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13 Basking Ridge Students Graduate From Delbarton School

Press release: 

After receiving their diplomas from Headmaster Br. Paul Diveny, OSB on June 1, 2014, Delbarton's 129 newest alumni heard words of wisdom from former Delbarton mother Kathleen DeChiara, President and Chief Executive Officer Community Food Bank of New Jersey.

Among the other Delbarton Class of 2014 graduates were local residents:

  • Bryce Curnin of Basking Ridge who will attend Vanderbilt University this fall.
  • Austin Gobbo of Basking Ridge who will attend Harvard College this fall.
  • Tommy Griffin of Basking Ridge, a National Merit Commended student who will attend Cornell University this fall.
  • Jack Hanifin of Basking Ridge who will attend Providence College this fall.
  • Matthew Margiotta of Bernards Township, a National Merit Commended student who will attend University of Michigan this fall.
  • Colin McCormick of Basking Ridge who will attend University of Virginia this fall.
  • Alfred McKeon of Basking Ridge who will attend Villanova University this fall.
  • John McLaughlin of Basking Ridge who will attend Union College this fall.
  • Robert McMaster of Basking Ridge who will attend Washington & Lee University this fall.
  • Michael Moshier Jr. of Basking Ridge who will attend Bucknell University this fall.
  • William Moss of Basking Ridge who will attend Southern Methodist University this fall.
  • Thomas Riegler of Basking Ridge who will attend University of Illinois this fall.
  • Enrique Zalamea of Basking Ridge who will attend University of Michigan this fall.

In 1975 DeChiara started what was to become the Community Food Bank of New Jersey in the back of her station wagon. Today, a staff of 190 and more than 35,000 volunteers distributes 40 million pounds of food and groceries last year to more than 1,100 charities in New Jersey.  

Food distribution plans that she designed and implemented during her nearly 40 year career are now replicated by food banks across the nation.  DeChiara is also the mother of a Delbarton alumnus: her son Anthony graduated from Delbarton in 1986.

After the ceremony the graduates, families and friends enjoyed a reception in the Delbarton Senior Garden.

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