Headmaster Update
John Thornburg
Headmaster
thornburgj@maldencatholic.org
Dear Families,
 
This weekend we held our 86th Commencement to celebrate the Class of 2021. We held a Baccalaureate service on Friday and then Commencement on Saturday. We were able to celebrate an outstanding group of young men. I want to thank our senior parents for their support and dedication to Malden Catholic the last four years. We know your sons will go on to do great things and we can't wait to hear about their success. We know that MC will always be a "home" for our Seniors and their parents, so we encourage everyone to stay in touch and return to visit in the future. You are an important part of our community!
 
There are still three weeks of school left for our undergraduates. This is an important time of transition. Our last three weeks serve as an opportunity to end the year strong. The lessons learned from this past year will serve as the foundation for next year as we move across the finish line. Grades 9, 10 and 11 will also move up into their new grades and welcome the incoming Class of 2025. 
 
As a high school track coach, I once hosted a “student versus faculty” track meet. Although the faculty were past their prime, we competed well in the shorter events. The distance events however, were more challenging and the faculty members were not as prepared. Since I was the track coach, I was volunteered to run the 800m for the faculty. My student opponent, Scott, was a state qualifier. He made sure to let me (his track coach) know before the race how badly he was going to beat me.    
 
The race began and he quickly outpaced me. My goal was to finish the race with some semblance of grace, so I paced myself. After one lap, Scott slowed down and began to run backward letting me catch up. He offered tips for the "old man" as I lumbered down the track. As we approached the final stretch, he turned around, raising his arms in victory while maintaining his slow jog. Summoning whatever energy was left in my legs, I sprinted for the finish line. Imagine Scott's surprise when he saw his old coach cross the line just ahead of him. He shouted out a word that I will not repeat here. This was a valuable lesson for him.
 
Finish lines signal the end of a journey. Crowds gather there to watch, athletes strain to cross them and the line itself symbolizes the final assessment of their efforts. My high school cross country coach would instruct us to pretend the finish line was ten feet past the actual one. He had seen too many runners end up with a sub-par performance or lose a place in the race because they didn't push through to the end. With this in mind, let's all maintain our pace and finish this academic year strong!

Hebrews 12:1-3 "Therefore, since we have so great a cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us also lay aside every encumbrance and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the [b]author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God."

Congratulations to our Seniors!
 
John K. Thornburg
At a Glance
Monday, May 17
B1

Tuesday, May 18
G1

Wednesday, May 19
Fifth Day
Academic Enrichment | 8:00 AM
ROX Grade 9 Girls (Mandatory) | 10:00 AM
Lunch | 11:00 AM
Academic Enrichment | 12:00 PM

Thursday, May 20
B2
Rosary in Cafeteria | 7:30 AM

Friday, May 21
G2
MC bldg
What's New?
Congratulations to the Class of 2021!
Over the past few days, the Class of 2021 enjoyed Senior week with a Beach Party, Baccalaureate Mass and Awards Ceremony and Malden Catholic's 86th Commencement Exercises.

Over 600 students, faculty and staff and guests gathered on Friday and Saturday on the Donovan Field to celebrate, and it truly was a spectacular weekend! All of our events were broadcast live on MC's YouTube page and are available for viewing.
Excellence in Education Award
Malden Catholic is very proud to announce that two of our teachers, Mr. Paul Moran and Ms. Deidre Foley, won an Excellence in Education Award from the Catholic Schools Office. This award honors five elementary and five secondary school teachers’ commitment to developing saints and scholars in the Archdiocese of Boston Catholic schools. This special award is provided in conjunction with and support from the Catholic Schools Foundation. Mr. Moran and Ms. Foley will be recognized in May by Cardinal Seán O'Malley and by Superintendent Thomas Carroll at the end of the month. We are so proud of our MC faculty and thank them for their service and dedication to Catholic education!
National Latin Exams
Malden Catholic students placed exceptionally well in the National Latin Exams this spring. We are very proud of all of our students and congratulate the winners in the following categories.

Latin 1
Gold Summa Cum Laude: Therese Sanzone 
Silver Maxima Cum Laude: Annie Harrington, Precious Kamara, Dia Bachawati, Grace Gunning
Cum LaudeMaggie White

Latin 2
Gold Summa Cum Laude: Chi Vu
Silver Maxima Cum Laude: Brianeliz Gomez, Lily Nguyen
Magna Cum Laude: Elena Rotondo, Sophia Barchard, Alondra Enciso-Torres, MK Zablocki
Cum Laude: Gia Polci

Latin 3
Gold Summa Cum Laude: Brandon Wong, Sam Sanzone, Karina Rahman
Silver Maxima Cum Laude: Aidan Martin, Jenna Pittore, Courtney Casaletto
Magna Cum Laude: Brooke Langis, Emma Pohl
Cum Laude: Lily Baglio

AP Latin
Cum Laude: Joe Meuse

The following exams were supplemental, voluntary exams with content beyond the daily curriculum:
 
Latin 1 Vocabulary Exam
Gold: Annie Harrington
Silver: Thea Sanzone
Bronze: Mariana Hincapie

Latin 2 Vocabulary Exam
Gold: Chi Vu
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Latin 3 Vocabulary Exam
Gold: Francesca Callahan
Silver: Brandon Wong
Bronze: Lily Baglio, Brooke Langis, Frederika Noel
 
National Roman Civilization Exam
Advanced Level
Bronze: Robert Hackley

Intermediate Level
Gold: Dia Bachawati
 
National Mythology Exam
Maxima Cum Laude: Brandon Wong, Dia Bachawati
Magna Cum Laude: Francesca Callahan
Cum Laude: Emma Pohl, Samuel Sanzone
MC's Drama Club's Production of Help Desk
MC's Drama Club’s second production of the year, Help Desk by Don Zolidis, is hitting the stage after weeks of hard work. In this hilarious one-act comedy, whether you are getting shamed about your inability to log in, giving your credit card information to a scammer or having a serious conversation with a clown, "customer service" calls spiral into absurdity for the customers and employees alike.

