At its Baccalaureate Mass celebrated by pastor Monsignor Robert Weiss, Deacon Jeff Font, Deacon Richard Lawlor, Deacon Mike Ronan and Father Jim Cole at St. Rose of Lima Church, Newtown, Immaculate High School announced its top ten students of the Class of 2022.
Julong Williams of Redding is the Class of 2022’s Valedictorian and Matthew Reeves of New Milford is the Salutatorian. Of the 117 members of the Class of 2022, 100% applied and were accepted to colleges and universities and 95% were awarded college scholarships and grants totaling $33.5 million. The top ten percent of students achieved an SAT score average of 1407.
Valedictorian Julong Williams (Redding) will attend the University of Virginia where she will study English. An AP scholar, Julong is a four-year Distinguished Honors student, a recipient of the 2021 Cornell Book Club award for academic excellence, recipient of the four-year Presidential Merit Award Scholarship, a member of the National Honor Society, English National Honor Society and Math National Honor Society. A prolific writer and artist, Julong has written original young adult fiction and poetry and received the school’s Excellence in Art award. Her high school athletic career includes four years as a X-country, indoor track and outdoor track runner.
Salutatorian Matthew Reeves (New Milford ) will attend Lehigh University where he will study Chemistry. An AP scholar, Matthew is a four-year Distinguished Honors student, the recipient of the Isabelle Farrington Academic Scholarship, recipient of the SW Conference Academic Team, a member of the Math Club, Math and Science National Honor Societies, X-country 5K distance runner and indoor/outdoor track runner and served as team captain for both teams in his senior year. A parishioner of St. John’s Episcopal Church in New Milford, Matthew was a dedicated volunteer with more than 100 hours at the Rudy L. Ruggles Biomedical Research Institute.
Completing the Top Ten graduating senior list are Stephanie Antonios (Danbury) University of Connecticut; Caitlin Doherty (Danbury) Trinity College; William Doran (Danbury), Georgetown University; Sara MacKinnon (Danbury), Providence College; Kennedi Muller (Ridgefield), University of Notre Dame; Magdalena Swierczek (Danbury), University of Connecticut; Caroline Tucker (Danbury), Georgia Institute of Technology; and Zifeng Zhan (Guangzhou, China) University of California, Santa Barbara.
Kayla Ondy (Newtown) was named Immaculate High School's Student of the Year. Kayla earned this honor for consistently demonstrating strength of character and faith in action through kindness to others, a passion for learning and going beyond what is expected.