Academy Announces Top Students and Graduating Class Achievements

Academy Announces Top Students and Graduating Class Achievements

The Academy of Notre Dame (NDA) recently announced Elena Murguia of Hollis, NH, as Valedictorian and Anoutsa Latsapanya of Lowell as Salutatorian of the Class of 2019. Both seniors will graduate at the Academy’s commencement ceremony on Saturday, June 1, 2019.


Murguia, a 13 Year student, was a member of the National Honor Society, the Spanish National Honor Society and was a recipient of the Harvard University book award. She was a four-year member of the Model United Nations and served as acting co-president her senior year. During her time in this club, she won numerous awards for her outstanding performance in addressing world issues.


Murguia credits the Academy for helping her find her voice, stating, “NDA has made me more confident in myself and in public speaking.”


In addition to Model UN, Murguia served as vice president of Student Council. She was also a 12-season athlete, participating in volleyball, basketball, softball, and tennis during her time at the Academy.


In the fall, Murguia plans to major in mathematics at Cornell University.


Latsapanya was a Rensselaer Medalist in 2018. During her years at the Academy, Latsapanya served as president of Glee Club and ambassador for Catie’s Closet. Additionally, she was involved in National Honor Society, Model United Nations and the student art magazine, The MUSE.


Latsapanya attributes her passion for volunteering to her experience at NDA.


“NDA has helped me to grow into the compassionate, helpful and hardworking person I am today with a quality education and endless opportunities for service to others,” reflects Latsapanya. “NDA has also given me the chance to meet friends and mentors who have shaped my life enormously.”


She plans to study biological sciences at the University of Rochester in the fall.


The Class of 2019, composed of 36 students, earned a cumulative of more than $8 million in renewable, merit-based scholarships. Twenty-five NDA graduates were accepted Early Action or Early Decision to one or more schools. One hundred percent of the class has been accepted to 90 colleges and universities across the U.S., Canada and Ireland. More than fifty percent of the class report that they will major in STEM related fields.

Two graduates, Julie Getchell of Methuen and Victoria Bradley of Dracut were awarded full-tuition, four- year scholarships to Regis College School of Nursing. Eleven graduates will be attending a Catholic college or university.

The 13 Year Award was granted to Monique Barowski of Tyngsboro, Natalie Kelleher of Lowell, Taylor Martineau of Merrimack, NH, Elena Murguia of Hollis, NH, and Megan Perrault of Tyngsboro.

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