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Graduates Reminded To Appreciate The Joy In Life
Posted 05/25/2018 11:29AM

 

Choose your actions wisely, use your gifts to help others, and be sure to appreciate the joy in everyday life was the advice the 142 graduates of Austin Preparatory School received during Commencement Exercises on Saturday, May 20th.

Their “joy” began at Baccalaureate Mass on Friday, May 19th, as the graduates, parents, faculty and leadership of Austin Prep, when asked by Fr. Ray Dlugos to “show your joy,” responded with thunderous applause and cheers. Fr. Dlugos is Vice President of Mission and Ministry at Merrimack College and an Austin Prep Trustee.

Headmaster James Hickey, Ph.D. P'22, '23, '24 learned the same valuable lesson about joy from his grandmother.

“Whatever you do make sure to find or – even better – create fun, and joy will certainly follow,” Dr. Hickey said. “Be intentional about it, make time for it, otherwise ‘life’ will get in the way of living a ‘happy life.’ ”

In addition to technical skills, every person has “Human to Human,” or “Heart to Heart” skills which are more important, as those skills define us, Mrs. Barbara Marchetti, the Graduation Keynote Speaker, told the graduates.

“The majority of hiring decisions lean toward the ‘Human to Human,’ ” she said. “It is the ultimate tie breaker. If someone is deficient with a technical tool but makes up for it with his/her ‘Human to Human’ tools – guess who’s selected?”

Mrs. Marchetti is the founder and president of C-suite Corporation, a retained executive search firm which specializes in the talent acquisition of executives from the C-suite down to the director levels. She has more than 30 years of experience impacting the executive infrastructure of business and industry, and is an internationally known business strategist, trainer and public speaker who has worked with hundreds of companies and thousands of executives globally. Mrs. Marchetti is an Austin Prep Trustee and parent of an alumnus from the Class of 2017.

Her sentiment was echoed by the Class of 2018 Valedictorian Caitlyn Leonard of Peabody, who remarked that as adults they should choose their actions carefully.

“We will be defined in our everyday actions –– and those actions we make are our choice,” Caitlyn said. “So, will we choose to be defined by our open hearts? Our service to our country or community? Our love for our family and friends? Our hard work and determination? Our commitment to our faith? As we walk through those doors, we each have a choice, but as Austin Prep graduates I know the choice we will all make.”

The Class of 2018 has already started implementing many of the ‘Human to Human’ tools learned during their years at Austin Prep to help others and live a life filled with joy.

“Take the pen and write your own story,” Bridget Kelley of Melrose, Class of 2018 Salutatorian, told her fellow graduates. “Continue to make it a story of kindness, of spirit, of dedication, of acceptance, and of a love for life. I think that we as a class have already changed the world, because you have changed me, and we have changed each other, for the better.”

All 142 graduates were accepted to numerous four-year colleges and universities. Congratulations to the following:

Andover

  • Maria Bernal will attend New York University in the fall.
  • Logan Bravo will attend Harvard University in the fall. He received the Scholar-Athlete Award.
  • Jacob Fee will attend Rollins College in the fall.
  • Alexander Gorman will attend Saint Michael's College in the fall.
  • William Hamilton will attend the College of the Holy Cross in the fall. He received the Medal for English.
  • Dokyoung Jeong will attend Northeastern University in the fall.
  • Andrew Kazmer will attend Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in the fall.
  • Sana Nadkarni will attend Dartmouth College in the fall. She received the Medal for Mathematics and the Medal for French.
  • Olivia Raza will attend Florida Gulf Coast University in the fall.
  • Stephen Reddy will attend Endicott College in the fall.
  • Sudarshan Swamy will attend The George Washington University in the fall.

Bedford

  • Richard Lyons will have a post-graduate year.

Billerica

  • Jonathan Roberts will attend Providence College in the fall.
  • Haley Sharp will attend Colby College in the fall. She received the Medal for Biological Science and the Medal for Art and Design.
  • Shanmukha Srinivasan will attend Northeastern University in the fall.

Burlington

  • Matthew Elliott will attend Champlain College in the fall.
  • Allison Mozzicato will attend the University of New Hampshire at Durham in the fall.
  • Cierra Ruping will attend the University of Vermont in the fall.
  • Garett Ruping will attend Worcester Polytechnic Institute in the fall.

Chelmsford

  • Kevin Richer will attend Fairfield University in the fall.

Dracut

  • Alexis Nichols will attend Worcester Polytechnic Institute in the fall.

Groton

  • Paige DeFreitas will attend Siena College in the fall.
  • Ashley DeFreitas will attend Siena College in the fall.

Haverhill

  • Laura Rosado will attend the University of New Hampshire at Durham in the fall. 

Lawrence

  • Elizabeth Abdoo will attend Houghton College in the fall.
  • Alexis Martinez will attend the University of Bridgeport in the fall.

Lowell

  • Bryan Snow will attend the University of Massachusetts Amherst in the fall.

