Mother Seton Holds Commencement For Class Of 2012

CLARK — Mother Seton Regional High School of Clark held commencement exercises on May 31. Principal Sister Regina Martin, awarded diplomas to 103 graduates.

The class of 2012 has achieved in excess of $17.1 million in academic scholarships and awards as of May 25. The class of 2012 has also achieved 100% college acceptance.

In her congratulatory remarks, Sister Regina said: “Graduates, always be proud of your family, your school and of course, yourself. Remember always to act in the Seton Spirit and with your faith and your strength as a backdrop; walk proudly as graduates of Mother Seton Regional High School. You have dreams for yourself. God also has big plans for you. He has given you the power and the opportunities to make these plans and dreams happen. Remember that Mother Seton Regional High School stands as a beacon of light and support for you always.”

The Principal’s Award for academic excellence during the past four years was awarded to Valedictorian, Maria Clarice Chua and Co- Salutatorians, Emily Lubas and Amanda Panicali. The Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton Award for exemplary witness to Christian values during the past four years was awarded to Olivia Ortiz.

Chua shared these thoughts with her classmates: “Mother Seton is truly a unique and special school, and the lessons learned here are like none other. Besides the vigor and comprehensiveness of its academic curriculum, the school really teaches you without even trying. We’re graduating with each other and in my case, and perhaps many of yours too –because of each other. We’re heading out, prepared to take on whatever comes, thanks to the tireless efforts of this administration, faculty, staff and faith community. My challenge for each of you is to find happiness. I don’t think any of you will have any difficulty with happiness. You are all such beautiful, promising and bright individuals. I am proud to be a part of the Class of 2012. Farewell and congratulations!”

Lubas said: “I can only hope that as each of my friends in the class of 2012 receives her diploma today, that she is filled with pride in all that she has accomplished over the past four years. All of you have achieved great successes as scholars, athletes, artists, humanitarians, but most importantly, as friends. So I entreat the class of 2012 to never fear failure; go out of your comfort zones and push the boundaries to achieve more than you’ve ever imagined was possible.”

Panicali included these thoughts in her address to the Class of 2012: “To my fellow seniors, soon to be freshmen once again, I’d like to leave you with some parting advice. First, never lose the child inside of yourself. Don’t let the world make you bitter; stay positive and always believe in the inherent goodness of others. Second, never give up, even after success seems hopeless. Occasionally take time to sit back and congratulate yourself on a job well done, and you will find yourself to he a much happier person. Lastly, don’t let others underestimate you, and most importantly, don’t underestimate yourself. I can’t wait to meet you all again soon, but until then, Buena suerte, bonne chance, and good luck in all of your future endeavors.”

Jasmine Sangu, Class President, invited the members of the class of 2012 to join her in turning their tassels as a symbol of their graduation from Mother Seton Regional High School.


Shannon Alexander delivers the introduction to the Baccalaureate Mass

Students lead the Commencement Procession: Emily Lubas carries the cross, Kelly Hunter carries the U.S. Flag, Patricia Climaco and Alexandra Garcia are candle bearers, Amanda Panicali carried the yearbook, Ana Enriquez carries a diploma and Anabela Santos carries the Papal Flag:

Valedictorian Maria Clarice Chua (center) and Co-Salutatorians Emily Lubas (left) and Amanda Panicali (right)

Senior Class President Jasmine Sangu invites members of the Class of 2012 to participate in the symbolic turning of the tassel to signify their graduation.
Photos by Joan Barron/Mother Seton Regional High School

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