STUDENT SPOTLIGHT 5 Wilmington Students Graduate From Austin Prep

September 11, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgREADING, MA — Presuming the best in others while applying shared values towards life experiences were common themes presented to the 130 graduates of Austin Preparatory School during commencement exercises on May 25.End-of-year activities began with Baccalaureate Mass on May 24, as Most Rev. Mark O’Connell, JCD, delivered words of encouragement to the class of 2019. Bishop O’Connell encouraged graduates to prioritize faith as they depart for their college experience, and to let that be their foundation as proud alumni of the school.The school’s headmaster, Dr. James Hickey of Andover, emphasized the importance of believing something good about someone, rather than bad, when you have the choice of doing either.“As you travel into the world beyond this campus, my advice, my hope, and my prayer, is that you will use the presumption of goodness, the presumption of good intent as a basis of how you conduct yourself, how you interact with human beings, how you sustain your outlook on the world,” Dr. Hickey said. “Be confident in what you have been taught.”Drawing on his experiences as an Austin Prep student, the Honorable Daniel F. Loughry ’69, the graduation keynote speaker, reiterated the importance of living as good citizens.“Each of us has a moral obligation to be kind, considerate, compassionate and helpful,” Loughry expressed. “I hope that you will retain and, more importantly, put these lessons into practice throughout your lives as you run into the twists and turns that come to all of us.”Loughry served as a United States Administrative Law Judge within the Social Security Administration from 1994 until his retirement in 2010. In his role, the Melrose native presided over Social Security and Medicare cases in Los Angeles, Tucson, Ariz. and Las Vegas in addition to a number of other jurisdictions as a visiting judge.Class of 2019 valedictorian, Kelsey Sherriff of Arlington, encouraged classmates not to dwell on past experiences, but instead look to new adventures and opportunities.“There are many unknowns to be explored. We are faced with the same situation that all of us faced four years ago, and that is starting over,” Sherriff said.Using their Austin Prep experiences, the class of 2019 has already started to look for the good in one another while anticipating their next adventure.“Austin Prep has instilled in us values of truth, community and love to use in the next chapters of our lives,” Alexia Andrikopoulos of Reading, class of 2019 salutatorian, told her fellow graduates. “It is our duty as alumni to bring these values with us wherever we go on our next journey.”All 130 graduates were accepted to numerous four-year colleges and universities.Congratulations to the following Wilmington graduates:Robert Farrell will attend New Hampton School in the fall.Joseph Kelley will attend the University of Massachusetts, Lowell in the fall.Benjamin Lidoski will attend the University of Colorado at Boulder in the fall.Hannah Malvone will attend Elon University in the fall.Margaret Peterson will attend Saint Anselm College in the fall.(NOTE: The above press release is from Austin Prep.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedSTUDENT SPOTLIGHT: Wilmington’s Garrity & Ryan Graduate From Assumption CollegeIn “Education”PHOTOS: 12 Wilmington Students Graduate From Austin PrepIn “Photo of the Day”STUDENT SPOTLIGHT: 13 Wilmington Students Graduate From Austin PrepIn “Education”last_img

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