Third in a nine-part series celebrating recent graduates from Catholic high schools across South Jersey.
Today: Saint Augustine Prep, Richland
Matthew Lee Cottrell
High School Activities: National Honor Society, Football, All South Jersey Choir, Habitat for Humanity
Plans for the Fall: United States Coast Guard Academy as a Cadet, majoring in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering
What he appreciates most about going to a Catholic high school: What I appreciate most about going to a Catholic High School is being able to attend a high school where I can openly celebrate my faith. Being able to enjoy attending Mass and praying before meals and class has been a spiritually enriching journey. I have been blessed to experience an education that is rich with Augustinian values and to have learned what it means to be a Christian Gentleman through the search for truth, unity, and love.
High School Activities: Baseball, Studying
Plans for the Fall: University of Pennsylvania
What he appreciates most about going to a Catholic high school: Before high school I never attended a Catholic school. It was an adjustment coming from a small public school and entering one of the most prestigious schools around. At first it was hard to understand the importance of values being instilled, but over time I realized their purpose. Attending a Catholic high school has opened my eyes to the importance of structure and has strengthened my views as a young Catholic.
High School Activities: Medical Club, Hermit Ambassadors Service Club, Model United Nations
Plans for the Fall: Georgetown University
Someone who made a significant impact on his life: My Honors Chemistry, AP Biology, and AP Chemistry teacher Ms. Fed. Having spent three years with her, we developed a close relationship. She was always supportive of me and helped develop my love for science.
High School Activities: Volleyball, Richland Rowdies, Animal AID USA
Plans for the Fall: Temple University
One piece of advice for incoming freshmen: Try to find something you are passionate about and chase that. Also, make the most of your time in high school and don’t forget to laugh.