2019 Commencement Exercises

 

The President, Board of Directors, Principal, Faculty and Graduating Class
of the Academy of Notre Dame
cordially invite you to the 
2019 Commencement Exercises
Saturday, the first of June,
two thousand and nineteen at
eleven o'clock in the morning on
campus at 180 Middlesex Road, Tyngsboro, MA.

 

Senior Profiles

Please note that these profiles will be updated following Baccalaureate and Commencement ceremonies.

Monique Barowski of Tyngsboro, MA, will be attending Middlesex Community College in the fall and will study criminal justice. During her years at the Academy, Monique was involved in the Dance Team and the Pep Rally. At the Baccalaureate service on May 30th, Monique received a 13-Year Award for attending the Academy since kindergarten.

Monique says, “NDA has been my home for the past 13 years, saying goodbye is going to be the hardest thing to do especially to my teachers and friends who have supported me through everything. NDA has helped me grow as a person by preparing me for any challenge I face in life.”

Written by Marketing Student Carrie Sun

Victoria Rose Bradley of Dracut, MA, will attend Regis College in the fall to pursue nursing with a full, four-year renewable scholarship. She says the Academy has instilled character building traits that will serve her well in the future. "NDA has given me the chance to be comfortable enough with who I truly am and to be confident enough to go out into the world and try new things," remarks Victoria.  During her time at the Academy of Notre Dame, she held leadership roles that included treasurer of Student Council, co-editor-in-chief of Damies’ Digest, and co-chair of 1804 Society's shadow day hosts. Other memberships include National Honor Society, Spanish National Honor Society and Yearbook Club. As an athlete, she participated in cross country, basketball, track, softball and soccer. She has distinguished herself with a number of awards and honors including Principals’ List, Basketball Coach’s award (freshman year), JV Basketball Most Valuable Player (junior year), the Sister Marie Paula McNiff Scholarship and the Norton Women’s Excellence in Character Scholarship. At the Baccalaureate service on May 30th, Victoria received a Greater Lowell Roadrunners Scholarship and a President's Award for earning a 4.0 or greater throughout her time at the Academy.

Written by Marketing Student Xiao (Chloe) Liu

Grace Cai of Shanghai, China, is an international student who resided in Lowell with a host family. She plans to study plastic surgery or kinesiology in the fall when she attends Case Western Reserve University. As an Academy student, Grace was president of the MUSE Club, bylaw committee coach for Model UN and class treasurer. She also participated in Student Crop, Bowling Club, International Student Club, Yearbook Club and worked in the school's Extended Day Program. The honor roll student was also awarded “Best Position Paper” at the Boston College High School Model UN conference.  Grace says her experience at the Academy has helped her find her voice, “NDA definitely made me more confident and taught me to express my opinions more freely.”

Written by Marketing Student Xiao (Chloe) Liu

Han (Iris) Chen of Guangzhou, China, is an international student who resided in Nashua with a host family. She will attend the University of California, Santa Barbara to study biology. A National Honor Society student, Iris also participated in tennis, indoor track and the school's art magazine, The Muse, to which she contributed many art projects. Active in both community service and school activities, she credits the Academy for helping her to focus on academic study and to develop meaningful friendships. She also says that she developed a great sense of responsibility and confidence which she appreciates the most for preparing her for college.

Written by Marketing Student Yajie (Cherry) Jin

Kathleen Curran of Lowell, MA, will attend Fordham University to pursue theater design and production. While at the Academy, her leadership roles included class treasurer (sophomore year) and co-president of 1804 Society (senior year). She was also a member of the National Honor Society, National Art Honor Society, Destination Imagination, Damies' Digest (school newspaper), The MUSE (art magazine), Mission & Ministry, soccer and track & field. She was awarded the honor of Student of the Month in December 2017, Coach's Award for soccer in 2018 and the Lowell Sun recognized her as part of their Soccer All-Star Team in 2018. At the Baccalaureate service on May 30th, Kathleen received a scholarship from the Friends of NDA. 

