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James and Ellen Frenis

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We are writing to you as the last term of our daughters’ senior year is coming to a close to tell you how absolutely thrilled we are with the education the twins have received these past four years. As we all know, education is so important in the development of young adults but equally important is the feeling of belonging and of being part of a community.

At Sacred Heart, our girls felt at home immediately. Both got involved quickly in student government, cheerleading, basketball, cross country and softball. Julie’s willingness to volunteer did not surprise us and we are proud of all she has done. This gave them an immediate sense of school spirit while meeting new friends as well. The sense of belonging to The Heart community was immediate and any worries about their transition to high school were immediately put to rest. As the years flew by, the twins progressed academically earning Highest Honors and induction into the National Honor Society. The rigors of the AP classes were well worth the effort and we will see if Lizzie is able to bypass college courses when the test results are in.

We feel that the steps taken to prepare the girls for college were fantastic and the insistence on making the early college application deadline made a big difference in the acceptance process. After being accepted to some of the most amazing schools, I am so proud to say both girls will be attending the University of Connecticut at Storrs next fall. While the academics are rigorous there, I am sure that SHHS has given them the tools to handle the workload.

We know that they will continue to represent Sacred Heart High School in a positive light as they have learned so many life lessons there about giving, compassion and using their Catholic upbringing to improve the lives of others. In the end, those are the attributes that mean the most.

Thank you to the teachers, counselors, administrators and coaches for all they have done. We believe in The Heart and will miss our close bond to the school as the girls’ move on to college; however, we are certain Sacred Heart has provided everything they will need to be successful.


James and Ellen Frenis
Parents of Lizzie and Julie, Class of 2015