Benedictine Academy Students Visited Washington

ELIZABETH–Members of Benedictine Academy’s senior class visited Washington D.C. April 22-24. The all-expense-paid trip was the gift of a generous benefactor of the school.

The seniors visited many sites including the American History Museum, Blessed Pope John Paul II Shrine, White House, Kennedy Center, Arlington National Cemetery, Capitol Building, National Portrait Gallery, Newseum, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, Lincoln & Vietnam Memorials, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial, Ford’s Theater, National Archives, and the National Museum of Women in the Arts. Benedictine Academy school staff and faculty accompanied the seniors as chaperones on the trip.

“The generosity of James C. Kellogg, our benefactor, has enabled over 150 BA seniors to have the incredible opportunity of visiting Washington D.C. and its cultural and historic treasures over the past several years,” Benedictine Academy Principal Kenneth Jennings commented. “Mr. Kellogg views the Washington trip as an extension of classroom learning and a broadening of the political, civic, and historic lens of the student. We are all indebted to his kindness,” Jennings added.

The J.C. Kellogg Foundation has supported Benedictine Academy for more than twenty years through scholarships and grants. More recently, the Foundation has worked to assist qualified families at the Academy with meeting the cost of tuition; sponsored the senior class trips to Washington, D.C.; and worked to provide the school’s students with computers. In the fall of 2011, because of his long relationship with the school, Kellogg was inducted into the Benedictine Academy Hall of Fame. Upon receiving the award at the Hall of Fame event, Kellogg said at the time, “parochial schools are shining light in the inner city”. “BA is a shining example of rigorous academic leadership.” Kellogg, who has served on several corporate and charitable boards of directors, has been appointed by four Governors and two Chief Justices to various boards throughout New Jersey during his lifetime.


The Benedictine Academy senior class is pictured outside the White House. Rear: Marina Batista, Marielis Vazquez, Tabitha Davis, Krystal Burns, Kimberly Clerie, Julissa Salermo, Samantha Frejuste, Jacqueline Herrera, Deja Rudolph, Michelle Colonia, Priscilla Sunduza, Jessica Salermo, and Beatrice Thompson-Quartey. Middle: Nicole Carvalho, Fatima Thomas, Barbara Borges, Gina Ferreiro, Jeannette Gonzalez , Samantha Herrejon, Martha Devia and Gabriella Soto. Front: Kelly Amorim, Kai Alexander, Norky Diaz, Saleemah Sharpe, Shervonne Gittens, Heidy Isabel and Anglin Thevarajah. (Photo courtesy of Benedictine Academy)

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