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    Achievement from the Heart!

    Melody & Emily, We are Proud and Grateful for your Dedication. 


    Melody Adamski and Emily Chavez, SMS alumni class of 2020 and Girl Scout Cadettes from troop 60628, have been awarded the Girl Scout Silver Award.

    Their Silver Award project drove awareness to animals in need. Through their “Sponsor-a-Bear” program they raised funds through a website they created and used the donations to make bears for the animals and donate supplies to The Somerset Regional Animal Shelter.
    The Girl Scout Siver Award is the highest honor a Cadette can achieve.
    GS Silver Award  



    Congratulations to Ava Abreu!


    Congrats to Ava Abreu, SMS Class of 2018, for being inducted into the Marian Scholar program and the National Honors Society this year as a sophomore at Immaculata High School.  She has also been accepted into the Harvard Pre-College Program for this Summer. 


    Congratulations to Ava, who said "I thank Saint Matthias for preparing me so well for high school and beyond."  Well done Ava, you make your SMS family proud!




    Fishing for A Cause


    During the summer of 2019, Eric Schuher, SMS Class of 2014, volunteered in the Bahamas with "Fish for Change".  "Fish for Change" is a non-profit organization that goes to international countries relient on the fishing industry for their income and help better their communities through volunteerism and fly-fishing. 


    On his trip, Eric volunteered his time and talent in many areas.  He distributed donated clothing and toys to the children from the Sand Banks Village.  He worked with "Friends of the Environment".  "Friends of the Environment" is an organization that focuses on taking care of the environment and getting local youths involved by holding workshops, arranging beach cleanups and acting as the voice for protecting Abaco, Bahamas wildlife.  He also worked with cleaning up a local beach.  He worked with the "Bonefish Tarpon Trust".   "Bonefish Tarpon Trust" focuses on protecting the bonefish and tarpon populations.  He also assisted in tagging bonefish so the Bonefish Tarpon Trust's environmentalists could track the fish for information on local breeding areas and seasonal movements.  Awesome job Eric, you make your SMS family proud!!




    Congratulations to Matthew Vergel!
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    Congrats to Matthew Vergel, SMS Class of 2015, for being named Valedictorian of St. Joseph High School class of 2019.  Matthew will continue his studies on full-scholarship at Johns Hopkins University in their Biomedical Engineering program. 
    Congratulations to Matthew, who said "Saint Matthias gave me more than just an education; the community there gave me a love for learning. Throughout my years at the school, the teachers pushed me to be the best student I could be.  When I first arrived at Saint Joe’s, I quickly became aware of my advantage as a Saint Matthias alumnus. My elementary school prepared me well for not just high school, but also life beyond school. I would not be where I am today without the Faith, Caring, and Excellence of Saint Matthias School."  Well done Matthew, you make your SMS family proud!




    SMS Alumna Student Athlete

    Excelling in the Classroom and on the Court!


    SMS Alumna Athlete


    Congratulations St. Matthias School alumna Jessica Pil, SMS Class of 2012, for her contributions to helping her Fairfield University Division 1 Women’s Tennis Team win the MAAC Conference Championships this spring.  Jessica was named "Most Outstanding Player" for winning 3 matches over the weekend.  Congratulations to proud parents Apollo and Lynette who said “It’s a testament to her strong foundation earned at St. Matthias School.”  Congratulations Jessica, you make your Mustang family proud!




    SMS Class of 1974


    SMS Class of 1974


    Celebrating their 40th Anniversary from Immaculata HS are members of the SMS Class of 1974:

    Gene Kelly, Colleen Slyman McAuliffe, Laureen Indyk Janssen, Jill Strosser Sydor, Robin Nelson Kirchner, John Maher




    Top Ten Academic All-Star


    Congratulations to Simon L., SMS Class of 2014, who was named as one of the TOP TEN Academic All-Stars.  Simon attended Saint Matthias and Bishop George Ahr High School.  He is an Altar Server at Saint Matthias Church, a Franklin Township Youth Council committee member and "The Grade" member.


    Simon also received a full-tuition scholarship to attend the honors program at Temple University.  Congrats Simon, you make your SMS family proud!




    SMS Class of 2006


    Spartan Race


    Best friends since Kindergarten, Alum from the SMS Class of 2006:

    Matt Bernocchi, Billy Scioscia, Connor Pollitt and Austin Blakely competed in the Spartan Race on April 28th.




