Archbishop John Carroll High School held its graduation ceremony last Wednesday, June 5, at Cabrini College where families and friends gathered to celebrate the Class of 2019.

With pride, President Francis E. Fox ’77, said the graduating class, which consisted of 289 seniors, was incredible and “one of the greatest ever to graduate from Carroll.” He claimed that the Class of 2019 “stood on the shoulders of 50 years of excellence that came before them and raised the bar to heights never before seen at Archbishop Carroll.”

How high did the Archbishop John Carroll Class of 2019 raise the bar? They earned nearly $40 million in offered scholarships, the highest total in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. The Class of 2019 also has many highly motivated students who were accepted to prestigious universities, including Dartmouth, the United States Naval Academy, University of Pennsylvania, Carnegie Mellon University, and University of Notre Dame.

With 89 percent of the senior class participating in Kairos, and many regularly attending bi-weekly Genesis Adorations, Jacob Antonello, salutatorian, encouraged his classmates to “use the gifts [they] have been given” to “contribute in a positive way and share [their] faith with others.”

Last summer, members of the Class of 2019 attended a service trip to Harlan, Ky., which was just the start of the positive impact they made on the world during their time at Carroll. With the help of leadership, Community Service Corps provided 162 families with meals at Thanksgiving, sent 32 children toys at Christmas, made 500 breakfast bags for Aid for Friends on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day and sent over 1,000 items to the Dennis Kelly Ancient Order of Hibernian Hunger Project. The executive board of Patriothon helped the student body to earn an astounding $68,004.33 for Catholic Charities, Catholic Relief Services, and Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.

In addition to Ministry and Service, the senior class has many athletic achievements. Jack McQuaid accomplished an impressive 100 wins in wrestling, and Girls Lacrosse earned their 19th Pennsylvania Catholic League (PCL) championship and were District 12 champions. Girls Volleyball, Basketball and Field Hockey all earned the title of PCL Champions and District 12 Champions and our first ever Unified Bocce Team achieved the title of District Champions.

Philadelphia Archdiocese Auxiliary Bishop John J. McIntyre told the graduating class of seniors that his own Catholic education affected his life and helped him become focused and disciplined. He said he hoped the graduates’ Catholic education is of “lasting value” and “remains important in [their] lives.”

Daniel Fohner, valedictorian of the senior class, commented that “the bond formed in the Class of 2019 cannot be attributed to one single moment.” Rather, they are bonded by many moments that “molded this family.”

“Graduating feels amazing but leaving Carroll is bittersweet. I’ve made wonderful friendships and learned more about myself during my time here at Carroll. I don’t know where I’ll find a place like that again, but I’ll try,” echoed Trinity Middleton ’19.

Eva Webb ’20, commented that the graduating seniors kept her motivated and were “always there for us.” John Lake ’20, added that the graduating class “were thoughtful people and we will miss them very much.”

We wish the Class of 2019 well as they continue their journey as Carroll alumni!