2018 Commencement Exercises

 

The President, Board of Directors, Principal, Faculty and Graduating Class
of the Academy of Notre Dame
cordially invite you to the 
2018 Commencement Exercises
Saturday, the second of June,
two thousand and eighteen at
eleven o'clock in the morning on
campus at 180 Middlesex Road, Tyngsboro, MA.

 

Senior Profiles

Please note that some seniors opted to not be profiled for this project.

By Marketing Student Alexandra Bazzani

Samantha Adamczyk, formerly of Centennial, Colorado, moved to Massachusetts when she was eleven years old.  During her four years in the Upper School at the Academy of Notre Dame, Sam has been very athletic participating in basketball, soccer, volleyball and softball. She served as class treasurer her sophomore year and has been involved with the Hacky Sack Society and Kanjam Society.  Sam has distinguished herself as a member of the National Honor Society, Spanish Honor Society, and has been recognized as student-of-the-month.  Upon graduation, she will be attending Auburn University where she will study industrial design. 
 

Dennise Victoria Annan of Lowell, MA, will be attending Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences in the fall to study nursing. As a leader she has distinguished herself as class treasurer during both her junior and senior years and serving as an ambassador through the 1804 Society. In addition to being a member of the National Honor Society, Dennise also enjoys music and athletics. She was a member of the A Cappella Club her sophomore year,  participated in Glee Club her junior and senior years, and was a member of the dance team. Athletically, she has competed all four high school years on both the tennis team and the volleyball team. 

By Marketing Student Grace Manley

Alexandra Maria Bazzani of Nashua, NH, has attended the Academy of Notre Dame for 13 years starting as a kindergartener. Throughout her years in the Upper School, she has been active in the Academy’s 1804 Society, Model UN, Marketing Program, and the Pep Rally Committee in addition to participating in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu outside of school. An opportunity to teach and work with 4th grade students in the Lower School helped her discover a passion for elementary education. She credits NDA with giving her the confidence to pursue her dream career. Alexandra will be studying education and Spanish at Rivier University in the fall.

At the Baccaulaureate service on May 31st, Alexandra received a 13-Year Award for attending the Academy since kindergarten.

Lauren B. Bradley of Tyngsboro, MA, has attended the Academy for 13 years and will head to George Washington University in the fall where she will study environmental engineering. In addition to being a member of the National Honor Society and the Spanish National Honor Society, Lauren has served her school in many aspects. She has been class president for three years, an attendee at the Emmanuel College Leadership Conference and spent three April vacations on service trips to Jamaica. Lauren is the founder of the Hacky Sack Society and also participated in Amnesty International Club, Model United Nations, and the school’s art magazine, the Muse. She was also an active athlete playing softball, basketball, and soccer and taking on the role as captain for all three teams.

At the Baccaulaureate service on May 31st, Lauren received a President's Award for earning a 4.0 or greater throughout her time at the Academy, an award from the Air Force Academy, and a 13-Year Award for attending the Academy since kindergarten.

By Marketing Student Alexis Kirkland

Zhaoqi (Vicky) Che is an international student from Beijing, China. This National Honor Society student has been involved in the Muse (an art and literary magazine) and the Drama Guild. She has also been a part of the softball team, where she was awarded with the Most Improved Player award. She participates in the monthly cultural exchange program, “Bridges Across the Ocean,” that aims to introduce the Academy’s youngest students to the experiences of children from other parts of the world. Vicky will be attending the University of Washington in the fall.
 

By Marketing Student Grace Manley

Munachiso Cherish Chukwuezi of Nashua, New Hampshire, will be attending Regis College next year as a nursing major. As a junior, she served as vice president of her class as well as founded and became president of the Dance Team. Throughout her time at the Academy of Notre Dame, Cherish has been a part of the National Honor Society, Marketing Internship, basketball, and outdoor track. Munachiso believes that the Academy has helped her flourish as an individual. 
 

by Marketing Student Grace Manley

Callan Marcella DeCew of Chelmsford will be attending Lesley University next year. Callan plans to focus on early childhood education as well as expressive therapy with a concentration in performing arts. Throughout her four years, Callan has been involved with the Drama Guild; filling the roles of secretary her sophomore year and president her senior year. Additionally, Callan is a Catholic Schools Foundation Scholar who has been involved with the Book Club, Educational Internship, A Capella Ensemble, Glee Club, National Honor Society and French Honor Society. 

At the Baccaulaureate service on May 31st, Callan received a scholarship from the Friends of NDA.

By Marketing Student Grace O’Connell

Kayleigh Durgin of Billerica is an outgoing and determined student who enjoys being involved with the Upper School Campus Ministry where she serves as Catholic Heart Work Camp Leader and Seasonal Service Coordinator in the Ministry Core Team. Kayleigh is also active in the Muse (the school's art magazine), the Academy’s student-run art magazine and participates in the Academy’s Educational Internship. Additionally, she donates time to help design and layout the yearbook and works part-time.  

Kayleigh has distinguished herself academically as well. She is a member of the National Honor Society and the Spanish National Honor Society. Kayleigh will attend St. Francis Xavier University in the fall to study nursing.

