Graduation: Class of 2017
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May 2017
The month of May is a special one for our seniors.  Their last weeks of high school were filled with many memorable moments such as cruise day, final exams, Prom, the senior trip, Baccalaureate Mass,  and finally, to top it all off, Graduation.  The class of 2017 had a whirlwind month and now are officially high school graduates.  We congratulate them on their accomplishments.
PMA Today
Congratulations Class of 2017
L-R: Honor Essayist, Brianna Caron-DiPietro, Valedictorian, Madyson Guidmond, and Salutatorian, Faith Stewart.
Friday, May 26 at 4:00 p.m., forty-nine young men and women processed into the Dupre Center as high school students for the last time.  They each walked across the stage, to receive his/her diploma, and the moment they each turned their tassels, PMA gained 49 new alumni.  

Madyson Guidmond, class valedictorian spoke to her classmates and reminisced about their years together, lessons learned from teachers and each other,  " Discover you is the PMA motto that we all hear so frequently but this school does more...It has shown us how to discover others, how to see who they truly are and understand exactly what it means to be a friend to such a fantastically diverse group of people."  

Salutatorian, Faith Stewart and Honor Essayist, Brianna Caron-DiPietro also addressed the crowd.

Mrs. MacGregor was the Graduation Speaker and shared words of wisdom to the class of 2017.  She advised them to "take everything that  you have learned here at PMA and go do the RIGHT thing!" She ended her speech with what the class has taught the staff..."most importantly -you have reminded each of us that when we chose to become teachers, we made the best decision of our lives!"

The class of 2017 applied to 150 colleges and  universities and were offered over $7 million in scholarships and awards over a four year period.  They  received  $1.7 million to attend the college or university of their choice and will attend schools in in various states across the country, as well as abroad in England and Spain. 

Congratulations graduates!  Go and do amazing things!

Baccalaureate Mass and Graduation Dinner
Life of Christ Award recipients, Andre Desharnais and Angela Walucevich.
Wednesday, May 24th the class of 2017 and their families celebrated the Baccalaureate Mass at St. Lucy's Parish in Methuen, followed by the Graduation Dinner at the Merrimack Valley Golf Club. 

Members of the class of 2017 enjoying the sites at the Merrimack Valley Golf Club during their Graduation Dinner.

Senior Breakfast

The class of 2017 was officially welcomed into the PMA Alumni Association at the Senior Breakfast held, in their honor, on Thursday, May 25.  Here they received gifts from the underclassmen, class officers as well as from the PMA Alumni.

Glavielinys Cruz, 04, addressing the class of 2017.
Dr. Glavielinys Cruz, '04 spoke to the graduating class about her journey since PMA.  The lessons she learned during high school helped to carve out a successful academic career for her personally, from directly after graduation in 2004 until recently when she obtained a doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology.  She even gave the senior class one last assignment before they graduated and told them to "make sure you take the time to appreciate the memories you made in the  halls." Life moves so fast for everyone, we can all reflect on this advice. 

Isis Diaz, '17 with Paula Mansor -Laliberte, Director of Alumni Relations. 
Annually, one senior who exemplifies the true meaning of school spirit is surprised with the PMA Alumni School Spirit Award. This year Isis Diaz was chosen for being a positive and spirited member of the PMA community over the last four years. Isis is a remarkable young woman who always has a smile on her face and is never in a bad mood.  Congratulations Isis and the entire class of 2017! Welcome to the PMA Alumni Association!



Cruise Day

Friday, May 12 PMA celebrated our annual Cruise Day.  Students dressed in vacation / cruise ship attire and finished the Friday afternoon with a cookout, music and games.    It is not only a fun day but a symbolic day, always held on the last day of classes for our seniors.  It is the last time all four grades will celebrate together as a school as the seniors near graduation.   
Event Highlights
Understanding Vocation
On Friday, May 5th, Father Eric Cadin of the Boston Archdiocese Vocations Office came to visit PMA.  While he was here, Father Eric offered Mass in the PMA school chapel and delivered a vocations talk, explaining to the 20 attending students, what it is God is calling us for and how we can be open to achieving it.  Father Eric explained the differences between our universal vocation of becoming saints and the particular vocations of priesthood, religious, and matrimony.  When we grow in our relationship with God we come closer to fulfilling our vocation.  Once this happens, Father Eric argued, we can change the world.  The talk ended with group discussion and much anticipated pizza. 

