The Archdiocese of Seattle’s Catholic high schools are sending 1,461 graduates — 776 women and 685 men — out into the world this spring. Most of these graduating seniors will continue their educations next fall at scores of different colleges and universities. On behalf of the entire archdiocese, Northwest Catholic and participating high schools of Western Washington are proud to honor the members of the class of 2016 for their achievements.
Archbishop Murphy High School
From left: Sam Myers, Madeline Maher and Peter Zupke
The 26th graduating class at Archbishop Murphy High School will have 142 graduates, 75 men and 67 women. A senior awards assembly was to be held May 24. Father William Heric will be the celebrant and homilist at the baccalaureate Mass on Thursday, June 2, at 6:30 p.m. at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church in Bothell. Matt Wright will speak. A reception will follow. The commencement exercises will be held on Friday, June 3, at Everett Community College. Valedictorian Sam Myers will speak.
The other valedictorian is Madeline Maher of St. Thomas More Parish in Lynnwood. The salutatorian is Peter Zupke of St. Brendan Parish in Bothell.
Bellarmine Preparatory School
Top row from left: Terese Schomogyi, Samantha Bradley, Eleanor Reed, Ann McMonigal, Elizabeth Gleyzer, Olivia Cesarini and Julia Gavigan.
Bottom row from left: Sean Ylescupidez, Kailey Dubinsky, Elias Alstead, Phoebe Elizaga, David Vanderwall, Emily Krajewski, Francesca Navarro and Hannah Lovejoy.
The 2016 graduating class at Bellarmine Preparatory School includes 216 students, 114 men and 102 women. It will be the school’s 88th graduating class. Jesuit Father Thomas Lamanna will be the celebrant and homilist at the baccalaureate Mass on Thursday, June 2, at 9:30 a.m. Elizabeth Gleyzer, Noah Willers and Mark Modarelli will speak at the commencement exercises on Sunday, June 5, at 11 a.m. at the Tacoma Dome.
The valedictorians are Samantha Bradley, Olivia Cesarini of St. Charles Borromeo Parish, Julia Gavigan of Sacred Heart Parish, Elizabeth Gleyzer of St. Charles Borromeo Parish, Ann McMonigal, Eleanor Reed of St. Charles Borromeo Parish and Terese Schomogyi of St. Patrick Parish. Salutatorians are Elias Alstead, Kailey Dubinsky, Phoebe Elizaga of St. Leo the Great Parish, Emily Krajewski of Holy Cross Parish, Hannah Lovejoy of St. Patrick Parish, Francesca Navarro of St. Charles Borromeo Parish, David Vanderwall of St. Frances Cabrini Parish in Lakewood and Sean Ylescupidez of St. Charles Borromeo Parish.
Bishop Blanchet High School
From left: Madeline Golliver, Molly Henling, Nicole VandePutte, Lily DiPietro and Tabitha Farthing
Bishop Blanchet High School’s 59th graduating class has 182 members, 80 men and 102 women. A senior awards ceremony was to be held May 25. A baccalaureate Mass will be celebrated Friday, June 3, at 9:35 a.m. in the Ernie Rose Activities Center. Dominican Father Jordan Bradshaw will celebrate and give the homily. The commencement exercises will be held that evening at 6 p.m. in the same location. Alumna Nandie Oosthuizen, founder and CEO of Hand and Heart, will speak.
The valedictorians are Madeline Golliver of Christ the King Parish, Molly Henling of St. Bridget Parish and Nicole VandePutte of St. Catherine Parish. The salutatorians are Lily DiPietro and Tabitha Farthing of Holy Family Parish in Kirkland.
Eastside Catholic High School
Eastside Catholic High School's valedictorians and salutatorians
The class of 2016 at Eastside Catholic High School includes 154 graduates, 86 men and 68 women. It will be the school’s 34th graduating class. A senior awards ceremony was to be held May 25. Father William Heric will celebrate and give the homily at the baccalaureate Mass on Friday, June 3, at 7 p.m. at Mary, Queen of Peace Church in Sammamish. The commencement exercises will be on Monday, June 6, at 7:30 p.m. at Benaroya Hall in Seattle. Faculty member Robert Matthews will speak.
The valedictorians are Elizabeth Bernstein of Mary, Queen of Peace Parish, Patrick Brady of St. Jude Parish in Redmond, Noah Davis of St. Louise de Marillac Parish in Bellevue, Casey Krueger of Our Lady of Sorrows Parish in Snoqualmie and Hanna Kennedy of St. Joseph Parish in Issaquah. The salutatorians are Andrew Franke of Sacred Heart in Bellevue, Jared Hector of Sacred Heart Parish in Bellevue, Aoife Madden of Mary, Queen of Peace Parish and Claire Garrett of Sacred Heart Parish in Bellevue.
Forest Ridge School of the Sacred Heart
Gemma deCarvalho, Katherine Seely and Valerie Liao
The 108th graduating class at Forest Ridge School of the Sacred Heart will include 46 women. On Tuesday, May 31, at 9:45 a.m., a baccalaureate Mass will be celebrated in the Sacred Heart Chapel on campus. Father Bryan Dolejsi will be the celebrant and homilist. A senior luncheon will follow the Mass. Alumna Alexia Vernon will be the speaker at the commencement exercises on Wednesday, June 1, at 5 p.m. at St. Madeleine Sophie Church in Bellevue.