Kathleen describes the Academy as a very supportive environment, “At NDA, I have learned about myself and what it means to be apart of a tightly knit community. I support others and am supported in turn.”

Written by Marketing Student Xiao (Chloe) Liu

Jacqueline DeNisco of Medford, MA, will attend Virginia Tech in the fall to study wildlife conservation. As a student at the Academy, Jacqueline distinguished herself as a leader on the court holding the position of captain for two years on the basketball team and her senior year on the volleyball team. She was also an Emmanuel College Leadership Conference attendee, Ring Day coordinator and co-editor-in-chief of Yearbook. Additionally, she was a member of the National Honor Society, Spanish National Honor Society, National Art Honor Society, The MUSE (art magazine), 1804 Society, Model UN and the softball team. She received several honors and awards such as the Edward W. Leary Jr. Memorial Scholarship, the Academic Excellence award, a Basketball MVP Award and was recognized on the Principal's List/High Honors. “To me NDA has meant new opportunities, new friendships, and a new perspective on life.", says Jacqueline. "I have grown mentally through my academics and have gained confidence in public speaking as well as improving my skills in the classroom and on the court and field.”

Written by Marketing Student Xiao (Chloe) Liu

Justine Elshama of Westford, MA, will be heading to Boston College in the fall to study neuroscience. As a dedicated student at the Academy, Justine passionately participated in Model UN and The MUSE (art magazine). A member of the National Honor Society and the Spanish Honor Society, Justine also achieved recognition for being on the Principal List all four years. 

At the Baccalaureate service on May 30th, Justine received a President's Award for earning a 4.0 or greater throughout her time at the Academy.

Justine says that the self confidence that the Academy has instilled will help her face future challenges. “NDA has been my second home, if not my first home, for a time in my life where I needed it most," reflects Justine. "I have not only grown academically, but also in my identity as a strong and independent person.”

Written by Marketing Student Yajie (Cherry) Jin

Annabelle Fandozzi of Merrimack, NH, will be attending Savannah College of Art and Design-Atlanta in the fall to study film. As a student at the Academy, Annabelle dedicated herself to the school in several leadership roles including the captain of the cross country team, vice president of The MUSE (art magazine) and co-president of the National Art Honor Society, which she helped to establish. She was also a member of the National Honor Society. At the Baccalaureate service on May 30th, Annabelle received the Art Honor Society award and a Greater Lowell Roadrunners Scholarship.

Annabelle says the years she spent at the Academy was a growing process that helped her become a better person through all the friendships she made. “NDA has given me the most precious gift in the world, my friends," says Annabelle. "With them, I have gained more courage and confidence which I think will definitely help me overcome any difficulties in the future.”

Written by Marketing Student Yajie (Cherry) Jin

Linsey Rose Former of Lowell, MA, plans to attend the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester to study either biology or pre-law. During her years at the Academy, Linsey was active in numerous clubs and organizations, including Damies' Digest (school newspaper), Model United Nations and an internship with the Academy’s marketing department. In addition, she held the position of treasurer for the National Honor Society, which she considers one of her greatest academic achievements during her time at NDA. Linsey was also a member of many athletic teams including soccer, cross country, indoor and outdoor track, and tennis. 

Linsey values the many great memories she's made with her friends and peers at the Academy. Her favorite experience was participating in the school’s travel abroad trip to France and Spain when she was able to explore the famous sights of Europe, all while in the company of her friends. Linsey says she has faced her fair share of academic obstacles, but her teachers were helpful in getting her through the difficulties. “NDA has given me incalculable lessons which have contributed greatly to my own individual growth and led to where I am today. Without the Academy, I firmly believe I would not be the same person I am today, and for that, I am extremely grateful.”.