By Marketing Student Grace O’Connell

Olivia K. Farina of Chelmsford has attended the Academy for 13 years and is a passionate student who enjoys being involved with the Mission and Ministry Core Team, the National Honor Society (NHS), the Spanish National Honor Society and the 1804 Society. Olivia’s outgoing personality has enabled her to hold leadership positions such as liturgical and spiritual coordinator and secretary for NHS. She is also active in athletics participating in soccer, indoor track & field, and outdoor track & field.

By helping her to overcome challenges and achieve great success, the Academy has transformed Olivia into the woman she is today. “My greatest challenge was trying to understand that what I thought was the end of the world, was only a small piece of the bigger picture,” she states. “I have used my grades and the thought of getting into my number one college as my motivation to work hard and do well. I am extremely proud to be achieving those goals today.”

Farina will be attending Northeastern University to study nursing in the fall. 

At the Baccaulaureate service on May 31st, Olivia received a scholarship from the Friends of NDA and a 13-Year Award for attending the Academy since kindergarten. 

by Marketing Student Grace O’Connell

Alivia Farris of Pelham, New Hampshire, is a driven and caring student who enjoys being a part of the Upper School athletics program, participating in volleyball, indoor track and outdoor track & field. Alivia is an active participant of the Academy’s marketing program and the 1804 Society, a mission-based leadership development society.  

Farris has had many significant achievements at the Academy, but her most memorable of all the triumphant moments was getting accepted to all the colleges she wanted to attend. “NDA has helped me to develop a great sense of confidence in myself that I am certain I would not have developed anywhere else,” says Alivia. 

Farris plans to study economics at Bentley College in the fall.
 

by Marketing Student Everlide Sam

Nicole Catherine Fina is from Tyngsboro and will be attending Loyola University, Maryland, studying international business in the fall.

She has been at the Academy of Notre Dame since her freshman year where she has served as an officer for the National Honor Society, a member of the 1804 Society, and a participant in the marketing program. Additionally, she has been committed to helping out with a variety of clubs and activities. 

Nicole credits the Academy with teaching her to be prepared in the real world, how to carry on a good conversation, and how to have long-lasting friendships.
 

By Marketing Student Everilde Sam 

Cara Elizabeth Fischetti of Groton will be attending Merrimack College in the fall and will be studying Early Childhood Education.

During her years at the Academy of Notre Dame, Cara was an international trip coordinator, liturgical coordinator and Model UN secretary. Additionally, she has been active in Mission and Ministry, the school’s newspaper, Damie’s Digest, and in athletics as a competitor on the swim and dive team for three years. 

“My greatest personal achievement while being a student at the Academy is that I have learned to hone in on my own voice and present my thoughts in a clear and effective way,” says Cara. “My public speaking and general confidence has grown because of the skills NDA has fostered in me.”
 

By Marketing Student Everilde Sam 

Taylor Nicole Fisher of Nashua, NH, will be attending Stonehill College in the fall and studying secondary education and English. 

Taylor is a member of the National Honor Society and Spanish National Honor Society. She also had the opportunity to participate in two travel abroad trips with the Academy traveling to Germany and Switzerland her junior year and to France and Spain her senior year. 
 

By Marketing Student Alexis Kirkland


Keely Ford of Chelmsford, MA will be attending the University of Rhode Island to major in nursing and minor in political science. Keely has been a leader throughout her years at the Academy. She has been involved in the Mission & Ministry Core Team and is the National Honor Society co-president. Along with her leadership positions, Keely has been involved in Model UN and the 1804 Society since sophomore year, the marketing internship since freshman year and has devoted a lot of time to mission & ministry, Catholic Heart Work Camp, the Jamaica service trip and the newspaper.

Keely has also had a big presence on the athletic fields; she is a 12-season athlete who competes in soccer, basketball and softball. She was recently honored as a VFW Voice of Democracy winner. Keely said that getting involved in the community while balancing leadership, school and clubs was her greatest personal achievement. “NDA has allowed me to grow more confident in myself and has given me an accepting community to grow into the person I am today. I have learned so much during my time here and met some amazing, intelligent and kind people. I feel extremely prepared for the future and am grateful for the experiences I had here.” 

At the Baccaulaureate service on May 31st, Keely received a National Honor Society Award and a scholarship from the Rachel Ann Morrison Scholarship fund.

Rebecca Fraser of Chelmsford, MA, will attend Husson University in the fall to study criminal justice. She participated in the Yearbook Club her junior year and played basketball and soccer for the NDA Lancers.

Claire French of Nashua, NH and Groton has spent four years on Student Council and held the role of president her senior year. She has also been active in the 1804 Society, class committees, and the COPE Club. She has distinguished herself academically by making honor roll all four years and becoming a member of both the National Honor Society and the Spanish National Honor Society. Recognized for academic achievement and leadership, Claire is also a Book award recipient. She will attend Providence College in the fall to study psychology.

At the Baccaulaureate service on May 31st, Claire received the Student Council Award.  

By Marketing Student Alivia Farris

Elizabeth Hall of Billerica has attended the Academy for 13 years and has been active in the Dance Club, the Pep Rally Committee, the Education Internship, the Muse, a student-led art and literary magazine and Mission and Ministry. She has also served as service trip coordinator for the Mission and Ministry core team.  “I have spent fourteen years of my life at NDA and cannot imagine the person I would be if I was not a student here. I believe the people I have met during my time here have positively changed my life,” says Elizabeth. She plans to attend Merrimack College and major in Business Administration with a concentration in Management. 

