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Alex Havardansky (Class of 2016) will graduate this year as a member of Saint Joseph High School's Class of 2020. In our take on Throwback Thursday, we fondly remember Alex as he received his Kindergarten "diploma" at St. A's and wish him great success as he moves on to college and beyond.



Brett Fitzgerald (Class of 2011) was recently featured in an article published in the Saint Joseph High School alumni magazine spotlighting his work with AmeriCorps, a service-oriented organization that provides its members with a network of service programs. Brett is currently serving through the AmeriCorps City Year program at Matthew W. Gilbert Middle School in Jacksonville, Florida. Click the link below to read the full article.

Paying it Forward: Brett Fitzgerald


TJ Siegler (Class of 2017), Joe Maurer (Class of 2016) and Patrick Quigley (Class of 2016) are members of the Saint Joseph High School bowling team that took first place in the State sectionals on January 31, 2020. In addition, all three advanced to the Individual State finals on February 14th. Congratulations and good luck at Finals!

TJ Siegler, Joe Maurer and Patrick Quigley


The following St. A's alumni and current Notre Dame High School students were recognized for their academic excellence by being named to the Honor Roll or Honor Roll of Distinction for the first marking period of the 2019-2020 school year:

Mary Gillespie (Class of 2016) - Honor Roll
Maegan Hontanosas (Class of 2018) - Honor Roll of Distinction
Koby Hrynkiewicz (Class of 2017) - Honor Roll of Distinction


Notre Dame High School inducted six St. A's alumni into its chapter of the National Honor Society, recognizing their excellence in the Society's four cardinal values of Scholarship, Service, Leadership, and Character. The alumni inducted were (pictured left to right):  Kristina Ibe (Class of 2017), Taylor Okamura (Class of 2017), Sarah Salins (Class of 2017), Koby Hrynkiewicz (Class of 2017), Zara Nelson (Class of 2016), and Patricia Pestano (Class of 2016).


Ayana Rizvi (Class of 2018) was awarded Honors with Distinction for the 2018-2019 school year at a convocation held by Rutgers Preparatory School on September 11, 2019. This is the school's highest award for academic excellence and recognizes Ayana for outstanding academic achievement during her freshman year at Rutgers Prep.


Ashley Knox (Class of 2005) earned her Master of Arts in Teaching: Special Education and received a Certificate of Recognition for her Outstanding Capstone Project from the Metropolitan State University of Denver School of Education.


Annelise Zara (Class of 2014), currently attending Fairfield University's College of Arts and Sciences, earned a place on the Dean's Honor List for distinguished academic achievement during the Spring 2019 semester.


The following St. A's alumni from the Class of 2015 received awards as members of the Bishop George Ahr High School graduating class of 2019:

Arnav Bhavsar - Salutatorian, Distinguished Seniors of the Class of 2019, Math Award, Stringer Award
Kristen Delgado - Excellence in Technology



Spencer Cap (Class of 2011) was given a "shout out" by President Donald Trump during his address to the 2019 graduating class of the United States Air Force Academy. While congratulating the Academy's National Champion Air Rifle Team, President Trump said the following:

"Congratulations. Including Rifle Team members Anna Weilbacher and Spencer Cap, who helped the Falcons win the air rifle national title and beat the other service academies to bring home the President's Trophy. Please, stand up. Stand up."

Congratulations to Spencer and the entire USAF Academy Class of 2019; Thank you for your service to our nation!


Alexander Borowick (Class of 2011) will graduate magna cum laude from the Honors Program at Seton Hall University and is receiving a Bachelor of Science in Marketing with a certificate in Marketing Research from the Stillman School of Business.  He also played hockey for Seton Hall. 

Alex will be joining Lan Associates in June as a Marketing Coordinator.


Megan Lyttle (Class of 2015) was awarded the 2019 Rita Ostroff Ginsburg Memorial Scholarship by New Jersey Odyssey of the Mind. The scholarship recognizes outstanding commitment to learning, creativity, and New Jersey's Odyssey of the Mind program.

After graduating from St. A's, Megan went to Immaculata High School. She immediately became immersed in their music department as part of Marching Band and Indoor Percussion. Megan holds the distinction of being the first female to play bass 5, the largest bass drum, and was a percussion section leader this year.
Megan has also learned to play the oboe, and she performed last month with the wind ensamble in Disney World. She also worked on the costume crew of this year's musical Aida. She also participates in Campus Ministry, where she served as a retreat leader on the recent Antioch retreat. Megan is still deciding where to attend college in the Fall. She plans to study neuroscience and develop her new found interest in digital design.


Members of the Class of 2018 held a mini reunion at St. Augustine School on February 21, 2019. The event was chaperoned by a few of the students' former teachers. Many of the students have stayed connected since graduation and this was a great opportunity to spend an evening hanging out with each other.


National Merit Scholarship Commended Students Christopher Bakhos (2nd from left), Ian Fonseca (3rd from right), and Ryan Stephen (2nd from right)
Christopher Bakhos, Ian Fonseca, and Ryan Stephen (all Class of 2015) are among the five seniors at St. Joseph High School who have been recognized as National Merit Scholarship Commended Students. In order to achieve this distinction, students must place among the top 50,000 scorers of more than 1.6 million students who entered the 2019 competition by taking the 2017 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying test.


Christopher Bakhos (Class of 2015) was awarded the Jerome J. Reso Scholarship at St. Joseph High School. The Reso Scholarship, which is awarded annually by the Brothers of the Sacred Heart to one rising senior in one of the 11 Brothers of the Sacred Heart schools in the United States Province, was inaugurated in 1992 to honor Jerome J. Reso, a 1955 graduate of Saint Aloysius High School in New Orleans, for his outstanding generosity to the province and to the Brothers. As this year's recipient, Christopher was awarded a full tuition scholarship for the 2018-2019 school year. Congratulations!


Immaculata High School proudly announces the following news about our alumni of St. Augustine of Canterbury School:

Alexander Dunne (Class of 2015) - Tri-M Music Honor Society, National Honor Society
Julianna Dunne (Class of 2015) - Tri-M Music Honor Society, National Honor Society
Megan Lyttle (Class of 2015) - National Honor Society, French Honor Society
Koby Hrynkiewicz (Class of 2017) - Diocese of Metuchen Pro-Life Contest
Caroline Torrone (Class of 2017) - Diocese of Metuchen Pro-Life Contest


Molly Balsamo, Sara Balsamo, AJ Dunne, Julianna Dunne, and Megan Lyttle (all Class of 2015) have been inducted into the Immaculata High School chapter of the National Honor Society. Congratulations!
(Left to right) Julianna Dunne, AJ Dunne, Molly Balsamo,
Megan Lyttle, Sara Balsamo


Sara and Molly Balsamo (Class of 2015) and Meredith Siegeler (Class of 2012) displayed their art portfolios at the Immaculata High School Art Show on May 19, 2016. Also featured were works of art by Tomas Minsavage, son of St. A's art teacher Mrs. Christine Minsavage. We are so proud of our graduates and their creative talents and look forward to seeing more of their work in the future!

  Sara Balsamo

  Meredith Siegeler

  Molly Balsamo

  Tomas Minsavage


Sean Sheppard. (Embrace website)
Sean Paul Sheppard (Class of 1982) is the CEO of a nonprofit organization called Embrace, which he founded in 2000. Embrace “seeks to mobilize local college students to help those in need in the San Diego county area.” Sean is a graduate of Georgetown University. Click below to read an article about Sean and his organization's work on the Georgetown University Alumni website:

Georgetown Alumnus Embraces Local Veteran Community


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