St. Joseph’s Marks Graduation

The St. Joseph Catholic Academy Class of 2019 grade eight graduates triumphantly tossed their caps into the air when they graduated on Saturday, June 8. Class members are Dino Capilupi, Arya Chaddha, Sophia Font, Alexander Godino, Frances Hanley, Amanda Hoyt, Shaun McKenna, Zachary Morris, Alexander Olcese, Avedis Ovanessian, Angela Rodstrom, Cole Ross, Michael Spaziante, Lily Sweeting, Isabel Taimen, Liam TeeKing, Emma Tomaselli and Sania Toprani.

BROOKFIELD — St. Joseph Catholic Academy graduated its first class of 18 students at a Commencement Liturgy on Saturday, June 8, at the St. Joseph Catholic Church.

Amanda Hoyt, Shaun McKenna, Zach Morris, Avedis Ovanessian, Michael Spaziante, Liam TeeKing and Sania Toprani received a President’s Award for Academic Excellence citing their ability to achieve 85 percent or higher in their composite standardized testing as well as maintain a 95 percent or higher school academic record.

Alexander Godino, Frances Hanley, Cole Ross, Isabel Taiman, Alexander Olcese and Emma Tomaselli received a President’s Award for Academic Achievement citing their ability to achieve 75 percent or higher on their standardized testing and an 85 percent or higher school academic record.

Of the 18 students 14 received high honors and honors recognition. Subject area awards were presented to students who received the highest grade point average.

Shaun McKenna received the English, science and math awards; Zach Morris received the math award; Amanda Hoyt received the world language award; Frances Hanley received the religion award and Alex Godino received the social studies award.

Ten graduates will attend parochial high schools, three will attend private high schools and five will attend public high school.

Shawn McKenna was awarded an annual merit scholarship of $2,500 from Immaculate High School and student Lily Sweeting received a one-year Isabelle T. Farrington $2,000 academic scholarship.

Alex Godino reflected on his years at the school and said, “The teachers here are the nicest, kindest teachers I know. They really care about your education and your experience when you are in school.”

“St. Joseph’s is a great community,” Student Council President Amanda Hoyt said. “We have such a great relationship with the church, so whenever there is an event going on across the street anyone who wants to help out from the school is welcome.” 

In addition to celebrating their first SJCA graduating class the school celebrated with its pre-kindergarten children in a Moving Up ceremony.

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