On Monday evening, Red Bank Catholic honored the extraordinary young men and women of this year’s graduating class at its Evening of Excellence: The Class of 2021 Senior Awards. The evening celebrated remarkable successes in the areas of scholarship, leadership, service, and athletics. The seniors and their parents were thrilled to be able to celebrate these achievements together in an in-person ceremony in the Eck Center on the first day of senior week.
To begin the ceremony, pastor and school chaplain Msgr. Joseph Rosie offered a blessing and senior Grace Allison sang the national anthem. Over 150 students were honored with awards for their outstanding accomplishments in academic courses, spirited dedication to activities and the community, and impressive achievements in capstone projects and internship experiences. Senior athletes were also awarded their varsity blankets. Principal Mr. Robert Abatemarco, Vice Principal Karen Falco, and Director of Student Life Mrs. Meghan Rabasca offered their congratulations during the presentations of awards and scholarships.
The evening concluded with the shamrock pin presentation, a special tradition in which the seniors are invited to present a shamrock pin to a teacher, friend, coach, or parent who has supported and encouraged them during their journey as Caseys.
Much of the class of 2021 has been awarded scholarships, totaling over 31 million dollars. There are a special few scholarships that are awarded by members of the Red Bank Catholic community and presented during the Senior Awards ceremony.
The Ellen Cunningham Akmentins Scholarship was presented to Sophia Cahlane, Liliana Joslin, Ciara Mullaney, and Lauren Yu by the Cunningham Foundation for their future studies in the areas of education and communications. These students were selected for their high academic achievement and overall participation in all aspects of high school life.
After a selection process of scholar athletes, the Peter Paul Apollo Memorial Scholarship was presented to John O’Brien, in honor of Peter Apollo, a graduate of RBC who died tragically in 9/11 at the age of 26.
Finally, Jordana St. Phard received the Gilda A. Scarpone Memorial Scholarship. Sr. Marge Scarpone presents this award each year in honor of her mother, a true advocate for excellence in education. The award is for a graduate of Sisters Academy who has distinguished herself during her four years at Red Bank Catholic.