Graduation 2019

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The Academy of the Holy Cross Class of 2019 celebrated the 151st graduation with three special events: Cap and Gown on Thursday, May 30; Baccalaureate on Sunday, June 2; and Commencement on Monday, June 4.

The Class of 2019 earned over $14,700,000 in scholarship awards.

Please see the list of college acceptances for the Class of 2019 here.

Valedictorian - Rebecca Mary Welton

During her tenure at Holy Cross, Rebecca has excelled as a student, an athlete, and a leader. As a Sancta Crux Scholar and member of the National Honor Society, she set the highest academic standards for herself and strived to achieve them.

Rebecca has consistently distinguished herself as a leader and role model who takes the initiative when challenges arise. She served as a Student Ambassador, a member of the Robotics Team, and Lead Copy Editor of the Cross & Anchor yearbook. Her excellent leadership traits have extended to the field of athletics on the Varsity Tennis team.

Rebecca has additionally served as an outstanding leader and role model in her Catholic faith, as a volunteer at the Rockville Challenge Club and the Village at Rockville. A St. Jude’s parishioner, Rebecca has been an Altar Server, Vacation Bible School Aide, and a Children’s Liturgy of the Word Leader.

Rebecca will attend the A. James Clark School of Engineering at the University of Maryland, College Park. She is the recipient of the Dean’s Scholarship and the Leidos Award. Rebecca was also accepted into the University of Maryland’s Honors College, ACES (Advanced Cybersecurity Experience for Students).

Salutatorian - Cecilia Ellen Rogers

As a Santa Crux Scholar, Madeleva Scholar, member of the National Honor Society, recipient of the George Washington Science Award, and recipient of several Robotics Club awards, Cecilia has enjoyed a distinguished career at Holy Cross. Her ability to manage rigorous courses, as well as her commitment as a life-long learner, have made her an extraordinary role model for the Holy Cross community.

Cecilia has also proven herself to be a wonderful leader. She has served as a Student Ambassador, is the Co-founder of the Bocce Team and Safety Leader of the Robotics Team. She also excelled as an athlete on the Varsity Soccer team for three years as well as on her league team, the MSC/Potomac Reign Soccer Team, where she helped to earn the Region One Championship in 2017.

Cecilia’s leadership skills have been evident in her Catholic faith as well. She helped facilitate activities as a Freshman Retreat Leader at Holy Cross. She has also volunteered at Washington Adventist Hospital, Althea Woodlands Rehabilitation Center, and Martha’s Table, as well as worked as a Teaching Assistant at Saturday School.

Cecilia will join the class of 2023 at the University of Virginia, where she will pursue studies in medicine.

The Archbishop's Award

Belane Ayelework

Sister Grace Award

Mairead Elizabeth James

St. André Bessette Citizenship Award

Leslie Annetta Fontaine

Spes Unica Award

Lourdes Amaro

The Sisters of the Holy Cross Award

Katherine Gerard Foley

Madeleva Scholars

Abigail Elizabeth Akers
Lourdes Amaro
Belane Ayelework
Lauren Elizabeth Barclay
Katherine Ellen Beall
Arianna Josephine Checchia
Claire Elizabeth Anne Coyle
Maria Vitoria Da Silva
Nicole Cac-Loan Dao
Josephine Victoria De La Oliva
Mary Rose DePont                   
Emily Jane Dimond
Madeline Hope Doukouris
Leslie Annetta Fontaine
Caroline Anne Howley
Mairead Elizabeth James
Julie Marguerite Joseph
Clare Elizabeth Kimiecik
Yvette Jepkonga Kiptoo
Haley Corinne Krause
Maria Agnes Maloney
Victoria Martinez
Leah Marie McNamara
Sara Marie Melley
Elizabeth Hellen Myers
Munachiso Ifunanya Nwokike
Grace Darcy O'Connor
Emily Rose Orem
Katherine Sofia Pawlowski
Martha Philipos
Dulmi Kalara Ratnasiri
Cecilia Ellen Rogers
Camille Patricia Schmidt
Mira Alexandra Comilang Varghese
Eleasa Ilene Woodson
Lucy DuZhen Young
Olivia May Young

