Dear MC alumni and friends,

As our year comes to a close I am delighted to report that we have not only met, but exceeded expectations this school year, especially given the extraordinary disruption caused by the COVID-19 crisis. Our students, faculty, and staff worked diligently and creatively to ensure that teaching and learning continued in ways consistent with the standards and expectations of Malden Catholic. I am most grateful for these efforts and for the help provided by parents and other family members. Our entire MC community worked together and rose to the occasion to finish the year strong in academics and admissions. We also have designed a host of events to celebrate our extraordinary Senior Class of 2020.
Our administrative leaders have been working together to make plans for the next school year, considering the current and future challenges related to COVID-19. We will continue our review and analyses as we move through the summer months, mindful of the educational needs of students and concerns about protecting the health of our entire community. I have also prepared a brief video that will provide you with some additional details regarding developments over the past two quarters at Malden Catholic.

Thank you for your prayers and support,
John K. Thornburg
News Highlights
Joe O'Donnell '62 to Receive Harvard Medal
On Monday, May 18, Harvard University announced the three recipients for this year's Harvard Medal, one of which is Malden Catholic graduate, Joe O'Donnell '62 (Harvard class of 1967). O'Donnell also received his MBA in 1971.

The Harvard Medal recognizes extraordinary service to the University in a variety of areas including teaching, fundraising, leadership, and innovation.

Congratulations to Mr. O'Donnell! Click here to read the full article.

It has been a challenging year for Seniors across the country and Mr. O'Donnell was also kind enough to share a message of hope and encouragement to our graduating Class of 2020. Please see the attached video clip.

Mr. O'Donnell, we are so blessed to have you in our MC family!
Class of 2020 College Acceptances
Congratulations to the Class of 2020 on all of their college acceptances and future plans. Malden Catholic is proud to say that 99% of our students have been accepted into a 4-year colleges. This year's class will go on to attend many tremendous institutions, including Cornell University, Boston College, Northeastern, Boston University, UMass Amherst, and more.
Surprise Visit for Our Seniors
Last week, every Malden Catholic Senior had a surprise visit from a member of MC's faculty, staff and administration including Headmaster Thornburg, Brother Puccio and Principal Cenca. This was just the first of many special treats and events we have in store for our AMAZING Seniors. Congratulations to each and every one of them!

John Walsh '98 Announced as New Varsity Boys Head Basketball Coach
Malden Catholic Director of Athletics, William Raycraft has proudly announced the hiring of John Walsh, class of 1998. Walsh will take over as the new Head Coach of the Boys Basketball program after serving three seasons as the Coach of Central Catholic.

Coach Walsh has compiled a record of 175-39 in his 9 seasons as a Head Coach and the Lancers are incredibly excited to welcome him back!

MC UnGala 2020
On Thursday, April 30, everyone in the Malden Catholic community came together for an UnGala- A Day of Caring. We raised an unprecedented $86,000 in gifts that will support tuition assistance and programs for our students. We are so grateful to everyone for their love, support and contributions. We would not be where we are today if it wasn't for our amazing and caring alumni, donors, faculty, staff, parents and generous MC contributors. Thank you!

If you missed the UnGala, check out the video attached.
Summer Classes
Malden Catholic has become a leader in remote learning and provides a model for fun, interactive, summer courses taught by veteran teachers on a secured Zoom platform. MC Summer Classes will be offered for students in grades 7 – 11 with exciting and engaging remote core classes and exciting electives such as STEM: Engineering Everywhere, Introduction to Python Programming, Music History, Contemporary and Commercial Dance with Video Production, College Application 101, Public Speaking, Musical Theater Workshop and much more. 

Classes run from June 29 – July 31 and prices for classes vary. All Malden Catholic students may enroll for the discounted rate of $100/class.

Classes are filling up, so be sure to sign up soon!
Defying the Odds
Malden Catholic's Chief of Staff, Sean Hurley '97, was very grateful and relieved to learn that his wife's grandmother had fully recovered from COVID-19.

Sophie Avouris, of Yonkers, New York, beat the COVID-19 virus at the age of 102 and the doctors said that this recovery was nothing short of "miraculous."

MC Students Go Plus Ultra!
Tim Lepore Receives A Full Scholarship for Tuft's Leadership for Social Change
Timothy Lepore '23 has received a full scholarship to Tufts University's 2020 Leadership for Social Change Summer Program. The Program will run from July 12 - 24 and students earn college credits.

Tim's scholarship was made possible through a generous donor affiliated with the Catholic Schools Foundation.

We are very proud of you, Tim!
Way to be Plus Ultra!
Marina Ribeiro '22 and her family found a terrific way to reach out and help those in need during quarantine. Marina was concerned that patients at Boston Children’s Hospital might feel isolated from their family and friends during the COVID-19 crisis. To support young patients during this difficult time, she began designing and sending electronic cards to brighten their day. Marina, you have inspired us all!

If you are interested in learning more about creating BCH patient cards, see the link below:
Building Face Shields for Elders
Om Gohel '22 wanted to help protect seniors from the virus and ingeniously designed a face shield that could be used when venturing out in the community. Using simple products such as a plastic paper protector and a headband, OM created over 100 full shields and here is a short video featuring his invention. This truly captures the spirit of MC!
Students Working Through COVID-19
Along with so many restaurants, Turner's Seafood in Melrose has been greatly impacted by the COVID-19 quarantine. As a family business, everyone has worked hard to adapt and contribute during this challenging period, including Maddie Turner, Grade 10. Maddie has been helping her family safely prepare meals to-go and if you are looking for a great take-out dinner this week, be sure to call Turner's Seasfood.
MC Volleyball Passes the Ball
The chain of connections at MC is strong and steady. Check out Malden Catholic's Volleyball team as they participate in the "Pass the Ball" video challenge and have fun along the way!