This week is bittersweet as our Catholic high schools bid farewell to the graduating class of 2018. As we celebrate the accomplishments of all our students, we would like to shine the spotlight on the students who have served as models of academic excellence and have earned the honor of being named the valedictorians of their graduating class.

Here’s a look at the 2018 valedictorians, including their final cumulative GPA and where they plan to attend college in the fall:

  • Bishop John J. Snyder High School
    • Jack Randall, GPA: 4.446; a parishioner of Sacred Heart Parish in Fleming Island and will be attending the University of Florida
    • Hanna Terhaar, GPA: 4.446; a parishioner of St. Catherine of Siena in Orange Park and will be attending Georgia Tech
  • Bishop Kenny High School
    • Eliana Namen, GPA: 4.517; a parishioner of San Jose Parish in Jacksonville and will be attending Emory University
  • St. Joseph Catholic Academy
    • Gavin Alves, GPA: 4.69; will be attending the University of Florida
    • Kenan Carames, GPA: 4.69; will be attending the University of Florida
    • Fabiana Dejuk, GPA: 4.69; will be attending the University of Florida
    • Colleen Dolan, GPA: 4.69; will be attending College of the Holy Cross
    • Joshua Leinheiser, GPA: 4.69; will be attending the University of South Carolina
  • St. Francis Catholic Academy
    • Sarah Abernethy, GPA: 4.5273; will be attending Florida State University

We offer our warmest congratulations to the valedictorians and we lift up in prayer the entire class of 2018, that God will continue his work in and through you and that you will use your Catholic education to serve as witnesses of Christ in your communities and to the world. We also extend our deepest appreciation to the parents whose love, support and commitment to Catholic education have made all this possible.

Commencement ceremonies will be taking place between Wednesday, May 24 through Saturday, May 26. The schedules for each commencement ceremony are as follows:

Bishop John J. Snyder High School
May 24 at 7:00 p.m.
Thrasher Home Center for the Arts

St. Joseph Academy
May 25 at 6:00 p.m.
Held in the Flagler College Auditorium

Bishop Kenny High School Graduation
May 26 at 9:00 a.m.
Held at the UNF Arena, Jacksonville

St. Francis Academy
May 26 at 2:00 p.m.
Held in the University of Florida Auditorium, Gainesville

 

Jack Randall, Bishop John J. Snyder High School
Hanna Terhaar, Bishop John J. Snyder High School
Eliana Namen, Bishop Kenny High School
Gavin Alves, St. Joseph Academy
Kenan Carames, St. Joseph Academy
Fabiana Dejuk, St. Joseph Academy
Colleen Dolan, St. Joseph Academy
Joshua Leinheiser, St. Joseph Academy
Sarah Abernethy, St. Francis Academy