At the Baccaulaureate service on May 31st, Elizabeth received a 13-Year Award for attending the Academy for 13 years. 

By Marketing Student Alivia Farris

Jessica Lynn Hall of Pelham, NH has been a member of the National Honor Society, the Spanish National Honor Society, Drama Guild stage crew and the tennis team all four years at the Academy.  A recipient of an MIAA Sportsmanship award and an award for academic excellence, Jessica says her greatest achievement while at the Academy has been developing a greater confidence in herself while adjusting to the new environment. “NDA has pushed me and challenged me, yet it has allowed me to grow and has prepared me for what’s to come.”  Jessica will major in computer science as a student at the University of Massachusetts, Lowell in the fall. 

At the Baccaulaureate service on May 31st, Jessica received a President's Award for earning a 4.0 or greater throughout her time at the Academy.

During the Commencement ceremony on June 2nd, she was presented with an Excellence Award for Spanish. 

Isabella Anita Hann of Dunstable, MA, will attend the University of Massachusetts, Amherst in the fall. She will explore career options in the public health and health sciences areas. As a student at the Academy, Isabella has participated in the Mission & Ministry core team, Hacky Sack Society, the student newspaper, the Muse, and Catholic Heart Work Camp. During her junior and senior years she has held a leadership position as community service coordinator for the outreach program with St. Patrick’s school. Isabelle is also a member of the National Honor Society and the French Honor Society. She has also been a competitive gymnast since fifth grade and has competed at the highest level in her division.

In January of 2017, she was recognized as the Student of the Month. She received the Ann Boumila Memorial Scholarship in May of 2017. She says her four years at NDA has been a life changing experience. While the work is challenging and she sometimes would have liked the distraction of having boys in the classroom, she says she cannot imagine that any other high school could have made her the woman she is today. “NDA has enabled me to cultivate impressionable and personal relationships with teachers, and it has taught me the importance of friendship, compassion, empathy, and selflessness. Attending NDA was the best decision I could have made for my future self. I've been able to, and continue to, discover myself, who I was meant to be, what values are important to me, and the people who mean the most to me. Most importantly, I've realized how to be the best version of myself.”

At the Baccaulaureate service on May 31st, Isabella received a President's Award for earning a 4.0 or greater throughout her time at the Academy and a scholarship from the Friends of NDA.During the Commencement ceremony on June 2nd, Eileen was presented with Excellence Awards for English and French. 

By Marketing Student Alivia Farris

Zora Harley, of Lowell MA, is a member of the Academy’s Glee Club and track team. As a leader, she serves as secretary for the NDAnce team and as treasurer for Drama Guild. Outside of school, Zora participates in gymnastics. Her greatest challenge during her years at NDA was finding the time to do everything she wanted to do.  She says that NDA is the place where she met some of her greatest friends and grew into the person she is now.  She plans to major in political science at Suffolk University in the fall. 

By Munachiso Chukwuezi

Brittany Marie Hebert of Nashua, NH, is an inspired artist and performer. Her work, in a variety of mediums, has often been displayed in the halls of the Academy. Brittany is active in the Glee Club, A Capella, Drama Guild and the Muse, a student-led art and literary magazine. “NDA has taught me all I need to know for life, has shaped me into who I am today and has taught me the meaning of helping others,” says Brittany. She will attend Manchester Community College in the fall. 

During the Commencement ceremony on June 2nd, Brittany was presented with an Excellence Awards for Music. 

By Munachiso Chukwuezi

Marilyn Hrytsay of Merrimack, NH will be attending University of New Hampshire next year majoring in biochemistry and pre-med. She is active in Glee Club and A Capella and has been an executive board member of the Drama Guild. Academically she has distinguished herself as a member of the National Honor Society and by being regularly named to the Principal’s List. “NDA is the definition of what sisterhood should look like, and it has helped me grow to be a more team oriented person as well as increased my time management capability,” says Marilyn.

At the Baccaulaureate service on May 31st, Marilyn received a President's Award for earning a 4.0 or greater throughout her time at the Academy.

By Munsachiso Chukwuezi

Lingjun Susan Jiao is an international student from Beijing, China. Susan is active in the Book Club and the monthly cultural exchange program, “Bridges Across the Ocean,” that aims to introduce the Academy’s youngest students to the experiences of children from other parts of the world.  A National Honor Society member, Susan has also received numerous academic excellence certificates and has been regularly named to the Honor Roll. “NDA allowed me to see how powerful and confident a young woman can be,” says Susan. She plans to major in film studies in the fall when she attends Hampshire College.

During the Commencement ceremony on June 2nd, Lingjun was presented with an Excellence Award for Art.

