Notre Dame High School honors Class of 2021 graduates
On Saturday, May 22, 2021, Notre Dame High School celebrated the perseverance and resilience of the Class of 2021 at the 72nd Annual Commencement Exercises.
The ceremony began with the National Anthem sung by Bryce Vitale ‘21 (Fordham University) of North Haven. Following the Invocation from Vice President for Mission Effectiveness, Mr. Michael Abbott ‘95, senior class speaker, Marcus Yancoskie ‘21 (University of Connecticut) of Shelton, addressed his classmates and reflected on the past four years.
“We should be proud of ourselves. We have finally earned the right to walk across this Notre Dame stage. We have earned it on Veteran’s Field and in Bennett Rink. In Collins Auditorium and Alumni Hall. On tracks both indoor and out. In the classroom and beyond,” said Yancoskie.
President of Notre Dame, Mr. Robert F. Curis, announced the recipients of Notre Dame’s two highest honors. The Notre Dame Code Award was given to Owen Clark ‘21 (Xavier University) of Seymour, a senior whom the faculty deems best lives his life by the words stated in the Notre Dame Code. Genaro Labanca ‘21 (Northeastern University) of Northford was named The Man of the Year. This award is given to the student who has made the greatest positive contribution to school life during his senior year.
Alexander Ozonoff ‘21 (Duke University) of Shelton was recognized as the Valedictorian and Evan Quesada ‘21 (Vanderbilt University) of Milford was recognized as the Salutatorian.
The Class of 2021 was accepted to over 180 colleges and universities and was awarded an impressive $16.8 million in scholarships.
Three members of the Class of 2021 will serve in the armed forces. Quadir Brown of New Haven will enlist in the United States Air Force. Jacob Doyle ‘21 of Milford will attend The Catholic University of America and commission into the United States Marine Corps via Navy ROTC scholarship. Joseph Cartier ‘21 of Guilford will attend the University of Rhode Island and commission into the United States Army by way of Army ROTC scholarship.
Seventeen members of the Class of 2021 have fathers and/or grandfathers who are alumni, and they proudly joined the ‘legacy-society graduates’ club by receiving their diploma this year.
“Your transformation has made you true men of Notre Dame, who grew as strangers at freshman orientation four years ago to lifelong friends. Today, you leave as brothers,” remarked Mr. Ruben Valencia, Vice President for Academic Affairs.
Notre Dame High School of West Haven is an all-boys Catholic, college preparatory school sponsored by the Congregation of Holy Cross. Notre Dame High School inspires academic excellence, nurtures personal growth, and fosters integrity and compassion in young men of diverse talents, backgrounds, and beliefs through its Catholic, Holy Cross tradition.