Headmaster Update
John Thornburg
Headmaster
thornburgj@maldencatholic.org
Dear Families,

Years ago, a friend asked me to help him remove trees from an empty lot. My job was to load the freshly cut logs and branches into his pickup truck. Soon, the bed of the truck was full. When my friend attempted to drive off the lot, the tires spun and the earth beneath quickly turned to mud that started to swallow up the vehicle. We unloaded the truck and tried to free the truck tires to no avail.  
 
Then, I had a brilliant idea... I would drive my large Oldsmobile Cutlass Cruiser station wagon onto the lot and pull the truck out. I was confident that my behemoth vehicle could successfully perform such a feat. So, I jumped into my station wagon and nimbly backed it up to where the pickup was waiting. Once I was close enough, I attached a chain from my rear bumper to the front of the pickup. I jumped into the station wagon, and both me and my friend accelerated our respective vehicles.  
 
The station wagon did not move. I checked to see if the wagon was still in park... but it was in drive. Then, I noticed my friend was waving his arms and yelling for me to stop. I climbed out of my vehicle to saw my tires sinking into the mud. My wheels had succumbed to the same fate as the pickup truck and both vehicles were completely stuck. I called a tow truck and the driver gave a small chuckle when he observed that both vehicles were sunk in the mud. The good news is that the driver was able to get us both out without incident. 
 
Unfortunately, we all get stuck in the mud of life from time. As I illustrated in my story, sometimes it's because we follow a headstrong plan that we "think" is good for us in the moment. However, once you realize that you are in over your head (or with mud to the top of your wheels), it's time to reach out to someone who can help. It's important in life that we remember to reach out to the One who can provide the best help. Our Lord is always present to help us when we find ourselves in challenging situations.  
 
Hebrews 4:16 -Therefore, let us draw near with confidence to the throne of grace, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need. 

Thank you for supporting Malden Catholic in so many ways this year. We were all there for each other throughout this pandemic year and now moving quickly toward a bright future with less restrictions.

Thank you for your support,

John K. Thornburg
At a Glance
Monday, May 24
B1

Tuesday, May 25
G1

Wednesday, May 26
Fifth Day
Mandatory In-Person Advisory event for Grades 9 and 10 | 8:30 AM
Students in the RED Cohort may log in virtually to their groups.
Lunch | 11:45 AM
Academic Enrichment for Grades 9, 10, and 11 | 1:00 PM

Thursday, May 27
B2
Rosary in Cafeteria | 7:30 AM - Rosaries and prayer books are provided. 

Friday, May 28
G2
MC bldg
What's New?
Commencement Highlights
On May 15, over 600 students, faculty, staff and guests gathered to celebrate Malden Catholic's 86th Commencement Exercises. It was a truly spectacular day for all! If you were not able to attend the event live, the Headmaster's presentation along with the Valedictorian and Salutatorian speeches are now available on our MC's YouTube page.

Candid graduation photos from Malden Catholic's Commencement Exercises are available on our SmugMug page for families to download. All photos were taken by Terry Bleiler with Lifetouch Photography.
Headmaster John K. Thornburg Speech
Valedictorian and Salutatorian Speech
National Spanish Exams
Malden Catholic Honors students placed exceptionally well in the National Spanish Exams this spring. We are very proud of all of our students and congratulate the winners in the following categories:

Gold- Oro 95% or higher
Silver- Plata 85%-94%
Bronze- Bronce 75% -84%

Level 1
Gold: Rocco Carbone -97, Grace Ryan- 95
Silver: Juliana Angiuoni-89, Mackenzie Brady- 93, Antonia Dizoglio-93, Sianna-Grace Edouard- 86, Elizabeth Foy- 92, Daniel Le- 93, Sixtine Masek- 87, Vincent Nguyen- 88, Victoria Sekenski- 87, Erin Smail- 90, Olivia Sullivan- 88
Bronze: Katelyn Cirame- 79, Caio Cruz- 77, Orla King - 78, Abby Lafontana- 75, Anelise Lima- 76, Jackson Norales- 84, Aileen Ortiz- 81, Erik Utter- 79,

Level 2
Gold: Isabella De La Gala- 99
Silver: Jayden Castaño- 92, Xamantha Mejia- 85, Diego Portal- 86, Sebastian Vásquez- 86, Isaac Toscano- 94, Nisa Zajmi– 91
Bronze: Alex Mezquita- 77, Angelina Ang- 79, Melissa Gallego- 80

Level 3
Gold: Sebastian Banol- 95, Charles Dilman- 95, Jorge Ortiz- 99
Silver: Thomas Collier- 92, Christian Fitzpatrick- 85, Angie Mejia- 90, Brendan Scibelli- 85, Matthew Tarpey- 85, Javier Umaña- 85
Bronze: Ella Feely- 83, Nathan Ford- 79, Aidan Hamilton- 80, Matthew Kendall- 79, Andrew Nguyen– 76, Rocío Rodríguez-Cabarcas- 80

Level 4:
Gold: Evan Keleti – 99, Luke Stockless- 99
Silver: Thomas Curran - 88, Benjamin Foy - 89
Bronze: Liam McDonough -76, Joseph Meola -83
Letters for Veterans
Malden Catholic has a 10-year relationship with iPods for Wounded Veterans, a very special organization which was founded in 2011. The intensive rehabilitation that wounded veterans often require takes place over many months- even years. Music, magazines and letters provide an uplifting diversion from this challenging recovery process. Today, iPods for Wounded Veterans continues to provide MP3 players, tablets, headphones magazines, letters and more to improve the quality of life for these amazing people. 

iPods for Wounded Veterans founder, Paul Cardello, reached out and asked if MC students could write letters for 300 veterans who are planning to attend a live event in June. Malden Catholic students utilized time during the Fifth Day this week to accomplish this task. Way to go Lancers!

