SOMERVILLE, NJ --- Megan Adam of Bridgewater will serve as Valedictorian for the Immaculata High School Class of 2018 and Meaghan O’Connor of Branchburg will be the Salutatorian at the school’s graduation on Friday, June 1st at Immaculate Conception Church in Somerville.
Diocese of Metuchen Bishop James Checchio will address the graduates and distribute the diplomas. Immaculata’s Baccalaureate Mass will be held on Thursday evening, May 31st at Immaculate Conception Church. One hundred seven students will graduate this year, earning more than $13.7 million in scholarship money:
90% of students were accepted to their first choice schools;
75% of students graduated with college scholarships, with over 55% receiving full or half tuition awards;
80% of students receiving scholarships worth more than the cost of an Immaculata education.
Adam, who is headed to Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute to study architecture, has a long list of academic achievements, including being a pioneer member of the prestigious Marian Scholar Program at Immaculata, a National Honor Society and Spanish National Honor Society member since her sophomore year, the award winner as top student in Spanish, Theology, and English as an underclassman, and the FLENJ (Foreign Language Educators of New Jersey) Senior Award Recipient for Outstanding Achievement in World Language.
For two years she participated in the Mathworks Math Modeling Challenge. She has served in top leadership roles in the Student Council, National Honor Society, and Spanish Honor Society.
Fully embracing the school’s motto, Unitas Caritas, Adam has participated in dozens of the school’s outreach programs, helping the needy and disadvantaged in the local area.
A Campus Ministry Board member and Leader for the school’s retreat program, Adam was recognized for her dedication by the Diocese of Metuchen with the St. Timothy and St. Teresa of Calcutta Awards. In addition, she was the previous recipient of the school’s Mother Teresa “Do Small Things with Great Love” Award for leading the entire school in its dedication to feeding Christ’s most poor and vulnerable people.
An active parishioner of Immaculate Conception Church, Adam is a Somerset County YMCA Volunteer at the Bridgewater and Somerville branches for their Veteran’s Day Dinner, Healthy Kids Day, Swim Team tryout and registration days, Water Easter Egg Hunt, and Ice Cream Social for campers and families.
Rounding out her resume, Adam lettered in swimming all four years and served as team captain, while earning First and Second Team All Conference status in the Skyland Conference in 2015, 2016, and 2018. She also was a member of the lacrosse team for two years. Recently, Adam received the Somerset County Principal Association’s Scholar Athlete Award.
O’Connor will be attending South Carolina Honors College, studying biomedical engineering. Her goal is to have a career in which she combines her medical background with her passion for helping those physically and mentally disadvantaged. O’Connor earned the distinction of being named a National Merit Commended Scholar, a prestigious honor.
A member of the National Honor Society and Spanish Honor Society, O’Connor served as the NHS tutoring chair, assigning students to help fellow classmates. A Marian Scholar for two years, O’Connor also served on the Student Council Executive Board. Among her academic awards were winning the Daughters of the American Revolution Good Citizens Award this spring and placing first in the Sister Rose Thering Seton Hall University Essay Contest last year.
A three-sport athlete, O’Connor participated in volleyball, winter track, and lacrosse, earning four varsity letters. Named as the Skyland Conference Scholar Athlete, she is also involved in a special program called Motion at the Somerset Hills YMCA, in which young adults are matched with children with autism for activities.
Helping the needy through Campus Ministry’s Outreach Program has been O’Connor’s biggest commitment. She is involved in many of the programs that serve the marginalized population in Somerset County on many levels. Her favorite activity is the twice-a-year trips to Wayne County, West Virginia, where she and her classmates see firsthand how people with so little can still give so much through their kindness and generosity. For her commitment, O’Connor received the Presidential Volunteer Service Award.
“Both young women have accomplished so much in their four years here,” said Principal Jean Kline. “They represent all four pillars of this school: Faith, Scholarship, Service, and Friendship.
"What is exemplary about them and their whole class is that they commit to so many of our opportunities here. They go beyond the classroom and learn about teamwork and perseverance through sports. And they have established a lifelong commitment to the needy through the school’s extraordinary Campus Ministry Outreach Program," Kline added.
"Twenty-five members of the Class of 2018 received this year’s prestigious President’s Volunteer Service Award. We are Spartan Proud of the Class of 2018 and wish them the best as they launch their college careers.”