2017 Irish Giving Day Student Profiles
Cecelia Ensell, Class of 2018
Cecelia is a multi-talented student, never afraid to get involved and to try new things, not unlike many of her classmates here at CCHS. She sings in the Liturgical and Select Choirs, plays on the volleyball team, is a Cathedral Scholar, a member of Student Government, and most recently performed in the cast of Cinderella. She also volunteers at St. Peter Parish in Merchantville, and at her local library.
Grammar School: St. Peter School
“Freshman year honors biology. Though extremely academically challenging, the class helped me realize my passion for learning and studying the world around us.”
“Spirit Week makes me feel grateful to be a Camden Catholic student because I see the immense love the students have for our school. It is very special to witness everyone in the school community working together.
I look forward to going to school in the morning, because I know no matter how my day goes, there will always be someone, whether a friend or a teacher, to help and guide me.”
Kameron Dupree, Class of 2017
Kameron is a friendly face who will be missed at CCHS after he graduates this year. He has been a tremendous asset to the school-wide community as a scholar, an athlete, and a spirited student. He has committed to play soccer at Shaw University next year, where he will no doubt, achieve a successful and well-balanced college career.
Grammar School: Assumption Catholic School
Kameron participates in many CCHS activities, including: science club, soccer, track, student government, REBEL, anti-bullying club and the pro-life club.
Thank You Donors!
“The donors at Camden Catholic have impacted my education by providing the funding for increased technology such as computers and the new Information Commons Collaborative Learning Lab. These improvements help us to further our education beyond the walls of Camden Catholic High School while also preparing us for college environments.”
“Home is Camden Catholic because all of the students and the faculty are welcoming and understanding. It doesn’t matter where you come from or what’s happened in your day, you will always find peace and unity at Camden Catholic High School.”
Annie Miles, Class of 2019
Annie’s grandfather Walt Sandell is a graduate of the CCHS class of 1956, a class who still gathers on a monthly basis. Perhaps it is Walt’s dedication to his Alma Mater that helped guide Annie to CCHS.
Hometown: Haddon Township
Grammar School: Christ the King Regional School
“All of my teachers have taught me, not only through text books and their knowledge, but also through their many experiences in and out of the classroom. Each one of them cares so much about their job and our education. My history teacher freshman year, Mr. Terry, knew exactly how to get everyone involved, interested, and teach us so much at the same time. History was never my best subject but I don’t think I will ever have a class quite like his,” says Annie.
“I most enjoy the Cathedral Scholars trips each year. The Cathedral Scholars is a group of honors students, freshmen through seniors, who are open to learning outside of the classroom. Each year we visit a museum in Philadelphia for a private tour and then enjoy spending time at the Reading Terminal Market. We also are beginning to go on college tours in the Philadelphia area as well as to the Holocaust Museum in Washington, D.C. in the spring.”
“No matter who you say hello to, or who you wave to, you will always get a friendly smile back. The teachers are here to help you and the students are here to make your days better. Everyone wants each other to succeed and there is no other place like it. Coming in on Saturday mornings to run in the halls for winter track, or even coming at 4 a.m. to go on a class trip to New York City, would not be worth it to me if it wasn’t at Camden Catholic.”
Dominic Dunn, Class of 2018
Dominic is a standout performer on the basketball court but is also a friendly ambassador for CCHS through the Green & White Society.
Hometown: Haddon Township
Grammar School: Rorher Middle School
“There is nothing like the CCHS vs. Eustace basketball game. Playing our rival in our home gym filled with fans is a great feeling,” says Dominic.
“Mr. Pacana’s literature class is a favorite among many students,” says Dominic. “He keeps class interesting and encourages questions and discussion. You can count on something funny or eventful to occur every class.”
“CCHS is caring, loving environment,” says Dominic. “You are never on your own here.”
Mike Pan, Class of 2018
Mike is one of our international students who hails from China. He’s been a great addition to the CCHS family and has made an effort to get involved through the photography club, Link Crew (freshman orientation leaders) and cross country.
Hometown: Shen Zhen, Guang Dong, China
“Mr. Strom is my favorite teacher because he has a very reasonable way of presenting the material, and doesn’t put too much pressure on the students.”
“I’ve never attended a prom and I’ve heard a lot about it and what a tradition it is. I’m very much looking forward to that this year.”
“As an international student, CCHS is my home away from home. It is a great family atmosphere and both the students and faculty help support you in all of your endeavors.”
Kadijah Nurudeen, Class of 2018
Kadijah has gotten invovled in a wide array of activities and academics at CCHS in addition to her weekly volunteer duties at Virtua Hospital.
Grammar School: St. Joan of Arc
“There are so many wonderful traditions at CCHS. I am on the girls’ soccer team and the annual rivalry game vs. Pennsauken is a huge event. Spirit Week is a favorite for so many reasons. And the spring musical is just amazing every year-Cinderella this year was fantastic!”
“Mrs. Merenyi’s classes French classes are so great. She’s always there to explain something when somebody doesn’t understand the topic and there’s never a dull moment with her. ”
Thank you, donors!
“This year, I took Photoshop with Ms.Linka and I believe the MAC Lab is amazing,” says Kadijah. “The way we can edit pictures on Photoshop is completely different from anything I’ve ever done. We’ve been taught how to manipulate pictures, change the colors of our eyes, make cereal boxes, little planets, our own breed of animals and so much more. Thanks to our donors, we are able to practice our skills on this state-of-the-art equipment.”