Julie Getchel of Methuen, MA, will be attending Regis College next fall to study nursing on a full, four-year renewable scholarship. During her years at the Academy, Julie served as co-president of the National Honor Society, coordinator of Junior Retreat and captain of the Volleyball Team. She also participated as a member of the Spanish National Honor Society, Student Council, Yearbook, 1804 Society, Damie's Digest, Destination Imagination and assisted as sound manager for the NDA Drama Guild. At the Baccalaureate service on May 30th, Julie received a National Honor Society Award. 

Among all her activities, Julie was on the Honor Roll since her freshman year and was involved in many athletic activities which earned her several recognitions. She played four years of volleyball, three years of softball and one year of tennis. Julie says NDA has helped her grow into an independent, strong woman. “NDA has pushed me to challenge myself in ways I had never considered prior to coming here. It has helped me to grow more confident in myself, my academics, and the ability to face any challenges that may arise in the future.” 

Written by Marketing Student Cherry Jin

Samantha Mae Gouveia of Tewksbury, MA, will begin her college career this upcoming fall at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst  and will be pursuing a degree in the field of public health. While at NDA, Samantha held leadership roles in both Student Council as secretary and in Model UN as secretary. She has been involved in numerous clubs including 1804 Society, Model United Nations, Damie's Digest, National Honor Society, the French National Honor Society and was recognized as a Distinguished Senior by her teachers. She is a two sport athlete, playing soccer and softball throughout her years at the Academy. “NDA is a place that has fostered my self-growth and given me so many opportunities that have prepared me for the real world,” says Samantha.

Written by Marketing Student Jasmin Sabah

Lindsey Hanrahan of Westford, MA, will be heading to Fairfield University in the fall of 2019 to focus on marketing and education. During her high school years at the Academy of Notre Dame, Lindsey served as the senior class president as part of Student Governmentand participated in Model UN, the Marketing Program and the Education Internship. She also played softball and volleyball for two years.  

A three year honor roll student, Lindsey considers her time at the Academy as a period of hard work and acheivement which completely prepared her to face future challenges. “My six years here have taught me that hard work pays off. I have gained an understanding that women have just as much ability and power as men. I also have obtained a great amount of confidence and insight for the future work world, along with what it means to be a true member of a community.” 

Written by Marketing Student Cherry Jin

Annika Rachel Hanson of Billerica, MA, will be pursuing an art degree at Gordon College in the fall of 2019. Annika served as co-president of the National Honor Society and was a member of the French National Honor Society. She participated in numerous clubs and organizations throughout her four years at NDA, including Destination Imagination during her sophomore and junior years, the MUSE (student art magazine) in her junior and senior years, and both the Yearbook and Damie's Digest (school newspaper) clubs as a senior. In addition, she participated in this year's Drama Guild production of Annie. Annika utilizes her artistic skills and talents not only in her studio classes, but also for the school. Her illustrations has been used for official NDA holiday and note cards as well as a coloring book. At the Baccalaureate service on May 30th, Annika received a National Honor Society Award and a President's Award for earning a 4.0 or greater throughout her time at the Academy. During the Commencement ceremony on June 1st, she was presented with  Excellence Awards for French and Art.

As an athlete, Annika has participated on the Soccer, Tennis, and Basketball Teams, making her a nine season athlete. She has served as the captain of the Soccer and Tennis Teams her senior year. Her athletic abilities have been celebrated with numerous recognitions, including the Lancer’s Award, Most Valuable Midfielder, Most Valuable Player, and MIAA All-Star award three years in a row for soccer. She also earned the Most Improved Award for basketball her sophomore year and Crunch Time Hero, Most Improved, and MIAA All-Star awards for tennis. Annika feels that her NDA experience has allowed her to mature in all aspects of life. “NDA is home to female empowerment. I have been able to develop in the fields of spirituality, academics, and confidence.” 

