Sacred Heart Preparatory in Atherton held its 117th commencement ceremony on May 22, with 146 graduates.
The valedictorian is David Ferranti, who plans to attend Brown University. The salutatorian is Farbod Nowzad, who will attend the University of California, Berkeley.
The recipients of the Blue Ribbons, Sacred Heart Prep's highest honor, given for "embodying the goals and criteria of a Sacred Heart education," are:
● Goal I: A personal and active faith in God John Robert Hardy and Veronica Louise Mendoza.
● Goal II: A deep respect for intellectual values Gillian Belton and Caroline Ho.
● Goal III: A social awareness which impels to action Ashley Campbell and Tia Dalupan-Wong.
● Goal IV: The building of community as a Christian value Meg Avery and Pablo Solanas.
● Goal V: Personal growth in an atmosphere of wise freedom Rachel Mellows, Alexander Schloetter and Stephanie Smith.
The Dark Blue Ribbons, given for embodying all five goals and the criteria of a Sacred Heart education, went to Evan Bigley and Michelle Galliani.
Graduates from the class of 2015 will attend 70 different post-secondary institutions. Of those, 65 will attend colleges in California, 81 will go out of state and 30 will go to Catholic colleges.
Sacred Heart Prep had 25 students recognized by the National Merit Scholarship program; 22 have committed to play collegiate athletics; and four will enroll in colleges based on visual, vocal or culinary arts. In addition, 25 members of the class of 2015 have been on the Sacred Heart campus for 12 or more years.