Brien McMahon Class of 2019 Grads to Attend Colleges Across the Country

McMahon Class of 2019 Grads Headed to Colleges Across the Country
Posted on 06/12/2019
Brien McMahon logoThe Brien McMahon Class of 2019 will receive their diplomas during the 58th annual commencement this evening. Over 410 Brien McMahon seniors will graduate. Graduates were accepted to institutes of higher learning across the US, including Arizona State University, Colgate University, Fairfield University, Gettysburg College, Harvard College, Ithaca College, Michigan State University, Norwalk Community College, Skidmore College, Virginia Tech and more.

For a full list of college acceptances, click here. 

This year’s Class of 2019 Valedictorian is Nicole Baldwin, the Salutatorian is Seixas Aldrich and the Senior Class President is Victoria McCaffrey. Long-time Athletic Director Joe Madaffari, named 2019 National Athletic Director of the Year, was chosen by the graduating class to be their faculty speaker. 

2019 marks the first year that Brien McMahon’s will award International Baccalaureate (IB) diplomas. Twenty-two students will graduate with an IB diploma after completing a rigorous, two-year pre-university course of study based on curriculum used in schools around the world.  IB diplomas have a positive impact on college acceptance rates. 

Many other graduating students participated in a variety of distinctive courses, programs and pathways including the Center for Global Studies, McMahon Healthcare Academy, Project Lead The Way, and Advanced Placement courses for college credit.  

The Center for Global Studies (CGS) at Brien McMahon High School is an interdistrict magnet school focused on teaching students the languages, culture, history, and literature of China, Japan and the Middle East. A vibrant two-week exchange program allows students to welcome visitors from those countries into their homes and enables CGS students to immerse themselves in the cultures they study. The McMahon Healthcare Academy allows students to take advanced science courses as part of their regular program. This pathway provides students with the opportunity to attain an applied Associate’s Degree and/or a certification in a healthcare field before graduation. Project Lead The Way offers students pre-engineering courses as part of their high school program. 

Additionally, students will be awarded the Connecticut State Seal of Biliteracy. This honor, established by the State Board of Education, acknowledges that a student has demonstrated mastery of two or more languages. The Seal of Biliteracy also provides recognition to English learners for the great value of developing English and maintaining their primary language.

Brien McMahon Seal of Biliteracy Recipients

These specialized offerings are in alignment with the Norwalk Public Schools Strategic Operating Plan objectives, which emphasizes having the right strategies, systems and supports in place to ensure that all students leave Grade 12 ready for future academic or work success. The Brien McMahon Class of 2019 also participated in a wide variety of extra-curricular activities, from sports to music to social justice through the Center for Youth Leadership. 

The overall NPS graduation rate for 2018 was higher that the State for the fourth year in a row. This ranking positions NPS as first in our District Reference Group (DRG), which compares NPS with other districts with similar socioeconomic status across the state.