Written by Marketing Student Danielle Wuerdeman

Natalie Kelleher of Lowell, MA, will be attending the University of Massachusetts, Amherst in the fall and will be studying nursing. During her years at the Academy, Natalie was involved in National Honor Society, Spanish National Honor Society, and the Culinary Cookbook Club.  In addition to her club participation, Natalie is also a three sport athlete, participating in varsity soccer, varsity basketball, and varsity softball. Her outstanding athletic ability has earned her various distinctions including  Varsity Softball Rookie of the Year, Varsity Softball Most Valuable Player, Varsity Soccer Most Valuable Defensive Player and Varsity Basketball Coach’s Award.  She is also a two time recipient of CAC Basketball All-Star award, CAC Soccer All-Star award and CAC Softball All-Star award. 

At the Baccalaureate service on May 30th, Natalie received a 13-Year Award for attending the Academy since kindergarten.

Natalie says, “Throughout my 13 years at the Academy, I have grown tremendously in the classroom and on the playing fields and this place has become my home away from home. I believe the opportunities I have been given here will prepare me for college and beyond.”

Written by Marketing Student Carrie Sun

Anoutsa Latsapanya of Lowell is the salutatorian of the Class of 2019. She plans to study biological sciences at the University of Rochester in the fall. During her years at the Academy, Anoutsa served as president of Glee Club and ambassador for Catie’s Closet. Additionally, she was involved in National Honor Society, Model United Nations and the student art magazine, MUSE.

A Principal's List student, Anoutsa had the honor of being recognized as Student of the Month in 2016, Distinguished Senior in 2019 and Rensselaer Medalist in 2018. At the Baccalaureate service on May 30th, Anoutsa received the Academy of Notre Dame Rachel Morrison Memorial Scholarship and a President's Award for earning a 4.0 or greater throughout their time at the Academy. During the Commencement ceremony on June 1st, she was presented with the Excellence in Theology Award. 

She attributes her passion for volunteering to her NDA experience. “NDA has helped me to grow into the compassionate, helpful, and hardworking person I am today with a quality education and endless opportunities for service to others. NDA has also given me the chance to meet friends and mentors who have shaped my life enormously.”

Written by Marketing Student Jiayue Sun

Yushan Li of Tianjin, China, is an international tudent who resided in Tyngsboro with a host family. She will be attending the University of Washington in the fall to study economics. During her years at the Academy, Yushan was president of the Handcraft Club and a member of the Glee Club, National Honor Society, Model United Nations and the student art magazine, MUSE.

A Principal's List student who loves to volunteer, Yushan says the Academy has helped her to grow more confident his her capabilities and talents. “By studying in an all-girl school for three years, I have learned a great deal, not only academically, but also about life. This is the first school I have attended in a foreign country and I was trained very well academically at NDA, especially in my English, which has better prepared me for college. NDA also made me realize how strong girls are, and therefore, encourages me to do whatever I want to do in the future.”

Written by Marketing Student Jiayue Sun

Xiao (Chloe) Liu of Dongguan, China, is an international student who resided in Tyngsboro with a host family. She will be attending Rutgers University, New Brunswick in the fall. During her time at the Academy, Chloe served as secretary of the Glee Club. She also participated in MUSE (student art magazine), the Bowling Club, Model United Nations, the Bridge Program and the Marketing Program. She also proudly represented the NDA Lancers on the field in both track and soccer.  

Chloe believes her experience at NDA has strengthened her confidence in expressing her own opinions and also taught her the importance of independence in her academic career and personal life. She says, “The diversity here at NDA has made feel very welcome and I have benefitted by the structure of the academic program. I am so thankful that the students here have been friendly and the teachers helpful.”

Taylor Martineau of Merrimack, NH, has attended the Academy since kindergarten, but this fall she will move to Nova Scotia to begin her studies at Dalhousie University where she will major in computer science. 

As a high school student, Taylor distinguished herself by being inducted into the National Honor Society and was involved in many extracurricular activities. She was president of the MUSE, the student art magazine, and president and co-founder of the National Art Honor Society. She was also a member of the Softball Team during her junior year and a member of the Drama Guild during her freshman and sophomore years. Among her biggest achievements at the Academy was being chosen to participate in the Art All-State Massachusetts Competition back in 2018 to showcase her artwork.

