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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


Alexander Borowick (Class of 2011) and Lauren Borowick (Class of 2012) have been named to the Dean's List of the Stillman School of Business at Seton Hall University for the Fall 2017 semester. Well done, alumni!


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


The following members of the St. Augustine School Class of 2012 were presented with awards at the Bishop George Ahr High School Principal's Senior Academic Awards Ceremony on May 31, 2016:

Lauren Borowick - Excellence in Latin, Senior Distinguished Honors
Cara Lescott - Benjamin Banneker Award for Excellence in Science, Senior Distinguished Honors, Top 10% Class of 2016
Lauren Machalany
- Bishop Bootkoski Religious Award (Excellence in Religion), St. Vincent de Paul Award
Victoria Olexsa - Senior Distinguished Honors
Alexander Woodrow - Top 10% Class of 2016


Allison Russell (Class of 2014), Clarissa Ting (Class of 2014), and Megan Lyttle (Class of 2015) have been selected to join the Immaculata High School Wood Winds Concert Band in September for the 2016-2017 school year. For Megan, who will be a Sophomore, this is an exceptional achievement as membership in this band is usually reserved for Juniors and Seniors. Congratulations to our young aspiring musicians!


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


Lauren Zastko (front row, 2nd from left) with the Mount Saint Mary Academy Euro Challenge team. (Michelle Daino photo; The Catholic Spirit, March 10, 2016)
Lauren Zastko (Class of 2014) is a member of Euro Challenge team at Mount Saint Mary Academy. The Euro Challenge is an academic competition for high school freshmen and sophomores to learn about the euro and the European Union. Lauren and the team participated in the Euro Challenge Institute at Rutgers University - New Brunswick in preparation for their recent regional competition.

Team Work - The Catholic Spirit - March 10, 2016 - Page 16


Alexa Pastor (Class of 2005) is now an Editorial Assistant in the Children's Publishing Division of Simon & Schuster in New York City. Recently, Alexa was kind enough to donate a selection of books to the St. Augustine School library. Thank you for your generous gift, which will be enjoyed by St. A's students for years to come!


Daniel Chedid (CCM website photo)
Daniel Chedid (Class of 2007) continues doing God's work serving as a leader of the Catholic Campus Ministry (CCM) at the University of Central Florida (UCF) in Orlando. The Ministry "invites students, faculty, staff and administrators of the University community to a deeper living out of their Christian vocation as agents and instruments of God’s reign, particularly within the university context, and equips them for more faithful and effective leadership in the Church and in the world."

Click the link below to read Daniel's latest CCM Newsletter:
Daniel Chedid - CCM Dec.-Jan 2015-16: "Back to Work"


LT Andrew Sheehy and LTJG Chelsea Sheehy
Ensign Chelsea Sheehy (Class of 2006) was recently promoted this November 2015 to Lieutenant Junior Grade in the Coast Guard. Her brother, Lieutenant Andrew Sheehy (Class of 2003) was present to put on her new Lieutenant Junior Grade shoulder boards.


Andrew Sheehy is seen above promoting to the rank of Lieutenant and receiving his permanent TACLET pin alongside his sister Chelsea (Class of 2006).
Tactical Law Enforcement Team (TACLET) South is a part of the Deployable Specialized Forces of the United States Coast Guard and its primary mission is to prevent illicit narcotics from entering U.S. soil. Andrew Sheehy (Class of 2003) is the Officer in Charge of law enforcement detachment 406 comprised of eight total members.


Christina Canvin (Class of 2003) has joined the crew of the USS Mitscher, a guided missile destroyer deployed in the Middle East for the past several months.  Christina is a graduate of the US Coast Guard Academy and was asked by the Navy to be their Navigation Officer on this deployment.  Her duties include overseeing the Medical Dept., mentoring / training 18 ensigns, and plotting the ship's course.  She will be given her full Lieutenant stripes next month at sea.

Below is a short video featuring Christina and her fellow women officers aboard the Mitscher.


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