Senior Spotlight 2020

Aaron Christian Saga Abrina
University of Connecticut

Hometown: New Haven

Studying: Allied Health Sciences

Accepted to: Purdue University; Southern Connecticut State University; St. John's University; University of Connecticut

Favorite ND Moment: ND Soccer Senior Night

Billy Adamo
University of Rhode Island

Hometown: West Haven

Studying: Chemical Engineering

Accepted to: Florida Tech; Quinnipiac University; University of Connecticut; University of Miami; University of New Haven; University of Rhode Island

Words of ND Wisdom: "Enjoy the moments and memories you make while at ND. They'll last a lifetime."

Jack Ahearn
Franklin & Marshall College

Hometown: Bethany

Studying: Undecided

Accepted to: Dennison University; Franklin & Marshall College; Western New England University; Widener University; University of New Haven

Favorite ND Moment: "Being selected by my teammates to be a football captain"

Josh Allan
Fitchburg State University

Hometown: West Haven

Studying: Nursing

Accepted to: Elms College; Emmanuel College; Fitchburg State University; La Salle University; Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences; Le Moyne College; Regis College; Siena College; University of Hartford

Favorite ND Moment: Getting involved with theater

Alex Arpino
University of Connecticut

Hometown: New Haven

Studying: Pharmacy

Accepted to: Sacred Heart University, Springfield College; Quinnipiac University; UConn; University of New England

Words of ND Wisdom: "Enjoy your time at ND and make the most of your experience."

Carlos Aurora
Eastern Connecticut State University

Hometown: Hamden

Studying: Kinesiology / Physical Education

Accepted to: Eastern Connecticut State University; Southern Connecticut State University

Words of ND Wisdom: "Always be yourself. Don’t be afraid to make mistakes. Always make sure to stay confident and be humble."

Alexander Barbour
Marquette University

Hometown: Branford

Studying: Biochemistry

Accepted to: Marquette University

Favorite ND Moment: "Sophomore year at a Pep Rally, watching the students and teachers Sumo wrestle in the huge blow up suits."

Collin Beirne
University of Maine

Hometown: Milford

Studying: Marine Science

Accepted to: Albertus Magnus College; Franklin Pierce University; University of Maine; University of New England; University of Scranton; UMass Dartmouth; Stonehill College

Words of ND Wisdom: "Take advantage of the diverse clubs, activities, and resources to fully immerse yourself in the Brotherhood."

Brandon Benson
Southern Connecticut State University

Hometown: Derby

Studying: Business Management

Accepted to:  Florida Atlantic University; Southern Connecticut State University; University of New Haven; Wentworth Institute of Technology

Favorite ND Moment: "Achieving my academic goals."

Joe Bierowski
Roger Williams University

Hometown: Orange

Studying: Mechanical Engineering

Accepted to: Roger Williams University; Sacred Heart University; Southern Connecticut State University; Stonehill College; Quinnipiac University; Wentworth Institute of Technology

Favorite ND Moment: NDXL trip to Spain

Mason Brenchak
Fairfield University

Hometown: Seymour

Studying: Finance

Accepted to: Fairfield University; Providence College; Sacred Heart University; Seton Hall University; Stonehill College; UConn

Words of ND Wisdom: "Wear the Green and Gold with pride and carry on the traditions."

Sebastian Buenano
Gateway Community College

Hometown: West Haven

Studying: Nursing

Accepted to: Gateway Community College

Favorite ND Moment: "With too many moments to choose from, my favorite thing that every day was filled with new and fun memories made with my amazing friends and faculty."

Redmond Cahill
King's College

Hometown: North Haven

Studying: Physician Assistant Medicine

Accepted to: Florida Atlantic University; King's College; Le Moyne; Nova Southeastern University; Sacred Heart University; Springfield College; Stonehill College; University of New England; UNH; Western New England University

Favorite ND Moment: All of the football games

Brendan Canning
University of Notre Dame

Hometown: Hamden

Studying: Economics

Accepted to: Boston College; Fordham University; Providence College; University of Notre Dame; University of Richmond; Villanova University

Words of ND Wisdom: "Don't take your time at ND for granted and make the most out of every opportunity."

