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Iona Prep Celebrates Class Of 2018

Bro. Thomas Leto, president, with Iona Preparatory School’s 2018 St. Columba Award-winners for exemplifying the ideals and traditions of Iona Prep, during commencement exercises at Iona College. Photo Credit: Provided
Iona Preparatory School Valedictorian Peter Calicchia, 18, of Tuckahoe, left, receives the Brother William M. Stoldt, CFC Memorial Award for General Excellence from Bro. Thomas Leto, Iona Prep president, during commencement exercises. Photo Credit: Provided
Iona Preparatory School Salutatorian Charlie Flanagan, 17, of Rye Brook, spoke during commencement exercises at Iona College on May 24. Photo Credit: Provided
Visa CEO and 2018 Alumni Award Recipient Alfred F. Kelly Jr., ’76, speaks to the Class of 2018 about choices and consequences during commencement exercises at Iona College on May 24. Photo Credit: Provided
Bro. Thomas Leto, Iona Preparatory School president, reminds the graduates that they will always be loved, and are always welcome back home at the Prep during commencement exercises at Iona College. Photo Credit: Provided
Iona Preparatory School graduating seniors and their families during the 99th Commencement Exercises on May 24. Photo Credit: Provided

Iona Preparatory School held its 99th Commencement Exercises on May 24 at Iona College in New Rochelle.

A total of 196 seniors graduated, having earned more than $29 million in merit scholarships, with an average award of $60,300. Of note, 7,500 service hours were amassed by he latest graduates in their senior year alone.

Visa CEO Alfred F. Kelly Jr. ’76, P’05,’12 of Rye received the Alumni Award and spoke to the graduates about choices and consequences; specifically, the choice to take Iona Prep with them as they enter the next phases of their lives.

“I would strongly suggest that Iona Prep has gifted to you a number of great treasures: friends, values, study habits and Christ,” Kelly said. “All four of these gifts, sounds like to me, are gifts that keep on giving … . and can be with you the rest of your life.”

This year’s Valedictorian was Peter Calicchia, 18, from Tuckahoe. The Salutatorian was Charlie Flanagan, 17, of Rye Brook.

Flanagan advised classmates to remember the life lessons Iona Prep has instilled in them

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