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St. Agnes Academy Announces Top Honors for the Class of 2018

St. Agnes Academy is pleased to announce the top honors in the Class of 2018. Congratulations to Valedictorian Caroline Melancon, Salutatorian Abigail Sellers, and the recipient of Third Honors Sophia Bufalino

Valedictorian – Caroline Melancon


The St. Agnes Academy Valedictorian for the Class of 2018 is Caroline Melancon. A National Merit Finalist and an AP Scholar with distinction, Caroline will enroll at the University of Notre Dame in the fall where she plans to study astronomy and pursue a career with NASA.

An outstanding scholar and leader, Caroline is a member of the Aquinas Chapter of the National Honor Society, La Societe Honoraire de Francais, Bill Cate Rho Kappa National Honor Society, Mu Alpha Theta Mathematics Honor Society, International Thespian Society, and the National English Honor Society. She is a four-year member of the National Beta Club and Key Club. Active in the St. Agnes theatre program, Caroline has worked as production assistant, working lights and sound for the various school plays and musicals.

Caroline has exhibited a deep commitment to community service and is a recipient of the school’s Gold Medal Presidential Volunteer Award for completing over 250 hours of service. She volunteers her time as a tutor in the Math Lab at SAA. She serves as a group leader on the retreat team that plans and coordinates retreats for the Upper School, as well as a Peer Mentor guiding freshmen through the transition to high school.

In addition to Notre Dame, Caroline was also admitted to Loyola University, Chicago where she was awarded a Presidential Scholarship. She also earned a Tennessee Hope Educational Scholarship and a General Assembly Merit Scholarship. Caroline is the daughter of Brent and Melinda Melancon. 


Salutatorian – Abigail Sellers


St. Agnes Academy Salutatorian Abigail Sellers has distinguished herself as a scholar and athlete. A 15-year student at St Agnes, Abby is a National Merit Commended Student and earned recognition as an AP Scholar. She is a member of the Aquinas Chapter of the National Honor Society, as well as the Bill Cate Rho Kappa Social Sciences Honor Society, Sociedad Honoraria Hispanica, English Honor Society and Mu Alpha Theta. Abby is captain of the SAA Mathletes team, as well a four-year participant in Youth in Government and Model United Nations. She is also the captain of the cross-country team and the distance track team.

A talented equestrienne, Abby began horseback riding when she was only five years old, and she has been showing competitively since she was eight. She has qualified for the junior hunter championships the past four years, and last summer she won a team silver medal at the 2017 USHJA Zone Jumper Championships at the highest height offered, 1.35 meters. Following graduation, Abby plans to spend a year competing internationally. In the fall of 2019 she will enroll in the John V. Roach Honors College at Texas Christian University where she received the Texas Christian University Deans Scholarship. She plans to pursue a career in the medical field.

Abby was also accepted to the University of Notre Dame, Auburn University, and the University of Georgia Honors Program where she earned a Presidential Leadership Scholarship and Waiver. She was also offered admission to the University of Mississippi State Sally McDonnell Barksdale Honors College where she earned an Academic Excellence Scholarship, an Academic Excellence Non-Resident Scholarship and a Holmes Scholarship, and she was accepted at the University of Memphis where she earned a Cecil C. Humphreys Presidential Scholarship. Abby is the daughter of Todd and Heather Sellers.


Third Honors – Sophia Bufalino


Sophia Bufalino earned Third Honors in the St. Agnes Academy Class of 2018. In the fall Sophia will enroll in the University of Virginia and plans to pursue a career as a doctor. Known by her friends and family as a “science girl,” Sophia has always had a profound interest in science, and during her senior she volunteered at the Pink Palace Museum. Using a microscope cart, she used her passion and knowledge of biology to teach children the difference between plant cells and animal cells.

Sophia earned honors as an AP Scholar with Distinction. She is a four-year competitor on the St. Agnes Mathletes team and serves as a tutor in the Math Learning Center. She is Vice President of HOSA (Health Occupations Students of America). Through her work with HOSA she has helped to raise awareness for mental illnesses. She has been inducted into the Aquinas Chapter of the National Honor Society, the National English Honor Society, Mu Alpha Theta, Bill Cate Rho Kappa National Social Studies Honor Society, and the Sociedad Honoraria Hispanica. She has participated in Model United Nations, and is member of the Spanish Club, Key Club and National Beta Club.

Sophia was also accepted to Boston College, the Oxford College of Emory University, and the University of Alabama. She was awarded a Tennessee Hope Educational Scholarship and a General Assembly Merit Scholarship. Sophia is the daughter of Jim and Nikki Bufalino. 

Jan 18, 2019

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