Ryan Cafferty
St. Lawrence University

Hometown: Oxford

Studying: Undecided

Accepted to: Drexel University; Duquesne University; Fordham University; St. Lawrence University; Providence College

Words of ND Wisdom: "Don't take anything for granted and experience everything that ND has to offer, it will be over way too soon."

Kyle Cardenas
Southern Connecticut State University

Hometown: Ansonia

Studying: Healthcare Studies/Nursing

Accepted to: Sacred Heart University; SCSU; University of Bridgeport; UConn; Siena College; University of Tampa

Favorite ND Moment: Soccer Senior Night and the NDXL 2019 Spain trip

Brendan Clerkin
Loyola University Maryland

Hometown: Milford

Studying: Computer Science/Engineering

Accepted to: Assumption College; Bryant University; George Mason University; Loyola University Maryland; University of Connecticut

Favorite ND Moment: NDXL 2019

Aedan Conlan
Duquesne University

Hometown: Bethany

Studying: Undecided

Accepted to: Curry College; Duquesne University; King's College; St.Michael's College; Stonehill College; University of Maine

Words of ND Wisdom: "Enjoy your time at ND because it goes by quick."

Matthew Consorte
University of Notre Dame

Hometown: West Haven

Studying: Undecided

Accepted to: Boston College; University of Central Florida; University of Connecticut; University of Notre Dame

Favorite ND Moment: Playing in front of all of the fans on Soccer Senior Night

Michael Consorte
University of Notre Dame

Hometown: West Haven

Studying: Undecided

Accepted to: Boston College; University of Connecticut; University of Central Florida; University of Notre Dame

Favorite ND Moment: Beating West Haven football on Senior Night

CJ Coppola
Stonehill College

Hometown: West Haven

Studying: Health Science

Accepted to: Fordham University; Providence College; Seton Hall University; Stonehill College; University of Rhode Island

Favorite ND Moment: Texas Immersion Trip

Joseph D'Agostino
Penn State

Hometown: Durham

Studying: Biomedial Engineering

Accepted to: Florida Gulf Coast University; Penn State; University of Connecticut; University of New Hampshire

Favorite ND Moment: Playing in the State Championship at Ingalls Rink

Michael Dion
Providence College

Hometown: East Haven

Studying: Mathematics

Accepted to: Assumption College; College of the Holy Cross; Providence College; Stonehill College; Quinnipiac University

Favorite ND Moment: Spes Unica Retreat 2020

Alassane Diop
University of New Haven

Hometown: West Haven

Studying: Finance

Accepted to: Central Connecticut State University; Eastern Connecticut State University; Southern Connecticut State University; University of Connecticut; University of New Haven; University of Maine

Favorite ND Moment: The Mixers

Jacob Dziczkowski
Massachusetts Maritime Academy

Hometown: Bethany

Studying: Marine Engineering

Accepted to: Massachusetts Maritime Academy

Words of ND Wisdom: "The relationships you make with friends are just as important as your school work."

Ryan Falcha
Fairfield University

Hometown: Seymour

Studying: Finance

Accepted to: Bryant University; Dickinson College; Fairfield University; Lafayette College; Providence College; St. Anselm College; Stonehill College

Words of ND Wisdom: "Spend as much time at Notre Dame as you possibly can."

Connor Faughnan
College of the Holy Cross

Hometown: West Haven

Studying: Economics

Accepted to: Bentley University; Bryant University; Clemson University; College of the Holy Cross; Furman University; Loyola University Maryland; Providence College

Favorite ND Moment: "Being able to jump against the glass into the Green Machine with the team after winning a hockey game."

Francisco Ferro
University of Connecticut

Hometown: Hamden

Studying: Undecided

Accepted to: Bryant University; Providence College; Stonehill College; University of Connecticut; University of Massachusetts

Favorite ND Moment: "Spending time with friends before school started."

