On May 21, the Academy of the Holy Names celebrated the 100 young women from the Class of 2014 at graduation.
All together, the class was accepted into 149 colleges and universities, offered more than $13 million in scholarships and served more than 25,500 community service hours. Sixty-five graduated with honors, 45 are members of National Honor Society, eight are continuing their athletic careers in college and three are National Merit Finalists.
All 100 girls are college bound, and they were accepted into 31 of the top 60 schools in the country. In addition, they gifted the school with a $73,175 endowed scholarship.
The Most Rev. Robert N. Lynch, Bishop of the Diocese of St. Petersburg, conferred the diplomas alongside school president Arthur Raimo. The graduates were also presented a bouquet of roses by first-grade flower girls, a tradition at the school to honor its foundress, Blessed Marie Rose Durocher.
The Academy of the Holy Names is an independent, Catholic, coeducational elementary school and a college preparatory high school for young women sponsored by the Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary.