Mother Seton Commencement 2010

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CLARK — Mother Seton Regional High School in Clark held commencement exercise on May 27.  Sister Regina Martin, Principal, awarded diplomas to the graduates. The class of 2010 achieved in excess of $11.1 million dollars in academic scholarships and awards as of May 20.

Sister Regina Martin, principal, said:  “The Mother Seton graduate embraces her faith tradition and exhibits her spiritual and moral values through her action in the world.  Self-confident and caring, the Mother Seton graduate is sensitive to cultural diversity and the needs of others.  Gratitude is one of her gifts; her Seton spirit is another. She fully recognizes that education is not something held but something pursued; that learning is a life-long endeavor. Always be proud of your family, your school and of course yourself.”

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Amanda Skuriat of Linden was named valedictorian of the Class of 2010.  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.  Skuriat is a member of the National Honor Society and has served as Student Council Vice-President. Throughout her four years at Mother Seton, Skuriat 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.

Skuriat is a four-year member of the Seton Ambassador program, the Seton Ensemble and the annual school play. She found time to participate in many class level activities and teach first grade CCD at Saint John the Apostle Parish, Clark. Amanda was accepted to The College of New Jersey, NJIT, Drew University and Rider University and will pursue Engineering Physics at Ramapo College in the fall.

Jatinder Dhami of Carteret is named salutatorian of the Class of 2010.  Receiving the Principal’s Award for academic excellence, Dhami followed a rigorous curriculum of Advanced Placement and Honors Level Courses.  A member of the National Honor Society, she is an active participant in the Science and Mathematics Leagues and the Academic Challenge team.

Dhami 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 layout editor of the yearbook and editor-in-chief of the school’s literary magazine. Dhami will be attending Rutgers University and hopes to pursue a career in the field of Biology.

Kaitlin Laico of Edison is named salutatorian of the class of 2010.  The recipient of the Principal’s Award for academic excellence, she is designated as a Commended Student in the National Merit Scholarship Program.  A Seton Distinguished Scholar, a member of the National Honor Society, and a rigorous curriculum of Advanced Placement and Honors level courses have all added to the success of Laico.  She is an active member of the Academic Challenge team as well as the competitive mathematics and sciences leagues.

In addition to her academic pursuits, Laico was a four-year member of the cheerleading squad, participated in the annual school musical production, and was an active member of the Seton Ambassador program.  With all of this, she found time to be a peer tutor, assistant mentor and on the staff of the school’s literary magazine. Laico will be attending George Washington University pursuing a career path toward Biomedical Engineering.

Departmental awards for academic excellence were given to the following:

Art -  Anne Marie Amisola, Colonia

Calculus – Louella Estillero, Union

English – Amanda Skuriat, Linden

French -  Lorraine Cambria, Westfield and Natalia Falkowskal, Linden

Physical Education – Milan Sledge, Irvington

Religious Studies – Amanda Skuriat, Linden

Science – Kaitlin Laico, Edison and Amanda Skuriat, Linden

Social Studies – Rachel del Valle, Newark

Spanish- Alexandra Simoes, Colonia and Amanda Skuriat, Linden

Principal’s Award for Academic Excellence during the past four years:

  • Amanda Skuriat
  • Jatinder Dhami
  • Kaitlin Laico

Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton Award For Exemplary Witness to Christian Values during the past four years: Maura Grogan

National Merit Scholarship Program Commended Students:

  • Rachel del Valle, Newark
  • Louella Estillero, Union
  • Kaitlin Laico, Edison

National Hispanic Recognition Program Finalists:

  • Rachel del Valle, Newark
  • Krystyna Quevedo, Linden

National Achievement Scholarship Program Outstanding Participant: Bintu Conteh, New Brunswick

Seton Distinguished Scholars

  • Georgia Barbayannis, Highland Park
  • Louella Estillero, Union
  • Lorraine Cambria, Westfield
  • Natalia Falkowska, Linden
  • Jessica Castro, Perth Amboy
  • Ashley Foster, Clark
  • Bintu Conteh, New Brunswick
  • Kaitlin Laico, Edison
  • Rachel del Valle, Newark
  • Erica Ratti, Springfield
  • Jatinder Dhami, Carteret
  • Amanda Skuriat, Linden

Valedictorian Amanda Skuriat, left,  will be attending Ramapo College to major in Engineering Physics. Salutatorian Kaitlin Laico, center, will attend George Washington University majoring in Biomedical Engineering. Salutatorian Jatinder Dhami, right, will be attending Rutgers University majoring in Biology. Photo by:  Joan Barron


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