On Wednesday June 16th, our eighth grade class closed the era of their years at St. Cecilia School as students, and began a new one as members of St. Cecilia Alumni. It was a bit different than other years, with some learning in the classroom, some learning virtually. In the end, on Graduation Day, everyone came together, in person as one class once again, and the celebration began.
After the Graduation Mass, officiated by Fr. Edward Friel, Pastor of Mary Queen of All Saints, was complete, the Graduation Ceremony took center stage. The Class of 2021 received their diplomas from the Executive Director of the Catholic Partnership Schools, Mr. John K. Hayden CPA MBA. Awards and scholarships were presented to student recipients by our Principal, Sr. Alicia M Perna, SSJ M.Ed
The following awards were presented:
General Excellence - Osinachi O
Religion - Kylan K
Language Arts - Osinachi O
Mathematics - Roberto P
Science - Kyria M
Art - Nyanna G
Effort - Bryannah H
Citizenship - Alexandria I
Caring Christian - Mark-Anthony R
Honors Awards - 2nd Honors - Nyanna G, Kyria M, and Osinachi O
Pat Flannery Beatitude Award - Melissa S
Jack D Howard Scholarship - Kyria M
David Santoro Memorial Scholarship - Mark-Anthony R
Paul VI High School Mortini Scholarship - Sianny R
Camden Catholic High School Alma Mater Award - Mark-Anthony R
Dr. David T. Coughlan Young Catholic Leader Award - Jay'Anna G
Domenica Foundation Community Scholars Scholarship - for Paul VI High School - Prismary L, Kimara M, and Evelyn P; for Camden Catholic High School - Alexandria I and Stephan L; for Holy Cross - Kyria M
Camden Catholic Scholarship - Christopher P and Roberto P
Once all the awards were presented, the students performed an original poem, “A Year To Remember 2021”, written with the collaboration of student Melissa S. and Mrs. Ronnie Rhea. Throughout the poem all the students recited the refrain from the song, “Angels Among Us”.
Afterwards, students presented their parents with a red rose as a thank you.
The unique tradition of the pinning of the new alumni by former alumni of St. Cecilia School closed the graduation ceremonies with Pomp and Circumstance.
Good luck and success to the Class of 2021: Na’or B, Jasmine C, Merit D-S, Nayanna G, Jailyn G, Jay’Anna G, Bryannah H, Alexandria I, Neveah J, Kylan K, Stephan L, Prismary L, Kyria M, Kevin M-A, Kimara M, Osinachi O, Christopher P, Evelyn P, Roberto P, Mark Anthony R, Richard R, Hadley R, Sianny R, Melissa S, Aniya S
May you always be blessed.