Meet Our Top Five

President Sr.Sheila O'Neill, ASCJ, Ph.D., '71 and Principal Sr. Kathleen Mary Coonan, ASCJ, '76 have announced the Top Five students from the Class of 2019. Enjoying learning about them...
Vivian Wang—Valedictorian   
Throughout her four years here, Vivian has been a member of Student Council. She has also been a member of National Honor Society as well as the French, Math, and Science Honor Societies. A member of the cross country team for all four years, she served this year as captain. An SCC Scholar Leader and a Summa Scholar, Vivian was a member Key Club, Math League, Honors Chamber Choir, Alethea, and served as president of our Medical Researchers Club. Outside of school, she has distinguished herself as a researcher, working with two doctors from the Yale University School of Medicine Department of Immunobiology on a research project that was published in the October 2018 Journal of Immunology. Vivian is listed as one of the three primary researchers in the publication, earning the same credit for the work as the two doctors who spearheaded the project. With her passion for learning, research and leadership, Vivian is well poised for a successful college experience.
In the fall,

Vivian will attend Yale University with plans to double major in cognitive science and film.

Clare Bassano— Salutatorian           
Supportive, compassionate, and concerned for others, Clare single-handedly collected and donated more than eight hundred books to New Haven Reads, an urban literacy program, and spends hours reading to a family member with special needs. She volunteered here as a teacher’s assistant in algebra and at Caroline House as an ESL tutor. Recipient of the Yale Book Award as a junior, Clare was named a Summa Scholar, National Merit Commended Scholar, and AP Scholar with Honor during senior year. She is also a member of National Honor Society, and the Latin, Math, and Science Honor Societies, A true lover of anything and everything math, Clare served as president and communications director for the Math Honor Society and was captain and communications director of the Math Modeling Challenge team. Extracurricular activities include Academic Team, Classics Club, and Drama Club. As a rising senior, Claire studied economics and Boston history at Boston University. Also a music lover, she has studied voice for ten years.

Clare will be a Presidential Fellow at Bucknell University where she plans to double major in mathematics and classics.

Mary Sarah Olson— Salutatorian     
A member of the National, Math, and Science Honor Societies, Mary Sarah earned high honors all four years. She was also a four-year member of the varsity basketball team, serving as captain senior year, and played soccer all four years. For her accomplishments in academics and athletics she was named our 2019 Scholar-Athlete. In sophomore year, Mary Sarah was selected as our representative to attend the Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership Conference (HOBY) and as a junior she was our nominee for the Governor’s Scholar Award. She was awarded the University of Rochester Xerox Innovator Award and the Princeton University Book Award, and was named an AP Scholar and Summa Scholar. Mary Sarah was an active member of Key Club, Earth Club, Math League, Sister-to-Sister, Peer Connection, and Charism Connection. She was also a four-year member of the Yale New Haven Hospital Junior Board where she helped raise awareness about issues in the community and spearheaded fundraising activities for the Children’s Hospital.

Mary Sarah is headed to Boston College where she will major in biology.
Amanda Savona—Third in the Class  
During the summer before her senior year, Amanda participated in the Habitat for Humanity Mission Trip and volunteered at Yale New Haven Hospital in short-term surgery. At Sacred Heart she has served at many events and tutored peers, and in her community, she has volunteered at her local library for more than five years. A member of the Math Modeling Challenge team, Alethea, Classics Club, Orchestra, Shades of SHA, Ski and Snowboard Club, co-founder of our new Law Club,  Amanda still finds time work at a local bakery. Recognitions include Summa Scholar, AP Scholar with Honor, Gettysburg College Book Award, National Latin Exam—cum laude—and membership in the National Honor Society, as well as the Latin and Science Honor Societies. Amanda is also a musician and makes and sell jewelry on the side!

The next step for Amanda is Northeastern University; she is undecided on a major but interested in political science and journalism.

Kelly Frier—Fourth in the Class (No photo available)
Kelly works as a swim instructor and lifeguard at her local YMCA. As a rising senior, she participated in the Habitat for Humanity Mission Trip and volunteered with Area Health Education Centers and UConn Medical School registering patients and assisting physician assistants and medical students at pop-clinics for migrant workers in farms throughout Connecticut. She was recognized with the President’s Volunteer Service Award for serving more than a hundred hours to a single organization in one year for her work as an emergency department volunteer at Middlesex Hospital. A member of the National, Math, Science, and Spanish Honor Societies, Kelly is most proud of the tutoring work she has done with  her peers, relishing in their success, She has also been a member of Student Council, Medical Researchers Club, and STAR Programmers Club. Awards include AP Scholar with Honor, National Spanish Exam Gold Medal, Summa Scholar, National Merit Commended Scholar, and the Harvard Book Award. 

Kelly will attend the six-year entry level BS/Master’s physician assistant program at Quinnipiac University.
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