St. Mary’s High School Mourns the Loss of Zachary Zabatta ’20

St. Mary’s High School Mourns the Loss of Zachary Zabatta ’20

It is with great sadness that we announce that Zachary Zabatta, a member of the Saint Mary’s High School Class of 2020, has suddenly passed away. While on vacation in Iceland, the family was in a car accident, and Zach sustained severe injuries resulting in the loss of his life.

We have lost an incredible member of our Saint Mary’s High School community. During his time at St. Mary’s, Zach was consistently at the top of his class, choosing to take the most challenging AP courses and finding great success in them. These accomplishments were leading Zach to apply to the most competitive colleges and universities in the world. Most recently, Zach was pursuing the rank of Eagle Scout. He decided to renovate space behind the stage in Marist Hall for his Eagle Scout Project. Zachary intended to give back to a community that he felt had given so much to him.

We are all in shock at this moment. This tragedy is a devastating loss, especially for our young people. Our counselors, along with additional counselors and members of the clergy, will be on campus starting tomorrow morning to assist with the emotional and spiritual needs of our students.

Zach’s father, James, mother, Barbara, and sisters, Gabriella ’17 and Sophia are still overseas recovering from injuries. It may be quite sometime before the family can return to the United States.

In a phone conversation with Mr. Zabatta earlier today, Principal Buckley promised we would travel this difficult road with his family every step of the way. Mr. Zabatta asked that we share with you his concerns for our students in this grieving process and wants us all to make sure that we are addressing our emotional and spiritual needs, as Zach would wish to us all to do.

We will face this as a family for our friend, our student, our brother, Zach. Please pray for Zachary, his family, and the entire St. Mary’s community.