At the Baccalaureate service on May 30th, Taylor received a scholarship from the Friends of NDA and a 13-Year Award for attending the Academy since kindergarten.

Taylor says NDA has helped her to stretch her comfort zone. “The school has played an unforgettable role in shaping me into the person I have become today academically, socially, and otherwise. It seemed like only yesterday that I was young and overwhelmingly timid. Now, in only a matter of months, I will be pursuing my education in another country - something I would not have dreamed of doing beforehand.”

Written by Marketing Student Linsey Former

Rebecca (Bec) Morgheim of Dracut, MA, will attend Stonehill College in the fall where she plans to major in history and minor in theater arts. Bec has distinguished herself with several recognitions during her six years at the Academy. During her junior year, she received the Sage Book Scholarship for her academic discipline and achievement, and was also inducted into both the National Honor Society, and the Spanish Honors Society.

She also participated in numerous extracurriculars, her favorite of which was the Drama Guild where she served as publicist her sophomore and junior years and president as a senior. She has also been a member of the Academy’s Swim and Dive Team, as well as the Glee Club.

At the Baccalaureate service on May 30th, Rebecca received a scholarship from the Friends of NDA and a President's Award for earning a 4.0 or greater throughout their time at the Academy. During the Commencement ceremony on June 1st, she was presented with Excellence Awards for English and Music. 

Bec says she is grateful for her time at the Academy. “My time at NDA has been one of the best times of my life. I've met some of my best friends here, and the community has really supported me and my efforts over the past six years, whether it be academics, drama, or art. I feel as though I've been able to grow into myself and became a lot more confident than I used to be. The Drama Guild, especially, has given me a place to be myself, and the opportunity to be part of a "second family." If it weren't for NDA or the Drama Guild, I would be a completely different person than who I am now, and I am very glad to have attended the Academy!”

Written by Marketing Student Linsey Former

Elena Murguia of Hollis, NH, is the valedictorian of the Class of 2019. She plans to major in mathematics at Cornell University in the fall. She was one of five students in the senior class who attended the Academy for a full thirteen years. 

During her high school years, Elena distinguished herself with her dedication and drive to do well academically. She was a member of the National Honor Society, the Spanish National Honor Society and was the recipient of the Harvard University book award. At the Baccalaureate service on May 30th, Elena received the Rachel Morrison Scholar Athlete award, a Perfect Attendance award, a 13-Year Award for attending the Academy since kindergarten, and a President's Award for earning a 4.0 or greater throughout her time at the Academy. During the Commencement ceremony on June 1st, she was presented with Excellence Awards for Spanish and Social Studies.

She was a four-year member of the Model United Nations and served as acting co-president her senior year. During her time in this club, she won numerous awards for her outstanding performance and participation to address world issues. In addition to Model UN, Elena also served as vice president of Student Council. She was also a twelve season athlete participating in volleyball, basketball, softball, and tennis.

She says, “NDA has made me more confident in myself and in public speaking.”

Written by Marketing Student Linsey Former

Makenna Linden Pacaro of Townsend, MA, will be attending Stonehill College in the fall of 2019. An active community member and dedicated student, Makenna has held positions in many school clubs and organizations throughout her four years at the Academy. She was secretary of the National Honor Society and a member of the Spanish National Honor Society. In addition, Makenna participated in Damie's Digest, the school newspaper, Yearbook Club, and served as a teacher assistant for the Academy's Extended Day Program. She also played on the Tennis Team. Makenna says she is grateful for her experience at the Academy. “NDA is a tight-knit community that encourages women to become independent, confident and successful, not only in academics, but also as human beings. I have challenged myself through academics, community service and volunteer efforts at NDA.”

Written by Marketing Student Danielle Wuerdeman

Marguerite Paglierani of Dunstable, MA, will be attending the University of Massachusetts, Boston in the fall. She will be studying business. During her time at NDA, Marguerite was a member of the Model United Nations Team.

