On Sept. 7, in a beautiful candle-lighting ceremony inspired by the story of St. Bernadette, 29 students at Our Lady of Lourdes Academy were inducted to the Bernadette Scholars Program, a rigorous program of studies designed for highly-motivated and intellectually-gifted students to excel in academics.
The new inductees are juniors Karen Alvarez, Gabriella Coronel, Julia Fuentes, Elizabeth Menendez, Maria Mendoza, Niki Molina, Gabriela Perez, Erin Rodriguez, Nicole Rodriguez, Daniela Sanchez, and sophomores Mary Alfano, Fernanda Altamirano, Daniela Delgado, Stephanie Diaz, Kayla Freyre, Allegra Garcia, Carolina Garcia, Gabriella Garcia-Linares, Isabella Guzzo, Victoria Hernandez, Tessa Kanjiramkuzhey, Gabriella Novo, Carolina Paniagua, Isabel Rodriguez, Briana Santiago, Taylor Sproul, Lourdes Tuñon, Valerie Velasquez, and Nikki Woodby.
In addition to taking the most challenging courses offered at the school, Bernadette Scholars participate in enrichment opportunities, both cultural and extracurricular, ensuring they graduate as successful, well-rounded, strong, Christian women. Scholars have the opportunity to earn over 24 college credits, prior to graduation, thus having the potential to enter college with sophomore status.
“The Scholars are challenged since their 9th grade by our school’s most rigorous curriculum,” said Mrs. Ginny Castellanos, the Bernadette Scholars Guidance Counselor. “The students are motivated, innovative, and community-oriented – all reasons why they will make excellent candidates for some of our country’s top universities.”
The Bernadette Scholars Program was initiated during the 2011-2012 school year, with the Class of 2015. The top 10 percent of the of the incoming freshman class, based on all admissions assessments and course placements, eligible for candidacy into the Program. Candidates who fulfill the Program requirements during freshman year are inducted at the beginning of sophomore year.