Owen Sienko and Connor DiMarco have been named the valedictorian and salutatorian for Holy Ghost Prep’s Class of 2018, respectively.
A truly gifted writer headed to Syracuse University renowned S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications in the fall, Sienko seems perfectly suited to be the valedictorian, a role in which officially bids farewell to the school for the Class of 2018 during the graduation ceremony on June 2.
In addition to authoring “Reality” pieces this school year for the Bucks County Courier Times, Sienko, a member of Holy Ghost Prep’s National Honor Society and National French Honor Society, took full advantage of all that HGP has to offer—serving in campus ministry, playing on the chess team, and being the editor-in-chief of both the Flame (the school newspaper) and Embers (the school’s literary magazine).
“Owen Sienko is one of the finest writers I’ve ever had the privilege to teach; he is so much more than that, though,” says Patricia O'Connor, Ph.D., an English teacher at Holy Ghost Prep. “I observed Owen as he tutored at his former elementary school and worked with children in the Dominican Republic. Owen is a kind, reflective, strong young man. When those qualities are combined with the experience he will gain at Newhouse, I am confident that Owen’s writing will advance the Spiritan mission and change the world for the better.”
As the salutatorian, DiMarco will welcome the entire Holy Ghost Prep community to graduation weekend by giving an address at the Baccalaureate Mass on June 1. 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.
DiMarco was certainly a deserving selection. He will attend the University of Michigan in the fall and dreams of traveling into space one day. A member of HGP’s National Honor Society, DiMarco was heavily involved during his four years at the school—serving as the vice president of HGP’s student government, being a four-year member of TEAMS (Tests of Engineering Aptitude, Mathematics, and Science), taking a life-altering service trip to the Dominican Republic, and earning a spot in the Spanish National Honor Society.
“Connor DiMarco is an amazing young man,” says Ryan Abramson ’94, the director of admissions and marketing at Holy Ghost Prep. “Along with being one of the most talented students in the Class of 2018, Connor has also traveled to the Dominican Republic on our service trip, helped coordinate our after-school middle school math program, and served the school as the student government’s vice president. It is appropriate then that his classmates voted him to be the salutatorian for the Class of 2018.”