Seniors Make Final College Decisions

By Mary Kate Cashman, Editor-in-Chief

Four years of dedication to academics, athletics and the arts have culminated in all 41 students of the Class of 2018 being accepted to a four-year college. Their hard work has been rewarded with acceptance letters from more than 100 colleges, along with $7.8 million in merit-based scholarships.

Graduates will embark on the next chapters of their lives this fall in 32 different colleges around the country. In addition to the nine students who were recognized in the November issue of the Trinity Hall Tribune for committing to college via early decision, below is the list of where the remaining graduates will matriculate, including short narratives from our graduating editors about their college choices (with the exception of Opinions Editor Jackie Fletcher who was included in the early decision article).

Bridget Andree (Layout Editor) | University of Notre Dame

“I chose Notre Dame because I love the Fighting Irish spirit and how the university promotes a Catholic lifestyle. Also, there is a vast array of clubs and organizations within the institution that I am excited to explore. I don’t know what I want to major in just yet, so it is comforting how all freshmen are required to engage in a First Year of Studies with a core curriculum. I plan to use my first-year experiences to help me more clearly define what path to take.”

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(Left to Right) Kathryn K., Kathryn M., Bridget A., Nicole V., and Catherine L. represent their future schools on senior day. (Photo courtesy of Melissa Whelan)

Kate Burgess (Photo Editor) | Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts and University of Pennsylvania

“Next year I am starting a four year journey in Philadelphia. I was accepted to both the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts and the University of Pennsylvania. I’m a part of a program where I study art with a concentration in painting and sculpting and can also minor in cultural and language studies. What I am looking forward to most is the freedom to explore art more fully and freely.”

Brigid Clifford (Editor-in-Chief) | Georgetown University

“I chose Georgetown University because I love everything about it. The school that I am in is exactly what I want to study, and the location in DC will be perfect, too! I love the surrounding neighborhood of Georgetown, and I am so excited to explore it all. I was drawn to the community atmosphere of the university and all of the exciting opportunities it has to offer. I am in the School Of Foreign Service, and I am planning on studying International Politics. I am most looking forward to meeting new people. I love my friends at Trinity Hall so much and they will always be a part of my life, but I am so excited to meet many new people from all parts of the country, and other countries, too. I can’t wait to join clubs, go to sporting events and become involved! I am looking forward to exploring the college, the neighborhood,and DC itself.”

Emily Knepple (Arts & Entertainment Editor) | University of Wisconsin

“[I chose the University of Wisconsin because] I wanted something different and wanted to be able to challenge myself academically. Wisconsin is rich in opportunity and the size is definitely a change for me. I am looking forward to that! When I visited the campus, I knew I belonged there. I want to go into the School of Journalism and study something related to Communications and Media studies. But you never know, I could definitely change my mind completely. I’m looking forward to taking interesting courses, the clubs that are offered, and the freedom and amount of choices students have at college!”

Mairead Mark (Sports Editor) | Boston College

“I chose Boston College because when I visited the school the first time I automatically fell in love with everything about it. Each time I went back I could picture myself there, and I knew I would choose the beautiful campus as my home for the next four years. I was drawn mostly to the excitement of the student-body and how everyone loves to be a Boston College student. I was accepted into and I am very excited to be studying in the Connell School of Nursing! I am most looking forward to meeting new people, being nearby the city of Boston, attending all the sporting events and, most importantly, being an Eagle!”

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Villanova alum show their Wildcat pride with future Villanova students (pictured from L to R: Theater teacher Ellen Phillips, Kailin B., Marisa G., math teacher Cathryn Danielczyk and Director of Athletics Ken Santos). (Photo courtesy of Melissa Whelan)

Anna Barnett | Loyola University Maryland

Sophia Bellavia | University of Florida

Diana Bilotta | Providence College

Kailin Burns Cohen | Villanova University

Brittany Cortez | Saint Peter’s University

Olivia DeNicola | Bucknell University

Colleen Egan | Elon University

Joanna Ferrer | Drew University

Marisa Goolcharan | Villanova University

Isabelle Grimes | Manhattan College

Julia Henning | University of Virginia

Christin Jakub | Providence College

Lauren Joyce | Loyola University Maryland

Kathryn Kwapniewski | University of Scranton

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Loyola Maryland alum join future Loyola students in showing their school spirit (Front Row L to R: Lauren J. and Anna B., Back Row L to R: Director of College Counseling Christina Bergamo, Cate T. and history teacher Mike Kabash). (Photo courtesy of Melissa Whelan)

Catherine Loder | University of Michigan

Louise McCrone | Stevens Institute of Technology

Caroline Meehan | University of California, Los Angeles

Avery Nocella | Fairfield University

Alexandria Principe | Georgia Institute of Technology

McKayla Quinn-Steineke | Northeastern University

Gretchen Richardson | Providence College

Gina Rienzo | Virginia Polytechnic Institute

Alexis Salerno | Franklin and Marshall College

Catherine Toomey | Loyola University Maryland

Courtney Vadon | Fordham University

Magali Vasquez | Saint Peter’s University

Dana Yarem | Drexel University

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