Ashley Masci, a Clarence Center resident, has been named Mount St. Mary Academy’s Class of 2020 valedictorian, and Elizabeth Hertz of Lockport has been named salutatorian.

Masci earned a 100.01 average over her four years at Mount St. Mary and will attend Harvard University to study molecular and cellular biology. With that education, Masci plans to be a microbiologist or biomedical researcher. In 2019, Masci received the Harvard Prize Book Award.

Throughout high school, Masci explored various extracurricular interests, earning leadership roles such as president of National Honor Society, president of the Mock Trial team, captain of the MSM Marching Band Color Guard and co-editor of the Reflections literary magazine. She was also an active member of Gemtones, the school’s a cappella singing group, Mathletes, The Thunder Press monthly newspaper, and the student-run small business Forget Me Not. Her favorite way to spend her 370+ hours volunteering was at the Vacation Bible School for St. Mary School in Swormville, where she attended grade school.

Masci hopes to continue participating in an a cappella group, Mock Trial and journalistic writing at Harvard and try new activities like Quidditch and fencing. She aspires to study abroad at the University of Oxford and the University of Paris and take additional classes at Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Hertz earned a 99.17 average during her schooling at Mount St. Mary and has signed a National Letter of Intent to attend Canisius College and join the rowing team. There, she will double major in accounting and accounting information systems on her path to becoming a CPA.

At Mount St. Mary, Hertz was actively involved in a range of groups and activities, serving in leadership roles such as executive secretary of Student Council, co-president of Model UN and co-president of Students Against Social Injustice. Her 220+ service hours were most enjoyably spent giving back to her grade school, volunteering at St. Amelia School’s Camp Invention. Her favorite Mount St. Mary events to participate in are Open House for prospective students and families and the annual Chrysalis dinner auction.

Rowing has been the “highlight” of her high school experience, Hertz said. The team dynamic and opportunity to mentor younger athletes were experiences she cherishes and looks forward to continuing to pursue at the collegiate level.

Mount St. Mary Academy is proud to announce the Class of 2020 valedictorian and salutatorian. We weren’t able to applaud these dedicated young women in person, but Principal Spillman had a chance to congratulate Ashley Masci and Liz Hertz via video chat this week. Please join us in cheering on their hard work! Read more about these incredible students at

Posted by Mount St. Mary Academy on Friday, 10 April 2020

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