Alec Garasimowicz
University of Connecticut

Hometown: Seymour

Studying: Mechanical Engineering

Accepted to: University of Connecticut

Favorite ND Moment: "Meeting my best friends."

Griffin Geib
Ursinus College

Hometown: Wallingford

Studying: Undecided

Accepted to: Connecticut College; Fairfield University; Union College; Ursinus College

Words of ND Wisdom: "Enjoy being with your friends every day in school, practice, and games. High school goes by fast and anything can happen (like a global pandemic)."

Robert Goetze
Sacred Heart University

Hometown: West Haven

Studying: Public Health

Accepted to: Coastal Carolina University; Curry College; Sacred Heart University; Southern Connecticut State University

Words of ND Wisdom: "Enjoy every minute, it goes by fast."

Owen Grantz
University of Vermont

Hometown: North Haven

Studying: Environmental Studies

Accepted to: CU Boulder; Gettysburg College; Saint Michael's College; Syracuse University; UConn; UMass; University of Vermont

Favorite ND Moment: NDXL Southwest Trip

Matthew Hall
University of New Haven

Hometown: North Branford

Studying: Communications

Accepted to: Albertus Magnus College; University Of New Haven

Words of ND Wisdom: "Get involved, have fun, and enjoy every single moment of high school because before you know it you will be in your cap and gown getting ready to graduate."

Christopher Hughes
Sacred Heart University

Hometown: Derby

Studying: Business Management

Accepted to: Sacred Heart University; Quinnipiac University; University of Maine

Favorite ND Moment: "Playing at Ingalls Rink my junior year for the semi-final and championship hockey games."

Brett Hutchison
Post Graduate Year

Hometown: Orange

Studying: Business

Favorite ND Moment: Basketball Senior Night

Michael Iasalvatore
Pace University-NYC Campus

Hometown: Hamden

Studying: Business Management

Accepted to: Johnson & Wales University; LIM College; Montclair State University; Pace University

Favorite ND Moment: Basketball Senior Night

Ethan Johnson
Southern Connecticut State University

Hometown: Ansonia

Studying: Studio Art and Theater

Accepted to: Southern Connecticut State University; University of New Haven; Western Connecticut State University

Favorite ND Moment: Performing in the ND musicals and plays

Kelly Joseph
Quinnipiac University

Hometown: Branford

Studying: Business

Accepted to: Quinnipiac University

Words of ND Wisdom: "The opportunities and friendships that come out of here are like no other."

Kevin Joyner
University of New Haven
 

Hometown: New Haven

Studying: Engineering

Accepted to: University of New Haven

Words of ND Wisdom: "Have fun but don't forget to study."

Connor Kauffman
Musicians Institute: College of Contemporary Music

Hometown: North Haven

Studying: Music

Accepted to: Full Sail University; Los Angeles Recording School; Musicians Institute: College of Contemporary Music

Words of ND Wisdom: "Time flies, so make every moment count."

Sean Kiernan
Bentley University

Hometown: Seymour

Studying: Finance/Economics

Accepted to: Babson College; Bentley University; Elon University; Providence College

Favorite ND Moment: Texas Immersion Trip

Kyle Knapp
University of South Florida

Hometown: Milford

Studying: Mechanical Engineering

Accepted to: Catholic University; Embry Riddle University Daytona; Florida Institute Of Technology; George Mason University; Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute; University of Delaware; University of New Hampshire; University of South Florida; Virginia Tech

Favorite ND Moment: Band Disney Trip/Ski Trips to Smugglers Notch, VT

Zach Laput
Bentley University

Hometown: Beacon Falls

Studying: Management

Accepted to: Bentley University

Words of ND Wisdom: "Enjoy all the time you get to spend with your friends."

Wenqiaun Li
Undecided

Hometown: Lanzhou City, China

Studying: Applied Mathematics

Accepted to: Boston University; Ohio State University; Penn State; UC Santa Barbara; UC Santa Cruz; UC Irvine; University of Connecticut

Favorite ND Moment: Playing in the band at pep rallies

Songnan Lin
University of Washington

Hometown: Beijing, China

Studying: Mathematics

Accepted to: Penn State; University of Connecticut; University of Washington

Favorite ND Moment: "I enjoyed sharing my language and my culture with my friends."