If you would like to contribute and write a letter to a veteran, please contact foleyd@maldencatholic.org
MC's Drama Club's Production of Help Desk
MC's Drama Club’s second production of the year, Help Desk by Don Zolidis, took the MC's auditorium stage on Thursday. This hilarious, one-act comedy kept the audience laughing as it explored customer service calls spiraling into absurdity, where customers and employees alike are shamed about an inability to log in, giving credit card information to a scammer or finding themselves having a serious conversation with a clown.

The community-wide play premiere of Help Desk will be released on MC’s YouTube channel during the week of May 24. For more information regarding Malden Catholic's Drama Club, please contact Ms. Keith at keithe@maldencatholic.org
Save the Date - MC's Day of Giving Back on June 10
Be sure to mark your calendar for MC's Day of Giving Back which will be held on Thursday, June 10. Pandemic restrictions are slowly being lifted, but the ability for so many talented students to receive a quality education are well beyond their means. It is crucial now, more than ever, to support these students who would otherwise fall behind. Our goal is to provide as many students as possible the superior quality education that Malden Catholic has to offer. 

This day is for community engagement and fundraising, and together, we can achieve this goal. Your support assures tuition affordability for students and their hardworking families, and provides programming that will benefit all students. Stay tuned for more information.
Art: Evelyn Maridiaga '23
Art: Kim Nguyen '23
Studio Art 2
Students enrolled in Studio Art 2 have spent their year using different mediums for a variety of art projects. It is our pleasure to share some of these art projects with the community.

Charcoal:
The bottles drawn in charcoal in the adjacent image were created by a MC student in Mr. O'Donnell's art class. Students used shading to create an illusion featuring form and depth. Throughout the year, the students embraced the challenge of working with this medium in the Hybrid Model and did an outstanding job of working on their art pieces both in school and at home.
 
Scratchboard:
The seascape art image was created with the use of scratchboard. This is a challenging medium, since it is the direct opposite process of working with a pencil on white paper and it is not possible to erase any mistakes. In this assignment, students use a white paper coated with a black film and scrape the surface to reveal the white underneath. The students were able to produce tremendously detailed art that closely resembles black and white photographic images.
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?
Flags for Veterans
Led by Coach Darren Svendsen, all members of the MC baseball program recently spent some time at Holy Cross Cemetery in Malden, placing American flags on veterans’ tombstones to honor Memorial Day and the sacrifices our veterans have made for this country. The Veteran Committee greatly appreciated the contributions made by our teams!
The Green Team
The Malden Catholic environment crusaders headed out last week to pick up litter around Malden neighborhoods and on the bike trail. The Green Team is always open to new members, so please email Ms. Foley at foleyd@maldencatholic.org to receive future Green Team announcements.
Club Highlight: Diversity and Inclusion Club
May is Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month. Malden Catholic's Diversity and Inclusion Club recently met to discuss a very informative New York Times article as well as other media featuring the growing violence against Asians in our country. During the Club's active dialogue, students discussed the importance for raising awareness in our community. The group plans to host an in-person meeting with members in the near future and develop an action plan for promoting an inclusive mindset for all.
Thank You for Supporting MC's Make-A-Wish Club
Many students and their families came out to support MC's Make-A-Wish Club's Soc's Ice Cream event on Friday, May 21st where 20% of proceeds were donated to support MC's efforts to grant a wish to a seriously ill child.

The Make-A-Wish Club (Kids for Wish Kids Program) is in its 3rd year at Malden Catholic and has successfully granted 2 wishes to local teenagers in the Boston area by raising over $23,000. This school year, the club has raised over 50% of its goal of $10K. Thank you to everyone who stopped by and supported Make-A-Wish!
Mission Moment
Mission Moment:

Life presents us with occasional “Now What?” moments. They are decision-making moments – sometimes sudden and surprising, sometimes long-awaited but still perplexing; perhaps the end of something and the start of something new; perhaps a fork in the road; perhaps a death; perhaps a lottery win; perhaps a graduation!  Ten days ago we commemorated the Ascension of Jesus, the end of his physical presence on earth. Imagine the turmoil in the minds of his apostles as they saw him go. Now what?! Their leader was gone. Fortunately, they did not have to wonder for long. Jesus had told them, “I am sending the promise of my Father upon you; stay in the city until you are clothed with power from on high” (Luke 24:49). True to his word, ten days after his ascension, as the disciples were gathered in a room in Jerusalem, the Holy Spirit descended upon them in wind and tongues of fire. We celebrate this
event as . . .

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 has been launched to help families find the times and locations for all MC team games and practices.
Spring Sports
Monday, May 24

Tuesday, May 25

Wednesday, May 26

Thursday, May 27

Friday, May 28