Catholic Transcript Magazine of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Hartford Connecticut

Saturday, February 17, 2018

sha top5 webFrom left, Elizabeth Lamont, Alysse Mastriano, Catherine Valloso, Abigail Kelly, Caroline BerberianHAMDEN – Sacred Heart Academy has announced the names of its top five graduating seniors, each of whom played a key role in the school's honors convocation or commencement exercises.

Elizabeth Lamont, 18, the top-ranking student in the class of 2017, delivered the the valedictory address at the commencement exercises on May 27. The daughter of Angus and Catherine Lamont of Hamden, she will attend Vassar College in the fall.

When Elizabeth was accepted to Sacred Heart, she was awarded the Sister Antonine Signorelli Scholarship for her outstanding performance on the entrance exam. In sophomore year, she represented Sacred Heart Academy at the Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership Seminar. As a junior, she received the Yale Book Award. In both junior and senior year, she was selected to participate in the Moody’s Mega Math Challenge team, a national math modeling competition. Last fall, she was named a National Merit Commended Scholar. This spring she was named a Summa Scholar by the Archdiocese of Hartford and recognized by the Connecticut Association of Schools for Excellence in the Arts.

Elizabeth was inducted to National Honor Society, Mu Alpha Theta (math honor society) and French National Honor Society. She was co-president of Key Club, a member of the Campus Ministry Leadership Team, president of Art Club and co-captain of the Golf Team. She also was in the cast of the Sacred Heart musical all four years and was a member of the Sister to Sister Club, in which students visit with the retired Sisters at Sacred Heart Manor.

Elizabeth is undecided on a major, but is considering art, art histor, or history.

Alysse Mastriano, daughter of Dominick and Jennifer Mastriano of East Haven, ranked second in the class and delivered the salutatory address at graduation. She will attend Boston College, to which she was accepted with the BC Scholarship. She intends to major in nursing and minor in psychology and hopes to eventually attend medical school.

Alysse has been a member of multiple honor societies throughout her four years at Sacred Heart. In sophomore year, she was inducted to the National Spanish Honor Society and the National Science Honor Society and as a junior, to the National Honor Society and Mu Alpha Theta. Alysse received the Harvard Book Award as a junior and this spring, she was recognized as a Summa Scholar by the Archdiocese of Hartford.

Alysse served as president of Math League and as a COR Team leader, and has volunteered at St. Ann Soup Kitchen and Pantry and the Clelian Adult Center.

In addition to her academic accomplishments, Alysse was a four-year varsity field hockey and lacrosse player. She was named an All-SCC Scholar-Athlete all four years for having earned a varsity letter in her respective sports and a GPA of 4.0 or higher.

Outside of school, Alysse has danced for 15 years and has spent much of her time teaching dance to younger students.

Catherine Valloso, third in the class, delivered the graduates' prayer during the commencment exercises.The daughter of Benjamin and Leslie Valloso of East Haven, she plans to major in international studies and minor in business law, regulation and ethics at Fairfield University.

Catherine was inducted to the National Honor Society as well as the Science, Spanish and Math national honor societies. She was president of Book Club and treasurer of SHAdes of SHA, the academy’s diversity club. In 2015 and 2016, Catherine earned gold on the National Spanish Exam and in 2017, silver. She was awarded with the Gettysburg Book Award as a junior. This spring, she was named a Summa Scholar by the Archdiocese of Hartford. An excellent visual artist, Catherine won first place in pastels in the Shoreline Arts Association Future Choices Art Competition and recently took first place in the Congressional Arts competition; her art will be displayed at the United States Capitol for one year as a result.

Outside of school, Catherine participated in a summer internship with Apostle Immigrant Services in New Haven, a nonprofit organization designed to aid local immigrants. She has volunteered for several other organizations and at school events, but primarily at her local nursing home. Outside of school, Catherine has studied piano, ballet and art for many years.

Abigail Kelly, fourth-ranking student in the class, delivered the closing remarks at the honors convocation on May 23. In the fall, Abigail will attend Brown University. She plans to major in English and minor in psychology on the path to becoming a psychiatrist.

Abigail is the daughter of Shawn Kelly and Tina Iannarone Kelly of Shelton. Her sisters Amanda and Olivia also are graduates of Sacred Heart Academy. .

Abigail was named a Sister Antonine Signorelli Scholar in 2013 for her performance on the Sacred Heart Academy entrance exam. As a junior, Abigail received University of Rochester’s Frederick Douglass and Susan B. Anthony Award in Humanities and Social Sciences, which recognized her commitment to understanding and addressing difficult social issues, leadership skills and dedication to community action, as well as her high grades in rigorous courses taken in the humanities and social sciences. Abigail demonstrated her passion for English and journalism when she was named one of 12 students across the nation chosen by Envision to be a student reporter for the 2016 Presidential Election cycle during her junior year.

Abigail served as editor of the school newspaper, The Alethea, for three years and was a member of the Key Club executive board for three years and served as co-president this year. She was inducted into the National Honor Society, Mu Alpha Theta and Science, French and Latin national honor socieities. Abigail earned a $20,000 Milton-Fisher Scholarship for Innovation and Creativity in 2016 for her experiment and feasibility analysis on converting mangos and oranges into ethanol for disinfectant use in West African countries plagued by Ebola. More recently, she was named a Summa Scholar by the Archdiocese of Hartford.

Outside of school, Abigail has danced at Kicks Dance Center in Shelton for 15 years and volunteered as a student teacher for two years. She also plays piano under the instruction of Ellen D. Ballard and participates in weekly art classes at Bob Boroski School of Art. Last summer, she interned with Joanne Weidhaas, who discovered a common genetic mutation found in breast cancer and ovarian cancer patients.

Caroline Berberian, daughter of Aram Berberian of New Haven and Julie Murray of Hamden., graduated fifth and delivered the welcome address at the honors convocation.

During junior year, Caroline received the Xerox Book Award for Innovation and Information Technology, which recognizes outstanding academic achievement and strong potential in information sciences. Caroline received bronze awards on the National Spanish Exam in sophomore and junior year and a silver award in senior year.

Caroline participated in four seasons of cross-country, four seasons of indoor track and four seasons of outdoor track. She was a captain of the cross-country team. She also does archery outside of school.

Caroline served as the vice president of the National Honor Society, as an officer of the Medical Researchers Club and was a member of the Spanish National Honor Society and the Science National Honor Society. She also participated in KEY Club and Peer Connection.

This fall, Caroline is headed to Davidson College, where she hopes to explore biology and Spanish studies.