CLASS OF 2021 GRADUATION
One hundred eight Immaculate High School seniors graduated at the Commencement Liturgy on Saturday, June 5, 2021 at St. Rose of Lima Church in Newtown. The seniors were recognized for their many scholarships as well as their academic, athletic, arts/music, community service and other awards they earned over the school year. They were honored for the resilience and Mustang spirit displayed in sticking with their studies and commitments during the last few months of virtual school.
2021 VALEDICTORIAN - ZACHARY MEYERSON
Zachary Meyerson of Danbury was named the Class of 2021’s Valedictorian and Meryl McKenna of Brookfield was named the Salutatorian. Of the 108 members of the Class of 2021, 100 percent of the students who applied to colleges and universities were accepted and awarded scholarships and grants totaling $28 million. The top 10 percent of students achieved a SAT score average of 1375.
Valedictorian Zachary Meyerson will attend Cornell University where he received and will major in neuroscience and global/public health. Zachary is a Distinguished Honors student, a recipient of the 2020 Cornell Club award for academic excellence, recipient of the Excellence in Graphic Design and Arts as well as the St. Thomas Aquinas Award, President’s Award for Outstanding Academic Excellence, the Isabelle T. Farrington Academic Excellence award. He is a member of the National Honor Society, Science National Honor Society, National English Honor Society, Mu Alpha Theta Math Honor Society and a two time award recipient of the CT Science and Engineering Fair. Zachary is a three-time recipient of the President’s Service Award for his service at Jericho Partnership, Maplewood Senior Living and Ann’s Place.
2021 SALUTORIAN - MERYL McKENNA
Salutatorian Meryl McKenna will attend Washington University in St. Louis, where she will study biomedical engineering. Meryl was recognized as a National Commended Merit Scholar in 2020. At Immaculate, Meryl received a four-year merit scholarship, is a Distinguished Honors student and a member of the National Honor Society, Mu Alpha Theta Math Honor Society, the Science National Honor Society and is the recipient of the Isabelle Farrington Academic Excellence Award. She is a talented three-sport varsity athlete, having played varsity soccer, tennis and outdoor track for Immaculate, and was named a Scholar Athlete by the CAS-CIAC, served as captain of her soccer team, named SWC Championship Most Valuable Player and was invited to play on the All Academic Team in 2020. Meryl has received the President’s Volunteer Service Award and the Rensselaer Medal for her dedication and excellence in science and math.
Completing the Top Ten graduating senior list were Alexis Demko of Danbury who will attend Assumption University, Ailene Doherty of Danbury who will attend Cornell University, Grace Garvey of Bethel who will attend Bucknell University, Caitlin Fanella of New Milford who will attend Fairfield University, Ethan Goodman of Newtown who will attend Xavier University, Nicholas Iannetta of Danbury who will attend St. John’s University, Alexa Pannese of Monroe who will attend Western Connecticut State University and Kaitlyn Segreti of Danbury who will attend Bucknell University.
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END OF THE YEAR FIESTA
Each class celebrated the end of the school year together and had a fun-filled Fiesta with music and games from the Spin Doctor and great food provided by Agave Restaurant in Danbury! The juniors and seniors had a surprise visit from the Ice Cream Emergency truck to end their celebration. Thank you to Carol Stone for organizing this special event for our students.
Mother Nature was on our side as students dressed in their finest attire enjoyed a beautiful outdoor event for their Senior Prom. The evening under the stars was held at Anthony's Lake Club in Danbury and included mini golf and a touchless photo booth. DJ Dave the Spin Doctor got the crowd up on their feet and they danced to current and old school favorites music and enjoyed a delicious dinner prepared by Chef Rocco. After being apart for so long, everyone was very grateful to be back together in person for an extra special prom night—the culmination of a week-long celebration of our remarkable seniors.