METUCHEN, NJ – Saint Joseph High School graduated the Class of 2017 with a Baccalaureate Mass on May 21st at Church of the Sacred Heart in South Plainfield recently.

The accomplishments of this year’s class are in keeping with the academic traditions of the school.    The private, all-boy school boasts 100% college acceptance rate. Additionally, 77% of students received scholarships greater than the 4 year total of Saint Joseph tuition. This year, the senior class received in excess of $23 million in total college scholarships.

Other milestones achieved by the Class of 2017 include:

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  • 1 National Merit Finalist and Scholarship Winner
  • 8 Commended Students National Merit Scholarship Competition
  • 1st and 2nd Placing Robotics Team at Several Competitions
  • Vignette Literary Magazine National Honors
  • 3 Medal Winners National German Exam
  • 2 Medal Winners National Latin Exam
  • Catholic Math League National Championship
  • 1 State Sectional Championship
  • 4 Athletic County/Division Championships

This year’s valedictorian was Gil Gerard Austria, and the salutatorian was Scott Aravena.  They were two of the many seniors honored for outstanding academic achievement. The following seniors were also recognized:

Summa Cun Laude (Four-year cumulative GPA > 4.40)

Aris Agarwala, Brian Aitken, Scott Aravena, Gil Gerard Austria, Samuel Battaglia, Maxwell Bischoff; Cristian Butrico; Jingpeng Chen; William DeJianne; Owen Donnelly; Evan Formisano; Samuel Gillespie; Dylan Hollender; Nolan Jacobs; Amritpal Jagra; Christopher Janas; Sebastien Jean-Pierre; Vincent Jennings; Jashanveer Johal; Gurjivan Kalkat; Stephen Kenny; Michael McGillicuddy; Christopher Muniz; Samuel Rizzo; Rey Rodriguez; John Schleck; Luke Yakely

Magna Cum Laude (Four-year cumulative GPA > 4.0)

Alexander Aithal; Kyle Angel; Nolan Banfitch; Joseph Behr; Peter Catalano; Timothy Day; Dominic De Chavez; Daniel DellaVentura; Matthew Donato; Mitchel Epstein; Andrew Esposito; Connor Esposito; John Fresco; Timothy Garb; Michael Granda; Kyle Humlen; Dexter Jackson, Jr.; Jaiveer Johal; Christopher Jones; William Kacani; Brian Kasper; James Lawrence; Connor Leahy; Nicholas Loffredo; Joseph Martorano; Gabriel Mejias; Alek Minishak; John Motisi; John Oliveira; Kyle Reyes Quiambao; Jacob Senkewicz; Brendan Shank; Dillon Snee; Zachary Szabo; Jason Wan; Yuzhi Xiang

Cum Laude (Four-year cumulative GPA > 3.8)

Thomas Abode II; Vincent Argent; Brian Bonanno; Chris Bustamante; Tyler Catania; Maximilian Chadwick; Tanner Charydczak; Joseph Chrobak; Brian Coelho; Spencer Cohen; Nicholas DiMarzio; Andrew Fontanetta; Tomasz Kasztelan; John Keenan; Adam Leszczyk; Rossario Maertz; Matthew Maine; David Marques; Antonio Oliveira; Christian Pomponio; Patrick Reilly; Anthony Sosnowski; Andrew Thompson; Brandon Warick; Wesley Weng; Zhiming Zhao

Saint Joseph High School (145 Plainfield Ave., Metuchen) is a private, Catholic all-boys college preparatory school located on 70 acres operated by the Brothers of the Sacred Heart, who have been active in American education since their arrival from Lyons, France in 1847. The faculty is comprised of competent lay and religious educators. The school draws students from a wide geographic area encompassing over 40 school districts and over 75 grammar schools in Middlesex, Somerset, and Union Counties, as well as outlying areas. To learn more, call (732) 549-7600 or email Visit

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