Thanks to over 1,100 donors and 41 states, Camden Catholic raised $145,240 for Irish Giving Day 2019, benefiting the CCHS Annual Fund! For a full list of donors, click here.



HOW YOUR DONATION MAKES A DIFFERENCE


Sara Otremsky ’19 

Hometown: Barrington | Grammar School: St. Rose of Lima

Senior Sara Otremsky is the current president of the National Honor Society as well as a member of Student Government, Link Crew (freshman orientation leaders), CCTV (Camden Catholic TV Station), choir, and she is a part of the Cathedral Scholars. The Cathedral Scholars program provides guidance for academically gifted students on their journeys through high school. Through individual guidance and academic planning, Cathedral Scholars learn to set goals and work to achieve them during their four years at CCHS, just as Sara has done. 

FAVORITE CCHS ACTIVITY: “Since I was a freshman, I have always looked forward to the senior Florida trip. I am a huge Disney fan and I am super excited to go to Disney world with my best friends!”

THANK YOU DONORS: “As a member of the CCTV Crew, I am incredibly grateful for the donations that allowed us to upgrade our equipment. I have been able to work with top-of-the-line technology, and learn more about its uses, thanks to generous donors.”


Dean Damato ‘22

Hometown: Mount Laurel | Grammar School: Our Lady of Good Counsel

Freshman Dean Damato is passionate about the band at Camden Catholic. Dean takes music theory as well as performing on sax in the pep and show bands. He is excited for the experience of playing in the show band for his first spring musical this year.

FAVORITE TEACHER: “Mr. Terry presents the material in a fun and interesting way, and I am always engaged in his lessons.”

SECOND HOME: “I spend so much time at CCHS, both in school and with extra-curricular activities, that CCHS has become a place where I can be myself and feel comfortable at all times.


Judith Okwamba ‘19

Hometown: Camden | Grammar School: Sacred Heart School

Senior Judith Okwamba has be a valued student here at Camden Catholic getting involved and working hard on her academics and it has paid off! Judith has over 10 college acceptances. Outside of Camden Catholic Judith is involved in L.U.C.Y. Outreach, and Sacred Heart’s Hearts and Hands Festival. At Camden Catholic Judith is on the winter and spring Track teams, Link Crew (Freshman Orientation leaders) Green and White Society (Student Ambassadors), National Honor Society, and an usher for the musical.

FAVORITE TEACHER: “My favorite class at Camden Catholic was Mr. Pacana’s American Literature class sophomore year. It was such an open place where he taught us about literature, history, and life in general. Everyone shared their opinions and respectfully listened to other people’s opinions as well. We also helped each other clarify any confusing lessons. Truly, there was never a dull moment.”

SECOND HOME: “Camden Catholic is my second home not only because I’m here all of the time, but also because everyone here feels like family to me. The students and staff at Camden Catholic are always here making me laugh, helping me when I don’t understand a curriculum, and everything else you would expect your real family members to do. Everyone here is so welcoming and have made my last four years forever memorable.”


Harry Keller ’20 

Hometown: Cherry Hill | Grammar School: Resurrection Catholic School

Harry Keller (center) cheering on the Irish football team.
Junior Harry Keller is an energetic presence at all important Camden Catholic events and activities. He is on the Boys Varsity Soccer and Swim teams, he is in the green and white society (Student ambassadors), link crew (freshman orientation leaders), student government, and the musical.
FAVORITE TEACHER:

“I really enjoyed Mrs. Werner-Kaiser’s AP language and Composition Course. It is interesting to write about a variety of topics that cover all sorts of issues. I’ve had Mrs. Werner-Kaiser my freshman and junior year, and she transformed my writing and my values to help shape who I am today.” 

THANK YOU DONORS:

“The donors of Camden Catholic make it the amazing place it is. Donors have helped my friends and I put on musicals, get equipment for the soccer team and help run school-wide events. With the donors, Camden Catholic becomes an excellent place to attend high school, as the possibilities are endless.”


Erianni Reyes ’19 

Hometown: Camden | Grammar School: St. Joseph Pro-Cathedral

Erianni celebrating her college acceptances.
Senior Erianny Reyes has six college acceptances and over $350,000 in scholarship offers. She is a member of the National Honor Society, the Cheerleading team, and the Softball team. Erianni has also been involved in the LUCY (Lifting Up Camden’s Youth) outreach program for over six years.
SECOND HOME: “Camden Catholic High School is my second home because of the supportive environment, and because of the amazing people that I’ve met over the last four years. I’ve built strong bonds that I know will last a lifetime.”
THANK YOU DONORS: “The donors to the Camden Catholic High School annual fund impacted my CCHS experience when playing softball. Thanks to the many donations the softball program is always well equipped. Additionally the renovation of the library has accommodated the needs of the students and staff.”

