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ndhs val salFrom left, Liam Nuttall, valedictorian; Dame President Robert F. Curis; and Anish Thite, salutatorian, at school's Honors Night May 11.Notre Dame High School of West Haven has announced that Liam Nuttall of Milford was named the class of 2018 valedictorian and Anish Thite, also of Milford, was the class salutatorian.

Nuttall will attend Harvard University. Thite will attend the Georgia Institute of Technology. Both recenly received the Summa Scholar Award from the Archdiocese of Hartford Office of Education, Evangelization and Catechesis..

Nuttall, a Moreau Honors Program student at Notre Dame, is a National Merit Finalist and was named the Connecticut Association of Schools Governor’s Scholar in 2017. A member of the National Honor Society and Spanish Honor Society, he was president of the Math Honor Society for two years. 

He earned the Yale Book Club Award, medals on the National Spanish Exam and the Bausch and Lomb Math and Science Award. He received the math department award as a freshman and the biology department award as a sophomore. He was captain of the cross-country team as a senior in his senior year and played indoor and outdoor track and field for three and four years, respectively. Selected as a senior peer counselor, he was active in Team ND, Model UN and the ski and snowboard club. 

Also an active Boy Scout, he has achieved the role of assistant senior patrol leader and attained the rank of Eagle Scout. He has been an altar server at Precious Blood Parish in Milford and a volunteer at Milford’s Senior Center throughout his high school years.

Salutatorian Thite also was a member of the Moreau Honors Program at Notre Dame.

A member of the National Honor Society and Spanish Honor Society, he was vice president of Mu Alpha Theta Math Honor Society. He received the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Award for Excellence in the study of mathematics and science and the 2017 Trinity College Book Award.  Thite earned multiple medals and an honorable mention for the National Spanish Exam

Thit participated in three Brown University summer programs on biomedical engineering, alternative energy engineering, and robotics and artificial intelligence. He was team leader/lead engineer for the robotics club as it earned multiple achievements, including in the 2016 World Championship Qualifier in Vex Robotics and, three times, in the Create US Open Championship Qualifier. The team ranked 126th in the world in the Skills Challenge 2016-17 Vex Robotics competition.

Thite also was a varsity swimmer, was named to the All Academic SCC Team and recognized by the SCC for ottstanding academic achievemen. He was the West Haven Rotary Club Scholar Athlete, and Connecticut Swimming Top 16 in the Open Water Championships for three years in a row.

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.