Immaculate Conception High School’s students, like their peers during New Jersey, have been confronted with unpredicted problems in the pandemic, Principal Michele Neves explained.
The school was open for the whole 12 months, but some students had been remote for some or all of that time, as allowed under directives from Gov. Phil Murphy. On any offered working day, about 50 percent of the senior class was bodily in the structures.
“I just want to spotlight the solid sense of perseverance throughout the pandemic,” Neves explained.
That perseverance paid off: Equally of the school’s co-salutatorians, Jeremiah Campbell and Ehioze Aidaghese, will go to colleges on entire scholarships. Campbell will show up at Seton Corridor University. Aidaghese will go to Notre Dame University — generating the 2021 graduating class the second in a row to send a pupil to that school.
Neves stated several of the pupils will be attending traditionally Black colleges and universities.
“I’m tremendously very pleased of where they’re all heading — and a large percentage will be going on tutorial or athletic scholarships,” she reported.
The school honored its graduates with a June 5 graduation at the Church of the Immaculate Conception, close to the corner from the superior school’s campus. The program provided a surprise visitor speaker, Justin Fatica, founder of the Really hard as Nails ministry, which is focused on bringing the gospel to youthful men and women. Neves described him as “phenomenal, extremely encouraging, and extremely motivational — the children love him.”
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The 57 members of the class of 2021 are Kathy Samantha Aguirre, Ehioze Aidaghese, Oluwamayowa T. Akinpeloye, Oluwabukola Akinsola, Hannah Alexandre, Persia Alexandria Ali, Jamel T. Best, Tremaine N. Boyce, Kyra Brant, Jayden Brown, Jeremiah Campbell, John C. Cefla, Lesly Cepeda, Kaylah Nicole Coleman, Milagros Cecilia Correa, Janell S. Darisaw, Damiyah Davis, Qua-Zawn Davis, Rhea Simone Davis, Travis Derival, Aajah Z. Dubisette, Sydney Echevarria-Briscoe, Elijah Jahi Gregory, Damian O. Ilori, Cheyanne Ivey, Kylie Ivey, Luis Jaramillo, Tahirah Jahme’ Kelley, Aliyah Christa-Janai Kennedy, DeSean Elijah-Newsome Knight, Michael Dwayne Lewis Jr., Christopher Lora, Nicolas Martinez, Michelle Nazira McElhaney, Eric J. Moss, Diala Nwoga, Jared Nyamadi, Bryan J. Padilla, Ajouni N. Parson, Haylee G. Pauta, Thomas C. Pennetta, Kyree Samir Cost, Lyndon Brian Ramsahai, Tamir Khadid Richardson, Myles E. Robinson, Jayda C. Rodriguez, Anthony Rogers, Stevenson Smith-Stewart, DiAndre Howell South, Nicholas L. Thomas, Isaack Emmanuel J. Traore, Deondre O. Tyrell, Nzinga H. Vincent, Kimani S. Williams, Olivia Tenise Wooten, Kwabena Asante Yeboah and Mikhael Sean Younis.
The graduates have been accepted into the pursuing universities: Bowie State School, Cabrini College, Caldwell University, Carnegie Mellon University, Catholic University, Coastal Carolina University, St. Elizabeth University, Columbia College, Cornell College, Dartmouth College, De Sales University, Drew University, Drexel University, Essex County College or university, Fairleigh Dickinson College, Felician University, Florida Good quality Academy, Fordham University, Franklin-Pierce University, Georgetown College, Georgian Court docket University, Hofstra University, Howard University, John Jay Faculty, Johnson & Wales University, Kean University, Kean College, Maine Maritime College, Montclair Point out College, Morgan Condition University, New Jersey Metropolis College, NJIT, Norfolk State University, Pennsylvania Condition University, Quinnipiac University, Ramapo Higher education, Rider College, Rutgers College, Seton Corridor University, Smith School, Spellman College or university, St. Peter’s University, St. Thomas Far more College, Stevens Institute of Know-how, Stevenson College, Temple University, The College or university of New Jersey, Union County College or university, College of Bridgeport, College of Connecticut, College of Hartford, College of New Haven, College of Notre Dame, University of Pittsburgh, College of Rochester, University of Scranton, Virginia State College, Virginia Union College, Wagner College or university, West Virginia College, William Paterson College.
— Louis C. Hochman