Christian Lombardo
University of New Haven

Hometown: Milford

Studying: Mechanical Engineering

Accepted to: Embry Riddle Aeronautical University; Quinnipiac University; RPI; Stevens Institute of Technology; University of Connecticut; University of New Haven; University of Oklahoma

Favorite ND Moment: Soccer Senior Night

Junguang (Jeff) Long
University of Connecticut

Hometown: Foshan, Guangdong Province, China

Studying: Psychology

Accepted to: Drexel University; Michigan State University; University of Connecticut; University of Iowa

Words of ND Wisdom: "Work hard and give your best effort!"

Michael Maher
Bryant University

Hometown: West Haven

Studying: Business

Accepted to: Bentley University; Binghamton University; Bryant University; Clark University; Providence College; Salve Regina University; Stonehill College; UConn

Favorite ND Moment: "Any of the shows, Honor Society Induction, too many to count."

Matthew Mancuso
New York University

Hometown: East Haven

Studying: Business and Dance

Accepted to: Point Park University; Purchase College; New York University; Sacred Heart University

Words of ND Wisdom: "Get involved as much as you can and don't take the friendships and opportunities for granted."

Sean Maribbay
New York University

Hometown: Wallingford

Studying: Engineering

Accepted to: Clarkson University; New York University; Penn State University; Purdue University; UConn; University of Pittsburgh

Words of ND Wisdom: "Appreciate your time at ND."

Alejandro Marroquin
Fairfield University

Hometown: Milford

Studying: Computer Science

Accepted to: Fairfield University; Sacred Heart University; Quinnipiac University; University of Connecticut

Words of ND Wisdom: "Join a sport and make life-long friends."

Jack Mascari
University of New Haven

Hometown: North Branford

Studying: Paramedicine

Accepted to: University of New Haven; Massachusetts Maritime Academy

Words of ND Wisdom: "Don't take your time at ND for granted, it goes by way too fast." 

Dan McDermott
Fordham University

Hometown: Guilford

Studying: Political Science on a pre-Law track

Accepted to: American University; Fordham University; Quinnipiac University; University of Connecticut

Favorite ND Moment: Kairos Retreat during sophomore year

Marquise McDuffie
Undecided

Hometown: Hamden

Studying: Biology

Accepted to: Iona College; Plymouth State University; Siena College; Southern Connecticut State University

Favorite ND Moment: "Basketball tournament during Field Day."

Liam McKiernan
King's College

Hometown: North Haven

Studying: Business

Accepted to: King's College; Stonehill College; University of New Haven

Favorite ND Moment: Senior Night against West Haven football

Fabio Mesturini
Eastern Connecticut State University 

Hometown: Wallingford

Studying: Undecided

Accepted to: Eastern Connecticut State University; Franklin Pierce University; University of Maine; University of New Haven

Words of ND Wisdom: "Get very involved with school activities."

Tyler Miller
United States Marine Corps

Hometown: Hamden

Military Occupational Specialty: Motor Transportation

Words of ND Wisdom: "The time that you have at Notre Dame will go by faster than you think, so enjoy the moments while they last."

James Milone
Penn State

Hometown: Branford

Studying: Marketing

Accepted to: Penn State; Providence College; Stonehill College; Quinnipiac University; UConn; University of New Hampshire

Favorite ND Moment: Beating West Haven in football on Senior Night

John Minichino
University of Connecticut

Hometown: East Haven

Studying: Computer Engineering

Accepted to: Clemson University; NC State; Penn State; Providence College; Stonehill College; University of Connecticut; University of New Haven

Words of ND Wisdom: "Appreciate your time here. I would do four years over if I could!"

Kelsey Naylor
Southern Connecticut State University

Hometown: East Haven

Studying: Business Management

Accepted to: Franklin Pierce University; Johnson and Wales University; Southern Connecticut State University; University of New Haven

Favorite ND Moment: "Winning my wrestling match on Senior Night."

