On May 16, Red Bank Catholic honored the extraordinary young men and women of this year’s graduating class at its Evening of Excellence: The Class of 2022 Senior Awards. The evening celebrated remarkable successes in the areas of scholarship, leadership, service, and athletics.
To begin the ceremony, pastor and school chaplain Msgr. Joseph Rosie offered a blessing and seniors Afrodite Koulouris and Sophia Nazareno, along with junior Jack Sisk 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 Mrs. Karen Falco, President Mr. Robert Abatemarco,, and Director of Student Life Mrs. Meghan Rabasca offered their congratulations during the presentations of awards and scholarships.
During the Ceremony, Red Bank Catholic senior Anna Gotterup received her appointment to the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland. US Naval Academy graduate and US Navy Retired Captain Richard McGoey presented Anna with her appointment.
Much of the class of 2022 has been awarded scholarships, totaling over 33 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 Valentina Bertini, Dillon Larkin, Lance Muller, and Sophia Nazareno by the Cunningham Foundation for their future studies in certain majors. These students were selected for their high academic achievement and overall participation in all aspects of high school life.
Finally, Sr. Marge Scarpone presented two scholarships in honor of her parents. Smiralda St. Vilus 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. Sophia Medina received the first James J. Scarpone, Sr. Memorial Scholarship. Sr. Marge presented this award for the first time this year in honor of her father who passed away last summer. The award is for a student who has exhibited all around improvement and growth throughout four years at Red Bank Catholic High School.
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.