Catholic Transcript Magazine of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Hartford Connecticut

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

2017 OBrien Scholars webFrom left are East Catholic High School 2017 O’Brien Scholars Audrey Pion, Amelia Ockert, Longxu-Derek Pan, Madison DiBella, Hannah Faulkner, Jillian Ferrigno, Shannon Leary, Anthony Ragazzi, Stephanie Lewis, Peter Crowley, Mollie Fleming and David Mantese.

MANCHESTER – East Catholic High School has announced the names of its Archbishop Henry J. O’Brien Scholars for 2017. They are the recipients of the highest honor a graduating senior can achieve from the school.

Father Charles E. Shaw, East Catholic’s first principal, instituted the O’Brien Scholars program, which began a tradition of honoring a group of top graduates rather than only one or two. The O’Brien Scholars represent the highest in academic achievement and exemplify outstanding qualities of leadership and integrity. Father Shaw chose the name to honor the Hartford Archbishop who established East Catholic High School in 1961.

The honorees folllow:

Peter Crowley will attend the University of Connecticut. While at East Catholic, Peter was named as archdiocesan Summa Scholar having achieved a GPA of 4.3 or higher and was inducted into the National Honor Society. He was a member of the cross-country team, indoor track team and the outdoor track team at the school. He also was a member of the Tri-M Music Honor Society and participated in the Jazz East Big Band and Jazz East Combo Band. In his free time, Peter volunteered at Manchester Manor Nursing Home as a recreational therapist.

Madison DiBella will attend Northeastern University. She was named a Summa Scholar and a National Merit Commended Student. She was also inducted into the National Honor Society. Madison was captain of the school’s IEA Equestrian Team as well as the cheer team. In her free time, she helped to schedule, organize and prepare meals for the Immaculate Conception Shelter in Hartford.

Hannah Faulkner was inducted into the National Honor Society and was a member of the Culture and Language Club as well as the Apologetics Club. She also participated in field hockey and volleyball and served as a student ambassador. In her free time she volunteered at St. Rose of Lima Parish in New Haven as a camp counselor during Bible Camp. She will attend Wake Forest University.

Jillian Ferrigno will attend Providence College. She was named as a Summa Scholar and was inducted into the National Honor Society as well as the National Art Honor Society. Jillian was a member of Stage East and performed in various musical and drama performances at the school. She was a member of the jazz choir, women’s choir and concert choir at the school. Jillian was also a member of the East Cathlolic Girls Tennis Team. In her free time she helped plan and serve meals to the less fortunate at the Immaculate Conception Shelter.

Mollie Fleming also will attend the University of Connecticut. Mollie was inducted into the National Honor Society and was a member of the Engineering Club, Rubik’s Club, Classics Club (Latin) and Lego’s Robotics Club at the school. In her free time she volunteered with the Ladies Guild at St. Patrick – St. Anthony Church in Hartford.

Shannon Leary also was named as a Summa Scholar and was inducted into the National Honor Society. She was a member of the East Catholic High School Swim and Dive Team and also USA Swimming. Shannon also was a member of the ARK Club and Social Action Club at the school. In her free time she helped to prepare and serve meals at the South Park Inn in Hartford. She will attend Siena College.

Stephanie Lewis will attend Connecticut College. She was named as a Summa Scholar and was inducted into the National Honor Society and Tri-M Music Honor Society. She was a member of the chamber choir and Stage East at the school and performed in various musicals. Stephanie was also a member of the East Catholic swim and dive team. In her free time, she volunteered preparing and serving meals at the South Park Inn in Hartford.

David Mantese was named as a Summa Scholarand was inducted into the National Honor Society. David was a member of the cross-country team and indoor and outdoor track teams. He was also a member of the Newspaper Club, Apologetics Club and Rosary Club and represented East Catholic at the Chemistry Olympiad in his sophomore and senior yeasr. In his free time, David helped to tutor students at the school and volunteered his time at Foodshare. He will attend UConn.

Amelia Ockert will attend Dartmouth College. Named a Summa Scholar and inducted into the National Honor Society, she was a member of the school swim and dive team and participated in track and field. She was also a member of the Math Club, Culture and Language Club, Debate Team, Mock Trial Team and Latin Club at the school.As a sophomore, she was part of the team representing the school at the Chemistry Olympiad. Amelia was also class president for Student Government and was a peer minister. In her free time she helped to teach physically and mentally challenged people how to swim.

Longxu–Derek Pan was named as a Summa Scholar and was inducted into the National Honor Society. He was a member of the engineering team at the school and represented East Catholic at the Chemistry Olympiad in his sophomore year. In his free time, he helped to prepare and serve meals to the less fortunate at MACC in Manchester. He will attend Purdue University.

Audrey Pion will attend UConn. She as named a Summa Scholar having achieved a GPA of 4.3 or higher and was inducted into the National Honor Society Audrey was also a member of the Tri-M Music Honor Society. She was a member of the choir, jazz band ,pep band, concert band and stage band at the school. Audrey was also a writer for the ECHO school newspaper and a member of the Apologetics Club. In her free time, she volunteered with Foodshare.

Anthony Ragazzi will attend Trinity College. He was named as a Summa and was inducted into the National Honor Society. Anthony was a member of the ECHS Boys Soccer Team and served as a peer minister at the school. He was also a member of the math team. Anthony volunteered his time to help prepare and serve meals to the less fortunate at the Immaculate Conception Shelter.