Congratulations to the Monsignor Farrell High School, Class of 2023. Our fifty-ninth commencement ceremony was held on Saturday, May 20th. 161 Faithful Men officially joined the ranks of Monsignor Farrell Alumni. Valedictorian John Leone is pictured above with his mom, Paula, and dad John, Class of 1991.
Monsignor Farrell High School President Lou Tobacco '90 presents Sean Nieprzecki with the President’s Award for Spirit, Service, and Dedication to the Ideals of Vir Fidelis.
Sean, a member of the Scholars Program at Monsignor Farrell, also received the Monsignor Joseph A. Farrell Outstanding Graduate Award, the award for academic excellence in Spanish, the Monsignor Farrell High School Service Award, and was named an Advanced Placement Scholar, which is granted to students who receive scores of 3 or higher on three or more AP Exams.
As a senior, Sean served as President of the Monsignor Farrell High School Chapter of the National Honor Society. He will be attending the University of South Carolina.
"To the Class of 2023, I wish you continued success and trust that the life lessons learned at Monsignor Farrell will continue to guide you along your journey. You may face adversity along the way, but as Monsignor Farrell men, you are prepared to meet the challenges that lie before you. Always remember that Monsignor Farrell is your home and that you are a Farrell Man 24/7/365! Welcome to the brotherhood."
- Louis R. Tobacco '90, President
"Your Farrell education has provided you with the knowledge and foundation you will rely on in the years ahead. Continue to make use of your God-given talents as you prepare to become tomorrow’s leaders. And never forget that a Vir Fidelis, a man of faith, is committed to a life of service above self."
- Lawrence V. Musanti, Principal
Top of The Class
Valedictorian John Leone (left) will be studying pre-law at Villanova University. He received the Monsignor William J. Barnes Outstanding Student Award, as well as the Mary Hayes Award for academic excellence in English. John's father, John, is a member of the Monsignor Farrell High School Class of 1991.
Salutatorian Brian Gillen (right) will be attending Seaton Hall University to study chemistry. He received the Principal’s Award in Recognition of Outstanding 4-Year Academic Achievement as well as the second in merit award for academic excellence in chemistry.
Seated with his parents, Salutatorian Brian Gillen shows off some of his commencement awards.
Both graduates are members of the Monsignor Farrell Scholars Program and the National Honor Society. They both received the Monsignor William J. Barnes General Excellence Award, the Monsignor Farrell High School Service Award, as well as the Advanced Placement Scholar with Distinction Award, which is the highest AP award granted to students who receive an average score of at least 3.5 on all AP Exams taken, and scores of 3 or higher on five or more of these exams.
We salute our Faithful Men who will be attending United States service academies.
Alphonse Trapanese (pictured left) will be attending The United States Naval Academy, Annapolis. A member of our Scholars Program, Alphonse received the Mary Hayes Award for academic excellence in English, the Brother Herman Bradley Memorial Award for Outstanding Scholar-Athlete, the Loretta Giamboi Perfect Attendance Award, as well as the Monsignor Farrell High School Service Award. Alphonse was named an Advanced Placement Scholar, which is granted to students who receive scores of 3 or higher on three or more AP Exams.
Michael Dimino (right) will be attending The United States Merchant Marine Academy, Kings Point. Michael is a third-generation Monsignor Farrell Man. His grandfather, Michael Sr., graduated in 1969 and his father, Michael Jr. is a member of the Class of 1990. Michael received the N.Y. State Comptroller Academic Achievement Award, the Rotary Club Service Above-Self Award, as well as the Monsignor Farrell High School Service Award.