional High School
Alyssa Tolentino, Zeli-Anne Policarpio, Bianca Ortega, Mikaela Robes Credits: Joan Barron
Clara Dizon Credits: Mr. Dizon
Alex Manacop Credits: Mr. Dizon
Miss Danelson and the Seton Ensemble Credits: Mr. Dizon
Valedictorian, Ashley Ann Thomas
Valedictorian, Barbara Fiedorowicz

CLARK, NJ - Mother Seton Regional High School, held commencement exercises on June 1, 2017.  Diplomas were presented by Principal, Sister Jacquelyn Balasia and Principal, Joan Barron.  The class of 2017 achieved in excess of 21 million dollars in academic scholarships and awards.  Sister Mary Anne Katlack, campus minister, delivered the invocation and the closing benediction.

This year’s ceremony brought with it a rare instance of two students excelling in their studies to the point of tying for the honor of Valedictorian. Barbara Fiedorowicz and Ashley Ann Thomas shared the duties and were recognized with the Principal’s award for academic excellence. The Saint Elizabeth Anne Seton Award for exemplary witness to Christian values during the past four years was also awarded to Fiedorowicz.

Each valedictorian had the opportunity to address their classmates.   

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“I think the quote on our class banner by Eleanor Roosevelt really encompasses the beginning of the journey ahead. ‘The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.’ Our time in these halls of truth and knowledge has prepared us to chase these dreams through everything that we’ve accomplished. The future has now become the present, and we are very well on our way to achieve those dreams,” said Fiedorowicz. She will attend Villanova University in the fall and major in mathematics.

Co-valedictorian Ashley Ann Thomas reflected on the accomplishments of the class.  

“I just want to start by thanking all of you for the sacrifices you’ve made. Without your efforts, there would not be a ceremony today.  In addition, I would like to congratulate the class of 2017 on a job well done. Remember to carry all the knowledge and friends you’ve gained from this school into college. I know I will next year at Massachusetts Institute of Technology majoring in chemical and biological engineering,” said Thomas.

Principal Joan Barron shared congratulatory remarks with the student body during the graduation ceremony.  

“Today, Graduates, you leave these halls of truth and knowledge and head for new beginnings at colleges and universities throughout our country. In time, you will discover the true value of a Mother Seton education. It will be measured by the life you lead. It is important to understand that life is, in fact, a journey, not a destination  I challenge each of you to never stop learning, never stop improving, never stop inspiring others and never stop growing in your faith,” said Barron.

Diana Solano, senior class president, helped symbolize the movement forward by inviting the members of the class of 2017 to join her in turning their tassels as a symbol of their graduation from Mother Seton Regional High School.  Solano will be attending The College of New Jersey majoring in communications.     

          Departmental Awards for academic excellence were awarded to the following:

  • AP Biology: Kathryn Garcia
  • AP Calculus: Barbara Fiedorowicz, Alyssa Tolentino, Boran Zhang
  • AP Chemistry: Ashley Ann Thomas
  • AP English: Elizabeth Thorsen
  • AP French: Alyssa Tolentino
  • AP Physics: Boran Zhang
  • AP Spanish: Diana White    
  • AP U.S. History: Bernadette Yamakaitis  
  • Art: Bridget Velez
  • Physical Education: Kaitlyn Shrubsall
  • Religious Studies: Alyssa Tolentino

                                         National Merit Scholarship Program Commended Students

  • Clara Dizon
  • Bernadette Yamakaitis

                                                                 Seton Distinguished Scholars

  • Clara Dizon
  • Megan Dufffy
  • Barbara Fiedorowicz
  • ​​​​​​​Alexandra Manacop  
  • Jessica Soriano
  • Ashley Ann Thomas
  • Elizabeth Thorsen
  • Alyssa Tolentino 
  • Diana White
  • Shannon Wieszczek
  • ​​​​​​​Bernadette Yamakaitis

                                                                   Scholar Athletes

  • New Jersey State Interscholastic Association – Bianca Ortega
  • Greater Middlesex Conference – Catherine Koenig
  • Greater Middlesex Conference Sportsmanship Award – Sophia Coelho
  • National Women in Sports Outstanding Athlete Award –  Sarah Gonczlik

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