    SMS Alumni Selected for National Honor Society


    Lauren V., SMS Class  of 2014, a senior at Franklin High School, is a member of the National Honor Society and holds a position as the Public Relations Board Member.  Congratulations Lauren, you make your SMS family proud!




    SMS Alumni Selected for National Honor Society

    & Edison Rotary Club High School Student of the Month


    Eric S., SMS Class of 2014, was selected recently as a member of the National Honor Society at St. Joseph's High School.  Eric, a senior at St. Joseph High School, has also been named as the Edison Rotary Club High School Student of the Month for February 2018.  Congratulations Eric, you make your SMS family proud!




    SMS Alumni Inducted into Honor Society


    The following SMS alumni were recently inducted into the Honor Society at Mount Saint Mary's Academy:

    Frankie F., Madison L., Tess M. and Colleen C.

    Congratulations, you make your SMS family proud!


    Mount Saint Mary Academy Honors Convocation 2017



    Congratulations to Immaculata High School Class of 2017 Graduates


    The following SMS Class of 2017 alumni were recognized:

    Esther and Joseph Cusick Memorial Award:  Christina S.

    Marie E. Laggini Vocal Exellence Award:  Margaret Anne D.

    Congratulations, you make your SMS family proud!




    Congratulations to the graduates of Bishop George Ahr High School Class of 2017


    The following SMS Class of 2017 alumni were recognized:

    Valedictorian: Kevin H.

    Salutatorian: Kaitlin F.

    Four Years Honors Program:  

    Samantha F., Kaitlin F., Sabrina G., Serena G., Kevin H., Skyler K., Brigid M., Kyle P., Alexander S., Sophia S., Darlene S.

    Physical Science Award: Kevin H.

    Excellence in Writing:  Kevin H.

    Director’s Award for Excellence in Drama:  Sabrina G., Serena G., Camryn H.

    Director’s Award for Distinguished Contribution to Drama:  Michaela F.

    National Choral Award:  Kaitlin F., Kevin H.

    National Hispanic Award:  Sabrina G., Serena G.

    National Merit Scholarship:  Kevin H.

    Perfect Attendance Award:  Darlene S.

    Prudential Spirit of Community Award; Middlesex County Guidance Council Caring Award:  Gabriela A.

    Society of Women Engineers Award:  Kaitlin F.

    Kathleen Duffy Memorial Award:  Samantha F.

    Air Force Math & Science Award:  Kaitlin F., Kevin H.

    Patrick S. Gilmore Award:  Kaitlin F.

    Kelley McCaffrey Scholarship:  Jillian R.

    Congratulations, you make your SMS family proud!




    St. Joseph High School Senior Awards Night




    We are proud to announce that 9 St. Matthias graduates, SMS Class of 2013, were honored at the 2017 Senior Awards Night.  Congratulations to these young men, their parents, and SMS teachers!

    • PJ Catalano:  Edison Rotary Senior of the Month, Magna Cum Laude
    • Spencer C.:  Cum Laude
    • Nicholas D.:  Cum Laude
    • James L.:  Science - Department Award
    • Michael M.:  Latin National Honor Society – Sacre`-Coeur Award, George F. Smith Memorial Award, Computer Science & Applied Technology Excellence Award, Latin - Department Award, National Latin Exam – Silver Maxima Cum Laude, National Merit – Commended Student, Summa Cum Laude
    • Sam R.:  Summa Cum Laude
    • Brendan S.:  Edison Rotary Senior of the Month, Science National Honor Society – Falcon Award, Alumni Award, Magna Cum Laude
    • Zach S.:  Edison Rotary Senior of the Month, International Thespian Society – Falcon Award, Theater Company: Tech Crew – Sacre`-Coeur Award, Magna Cum Laude
    • Luke Y.:  Edison Rotary Senior of the Month, Campus Ministry – Falcon Award, English Excellence Award, Spanish Excellence Award, Scholar-Athlete Award, Summa Cum Laude

    Congratulations, you make your SMS family proud!




    Diving Champion


    Seamus Harding


    Congratulations Seamus Harding, SMS Class of 2016, who recently won the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association Diving Championship.  Click here to read how Seamus' relationship with God is important to this Notre Dame diving state champ.




    Musical Performance



    Krista C., a former member of the SMS Drama Club, continues her stage presence at Princeton Day School.  She shared her many talents in three February performances of the hit musical, “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee.”

