St. Cecilia Academy News
St. Cecilia Academy Graduates Go Forth into the World
On Friday, May 18th, St. Cecilia Academy held its 157th commencement exercises for the young women of the Class of 2018. The 56 graduates were accepted at such highly respected institutions as The University of Notre Dame, Duke, Rice, Boston College, Holy Cross, the University of Virginia, St. Louis University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Collectively, the graduates of 2018 were awarded over $10.1 million dollars in academic scholarships and merit aid. This coming fall, they will attend 33 colleges in 16 different states, venturing as far away as Massachusetts, Colorado, Florida and Wisconsin, and majoring in fields as diverse as mathematics, industrial engineering, molecular biology and philosophy.
This year's valedictorian, Corinne Marie Baroni, has accepted a Presidential Scholarship worth $100,000 to become part of the highly selective Blount Scholars program in the Honors College at the University of Alabama. Corinne will join a group of 100 high-achieving students who form a distinct living-learning community at the university. Blount Scholars engage in uniquely challenging projects that make them the intellectual and academic leaders of the school. Corinne will major in chemistry with a minor in the liberal arts at Alabama.
St. Cecilia Academy's salutatorian, Grace Marie Regnier has accepted an offer to become a Stamps Scholar in the Honors College at the University of South Carolina, the highest academic distinction for an entering first-year student. As a Stamps Charitable Foundation Scholar, Grace is part of a national cohort of high-achieving students who attend forty different colleges and universities across the country. The four-year scholarship, worth $176,000, includes stipends for books, research and study abroad during her summers. Grace will double major at South Carolina in biochemistry and philosophy on the pre-med track.
The greatest honor St. Cecilia bestows on a graduating senior is that of St. Cecilia Girl. This title is awarded to the young woman who has for four years best exemplified the mission and values of St. Cecilia Academy. Not only is the St. Cecilia girl dedicated to academic excellence and involvement in school activities, but she is especially recognized by her peers for her love for her school and her example of a virtuous and faith-filled life. This year's St. Cecilia Girl, Martha Rose Tarwater, is a graduate of St. Matthew's School and is highly involved in her parish. Before heading to Samford University in the fall, Rose will spend the summer teaching English in Haiti, a country she has come to love after participating in the Be Happy Haiti dental mission trip every year of high school.
As St. Cecilia alumnae, this year's 56 graduates are part of a 158-year tradition of Catholic education in Tennessee, and are well prepared, as St. Cecilia girls have always been, for lives of service to God, nation, community and family.
To view the graduation ceremony, please visit the St. Cecilia Academy YouTube channel at https://youtu.be/sxNWELoVVxA.
To read the speeches from graduation, please visit the links below.
Valedictorian - Corinne Baroni
Salutatorian - Grace Regnier
St. Cecilia Girl - Rose Tarwater