Presentation of Mary Academy ePathways 

November 2014

November greetings PMA friends and family,

Thanksgiving is days away and Christmas is just around the corner.  What a busy time of year it is.  In the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, we often forget the people and things that are truly important.  I hope that you will
 take a moment sometime this month and join the members of our school community to quietly commit an act of kindness for someone else.  In the words of Blessed Anne Marie Rivier, "The good we do is not always visible, but it is in God's sight."  

I am  pleased to present you with the latest edition of Presentation of Mary Academy ePathways! 

Around Campus
Rachel's Challenge 
Rachel Scott was the first to senselessly lose her life at Columbine High School on April 20, 1999.  Rachel's Challenge, which was started by her family to honor her memory, focuses on empowering every student to create a permanent culture of change in their school by starting a chain reaction of compassion and kindness.  On November 12, Rachel's Challenge came to PMA to share Rachel's story and legacy with our students.  PMA's upperclassmen participated in a training program after the presentation to sustain the program's goals on a long-term basis.  A new club on campus, Friends of Rachel, has been established to keep Rachel's message alive in our school and empower the students to serve their greater community by performing acts of kindness.  Be sure to watch for the upcoming edition of Pathways for more information, as well as ways that you can make a difference.
Honor Society Inductions
On Wednesday, November 12, PMA held its annual Honor Society Induction Ceremony before the entire student body, faculty and staff, and families at the Dupre Center.  

Senior Simon Ro, and juniors Lillian Alvino, Dahlia Amador, Douglas Anderson, Nicole Chaisson, Matthew Dubois, Gabrielle Fillion, Lindsey Gill, Ashley Grillo, Jordan Lena, Robert Pauley and Gabriella Salerno were inducted into the Madonna Chapter of the National Honor Society. PMA students have been honored by NHS for over 50 years. These students have committed themselves to maintaining outstanding grades, being leaders among their peers, demonstrating good character, and performing group and individual service projects. At the induction, the four officers spoke on the pillars of NHS, particularly leadership, scholarship, character, and service.

Douglas Anderson and Dahlia Amador were also inducted into the Societe Honorarie de Francais.  Each recited the pledge La Course du Flambeau and Anderson played La Marseillaise on the piano.

Upperclassmen were also inducted into PMA's Tri-M Music Honor Society.  Inductees included seniors Na'Blahge Adaramola, Angela Fasio, Claudia Karam, Sebastian Lopez, Jinelfry Rodriguez, Rebecca Santone, and Irene Tarshi.  Members of the junior class that were inducted included Lillian Alvino, Douglas Anderson, Joshua Dionne, Jordan Lena, Robert Pauley, and Jodi-Ann Simmonds Brown.

A Great Fall Sports Season
PMA salutes all fall sports athletes for a phenomenal season.   In cross country, the lady Panthers were Commonwealth Athletic Conference (CAC) Dual Meet Lower Division champions.  They also placed second in the CAC All -Team Championship.  PMA's boy's cross country team place third in both the Dual Meet Lower Division and in the All- Team Championship.  Both teams were led by Head Coach Brian Martin and Assistant Coach Laurie Finn.  For the first time in school history, a CAC Division 3 Soccer Championship banner will hang at PMA.  Congratulations to team All-Stars Abby Meyers, '15, Kayla Pacenka,'15, Emma Pimentel,'17, and Almudena Rodriguez, '17.  The co-ed, championship team was coached by Kristin Huberdeau.   PMA's girls' volleyball team were CAC Division 2 co-champions.  Claudia Karam, '15 and Hannah Walworth, '15  were All-Stars, while Amari King, '15 as named MVP.  Coach Sean Reardon was named as Division 2 Coach of the Year.  He was assisted this season by Michelle Melvin, '08.

Paula Mansor-Laliberte, '82

One would be hard-pressed to find someone more passionate about PMA than Paula Mansor-Laliberte,'82, PMA's Associate Director of Alumni Relations.   Devoted to the school from the start, Paula served as Student Council President, a member of the Pep club and Editor of the Nova News, among other activities.  After graduating from PMA, Paula majored in Business Communications at Emerson College, earning her BS in speech in 1986.  From 1986 until 2006, Paula was in business for herself, initially running a concession stand in Salisbury, MA and later operating Lit'il Bit of Everything, a gift and floral shop located in Methuen.  During that time, Paula remained committed to PMA, serving on PMA's Alumni Council.  In 2006, Paula officially returned to PMA, initially as a substitute teacher, and ultimately as Associate Director of Alumni Relations.  Paula loves working with PMA's alumni, be it planning reunions or reaching out on social media,  she has been able to connect with old friends and make many new ones.  She enjoys sharing with all the "ways PMA has changed, but in many ways remains the same spirited and enthusiastic community it always has been."  She adds, "It is wonderful to be back at PMA, it is such an uplifting place to work.  I am constantly inspired by the faculty, staff, and students."   Paula is married to Stephen Laliberte and they are the proud parents of Stevie, a first grader.  They make their home in Methuen.

Quick Pics
   Fall Beauty on Campus

UN Day 2014 Fun
          Go, Panthers!

CAC Champs!

Thank you for taking the time to keep up to date with all our news!  We hope you enjoyed this edition of ePathways.  Watch your mailbox for our printed edition of Pathways in December. 

Rose Maria DiFiore Redman '85
Head of School
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High School Placement Testing Offered at PMA
PMA will offer the High School Placement test for current eighth graders on December 13, 2014 at 8:30 AM.   Students may register on line .  Contact the Admissions Office with any questions.

Gift Cards Wanted

Giving or receiving gift cards this holiday season?   PMA will gladly take any gift cards you wish to purchase and/or re-gift for our annual online auction (April 7- April 16, 2015) and Spring Legacy Gala (April 17, 2015).   Your support will ensure the success of these events.   Please contact Sarah Hamilton to let us know how you can help!


Citizenship Award
Kudos to Hannah Walworth, '15 for being selected as a recipient a $500 Kiwanis Citizenship Award. Hannah was recognized for her community service, leadership, and athletic abilities.  At an awards luncheon held at the Lanam Club, Hannah spoke of her commitment to raising funds for Juvenile Diabetes through the Walk to Cure and her participation with the Surfing with Smiles program for disabled children.  In addition to being the senior class president, Hannah is also a student ambassador, captain of the volleyball team, captain of the basketball team, and a CAC All Star honoree.  Hannah plans to pursue a career in nursing.

Annual Fund

Discover Ways to Make a

"PMA empowers me to become a better person, who will eventually make a difference in our world."
                                     -Emma, '17

"Sports at PMA have helped me grow athletically, academically, and socially.  I have become a better person and teammate."
                                     -Sean, '17

PMA's Annual 2014-2015 Annual Fund is now underway.  We invite you to partner with us by discovering the various ways that you can support the students of PMA. Whether through a direct gift, scholarship, charitable bequest, or a donation through our Student Needs Program, your contribution will undoubtedly make a difference.

For more information on how you can make a difference for PMA students, please contact Elizabeth De Marco Sabino, Director of Advancement, at 978-682-9391, Ext. 116 or by email,


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