By Marketing Student Keely Ford

Annie Kelley of Lowell has been a very active member of the NDA community. She has shared her voice with both the Glee and A Capella clubs, singing at masses and for the sisters of Notre Dame de Namur in Ipswich. She is also a member of the Book Club and the student-led art and literary magazine, the Muse, both of which provide her platforms to delve deeper into her creative side. Annie founded and is president of the Bowling Club, and often volunteers at St. Patrick’s, a local after school day program. In the spring, you can find her on the tennis courts, where she has been competing with the tennis team since freshman year. Out of school she has participated in engineering programs at WPI, and volunteers at Women In Stem programs. An AP scholar and National Honor Society member, Annie became the first NDA student to receive the prestigious Harvard Book Award. When she is not on the tennis courts or in class, Annie is often found tutoring other students, which often goes unnoticed. “NDA is a place I will never forget. This is the place where I have been able to grow more confident in myself; I am not afraid to tell people my ideas. Thank you for the environment that has allowed me to flourish and grow.” Next year she plans on studying mechanical engineering at the University of Massachusetts, Lowell.

At the Baccaulaureate service on May 31st, Annie received a President's Award for earning a 4.0 or greater throughout their time at the Academy, a perfect attendance award, and a scholarship from the Friends of NDA. 

During the Commencement ceremony on June 2nd, Annie was presented with the Excellence Award for Science. 

By Marketing Student Keely Ford

Alexis Kirkland is of Nashua, NH, came to the Academy as a freshman in the fall of 2014. She will be attending The Catholic University of America next fall majoring in international business. Her plan is to also earn a certificate in intelligence studies. Over the past four years, Alexis has been an active member of the Academy community participating in the 1804 Society, the marketing and educational internships, the school’s art magazine, the Muse, and the Yearbook Club. During her senior year, Alexis led the cultural exchange program called, Bridges Across the Ocean. While she has distinguished herself academically as evidenced by her membership in both the National Honor Society and the French National Honor Society, perhaps her greatest achievements have been those she has made within the athletics department. As a member of the volleyball team, Alexis has earned four CAC League All-Star titles, three CAC League MVP titles, three school MVP awards, three Lowell Sun All-Star awards, two recognitions from the Lowell Sun as Player of the Year, and is a two time Division 3 All-Conference player. During her junior and senior year she also served as captain of the volleyball team. Her performance on the basketball court was also noteworthy. During her three seasons she won two CAC League All-Star awards and received an Honorable Mention from the Lowell Sun. She has also competed as a member of both the outdoor track and tennis teams at the Academy. Alexis explains, “My greatest personal achievement at NDA has been my contribution to the athletic teams, particularly volleyball. I came in as a freshman, made varsity and started at a brand new position. I think this opportunity helped me become more adaptable and confident in my abilities. I accredit a lot of my success on the volleyball court to my sister, who was a senior at the time. She was my biggest fan and helped me every step of the way.” 

By Marketing Student Keely Ford

Annmarie Kordish of Tyngsboro has been an active member of the Academy community for the past four years. She is the editor of the school’s newspaper Damie’s Digest, president of Model UN, and a member of the Diversity Club.  Annmarie has been a standout leader serving four years as a student council representative, and holding the secretary role her senior year. She has also competed in the pool for four years as a member of the varsity swim team achieving the honor of receiving the MVP award as a sophomore. She is also an active member of Mission and Ministry and has participated in several mission trips to Jamaica and volunteers at St. Patrick’s after school program. She is a member of both the National Honor Society and Spanish Honor Society, and has been honored with a social conscience award and the Saint Michael's College Scholarship for Academic Excellence. Annmarie says her greatest personal achievement was, “Receiving the trust of my classmates to lead them in all different ways. I also feel that all of the close friendships and connections I have made with my peers is an achievement as well.” She will continue her education at the University of California, Los Angeles next year studying international affairs with a pre-law track and Spanish.  

At the Baccaulaureate service on May 31st, Annmarie received a scholarship from the Friends of NDA.

By Marketing Student Linsey Former

Alexia Landry of Dracut, MA will be attending San Diego State next fall majoring in English. Alexia has served in student government as class secretary and as the international volunteer coordinator. She has also participated in a plethora of sports teams during her attendance here at the Academy. Freshman year, she played on the softball team. She participated in track and volleyball during her sophomore year and then played volleyball again her junior year. During her time at NDA, Alexia has learned how to grow through leadership, diversity, and volunteering. 
 

By Marketing Student Linsey Former

Eileen Mary Leach of Groton, MA is the valedictorian of the Class of 2018. She plans to follow the pre-med path by majoring in either biology or biochemistry at the University of Notre Dame in the fall. 

During her last four years here Eileen has been a dedicated member of the 1804 Society, eventually becoming the co-president in charge of mission affairs. She has also been a stellar member of the National Honor Society and French Honor Society and co-editor of the school’s newspaper. Athletically, Eileen has been a dependable member of the cross country team, as well as both the indoor and outdoor track teams.

Eileen is very grateful for her time here because it has allowed her to develop her own self-confidence as well as provide her with the vital education she believes will serve her well in college and throughout the rest of her life. 

At the Baccaulaureate service on May 31st, Eileen received a President's Award for earning a 4.0 or greater throughout their time at the Academy, a perfect attendance award, the World Language award for French, the Greater Lowell Roadrunners honor, and the Rachel Ann Morrison Scholar-Athlete award. 

During the Commencement ceremony on June 2nd, Eileen was presented with Excellence Awards for English and French. 

