Pope John's Hailey Clarke '23, Emilie Parrella '23 receive Bruce Santorella Scholarship


Director of Communications

Pope John XXIII Regional High School


SPARTA — Pope John XXIII Regional High School is proud to announce that freshmen Hailey Clarke and Emilie Parrella are the recipients of the Bruce Santorella Scholarship.

The scholarship is awarded to young ladies who show high academic potential, are of high moral character, desire to attend a four-year university after high school, embrace life and love Pope John as much as Mr. Santorella did.  Mr. Santorella passed away in February at the age of 57. 

Clarke and Parrella were honored with the scholarship by Mrs. Teresa Santorella.

“We are so honored,” Teresa Santorella said. “I know my husband is looking down on us and these recipients. He loved Pope John. He was a family man, wonderful husband, and wonderful father. He knew the importance of a Catholic education. We want to thank the Gang family for all their love and support. This is a wonderful opportunity for the two girls.”

Clarke is a well-rounded student, athlete and volunteer. Clarke made the honor roll consistently each year while she attended Macopin Middle School in West Milford. Clarke also spends most of the year in the pool swimming competitively or on the diamond playing softball. She has two younger siblings. Clarke’s family has been involved with the NJ Special Olympics for several years and Clarke has volunteered numerous hours supporting their efforts. She wants to be a special education teacher.

Parrella maintained an A average while attending St. Stephen & St. Edward’s School in Warwick, N.Y. and scored in the top 10 percent of all students applying to Pope John based on the HSPT entrance exam. Parrella is dedicated to the sciences and would like to pursue a career either in medicine or the technology field.

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