Anna Botticello, a Town of Tonawanda resident, has been named Mount St. Mary Academy’s Class of 2018 valedictorian, and Catherine Lippert of Grand Island has been named salutatorian. Botticello and Lippert will be honored at Mount St. Mary Academy’s 87th commencement exercises on June 3 in the school’s auditorium.

Botticello earned a 99.77 average over her four years at Mount St. Mary and will attend Hamilton College to study creative writing, She has received $422,100 in scholarship offers from several colleges and universities. At Mount St. Mary’s, Botticello was an officer of several school clubs, including Discover Japan Club, Writing Club and Book Club and received the Harvard Prize Book Award in 2017.

During her high school career, Lippert earned a 98.97 average and will attend Duquesne University to pursue a degree as a physician’s assistant. She earned $363,000 in scholarship offers. Lippert is the Chief Financial Officer for an award-winning student business, Essence. She is a Student Council and Service Club officer and is a two-sport varsity athlete, serving as captain of varsity lacrosse and volleyball during her senior year.

Collectively, the members of the Mount St. Mary Academy Class of 2018 have received nearly $18 million in scholarships from colleges and universities throughout the country, averaging over $220,000 per student.

Colleen M. Allen, Esq., senior deputy counsel at Independent Health, is the commencement speaker. She is a former president of the Mount St. Mary Academy Board of Trustees and a member of the MSM Class of 1998.

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