Our Graduates at College
St. Anthony High School graduates have enjoyed 100 percent college acceptance for 18 years. Our graduates are prepared to attend community colleges, public and private four-year colleges and universities, as well as some of the most selective schools in the nation.
Some St. Anthony graduates attend colleges quite close to home: Seton Hall University, St. Peter’s College, New Jersey City University, and Hudson County Community College. Elsewhere in the Garden State, they attend some of New Jersey’s top schools, including the College of New Jersey, Drew University, Rider University, Kean University and Stevens Institute of Technology.
Other Friar Family graduates are pursuing studies a long way from home, including the University of Chicago, Carnegie Mellon in Pittsburgh, Vanderbilt University in Tennessee, Wake Forest in North Carolina, and Villanova University in Philadelphia. Reports come back of hard work, adjustment, determination, resilience, success – and leadership.
Here is a snapshot of some recent St. Anthony graduates:
Dwayne Parris, Class of 2009, is a sophomore at Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island, one of the most sought-after schools in the United States and one of the most rigorous. He is not only pursuing a political science and economics concentration but is also an officer in the school’s Pre-Law Society, a Minority Peer Counselor for first-year students of color at Brown, and an SAT mentor for high school students in Providence.
A graduate from the Class of 2008, Michael Molina, is a junior at the University of Chicago, where he is pursuing a degree in political science. He is president of the campus Puerto Rican Students Association and a member of the Fencing team. He works in the University library and does volunteer work for the National Coaching Fellows Organization.
Yuliza Rivera, one of two salutatorians in the Class of 2008, is a junior at Albright College in Pennsylvania. Yuliza is on the Dean’s List, majoring in Fashion Design and Merchandising, and in English. She is also a DJ on the school’s radio station as well as a model and a designer for campus fashion shows. She manages to fit in two jobs, including work in phone marketing to raise money for the college.
The other salutatorian that year, Ivette Morel, attends St. John’s University, where she is a finance major. She works in the university’s Student Life Department as an office manager and serves on St. John’s Campus Activities Board.
Christopher Wall, valedictorian for the Class of 2010, is at Villanova University in Philadelphia, and salutatorian Nicole Kelly is at Susquehanna University in Pennsylvania. From the Class of 2009, Raven Tait, valedictorian, is at Wake Forest in North Carolina, and Mariah Tarawally, salutatorian, is at Felician College in Lodi.
Among other recent St. Anthony valedictorians and salutatorians, Reinaldo Correa, Class of 2007, is at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, where he is a senior pursuing three majors: English, Sociology, and Women’s and Gender Studies. He is also an officer in the university’s Association of Hispanic Students and a member of the school’s Latin Dance performance group. Reinaldo’s career goal is to be a teacher and he plans to apply for Teach for America, hoping to work with high school students who need inspiration and a push to enter college and succeed.
“I will make a difference,” he says proudly, “the difference St. Anthony made for me.”