By Marketing Student Linsey Former

Rebecca Ane Leary of Nashua, New Hampshire plans to pursue a major in nursing when she heads off to the University of New Hampshire in the fall. Rebecca has attended the Academy for 13 years. While in high school she has participated in numerous clubs including the 1804 Society, Recycling Committee, Spanish National Honor Society, and is currently secretary of the National Honor Society. She has also played a key role as starting defender and midfielder on the Academy’s varsity soccer team for the past four years. 

Some of Rebecca’s greatest achievements include making the honor roll every quarter of her high school career. Obtaining the skill of public speaking is what she sees as her greatest personal achievement and believes that the Academy is to thank for helping her harness this skill. Because of the years she has spent learning within the walls of the Academy, Rebecca believes she can “undoubtedly attribute her college preparedness along with her academic and personal accomplishments to the foundation she has received at the Academy.” 

At the Baccaulaureate service on May 31st, Rebecca received a President's Award for earning a 4.0 or greater throughout their time at the Academy, a perfect attendance award, and a 13-Year award for attendance at the Academy since kindergarten. 

By Marketing Student Lindsey Hanrahan

Seung Hyun Lee is an international student from Daegu, South Korea. She will be attending Pennsylvania State University in the fall of 2018 where she will be pursuing international relations. Christina has a knack for volunteering, music, and art and has contributed her creative skills to the Glee Club, the school’s art magazine, the Muse, Saint Patrick’s after school program, and the Bridges Across the Ocean program. Christina won third place for the “This I Believe” essay contest. She is a member of National Honor Society which exemplifies her dedication to her academics and being a helping hand around the school. Christina’s greatest personal achievement was coming to the United States and learning a whole new language and culture unlike hers, along with improving her skills as a writer. She writes, “The three years that I spent in NDA had more significant impacts on me than my past 15 years of life. I did not only learn academic knowledge, but NDA also shaped me as a person who has an open mind and a diverse perspective.”

By Marketing Student Lindsey Hanrahan

Ke (Lori) Luo is originally from China and will be attending the University of Massachusetts, Amherst in the fall where she will be pursuing business. Lori is the cofounder of the International Students Club which helps her to embrace both her Chinese culture and her experience here in the United States. She is also a member of Model United Nations, the school’s art magazine, the Muse, and has worked as a volunteer in the Extended Day Program at the Academy. Lori says that her greatest personal achievement has been attaining Principal's List status which is a 90% and above in all classes. 
 

By Marketing Student Lindsey Hanrahan

Eileen (Nell) Mancini of Groton, MA will study dance, business, and political science at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst in the fall. Her passion for dance led her to an apprenticeship with the professional contemporary dance company, Urbanity Dance, in Boston. She is in her third season with the company. At the Academy, Nell has become a leader coordinating the cultural internship with the foreign exchange students and the first graders through National Honor Society. She is also active in Model United Nations, the school newspaper Damie’s Digest, the Environmental Club, and NDAnce. 

By Marketing Student Samantha Gouveia

Grace Manley, a senior from Pepperell, Massachusetts, will be attending Southern New Hampshire University next fall. She will be majoring in sociology with a minor in criminology in the honors program. Throughout her time at the Academy, she has been involved in various groups including the 1804 Society, National Honor Society, and Spanish Honor Society. Grace was also a part of the varsity volleyball team for her first three years at the Academy, as well as participating in the Marketing Internship and Educational Internship. To Grace, NDA is a very special place that has fostered her self-growth and given her valuable friendships and opportunities. 
 

By Marketing Student Samantha Gouveia

Emma McLeod, a senior from Tewksbury, Massachusetts will attend Providence College as an accounting major next fall. Throughout her time at the Academy, she has been involved in the National Honor Society and Spanish National Honor Society accomplishing her goal of being on the honor roll throughout her four years. Emma has also been an assistant at the NDA Extended Day Program for the past three years. Her greatest personal achievement is maintaining good grades and having the opportunity to take advantage of NDA's rigorous curriculum. "NDA has been an important part of my life as I have been a student here for 12 years" says Emma. "NDA has helped me grow to become an intelligent, patient, and determined young woman who is ready to be successful out in the real world." 

At the Baccaulaureate service on May 31st, Emma received a President's Award for earning a 4.0 or greater throughout her time at the Academy.

By Marketing Student Samantha Gouveia

Preksha Munot, a senior from Andover, Massachusetts, will be attending Boston University next fall and majoring in computer science. Throughout her time at the Academy of Notre Dame, she has been involved in various groups, including the 1804 Society, National Honor Society, Spanish National Honor Society, Newspaper Club, and the cultural exchange program called, “Bridges Across the Ocean.” Preksha was also an athlete competing on the tennis team. Preksha remarks, "I have learned the importance of community, friendship and hard work in my years here. I will be forever grateful for the friendships I have made and the experiences and opportunities I have had here.”

At the Baccaulaureate service on May 31st, Preksha received a President's Award for earning a 4.0 or greater throughout her time at the Academy.

