Angels manager inspires students

Los Angeles AngelsManager and two-time World Series Champion Joe Maddonjoined Bishop Vann, Auxiliary Bishop Nguyen and Dr. Erin Barisano, superintendent of schools, to honor the Class of 2020 valedictorians and salutatorians from Catholic high schools across the Diocese of Orange. 

Coach Maddonacknowledged the students for their achievements and hard work, encouraging them to stay positive, remain optimistic and embrace new challenges.   

“Catholic education to me means everything,” Maddonsaid. “Enjoy this moment and continue to grow.” 

The Zoom call also featured a special message from Angelscenterfielder and three-time American League MVP Mike Trout.  

“Your ability to overcome these challenges will prepare you for anything the future holds,” he said. 

The students will be attending USC, UCLA, Rice University, Long Beach State, Macalester College, the U.S. Naval Academy, MIT, Notre Dame, Brown University and Stanford.  

“While this is the end of one experience, the world has opened up for you,” Dr. Barisanosaid. “I believe you will go out and change lives. You will always have a place to call home in the Diocese of Orange.” 



Kathleen MacfeeJSerraCatholic High School 

Maria ValentinaOsorioJSerraCatholic High School 

Cynthia Garcia Mater Dei High School 

Fiona MulhollandMater Dei High School 

Jeffery PetersonMater Dei High School 

Colin WeaverMater Dei High School 

Bryn BoznanskiRosary Academy 

Julia Clift-TothRosary Academy 

KloeyReyesRosary Academy 

Jordan CheungSanta Margarita  

Brendan ReevesSanta Margarita  

Matthew MartinezServiteHigh School 

Preston PatzServiteHigh School

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