Honoring the Diocese of Orlando Valedictorians

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Catholic schools are regarded as a gift to the church and a gift to the nation. Catholic students receive an education that addresses the needs of the whole child, spiritual, academic, physical and emotional.

The Diocese of Orlando has a total of 37 schools, five of which are high schools. Below is information about the accomplishments of the valedictorian for each high school or in the case of Santa Fe Catholic High School – three co-valedictorians. These students have demonstrated dedication, hard work and faith filled lives of service during their years of Catholic education.  We congratulate their efforts to rise to academic challenges and stay focused on a bright future living in the Light of Jesus Christ.

The valedictorian is the highest ranking student among those graduating from an educational institution. The honor is conferred to the student with the highest grade point average. In the case of a tie, co-valedictorians are recognized.

 

Valedictorian Bishop Moore Catholic High School, Orlando

Name: Erin Petrie

GPA: 4.516

Parish: St. Margaret Mary, Winter Park

Education Plans: Florida State University

Major: Medicine

Clubs/Activities: National English Honor Society, National Honor Society, Rho Kappa, National Latin Honor Society, National Science Honor Society, Peer Ministry, Best Buddies

Inspirational Quote: “Life is a succession of moments. To live each one is to succeed.” – Corita Kent

Service/Volunteer: “Best Buddies,” Meals on Wheels, counselor at Camp Woodgreen

Scripture Verse: “I can do all things through him who strengthens me.” (Phil 4:13).

 

Valedictorian Trinity Catholic High School, Ocala

Name: Lisa Veling

GPA: 4.725

Parish: Blessed Trinity, Ocala

Education Plans: University of Alabama

Major: Biology

Clubs/Activities: Mu Alpha Theta, National Honor Society, Spanish National Honor Society, Volleyball, Peer Ministry, Key Club, Leadership Ocala/Marion Youth

Service/Volunteer: Mission trips to Central and South America, Anchor Runway to benefit Project Hope, transient housing for homeless

Scripture Verse: “Know this, my beloved brothers: let every man be quick to hear, slow to speak, and slow to anger” (James 1:19).

Inspirational Quote: “The difference between a successful person and others is not a lack of strength, not a lack of knowledge, but rather a lack in will.” – Vince Lombardi

 

Valedictorian Father Lopez Catholic High School, Daytona Beach

Name: Lara Mirante

GPA: 4.47

Parish: St. Brendan, Ormond Beach

Education Plans: University of Miami (Fla.)

Major: Biology

Clubs/Activities: Swim team, Academic Bowl, Drama Club, World Language Club, National Honor Society

Service/Volunteer: Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion, National Honor Society service projects

Scripture Verse: “Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff comfort me” (Psalm 23:4).

Inspirational Quote: “We keep moving forward, opening new doors, and doing new things, because we’re curious, and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths.” – Walt Disney

 

Valedictorian Melbourne Central Catholic High School, Melbourne

Name: Manon Magill

GPA: 4.51

Parish: Holy Name of Jesus, Indialantic

Education Plans: Georgia Institute of Technology

Major: Biomedical engineering

Clubs/Activities: Softball, National Honor Society, Mu Alpha Theta, Science National Honor Society, Spanish National Honor Society, Northrup Grumman NextGen Engineering Program, UF Leadership Forum, MCC Academic Team

Service/Volunteer: Candy Striping, Little Dresses for Africa, Sew Much Comfort, which provides custom-made adaptive clothing, free of charge, to all wounded service members, MCC Blood Drive

Scripture Verse: “Rejoice in hope, endure in affliction, persevere in prayer” (Romans 12:12).

Inspirational Quote: “The trouble with opportunity is that it often comes disguised as hard work.” – Anonymous

 

Co- Valedictorian Santa Fe Catholic High School

Name: Margaret Ross

GPA: 4.43/

Parish: Church of the Resurrection, Lakeland

Education Plans: Florida State University

Major: Political science

Clubs/Activities: Golf team, National Honor Society, Mu Alpha Theta (Math Honor Society), World Language Honor Society, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Eucharistic Minister, Global Awareness Club, Student Government Association

Service/Volunteer: Options for Women Pregnancy Help Clinic, Catholic H.E.A.R.T. Workcamp, Peace River Center Junior Advisory Board, Church of the Resurrection Vacation Bible School, Church of the Resurrection Food Pantry

Scripture Verse: “What then shall we say to this? If God is for us, who can be against us?” (Romans 8:31)

Inspirational Quote: “As you walk down the fairway of life you must smell the roses, for you only get to play one round.” – Ben Hogan

 

Co- Valedictorian Santa Fe Catholic High School

Name: Celeste Hurley

GPA: 4.43

Parish: St. Joseph, Lakeland

Education Plans: University of Florida

Major: Health Science

Clubs/Activities: National Honor Society, Language Honor Society, Mu Alpha Theta, Chinese Club, Volleyball, Basketball, Softball

Service/Volunteer: SPCA, Public Library, Lakeland Police Department, Barbells for Books Workout, Breast Cancer Walk, Warrior Walk, Concession Stand at Santa Fe Football Games, Santa Fe Youth Day Conference, Project Linus

Scripture Verse: “Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff comfort me” (Psalm 23:4).

Inspirational Quote: “Happy are those who dream dreams and are ready to pay the price to make them come true.” – Leon J. Suenes

 

Co- Valedictorian Santa Fe Catholic High School

Name: Ragan Jones

GPA: 4.43

Parish: Church of the Resurrection, Lakeland

Education Plans: University of Florida

Major: Communication Sciences and Disorders

Clubs/Activities: Varsity Soccer, Competitive Travel Soccer (LFC), JV Tennis, Track and Field, FCA, National Honor Society, President of Math Honor Society (Mu Alpha Theta)

Service/Volunteer: Camp Counselor for Central Florida Autism Institute, Catholic Heart Work Camp (Orlando, Bluffton, Chicago, Jackson), Crew Leader for Vacation Bible School, TOPS (The outreach program for soccer-kids with disabilities), Chair of the Education Board for Peace River Center 

Scripture Verse: Charm is deceitful and beauty is vain, but a woman who fears the Lord, she shall be praised. (Proverbs 31:30)

Inspirational Quote: “Do what you feel in your heart to be right, for you will be criticized anyways.” – Eleanor Roosevelt