SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- St. Bartholomew Academy held its Commencement and Graduation ceremonies on Friday, June 7, 2019, at St. Bartholomew the Apostle Church in Scotch Plains.

The student-led service focused on the various ways the students have grown, both in faith and academics, over their years at the Academy. The class of 27, one of the largest graduation classes in several years, was awarded over $629,000 in scholarships from various high schools.

They were inspired by Sister Lisa D. Gambacorto, RSM, Ed.S., the Directress of Mount Saint Mary Academy. This year’s honored speaker, Sister Lisa gave them a Top Ten List on how to succeed in high school, including staying true to themselves, making good friend choices, and never being afraid to ask questions. Her humor and directness resonated with the graduates.

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Sister Elizabeth Calello, MPF, Principal of the Academy, stated: “We are very proud of this class. Many of them started in our PreK-3 program 11 years ago, and to see them grow into the kind, generous, academically prepared teenagers has been a joy. We wish them the best of luck in high school.”                                                   

The graduates will be attending various high schools including Bergen Catholic, Bound Brook High School, Koinonia Academy, Master’s School in Dobby’s Ferry, NY, Mother Seton Regional High School, Mount Saint Mary’s Academy, Oratory Preparatory School, Scotch Plains Fanwood High School, St. Joseph High School (Metuchen), St. Peters’ Prep, Union Catholic High School, Union County Academy for Allied Health & Sciences, Union County Academy of Information Technology (AIT), and Westfield High School.

St. Bartholomew Academy is a Catholic elementary school with grades pre-Kindergarten through eighth grade. The Academy was founded in 1950 and is still under the guidance of the Religious Teachers Filippini. The Academy is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Elementary Schools. The school has over 215 students and is a thriving education institution dedicated to academic excellence in a value-forming environment.