By Marketing Student Kathryn Tarantino

Clare Newman of Littleton, Massachusetts will be attending Grinnell College with a Founders’ scholarship in the fall of 2018 to study computer science. During her time at the Academy she has participated in the Drama Guild all four years. She is currently the stage manager and has performed in Beauty and the BeastGodspell, and Wind in the Willows. Clare has also served as a co-editor in chief for Damies’ Digest, the school newspaper, for two consecutive years. An experienced delegate in Model UN, she has also won an award at the Boston College High School conference in 2017. Clare has participated in several other student organizations, including the Technology Club and National Honor Society. She was recognized in the spring of 2017 as a National Merit Scholar for her score on the PSATs. Clare’s proudest personal achievement was becoming an adventure challenge counselor at Camp Bernadette, a catholic all-girls summer camp in Wolfeboro, New Hampshire. Clare reflected, “I have grown about 4 inches during my time at NDA, and I have also grown in my confidence and friendships.

By Marketing Student Kathryn Tarantino

Sabrina H. Nguyen of Hudson, New Hampshire, will be studying liberal arts as she heads off to Middlesex Community College in the fall. At the Academy, she demonstrated her leadership through her position as secretary of the Drama Guild. Additionally, she was an active member of the A Capella Group, Glee Club, and Drama Guild. Sabrina’s greatest personal achievement during her four years at the Academy has been making new connections and challenging her personal comfort zone. Sabrina reflected, “NDA has provided a massive growing experience for me and has genuinely helped me develop the skills I need for college and my future. It's mostly full of people who care about your progress and tap that potential that so many people seem to mention. This has absolutely shown in who I am and where I am today. Not only have I become more advanced in education, but in linguistics, balancing responsibilities, and utilizing important life skills such as cooperation and leadership qualities.”
 

By Marketing Student Kathryn Tarantino

Tuyenhan Nguyen, of Tyngsboro, MA, will be attending Providence College in the fall to study psychology. During her time at the Academy, Angie was involved in several leadership positions. She served as the Senior Class vice president and the Model United Nations club treasurer. Furthermore, she founded the Diversi5 Club and was also an active member of National Honor Society, Missions and Ministry, Model United Nations, and the school newspaper, Damies’ Digest. Angie also participated in athletics as a member of the JV and varsity volleyball teams. In addition to her academic and leadership achievements, Angie’s proudest personal achievement was being able to expand her social groups and form new friendships. About her overall experience at the Academy, Angie reflected, “NDA has allowed me to expand my world point of view and the way that I interact with everyone.” 

By Marketing Student Haadia Zaheer

Sydney Nichols of Littleton, MA plans on attending Loyola University, Maryland with hopes of pursuing interests that include health science, biology, and pre-physician assistant. During her time at the Academy, Sydney has taken on many leadership roles including vice president of the sophomore class, a Mission and Ministry core team member, co-president of NDAnce, a swim team captain, and a retreat leader. She was awarded student of the month in 2017 for coordinating the senior’s dance at pep rally. 
 

By Marketing Student Haadia Zaheer

Kathleen Nickerson of Nashua, NH plans on attending Austin Community College with hopes of pursuing veterinary technology and art. During her time at the Academy, Kathleen was a leader to younger swimmers on NDA's swim and dive team. Likewise, she was a part of the freshmen birthday committee and NDA's art magazine, the Muse, her sophomore and junior years. As for sports, she has involved herself in volleyball, swim and dive, and basketball throughout her years at NDA. Similarly, she received the coach’s award for swimming and diving. 

By Marketing Student Haadia Zaheer

Grace O’Connell of Westford, MA, plans on pursuing international business and French when she attends Loyola University in the fall.

During her time at the Academy, Grace has taken on an active role in the Mission and Ministry Core Team and marketing internship program. She has also been involved with indoor track and field and has served as captain of the swim team in both her junior and senior years. 

Grace was honored with the Saint Anselm’s Book Award of 2017 recognizing her academic success and exceptional leadership qualities in the area of civic engagement. These qualities were also evident by her membership in National Honor Society, French National Honor Society, and her role as president of the 1804 Society.  

Some of her greatest personal accomplishments at NDA include being accepted into both the National Honor Society and the French National Honor Society, having a piece of photography be accepted into the school’s art magazine, the Muse, becoming an MVC All-Star in swimming, and creating the Academy’s international travel blog. 

As a 13-year student at NDA, Grace believes that the Academy has cultivated her into becoming the woman she is today. She confirms this by saying, “NDA means the world to me. The friends I have made, and the teachers who have become my mentors will forever impact my view of life which has been shaped by the values of the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur. I am positive I will carry these values with me throughout my life.”

At the Baccaulaureate service on May 31st, Grace received a 13-Year Award for attending the Academy since kindergarten.

By Marketing Student Isabel Roy

Shree Patel of Dracut, MA, came to the Academy as a freshman in the fall of 2014. She plans to attend the University of Massachusetts, Boston in hopes of majoring in biology. She is a member of the Spanish National Honor Society, National Honor Society, NDAance, and has received many academic achievement awards. Her biggest achievement was taking advanced classes over the years and pushing herself to succeed. “I was a very shy person before I came to NDA. NDA has made me into a more confident and outgoing person. I am not shy anymore to express my opinions.”
 

