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Feature Stories

Largest Graduating Class in 20 Years at St. Anthony

From Issue: Volume XXII - Number 12
6/13/2014




On Saturday, May 31, the St. Anthony High School Gymnasium was filled to capacity as 111 seniors graduated. This was the largest graduating class SAHS has seen in 20 years. Keynote speaker for this special day was Father Peter Neeley, S.J., a Jesuit speaker who kept the audience’s attention and made them laugh throughout his speech.

St. Anthony is proudly sending 99% of its seniors off to college, with over 70% of graduates from the Class of 2014 attending four-year colleges or universities next fall. These students earned a combined 9 million dollars in scholarships, with nearly one-third receiving full scholarships for college.

Senior Jamey Gallegos received the Valedictorian Award. Gallegos distinguished herself throughout her four years at St. Anthony with the highest academic achievement and participation extracurricular activities, sports and leadership, serving as ASB treasurer, co-director of the President’s Ambassadors Program and Youth Ministry. Gallegos graduated Summa Cum Laude with a 4.68 GPA.

She is a member of the National Honor Society and a California Scholarship Federation Life member. Gallegos will be attending Vanderbilt University in Tennessee on a full scholarship where she will be majoring in Education. Gallegos was also accepted at UC Davis, UC San Diego, Clemson University, University of San Diego and the University of Texas.

The Salutatorian Award was presented to Kimberly Juarez, who best represents the values of the Senior Class. Juarez has maintained a 4.52 GPA throughout her high school career. She spent the last four years traveling from Los Angeles to St. Anthony High School where she has been one of the more involved students in the Class of 2014. Juarez played soccer, served as ASB secretary, participated in Mock Trial, Campus Ministry, and President’s Ambassadors. She was a member of the prestigious Marine Science Academy program and is a member of the National Honor Society and a life member of the California Scholarship Federation. Juarez will be attending UCLA this fall with a scholarship, where she will be majoring in Pre-Law. Juarez was also accepted into George Mason University and Loyola Marymount University.

St. Anthony High School has a tradition of presenting awards to the Outstanding Senior Man and Senior Woman each year. The Cardinal William J. Levada Award (Outstanding Man Award) was awarded to Matthew Dalton, who has chosen to attend UCLA next year, after being accepted at UC Irvine and UC Santa Cruz. The Immaculate Heart of Mary Award (Outstanding Woman Award) was presented to Jamey Gallegos.

St. Anthony proudly reports the following statistics regarding college admission: 27 University of California acceptances, including three attending to UCLA, 32 to Cal State Long Beach, six to St. Johns University, five to Arizona State University, five to Drexel, plus acceptances to Vanderbilt, Baylor, Clemson, Creighton, Fordham, Michigan State, Pepperdine, Northwestern, Seton Hall and Loyola Marymount.

For more information about St. Anthony High School, please visit the website: www.longbeachsaints.org or call (562) 435-4496. St. Anthony High School is located at 620 Olive Ave.

Submitted by St. Anthony HS