Academic Excellence 2016

Highlights from 2015-16

On Friday, May 27th at Baccalaureate Mass and Commencement the Seton Keough community bid farewell to the class of 2016.

View photos from Commencement 2016 by Mr. Barney Gomez:
» Photos from 2016 Commencement Exercises

Class of 2016 Academic Achievements

  • Over $4.5 Million in Scholarships
  • 100% Acceptance into College
  • Accepted into 150 colleges and universities
  • 58% Received Scholarships
  • 65% will attend 4-year colleges; 35% will attend 2-year colleges
  • 4,546 community service hours to the community      

Valedictorian: Laura Elizabeth McKernan, who will be attending the University of Notre Dame in the fall.

Salutatorian:  Stephanie Lynn Saloka, who will be attending the University of Maryland, Baltimore County in the fall.

Archdiocese of Baltimore Distinctive Scholars:  Laura McKernan, Sara Minnis, and Stephanie Saloka

Maryland Scholastic State Award Winners:  Laura McKernan, Sara Minnis, and Stephanie Saloka

National Merit Scholarship Program, Commended Scholar:  Laura McKernan

Awards given at graduation: » Graduation Awards

Laura McKernan received the Glynn Family Honors Program Award at University of Notre Dame prestigious award where she will have the opportunity to undertake an original research project under the guidance of a faculty expert in her field.

The following members of the class of 2016 completed four years of engineering or biomedical studies. One hundred percent of these seniors will attend college next fall.

Engineering:  Annabelle Arnold, Jessica Miles, and Stephanie Saloka

Biomedical Studies: Madison Barnes, Kailah Charles, Nina Crum, Amanda Emory, Ashley Hamilton, Alecia King, Laura McKernan, Sara Minnis, Rachel Rappoccio, Aubrey Sims, Emmi Webber, Koya Yancy

Extra-Curricular Activities

Junior Engineering Students Competed at the University of Maryland
Alumna Sara Caton SK'11, who is pursuing her master's degree in Fire Protection Engineering at the University of Maryland, helped junior engineering students (Kaitlyn Whipp, Sherron Mims, Yasmin Lewis, Lauryn Chomicz, Camryn Shaw, and Sarah Esquela) compete in the Fire Protection Engineering Design Challenge at the University of Maryland on May 13. The students built a model using five core fire protection engineering strategies: compartmentalization, ventilation, material flammability, detection, and suppression. On Friday May 13, Seton Keough's team set its structure on fire in the burn lab at UMD in a competition with Elizabeth Seton High School and DeMatha Catholic High School.

Model UN
Seton Keough’s Model UN Club had a smashing year participating in seven conferences including the Johns Hopkins University Model UN Conference with 2,000 students from the US and countries such as Israel, Thailand, Poland, China, and Brazil. The Club co-hosted the Second Annual Baltimore Area Model UN Conference with Mt. St. Joseph High School in April. Almost 130 high school students and 30 sixth, seventh, and eighth grade students met at Mount St. Joseph High School and spent the day seeking solutions to problems such as the Syrian refugee crisis in Europe and dealing with Iran gaining nuclear weapons.

History Day Finalists
Seton Keough’s team of juniors Elizabeth Heppding, Mya Williams and Kristina Covahey competed in the Annual Baltimore City History Day Fair in March and came in second place in the group documentary category, which qualified them to compete in the state history day championships in May. At the championships Seton Keough's team advanced to the second round and finished in the top six teams in its category.

Maryland State Technology Student Association Conference
Junior Camryn Shaw (author) and senior Stephanie Saloka (student editor) along with junior Kes Johnson (illustrator) won second place in the Children's a Story event at the Maryland State Technology Student Association Conference in April. They will represent Seton Keough and the state of Maryland at the National TSA Conference in June.

Focus on the Arts



The A Cappella Choir under the direction of Ms. Jessica Thomas performed at the Archdiocese of Baltimore Gala in October. They were also requested to perform for Archbishop Lori in December.

The band and choirs traveled to Williamsburg, VA to perform in the Fiesta-Val Music Festival. The A Cappella and Honors Choirs received excellent ratings and placed first in their respective categories. The Concert Band performed a very difficult piece and came in first place as well.

Fine Arts

For the seventh year, Seton Keough Fine Arts students, under the direction of Mrs. Myra Perel, participated in the Memory Project. The Memory Project is an opportunity for art students to create portraits for youth around the world who have been neglected, orphaned, or disadvantaged. Seton Keough painted portraits of orphans in Madagascar.


