Celebrating Our Seniors | Saint Joseph Notre Dame High School


Celebrating Our Seniors

You’re off to great places. Today is your day! Your mountain is waiting. So…get on your way! – Dr. Seuss

The Class of 2014 was offered $5.9 million in college scholarships, a 64% increase from last year. Graduates applied to an average of seven schools each and received acceptances from their top choices. Of the areas of study the graduating class declared, one quarter plan to study business, one quarter social sciences, and one third a STEM field. 

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Here are some highlights:

  • Many of the soon-to-be graduates were offered significant scholarships from private colleges and universities, including the nation's top Jesuit universities: Boston College, Creighton, Fordham, Gonzaga, Loyola Marymount, Marquette, Seattle University, Santa Clara, University of San Francisco, and Xavier (Ohio).
  • A third of the class received admittance to the University of California. Students will represent SJND at UC Berkeley, UC Davis, UCLA, UC San Diego, UC Santa Barbara, and UC Irvine. 
  • In addition to being admitted to top tier schools, many students were asked to join honors programs at institutions including St. Mary’s College of California, Loyola Marymount, The University of Arizona, and St. Edward’s University.   
  • Four Pilots athletes and graduates have been offered generous scholarships to be collegiate athletes. Julian Lucas is the latest Pilot to go on to compete at the university level.  He has a scholarship from Humboldt State University for track and field. Temidayo Yussuf has signed on to play basketball at CSU Long Beach, Madeleine Doud will play volleyball at Texas A&M University Corpus Christi and Gabe Arias-Sheridan will run cross country at Saint Mary’s College.
  • ​Amelia Khoo, a commended National Merit Scholar, will attend Brown University. Brown’s open curriculum will allow Amelia to study her various interests in the sciences and humanities.
  • Lydia Hall will pursue studies in animal science at Purdue University. Lydia was one of only twelve students to be named a Purdue Veterinary Scholar, which offers early admission to their Doctor of Veterinary Medicine program after their third year of undergraduate work. Lydia was also accepted to Cornell University, UC Davis, and UCLA.
  • Christopher Melendez, who has served as this year’s ASB president, will attend Washington University in St. Louis to study business administration.
  • Alexa Martinez will head to Evanston, Illinois to attend Northwestern University. She will major in Communications Studies at their prestigious School of Communication.
  • Kimberley Gonzalez will pursue a degree in bioengineering at Santa Clara. Kimberley will also participate in the LEAD (Leadership Excellence and Academic Development) Scholars Program,  a selective four-year program for first generation college students focused on academics, community engagement, and service.
  • Alexander Holtzman was accepted to the prestigious Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA where Grammy award winning musicians and Berklee alumni like Quincy Jones, Diana Krall, John Mayer and Melissa Etheridge honed their skills. Acceptances to the college are based on competitive auditions. Alexander is already a prolific musician and producer. He will be studying music technology in the fall and then we might just see him on the Grammy’s one day.
  • Between his choices of Drexel, Tulane and St. Edwards Universities, Will Keane has decided to attend St. Edwards, a Catholic university in Austin, TX. He is interested in pursuing a career in interactive game design which blends the technological and creative aspects of game development. Will was accepted into the honors game design program at St. Edwards, one of the only programs of its kind in the country.
  • Wyatt Vance has known for awhile that he is interested in the hospitality business. In fact as the recipients of Wyatt’s delectable pastries, which he brought to campus on occasion, SJND students and faculty have benefitted greatly from his interests. Naturally, he will go on to study hospitality and tourism at San Diego State University in the fall. Wyatt’s long term plans include coming back to Alameda and giving back to his community by opening a bakery.
  • In other exciting college news, both Kimberly Gonzalez and Emilio Sanchez received full four year scholarships to attend Santa Clara University. Kimberly will study biomedical engineering. Emilio is the first generation of his family to attend college and is interested in studying sociology.
  • Also a first generation college student, Thong Dinh was accepted into eight prestigious colleges including Colgate and Willamette Universities. Thong has chosen to attend UC Berkeley in the Fall where he will study computer science.