Congratulations Viking Class of 2019
Allentown Central Catholic High School students had a busy and exciting last month of school.
The drama club embarked on their annual trip to New York City May 26. The club enjoyed free time in the city and a performance of the Broadway musical “Beetlejuice.”
The track and field team held its end-of-the-year picnic and senior recognition May 28 at Lone Lane Park in Allentown. Seniors included Jamilie Atiyeh, Vincent Bet, Morgan Dietz, Lizbeth Dominguez, Sydni Ernst, Michael Fleck, Kellee Heydorn, Elena Kreger, Natasha Kuklis, Abby Lienhard, Eric Njenga, Ife Ogundele, Noah Reimert, Brianna Ridley, Alexis Sames, Emma Schrayer, Alex Velez and Kisa Yearwood.
The Eastern Pennsylvania Conference Scholar Athlete Luncheon was held at the Stroudsmoor County Inn in Stroudsburg May 28. ACCHS seniors Josh LaRock (baseball) and Julia Santos (cheerleading) were recognized at the luncheon as the EPC Scholar Athletes of the Year for their respective sports. LaRock is ranked third in the senior class and is involved in National Honor Society, the debate team (captain), baseball (captain), student council (Central Committee treasurer), Mock Trial, Model UN, the Poly-Sci Club and the Central City Project. Santos is ranked 17th in the senior class and is involved in NHS (secretary), cheerleading (captain), pep club (president), student council (Class of 2019 representative), the Viking Mentor program, cheer clinics and Catholic Youth Organization.
The ACCHS Spring Chorus and Band Concert was held in Masson Auditorium May 28. The night featured performances from the chorus, concert band and jazz band, all led by director Craig Albert.
Nicholas Horn earned his Eagle Scout rank May 30 at St. Joseph the Worker. His Eagle Court of Honor included Rick Bishop, Nathan Myers, Patrick Smith, Ryan Smith, Barry Strohl, Josh Wynn and ACCHS students Christopher Horn, Alex Strohl and Tommy Zukowski.
The Class of 2019 celebrated their last day of school May 31. After two periods for final exams, the seniors gathered in Masson Auditorium for shirt signing and a Chick-fil-A lunch. Many senior girls celebrated the occasion by painting their uniform skirts with their future university’s name or logo. The seniors then held a water balloon fight in the school parking lot, “The Pits.”
The ACCHS Class of 2019 celebrated its graduation June 6 and 7. Baccalaureate Mass for the 179-member class was held June 6 at St. Thomas More and the commencement ceremony was held in Rockne Hall June 7.
The Class of 2020 celebrated the last day of school by hosting a tailgate in the school parking lot the morning of June 7. The event was hosted by the 2020 student council and was an exciting way for the junior class to prepare for their senior year.
The ecology club performed its final club action of the year by cleaning up Central’s parking lot in preparation for graduation June 7. The club, led by teacher Gerard Caprio, is eager for the next school year and to undertake more projects.
The Central City Project has begun work for the summer at the Amy Sullivan Memorial Urban Garden on Fourth Street in Allentown. The garden grows vegetables such as tomatoes, peppers and carrots which are later used to make Viking Salsa, a popular fundraiser item for the CCP. The CCP is Central Catholic’s community outreach program and runs many service programs, such as community dinners, tutoring opportunities at St. John Vianney Regional School and a partnership with the Boys and Girls Club of Allentown.
Four Viking tennis players were named to the EPC tennis team. Ben Carbonetto and Ian Arnold were named to First Team Doubles and Cam Patridge and Jesse Coulter were named to Second Team Doubles.
Junior Mya Zettlemoyer, a Vikette softball catcher/outfielder, will have the chance to play with the Lehigh Valley Carpenter Cup softball team. The team will play in a tournament June 18 at FDR Park in Philadelphia.