Mother Seton Class Of 2009 Earns Diplomas

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CLARK—Mother Seton Regional High School in Clark held commencement exercises on May 28.  Sister Regina Martin, principal, awarded diplomas to 102 graduates, who were presented by Assistant Principal Joan Barron.

Reverend Kevin Murphy, M.Div., M.A., director of campus ministry and Catholic chaplain at Fairleigh Dickinson University was the commencement speaker. Murphy has served as a former chaplain at Mother Seton as well. The class of 2009 achieved in excess of $10.8 million dollars in academic scholarships and awards as of May 20.

Martin said, “We hope that you will use your Mother Seton education and the faith that is yours as you go forth to make a difference.  Always be proud of your family, your school and of course yourself.”

Ada Yeung, Rahway, was named valedictorian of the Class of 2009.  She is the recipient of the Principal’s Award for academic excellence.  She has followed a rigorous curriculum of advanced placement and honors level courses. Yeung has been named as a National Merit Scholarship Commended Student, an Edward J. Bloustein Distinguished Scholar and is a member of the National Honor Society.  Throughout her four years at Mother Seton, she has been designated as a Seton Distinguished Scholar and is an active member of the Academic Challenge Team, National Current Events, Mathematics and Science Leagues.

Yeung is a four-year member of the Seton Leadership/Ambassador program and is a three-year member of the varsity cross country team.  Serving as co-editor in chief of the literary magazine as well as layout editor of the yearbook, she found time to participate in many class level activities and the annual cultural assembly. Yeung will pursue an East Asian studies and pre-med major at the University of Pennsylvania in the fall.

Amanpreet Mashiana, Edison, was named salutatorian of the Class of 2009.  Receiving the Principal’s Award for academic excellence, Mashiana followed a rigorous curriculum of advanced placement and honors level courses.  She is recognized as an Edward J. Bloustein Distinguished Scholar.  A member of the National Honor Society, she is an active participant in the Science and Mathematics leagues and the Academic Challenge team.

Mashiana has volunteered at a local hospital, served as a math tutor and was involved in the mentoring program at Mother Seton.   She held the position of co-editor in chief of the literary magazine and served as homeroom representative for two consecutive years. Mashiana will be attending Rutgers University and hopes to pursue a career in the field of medicine.

The following students earned departmental honors:

Art-Andrea Marciniak, Sewaren
Calculus-Amanpreet Mashiana, Edison
English-Victoria McCarthy, Iselin
French-Darnell Alexandre, South Orange
Physical Education-Darnell Alexandre, South Orange
Religious Studies-Samantha Lukenda, Linden
Science-Amanpreet  Mashiana, Edison and Ada Yeung, Rahway
Social Studies-Erin Croft, Fords
Spanish-Cristina Pego, Newark and Ada Yeung, Rahway

Principal’s Award for Academic Excellence during the past four years -Ada Yeung and Amanpreet Mashiana

Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton Award For Exemplary Witness to Christian Values during the past four years – Monique Pineros, Elizabeth

National Merit Scholarship Program Commended Students: Erin Croft, Fords; Chamanchandni Randhawa, Carteret; Victoria McCarthy, Iselin; Ada Yeung, Rahway

Edward J. Bloustein Distinguished Scholars: Erin Croft, Fords; Chamanchandni Randhawa, Carteret; Amanpreet Mashiana,Edison; Tanya Slabbert, Elizabeth; Victoria McCarthy, Iselin;    Katrina Vidal, Iselin; Monica Mikhiel, Avenel; Ada Yeung, Rahway

Seton Distinguished Scholars: Erin Croft, Fords; Sarah Petrocy, Carteret; April Hautea, Union; Tanya Slabbert, Elizabeth; Victoria McCarthy, Iselin; Katrina Vidal, Iselin; Ada Yeung, Rahway

Left to right: Valedictorian Ada Yeung will be attending the University of Pennsylvania; Student Council President Meredith Lubas will be attending the University of Scranton and Salutatorian Amanpreet Mashiana will be attending Rutgers University. (Photo by Joan Barron)


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