Written by Marketing Student Lana Sukkar

 

 

 

 

 

 

Meghan Elizabeth Pefine of Billerica, MA, will attend Assumption College in the fall to study elementary education. During her years at the Academy, Meghan was inducted into the National Honor Society and the Spanish National Honor Society, served as ambassador for Catie's Closet, co-coordinator of her Junior Class retreat and was an active member of Model UN, Yearbook Club, Culinary Cook Book Club and the 1804 Society where she participated as an altar server and liturgy speaker. She was also a member of the Basketball and Softball Teams. At the Baccalaureate service on May 30th, Meghan received the World Language Scholarship and a perfect attendance award.

Meghan received honorable mentions of perfect attendance her junior year and maintained honor roll every single quarter. Meghan believes that the motivation and persistence behind her active work is all due to her education and experiences gained throughout her years at the Academy. “NDA has helped me grow as a person because I was surrounded by amazing students and teachers who helped me become more confident in myself and find my career path.” 

Written by Marketing Student Jasmin Sabah

Megan Mary Perrault of Tyngsboro, Massachusetts, will be attending Southern New Hampshire University in the fall to major in psychology. Megan is one of five seniors to have attended the Academy since kindergarten. Throughout her high school years, Meghan participated in competitive cheerleading.

At the Baccalaureate service on May 30th, Megan received a 13-Year Award for attending the Academy since kindergarten.

She says, ”NDA has been a second home to me for the past 13 years. It has taught me to have good work ethic and to not be afraid to stand up and voice my opinions.”

Written by Marketing Student Lana Sukkar

Ailis Bailey Peterson of Westford, MA, and formerly Thousand Oaks, CA, will be attending Trinity College Dublin in Ireland in the fall where she plans to study a STEM major and is leaning towards the medical field. Ailis was class president during her junior year, a member of the National Honor Society, and served as treasurer of Model UN. Athletically she played on the Soccer Team, Indoor Track Team, and Track and Field Team. Ailis was recognized for her outstanding accomplishments when she received a leadership award from Clarkson University.

Ailis says she is grateful to have attended an all-girls high school. “NDA has been immensely helpful to my personal and academic growth. As one of the youngest students in the class of 2019, I was not sure that public school was the right choice for me, but believed a private school could help me. My feelings were completely reinforced. NDA is a school where girls take center stage and I know that is where we belong. Simply put, NDA teaches girls that there lies tremendous potential and power in being a girl. By subtracting boys, an all-girls’ education adds opportunities. At NDA, a girl occupies every role: every part in the play and every position on every team.”

Written by Marketing Student Lana Sukkar

Bridget Erin Ryan of Groton, MA, will attend Stonehill College in the fall to study business with a concentration in management. Bridget was involved in every aspect of the community in her six years at the Academy including the 1804 Society, Mission and Ministry Core Team, National Honor Society, French National Honor Society, and Student Council, where she serves as co-president. She is also the National Honor Society's ambassador for Catie’s Closet. Her influence goes beyond the classroom as well, playing on the Basketball Team and serving as captain of the Soccer and Tennis Teams. She also worked on both the Yearbook and Culinary Cookbook Clubs. Bridget also participated in the Jamaica service trip and was a conference ambassador at the Emmanuel Summer Leadership Program. She received the honor of Student of the Month in September 2017 and Distinguished Senior in October of 2018. At the Baccalaureate service on May 30th, Bridget received the Student Council Scholarship.  

Bridget NDA had a positive impact on her. “I have been a student at NDA for six years and I am so glad I made the decision to come here. NDA has shaped me as a person, a leader, and a hardworking student. Going to NDA has given me opportunities that I am extremely grateful for, and because of these various opportunities, I have become the hard worker I am today. It also helps that I am no longer afraid to give a presentation in front of the whole school community, let alone a classroom. In addition to this, the community here has benefitted my life tremendously and has helped me form life long friendships.”