By Marketing Student Isabel Roy

Emma Grace Paxton was born and raised in Groton, Massachusetts and began attending the Academy in her middle school years. In the fall, she will be attending Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) in the hopes of majoring in environmental engineering. She will also be playing for the WPI women's soccer team. She has had many leadership roles during her time at the Academy, such as Mission and Ministry Core Team, 1804 Society co-president, and NDA Varsity Soccer Team captain both her junior and senior years. She has received many honors, both academically and athletically. She is also a member of National Honor Society, French National Honor Society, Mission and Ministry, 1804 Society, Hacky Sack Society, and Yearbook Committee as well as participating in international trips. Emma says, “My greatest personal achievement during my years here is to excel in and out of the classroom. I have been able to really test myself with the most rigorous coursework while maintaining an excellent GPA all four years as well as expand my mindset by volunteering on international mission trips. Also, as a result to hard work and diligence, I have been given the opportunity to play soccer at a collegiate level despite a torn ACL which is something I will always be grateful for!” 

At the Baccaulaureate service on May 31st, Emma received a President's Award for earning a 4.0 or greater throughout her time at the Academy and a scholarship from the Rachel Ann Morrison Scholarship fund.

By Marketing Student Isabel Roy

Sarah Cooper Piela of Nashua, NH, is the salutatorian of the Class of 2018. She came to the Academy as a freshman in the fall of 2014. She plans on attending Worcester Polytechnic Institute in the hopes of majoring in biomedical engineering with a potential minor in business or theatre. Sarah has held leadership roles such as sophomore class secretary, Drama Guild social media correspondent, Drama Guild vice president, and president of both the Glee and A Capella Clubs.  She is also a member of 1804 Society, National Honor Society, and French National Honor Society and participated in cross country her freshman year. Honors she has received include Student of the Month (February 2016) and Distinguished Senior (September 2017). She is also very well known for being the Academy’s National Anthem singer and Liturgical Canto. Sarah reflects, “My four years at the Academy of Notre Dame are ones that I will eternally cherish. I have seen myself grow into a young woman who can approach topical issues with a clear head and centered heart and it is truly surreal. I owe my academic success to the Academy's superb faculty. However, I find myself even more grateful for the confidence the Academy had in me; they trusted and nurtured my gifts from my first step in the building. Their belief in me soon translated into a belief in myself. The kind of girl the Academy of Notre Dame produces is one whose strength is centered in intellectualism and compassion, and I am very proud to soon be one of those many women.” 

At the Baccaulaureate service on May 31st, Sarah received a President's Award for earning a 4.0 or greater throughout her time at the Academy.

During the Commencement ceremony on June 2nd, she was presented with Excellence Awards for Theology, Mathematics, and Social Studies.

By Marketing Student Nicole Fina

Emily Richard is from Dracut, Massachusetts and plans on attending Middlesex Community College to become a dental lab technician. In her years at NDA, she has played volleyball, basketball, and softball. Emily says NDA helped her become more independent and self-sufficient. 
 

By Marketing Student Nicole Fina

Isabel Laura Roy started at NDA as freshman and has spent her time here well. She is from Nashua, NH and will be attending the University of New Hampshire in the fall where she hopes to study nursing.  During her time here at NDA, Isabel has participated in volleyball, French National Honor Society, the marketing internship, and the school’s newspaper, Damie’s Digest. Isabel says her experience here has brought her amazing friendships and relationships with her teacher, which gave her the opportunity to excel during her high school career.

By Marketing Student Nicole Fina

Everilde Bondzewa Sam of Dracut, MA will be attending Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Science in the fall. During her four years at the Academy, Everilde participated in Model United Nations, yearbook, the marketing internship, NDAnce, the school’s art magazine, the Muse, and track and field. She also served as manager for the volleyball team. Everilde is a Catholic Schools Foundation scholar who devotes time to every activity she participates in. She comments, "The Academy has taught me about teamwork, responsibility, and how to serve others. The environment at the Academy brings ideas from a diverse group to collaboratively solve issues in the community and the world. The students and teachers truly inspire me to work hard and believe in myself to achieve my goals in the future."

By Munachiso Chukwuezi

Katelyn Susan Scarano is a 13-year student from Tewksbury, Massachusetts. Next year she will attend Coastal Carolina University to major in biology with a concentration in pre-veterinary medicine. Katelyn has been a very involved student over her years at NDA. Some of her leadership roles include athlete ambassador, open house coordinator, school ambassador, junior editor of the yearbook advancing to editor in chief her senior year, secretary for the school’s art magazine, the Muse, advancing to vice president her senior year, and captain of varsity softball. She also participated in the Emmanuel College Leadership Seminar. Katelyn has also been a member of SADD Club, 1804 Society, and Mission and Ministry. She is a four season athlete playing volleyball and club volleyball, basketball, indoor track and softball. She has received numerous awards for athletic excellence, such as breaking the school record for shot put which she says is her greatest achievement. Katelyn says, “It takes a village to raise a child. NDA has been my village for the past 13 years, and I know it will always be here as a place I will be able to come home to. I am part of what’s called a legacy family here at NDA. Generations of women in my family have attended NDA before me.”

At the Baccaulaureate service on May 31st, Kate received a 13-Year Award for attending the Academy since kindergarten.

