Outstanding Seniors at Archbishop Carroll High School Set to Graduate

May 20, 2011

Sixty years after its founding, Archbishop Carroll High School is in the middle of a renaissance involving new academic programs, new classrooms and technology, almost double the number of applicants to next year’s freshman class and a renewed energy for the school’s mission of welcoming a diverse range of students.

Cardinal Donald Wuerl, Archbishop of Washington will celebrate the school’s Baccalaureate Mass.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011
5:15 p.m.
Crypt Church
Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception
400 Michigan Avenue, NE
Washington, DC

This year’s senior class of 121 is set to graduate on Thursday, May 26 at 6:00 p.m. Among them, is Yonatan Yilma who has been selected to receive the Donald Cardinal Wuerl Medal of Excellence. Yonatan was born in Ethiopia and came to the United States four years ago to live with a relative he had never met. He has blossomed into an excellent peer minister, serving the campus community and taking a leadership role in prayer. He takes a similar role in his Ethiopian Catholic community. With his diversified talents, he has been in the wind ensemble and has played varsity soccer with equal success. He has done volunteer work at Thrive DC, a soup kitchen, and tutors twice a week at the Kumon Center working with elementary school students. Yonatan received his medal at Archbishop Carroll’s Annual Awards Convocation on the evening of May 19. He will be presented to Cardinal Wuerl at the close of the Baccalaureate Mass on May 25.

The school has about 300 applicants to next year’s freshman class compared to the 160 that applied for the 2010-2011 school year. Dr. David Stofa, principal and CEO of Archbishop Carroll High School, attributes this to building upgrades, the recently implemented International Baccalaureate program, and that Archbishop Carroll is still the most affordable high school in the archdiocese. Next year’s tuition will be $10,535.

Archbishop Carroll High School has 105 D.C. Opportunity Scholars, 21 of whom are seniors who will all graduate this week.

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