Lynnfield

  • Haiden Freeman will attend Saint Anselm College in the fall.
  • Taylor Scanlon will attend Colorado State University in the fall.

Medford

  • Katherine Lynch will attend Emmanuel College in the fall.
  • Riley Lynch will attend Franklin Pierce University in the fall.

Melrose

  • Cara Bancroft will attend the University of St Andrews (United Kingdom) in the fall.
  • Christian Crowley will attend Merrimack College in the fall.
  • Sofia Ensing will attend Saint Anselm College in the fall.
  • Michael Joyce will attend Bryant University in the fall. He received the William J. Hickey Jr. Memorial Award for Good Sportsmanship.
  • Bridget Kelley will attend the University of Notre Dame in the fall. She was the Class of 2018 Salutatorian and received the Medal for English and the Medal for Spanish.
  • Owen Mone will attend Ithaca College in the fall.
  • Liam O’Donnell will attend Pennsylvania State University in the fall.
  • Caroline Russell will attend the College of the Holy Cross in the fall.
  • Denis Taylor will attend the University of Tennessee, Knoxville in the fall.
  • Isabella Totino will attend Rochester Institute of Technology in the fall.

Methuen

  • Eric Naish will attend the University of Massachusetts Lowell in the fall.

Middleton

  • Kendra Currier will attend Saint Anselm College in the fall.
  • Sabrina Malloy will attend Florida Atlantic University in the fall.
  • Olivia McKenelley will attend Northeastern University in the fall.

North Andover

  • Danielle Abdennour will attend Saint Anselm College in the fall.
  • Matthew Foulds will attend Bryant University in the fall.
  • Emily Mastrocola will attend Bentley University in the fall. She received the Medal for Social Studies.
  • Salina Nihalani will attend Georgia Institute of Technology in the fall.
  • Margaret Weber will attend Pennsylvania State University in the fall.

North Reading

  • Jonathan Catalano will attend Roger Williams University in the fall.
  • Grace Choma will attend Simmons College in the fall.
  • Matthew DeRoche will attend Stonehill College in the fall.
  • Ryan DiNapoli will attend Saint Michael's College in the fall.
  • Nicholas Hampoian will attend the University of Connecticut in the fall.
  • Rachel Havey will attend the University of Alabama in the fall.
  • Stelios Koutsogiannopoulos will attend Merrimack College in the fall.
  • Rebecca LoCoco will attend the College of the Holy Cross in the fall. She received the William J. Hickey Jr. Memorial Award for Good Sportsmanship.
  • Alexander Maffeo will attend Providence College in the fall.
  • Daniel Mannion will attend Rochester Institute of Technology in the fall.
  • Cole Murphy will attend Massachusetts Maritime Academy in the fall.
  • Mark Rubino will attend the University of South Carolina in the fall.
  • Caroline Sablone will attend Bowdoin College in the fall.

Peabody

  • Kaitlin Carriere will attend Endicott College in the fall.
  • Stephanie Casaletto will attend Boston University in the fall. She received the Scholar-Athlete Award.
  • Richard Chambers will attend Merrimack College in the fall.
  • Janet Geomelos will attend Emmanuel College in the fall.
  • Elizabeth Hoffman will attend Stonehill College in the fall.
  • Andrea LaMonica will attend the University of Vermont in the fall.
  • Caitlyn Leonard will attend Boston University in the fall. She was the Class of 2018 Valedictorian and received the Cardinal Medeiros Medal for General Excellence and the Medal for Latin.
  • Alana Vounessea will attend Quinnipiac University in the fall.

Pelham, N.H.

  • Anthony Bundock will attend Colby College in the fall. He received the Medal for History and the Medal for Spanish.
  • Miguel Canizalez will attend the University of New Hampshire at Durham in the fall. 

Reading

  • Peter Burns will attend Boston College in the fall.
  • Victoria Cataldo will attend Elon University in the fall.
  • Yuki Chung will attend the London College of Fashion (United Kingdom) in the fall.
  • Gabriel Clemente will attend Merrimack College in the fall.
  • Grace Collins will attend Fordham University in the fall.
  • Dania DeMarco will attend Regis College in the fall.
  • Enzo Galletta will attend Northeastern University in the fall.
  • Daniel Hagan will attend Boston University in the fall.
  • James Lordan will attend Auburn University in the fall.
  • Patrick Mahoney will attend High Point University in the fall.
  • Joseph O’Connor will attend James Madison University in the fall.
  • Katherine Pelland will attend Merrimack College in the fall.
  • Matthew Sacco will attend Saint Anselm College in the fall.
  • Christopher Staniul will attend Stonehill College in the fall.
  • Claire Sweeney will attend San Diego State University in the fall.
  • Tyler Walsh will attend the University of Miami in the fall.
  • Anda Wang will attend the University of Massachusetts Amherst in the fall.
  • Xiyue Zhang will attend the University of Washington in the fall.

