During Academy Awards Night on Monday, May 17, it was announced that Tara DSilva '21 has been named the Mount Saint Mary Academy Class of 2021 Valedictorian. Martha Byrne '21 has been designated Salutatorian. Tara, a graduate of Saint Helena School in Edison, will continue her studies at Princeton University in the fall where she will major in anthropology. Martha, a graduate of Holy Trinity Interparochial School in Westfield, will attend the University of Notre Dame (Glynn Family Honors Program) where she will major in Economics and Classics.
Tara said, "I am deeply honored to have been named the Valedictorian of the Class of 2021. Being part of the Mount family is an endless blessing. I have worked with inspiring faculty, met caring staff, and befriended an extraordinary group of students. I know that I will be showered with love and warmth whenever I step on campus. So, I am especially grateful to receive this honor from such a wonderful community. Furthermore, thank you to my family and friends for supporting me throughout my high school journey."
"Despite the challenges we faced, this year’s graduating class has achieved so much. I am incredibly proud of my classmates, as they adapted and worked together to make the most of senior year. Spending the last four years in their company has inspired me and taught me what it means to be thoughtful, determined, and dedicated. It has been a great pleasure to watch my fellow seniors thrive and succeed. I remain awestruck by their potential, and I am elated to call myself a part of the Class of 2021," she added.
Martha said, “I’m very honored to be recognized in this way for my hard work. I owe so much to my teachers, parents, and the Mount community. My past four years at the Mount have been wonderful, and I feel so blessed to be ending them with this. I’ll definitely miss the Mount next year.”