Why I Thank St. Mary Alumni

Alexander, Katelynn and Jessica Gentile
Class of 2022

“We are incredibly grateful to have a chance to be a part of our #1 choice of high schools: St. Mary. We would like to sincerely thank the St. Mary Alumni for paving the way to make our dreams come true. Without your generosity and support, it would have been near impossible financially for all three of us to attend SMHS. Attending this school will give us the tools to reach our fullest potential. We will take full advantage of the wonderful opportunity you have given us. Academics are always our priority, but we are already involved in athletics and clubs. We want to embrace everything the SM community has to offer to make the most of the next four years as we prepare for the next big stage of our lives: college.”

Brett Pietrowicz, Class of 2021

“Since first learning about St. Mary High School, I thought it would be perfect for me. I loved the small personal aspect where teachers would always make time to teach me individually. I learned about the school’s clubs, sports, and extracurricular activities through a visit to the school. Thanks to the generosity of the Alumni, I was awarded a scholarship which was a huge help to my family financially. This has allowed me to continue the legacy of St. Mary High School that started 52 years ago when my grandfather attended. My grandfather has been my father figure in life providing support and inspiration for me. He is a hardworking, kind man and I am grateful for the opportunity to follow in his footsteps. I will forever appreciate the Alumni of this amazing school.”

Oscar Zaccone, Class of 2021

“Time, talent, treasure, and tradition are what come to mind when speaking of the Alumni here at St. Mary High School. Together with the esteemed faculty and the Christ centered Catholic education, the generosity of the St. Mary High School alum is second to none. Fortunately for me, I can proudly say with sincerest gratitude that the golden opportunity of attending St. Mary High School that the alumni has afforded me is a dream come true.”

Joseph Kajon, Class of 2019

“I would like to say thank you so much to all of the alumni of St. Mary. It is because of your generosity that I am able to follow in my mother’s footsteps and attend an amazing school that has pushed me to reach my fullest potential not only as a student but also as a person. At St. Mary, I have been able to become involved in almost everything the school has to offer, including acting in our Spring musical and being elected Student Body President, Co-Captain of the Varsity Soccer Team, and Lieutenant Governor of the New Jersey District of Key Club International. In addition to all of my extracurriculars, I have been able to maintain a 4.0 GPA and First Honors since freshman year. Thanks to you, the alumni of St. Mary, I am able to apply to some of the top schools in the country, including Princeton, Columbia, New York University, as well as the University of Pennsylvania.”

Jensen Kraft, Class of 2020

“Thanks to your endless generosity, St. Mary has become a place of opportunity for all attending. The financial support you have given year after year has assisted many students like me, who would not have had the chance to experience SMHS. I have been able to take full advantage of all the opportunities St. Mary High School has offered including acting in the spring play, playing three varsity sports and being an ambassador for the school. I thank you for all you have done for St. Mary High School, not only for always giving back but for making the school a home for each and every Gael.”

Alyssa Whalen, Class of 2021

“Attending St. Mary High School is now a reality for me thanks to the generous support of the St. Mary Alumni. My mother could not afford the full tuition expense by herself, but with your generous help I was able to come to SMHS, a school that I truly love. I know this opportunity will allow me to reach my fullest potential as a Gael, both in academics and athletics. I am in all honors classes and have been on the honor roll for every marking period. I also play volleyball, basketball and softball. I believe that St. Mary High School will prepare me for the future and help me succeed in all my endeavors.”