In February the company hosted a fundraiser—“An Evening of Dance”, for the Alvin Ailey Dance Camps at Towson University. Before the evening performance, Towson University Dance Professor and former Alvin Ailey Dancer Linda-Denise Fisher-Harrell taught a master class to Seton Keough dance students.

The Seton Keough Dance Company, with Director of Dance Ms. Serene Webber, traveled to Disney World over spring break to take part in the Walt Disney Performing Arts Program performing on stage at Disney Springs. While in Disney they took a jazz master class and learned choreography from one of the Disney shows. They also spent time in the Disney parks.



This year the Seton Keough Theatre Department produced an outstanding production of “Into the Woods’ in November, a one-act play “I Never Saw Another Butterfly” in January, and a spring play “Twelfth Night”.

In January the cast and crew of “I Never Saw Another Butterfly” were named the third-place winners for main stage productions in the state of Maryland at the Maryland Thespian Festival, they won the Tech Olympics—an Outstanding Staging of a Main Stage Production award and Outstanding Actor awards. Six members of the cast and crew were named All-State Thespians: Jessica Miles, Carrie Carter, Annabelle Arnold, Laura McKernan, Jessica Harzer, and Julia Middleton.

At the Cappies of Baltimore Gala, two students—Jessica Harzer and Arianna Platania—were chosen to perform in the opening number. Students Jessica Harzer, Laura McKernan and Kristina Covahey, joined by Robbie Wolle from Archbishop Curley, were nominees in the major categories and seniors Annabelle Arnold, Carrie Carter, Jessica Miles and Catie Wiley were recognized as commendees. Last, but certainly not least, the students performed "Your Fault" from Into the Woods, which included Jessica Harzer, Jessica Miles, Robbie Wolle, Grace LaCount and Julia Middleton.

Community Service

In addition to the hours individual students donate to a variety of causes in the community, as a school community Seton Keough performed these service activities during the 2015-16 school year:

  • Service and Retreat Days: Two days of service and prayer in the fall and spring. The entire student body participated in a service or retreat day. In the fall, the freshmen and juniors participated in a class retreat while the sophomores and seniors visited service sites in Baltimore City, Baltimore County, and Anne Arundel County. In the spring the classes switched.
  • Back-to-School Drive: Backpack and school supplies drive for project HOPE at the beginning of the school year
  • Pink Games: The sports teams held “Pink” games during the annual homecoming festival to raise money for the St. Agnes Breast Center
  • Feet for Francis: In preparation of Pope Francis’ visit the school collected shoes to be donated to small business owners or micro-entrepreneurs in developing countries.
  • Thanksgiving Drive: a collection of food and toiletries that were donated to Ronald McDonald’s House and My Brother’s Keeper—over 2,000 items were donated
  • Making Spirits Bright Christmas Drive: collected toys and cold weather clothing that was donated to Southwest Emergency Services, My Brother's Keeper, and Project HOPE.
  • Ninth Annual Walk for Hope: The entire Seton Keough community spent the day in service at the Kathleen Bowen Walk for Hope. The school raised money for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and for an SKHS fund to assist students whose parents/guardians are battling cancer. Twenty-three students cut their hair to be donated to Pantene Beautiful Lengths-over 200 inches total!  The donated hair will be used to make wigs for cancer patients.
  • Spring Donations to Project HOPE: Seton Keough students donated cleaning supplies and the National Honor Society donated blankets.

Sports Highlights

Fall Sports

Field Hockey
The 2015 Seton Keough Varsity field hockey team was lead by captains: seniors Koya Yancy and Jessica Wells, and juniors Madison Altenburg and Megan March. Selected to the IAAM ‘B’ League All-Conference Team: Junior Megan March.
Finished the season 7-8. Selected to the IAAM ‘A’ League All-Conference Team: Junior Whitney Chappell.

Finished the season 5-9. Juniors Erin Solloway and Kaitlyn Whipp both provided solid defense. Senior Aubrey Sims has played four years of varsity soccer, and provided strong leadership returning after a major injury and as team captain. Many thanks to our seniors: Aubrey Sims, Ashlee Durham, Heather Williams, and Brittane’ Stinebaugh. Selected to the IAAM ‘B’ League All-Conference Team: Sophomore Alexis Kasco.


The varsity basketball team finished its season in mid-February with a tough loss to McDonogh 52-33. They ended the season 16-8 and ranked #4 by the Baltimore Sun. In addition to their outstanding achievements on the court, they had time to collect items that were donated over the in late February to the Ronald McDonald House. Selected to the IAAM ‘A’ League All-Conference Team: Senior Summer Fields and junior Sydney Mitchell.

The swim team finished second in the IAAM 'C' Conference Championships. Selected to the IAAM ‘C’ League All-Conference Team: Juniors Elizabeth Heppding and Erin Solloway, sophomore Sydney Bubnis, and senior Koya Yancy.


The SK Golf Team welcomed a fantastic group of novitiates with loads of potential. They finished the season 2-4 with big wins over Catholic High School and Mercy. Selected to the IAAM ‘B’ League All-Conference Team: Junior Kes Johnson.

The lacrosse team was in a rebuilding year under new head coaches and alumnae Kaitlyn Solloway and Brianna Ricketts both SK’12. They had a big win over Indian Creek High School 11-9 on senior night. Selected to the IAAM ‘B’ League All-Conference Team: Senior Emmi Webber.

Softball went 7-8 after beginning the season ranked #9 by the Baltimore Sun. Selected to the IAAM ‘A’ League All-Conference Team: Junior Imani Dawson, and senior Sarah Minnis.


William V Walker Coach of the Year: Chuck Snee
NFHCA All Academic Squad:  Jessica Wells (with distinction), Emmi Webber, and Koya Yancy
C. Markland Kelly Award: Koya Yancy
Gator Award: Imani Dawson
Athlete of the Year: Summer Fields
Meghan Puls:  Koya Yancy
Scholar Athlete: Sara Minnis

2016 Seton Keough McCormick Unsung Hero Award
Congratulations to senior Summer Fields who was named Seton Keough’s 2016 McCormick’s Unsung Hero Award nominee. The Unsung Hero Award nominees are senior athletes who demonstrate outstanding athletic skills, sportsmanship, and team spirit.


Amanda Emory
Frostburg State University

Summer Fields (pictured above)
Radford University
Track and Field

Emmi Webber
Salisbury University

Jessica Wells
Notre Dame University of Maryland
Field Hockey
2016 Distinctive Scholars: Stephanie Saloka (salutatorian), Laura McKernan (valedictorian), and Sara Minnis (scholar athlete)
Class of 2016
Mr. John Levasseur receives the St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Teacher of the Year Award from President Donna Bridickas.
Members of our legacy families: mothers, daughters, sisters, and aunts pose for a photo before graduation.

College Acceptances 2016

Seton Keough is proud to announce that the members of the Seton Keough Class of 2016 have been accepted to the following institutions of higher learning:

* Denotes Scholarship

Albright College*
Alfred University*
Anne Arundel Community College
Community College of Baltimore County*
Boston University
Bryn Mawr College
Carroll Community College
The Catholic University of America*
Cecil College
Chestnut Hill College*
Claflin University
Clark University*
Clarkson University*
Coastal Carolina University
Colby College
Concord University
University of Dayton*
Delaware State University
Elizabethtown College
Emmanuel College*
Florida A&M University
Frostburg State University*
Glenville State College
Goucher College*
Hampton University
Hood College*
Howard Community College
Howard University
Ithaca College*
James Madison University
Lesley University*
Lincoln University
Livingstone College
Loyola University Maryland*
Lycoming College*
Lynchburg College*
Marshall University
Maryland Institute College of Art*
University of Maryland, Baltimore County*
University of Maryland, College Park
University of Maryland, Eastern Shore
Marymount University
McDaniel College*
Mercyhurst University*
Morgan State University
Mount Holyoke College*
Mount St. Mary’s University*
Norfolk State University
North Carolina A&T State University
North Carolina Central University
Norwich University*
Notre Dame of Maryland University*
University of Notre Dame*
Pennsylvania State University Erie
Pennsylvania State University- York Campus*
Providence College
Radford University
Rice University*
Saint Joseph’s University*
Salisbury University
Seton Hill University*
University of South Carolina
St. Bonaventure University*
St. Mary’s College of Maryland*
Stevenson University*
Stratford University
Sweet Briar College*
University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Towson University*
Virginia Commonwealth University
Virginia State University*
Virginia Union University
University of Virginia*
Wake Forest University*
Washington College*
West Virginia University*
Xavier University*
York College of Pennsylvania*

Scholarships and Awards 2016

Valedictorian: Laura McKernan
Salutatorian: Stephanie Saloka

Scholarships and Awards for the Class of 2016

Annabelle Lera Arnold
Clark University Richard P. Traina Scholarship
Clarkson University Merit Scholarship
Clarkson University Scholarship
Goucher College Mary Fisher Scholarship
Towson University In-State Provost Award

Madison Sue Barnes
Mount St. Mary’s University Trustee Scholarship
St. Joseph’s University Scholarship
The Catholic University of America Scholarship

Jillian Mackenzie Boyd
Community College of Baltimore County Women’s
Volleyball Scholarship