Dennison Kelly, Class of 2019
Denny is a Hocker Scholar at CCHS, a prestigious title earned through academic performance and community service. He is a dedicated member of the cross country and track teams as well as an altar server and lector for school Masses.
Grammar School: St. Joan of Arc
“I most look forward to the Homecoming game each year. The feeling you get cheering for the Irish with hundreds of other students is second to none,” says Denny.
Thank you, Donors!
“Donors to our annual fund help provide much-needed technology updates both throughout the classrooms and in the newly renovated Information Commons.”
“CCHS is my home because the teachers are approachable and our class is like a family,” says Denny. “I spend as much time at CCHS as I can. When choosing a high school CCHS stood out to me because of how closely knit the students and faculty are.”
Eliana Santana, Class of 2019
Eliana is an impressive player on the court as a key member of the Irish Girls Varsity Basketball Team and in the classroom as an aspiring graphic designer.
Grammar School: St. Joseph Pro-Cathedral
“My favorite class has been graphic design,” says Eliana. “It’s relaxing to be able to be creative and work quietly on a project. And, my favorite teacher is Mr. Crawford for chemistry. He has a good sense of humor and teaches in a way that makes the material easier to understand.”
“Spirit Week! It’s such an exciting time at school. There are so many fun activities and a great energy running through the building. I love how each day has a different activity and it brings together each class as we compete against the other classes.”
“CCHS is truly my second home because we treat one another as family. I feel comfortable and supported here. My friends and the faculty have helped me become a better person and a better leader.”
Sarah Robbins, Class of 2017
Sarah recently stole the show as the Fairy Godmother in the annual spring musical, Cinderella. She will continue her musical pursuits in college next year.
Grammar School: Glen Landing Middle School
Anyone who has seen a show on the Grandi Auditorium stage over the past four years will recognize the voice of Sarah Robbins. The Camden Catholic senior has been a tremendous asset to the performing arts department and the wider school community, through both her talents, her leadership and her strength of faith.
“My favorite class was Biblical Exegesis with Mr. Ehrmann,” says Sarah. “The information taught in Mr. Ehrmann’s class has stuck with me throughout my whole high school career – he delved so deeply into the historical and poetic concepts of Scripture, and really brought about a new meaning to the Catholic faith. His extensive knowledge and passion for learning made his class exciting every day.”
“There is never a day that goes by at Camden Catholic that I leave without a smile on my face,” says Sarah. “The students and faculty at Camden Catholic are truly special – we are united in a unique bond of unconditional love and support for each person, a unique identity that is often lacking in our world today. CCHS is a place where everyone knows your name; you are not a number or a statistic – you are a name, a person, an individual, and everyone’s individual needs are met and cultivated throughout the high school experience. The students at CCHS grow and learn as a family.”
“Each year, I most look forward to the spring musical,” says Sarah. “The musical provides a unique outlet to let our creativity shine in a loving, supportive, yet challenging environment. Performing not only allowed me to gain skills and experience in something I loved doing, but also helped me to build community with my cast-mates as well as learning about myself.”
Marchello Barile, Class of 2020
Marchello is a dedicated musician who plays in the jazz and pep bands as well as being a member of the choir.
Grammar School: Christ the King
THANK YOU DONORS!
“At the start of my freshman year my father was diagnosed with Cancer. He needed surgery and extensive radiation treatment,” recalls Marchello. “Through the Annual Fund I was provided a vocal arts scholarship and financial aid. This helped my family tremendously at a very difficult time.”
“Our teachers are family to me,” says Marchello. “They encourage me and remind me to strive to do my very best. My classmates are so kind, they bring me up when I am down. I am so thankful to be here.
Antonio Spinosi, Class of 2017
Grammar School: Our Lady of Mount Carmel
Antonio recently earned a Congressional Nomination to the United States Air Force Academy and will attend there next year.
Antonio’s list of high school activities runs the gamut from participation in soccer and multiple honor societies to the Green & White club, Student Government and Model U.N.
“Camden Catholic is my second home because I am genuinely excited to come here each day,” says Antonio. “I will admit that I’m a science fanatic so whenever I get to work in the science labs I am grateful for the donors who have helped make it possible for us to work with the technology and equipment provided.”
Antonio also appreciates the many traditions of CCHS: “In my four years here I have always enjoyed Spirit Week the most. When the entire school comes together to celebrate and show their passion, the energy is amazing!”
Saige-Lyn Gidzinski, Class of 2018
Saige-Lyn has become a true leader at CCHS, both in the classroom and on the field. As a junior she is already committed to attend Virginia Tech University to play lacrosse.
Grammar School: Indian Mills Memorial School
In addition to keeping her opponents busy on both the lacrosse and field hockey fields, Saige-Lyn also enjoys being a part of the History National Honor Society, the Magic Club and the Liturgical Choir. Talk about a well-rounded student!
“History is my favorite subject,” says Saige-Lyn. “So far, my favorite classes have been European History and US History I. The teachers and content really inspired me to learn in a fun and interactive way. I’ve gained such additional knowledge about various historical events that will serve me very well upon entering college.”
GIVING BACK IN HER FUTURE
Saige-Lyn earned both a Performing Arts Scholarship for vocal arts and the 1887 Scholarship, given for community leadership. “These scholarships made it possible for me to afford to attend CCHS. Someday I aspire to be able to pay it forward to future students through the CCHS Annual Fund so others can also benefit from the Camden Catholic experience as I have.”
“I define home as a place that provides a safe haven filled with acceptance and understanding while providing the encouragement needed to grow into a better person,” she says wisely. “Camden Catholic is exactly that to me, it is truly my home away from home!”