Benjamin Nuttall
Colgate University

Hometown: Milford

Studying: Astrophysics

Accepted to: Boston University; Colgate University; Lehigh University; Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute; University of Connecticut

Words of ND Wisdom: "Just try things. This is the perfect opportunity to expand your horizons and meet new people."

Charles Okang Jr.
Quinnipiac University 

Hometown: West Haven

Studying: Engineering

Accepted to: Sacred Heart University; Quinnipiac University; University of Connecticut; University of Hartford

Favorite ND Moment: Field trip to Six Flags

Byron Palmieri
Clark University

Hometown: Guilford

Studying: Communications

Accepted to: Clark University; Emmanuel College; King's College; Wheaton College

Favorite ND Moment: Playing in a State semi-final game

Christian Panagrossi
Providence College

Hometown: Branford

Studying: Undecided

Accepted to: Providence College

Words of ND Wisdom: "Cherish your time at ND because it goes by way too fast. Get involved in as many things as possible because those memories made will last forever."

Kishan Patel
University of Massachusetts - Amherst

Hometown: West Haven

Studying: Kinesiology

Accepted to: Baylor University; Boston University; Curry College; Merrimack College; Ohio State University; Penn State; Quinnipiac University; Rutgers University; Springfield College; Temple University; UConn; UMass-Amherst; UMass-Dartmouth; University of Rhode Island; University of Tampa

Favorite ND Moment: "Reactions to my SAT score."

John Pienkos
University of Connecticut

Hometown: North Haven

Studying: Computer Science

Accepted to: Oklahoma University; Purdue University; Quinnipiac University; University of Colorado Boulder; University of Connecticut

Favorite ND Moment: "The Crèche field trip sophomore year with Mr. and Mrs. Abbott"

Gabe Quinn
University of Bridgeport

Hometown: Ansonia

Studying: Computer Engineering

Accepted to: George Mason University; Housatonic Community College; Roanoke College; University of Bridgeport, University of New Haven

Words of ND Wisdom: "Get involved in the community as quickly as possible. Go to the football games, basketball games, drama productions. Whatever you do, don't leave ND without being an active part of the ND brotherhood"

Evan Rodriguez
University of Connecticut

Hometown: Wallingford

Studying: Journalism

Accepted to: Fairfield University; Providence College; St. John's University; Stonehill College; University of Connecticut

Words of ND Wisdom: "Take every opportunity possible and never settle for less than your best."

Brian Romaniello
St. Edward's University

Hometown: Derby

Studying: Entrepreneurship

Accepted to: King's College; St. Edward's University; Stonehill College

Favorite ND Moment: Green Bowl 2019

Christopher "CJ" Romaniello
Undecided

Hometown: Derby

Studying: Sports Management

Accepted to: Loughborough University (United Kingdom); Stonehill College; University of New Haven

Favorite ND Moment: "Playing soccer with my friends."

Matthew Ruiz
Stonehill College

Hometown: West Haven

Studying: Graphic Design

Accepted to: Eastern Connecticut State University; Seton Hall University; Stonehill College; University of New Haven

Words of ND Wisdom: "Live life to the fullest - time flies much faster than you think."

Jared Russo
Undecided

Hometown: Hamden

Studying: Exercise Science

Accepted to: Assumption College; Merrimack College; University of Connecticut; University of Scranton

Favorite ND Moment: "My favorite moment was completing clinical hours after school for Mr. Warrick's Sports Medicine class in order to see what the profession is like."

Giovanni Sabino
University of New Haven

Hometown: West Haven

Studying: Business Management

Accepted to: University of New Haven; University of Hartford

Favorite ND Moment: "One of my favorite moments was playing on the football team freshman year. It really helped me make some good friends."

 

Jason Sawicki
Southern Connecticut State University

Hometown: West Haven

Studying: Exercise Science

Accepted to: CCSU; Sacred Heart University; SCSU; Springfield College; UConn; University of Rhode Island

Words of ND Wisdom: "Set goals and keep working towards them, you can grow a lot in 4 years."

