Students Receive A Surprise After Being Inducted Into School’s Alumnae Association

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ELIZABETH—Members of Benedictine Academy’s Class of 2011 were officially inducted into the school’s Alumnae Association at a ceremony held May 25 in the Benedictine Sisters’ St. Walburga Monastery Church in Elizabeth.

Forty-two seniors who will graduate from the all-female Catholic high school on June 5 were inducted. They were recognized as the 96th graduating class to “make the life-long commitment to develop a spirit of pride and community among graduates who have gone before…and those who will follow…in years ahead.”

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Following the alumnae induction, the seniors received a surprise when Principal Kenneth Jennings announced that a generous benefactor had made a gift to the graduates. Each will receive a new Dell Latitude laptop, a present to help facilitate their college studies next fall. Amid shrieks and excited laughter, the Class of 2011 expressed overwhelming gratitude for the generosity and thoughtfulness of the anonymous patron of Benedictine Academy.

“This is a tremendous gift for the senior class as they head off to college,” Jennings said. “Some parents had tears of gratitude knowing that the laptop will be essential for the future,” he noted. The same benefactor provided an all-expenses-paid educational trip to Washington, D.C. for the senior class in April.

At the Benedictine Academy Alumnae Induction, the seniors were addressed by keynote speaker Mary Kunka Toy, Class of 1959. Toy told them her years at Benedictine Academy, “helped shape my future for the best”. She noted how grateful she is for the four years she spent at the Academy and for the sacrifices her parents made to send her there. “I value the time and friends I gathered that allow me to share warm memories now.” “You, Class of 2011, belong to us now,” Toy added. “You share a rich history…you must pass it on. This is a sorority like no other,” she continued.

The Class of 2011 was also addressed by Sister Germaine Fritz, OSB, Class of 1954, President of Benedictine Academy. Sister Germaine told the young women that it is a “privilege and a responsibility” to belong to the Alumnae Association and that they now join the ranks of over 3500 women educated at the Academy since 1915. Benedictine Academy Advisory Board of Trustees Vice Chair and Class of 1960 graduate Bonnie Vasta Busler welcomed all in attendance. BA Campus Minister Sister Donna Jo Repetti, OSF, offered a blessing. Benedictine Academy Alumnae Association Chair Mary Barbieri Young, Class of 1969, officially accepted the group of young women and led them as they recited their induction pledge. Benedictine Academy Principal Kenneth Jennings was Master of Ceremonies. Kelly Amorim, Class of 2013, invited all to a celebratory “Big Sister, Little Sister” party held at the Academy following the event.

The Benedictine Academy Class of 2011 was inducted into the school’s Alumnae Association on May 25, 2011. Pictured with the class are Academy President Sister Germaine Fritz (far left) and Principal Kenneth Jennings (far right).

Benedictine Academy seniors react to the news that a generous benefactor had made a gift to the graduates. Each will receive a new Dell Latitude laptop, a present to help facilitate their college studies next fall. Amid shrieks and excited laughter, the Class of 2011 expressed overwhelming gratitude for the generosity and thoughtfulness of the anonymous patron of Benedictine Academy. The same benefactor provided an all-expenses-paid educational trip to Washington, D.C. for the senior class in April.

(Photos courtesy of Benedictine Academy)


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