The six Catholic high schools in the Diocese of Tucson produced a total of 474 graduates this year, 17 more than last year, and virtually every one is going on to higher education.
All together, the students qualified for more than $20 million in scholarships and awards for the next four years.
Salpointe had the most graduates, 298, followed by Yuma Catholic (62), San Miguel Cristo Rey (46), St. Augustine (33), Lourdes (21) and Immaculate Heart (14).
Salpointe Catholic High School’s graduating class of 298 seniors have been accepted to 187 colleges, universities and military branches and the total merit scholarships offered to the graduates, over four years, is more than $14 million, an all-time high.
One reason that number is so high is that seniors applied to more colleges than usual as they searched for affordability, said college counselor Lynn Ossowski. Four military academy appointments – Army, Navy, Coast Guard and Merchant Marines – are each valued at about $250,000.
The class attended a Baccalaureate Mass on May 21 and then commencement exercises at the Tucson Convention Center, where the graduation speakers were Marcia Alejandra Pineda and Natalee Rose Dawson.
Senior Athlete award-winners were Brock Kyle Bakewell and Carissa Michelle Luebbering, while the Senior Fine Arts award went to Emilio Roberto Rodriguez.
Carmelite Medal winners were Kasey Elizabeth Barghout and Kevin James Mistler.
Albert Kelly of the Social Studies Department was the faculty speaker.
At Yuma Catholic High School, all 62 graduates have been accepted to institutions of higher learning, with scholarships – so far – amounting to $3,568,020.
Eleven seniors achieved grade point averages of 4.0 – Michael Son, Sean Peters, Kristina Parker, Kelsey Wyman, Nicholas Pierson, Qiqi Zhen, Anthony Matus, Ali Quintana, Jesus Sanchez, Haley Johnson and Robert Tickes.
Anthony Matus earned the largest scholarship this year, $180,000 NROTC scholarship at Fordham University, followed by Michael Son’s $126,000 University Scholarship to the University of Notre Dame.
A Mass was celebrated on May 27 at St. Francis of Assisi Parish, followed by graduation ceremonies at the Ricky Gwynn Stadium at the high school.
San Miguel Cristo Rey
San Miguel Cristo Rey High School graduated 46 seniors, all of whom have been accepted at two-year or four-year colleges. They’ve been granted $1.6 million in scholarships over the next four years. Marcela Suarez is the class valedictorian, and Laura Flores is the salutatorian.
Senior Presentation took place on campus in the Click Family Student Center on May 20. Baccalaureate mass was held Friday later that day at St. Augustine Cathedral, and the graduation ceremony occurred in the Click Family Student Center on May 21.
At least 20 students will continue on to work with their corporate internship business partners over the summer.
St. Augustine Catholic High School has graduated all 33 members of its senior class, who together were awarded more than $1 million in scholarship and merit aid.
Valedictorian is Clare Healy and Salutatorian is Jose Bustillos. Claire Healy is the senior scholar athlete.
The graduates have been accepted at University of Arizona, Arizona State University, Honors College/ University of Arizona, Northern Arizona University, Pima Community College and many others, including San Diego State, Marquette, Gonzaga and Loyola.
The Baccalaureate Mass was held on May 19 at St. Francis de Sales Parish followed by the annual awards assembly on May 20 at the school gym. Commencement ceremonies were held on May 21 in the school gym.
In Nogales, Lourdes Catholic High School graduated 21 students, all of whom are going on to higher education, supported by more than $1 million in scholarships and grants.
Alexis Sanz is valedictorian and Ilse Valeria Benavides is salutatorian.
Baccalaureate Mass was held on May 23 at Our Lady of Lourdes School Chapel, followed by graduation in Sr. Luisa Maria Valdez Gym.
Students have been accepted at Northern Arizona University, Pima College, Loyola, San Diego, New Orleans and colleges in Mexico.