Help Desk will be performed live in the auditorium on May 20th in front of a small audience and filmed. The community-wide play premiere will be released on MC’s YouTube channel during the week of May 24. This will allow everyone to enjoy our wonderful Drama program, as well as the students who give it life! 

For more information regarding Malden Catholic's Drama Club, please contact Ms. Keith at keithe@maldencatholic.org
MC Parent Book Club - May 20
The MC Parent Book Club meeting will be held this Thursday, May 20 at 7 PM to discuss Nine Perfect Strangers by author, Liane Moriarty: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/39280445-nine-perfect-strangers

The meeting will be held on Zoom through this link: https://sanofi.zoom.com/j/9307039967
Meeting ID: 930 703 9967. The Club will also provide an in-person location that will be shared soon.
 
Please contact Christina Saraiva-Fauci at csaraiva391@gmail.com with any questions.
On-Camera Club Organizational Meeting- May 20 at 2:30 PM
Next year, MC will launch an On-Camera Club to help students become skilled at delivering digital performances along with developing techniques for writing, directing and producing short films. An organizational meeting will be held next week for the On-Camera Club on Thursday, May 20 at 2:30 PM in the cafeteria. If you are interested in attending the meeting, please email Ms. James at jamesd@maldencatholic.org.
Make-A-Wish Ice Cream Fundraiser - May 21
MC's Make-A-Wish Club is hosting an ice cream social in collaboration with Soc's Ice Cream in Saugus on May 21. A portion of all MC sale proceeds (20%) will be donated to help grant a wish. Stop by for treats for the whole family and mention that you are supporting MC Make-A-Wish!
MC Summer Sports Camps and Classes for Grades 2 - 11
Summer is right around the corner! Malden Catholic is pleased to open the campus for the Summer of 2021 for Sports Camps and Summer Courses. These classes typically fill up quickly, so be sure to enroll soon! We look forward to seeing you at MC this summer!

To view the full list of Summer Class offerings and Sports Camps for 2021, click here.
What's Happening Around MC?
Students in Action
With the duration of the pandemic, many communities are currently experiencing food scarcity. To support those in need, MC's Students in Action Club met after school on Thursday to assemble 50 lunch bags for My Brother’s Table in Lynn with snacks, sandwiches and a bottle of water. The students also composed positive notes and decorated the bags for the recipients. 

The Club is committed to helping those in need, MC's Students in Action Club met after school on Thursday to assemble 50 lunch bags for My Brother’s Table in Lynn with snacks, sandwiches and a bottle of water. The students also composed positive notes and decorated the bags for the recipients.

The students have also arranged to send the extra food supplies to local micro-pantries and community fridges in Malden, Medford, Somerville, Allston and Cambridge. Way to go!
STEM Presentation
Kaylee Shipps '22 was recently invited as a guest speaker to present her STEM project, “Fishy Frequency,” to St. Joseph’s in Wakefield’s fourth grade class. The young students were very excited to learn more about Kaylee's unique research project and more about competing in the STEM Fair!
Wooden Flag for Hockey Team
This custom wooden flag was created to celebrate the success of MC Hockey over the years, which began with the early wins of the MC "Blue Blades" in 1946. The flag is currently located in the main Malden Catholic hallway for everyone to enjoy. Go Lancers!
Ascension Thursday Mass
We would like to thank Fr. John Sheridan for presiding over MC's Ascension Thursday Mass last week, and Malden Catholic's Campus Ministry team including Brother Puccio, Deidre Foley, Dr. Stephen Baccari and the following MC students: Sonny Turco ‘23, Aurelie Neptune ‘22, Sebastian Vasquez ‘23, and Stacey Jean-Francois ‘22. It was a wonderful service for all, commemorating Jesus’ return to God 40 days after his Easter resurrection. 
Shrine for Mary
We honor Mary every Thursday morning during MC's Praying of the Rosary. During the month of May, are focusing on Mary with devotions from around the world. We are grateful to Mary, the Church's greatest saint and encourage MC students to celebrate her by visiting the beautiful shrine dedicated to her in the MC Chapel.
Mission Moment
Mission Moment: From Mission Impossible to Mission Accomplished!

September 8, 2017. I looked at the young man seated in the third row of the auditorium at our freshman orientation for the Class of 2021. He was fidgeting and whispering to the guy next to him during our Headmaster’s welcome. “This won’t end well,” I was thinking. Sure enough, as soon as the Headmaster was done, Mr. Smith, positioned in a side aisle near the front of the room boomed at him, “You think something’s funny?!” You could hear a pin drop as everyone half-looked in Mr. Smith’s direction, hoping not to make eye contact. Somewhere from the third row a timid “No” could be heard, followed by Mr. Smith’s, “That’s right, so be quiet.” And we went on. Teachers in the audience may have wondered . . .

Sports
NFHS Streaming Services
Streaming service is provided through NFHS for all home athletic events at all levels at both the Doherty Gymnasium and Donovan Field. Both live streaming and on demand view back is available with a subscription. A month to month subscription is $10.99 and a portion goes back to Malden Catholic. Your subscription also allows you to watch any athletic event from any program in the country that uses the NFHS Network!
New Scheduling Platform for MC Sports
A new scheduling platform is here so you can easily see the times and locations for all MC team games and practices.
Spring Sports
Monday, May 17

Tuesday, May 18

Wednesday, May 19


Thursday, May 20

Friday, May 21