263 Explorers joined our Alumni Network and the entire Class of 2020 was conferred the prestigious President's Medal for their strength and resiliency during the final months of their senior year due to the pandemic.
The Class of 2020 ended their four years at La Salle College High School in a fitting and appropriate way. In the presence of their parents, classmates, and most importantly, God, the Class of 2020 celebrated a combined Baccalaureate Mass and Commencement Exercises at Immaculate Heart of Mary Church in the Andorra section of Philadelphia.
Those boys with a last name ending in A-L graduated on Tuesday evening, July 14, 2020 and boys with a last name ending in M-Z graduated the following evening. Reverend Edward Casey, Pastor of Immaculate Heart of Mary, was the principal celebrant on Tuesday evening and Reverend Michael Olivere ’79 was the principal celebrant on Wednesday night.
Brother James Butler, FSC, President of La Salle College High School, presided over both ceremonies as a total of 263 boys were awarded diplomas. The Salutatorian was Andrew John Carabello ‘20 of Oreland and the Valedictorian was James Henry de Luca ’20 of Fort Washington.
During his address to the graduates, President Brother James Butler, FSC conferred the La Salle College High School President's Medal to the Class of 2020 for their strength and resiliency during the final months of their senior year due to the pandemic. It was only the second time in school history that an entire class received this prestigious honor (the Class of 1958 had previously received the award).
CLICK HERE TO WATCH THE BACCALAUREATE MASS AND COMMENCEMENT EXERCISES ON TUESDAY, JULY 14, 2020
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CLICK HERE TO WATCH THE SALUTATORIAN ADDRESS BY A.J. CARABELLO ‘20
Awards were presented to the Class of 2020 during a Senior Awards Ceremony held in the Glaser Center of Monday morning, July 13, 2020. At that time, the Student Marshall Medal (and $500 Award) for the senior with the highest scholastic average over four years was presented to Matthew James Curran ’20, who led the procession of graduates on Tuesday evening. The Student Vice Marshall Medal (and $500 Grant) for the senior with the second highest scholastic average over four years was presented to Ty Jacob Pacchione ’20, who led the procession of graduates on Wednesday evening.
Special Awards presented during the commencement exercises included:
The Men of La Salle Loyalty Medal and $500 Grant
Andrew John Carabello ’20
The 1st Lieutenant Travis J. Manion, USMC ’99 Memorial Medal and $500 Grant for the Senior Student-Athlete
Liam Michael Smith ’20
The La Salle College High School Alumni Association Award and $500 Grant
James Henry de Luca ’20
The Dr. Edward and Beatrice C. Dachowski, Sr. Medal and $500 Grant
Matthew James Curran ’20
The John McShain Medal and $500 Grant
Dillon Patrick Trainer ’20
The William A. Meehan, Esq. ’44 Award and $1000 Grant
Lucas John Melinson ‘20
The La Salle College High School Spirit Award and $500 Grant
James T. Crawford ’20
La Salle College High School first welcomed the 263 members of the Class of 2020 as official alumni of the school during an Alumni Induction Ceremony on Saturday morning, May 30, 2020. The ceremony was streamed live from the Lourdes Grotto at www.lschs.org/wexptv. Christopher Meager ’89, President of the Alumni Association, addressed the Class, as did Andrew Thomas Talone ‘20, a member of the senior class who was chosen to speak at the event.
The Class of 2020 represented students from 91 different grade schools and 63 zip codes (along with China and Switzerland) and includes three National Merit Finalists, 11 National Merit Commended Students, and 81 members of the National Honor Society. The Class of 2020 applied to 286 colleges and universities in 39 states, the District of Columbia, Canada, China, England, Ireland, Scotland, and Wales, and 73% of the Class was accepted to one of the Top 50 Most Competitive Colleges and Universities. 80% of the Class of 2020 earned over $48.3 million in documented scholarships and grants and 99% of the graduates are enrolled at 91 colleges and universities in 21 states along with the District of Columbia and England. Of these 91 colleges and universities, 51 are private institutions (18 of which are Catholic colleges or universities), five are Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education public universities, and three are Pennsylvania state-related universities.
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