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Grod Cho Hor webJessica Grodovich, left, and Eugenia ChoMercy High School has announced that Jessica Grodovich is the valedictorian and Eugenia Cho is the salutatorian of its class of 2017. The school's 45th exercises took place on on June 1.

Jessica,of Rocky Hill, is the daughter of Joseph and Anna Grodovich. She enrolled in the most challenging Advanced Placement and honors courses and was recognized with the Harvard College Book Award and a wide array of subject awards that include AP Spanish, AP Physics, AP European History, pre-calculus and English, among others. Jessica was Mercy’s 2016 delegate to the American Legion Auxiliary Laurel Girls’ State, chosen for her awareness of and interest in the higher callings of government and citizenship.

Jessica held prominent student leadership positions throughout her high school career. She served as a Student Council Class Executive Board member from 2014 to 2016 and helped to plan and orchestrate all school functions and class activities. While president of the McAuley Chapter of the National Honor Society as a senior, she was a driving impetus behind such causes as the Souper Bowl Food Drive, Mercy’s January Blood Drive and the Easter Bunny Bundle initiative, according to the school. The Santa Sack fundraiser that the honor society conducted in December raised roughly $2,300 to use and buy every item on the Christmas lists of eight underprivileged children in the area. Her other extracurricular involvements include Spanish National Honor Society, Chinese Club, Astronomy Club, Justice and Peace and the school yearbook.

In addition, she played soccer all four years, as captain in her freshman year and starting for varsity as a junior and senior. She was also a four-year member of track and field and was a contributing member of the varsity team that won the 2015 Connecticut Class L State Championship. This year she was named an SCC Fall Scholar Athlete.

Jessica will attend Boston College in the fall where she will be a member of the Honors Program.

Eugenia Cho, the daughter of Yongsok and Kelley Kim Cho, also lives in Rocky Hill. She achieved academic excellence in the most rigorous courses offered, taking AP World History, AP US History, AP Physics, AP English Language, AP English Literature, AP Chemistry and AP Physics 2. As a junior, Eugenia was recognized for her achievements with the Rensselaer Medal, an AP Scholar with Honor distinction and the STEM Award for high school scholars who have distinguished themselves in the sciences, technology, engineering and mathematics. She received class awards in math, science and publishing, the four-year award for excellence in English, and is the recipient of a $25,000 yearly scholarship to Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. She is a member of Mercy's McAuley Chapter of the National Honor Society and the French National Honor Society.

Eugenia was active in extra-curricular activities, particularly STEM programs. She is a member of the Astronomy Club, the Ecology Club, Rotary Club, Model UN.She was a designer, technician and this year's co-captain for FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Robotics Team which won a first-place blue banner at the Waterbury competition and earned a spot in the New England District Championships where they qualified for the World Championships. Eugenia was also a charter member of Mercy High School's Astronomy Club and co-president of the Ecology Club. Eugenia also was the lead editor and illustrator for the school newspaper, The Tiger Times, and yearbook, Epoch. She was a key contributor to the 2015-2016 Mercy yearbook that received a Jostens National Yearbook Program of Excellence Award.

Eugenia Cho plans to major in mechanical engineering at RPI.

alertAt the Spring Assembly of the U.S. bishops, Cardinal Joseph Tobin suggested that a delegation ofbishops go to the border to see for themselves what was happening to newly arrived immigrants, families and children. On July 1 and 2, Cardinal Daniel DiNardo, president of the U.S. bishops conference, and five other bishops conducted a pastoral visit to the diocese of Brownsville, Texas. Stops included Mass at the Shrine of Our Lady of San Juan del Valle with the community, a visit to anHHS/OBR Shelter and Mass for the families there, a visit to the Customs and Border Patrol processing center in McAllen, TX, and a press conference at the end of their visit. Catholic News Service accompanied the bishops on their border trip. 

  1. Backgrounder and analysis of the bishops’ trip to the border: Cardinal DiNardo told CNS, “You cannot look at immigration as an abstraction when you meet” the people behind the issue.
  2. At final press conference, Cardinal Daniel Dinardo said the church was willing to be part of any conversation to find humane solutions because even a policy of detaining families together in facilities caused “concern.”
  3. Bishops serve soup to immigrant families at a center run by Catholic Charities and listen to their stories. Scranton Bishop Joseph Bambera said he found hope in hearing the people in the room talk about what’s ahead. They didn’t speak of making money but of finding safety for their children, he said, driven by “the most basic instinct to protect your family.”
  4. At an opening Mass he Basilica of Our Lady of San Juan del Valle-National Shrine near McAllen, Texas, Bishop Daniel Flores of Brownsville told Massgoers, “The bishops are visiting here so they can stop and look and talk to people and understand, especially the suffering of many who are amongst us,”

A delegation of U.S. bishops goes on a fact-finding mission at the U.S.-Mexican border to learn more about Central American immigration detention.

Following their visit to an immigrant detention center, U.S. bishops said they are even more determined to call on Congress for comprehensive immigration reform.