Game Night
PMA celebrated Cinco de Mayo in style by offering the last Game Night of the school year.  Over 35 PMA students played board games and video games, sang karaoke, and ate Chipotle burritos. It was a fun and entertaining evening for what is quickly becoming one of PMA's most popular extracurricular events.  
Penny Wars

It was homeroom vs. homeroom in this years' Penny Wars. The object of this "war" is for s tudents to bring in pennies and dollars to fill jugs for their homeroom. They compete against other homerooms, and can "sabotage" each other by adding silver coins (nickels, dimes, and quarters) to other jugs.  Pennies & dollars count as positive points, while silver coins count as negative points.  At the end of the event, each jug is counted to determine which homeroom earned the most points (which will be different than the amount of money collected). 
Ms. Anderson's homeroom were the winners with 6655 points.  Mr. True's homeroom was awarded an honorable mention for raising the most money overall, $105 . Collectively this years Penny Wars raised over $540 for Team Chickaroo, a Kids' Brain Tumor Cure Foundation. 
Matt Whinery, '17 (NHS Secretary), Marisa George, '17  (NHS President), Angela Walukevich, '17 (NHS Member) and Chau Dang, '18 (NHS Member) with the total monies collected. 

Spring Concert and Art Show
Thursday, May 11th PMA held its annual Spring Concert & Art Show.  Art seeped through every corner of the Dupre Center, from paper and chalk, oil and on a canvas and clay displays.  The stage was filled with sounds and movements from instruments, dance and song. It was a wonderful night that displayed the talents of so many of our students.     
Field Trips

Tuesday, May 23rd was field trip day for the entire student body.  The freshman class went to Lowell and took part in a program called "Science of Rivers" which included a boat ride on the Merrimack River to collect water samples .  
The sophomores  walked the Freedom Trails in Boston. While both the junior and senior classes went to New York for the day and visited the 9/11 Museum.
Classes and Clubs
Monster Projects

Audrey Latino, Olivia Fillion, & Naomi Gonzalez with their monsters
Ms. Gillette's English classroom was overcome with monsters this semester and she wouldn't have it any other way.  

As  part of her teaching of Frankenstein, she assigned her sophomore English students to create his/her own monster,  using recycled materials. 

Each student also wrote an accompanying Gothic short story  from his/her monsters perspective. 

Caroline Hamilton posing with her monster creation .
Paige Athanasiou with her original monster.

Band Room Rehearsal
There always seems to be a show to practice for in the Band Room.  PMA music teacher, Mr. David Comtois, eagerly helps students rehearse year-round for the next upcoming play, concert, musical, cabaret, or  even an impromptu jam session.
Here he is helping them prepare for Open Mic Night and the Spring Music and Art Show.
Tech Club

The final meeting for Tech club got a little crazy and emotional as seniors Jack Bove and John Mesereau led the LAN exercise and suddenly realized if was the end of an epoch.
Outstanding Students 
Gwendolyn Powell, '18 Regatta Bronze Medal Winner
Gwendolyn Powell competed in 5 different 1500 meter races over the weekend of April 29-30 at the 20th Annual Saratoga Invitational Regatta, which is held in Saratoga Springs, NY.  It is America's Largest Sprint Race, featuring 10 lanes of 1500 meter racing and attracting the top crews of the Northeast, Mid-Atlantic, and MidWest. A Clash of Titans as the scholastic teams and non-scholastic teams race head to head for an early season peek at the high school rowing landscape of the Northeast. Gwen's team won a bronze medal in the Women's 2V Four.   Amazing job, Gwen!

PMA Congratulates Our Newest Member to the Catholic Church
PMA is proud to say that Jack Foreman of the class of 2019 was received into the Catholic Church during the Easter Vigil at St. Monica's Parish in Methuen this year.  PMA Campus Minister, Mr. Stanton was his sponsor.  Taking the name Michael, Jack received the sacrament of Confirmation and was welcomed into the Catholic community.  Jack has come a long way in his religious experience.  In the first week of school Jack proclaimed to be an avid atheist and a "man of science."  Over the course of his freshman year Theology course, Jack learned about and began to appreciate the wealth and depth of the Catholic faith, especially in regards to the relationship between faith and reason.  During the school year Jack became "a man of science and faith."  The PMA community congratulates Jack Foreman on this very special occasion.
Quick Pics
The freshmen and sophomores celebrated their "Hollywood " themed semi-formal on Friday, April 28 at the impeccably decorated Dupre Center. 

The juniors and seniors celebrated their prom at the Haverhill Country Club on Friday, May 19.

CAC Track Championship
The CAC Track Championship was held on Saturday, May 20.

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