WHITE PLAINS – The valedictory address at Stepinac High School’s 68th Annual Commencement exercises for the Class of 2018 on Thursday, May 24 will be strikingly different than in prior years.
That is because the honor of making the closing farewell statement will be delivered not by one (as is typically the case) but two students.
They are: Eric Jimenez of Peekskill who will continue his studies at Yale University and Anthony Licciardone of Thornwood who will attend the University of Virginia.
The two students were selected because they had identically attained the highest cumulative grade point average among their classmates.
In addition to their academic excellence, the valedictorians will also be recognized for their notable extracurricular accomplishments as part of Stepinac’s highly competitive education program designed to help prepare young men for post- secondary success at college and in their future careers.
Jimenez was former president of the Student Government, served as co-head of the Debate Club, was twice inducted into the National Honors Society and was a counselor at Stepinac’s Summer STEP program.
Licciardone was a four- year AP College Board student, served on the Year Book Committee and actively participated in Student Government, the Oratory and Debate Clubs, among other activities.
The salutatorian (the student with the next highest cumulative grade point average) will be Dennis Cregin of Yonkers who will attend either NYU, Villanova University or Northeastern University.
Cregin was an active member of Peer Ministry, Student Government, the Healthcare Forum and the Swim and Track teams.
Jimenez, Licciardone and Cregin will be among the 200 members of the Class of 2018 who will receive their diplomas from Rev. Thomas Collins (Class of ’79) during Commencement exercises starting at 4 PM.
The Class of 2018 continues Stepinac tradition of successfully preparing students to be admitted to some of the nation’s leading colleges and universities including: Bard College, Boston College, Brandeis University, Brown University, Catholic University, College of the Holy Cross, Fordham University, Northeastern University, Northwestern University, Old Dominion University, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Rice University, Syracuse University, Trinity College, United States Air Force Academy, United States Naval Academy, University of Chicago, University of California—Davis, University of Illinois-Chicago, University of Maine, University of Michigan, University of Pittsburgh, University of Virginia, Yale University, among others.