BG Announces Valedictorian and Salutatorian of Class of 2017

Bishop Grimes Jr./Sr. High School is proud to formally announce and congratulate Mary Castricone and Lucas Burnette. Mary is the valedictorian of the Class of 2017, and Lucas is the salutatorian. On behalf of the entire school community, we congratulate Mary, Lucas, and their families on this wonderful accomplishment.


Mary Castricone is the daughter of Ms. Felicia Castricone, and she will be attending Villanova University’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Her current major is undecided. While at Bishop Grimes, Mary’s extracurricular activities have included being a member of the National Honor Society, National French Honor Society, and History Honor Society. Mary has served as a HOBY ambassador as well as a World of Difference peer leader. She was chosen from among her peers to participate in CNY’s local “Women in Engineering” Day. Mary was awarded the American Association of Teachers of French’s Excellence Award in 9th and 10th grades, and she received the Frederick Douglass and Susan B. Anthony Award from the University of Rochester in 11th grade. Mary was the Honors Medal recipient at the SRC Regional Science Fair in 11th grade, and she was a participant in the Notre Dame Vision High School Conference in the summers before 10th and 11th grades. Mary has been an active member of the BG Ambassadors program in which she serves as a representative for the school both within the building and out in the community. Mary has been a member of the school’s Yearbook Club as well as the Peer Ministers group. Finally, this past year Mary answered the call to serve the school community by serving as a member of the Student Council Executive Committee. Outside of school, Mary has volunteered countless hours of community service each school year throughout her parish and community. Mary has volunteered with the following organizations throughout most of her junior high and high school careers: Catholic Charities Refugee Resettlement Program, St. Vincent de Paul’s Church, St. Joseph’s Hospital, as well as at the school’s Lady Cobra Basketball Camp. When not busy with service projects or extracurricular activities, Mary has also been involved in a number of athletic teams including modified soccer (9), JV and Varsity basketball (9-12), and tennis (10-12). Mary’s teammates recognized her leadership role on her team as she served as team captain for her tennis team for the past two years.


Lucas Burnette is the son of Wendi and Jim Burnette. Lucas will be attending Rochester Institute of Technology in the fall. His intended major is (undecided) engineering. Lucas has been involved in a number of extracurricular activities including being a member of the National Honor Society and serving as its president this year. He has also been a member of the Robotics Club, Peer Ministry Club, Peer Leader program, BG Student Ambassador, and he has performed as Coby, BG’s school mascot, at various functions and sporting events. Outside of school, Lucas has been very involved in the Boys Scouts of America. Lucas was the Onondaga District Chair for the Order of the Arrow and presented at the 2016 Course Director Conference in the Northeast. This past year, Lucas was also awarded the rank of Eagle Scout. In his parish Lucas also received the Bronze Service Award, which signifies that Lucas contributed 100 hours of service to community organizations.


The entire BG community celebrates and is thankful for the many blessings that both Mary and Lucas have brought to the Bishop Grimes community and their class for the past six years. We congratulate them and wish them God’s blessings as they begin this new chapter of their lives.


The date of the Baccalaureate Mass for the Class of 2017, being celebrated by Bishop Cunningham, is Thursday, June 8, 2017 at 6:30 p.m. at Blessed Sacrament Church in Eastwood.


The date of the Class of 2017’s Commencement Exercises is Saturday, June 10, 2017 at Bishop Grimes Jr./Sr. High School in the Main Gym.

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