HGP announces 2017 valedictorian, salutatorian
Luke Profy and Justin Letizia have been named the valedictorian and salutatorian for Holy Ghost Prep’s Class of 2017, respectively.
The graduating senior with the highest GPA in his class, Profy successfully continued his family’s legacy at Holy Ghost Prep. Given his accomplishments and his family ties to HGP, Profy seems perfectly suited to be the valedictorian, a role in which officially bids farewell to the school for the Class of 2017 during the graduation ceremony on June 3.
“My years at Holy Ghost have been a blessing to me and my family. My involvement in student government, campus ministry, Ghost Around the World, and many other clubs and activities has helped shape me into the person that I am today,” said Profy earlier this spring at the President’s Reception. “The friendships and bonds that I have made with classmates and friends will remain a part of who I am forever.
“Most importantly, my time at Holy Ghost Prep has allowed me to be more than just a student leader and more than just an active member of our school. Holy Ghost has challenged me to be the best version of myself. I have been blessed.”
Profy will attend the University of Pittsburgh on a full Stamps Scholarship beginning this fall. In partnership with the Stamps Family Charitable Foundation, the University of Pittsburgh awards the Stamps Scholarship to only a handful of incoming freshmen from Pennsylvania. Profy’s Stamps Scholarship covers full tuition; room and board; an allowance for books and supplies; and an enrichment fund for study abroad, research, unpaid internships, leadership training, or other academic opportunities.
As the salutatorian, Letizia will welcome the entire Holy Ghost Prep community to graduation weekend by giving an address at the Baccalaureate Mass on June 2. To be a candidate for salutatorian, Holy Ghost Prep students must earn distinguished or first honors,be an active member of the graduating class, and then must submit an essay and be voted the salutatorian.
The mature-beyond-his-years Letizia was an excellent selection. Letizia will attend Boston College in the fall, where he is a candidate for admission into the school’s honors program. A member of HGP’s National Honor Society, Letizia was heavily involved during his four years at the school—serving as an Unum leader, playing in the jazz band (he’s played piano for a decade), playing some baseball and now serving as the varsity team manager, and being a member of the Cooking Club, peer ministry, mock trial, and Ghost Around the World.
“Justin Letizia is a remarkable young man,” says Ryan Abramson ’94, director of admissions at Holy Ghost Prep. “A scholar, athlete, and musician, he embodies the HGP mission of celebrating unique gifts and humbly shares these gifts with the community around him.”