Revere

  • Anna Nakashian will attend Suffolk University in the fall.

Salem, N.H.

  • Alicia Gaudet will attend Babson College in the fall.

Saugus

  • Gwendolyn Amico will attend the University of Massachusetts Lowell in the fall.
  • Justin Ciccarelli will attend Roger Williams University in the fall.
  • Ava Farraher will attend High Point University in the fall.
  • Jillian Sanford will attend Stonehill College in the fall.
  • Megan Schena will attend Endicott College in the fall.

Stoneham

  • Kyle Barry will attend the University of Notre Dame in the fall. He received the Medal for Russian.
  • Kayla Bayusik will attend Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in the fall.
  • Francesca Caruso will attend Southern New Hampshire University in the fall.
  • Domenic Caturello will attend Harvard University in the fall. He received the Rev. Dr. Joseph W. Wilkes III ’71 Medal for Unwavering Commitment to Austin Prep, as well as the Medal for Theology and the Medal for Latin.
  • Monica Courtney will attend Stonehill College in the fall.
  • Ella Dickens will attend Merrimack College in the fall.
  • Alyssa Mastrocola will attend Saint Joseph’s College, Maine in the fall.
  • Ricardo Orphanos will attend the MCPHS - Massachusetts College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences in the fall.
  • Jake Thain will attend the University of Tampa in the fall.

Swampscott

  • Margaret Barden will attend Merrimack College in the fall.

Tewksbury

  • Mackenzie Barrall will attend Hobart and William Smith Colleges in the fall. She received the Medal for Art and Design.
  • Paige D’Ambrosio will attend Suffolk University in the fall. She received the Charles L. Luciano Memorial Award for Unsung Student Loyalty and the Medal for Art and Design.
  • Cameron O’Hearn will attend Boston College in the fall. He received the Medal for French and the Medal for Business and Economics.
  • Erika Paone will attend the University of Massachusetts Lowell in the fall.
  • Braedon Parece will attend the University of Houston in the fall.
  • Kyle Spiller will attend Tennessee State University in the fall.

Wakefield

  • Jacqueline Chouinard will attend St. John Fisher College in the fall.
  • Sara D’Antona will attend Western New England University in the fall.
  • Haomin Gu will attend Syracuse University in the fall.
  • Jeffrey Harding will attend Saint Anselm College in the fall.
  • Mitchell Kennedy will attend the University of Notre Dame in the fall.
  • Nicholas Ryan will attend Bentley University in the fall.

Waltham

  • Abigail Carlson will attend Boston College in the fall.

West Newbury

  • Georgiana Munick will attend the University of New Hampshire at Durham in the fall.

Wilmington

  • Katelyn Ardito will attend Saint Anselm College in the fall.
  • Dylan Arnold will attend Xavier University in the fall.
  • Joshua Bartnicki will attend Northeastern University in the fall. He received the Charles and Helen McLaughlin Medal for Leadership and Determination to Excel – Austin Prep’s highest award – as well as the Medal for Mathematics and the Medal for Physical Science.
  • Thomas Burnham will attend Tufts University in the fall. He received the Medal for History.
  • Heeweon Hwang will attend the University of Washington in the fall.
  • Ellen Klucznik will attend Lehigh University in the fall.
  • Logan MacDonald will attend Babson College in the fall.
  • Phillip Marchese will attend Merrimack College in the fall.
  • Kristen Olson will attend the University of Massachusetts Amherst in the fall.
  • Megan Olson will attend Stonehill College in the fall.
  • Lindsey Rosania will attend Sacred Heart University in the fall.
  • Kaylee Todisco will attend Saint Joseph’s College, Maine in the fall.
  • Yiming Xing will attend Trinity College in the fall.

Winchester

  • Leslie Costello will attend SUNY College at Cobleskill in the fall.
  • Peter Kelly will attend the University of Maine in the fall.
  • Aldemba Mbaye will attend Boston University in the fall. 

Winthrop

  • Kristina Coffey will attend Merrimack College in the fall.

Woburn

  • Ryan Andrews will attend Endicott College in the fall.
  • Jeremy Francoeur will attend Clark University in the fall.
  • Sean McCarthy will attend Assumption College in the fall.

Please note: For more news, please visit our Archive: www.austinprep.org/newsarchive.

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Austin Preparatory School is a private, independent Catholic day school serving young men and women in grades 6-12 in Reading, Massachusetts. Founded in 1961, Austin Prep added a Middle School in 1987 and began accepting young women in 1992. Our Mission is To Inspire Hearts to Unite, Minds to Inquire, and Hands to Serve.

101 Willow Street  •  Reading, MA 01867
Phone: (781) 944 - 4900  •  Fax: (781) 944 - 7530

Austin Preparatory School is a Catholic private school in Reading, MA for Middle School and High School students in grades 6-12. We seek to cultivate the hearts and minds of our young students and provide an environment in which our students can successfully learn, grow, and develop beyond the classroom.

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