Sancta Crux Scholars

Belane Ayelework
Claire Elizabeth Anne Coyle
Nicole Cac-Loan Dao
Eileen Ruth Dinn
Madelijn Helena Ewers
Katherine Gerard Foley
Mairead Elizabeth James
Serena Helene Kemp
Clare Elizabeth Kimiecik
Catherine Bina Kiyonaga
Marin Elizabeth Larkin
Sofia Julia Leusch
Fionna Ann Long
Maura Kathryn Lyons
Josephine Varner Matta
Grace Elizabeth McCord
Ashlyn Grace McDonald
Sara Marie Melley
Elizabeth Hellen Myers
Munachiso Ifunanya Nwokike
Grace Darcy O'Connor
Emily Rose Orem
Cecilia Ellen Rogers
Christina Grace Stavish
Danielle Marian Valcarcel
Rebecca Mary Welton
Olivia May Young

IB Diploma Candidates

Belane Ayelework
Mary Claire Basso-Luca
Maria Vitoria Da Silva
Josephine Victoria De La Oliva
Martha Elizabeth Hrdy
Yvette Jepkonga Kiptoo
Catherine Bina Kiyonaga
Haley Corinne Krause
Marin Elizabeth Larkin
Sydney Katherine Evelyn Parbs
Mira Alexandra Comilang Varghese

AP Scholars

Katherine Ellen Beall
Nicole Cac-Loan Dao
Mairead Elizabeth James
Sara Marie Melley
Munachiso Ifunanya Nwokike
Olivia May Young

Scholar with Honor

Josephine Varner Matta

National Honor Society

Lourdes Amaro
Belane Ayelework
Mary Claire Basso-Luca
Katherine Ellen Beall
Alexandra Grace Bruno
Emily Ann Clark
Claire Elizabeth Anne Coyle
Nicole Cac-Loan Dao
Josephine Victoria De La Oliva
Mary Rose DePont
Emily Jane Dimond
Eileen Ruth Dinn
Madeline Hope Doukouris
Kylie Emma Draddy
Katherine Marie Durbin
Madelijn Helena Ewers
Katherine Gerard Foley
Leslie Annetta Fontaine
Elizabeth Joanne Holt
Caroline Anne Howley
Martha Elizabeth Hrdy
Mairead Elizabeth James
Charlotte Jane Jones
Julie Marguerite Joseph
Cassidy Virginia Keehan
Serena Helene Kemp
Clare Elizabeth Kimiecik
Yvette Jepkonga Kiptoo
Catherine Bina Kiyonaga
Mary Margarita Kolbe
Haley Corinne Krause
Marin Elizabeth Larkin
Sofia Julia Leusch
Fionna Ann Long
Maura Kathryn Lyons
Maria Agnes Maloney
Josephine Varner Matta
Grace Elizabeth McCord
Ashlyn Grace McDonald
Leah Marie McNamara
Sara Marie Melley
Aidan Emily Mooney
Ann Bridget Myers
Elizabeth Hellen Myers
Munachiso Ifunanya Nwokike
Grace Darcy O'Connor
Annya Monet Onyekwere
Emily Rose Orem
Nana Oye Owusu-Koranteng
Sydney Katherine Evelyn Parbs
Katherine Sofia Pawlowski
Martha Philipos
Dulmi Kalara Ratnasiri
Jenna Kaitlin Rizik
Cecilia Ellen Rogers
Margaux Sinnott Ryan
Christina Grace Stavish
Molly Clare Sullivan
Ella Catherine Torp
Sophia Marley Vaccaro
Danielle Marian Valcarcel
Mira Alexandra Comilang Varghese
Rebecca Mary Welton
Eleasa Ilene Woodson
Lucy DuZhen Young
Olivia May Young
Wenchun Zhang

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