2011-07-22 / Milestones

Rockaway Scholars Graduate From Kearney High School


Many of the seniors from the peninsula were all smiles, as they posed for one last picture on the front steps of the school. Many of the seniors from the peninsula were all smiles, as they posed for one last picture on the front steps of the school. Fourteen young women who live on the peninsula were among 156 Bishop Kearney High School seniors who graduated on June 4. Eleven of them were among the 71 percent of the class who received scholarships valued at almost $24 million.

Mary Ameruso (St. Francis de Sales) received the Iona College, NY Academic Excellence Scholarship; the Quinnipiac University, CT Academic Scholarship; the St. John’s University, NY Academic Achievement Scholarship; the Saint Joseph’s University, PA University Scholarship; and The Catholic University of America, DC Alumni Award, CUA Scholarship and Parish Scholarship. Mary will attend Marist College, NY in the fall with a Presidential Scholarship.

Rosemary Burti (St. Francis De Sales) received the Iona College, NY Iona Scholarship; the Marist College, NY Alumni Scholarship; and The Catholic University of America, DC CUA Scholarship. Burti will attend Manhattan College, NY in the fall.

Cody Dripchak (St. Francis de Sales) received the Bryn Athyn College, PA Founder’s Award; the Iona College, NY Iona Scholarship; the Monmouth University, NJ Academic Award; the Saint Joseph College, CT Deans Scholarship; the St. Francis College, NY St. Clare Scholarship; the St. John’s University, NY Academic Achievement Scholarship; the St. Joseph’s College, NY Scholastic Achievement Scholarship and SCJ/CSJ Award; and the St. Thomas Aquinas College, NY St. Thomas Aquinas Academic Scholarship. Dripchak will be attending Alvernia University, PA with the Veronica Founders’ Scholarship.

Megan Dunn (St. Francis de Sales) received the Manhattan College, NY Dean’s Award; the Marist College, NY Marist College Scholarship; the Quinnipiac University, CT Academic Scholarship; the Sacred Heart University, CT Trustee Scholarship; the St. Francis College, NY St. Francis Scholarship; the St. John’s University, NY Academic Achievement Award; and the University of Scranton, PA Loyola Scholarship. In the fall, Dunn will attend Fairfield University, CT with the Bellarmine Scholarship.

Danielle Farragher (St. Francis de Sales) received the Manhattan College, NY Dean’s Award; the Marist College, NY Presidential Scholarship; the Marywood University, PA I.H.M. Scholarship; the Mount St. Mary’s University, MD Presidential Scholarship; the Providence College, RI Friar Scholarship; the St. Joseph’s College, NY Dean’s Scholarship and SJC/CSJ Award; and the Salve Regina University, RI McAuley Scholarship. Farragher will attend Mount St. Mary College, NY in the fall with the Founders’ Scholarship and the Leadership Scholarship.

Marianne Hanning (St. Francis de Sales) received the St. Joseph’s College, NY Academic

Incentive Award and SJC/CSJ Award. In the fall,

Hanning will attend Manhattan College, NY

Lauren Houck (St. Francis de Sales) received the St. Francis College, NY Achievement Award; The Catholic University of America, DC CUA Scholarship; and the University of Scranton, PA Loyola Scholarship and Xavier Award. Houck will attend Fairfield University, CT in the fall with the Loyola Scholarship.

Deirdre Hynes (St. Francis de Sales) received the Bentley University, MA President’s Scholarship for Women Leaders; the City of New York Macaulay Honors College to Hunter College (Full); the Fairfield University, CT Magis Scholarship; the Knights of Columbus, NY F. P. Matthews and J. E. Swift Educational Trust Scholarship (Full); the St. John’s University, NY Presidential Scholarship; the Saint Joseph’s University, PA Presidential Scholarship; the Seton Hall University, NJ Chancellor’s Scholarship (Full); The Catholic University of America, DC CUA Scholarship and Parish Scholarship; and the Uniformed Fire Officers Association 2010 Captain “Hans” Meister Scholarship. In the fall, Hynes will attend Fordham University, NY with the Dean’s Scholarship.

Maureen O’Sullivan (St. Camillus) received the Manhattan College, NY Dean’s Award; the Sacred Heart University, CT Trustee Scholarship; the St. Francis College, NY St. Francis Scholarship; the St. Joseph’s College, NY Dean’s Scholarship and SJC/CSJ Award; the Siena College, NY Mission Scholarship; and The University of Scranton, PA Loyola Scholarship. O’Sullivan will attend Iona College, NY with the Academic Excellence Scholarship in the fall.

Shannon Rom (St. Francis de Sales) received the Hofstra University, NY Achievement Scholarship; the Iona College, NY Academic Excellence Scholarship; the Mount St. Mary’s University, MD Presidential Scholarship; the St. John’s University, NY Academic Achievement Scholarship; the Saint Joseph College, CT Catherine McAuley Scholarship; the Salisbury University, MD Presidential Scholarship; the Siena College, NY Presidential Scholarship; and the Wagner College, NY Dean’s Scholarship for Academics. Rom will attend St. Joseph’s College, NY in the fall with a full Presidential Scholarship and the SJC/CSJ Award.

Erin Tacopina (Mark Twain IS 239) received the City of New York Macaulay Honors College to Queens College (Full); the Fairfield University, CT Ignatian Scholarship; the Fordham University, NY University Scholarship; the Iona College, NY – Academic Excellence Scholarship; the Providence College, RI St. Vincent Ferrer Scholarship; the St. John’s University, NY Scholastic Excellence Scholarship; the Salve Regina University, RI McAuley Scholarship; the Siena College, NY Presidential Scholarship; the State University of New York at Oneonta Presidential Scholarship; and the University of Hartford, CT Regent’s Scholarship. In the fall, Tacopina will attend The Catholic University of America, DC with the Alumni Award, the CUA Scholarship and the Parish Scholarship.

Among the other graduates are: Jomaryn Diver, who will attend Mount St. Mary College, NY; Gaeta Kumar, who is attending CUNY – Baruch; Brianna Long, who is undecided and Victoria Moley, who will attend CUNY – College of Staten Island.

In reviewing the accomplishments of the Class of 2011, Sister Thomasine, Kearney’s principal, noted, “We are very proud of the scholastic accomplishments of this class.

These young women have worked very hard, focused on their college goals and achieved their personal best.” Guidance counselor Sister Joan Dillon Ellen Burti, Kearney’s college and careers counselor, worked very hard with the girls, to insure that they would receive the recognition they deserved for their academic achievements.

These young women are certainly going to make a difference in the 21st century.”

Bishop Kearney High School is a private Catholic secondary school owned and operated by the Sisters of St. Joseph and staffed by both religious and lay people in a co-operative effort to educate young women of Brooklyn, since 1961.

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