Written by Marketing Student Lana Sukkar

Caitlin Cawley Ryan of Groton, MA, will enter the nursing program at Endicott College in the fall of 2019. Caitlin has chosen to study nursing to become the helping hand for others, and the roles she held throughout her four years at the Academy exemplify her dedication to helping her community. She was vice president of her class for all four years and was a member of the 1804 Society, National Honor Society, Spanish National Honor Society, Mission and Ministry and the Yearbook Club. She was also the recipient of the Saint Anselm Book Award in her junior year and was named the Distinguished Senior. During the Commencement ceremony on June 1st, she was presented with the St. Julie Award given to the senior who best exemplifies the ideals of St. Julie as modeled through compassionate service and leadership and outreach to those in need.

A fourteen season athlete, Caitlin was a member of the Swim, Basketball, Softball, and Track and Field Teams, and served as a captain for the swim, JV basketball and JV softball. 

She feels that her years at the Academy have helped her overcome her shyness and gain confidence in her abilities. “Because of NDA,” Caitlin says, “I have grown so much as a person. As a freshman, I was shy and I really only talked to the people I was close with. Through the years and with the support of my classmates, I am not that shy kid anymore. I have become more confident in my abilities as a student, friend, and classmate. NDA has changed me in ways that I will never forget and will always be grateful for.”

Written by Marketing Student Danielle Wuerdeman

Jiayue (Carrie) Sun of Qingdao, Shandong Province, China, is an international student who resided in Dunstable with a host family. She will be attending the University of California, Santa Cruz in the fall to study mathematics. During her time at NDA, Jiayue was a member of Model UN, MUSE, Handcraft Club, NDA Bridge Program, Extended Day Program, International Students Club, Marketing Program, and the Volleyball Team. She also earned the honor of being named on the Principal's List. Carrie says, "NDA has helped me become who I am right now, I will always be grateful for what I have learned here." 

 

 

Titiana Ngoh Tambi of Lowell, MA, will be pursuing a six year doctoral degree through the pharmaceutical program at the University of Rhode Island. Titiana chose this field because she is passionate about helping others lead a healthy life. She was an active member of the National Honor Society, Drama Guild, NDAnce, Glee Club, A Capella Club, and Damie's Digest, the school newspaper. In addition, Titiana has served as secretary of her class and as a Catie’s Closet ambassador. In her junior year, Titana was honored as the recipient of the Dorothy Allen Man ’47 Scholarship and received the Brandeis Book Award for Social Action and Civic Engagement. To Titiana, NDA has been a place of growth and self-discovery. “NDA overall means growth to me. Although challenging, it has given me the opportunity to explore myself. It has revealed my flaws, as well as my strengths. With this information, I have been molded into an able bodied member of our community, ready to take over the world.” 

Written by Marketing Student Danielle Wuerdeman

Lina Tran of Lowell, MA, will be attending Bunker Hill Community College in Boston in the fall to study international business. During her time at NDA, Lina was treasurer of her sophomore class, participated in the 1804 Society, the Track and Field Team and worked in the Extended Day Program at the Academy. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Christina Tsillas of Littleton, MA, will attend Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) this fall where she will be pursuing biochemistry (pre-med). During Christina’s years at the Academy, she held several leadership roles including class president her sophomore year, president of the Debate Club (sophomore and junior years), and co-president of Model UN her senior year. She was also a committed athlete in both volleyball and softball.

Christina received the St. Julie Billiart Scholarship, Donna Sullivan Dickey Memorial Scholarship, Bay Path Presidential Book Award, softball MVP Award (2017), the softball MIAA Sportsmanship Award (2018) and many honors as a participant in Model UN.   During her junior and senior years, she was also an active member in National Honor Society, as well as in La Sociadad Honoraria Hispanica. 

At the Baccalaureate service on May 30th, Christina received a scholarship from the Friends of NDA. 

Christina is thankful for the meaningful life values that NDA has taught her. “NDA has taught me to think critically and value the importance of a balanced academic and extracurricular life. I now have a holistic education and am ready to enter a new chapter in my life."

