Notre Dame students well prepared

June 17, 2024 at 2:46 p.m.
Campus ministry chair Tracey Reed smiles as Notre Dame graduate Jordan Scipio hugs his dad, Les Scipio, Class of ‘91, after receiving his diploma. Hal Brown
Campus ministry chair Tracey Reed smiles as Notre Dame graduate Jordan Scipio hugs his dad, Les Scipio, Class of ‘91, after receiving his diploma. Hal Brown (Hal Brown)

By John Spinelli, Correspondent

The 215 seniors of Notre Dame High School, Lawrenceville, celebrated with many emotions the completion of their journeys as Irish June 2 in the CURE Insurance Arena, Trenton.

PHOTO GALLERY: Notre Dame Baccalaureate

PHOTO GALLERY: Notre Dame Graduation

“It is marvelous to think about all the changes, but how much has remained the same,” said school president Ken Jennings, referring to the 50th anniversary graduates who attended Commencement exercises, having graduated from Notre Dame that same day in 1974.

    Notre Dame graduates Brendan Appert, Stevie Bowden and Charlie Jones sing during the Baccalaureate Mass June 1. Hal Brown photo


“You’ve experienced the technology revolution, and now the AI revolution. However, as a Catholic college preparatory school, we prepared you well with the skills necessary for this new workforce.” Jennings said.

The class had many academic and athletic achievements, including senior Alexandra Williams being awarded the Princeton Prize for Race Relations, and 32 student-athletes signed to compete collegiately.

Jennings congratulated the Class of 2024 on being the first class to successfully raise more than $9,000 for a Senior Legacy Gift – the largest amount raised by any class with the largest participation rate.

“That senior gift has been designated … for the establishment of the first ever Notre Dame Alumni Scholarship, which will be awarded to an incoming freshman,” he told the graduates. “Senior classes will build on the legacy that you have established. You indeed have touched the life of another person.”

Principal Michele Martinez shared her wisdom with the graduates, saying, “Gratitude drives happiness … Be the men and women who share Calvary love with others. Use your gifts wisely in service to others … and be empowered to walk in the future with faith, hope and great love.”

Graduate Brendan Appert and his mother, Cathy, parishioners of St. Gregory the Great Parish, Hamilton Square, called the four years at Notre Dame challenging, both academically and spiritually.

Cathy Appert noted, “What set Notre Dame apart was its ability to provide a holistic education, educating the mind and soul. Being the parent of a teenager carries a tremendous responsibility, but Notre Dame felt like a coaching partner in raising my child.”

“I was involved in many extracurricular activities such as performing arts, robotics, and athletics,” Brendan reflected. “Notre Dame was able to offer me the opportunity to continue doing what I loved, and to be able to split my time between extracurricular activities.

“The advice I would offer anyone considering Catholic education is to get involved,” he continued. “I was able to sing at the school Masses. It has always been a passion of mine, and using my talent at the school Masses allowed me to get more of that experience to bring myself closer to God.”

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The 215 seniors of Notre Dame High School, Lawrenceville, celebrated with many emotions the completion of their journeys as Irish June 2 in the CURE Insurance Arena, Trenton.

PHOTO GALLERY: Notre Dame Baccalaureate

PHOTO GALLERY: Notre Dame Graduation

“It is marvelous to think about all the changes, but how much has remained the same,” said school president Ken Jennings, referring to the 50th anniversary graduates who attended Commencement exercises, having graduated from Notre Dame that same day in 1974.

    Notre Dame graduates Brendan Appert, Stevie Bowden and Charlie Jones sing during the Baccalaureate Mass June 1. Hal Brown photo


“You’ve experienced the technology revolution, and now the AI revolution. However, as a Catholic college preparatory school, we prepared you well with the skills necessary for this new workforce.” Jennings said.

The class had many academic and athletic achievements, including senior Alexandra Williams being awarded the Princeton Prize for Race Relations, and 32 student-athletes signed to compete collegiately.

Jennings congratulated the Class of 2024 on being the first class to successfully raise more than $9,000 for a Senior Legacy Gift – the largest amount raised by any class with the largest participation rate.

“That senior gift has been designated … for the establishment of the first ever Notre Dame Alumni Scholarship, which will be awarded to an incoming freshman,” he told the graduates. “Senior classes will build on the legacy that you have established. You indeed have touched the life of another person.”

Principal Michele Martinez shared her wisdom with the graduates, saying, “Gratitude drives happiness … Be the men and women who share Calvary love with others. Use your gifts wisely in service to others … and be empowered to walk in the future with faith, hope and great love.”

Graduate Brendan Appert and his mother, Cathy, parishioners of St. Gregory the Great Parish, Hamilton Square, called the four years at Notre Dame challenging, both academically and spiritually.

Cathy Appert noted, “What set Notre Dame apart was its ability to provide a holistic education, educating the mind and soul. Being the parent of a teenager carries a tremendous responsibility, but Notre Dame felt like a coaching partner in raising my child.”

“I was involved in many extracurricular activities such as performing arts, robotics, and athletics,” Brendan reflected. “Notre Dame was able to offer me the opportunity to continue doing what I loved, and to be able to split my time between extracurricular activities.

“The advice I would offer anyone considering Catholic education is to get involved,” he continued. “I was able to sing at the school Masses. It has always been a passion of mine, and using my talent at the school Masses allowed me to get more of that experience to bring myself closer to God.”

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