Senior Week at Lowell Catholic
The week leading up to Lowell Catholic’s High School commencement ceremony is a whirlwind of activity at the Stevens Street campus. Lowell Catholic seniors started bright and early Monday morning with a parade encircling the neighborhood. The decorated cars have been an LC senior week tradition since 1992. This year’s motorcade led by Lowell PD included several decorated cars and even a few motorcycles and the youngest LC students in Kindergarten and Pre-K went out to the gates to wave them on as they drove by.
Seniors spent a day in reflection on Tuesday reading sincere letters from staff and administration that detailed how they’ve made a positive impact on others on campus. Mr. Jack Porell, Social Studies Department Chair was chosen by the students to deliver a farewell address and he encouraged each of them to perpetuate the mission of LC by using their talents to make a difference in the world. Laughter and tears set a tone of nostalgia in McNamara Hall when class advisors presented a slide show full of memories from their high school career.
At the UMass Lowell Inn and Conference Center on Tuesday evening, Lowell Catholic seniors and their families attended a whimsically themed Senior recognition night. The class dedicated their yearbook to kitchen staff member Alicia Brangan for her supportive and welcoming presence in their daily routine as Crusaders.
Anthony Grieco of Tewksbury was named as Salutatorian, graduating with a GPA of 4.56. and will be attending The Catholic University of America in the fall with a double major of Physics and Theology as his chosen course of study. Susritha Kopparapu of Tyngsboro was named as Valedictorian earning the title with a GPA of 4.63. Awarded the prestigious Cardinal Medeiros Scholarship, Ms. Kopparapu will attend Boston University in the fall to study Biology with a specialization in Cell, Molecular and Genetics.
The esteemed Saint Francis Xavier Award is given annually to the senior who best exemplifies the Xaverian Charisms and has helped spread the mission of Lowell Catholic. This year’s award goes to Matthew Andrea of Pelham, NH who plans to attend Savannah College of Art and Design in the fall and has also received a full scholarship to study Graphic Design. The Saint Francis of Assisi Award is presented annually to the graduating senior who administrators and teachers believe epitomizes the Lowell Catholic mission. This year’s award goes to Ellen McKenna of Lowell who will attend St. Michael’s College in the fall to pursue a degree in Media, Journalism and Digital Arts.
This year’s graduating class of 2018 of 96 students collectively completed over 16,000 hours of community service and 1/3rd of the class have earned the Service Learning Commendation for individually completing over 180 hours of service in their 4 years at LC. Together as a class, they earned over 20 Million in merit based scholarship.100% of the class applied to and were accepted to accredited colleges and universities and three will continue their education while attending preparatory school and pursuing professional careers in basketball and hockey.
A Baccalaureate Mass was held in the Keith Gymnasium on Thursday afternoon and Commencement Ceremonies were held at the Immaculate Conception Church Thursday evening.
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