Dylan Schwartz
Seton Hall University

Hometown: Milford

Studying: Chemistry & Philosophy, admitted to accelerated BS/MD program

Accepted to: Boston University; Fordham University; Seton Hall University; Stonehill College; Tulane University; UConn; UMass Amherst

Favorite ND Moment: "The Spes Unica retreats!

 

Alexander Serrano
University of Connecticut

Hometown: West Haven

Studying: Communications

Accepted to: Sacred Heart University; University of Connecticut; University of New Haven; University of Rhode Island

Words of ND Wisdom: "Work hard all four years."

 

Oliver Shannon
United States Air Force Academy

Hometown: Branford

Studying: Philosophy

Accepted to: Catholic University of America; College of the Holy Cross; Providence College; St. Joseph University (Philly), Stonehill College; UConn; United States Air Force Academy

Favorite ND Moment: Kentucky Service Trip

Anthony Smarrelli
University of New Haven

Hometown: Seymour

Studying: Mechanical Engineering

Accepted to: Central Connecticut State University; Fairfield University; Southern Connecticut State University; University of Bridgeport; University of Connecticut; University of Hartford; University of New Haven

Words of ND Wisdom: "Don't procrastinate." 

Hunter Stenquist
University of Connecticut

Hometown: North Haven

Studying: Pharmacy

Accepted to: Quinnipiac University; University of Connecticut; University of Rhode Island

Favorite ND Moment: "Soccer and Diving Senior Nights, and going to watch my friends in their Senior Nights."

Luis Stephenson
United States Air Force

Hometown: New Haven

Accepted to: Southern Connecticut State University; University of New Haven

Favorite ND Moment: Going to D.C. with the track team

Ryan Sullivan
Undecided

Hometown: North Haven

Studying: Accounting/Pre-Law

Accepted to: Bentley University, Bryant University, Catholic University, Fairfield University, Florida State University, Fordham University, Quinnipiac University, University of Connecticut, University of Miami

Words of ND Wisdom: "Through the ND Brotherhood, we will always remain united no matter which direction life takes us."

Tucker Sutherland
UMass Amherst

Hometown: New Haven

Studying: Chemistry

Accepted to: Quinnipiac University; Stonehill College; UConn Waterbury Campus; UMass Amherst; University of New Haven; University of Scranton

Favorite ND Moment: The trips to Spain and Italy

Casey Tonelli
Sacred Heart University

Hometown: Milford

Studying: Marketing

Accepted to: Assumption College; Providence College; Sacred Heart University; Saint Joseph's University; Stonehill College; University of Bridgeport; UConn; Xavier University

Words of ND Wisdom: "Cherish every moment you have at ND, it flies by faster than you think."

Maxwell Torrey
University of Delaware

Hometown: Branford

Studying: Biochemistry

Accepted to: Providence College; High Point University; Marquette University; University of Delaware; University of Maine; University of Minnesota; University of Oregon

Words of ND Wisdom: "Get involved as much as possible, and take advantage of what Notre Dame offers you."

Matthew Trenske
Undecided

Hometown: Bridgeport

Studying: Aviation Maintenance

Words of ND Wisdom: "Time flies while you're here. If you don't take the time to take everything in, it'll only be a vague memory. Do all that you can and make the most of these four years."

Aidan Walsh
University of Texas at Austin

Hometown: Guilford

Studying: Finance

Accepted to: Baylor University; Bentley University; Boston College; Clemson University; Syracuse University; UConn; University of Michigan; University of Texas at Austin; Villanova University

Words of ND Wisdom: "Get involved as much as you can and take advantage of every opportunity Notre Dame offers."

 

Jackson Zalinsky
Stonehill College

Hometown: Bethany

Studying: Business

Accepted to: Endicott College, Saint Anselm College, Stonehill College

Favorite ND Moment: Football Senior Night

Joshua Zhang
Quinnipiac University

Hometown: Wallingford

Studying: Business Management

Accepted to: Emmanuel College; Georgia State; Post University; Stonehill College; Suffolk University; Quinnipiac University; UConn; UNH

Favorite ND Moment: Friday night football games