Holy Cross to Welcome Class of 2019 on Aug. 29

Incoming students make headlines for academic, athletic accomplishments and community involvement
August 18th, 2015 by 


Members of the class of 2018 were on campus for Summer Gateways Orientation in June. Photo by: Tom Rettig

Holy Cross will welcome an academically accomplished and diverse first-year class of 741 students on Aug. 29.

Of the 6,595 applicants who applied for admission to the Class of 2019, 37 percent (or 2,442) were accepted. Approximately 24 percent of the class is African-American, Latin American, Asian-American, and Native American (ALANA). Students come from 36 states, and 10 other countries including Bosnia (1), Canada (5), China (12), Hong Kong (1), Korea (1), Nigeria (2), Somalia (2), Spain (1), Taiwan (1) and the United Kingdom (1).

About 84 percent of students rank in the top 20 percent of their high school class.

Men represent 48 percent of the class and women 52 percent. Sixteen percent are first-generation college students, and 11 percent are sons or daughters of Holy Cross alumni.

A total of 331 students who applied Early Decision will enroll this fall. Early Decision allows students who consider Holy Cross to be their top choice to apply early and receive a decision by mid-December.

Incoming Students Make Headlines

In addition to being among the top graduates of their high school classes, members of the Holy Cross Class of 2019 engaged in community service and distinguished themselves in creative pursuits and athletic endeavors. Stories about some of these students have been appearing in hometown newspapers and media outlets across the country over the spring and summer months. Here is a look at some of those stories.

Aubrey Ashmun, of Edgartown, Mass., was a tri-sport captain at Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School. She will play ice hockey at Holy Cross, according to the Vineyard Gazette. more »

Louis Cappucci, of Cranford, N.J., was one of several members of the Cranford High School class of 2015 who received a Rotary Scholarship based on his involvement in the school and in the community, according to NJ.com. more »

Henry Carr, of Wrentham, Mass., began battling bone cancer toward the end of his junior year and “managed to not only graduate on time with his class but be one of the more active students” at King Philip Regional High School, reported The Sun Chronicle. “Carr recently finished his cancer treatment and has been declared cancer free,” according to the newspaper. more »

Meredith Coolidge, of Yarmouth, Maine, was included in a Portland Press Herald roundup of students who earned the ranking of Summa and Magna Cum Laude from Yarmouth High School. more »

Marco DiBlasi, of Boxford, Mass., received a community award at the Children’s Center for Communication/Beverly School for the Deaf’s annual soiree, according to the Tri-Town Transcript. more »

Laura Escolero, of Boston, was included in a Boston Globe roundup of Boston valedictorians. more »

Kaylah Fernandez, of Randolph, Mass., was also included in the Boston Globe roundup of Boston valedictorians. more »

Matthew Klier, of Sagamore Beach, Mass., graduated as valedictorian from Bourne High School, reported the Bourne Courier. more »

Capenews.net ran a profile of Klier. more »

Claire MacMillan, of Ridgefield, Conn., received a Girl Scout Gold Award, the highest honor a girl can earn in Girl Scouting, according to The Ridgefield Daily Voice. more »

The Ridgefield Press also reported the news. more »

Mara Martinez, of Warwick, R.I., was ranked eighth in her Toll Gate High School class, reported the Warwick Beacon. more »

Francy Mata, of Providence, R.I., graduated with academic honors from Alvarez High School, as an All-State football player and one of the top-ranked high school hammer throwers in the country, according the Providence Journal. more »

In a blog entry published on Education Week’s website, Ashley N. Morales-Garcia, of Springfield, Mass., writes about how she went from being called a “strange girl” in the fifth grade to being the student speaker at Springfield Renaissance School. more »

Hannah Nguyen, of Springfield, Mass., graduated as class valedictorian from Cathedral High School, according to The Republican. more »

Timothy E. Philbin, of Bedford, N.H., is the 2015 recipient of the Craig P. Hutchinson Memorial Scholarship, which is given annually to an Independent Karate School black belt. “Recipients are selected based on academic achievement, extracurricular involvement and character development,” reported the Merrimack Journal. more »

Christopher Puntasecca, of Wayne, N.J., graduated as salutatorian of the 100th graduating class of Don Bosco Prep in Ramsey, N.J., according to NorthJersey.com. more »

Alicia Riddell, of Athol, Mass., was included in a Telegram & Gazette roundup of top graduates from Central Massachusetts. more »

Emily Rivard, of Shrewsbury, Mass., was included in the same Telegram & Gazette roundup. more »

Zachary Sowerby, of Lyndeborough, N.H., was also included in the Telegram & Gazette roundup. more »

Victoria Tutino, of Taunton, Mass., was included in a Taunton Daily Gazette roundup of top 10 graduates from Coyle and Cassidy High School. more »

Christian Valencia, of Yigo, Guam, is a recipient of the Gates Millennium Scholars program, which provides a four-year full scholarship to college, according to Kuam News. more »

Pacific Daily News also reported the news. more »

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