Archbishop Nelson J. Pérez to Honor 129 Distinguished Scholars at Academic Honors Convocation

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PHILADELPHIA, PA — The Archdiocese of Philadelphia announced that Archbishop Nelson J. Pérez shall lead the Liturgy of the Word ahead of the 43rd Annual Academic Honors Convocation. The ceremony will recognize the accomplishments of 129 distinguished scholars from 30 Archdiocesan and private Catholic secondary schools throughout the five-county region. The event is scheduled for Tuesday, May 23, 2023, at 6:00 p.m. in Philadelphia’s iconic Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul, located at 18th Street and the Benjamin Franklin Parkway.

The students, all of whom are ranked in the top 3% of their senior class, will be honored for their academic achievement and dedication to their studies.  These students are included in the elite group according to their cumulative ranking at the end of the first semester of their senior year.

The Mass will be streamed live from @ArchbishopPerez and @AOPSschools.

Those individuals with asterisks after their names are in the Connelly Foundation’s Neumann Scholars Program. Initiated in 1995, this scholarship program identifies academically talented eighth grade students through an independently administered competitive examination and provides four year scholarships to attend any Archdiocesan high school.


Academy of Notre Dame de Namur

  • Lindsay S. McBride
  • Emmanuelle S. Pinto
  • Rebecca A. Jackson

Archbishop John Carroll High School

  • Paige C. Quigley
  • Brooke A. Quigley
  • Samantha C. Rock
  • Ashley D. Sion
  • Caroline P. Downs

Archbishop Ryan High School

  • Vienna Varano
  • Abigail Merrigan *
  • Alexander Pfeffer
  • Daniel J. Wang
  • Ansu David

Archbishop Wood High School

  • Rohan M. Rathod *
  • Daniel L. Romano *
  • Jared C.  Uzdzienski
  • Megan Mayro *
  • James DiGuiseppe
  • Kara R. Meredith
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Bishop Shanahan High School

  • Brendan Ryan Scott
  • Jane Sophia Valadakis
  • Sophia Isabel Rothstein
  • Tyler Erick Metz
  • Alexandria Marie Linke
  • Kiera Shannon Walsh
  • Claire Elizabeth Fader

Cardinal O’Hara High School

  • Mary MacGillivray
  • Tyler Heuser
  • Noah Sharretts
  • Samantha Schugsta
  • Raymond Brandon
  • Maura Riscavage

Conwell-Egan Catholic High School

  • Emma Lillian Buchko
  • Hailey Natania Morath
  • Rylee Joyce
  • Harley Elizabeth Roach

Cristo Rey Philadelphia High School

  • Marleen Pacquette
  • Faith Banks
  • Amir Ryan
  • Genesis Castro-Gomez
  • Devon Preparatory School

    Andrew A. Weir
  • Matthew J. DeLucca

Father Judge High School for Boys

  • William J. Buckius
  • Matthew T. Christian
  • Michael D. McDevitt
  • George S. Thompson
  • Timothy P. McCloskey

Gwynedd-Mercy Academy High School

  • London N. Dilorio
  • Elise J. Hill
  • Sydney A. Mandato
  • Gabriella Manno

Holy Ghost Preparatory High School

  • Nicholas A. Afanassiev
  • Matthew McGinn
  • Michael L. Pimble

Lansdale Catholic High School

  • Ella Moran
  • Meghan Duffner
  • Kevin Coulter
  • Marc Fusca
  • Caroline Alegado

LaSalle College High School

  • Sebastian Conrad Barnes
  • Evan Gabriel Cohen
  • Matthew Joseph Giordano
  • Justin Vincent Muttreja
  • John Andrew Markowski
  • Ryan Kevin Meyer
  • Shane Robert Hannan
  • Evan John Mollick
  • Alexander V. Ippoliti
  • Cabot Alexander Joseph Morrissey

Little Flower Catholic High School for Girls

  • Ava Boyle
  • Shelly Lai
  • Madeline Markham *
  • Grace Krakauskas *

Malvern Preparatory School

  • Jack Rosenberger
  • William Yacovelli
  • Patrick Mears
  • Michael Geary

Mercy Career and Technical High School

  • Akira B. Gatling
  • Ashley Solorzano

Merion Mercy Academy

  • Marianne P. Cheely
  • Mary Katherine Gray
  • Kylie E. Rex

Monsignor Bonner and Archbishop Prendergast Catholic High School

  • Elwin Serrao *
  • Bridget C. Murphy *
  • Joseph K. Gross
  • Collin B. Gross
  • Logan B. Peterson
  • Hannah P. Quinn

Mount Saint Joseph Academy

  • Kate Donovan
  • Kathryn Sponseller
  • Maria Vyzaniaris
  • Julia Donahue
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Nazareth Academy High School

  • Meghan Scott
  • Ciara Garvey
  • Sophia DiPrimeo

Pope John Paul II High School

  • Holly Marie Binkowski *
  • Nikki Grace Cassel
  • Jessica Lynn Carlini *
  • Lauren Marie Catalano *
  • Alexis Gonsalves

Roman Catholic High School for Boys

  • Benjamin Foronda
  • Elijah Karn
  • Mark J. Madya
  • Andrew Brotschul
  • Lucas Cheng

Sacred Heart Academy Bryn Mawr

  • Caitlyn Elizabeth Breslin
  • Emily Elizabeth Hart

Saint Hubert Catholic High School for Girls

  • Sage A. Rivera
  • Kylie E. Bytof
  • Kathryn E. Patterson

Saints John Neumann and Maria Goretti Catholic High School

  • Vy Z. Trinh-Nguyen *
  • DeAnna M. Capaldi
  • Maggie A. Tittermary
  • Mia N. Talamo

Saint Joseph’s Preparatory School

  • Andoni L. Christou
  • Emiljano Daku
  • Patrick T. Dugan
  • Daniel J. Law
  • John J. Owens
  • JianKun Richard Peng

Villa Joseph Marie High School

  • Meredith M. Glunz
  • Olivia A. Burke
  • Sophia Majkut

Villa Maria Academy High School

  • Jordi A. De Jong
  • Kathleen M. Kent
  • Riley S. Laskowsky

West Catholic Preparatory High School

  • Quan Tran
  • Eunice Fadjoh
  • Christian Johnson

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