Class of 2017 Graduates from Holy Cross High School

Holy Cross Graduation - Valedictorian Meghan Healey

Class of 2017 Valedictorian: Meghan Ann Brigid Healey.

Holy Cross High School graduated 89 students on Friday, June 2, at Sette LaVerghetta Center at Marywood University with Most Reverend Joseph C. Bambera, Bishop of Scranton, as commencement speaker and honored guest.

A baccalaureate mass was held on Thursday, June 1, at Cathedral of St. Peter with Rev. Cyril D. Edwards as principal celebrant. Benjamin D. Tolerico is school principal.

Meghan Ann Brigid Healey, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Christopher Healey, Scranton, was named valedictorian. Salutatorian was Hannah Ruth Gilhooley, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Timothy Gilhooley, Olyphant.

Meghan was a four-year member of the varsity cross country and varsity track teams and was named senior captain of both teams. She served as class vice president for four years; was a two member of the swim and basketball teams, a senior Student Council representation, treasurer of the National Honor Society, and a member of the Pro-Life Club, Environmental Club and Crusaders for Compassion.

Holy Cross Graduation - Salutatorian Hannah Gilhooley

Class of 2017 Salutatorian: Hannah Ruth Gilhooley

Hannah was a member and parliamentarian of the National Honor Society, Pro-Life Club, Environmental Club, Language Club, Habitat for Humanity, Immaculate Heart of Mary Scholar, and a four-year varsity softball team member. She will attend the University of Scranton majoring in biology in the  PreMed track.

Members of the 2017 Holy Cross graduating class were: Abigail Sarah Anderson, Caitlin Marie Andrews, Dean Michael Angeloni, Jeffrey Joseph Antosh, Joseph Aloysius Arbie, Kevan Joseph Bailey, Christopher Michael Baumher, Erica Evanne Berlot, Lianna Shania Bilbao, Grant Joseph Brogenski, Deidra Cali, Kaitlyn Ashley Cebular, Ryan Commodario, Abigail Rose Corrigan.

Also, Francesca Ann Creavey, Marguerite Josephine Cummings, Thomas Antonio Deredita, Brianna Leigh Dyson, Shayonna D. Escalera, Dustin Bernard Fagnani, Kelly Ann Farrell, Thaddeus James Farrell, Jacob Andrew Geda, Matthew Paul Genovese, Leah Mary Clare Georgiades, Hannah Ruth Gilhooley, Mary-Margaret Graff.

Also, Emilly Paige Griffiths, Cassandra Groncki, Abigail Guziewicz, James Arthur Hanna, Meghan Ann Brigid Healey, Robert J. Hernandez, Julianne Frances Hunt, John L. Iacobacci, Patrick Kane, Jeabog Kim, Mark Stephen Kobierecki II, Acacia Krenitsky, Morgan Rebecca Kriefski, Daviane J. Laforme, Deion Joseph Lewis, Mia Francesca Maiolatesi, Paul Joseph Marmo, Rose Martillotti.

Also, Colin Quinn McAndrew, Makayla Isabelle McClemens, Madelyn McGoff, Emily Ann McHale, Laurel Ann Mekilo, Joseph David Mies, Rachel Anne Moffitt, Timothy Jared Murphy, Celine Antoinette Nash, Matthew G. Nelson, Maria Rachel Noyes, Kaitlyn Christine O’Connor, Kateri Christine O’Connor, Christian A. Ogozaly, James Dougas Owens, Kella Ann Pacifico, Leah Pawluck, Grace Alyona Perechinsky, Shelby Anne Petrillo, Alyssa Lynn Pezzuti.

Also, Malachi Jordan Phillips, Miranda Piwowarski, KiSeong Kevin Ra, Michael Joseph Roberts, Amanda Ross, Bailey T. Simrell, Alana Bridget Siock, Ann Marie Siock, Noah James Sirannni, Jordan Joseph Symonies, Carly Ann Tomaine, John Barton Topalanchik, Lauren Kathleen Torre, James Michael Tressler, Tracey Ann Tyrrell, Nicholas Henry Urso.

Also, Giovanni Charlie Vega, Lauren Catherine Walker, Ashley Elizabeth Walsh, Matthew Ryan Warden, Madison Christine Ware, Jade Jiajing Wehner, Tazu-Ling Sunny Weng and Suming Wu.



Athlete of the Month: Abby Sempa

athlete-of-the-month-abby-sempaBy Steve Svetovich

Abby Sempa is only a sophomore on the Holy Cross Lady Crusaders basketball team, but she fit in right away with her teammates.

And that is because she cares more about being a teammate than anything else.

Daughter of Fran and Mary Sempa, the sophomore starting shooting guard averages 8.3 points per game and adds an additional offensive threat to the team and the league’s leading scorer, teammate senior Abby Anderson. She was 50-61 from the free-throw line (82%) and made 27 three-point goals and a total of 58 field goals.

