St. Joseph High School prepares for 2016 graduation

Monroe resident Nicholas Maltese will be among the 216 graduates of St Joseph High School on Saturday, June 4  at 10:00 a.m. Nicholas is the school salutatorian.

The 2016 commencement will be held at Dalling Field on the school’s campus.

Monsignor Thomas W. Powers, Vicar General, Diocese of Bridgeport will be in attendance.  

Matthew J. Cenci is the Valedictorian for the Class of 2016. Matthew has attained the highest academic record among this very competitive class, and will deliver the valedictorian’s farewell address at the close of the commencement exercises at graduation.

Matthew is the son of Rudolf and Roberta Cenci of Shelton.

Matthew has previously attended Sunnyside Elementary School and Shelton Intermediate School. Matthew is a member of the Spanish and Math Honor Societies, in addition to participating in the school’s philosophy club, math team and writing center.  

Academically, Matthew is an AP scholar with Honor, a Governor’s Scholar Semifinalist, and has received the Bausch and Lomb Science award from the University of Rochester, and an Excellence in Mathematics award from Fairfield University.  

In his free time Matthew enjoys playing the piano and listening to music.  Matthew works as a pianist for St Joseph Parish in Shelton.

Matthew will be heading to The University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Indiana in the fall to pursue a career in medicine while continuing his studies in piano and music.


Nicholas A. Maltese has compiled the second highest academic average in his class and has been named the Salutatorian for the Class of 2016.  

He will open the 2016 commencement exercises at the Senior Class Awards Ceremony on Thursday, June 2. Nicholas is a graduate of Jockey Hollow School in Monroe where he resides with his parents, Nicholas and Annamarie.

Nicholas and his family are parishioners of St Jude Parish in Monroe.  

Nicholas will be attending Quinnipiac University in Hamden, Connecticut this September. He was accepted for freshman entry in the six/seven-year Doctor of Physical Therapy Program.

School info

St. Joseph High School strives to be the premier college preparatory school in Southern Connecticut. The school provides a learning environment that embraces the Gospel values of the Roman Catholic faith and promotes a commitment to family and community. The school prepares young women and men to realize their potential, helps them excel in higher education and provides a foundation to guide them throughout their lives. The New England Association of Schools and Colleges accredits St. Joseph High School.

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