Teachers and students at Saint Anthony High School in Jersey City are excited about some popular new courses introduced this year: a class in Engineering and two college-credit courses taught by professors from Hudson County Community College. The college-credit course in the fall semester was Public Speaking. In the spring, it will be Psychology.
These changes follow other exciting school news about members of the “Friar Family.” Last summer, senior Kiyana Roberts ran track for the United States at a meet in Australia. Senior RJ Cole committed to prestigious Howard University in Washington, D.C., where he will play Division 1 basketball. Three Journalism students – seniors Ashley Murray, Jania Perez, and Paula Ubah – were chosen for a summer internship with Adriana Trigiani, a New York Times best-selling author, after she heard them speak at the school’s Ladies Luncheon last May.
More recently, Whitney Niles, Saint Anthony college guidance counselor, announced that 92 percent of this year’s senior class have already received a college acceptance letter. That means Saint Anthony will almost certainly continue its 23-year track record of guaranteeing that all graduating seniors are accepted into college. Currently, Saint Anthony graduates are on the campuses of Georgetown University, NJIT, Rutgers University, Montclair University, DePaul University in Chicago, Spelman College in Atlanta, Saint Peter’s College, and many others. Some of them have made the Dean’s List.
What’s in store for next year at Saint Anthony? The continued academic and athletic excellence the school is known for. Bob Hurley, school president and legendary boys basketball coach, is optimistic about Saint Anthony’s future. Head of School Chad Broussard says there will continue to be a growing emphasis on STEM teaching. One of the school’s Math teachers, Ms. Ebonee Johnson, is a graduate of Saint Anthony herself, and dedicated to building her students’ Math skills in preparation for college and careers. Two current teachers, Mr. Raymond Page in English, and Mr. Ronald Duncan, in Math, have both received a prestigious teaching award from Princeton University, which honors top teachers in the state every year. Last May, Mr. Duncan attended Princeton’s commencement ceremonies and was honored for his work with his students.
Saint Anthony’s admissions office is now in the process of accepting applicants for the Freshman Class in September. Acceptance letters have been sent out. Admissions Director Mary Ellen Hoyt is ready to welcome those students who want to join the Friar Family. “This school is life-changing,” she says. “We offer remarkable opportunities to everyone who comes through our doors.”
Mary Ellen Hoyt, Admissions Director
Gloria Walker, Student Recruiter