Mattigan DiBease ’21

Hometown: Merchantville | Grammar School: St. Peter School

Sophomore Mattigan DiBease comes from a family full of Camden Catholic alumni. Mattigan’s mom Monica (Atwell) is an alumna and a former Field Hockey and Lacrosse Coach at Camden Catholic. Mattigan is a three sport athlete playing soccer, running track, and playing lacrosse. She is also a Cathedral Scholar and is keeping busy this spring on the prop crew for the spring musical.
 
SECOND HOME: Camden Catholic is my second home because I have literally grown up here. My mom used to coach field hockey and lacrosse (at CCHS) when I was little so I would always be at CCHS, surrounded by the loving a spiritual environment. When it came time to choose a high school, I immediately knew it was going to be Camden Catholic. I have always felt comfortable here and free to express myself, just like at home.
 
THANK YOU DONORS: “The donors to the Camden Catholic annual fund have impacted my CCHS experience by providing necessities in the classroom, such as computers and TV’s. I am also eternally grateful for a beautiful turf field provided by donors. The donors who provided my scholarship are amazing too, because with their help, I was able to attend CCHS.

Uche Okafor ’19

Hometown: Lagos, Nigera | Grammar School: Jewel School

Uche, one of our international students who resides on campus in the Nazareth House, is pictured with fellow teammates and members of the National Honor Society, as well as Monsignor Andrew Martin, President Emeritus.

FAVORITE TEACHER: “My favorite teacher at Camden Catholic is Msgr. Martin. He didn’t teach me in a class, but I have learned a lot from him during my time with him at the Nazareth house.”

SECOND HOME: “I literally live at CCHS, well at the Nazareth House. It has been a fun experience living so far from away home, because of how welcoming it is here at Camden Catholic.”


Tony D’Antonio

Administrator and Faculty Member since 1966

Did you have “Mr. D” as a teacher? Perhaps you were lucky enough to have a seat in his classroom both freshman and senior years. Or, maybe he was the Dean of Students during your four years at CCHS. Either way, we know there are thousands of students who were impacted by this master educator since he arrived at CCHS in 1966. Mr. D is undoubtedly one of the finest teachers to ever work at Camden Catholic, providing not just hard nosed grammar and mythology lessons, but life skills such as perseverance, respect for others and grit. Mr. D is retiring at the end of this academic year. Honor he, and so many other faculty members who have devoted their lives to the betterment of the students who enter our school each day, with a donation to the CCHS Annual Fund on Irish Giving Day.
Thank you, Mr. D! 

George LeCato ’19

Hometown: Pennsauken | Grammar School: Howard Phifer Middle School

George LeCato ’19 celebrating the Boys Basketball 2019 SJ Title with the players.

Senior George LeCato can be seen at almost every single event held here at Camden Catholic. George led the Skyman Squadron (Camden Catholic fan section) this year, getting hundreds of students to support our athletic teams. George does the sports report on CCTV every morning urging fans to come out to support all of the student activities, and although sports are his main interest, he never forgets to encourage students to attend all school activities, including Cabaret Night, Spring Musical and service projects.
SECOND HOME: “The things I’ve learned here, with no question could I have learned any place else. I love this place, I love the people, I love what I have accomplished here. Coming into this special building every day and being able to make a difference, motivate, and have a positive impact on the lives of the people who walk through this school, well that makes CCHS special to me. It will always be home and will certainly forever have a place in my heart. #GoIrish”
THANK YOU DONORS: “CCHS donors to the annual fund have impacted my experience tremendously. It gives the school more flexibility to upgrade and update things we need. I will look forward to being a huge donor in the future because I see what it does for the school and students. Thank you, Donors!”


Franki LaPata ’21

Hometown: Hainesport | Grammar School: St. Joan of Arc

Franki LaPata ’21 (far right) with fellow Link Crew Leaders.

Sophomore Franki LaPata is a Lieutenant Governor in Student Government, she’s involved in Link Crew (freshman orientation leader), and she is a sophomore ambassador for Green and White. Outside of CCHS, Franki has been dancing for 14 years, jazz, ballet, hip-hop, and tap.
SECOND HOME: “At my dad’s funeral mass I realized I was a part of something magnificent. Standing by someone when they are at their best is easy but when they stand by you when the journey takes an unexpected turn you realize you are truly blessed to be a part of a community. At CCHS I have met people from all corners of the world along with people from the area and each has thought me so much. I have developed friendships stronger then I could ever have imagined. Camden Catholic is truly a place I call a second home.”
THANK YOU DONORS: “The contributions we get from our generous donors are put to numerous great uses. Everywhere you look around CCHS it is evident this money is hard at work. Throughout the years there have been countless improvements such as the sound and lighting equipment for our school plays. When my family and I enter the auditorium we feel like we are going to see a Broadway show.”