Holy Cross Class of ’21 Celebrates Graduation

Holy Cross High School held its commencement on June 4 at Mohegan Sun Arena, Wilkes-Barre, with 62 seniors graduating. Commencement speaker was Most Rev. Joseph Bambera, Bishop of Scranton. Benjamin D. Tolerico is school principal.

A Baccalaureate Mass was celebrated on June 3 at Cathedral of Saint Peter with Rev. Cyril D. Edwards as celebrant.

Peyton Phillips, daughter of Nancy and Justin Phillips, Nicholson, was valedictorian, while Norah Kelly, daughter of Meg Kelly and Thomas Pappas, Scranton, was salutatorian.

Peyton Phillips attended Mt View Elementary and during her high school career, shehas been a member of the National Honor Society, which she served as vice president; Student Council, PJAS, Foreign Language Club, History Club, Track and Field and Soccer in which she served as captain.  

Valedictorian Peyton’s academic career will continue at the University of Connecticut where she will pursue a major in Biomedical Engineering with a Pre-Med track and she hopes to pursue a career in Medicine, either in Pediatrics or Non-invasive Cardiology.

Salutatorian Norah Kelly entered Holy Cross after graduating from All Saints Academy and during her high school career Norah has been a member of the National Honor Society, Foreign Language Club, Service Club, Crafting Club, costume crew for Drama Club, Fiction Fanatics, and served as a Daisy Leader for Girl Scouts and Junior Camp Counselor. In the fall, Norah plans to attend the University of Notre Dame.

Graduates included: Jack O’Malley Allardyce (diploma with distinction); Kathryn Grace Augustine, Bria Ann Beggin, Emma Lauren Bellman; Patrick Michael Bennie (diploma with distinction); Jillian Frances Brennan, Sarah Lynne Callejas, Paige Marie Caskey, Lucca Anthony Cerminaro, Kelsey Anne Conlon, Laurel Marie Cortazar, Arabella Cecile Cox, James B. Davis, Matthew Adrian Dec, Carter Elizabeth Engelhardt, Kylie Noelle Engleman and Ryan Philip Evans.

Also, James Michael Fay, Emily Jane Ferguson, Kylee Rian Gale, Patrick Robert Gilman Jr., Emily Rose Haikes, William Robert Hanna, Lauren Elizabeth Hegedus, Ryan Joseph Huester (diploma with distinction); Will Anthony Kalinich, Robert J. Kane, Norah Ann Kelly (diploma with distinction); Molly Marie Landseidel, Thomas Theodore Lee, Abigail Grace Lentowski (diploma with distinction), Mark Lopez and Brandson Ludovici Jr.

Also, David Joseph Mariotti, Julia Hockey Mazur, Erin Elena McGee (diploma with distinction); Catherine Grace McGovern, Jacob Richard McLane, Nathan Patrick McLane, Ashlyn Marie McNally, Tyler Loren Mendicino, Samuel Morales, Sarah Elizabeth Murphy, Alexander Joseph Nole, Peyton Olivia Phillips (diploma with distinction); Cristia Lourdes Ives Polizzi, William Henry Roever II, Craig T. Roman and David Christopher Romanski.

Also, Corey Thomas Scochin, Caroline Grace Shaffern, Andrew Nicholas Skutack, Alesis Marie Tanana, Mikele-Danilo A. Tenev, Connor Benjamin Tone, Rebecca Maureen Tone, Kristina Lynn Tranovich, Elizabeth Wallace and Douglas Patrick Walsh.