Seniors Celebrate Final Mass and Awards
Posted 06/08/2017 01:07PM

Seniors Celebrate Baccalaureate Mass and Awards

Members of the Class of 2017 and their families filled the Holy Family Chapel in the Motherhouse of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Boston on Wednesday night, May 31, to celebrate Baccalaureate Mass prior to their graduation. The service was officiated by Father Jim Gartland, SJ, a priest well acquainted with Saint Joe’s Prep from his many visits to celebrate school masses over the past five years. Many of the roles of the mass were undertaken by members of the class of 2017, including: Hannah Burke and Reginald Fils as readers; Joadly DuplanRebekah ForrestDante Salvucci and their families as gift bearers; and Mary Forbes and Phillipe Legagneur as readers of the Prayers of the Faithful. The A Cappella group served as leaders of music for the liturgy. Additionally, Jack Brooks was chosen by the SJP faculty to offer a personal reflection after Communion. His humorous and uplifting speech offered much for his classmates to consider. Here is a highlight from his speech:

We all have grown up over our four years at SJP. In fact, one might say we have “glown up.” ...In my simple terms, it’s an ugly-duckling-sort-of-thing, like when you finish better than you started. For those of you who did not know me as a freshman, take a look at my yearbook picture sometime. But over our high school years, we have all glown-up, and we’ve been able to glow-up because SJP is a place that nurtured us, celebrates our differences, brings us together, and helps us become the people we want to be, individually and collectively... To my classmates and to SJP, never stop glowing up. (Jack Brooks ’17)

Following the mass, the soon-to-be-graduates, their families and the faculty of Saint Joseph Prep congregated in the SJP Gymnasium, appropriately appointed for a formal dinner, to recognize the achievements of the Class of 2017. As dessert was being served, Mr. Ward, Assistant Head of School, began by acknowledging members of the community who had participated in the myriad club offerings at SJP. The Third Quarter honor roll was then announced, recognizing those students, as well (see lists at the end of this article). Community Awards were distributed to the following students: Reginald Fils (Yawkey Scholars Program); Mary Forbes (Waltham Fire Dept. James G. Sullivan Memorial Scholarship); Jacquelyn Joyce (John T. Forcellese Memorial Fund Award);  Sophia SaPonte (Catholic Schools Foundation Award); Emily Taranto (Catholic Schools Counselor Association Scholarship) and Ruolin Zhang (NHS Scholarship Program Semifinalist).

Members of the Class of 2017 who are entering military service were recognized by members of their respective branches: Jack McDonough (Marine Corps); Declan Downey (Army National Guard); John Devlin and Sean Horan (U.S. Army).

Athletic Director, Mr. O’Leary, announced the award recipients for the senior athletes of Saint Joseph Prep, as determined by their performance, participation, and coaches’ deliberation. The following awards were distributed:

Phoenix Male Athlete of the Year 
Dante Salvucci

Phoenix Female Athlete of the Year 
Hannah Burke

Phoenix Award 
Cayleigh McMullan

Scholar Athlete Boys 
Jonathan Stratter

Scholar Athlete Girls 
Joadly Duplan

Iron Phoenix Award (12 season athlete over four years) 
Joadly Duplan
Sharon King

Ms. McCarvill then recognized the Department Awards. These awards are distinguished by two categories: Academic Achievement and Pursuit of Excellence. The Academic Achievement awards go to one student in each core discipline whose academic record, by virtue of GPA, demonstrates high achievement over the student’s entire high school career. The Pursuit of Excellence awards recipients are chosen by members of each academic department. These award winners may or may not have earned the highest grades in each course, but their accomplishments, work ethic, attitude, participation and commitment over the course of their entire senior year demonstrate their willingness to pursue excellence at the highest level. Winners identified include:

English
Academic Achievement - Theresa Sandbrook
Pursuit of Excellence - Rebekah Forrest

Foreign Language
Academic Achievement - Hayley Leger (Spanish), Jada Ross (Latin)
Pursuit of Excellence - Sophia SaPonte (Spanish), Tessa Lewis (Latin)

Math
Academic Achievement - Ruolin Zhang 
Pursuit of Excellence - John-Michael Louis

Science
Academic Achievement - Hayley Leger
Pursuit of Excellence - Cali Lapenta

Social Studies
Academic Achievement - Martine Bjørnstad, Emily Taranto
Pursuit of Excellence - Ruolin Zhang

Theology
Academic Achievement - Rebekah Forrest, Hayley Leger, Emily Taranto 
Pursuit of Excellence - Hannah Burke

Fine Arts & VHS - each awarded the Pursuit of Excellence
Visual Arts - Jiyeon Kwon, Phillipe Legagneur  
CAD - Sean Bennett 
VHS - Yuqing Xue

Distinguished Scholar Award (for having all A’s for both his junior and senior years) - Martine Bjørnstad, Liheng Jiang, Yilin Lu, Theresa Sandbrook, Yuqing Xue

Finally, highest academic accomplishments were celebrated in the announcement of Magna Cum Laude, Summa Cum Laude, the Salutatorian and the Valedictorian of the Class of 2017. Magna Cum Laude is the remarkable achievement of completing the entire high school career earning no grade below a B. Summa Cum Laude is reserved for those impressive students who earned no grade below an A- during their four years of high school.

Magna Cum Laude
Hannah Burke, Mary Forbes, Rebekah Forrest, Sharon King, Jiyeon Kwon, Cali Lapenta, Sophia SaPonte

Summa Cum Laude 
Hayley Leger, Ruolin Zhang  

Salutatorian 
Emily Taranto

Valedictorians 
Hayley Leger

The following lists represent the Quarter Three grades and achievements of the Class of 2017. According to posted grades, higher-achieving students have been identified in the following categories: Phoenix Scholars (All A’s and B’s), Honors with Distinction (All A’s and no more than two B’s -- no B-), and Headmaster’s Circle (All A’s). The Saint Joseph The Worker award recognizes strong and consistent effort on the part of the student over the course of the quarter. The Chapel Speech Award identifies the top two speeches of each class per semester. The following senior scholars have been recognized:

Headmaster’s Circle
Martine Bjørnstad* 
Cali Lapenta 
Hayley Leger* 
Yuqing Xue* 
Ruolin Zhang*

Honors with 
Distinction
Rebekah Forrest 
Liheng Jiang 
Jeonghun Kim 
Sharon King 
Jiyeon Kwon 
Theresa Sandbrook

Phoenix Scholar
Hannah Burke 
Maeve Hennigan 
Phillipe Legagneur 
Tessa Lewis 
John-Michael Louis 
Yilin Lu 
Audrey McDonough 
Madeline Neff 
Jada Ross 
Sophia SaPonte 
Xinwenyu Shi

Saint Joseph 
the Worker Award

Martine Bjørnstad* 
Hannah Burke 
Mengzi Chen 
Emma DiMarino 
Joadly Duplan 
Mary Forbes 
Rebekah Forrest 
Derik Griffin 
Maeve Hennigan 
Liheng Jiang 
Jacquelyn Joyce 
Jeonghun Kim 
Sharon King 
Jiyeon Kwon 
Cali Lapenta 
Phillipe Legagneur 
Hayley Leger* 
John-Michael Louis 
Yilin Lu 
Audrey McDonough 
Cayleigh McMullan 
Armani-Netaya Monteiro 
Madeline Neff 
Jada Ross 
Sophia SaPonte 
Emily Taranto 
Bianca Tracanna 
Yuqing Xue* 
Ruolin Zhang*

*All 5’s for Citizenship


Chapel Speech 
Award
Class of 2017 
John Devlin 
Audrey McDonough