By Marketing Student Alexis Kirkland

Kathryn (Kat) Tarantino is from Pepperell, Massachusetts and plans on attending Worcester Polytechnic Institute to major in chemical engineering with a minor in business, marketing and communications. Kat has been an integral part of the NDA community. She is currently a co-president of the National Honor Society and the Model United Nations (MUN) club. She is also part of the Spanish National Honor Society. Previously Kat was the secretary of MUN, she chaired the ring day committee as well as other class wide committees. Kat is an active contributor to the marketing internship and shares her bubbly personality through the educational internship, indulges us with her articles in the school’s newspaper, Damies’ Digest, continues to sharpen her knowledge through the Technology Club and shares her passion for the environment through the Environmental Club. Kat played on the tennis team her sophomore year at the Academy and dances outside of school. She is recognized for her high academic standard as an AP scholar and has also been awarded the honor of being the distinguished senior in October. She reflects, “I am grateful for the opportunities I have had at NDA and for how NDA has allowed me to gain confidence while making new relationships with my peers.”

At the Baccaulaureate service on May 31st, Kat received a President's Award for earning a 4.0 or greater throughout her time at the Academy, a National Honor Society award, and the World Language award for Spanish. 

During the Commencement ceremony on June 2nd, Kat was presented with the St. Julie Award for exemplfying the values of St. Julie Billiart, the foundress of the Academy of Notre Dame.

Emma Thompson of Littleton, Massachusetts, is a 13-year student of the Academy and will be attending the University of Alabama to study business in the fall. Over the years, she has distinguished herself as a student, a leader, and an athlete. Her leadership roles include Student Council treasurer, sophomore retreat coordinator, Mission and Ministry Core Team member, and Eucharistic minister. She is a member of the National Honor Society, Spanish National Honor Society, 1804 Society, Student Council and Liturgy Committee. Athletically, she has made her mark on both the tennis and volleyball courts. For tennis her accolades include MVC Player of the Year three years in a row, MVC All-Conference team member three years in a row, and team MVP for three years.  The Lowell Sun named her Player of the Year in 2017 and honored her as a First Team member in 2015 and 2016. She also served her team as captain her junior and senior years. Her volleyball experience was also exceptional. She was a Division 3 All-Conference Player in 2017, League All-Star in 2017, and honored by the Lowell Sun among the Second Team in 2016 and First Team in 2017. She was a co-captain her senior year. Additionally, Emma won the MIAA Sportsmanship Award for Indoor Track in 2016 and is the recipient of the Donna Sullivan Dickey Memorial Scholarship. Emma says her greatest personal achievement at NDA was her success on the tennis court. “I was the first player in NDA history to beat a player from Haverhill. And, I was the MVC Division 2 Player of the Year every year after that.”

At the Baccaulaureate service on May 31st, Emma received a 13-Year Award for attending the Academy since kindergarten.

By Marketing Student Linsey Former

Maya Kimberly Virginia Wilson of Tyngsboro, Massachusetts plans to attend Stonehill College in Easton in the fall where she will further her education and study forensic psychology. 

While attending the Academy for the past 13 years, Maya has participated in numerous athletics including soccer, indoor track, track and field, and basketball. In recognition of her athletic skill and intellect, she has won the Leary Award for Academic Excellence While in Sports and the league MVP title in soccer. Maya has also participated in Student Council, National Honor Society, Birthday Committee, Book Club, and helped raise money by becoming a mission moderator. 

Standing in unity with her fellow peers against racism has led her to grow more confident with herself. Because of her long legacy here at the Academy, Maya sees Notre Dame as her second home and a place that has helped her “grow unrestrictedly where she can discover her passions and goals.”

At the Baccaulaureate service on May 31st, Maya received a 13-Year Award for attending the Academy since kindergarten.

By Marketing Student Lindsey Hanrahan

Haadia Zaheer of Groton, MA is a well rounded student who is a member of Student Council, Spanish National Honor Society, National Honor Society, Model United Nations, the school’s newspaper, Damie’s Digest, the 1804 Society, and the marketing and educational internships. Along with leading the Student Council as vice president, Haadia leads on the tennis courts. She says, “My past four years at NDA has exposed me to long lasting friendships, incredible mentors, and a unique community. I’m forever grateful and thankful for my time here and the person I’ve become because of it.” Haadia will attend Northeastern University in the fall.
 

By Marketing Student Grace Manley

Luoning (Ivy) Zhang is an international student from Urumqi, China. Next fall, Ivy will be attending George Washington University. Throughout her time at the Academy, she has been a part of Model United Nations as well as the school’s art magazine, the Muse. Ivy's biggest achievement is studying in a foreign country and growing in her language skills. 
 

Jiuyue (Jasmine) Zhao of Billerica, MA, is an international student from China who will be attending Henan Normal University in Henan, China in the fall to study sports management. She participated in guitar ensemble her sophomore year and the student art magazine, the Muse.   

Class of 2018 Achievements

Our 54 graduates:

  • Earned more than $13 million in four-year, renewable merit-based scholarships
  • Were accepted to 143 colleges and universities across the U.S. and Canada
  • 90% of class report acceptance to first choice/high interest school
  • 100% college acceptance and matriculation
  • 50% to major in STEM related fields
  • 74% received one or more scholarships

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