Mount Saint Joseph Academy is pleased to announce the following Honors:
Brian Thomas Pierce is the class of 2023 Valedictorian. Brian is the son of Laura LaVictoire Pierce and Brian Pierce of Middletown Springs. Brian attended Christ the King School prior to his enrollment at MSJ.
While in attendance, Brian maintained High Academic Honors throughout his career, and was actively involved in a variety of clubs and activities, including the Josephite Chapter of the National Honor Society, National Spanish Honor Society, National Art Honor Society, and the MSJ Student Government. In addition, Brian earned Varsity letters in Soccer, Alpine Skiing, and Tennis. Brian was a member of the 2021 Division 4 State Championship Boys Soccer team, and represented MSJ as an Academy Host/Student Ambassador.
In addition to his school honors, Brian volunteered countless hours at the Rutland Regional Medical Center and is currently a member of the Fair Haven Rescue Squad and Regional Ambulance Service as a certified EMT.
Brian will be attending Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in the fall, majoring in Nuclear Engineering.
Ryan James Laforest is the Class of 2023 Salutatorian. Ryan is the son of Martine Cadesca and Kernizan Laforest of Coral Springs, Florida.
While in attendance, Ryan maintained High Academic Honors throughout his career and was a member of the MSJ Student Government and the Josephite Chapter of the National Honor Society. Ryan was actively involved in a variety of clubs and activities earning a varsity letter in Boy’s Soccer as part of the 2021 Division 4 State Championship team. Ryan also served MSJ as an Academy Host/Student Ambassador.
Ryan will be attending North Carolina State University in the fall.
2023 Veritas et Puritas Award
Each year Mount Saint Joseph Academy honors one or more members of the graduating class with the Veritas et Puritas Award. The phrase Veritas et Puritas translates as “truth and purity” and has been the motto of the Academy since its founding in 1882 by the Sisters of Saint Joseph.
This year Mount Saint Joseph Academy is proud to award Dominic Oritzio Valente the 2023 Veritas et Puritas Award.
Dominic Oritzio Valente is the son of Nancy and Michael Valente of Mount Holly. Dominic attended Black River Middle School prior to his enrollment at MSJ. During his career at MSJ he maintained High Academic Honors and was a member of the Josephite Chapter of the National Honor Society. In addition to academics Dominic was a dedicated four year member of the Mount Saint Joseph Academy Boys Soccer program, earning a State Championship in the fall of 2021. Likewise, Dominic earned varsity letters as a four year member of the Boys Baseball team.
Dominic will be attending Paul Smith’s College in the fall.