Sacred Heart Honors Our Top Five

Meet the Top Five students in the Class of 2020. We congratulate them and look forward to celebrating them and all members of the class at our upcoming Commencement/Baccalaureate/Honors Convocation to be held this summer or in the fall.

Maria Papademetris—Valedictorian 
A National Merit Finalist and Connecticut Governor’s Scholar, Maria served as National Mathematics Honor Society president, captain of Math League, and captain of one of our two MathWorks Math Modeling Challenge (M3) teams. She was a member of the National Honor Society, the Latin and Science National Honor Societies, and Classics Club. Maria sang alto in the Madrigal and Liturgy Choirs and pursued her interest in singing outside of school. She spent last summer in the Pathology Department at Yale School of Medicine on projects related to digitizing radical prostatectomy slides and creating an algorithm to improve the specificity of prostate cancer diagnosis. This year, Maria created an app to help students access the tutoring schedules of the various honor societies. She won three gold medals on the National Latin Exam and her M3 team designed a 3D printed suspension spectrophotometer, taking first place at the New England Extreme Redesign 3D Printing Challenge and winning Sacred Heart’s first 3D printer. Maria also participated in the 2019 MathWorks Math Modeling Challenge (M3), in which her team placed in the top 20 percent in the nation. Maria will attend Yale University with plans to major in chemical engineering.
Adalyn Schommer—Salutatorian
A National Merit Commended Scholar, AP Scholar with Distinction, recipient of the Harvard Book Award and Bausch & Lomb Medal and a member of all of our honor societies , Adalyn was one of three students who created a solution spectrophometer which won a competition at Worcester Polytechnic Institute , earning a 3D printer for our school. As an integral part of our Campus Ministry and Charism Connection teams, Adalyn focused on developing and strengthening the faith aspect of our school. Chosen by her peers as a young woman who lives our mission faithfully, Adalyn served as a member of our Enthronement Court. A leader in her class both academically and spiritually, Adalyn worked side by side with her classmates as an executive board member of Student Council to create community and unity. A member of Prom Committee, Math League, and president of Classics Club, she also found time to volunteer at the Connecticut Food Bank and serve as a member of the Cheshire Youth Advisory Council tutoring elementary school children in science and reading and mentoring high school and middle school students. Adalyn is headed to Vassar College where she will double major in biology and Greek & Roman studies.

Alyssa Harduby—Third in the Class
A National Merit Commended Scholar and AP Scholar with Honor, Alyssa excelled in the most challenging courses offered at Sacred Heart. As a junior, she was awarded the Gettysburg College Book Award and earned bronze and silver medals on the National French Exam. A member of all four of the school’s honor societies, Alyssa spent her free periods tutoring younger students. As varsity cheerleading captain, Alyssa kept her team motivated and kept the crowd going. She was chosen by her peers as chair of our prom committee and has been an officer in Key Club since sophomore year, serving as president during her senior year. Alyssa holds a part-time job at an ice cream shop and last summer served as a patient aide volunteer at Yale New Haven Hospital. In her Sacred Heart career, she has capably juggled many responsibilities—academics, athletics, service, and work. Her ability to balance all these aspects of her life will serve her well at the University of Notre Dame, where she plans to do a double major in neuroscience and political science and, eventually, to pursue the fast-paced and ever evolving world of medicine.

Allison Rozear—Fourth in the Class
When something sparks Allison’s interest, she doesn’t stop until she’s learned as much as possible about it. When she decided that learning Spanish was important to her but found that she could not incorporate it into her schedule, she enrolled in the four-week Middlebury College Interactive Language Program, spending a month in Spain and taking the “no English” pledge. Allison founded our guitar club, and has taught herself knitting and crocheting, ukulele, and piano. In sophomore year, she was awarded the coveted LaBonia Award for service and devotion to Sacred Heart without thought of personal gain or recognition. As a junior, Allison was awarded the University of Rochester Xerox Medal, given by our math and science faculties for innovative thinking and high achievement. She is a member of all four of our honor societies, Math League, Classics Club, Madrigal Choir, and an NHS tutor. Outside of school, Allison plays club volleyball with the New Haven Starlings, a nationwide non-profit dedicated to giving every girl the opportunity to play. She is an apprentice at a riding school, and a camp counselor, and has earned the Girl Scout Gold Award. Allison will attend Worcester Polytechnic Institute; she is undecided about her major.

Ashley Plochocki—Fifth in the Class
Ashley is a naturally gifted leader, but not in the way we are used to seeing in high school students. She has made her greatest impact at the Academy by being a champion for those struggling and an advocate of opportunity for all. As coordinator of our National Honor Society tutoring program, she manages the schedules for more than 60 students and is the most sought-after tutor because her intelligence shines through with kindness, understanding, and compassion. Because of these qualities, Ashley was a natural choice as a member of the Peer Connector leadership team. She was active in Student Council, Interact Club, and Key Club. An outstanding student, Ashley loves to learn, and can apply her knowledge to life. She particularly enjoyed chemistry, microbiology, and biology because of the hands-on nature of the courses and the combination of in-class and self-driven learning. She is a member of the Latin, Math, and Science Honor Societies. Outside of school, Ashley is a dedicated and accomplished figure skater. Next fall, she will attend Brandeis University with plans to major in biophysics on the pre-med track.