Carrie Mae Carter
Alfred University Dean’s Scholarship
Maryland Institute College of Art Creative Vision Award

Kaliah Monet Charles
Frostburg State University Educational Grant
Goucher College Educational Grant
Goucher College Innovator Award
Goucher College Scholarship
McDaniel College Academic Scholarship
McDaniel College Educational Grant
McDaniel College Grant
Mount St. Mary’s University Educational Grant
Mount St. Mary’s University Trustee Scholarship
St. Bonaventure University Endowed Scholarship
St. Bonaventure University Friars Scholarship
St. Bonaventure University Geographic Diversity Award
St. Bonaventure University Grant
University of Maryland Baltimore County Educational Grant

Nina Simone Crum
Norwich University Recognition Scholarship

Ashlee Erin Durham
Albright College Presidential Scholarship
Loyola University Grant

Amanda Grace Emory
Hood College Trailblazer Scholarship
Stevenson University Faculty Grant

Stephanie Michele Evans
McDaniel College Academic Scholarship

Summer De’asia Fields
Mercyhurst University Mother M. Borgia Egan Scholarship
Virginia State University Out-of-State Grant

Jasmin Na’ Stell Gillis
Notre Dame of Maryland University Award

Emily Ann Graef
Chestnut Hill College Award
Chestnut Hill College Grant

Ashley Monica Hamilton
Emmanuel College Academic Achievement Scholarship
Lesley University Dean’s Scholarship
Lesley University Edith Lesley Wolfard Scholarship
Loyola University Educational Grant
McDaniel College Academic Scholarship
McDaniel College Educational Grant
Stevenson University Dean’s Scholarship
Stevenson University Educational Grant
Stevenson University Founders’ Scholarship

Brianka Daisy Gertude Jenkins
Goucher College Merit Scholarship
Lycoming College Grant
Lycoming College Third Century Award
Lycoming College William Randolph Hearst Foundation Grant
Seton Hill University Grant
Seton Hill University Rising Star
Seton Hill University Scholarship

Alecia Keyanna King
Loyola University Presidential Scholar Scholarship
Lycoming College Third Century Award

Laura Elizabeth McKernan
Rice University Tuition Grant
University of Dayton Leadership in Service Scholarship
University of Dayton Study Abroad Scholarship
University of Dayton Trustees’ Merit Scholarship
University of Notre Dame Provost’s Scholarship
University of Notre Dame University Scholarship
University of Virginia Scholarship
Wake Forest University Academic Scholarship
Xavier University Achievement Scholarship

Sara Murphy Minnis
Stevenson University President’s Scholarship

Breanne Taylor O’Neill
Hood College Trailblazer Scholarship

Destany Alexa Popkins
Mount St. Mary’s University Dean’s Scholarship
Stevenson University Trustees’ Scholarship
West Virginia University Blue & Gold Scholarship

Rachel Margaret Rappoccio
James Madison University Second Century STEM Scholarship
Penn State University York Chancellor’s Award
Penn State University York Provost’s Award
Towson University In-State Provost Award

Madison Nicole Redmiles
Stevenson University Founders’ Scholarship
Stevenson University Trustees’ Scholarship

Abbey Elizabeth Rubeling
Ithaca College John B. Harcourt Scholarship for the
Humanities, Arts & Science
York College Dean’s Scholarship

Stephanie Lynn Saloka
Loyola University Presidential Scholar Scholarship
University of Maryland Baltimore County CWIT Scholarship
University of Maryland, Baltimore County
Provost’s Scholar Award

Malinda Supraise Scott
York College Award

Elizabeth Marie Silcott
Marymount University Catholic High School Scholarship
Notre Dame of Maryland University Award
Sweet Briar College Founders Award

Aubrey Alena Sims
Lynchburg College Founders’ Scholarship
Marymount University Catholic High School Scholarship
Marymount University Dean Scholarship
Stevenson University Trustees’ Scholarship

Jessica Marie Wells
Notre Dame of Maryland University
Academic Achievement Scholarship
Stevenson University President’s Scholarship

Catherine Dugan Wiley
Goucher College Mary Fisher Scholarship
McDaniel College Presidential Scholars Award
Mount Holyoke College Leadership Award
St. Mary’s College of Maryland Academic Achievement
Washington College Academic Tuition Scholarship
Washington College Francis Waters Scholarship

Koya Renee Yancy
Burger King Scholars Award
Delaware State University Platinum Scholarship
Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Book Scholarship Award
Hampton University Merit Scholarship
North Carolina A & T State University Merit Scholarship
North Carolina Central Eugene & Inez Chandler
Endowed School of Nursing Scholarship
North Carolina Central University Soaring Eagle Scholarship