Mount St. Mary Academy held its Senior Recognition Ceremony on Wednesday, May 17, in the McAuley Center Gymnasium. The annual event, one of the final opportunities for the Class of 2023 to gather together before graduation, honored the individual and collective academic accomplishments of this year’s 100 seniors.
Seventy-four percent of the Class of 2023 earned the academic status of Honor Graduate, having earned a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher, and received a gold cord to wear at graduation. The top honor graduates awarded were: 1st honor graduates Megan Denery and Erin Strickland, 3rd honor graduate Anna Alyse Patterson, 4th honor graduate Caroline Dean, and 5th honor graduates Madeline Dalton, Kathryn Morris, and Eliza Spellins.
Nine seniors were recognized for having participated in the rigorous AP Capstone program of study and received a purple and white cord to wear at graduation: Kendall Cronkite, Megan Denery, Maya Henry, Millie Ketcher, Anna Mammarelli, Belle Mentgen, Kathryn Morris, Anna Alyse Patterson, and Erin Strickland. Additionally, Savannah Snape was recognized for her completion of the AP Seminar and Research certificates.
Mille Ketcher received the 2023 Head of School’s Award, given to an outstanding senior each year who has consistently demonstrated a Christian attitude, academic achievement, school pride and loyalty, service to others, and a total commitment to achieving her best during her time at Mount St. Mary.
Madeline Dalton and Anya Ratycz were honored for receiving recognition by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation based on their PSAT performance their junior year. They were two of just 14,000 seniors nationwide to be selected as a National Merit Finalist in 2023.
Several honors were awarded from various academic departments and organizations as well as the Flora Bittner Croft Scholarship for MSM students attending a Catholic university. The recipients of this year’s Flora Bittner Croft Scholarship were Yaretzi Carranza and Brooke Lee.
Fifty seniors, half the graduating class, were recognized for their fine example in maintaining the highest standards of character, leadership, service and academic excellence as members of National Honor Society. Additionally, 63% of the Class of 2023 was honored for its participation in Beta Club, a national organization that emphasizes achievement, character, and service.
We celebrate the many wonderful academic accomplishments of the Class of 2023!