The Academy of Notre Dame celebrated the eighth-grade class at the Graduation Diploma and Scholarship Awards Ceremony on June 6.
Aditya Prasad of Nashua, NH, was chosen as Class Speaker and opened the ceremony by expressing how the Academy brings out the unique talents of each student. Prasad concluded his speech with the reminder to his fellow classmates that success is not achieved overnight. The student speakers wrapped up with Yesenia Collins of Tyngsboro praising the hard work and dedication of the Academy’s faculty and staff.
Diplomas were then presented to the 48 students by Lower School Principal Elizabeth O’Connell and Dean of Students Jillian Boudreau. Afterwards, recognition was given to students who have attended the Academy since kindergarten: Bianca Bostwick of Dracut, Matthew Choate of Lowell, Yesenia Collins of Tyngsboro, Joao de Sousa of Tyngsboro, Riley Doyle of Pepperell, Benjamin Faletra of Lowell, Joseph Farina of Chelmsford, Natalie Foy of Amherst, NH, Nathan Hagman of Tyngsboro, Caroline Hanson of Lowell, Gabrielle Hardy of Billerica, Heather Harrington of Hudson, NH, Michael Kelleher of Lowell, Rachel Korwan of Westford, Alexis Martineau of Merrimack, NH, Roger Ploof III of Windham, NH, Aditya Prasad, and Meghna Sridhar of Nashua, NH.
The Academy also recognized students with perfect attendance. Aditya Prasad was recognized for perfect attendance in grades 3-8, Rachel Korwan was recognized for grades 5-8, Jonathan Bell of Westford was recognized for grades 6-8, and Aditya Patel of Tyngsboro was recognized for his eighth-grade year.
Following the diploma ceremony, scholarship awards and grants were presented to students.
The Abby Hall ’01 Memorial Scholarship was awarded to Mya Shanahan of Dunstable. The scholarship is given to a Lower School student that will further her education at the Upper School and someone who exhibits a zest for life and ability to help her peers.
The Connolly-O’Loughlin Scholarship recipient was Elisa Dzuong of North Billerica. The scholarship was created in memory of Francis M. O’Loughlin and is also given to a Lower School student that will further her education at the Upper School.
Caroline Hanson of Lowell was honored with the Suzanne B. Morton ’52 Memorial Scholarship. This scholarship is given to a student that will further her education at the Upper School and who possesses a strong academic background and upholds St. Julie’s values of faith, simplicity, education, imagination, and commitment.
The Susan Scanlon Bradley Memorial Scholarship was awarded to Annalise Stangroom of Lowell.
The recipients of the Parents’ Club Grant were Melissa Badendiek of Tyngsboro and Joseph Farina of Chelmsford. This opportunity was created more than 20 years ago to allow eighth grade students to further their Catholic education.
Matthew Choate of Lowell and Alexis Martineau of Merrimack, NH, were recipients of the Trebor Martyn Dooley Memorial Scholarship.
The ceremony concluded with the members of the Class of 2019 singing their class song, Home.
Each year, the graduation ceremony is a time for students and staff to not only celebrate but reflect on their time spent at the Academy. It is humbling when even the parents of students take the time to share their gratitude for the Academy.
"The Academy of Notre Dame has provided [my daughter] with the skills she needs for high school and helped her grow into a wonderful young lady," said Kara Doyle, parent of a graduate.
"I want to thank everyone that put together the graduation events over the past two days. The liturgy was fantastic and last night's ceremony was truly special," concluded Doyle.