Written by Marketing Student Jasmin Sabah

Xinying Wang of Yunnan, China, is an international student who resided in Dracut with a host family. She will be attending Baylor University in Texas in the fall. During her time at NDA, Xinying participated in the school's Bridges Program.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Yitong (Ciara) Wang of China is an international student who resided in North Chelmsford with a host family. She will be attending the University of Washington in the fall to study and is interested in statistics, data analysis and mathematical economics. She was the communications director for National Honor Society  and also served as a devoted member of the student art magazine the MUSE, the Environmental Club and the Model United Nations Team. She has excelled academically and is glad she made the decision to come to NDA. Over the years, she has come to appreciate being a student at an all-girls high school because of the friendly people she has met and the amazing experiences she has had. 

At the Baccalaureate service on May 30th, Ciara received a President's Award for earning a 4.0 or greater throughout her time at the Academy.

Written by Marketing Student Lana Sukkar

Jillian Joyce Wright of Nashua, NH, will be attending Worcester Polytechnic Institute to pursue engineering in the fall of 2019. She was a four-year member of Student Council and served as president in her senior year. She participated in class committees during her freshman year, and was a member of the 1804 Society as a freshman and sophomore. She was also an active member of the National Honor Society and was a member of Model UN during her senior year.  Jillian was also twelve season athlete who played on the Soccer, Basketball, and Softball Teams. 

At the Baccalaureate service on May 30th, Jillian received a President's Award for earning a 4.0 or greater throughout her time at the Academy.

Jillian says her experiences at NDA have greatly shaped who she is today. “NDA has given me great friendships and I am thankful for that. I have definitely grown a lot here, have learned many lessons, and am fully prepared to move onto college.”

Written by Marketing Student Danielle Wuerdeman

Yuqi (Kathy) Xie of China is an international student who resided in North Chelmsford with a host family. She will be attending Bryn Mawr College in the fall. Kathy held several leadership roles at the Academy including president of Bowling Club during her senior year and co-leader of the Math Club. Kathy was also involved in the MUSE, the Model United Nations Team, and Yearbook Club. Kathy loves the sciences and received the Best in Chemistry Award in her freshman and junior years and was a member of National Honor Society.

At the Baccalaureate service on May 30th, Kathy received a President's Award for earning a 4.0 or greater throughout her time at the Academy. During the Commencement ceremony on June 1st, she was presented with Excellence Awards for Mathematics and Science.

“NDA is like a family to me where everyone is so kind and supportive. It taught me to be more aware of my role in my community,” says Kathy. 


Written by Marketing Student Jasmin Sabah

Xiaoqui (Shelly) Yang of Shenzhen, China, is an international student who resided in Lowell with a host family. She will be attending Boston University in the fall of 2019. Shelly served as a writer for the school newspaper, Damie’s Digest, and was a member of Model United Nations, Yearbook Club, and National Honor Society. She also played on the Tennis Team. 

At the Baccalaureate service on May 30th, Shelly received a President's Award for earning a 4.0 or greater throughout her time at the Academy.

Shelly has expressed her appreciation for how NDA has helped her grow not only as a student, but as a person. “NDA has prepared me well for college. My outlook on life and my values have been molded here and it has helped me grow more confident in my beliefs. I have developed my critical thinking skills and use my own judgement before believing what others say. I will never forget the people here at NDA!”

Written by Marketing Student Danielle Wuerdeman

Class of 2019 Achievements

Our graduates:

  • A total of $8.7 million in four-year, renewable merit-based scholarships awarded to 27 graduates
  • Were accepted to 90 colleges and universities across the U.S., Canada and Ireland
  • 100% college acceptance and matriculation
  • 50% to major in STEM related fields
  • 11 will be attending a Catholic college or university
  • 69% applied and were accepted Early Action or Early Decision to one or more schools
  • 31 took one or more AP courses
  • 2 were awarded full, 4 year renewable scholarships to Regis College School of Nursing

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