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Sacred Heart Preparatory grads bound for college

 
Sacred Heart Prep students receive their diplomas during the school's 120th commencement ceremony on May 25. (Photo courtesy Sacred Heart Schools, Atherton)

All 148 of the students who graduated from Atherton's Sacred Heart Preparatory in its 120th commencement ceremony on May 25 are headed to college.

Graduates from the class of 2018 will attend 72 institutions: 54 students will study in California and 94 will go out of state. The class had 13 students recognized by the National Merit Scholarship program, and students were awarded over $8.6 million in merit scholarships.

Two students from the class of 2018 will attend U.S. military academies -- the Air Force Academy and the U.S. Military Academy -- while 19 have committed to participating in intercollegiate athletics.

The graduating class had 28 students who spent 13 or more years on Sacred Heart's preschool to grade 12 campus.

Diplomas were presented by Director of Schools Richard A. Dioli; Principal Jennie Whitcomb; Assistant Principal for Academic Life Anna McDonald; and Shami Ravi, the incoming chair of the board of trustees.

Following a century-old school tradition, the school awarded "Blue Ribbons," the highest honor given by the school to graduating seniors. Winning students were nominated and chosen by the faculty and ratified by the administration.

Graduates receiving a Light Blue Ribbon for embodiment of one of the school's goals and its criteria, were:

• Emma Connors, Clairesina Fifita, and Luke Lenhart, for Goal I: A personal and active faith in God.

• Fernanda Gutiérrez, Madeline Ho, and Brooke Whitcomb for Goal II: A deep respect for intellectual values.

• Lizbeth Aguilar, Anaí Gómez, and Evelia Zarate for Goal III: A social awareness which impels to action.

• Zachary Abuel-Saud, John Carroll, and Claire Stalder for Goal IV: The building of community as a Christian value.

• Maia Granoski, Kelly Moreno, and Corey Tanis for Goal V: Personal growth in an atmosphere of wise freedom.

Graduates Mirian Melendez and Luke Rohlen received Dark Blue Ribbons for embodying all five goals and their criteria.

For more than a decade, Sacred Heart Preparatory's athletics program has had 12 or more students recruited and signed to play at the intercollegiate level each year. This year, the class of 2018 will send 19 athletes in nine different sports on to college teams, with more than half of them going to NCAA Division I teams.

The student athletes are:

• Tatum Angotti, who will play basketball for Bowdoin College in Maine.

• Dominic Cacchione, who will play baseball for Arizona State University.

• Sara Choy, who will play tennis for Stanford University.

• Jack Crockett, who will play lacrosse for Princeton University in New Jersey.

• Eric Debrine, who will play basketball for Tufts University in Massachusetts.

• Cate Desler, who will play volleyball for Tufts University.

• Addi Duvall, who will play water polo for Claremont McKenna College.

• Rory Hocker, who will play water polo for California Lutheran College.

• Alexander Nemeth, who will play water polo for University of California, San Diego.

• Nadia Paquin, who will play water polo for Pomona College.

• Luke Rohlen, who will swim for Dartmouth College in New Hampshire.

• Mia Shenk, who will play soccer for University of Pennsylvania.

• Matte Snow, who will swim for New York University.

• Michael Sonsini, who will play water polo for Harvard University in Massachusetts.

• Melina Stavropoulos, who will play tennis for Vassar College in New York.

• Corey Tanis, who will play water polo for the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado.

• Angelo Tonas, who will play baseball for Georgetown University in Washington, D.C.

• Alex Tsotadze, who will play water polo for Harvard University.

• Brad Yaffe, who will play football for University of Oregon.

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Barbara Wood

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