Top 50 Honor Roll

top 50 copySt. Monica Academy was recently elevated to the Catholic High School Honor Roll by the Cardinal Newman Society, which recognizes only 50 Catholic High Schools across the United States.  The top 50 schools are recognized for excellence in Catholic identity, academics and civic education.   “We welcome this award, not only as recognition of the rigor of our academics, but of the beauty of our Catholic identity,” said Marguerite Grimm, headmaster, at the all-school celebration at St. Andrew Church in Pasadena.  Ten years ago, St. Monica Academy’s high school had three students, no activities, no sports, and no AP classes.  Today it has 81 students, a much larger academic program and some awesome accomplishments:  5 league championships and one State Quarterfinals in varsity girls volleyball, 7 perfect 800’s on the SAT’s, 15 National Merit Finalists or Commended Scholars, a regional Poetry Out Loud Winner, and 91 National Latin Exam Gold Medals.  St. Monica’s graduates have pursued careers in engineering, medicine, nursing, television and film CGI, vocal arts, liberal arts, ballet, and education.

Fr. Paul Sustayta, pastor of St. Andrew and chaplain of St. Monica, conferred the Top 50 Award on behalf of the Newman Society to Andrew Zepeda, President of St. Monica Academy.  Mr. Zepeda thanked St. Monica benefactors who saw the necessity of such a school, the teachers for their devotion, and the pioneer parents and students who embarked on a new educational enterprise. Two other California Catholic High Schools were named to the Honor Roll:  St. Michael’s Prep in Silverado and St. Augustine Academy in Ventura.