Student Achievements - June 2017
2017 Valedictorian, Salutatorian and Top Ten Graduating Seniors
Immaculate High School graduated 89 seniors on Wednesday, May 31 at Western Connecticut State University's O'Neill Center in a beautiful and emotional ceremony. Nicole DiMauro and Martha Haddad were Valedictorian and Salutatorian of the Class of 2017 respectively.
Nicole DiMauro will attend Northeastern University and Martha Haddad will attend the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Completing the Top Ten graduating senior list are Amy Bohling (The University of Notre Dame), Lauren Cirone (Boston College), Colm Doherty (Northeastern University), Diana Kirkman (Villanova University), Joseph Maloney (University of Connecticut), Jillian Pruner (Boston College), Maria Ringes (Boston College) and Jingyu Zhou (Case Western Reserve University).
From Left to Right: Jingyu Zhou, Amy Bohling, Maria Ringes, Diana Kirkman, Colm Doherty, Joseph Maloney, Martha Haddad and Lauren Cirone. Front Row: Nicole DiMauro and Jillian Pruner
"We are very proud of all of our graduating seniors. They have excelled throughout their years at Immaculate and are prepared to be leaders of change, leaders of the future," said Mary Maloney, President of Immaculate High School. "During the 2016-17 school year, this graduating class contributed over 4,589 hours to a school-wide total of 24,650 hours of community service, received numerous individual athletic SWC and CIAC leadership and sportsmanship awards and were honored in music and the arts, including the Scholastic Arts Awards and Connecticut High School Fine Arts Awards, and participated in the school musical, Fiddler on the Roof, winning the HALO award for Best Classical Musical," she noted. Of the 89 members of the class, 90% received college scholarships and grants totaling $19 million. The top ten percent of the class achieved an SAT score average of 1384 with 67 students earning GPAs of 3.5 and above.
To read the speeches given by Valedictorian Nicole DiMauro, President Mary Maloney and Science Teacher Bridget Henry, CLICK HERE.
Meet IHS Student of the Year - Jillian Pruner
Each year the staff and faculty of Immaculate chooses a graduating senior as Student of the Year, a student who consistently demonstrates school spirit and dedication to IHS, strength of character and faith in action through kindness to others, and who has a passion for learning and going beyond what is expected, including encouraging others to do their best. This year the honor went to Jillian Pruner.
"I am truly grateful and humbled to be Student of the Year. I am so proud of my graduating class and all that we have accomplished over the past four years," said Jillian.
During her four years at IHS, Jillian was happy to use her leadership roles to serve others. As Student Council President she helped organize the Blood Drive for the American Red Cross, organize the future donation of recycling bins at Immaculate and encourage significant Student Council contributions to the IHS She's The First chapter.
Jillian had many other roles at Immaculate, including Officer of the Tri-M Music Honor Society, the Props Mistress for school musicals, Secretary of She's the First, varsity member of the Debate Club and Student Ambassador, as well as being a member of the Key Club and National Honor Society.
"By far my favorite memories at Immaculate were those backstage at the annual school musicals,'' said Jillian. "I worked as the Props Mistress and loved to help my fellow students express their theatrical talents. I highly recommend that all students try to take part in the productions," she exclaimed.
Jillian believes that there are many opportunities for students at Immaculate, and that the school encourages and supports students to take on these opportunities. "Immaculate allowed me to take advantage of every opportunity. The faculty and staff were more than willing to help me achieve any goal. These goals may have been as small as a test grade, or as large as a scholarship or starting a club. Regardless, the positivity and family nature of Immaculate blesses all students with many opportunities. Overall it is this supportive environment that I enjoyed the most," she said.
"My advice to all IHS students and incoming freshman is to seize every opportunity that comes your way. Overall, hard work is far more important than natural ability," Jillian said. "Regardless of your worries about attending IHS for the first time, realize that determination is all you need," she added.
Jillian will attend Boston College's Carroll School of Management as a Management major with a concentration in Environmental Sustainability. She has big, forward-thinking plans for her future. "I will become a Chief Sustainability Officer and use fiscal incentives to encourage a more ethical and environmentally friendly business culture," Jillian predicted. "This includes expanding my wholesale jewelry business, In The Pendants LLC (www.inthependants.com). In fact, last year I donated 25% of my profits to local charities such as Ann's Place Cancer Treatment Center," Jillian noted. Her goals are admirable and if anyone can achieve her dreams, it would be Jillian. She realizes that to build your dreams, you first need a good foundation, and that Immaculate was that foundation.
'I would like to formally thank the faculty, staff and students of Immaculate for all that they have done to make this world a better place. I can't wait to take the lessons that Immaculate has taught me, in and out of the classroom, and apply them to a new and exciting future!" she said.
Diocese of Bridgeport Honors Six IHS Students
At the annual Breakfast of Champions on May 24, the Diocese of Bridgeport recognized Immaculate High School seniors Sean Fahey, Diana Kirkman, Kayla Lanza, Danielle Marcone, Christian Morris and Jillian Pruner for excelling in academics, athletic achievement and above all striving to live a lifestyle that exemplifies Gospel values.
Jillian received the St. Thomas Aquinas Award. The St. Thomas Aquinas award is presented to students in their last year of elementary or high school who have demonstrated academic accomplishment and also "exemplify the Gospel Values we are called to in our Catholic faith through service to others and Christ-like behavior." The St. Sebastian Award was awarded to Diana and Danielle for girls cross country, to Kayla for girls soccer and to Sean and Christian for boys indoor track. The St. Sebastian Award is awarded to high school seniors who have not only achieved academic distinction but have shown leadership as the captain of an athletic team that won at the State level during this academic year.
Baccalaureate Mass and Awards Ceremony
On May 30, a day before graduation, IHS graduating seniors and their parents joined staff and faculty for the annual Baccalaureate Mass and Awards Ceremony at St Rose of Lima Church in Newtown. Bishop Frank Caggiano celebrated the Mass, helping to make this ceremony of faith and academic distinction a truly memorable one. For a complete list of awards and awardees, CLICK HERE.
Underclassmen Awards Ceremony Spotlights Many Achievements
The Underclassmen Awards Ceremony, held on May 26 in the IHS Coach Robert Plumb Gymnasium, highlighted the many wonderful achievements of the entire IHS student body. For a complete list of awards and awardees, CLICK HERE.
Graduating Seniors Inducted Into Immaculate Alumni Association After A Special Breakfast
Also held on May 24 for seniors was the Senior Breakfast, hosted by the IPA, and the Alumni Induction Ceremony, where members of the graduating Class of 2017 were inducted into the Immaculate Alumni Association. Once a Mustang Always a Mustang!!
Class Night Video
Class Night for the Class of 2017 was held on May 24 at the Candlewood Inn. By all accounts the graduating seniors had a great time! To watch a video of the night, courtesy of Maria Ringes '17, CLICK HERE.
International Graduates Celebrated
The International Club held a special party to celebrate the graduation of eight International seniors. They were applauded for their many accomplishments in art, music, athletics and intellectual pursuits. They will be missed and are wished good luck in their college life. Congratulations to Linus Jia, Henry Wu, Terry Zhang, Kristal Zhou, Lily Duan, Wendy Wu, Harry Wang and Kenny Chan (not pictured).