The valedictorians are Katherine Seely and Gemma deCarvalho, and the salutatorian is Valerie Liao.
Holy Names Academy
Holy Names valedictorians and salutatorians
The 2016 graduating class is the 136th for Holy Names Academy, and it includes 181 women. Seniors were recognized during an all-school assembly April 27. A baccalaureate Mass was to be held Thursday, May 26, at 1:15 p.m. at St. James Cathedral. Father Michael G. Ryan was to be the celebrant and homilist. The commencement exercises were to be held Sunday, May 29, at 7 p.m. at Benaroya Hall in Seattle. The speaker was to be alumna Teresa Reed, professor of philosophy and director of academic assessment at Quincy University in Illinois. Valedictorians Isabella Garcia-Camargo and Sophia Looney were also to speak.
The valedictorians are Jenna Sneifer, Maria Mueller, Erin Kehoe, Vlasta Schutzenhofer, Corinne Johnston, Hillary Johnson, Annika Kouhia, Aeron Langford, Tara Joy, Alexandra Kieras, Racquel West, Isabella Garcia-Camargo, Abigail Kostolansky, Emilia Darmstadt, Kristen Deife, Alana Andrews and Erika Kiem. Salutatorians are Alexa Andrews, Claire Goudy, Margaret Rutherford, Leila Hauser, Emma Hokoda, Olivia Waltner, Sophia Looney, Sara Snowden, Isabelle van Zuylen, Kathryn Peaquin, Nicole Cullen and Sarah Tocher.
John F. Kennedy Catholic High School
From left: Steven Santos, Matthew Williams and Connor Loats.
John F. Kennedy Catholic High School’s 47th graduating class is composed of 199 students, 103 men and 96 women. Father Bryan Dolejsi will celebrate the baccalaureate Mass on Friday, June 3, at 9:30 a.m. at the school. A senior awards breakfast will follow. Commencement exercises will occur that evening at 6 p.m. at the school.
The valedictorians are Steven Santos of Holy Family Parish in Auburn and Matthew Williams of St. Francis of Assisi Parish in Burien. The salutatorian is Connor Loats of St. Vincent de Paul Parish in Federal Way.
O’Dea High School
Theodore Emanuel Looney and Jacob Ryan Cepollina
The class of 2016 at O’Dea High School includes 122 men. It is the school’s 91st graduating class. The baccalaureate Mass and commencement exercises will be held Wednesday, June 1, at 7 p.m. in St. James Cathedral. Father Michael G. Ryan will be the celebrant and homilist. Principal James Walker will speak. A reception will follow in the school gym.
The valedictorian is Theodore Emanuel Looney. The salutatorian is Jacob Ryan Cepollina of Mary, Queen of Peace Parish in Sammamish.
Pope John Paul II High School
Colin Meenk and Hanshu Wang
Pope John Paul II High School’s fourth graduating class includes 15 students, six men and nine women. A baccalaureate Mass will be celebrated Thursday, June 2, at 7:30 p.m. at St. Martin’s Abbey Church. Commencement exercises will be held on Saturday, June 4, at 10:30 a.m. at the Westside Chapel of St. Michael Parish in Olympia. Kay Purcell will be the speaker.
The valedictorian is Colin Meenk. The salutatorian is Hanshu Wang.
Seattle Preparatory School
Patrick Bowers, Elizabeth Shields and Sarah Reuter
Seattle Preparatory School is graduating 175 seniors this year, 87 men and 88 women. A senior award ceremony was to be held May 20. A baccalaureate Mass will be celebrated on Thursday, June 2, at 7 p.m. at St. James Cathedral. Jesuit Father Paul Fitterer will celebrate, and Kathy Tullis and Juan Sebastian Bernal will offer reflections. A reception will follow. Commencement exercises will be held on Friday, June 3, at 7:30 p.m. at Benaroya Hall in Seattle. Principal Maureen Reid will speak. The class speakers, chosen by their peers, will be Patrick Bowers and Elizabeth Shields.
Sarah Reuter will receive the Academic Award for highest GPA.
Seton Catholic High School
From left: Jorie Freitag, Natalie Pederson and Noah Scherwinski
Seton Catholic High School’s fifth graduating class is made up of 29 students, 12 men and 17 women. A senior awards ceremony was be held June 1. Father Thomas Belleque will celebrate and give the homily at a baccalaureate Mass on Friday, June 3, at 7 p.m. at St. John the Evangelist Church in Vancouver. A reception will follow. Commencement exercises will occur on Saturday, June 4, at 11 a.m. at St. Joseph Church in Vancouver. Father Bryan Ochs will speak.
The valedictorians are Jorie Freitag, Natalie Pederson of St. Mary of Guadalupe Mission in Ridgefield and Noah Scherwinski of St. Thomas Aquinas Parish in Camas.
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