    Congratulations Krista you make your SMS family proud!!



    Boy Scout Troop 195 Eagle Scout Award


    With great fanfare, St. Matthias Boy Scout Troop 195 is proud to announce Kevin H., SMS Class of 2013 has successfully achieved Scouting's highest honor, that of Eagle Scout.  Congratulations Kevin, you make your SMS family proud!




    St. Matthias School

    Alumni vs Coaches Basketball Game

    Monday, December 26, 2016






    St. Timothy Award



    At the annual Youth Awards Mass, held October 22, 2016 at the Cathedral of St. Francis of Assisi, Bishop James F. Checchio bestowed the St. Timothy and St. Teresa awards to 58 teens from multiple parishes and high schools in the Diocese of Metuchen.

    Congratulations to James L., SMS Class of 2013, you make your SMS family proud!




    Silver Award Service Project


    Congratulations!  SMS Class of 2016 graduates Carolyn F., Krista C. and Alexia F. of Girl Scout Troop 61307.  Girl Scout Council has awarded them with a Silver Award for their accomplishments.  The highest award a Girl Scout Cadette can earn.  For their Silver Award project, the girls at the end of last school year came to a faculty meeting and to individual classrooms to help promote no longer using the word "retarded" in daily language in a negative way.   We are all very proud of them and want to thank the St. Matthias community for helping them achieve this goal.  They should be so proud of their hard work and accomplishments!  You make your SMS family proud!




    Summer Sondays



    Brandon P., SMS Class of 2010, and Kevin H., SMS Class of 2013, two of the many alums who shared their joy, time and talent during Summer Sondays.  Our graduates and young parishioners truly are good news in the Church.  Awesome job, you make your SMS family proud!


    Eagle Scout Service Project



    Brendan M., SMS Class of 2014 and a Life Scout in Troop 113 in Somerset wanted to bring back the US map and upgrade the meditation garden. Part of his Eagle Service project was to paint a playground map at St. Matthias School this summer. The Telephone Pioneers and local organizations provided donations to help purchase paint, mulch and materials. His friends, family and troop labored alongside Brendan throughout the summer completing the two projects in early September. Brendan dropped by school one afternoon to explain his projects. He was happy to see the map and garden enjoyed by students of all ages.  Awesome job Brendan, you make your SMS family proud!




    Arien Y. and the Graduating Class of 2016



    Last year, when Arien Y. heard the news of the flooding in his family's village in Chenni, India, Arien knew he had to do something.  He asked his classmates in 8A and 8B to pray for his relatives and neighbors. Not only did they pray but they collected their change from lunch each day. They had responded out of care and compassion. Arien and his parents converted the dollars to 11,000.00 rupees and delivered the money to the Nehru Government High School. The principal said the money would be used for the poor children's snacks. This experience has inspired Arien to continue to help that school.  Awesome job Arien, you make your SMS family proud!




    St. Joseph High School

    St. Joseph High School recently inducted these SMS grads to the National Honor Society.  Congratulations, you make your SMS family proud!




    St. Joseph High School reports that the following students

    from St. Matthias School, Class of 2012 were recognized
    at the Senior Awards Night on May 24, 2016:

    Falcon Achievement Awards:

    Art:  Thomas V. – Rhode Island School of Design
    French:  Elrod O. – Drexel University
    National Honor Society:  Carson C. – University of Miami
    Science:  Jason D. – Rutgers University
    Academic Awards:

    Cum Laude:  John Henry R.  and Tanner S.
    Summa Cum Laude:  Jason C., Carson C., Jason D., Elrod O. and Thomas V.
    Congratulations and Blessings to the SMS Class of 2012!

    You make your SMS family proud!
    Good luck in college!



    Congratulations to the Bishop Ahr grads

      & SMS Alums from the Class of 2012
    You make your SMS family proud!





    2016 Awards Assembly



    At the June 8th Awards Assembly, we welcomed the return of Mark Tarantino ‘70, a member of the first graduating class.  In addition to being an SMS grad, he is a husband, a father, a former member of the National Guard, a lawyer, a runner with the Pinelands Trailblazers and currently a Superior Court Judge in Mount Holly, NJ.

    Using humor and slides, Judge Mark Tarantino shared memories from his days at St. Matthias and offered some challenges for the future.  Students and adults alike enjoyed his presentation.

    Mark is pictured here with current faculty members and coordinators of the annual Awards Assembly.