BELMAR — St. Rose High School has rounded out its list of the top 10 students in this year’s graduating senior class.
Last Friday, the school named eight students who will join the already announced valedictorian, Abigail Antognoli, who will be attending Lafayette College, and salutatorian, Susanna Testa, who will be attending Seton Hall University.
The other students filling in the list are Ella Rossetti, who will be attending Lehigh University; Caroline Caputon, who will be attending New Jersey Institute of Technology; Lucas Hope, who will be attending Stevens Institute of Technology; Elena Valiaveedan, who will be attending California Polytechnic State University; Brendan Dwyer, who will be attending University of Notre Dame; Angelina Maione, who will be attending Boston College; Michael Fluhr, who will be attending Ohio State University; and Anne DiTullio, who is undecided.
“St. Rose is proud of the Class of 2021 as they have distinguished themselves academically and as good citizens,” a statement from St. Rose High School said.
“The Class of 2021 has been awarded over $20 million in scholarships and awards by their accepting colleges. St. Rose High School has a 100 percent college-acceptance rate and 90 percent of seniors are accepted to their first-choice college.”
Announced during a Mass for students on April 23, the students were selected based on their achievements as well as having the highest grade-point average in their class.
This year’s graduation will take place at Monmouth University on June 1. The graduation speaker for this year will be F. Scott Moody, a graduate of the Class of 1975.
Mr. Moody, who earned degrees from North Carolina State University and the University of Florida after graduating from St. Rose, is the co-founder, CEO and chief mission advocate for K4Connect, a company headquartered in North Carolina that uses technology to improve the lives of older adults and those living with disabilities.
The company raised more than $30 million from other firms such as Intel Capital, AXA and Sierra Ventures.
Mr. Moody was previously the co-founder and CEO of AuthenTec, which helped to develop fingerprint sensor technology. That company was acquired by Apple, which uses the technology in its Apple’s Touch ID feature.
He is also a venture adviser to Cofounders Capital and Topmark Growth Equity Fund, an advisor to the National Science Foundation’s ASSIST program and a member of the Advisory Board of NCSU’s ISE Department.
In addition, Mr. Moody has served as a board member of Hope International [Microfinance], an entrepreneur-in-residence with the Blackstone Entrepreneur Network, and as a member of Shaw University’s President’s Council.