Abby, a two-year member of the Lady Crusaders, helped her team to a 15-5 record despite a 45-44 loss to Mid Valley in the first round of district playoffs.

The sophomore stalwart scored 10 points in the tough loss.

Abby, 16, is also a member of the cross country team at Holy Cross. She was a second-team all-star as a freshman cross country runner.

sempaA scholar-athlete, Abby has an impressive 3.8 academic average. Her best subject is math. She will be joining the environmental club this month.

Abby talked about what it takes to be a successful shooting guard. “You need a lot of focus and situational awareness. And be ready for the ball all the time.”

She talked about the success of the team during the regular season. “It’s all about teamwork and being close to each other as a team,” she said. “No one is selfish. We work as a team. We work hard. We cheer each other on. We are always there for each other on and off the court.”

Abby said she learned a lot from Holy Cross girls’ basketball coach Barry Fitzgerald. “He taught me how to play better defense and how to play in tough situations.”

And she has learned plenty from her parents. “My parents taught me how to be a better person, how to be respectful and about sportsmanship.”

Abby has a couple older sisters to look up to. Mary Grace played basketball and is a 2011 Holy Cross graduate. Eileen played basketball and is a 2007 Bishop Hannan graduate.

Abby talked about her future goals. “I want to try to excel on the basketball court and play for my teammates. I want to keep up on my grades and academic subjects. I want to go to a good college.”

The talented guard said she likes listening to music in her spare time and would like to see Maroon 5 in concert.

Abby has totally enjoyed her experience at Holy Cross thus far. “It has been a very good experience,” she said. “I like it here a lot, but sports has played a big part of it. I really enjoy keeping up on my grades too. The entire Catholic experience has been a major part of it for me.”

Crusaders Win Intraborough Boys Basketball Champion Game



The Intraborough Boys Basketball Champion Game between the Dunmore Bucks and the Holy Cross Crusaders was recently held at Holy Cross High School. The event, sponsored by the Dunmore Lions Club to help defray the cost of their College Scholarships Programs, is well over 30 years old.

This year, the Holy Cross Boys defeated the Dunmore Boys by a score of 51-39.

Holy Cross players shown in the first row from left are: Joe Liuzzo, Anthony Fletcher, John Egan, Caleb Callejas, Carl Schuster, Kieran Burrier, Patrick Galvin, Matt Nelson and Jeremy Fick.

Shown in the second row, same order: Assistant. coaches Tim Callejas, Mike Zayac, Rich Larussa, and Rob Heyen; Players Jake Rasimovich, Justin Walker, Leahy O’Connor, Tom Montefour, Angelo Calciano, Nick Ferraro, Declan Tokash, Jake Wiercinski, Tyler Mozeleski, Malachi Phillips, Brendan Willsch, and Joe Degrazia; Coach Al Callejas, Lion Anthony DeSantis, Lion president Jim Aita, Lions Rich Green and Angelo Martarano.


Dunmore High School players and Lions Club members are pictured, first row, from left: Nate Fangio, Steve Borgia, Colin Holmes, and Michael Dougherty.

Second row, same order: Assistant Coach Mark Finan; Players Nick Maldonato, Chris Murray, Cory Lawless, John Mandarano, Rich Grippi, Jerry Longo, Conor Walsh, Tom Dougherty, Daniel Walsh; Coach Tony Lacertoso, Lion President Jim Aita, and club members Anthony DeSantis, Rich Green, and Angelo Martarano.


Lady Bucks Win Intraborough Girls Basketball Champion Game


The Intraborough Girls Basketball Champion Game between the Dunmore Bucks and the Holy Cross Crusaders was recently held at Lackawanna College sponsored by the Dunmore Lions Club This year the Dunmore High School Girls defeated the Holy Cross High School Girls by a score of 58-44.

Lions and Dunmore High School coaches and players are shown above, first row, from left: Lions Ang Martarano, Rich Green, and Lion President Jin Aita holding trophy, Kelly Quinn, Erika Bistran Coach O’Brien, Maddie Martin, Marie Borgia, and Lisa Tallo.

Second row, same order: Lion Sal Marchese, Nora Haggerty, Gianna Delfino, Victoria Toomey, Julia Walsh, Brooke Frable, Katherine Hopkins, and Madison Cruser.


Shown from the Lions Club and Holy Cross High School are, first row, from left: Lions Ang Martarano and Richard Green, Lion President Jim Aita holding trophy, Mollie Burke, Amanda Ross , Coach Fitzgerald, Abby Sempa, Theresa Dutter, Giana Calciano, and Coach Katie Purcell.

Second row, same order: Coach Ryan Geoffroy, Lion Sal Marchese, Caroline Kranick, Madelyn McGoff, Lauren Torre, Abby Anderson, Lexi Walsh, Haley Bestrycki, Coach Bob McCormack, Ally Mcgee, Nicole Gillette, Erica Pica and Abby Malinoski.