BAYONNE, NJ – Harvard University, Georgetown University, and the United States Naval Academy are only a few of the top-tier colleges and universities that the 2017 Marist High School graduates will be attending. Marist again boasts a 100% college acceptance rate for the Class of 2017. A complete list of colleges and universities the class will be attending is listed below: Berkeley College Caldwell University Centenary University College of St. Elizabeth Drexel University Essex County Community College Fairleigh Dickinson University Felician University Five Towns University Fordham University George Mason University Georgetown University Goldey Beacom University Hampton University Harvard University Hudson County Community College James Madison University Johnson and Wales Kean University Kings College Manhattan College Mercy College Montclair State Morgan State University New Jersey City University New Jersey Institute of Technology North Hampton Community College Nova Southeastern University Rutgers (New Brunswick) Rutgers (Newark) Seton Hall University St. John’s University St. Joseph’s University St. Peter’s University Stockton University Syracuse University Temple University University of New Haven University of Scranton United States Naval Academy Virginia State University William Paterson University The colleges above not only represent the efforts of the students themselves, but the efforts of the Marist School Counseling Department and staff. The Counselors assist students from freshman to senior year at every step of their college search, ensuring they are accepted into college and have the opportunity to continue their education. Staff and faculty members also play a crucial role in guiding a student toward the college they want to attend. Sydney Tse ’17, who will be attending the United States Naval Academy, experienced this first hand and credits School Counselor Ms. Nancy Heymer, history teacher Mr. Terry Fitzgibbons, and her classmates with assisting her through the Naval Academy application. “It was the most intense application imaginable,” said Sydney. Sydney added: “I want to thank Ms. Heymer and Mr. Fitz for their help throughout the process. This was not the first time Ms. Heymer had sent someone to the Naval Academy, so she knew the process and was always very accessible. Mr. Fitz served in the Navy and was able to answer any questions I had about the Navy. I also had five interviews throughout the application process, so he was able to prep me for all of the interviews.” Sydney also said the encouragement and support from her classmates helped her push through the intense process. “I have great friends and classmates. We have a great sense of community because we are always pushing each other to succeed and be better, and then encouraging and congratulating each other on our accomplishments.” Sydney will be leaving for Plebe Summer, the freshman orientation program at the Naval Academy, at the end of June. Sydney’s comments allude to the personality of the Class of 2017. As many educators will attest, each graduating class has a distinct personality. Kate Vovor ’17, who will be attending Harvard University to study Applied Mathematics, summed up the personality of the Class of 2017 in her Valedictorian Speech by stating, “We aren’t just any ordinary class – we are resilient and resourceful.” The Class of 2017 has been through many obstacles throughout their four years, from the passing of fellow classmate Kylin Polhill at the beginning of their freshman year to the recent efforts during the Save Marist NJ Campaign. But throughout everything, the class has persevered by achieving tremendous success throughout their four years and helping others around them achieve success as well. In her speech, Kate encouraged her class to continue the trend that they started at Marist. “Our responsibility leaving Marist is to extend help to everyone, just as Marcellin Champagnat did,” she said. She concluded her speech by stating, “Remember to have faith in people and faith in ourselves. Let’s do ordinary things in extraordinary ways.” Congratulations Class of 2017 and good luck with all of your future plans!