Dr. V's Weekly Update

Weekly Update: May 26, 2017 -- Congratulations Class of 2017 The 65th Commencement Exercises of Archbishop Williams High School sent the Class of 2017 to their futures in grand style. AWHS awarded diplomas to 125 students in a dignified ceremony.
 
Class Valedictorian Michael Matthews ‘17 exhorted his peers to “build lives that we are passionate about” in a stirring address that went on to pronounce “Every day may not be good, but there is good in every day.”  Class Salutatorian Camden Castagna-McLeod ’17 reminded her peers how they grew to count on each other and Class President Adam Carr ’17 brought home how the love of Christ drives us on.
 
Commencement Speaker Steve Hassell ’67, a member of our Board of Trustees, offered some wisdom on planning from his experience in Construction. In this 50th anniversary year of his AWHS graduation, Mr. Hassell shared some of the extraordinary successes of his classmates, showing the current graduates the limitless possibilities of their Archies education.
 
At the end of the evening, AWHS offered fond farewells to retiring faculty members, which includes some absolute school legends: Mr. Gus Lawlor, Mrs. Jane Funderburk, Ms. Kathy Habel, Mrs. Joyce Lewis, and Mr. Pat Grasso. We also honored our dear lunchlady, Mrs. Julie Jankord on her retirement and four “graduating” parents, who have been officers on our Parent Support Board: Mrs. Jean Roche, Mrs. Mary Dean, Mrs. Nancy Murphy, and Mrs. Amanda Neal.
 
Congratulations to the Class of 2017!
Graduation Scenes: (Top to Bottom, L to R) Valedictorian Michael Matthews '17 and Salutatorian Camden Castagna McLeod '17 deliver their addresses; Class President Adam Carr '17 beams as Mrs. Jankord hugs President Dennis Duggan '70; Dean of Student Life William Kinsherf '89 proudly stands alongside fellow his now fellow alumnus, nephew Casey Earle '17; Gianna Texeira '17, Jaclyn Donahue '17, and Isabella Collins '17 show off their diplomas; Chris Sullivan '17, Calvin Tran '17, Matt Downs '17, and Ben Murphy '17 celebrate after the ceremony; Ms. Stephanie Mariano '08 poses with retiree Mr. Gus Lawlor along with President Duggan and Dr. V; the four "graduating" moms of the Parent Support Board get recognized.
Baccalaureate Mass
 
Bishop John Dooher celebrated a beautiful Baccalaureate Mass Wednesday evening. Bishop Dooher, who truly connects with our students, offered some advice on how to appreciate the education they received here and to live up to our school’s motto, The Love of Christ Drives Us On. Our choir added an extra layer of dignity to the Liturgy, with soloists Hannah Cunniff ’17, Claire Speredelozzi ’17 and junior Olivia McDonnell offering moving renditions of Pie Jesu and Down to the River to Pray.
 
Before the conclusion of Mass, we also had our Alumni Pinning ceremony. All alumni in attendance formed a receiving line to congratulate the newest members of the now 11,000 strong Bishops scattered throughout the country. Leading the pinning ceremony was Sister Eleanor Martin ’62, an alumna and a member of our founding order, the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth.
 
After Mass, the Class of 2017 had a special treat. Dr. Carmen Mariano ‘63, past President and Principal of AWHS delivered a rollicking “Last Lecture” filled with stories (all true, of course) to the final class in AWHS who was in attendance when he was principal. The address offered closure to both the Class of 2017 and Dr. Mariano’s time at Archies and was a fitting end to a magnificent evening.
 
 
A Blessed Alumni Community: Bishop Dooher blesses the alumni pins as part of the alumni pinning ceremony.
Ascension Thursday Mass
 
The departure of the Senior class was coupled with the symbolic “ascension” of the Junior class at our Ascension Thursday Mass for the Holy Day of “Opportunity.” Fr. Bill Joy from the Archdiocese celebrated a spirited Liturgy marked by the fact that each grade level transitioned to their next section in the Auditorium. The Juniors took over the Senior seats and the other classes followed in turn. It was also the first Mass prepared by our new Peer Ministers.
 
If Mass is any indication, the school will be in very good hands with the Class of 2018.
 
Last Lecture
 
On Monday, the seniors in the Presentational Speaking class delivered their Last Lecture to the entire school. Nineteen students shared reflections on their time at Archies and the lessons that they learned in their time here. The event served not only as an opportunity to offer some wisdom to the next generation of AWHS students, but as high a stakes a final assessment as it comes.
 
Ms. Stephanie Mariano ’08 did a terrific job in preparing the students for this moment. Many of these students started the class in September afraid to even stand up in front of their peers and talk—now they owned the stage in front of the whole school. Great job!
Last Lecture: Liam McCarthy '17, Marcos Mercedes '17, and Siobhan Salani '17 deliver their final speech on Monday.
Final Exams Start Friday
Final exams begin on Friday with Period 7. The exam schedule runs in the reverse order of mid-terms. Exams are 90 minutes long. With the exception of this Friday, there are two exams on each day. The first exam is from 7:50-9:20 and the second is from 9:50-11:20. In between exams, snacks will be available in the Cafeteria for purchase.
 
As a reminder, AWHS practices strict academic integrity during final examinations. This is especially true with regards to electronic devices. Any unauthorized electronic device seen or heard in an examination room will be construed as cheating. Students will receive a zero for the exam, regardless of the context. They are to leave cell phones in their locker.

National Honor Society Officers
The National Honor Society elected its new officers last week. Congratulations go to:
  • Caroline Bloomer – President
  • Olivia McDonnell – Vice President
  • John Barry – Secretary
  • Steven McCormack – Treasurer
  • Michael Howes – Tutoring Chair
Class Awards Assemblies
All of our grade levels will have their end-of-year academic award assemblies next week from Tuesday-Thursday. The assemblies are at 9 AM in the Auditorium, with the exception of Grade 7 & 8, who will go at 8 AM (so they can board a bus for Canobie Lake). Family and friends are warmly invited to attend.
 
There are also scholarships for next year’s tuition awarded at these events. There are a substantial number of scholarships available for the Junior class provided by our generous benefactors.
 
The schedule is as follows:
 
Tuesday – Grade 7 & 8 and Grade 9
Wednesday – Grade 10
Thursday – Grade 11

MBS Book Buyback
 
On the last day of Final Exams, June 7, we will have our annual MBS book buyback. You can go onto our school bookstore, awhs.mbs.com, and get a quote for MBS to buy back your textbooks. After the last exam, students can simply drop off their books with their quote in the Main Office. We will ship them back to the company for you. It’s easy and you’ll have a check in a couple of weeks. Some of our textbooks (like the Big Ideas Math series in Grade 7 & 8) have fetched a fairly high buyback price.
Varsity Letter Award Ceremony: May 31
Please join us on Wednesday in the AWHS Auditorium at 6 PM, where we will recognize the many student-athletes who have earned Varsity Letters due to their key contributions to our 22 different Varsity programs. We are so proud of our student-athletes and we would like everyone to know about their great accomplishments!

There will be refreshments served in the Gymnasium immediately following the ceremony. This is a free event and open to all in our school community, family, and friends. Hope to see you there on May 31.

Fall Sports Registration Open Now
Registration for Fall Sports next year is going on right now. Please register through Family ID. It will be open through June 1. If you are even thinking of playing a sport next Fall, register now. See gobishops.com for more information.
Acta non Verba: Timothy Chase '17 is formally presented with his appointment to the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy at Commencement.
And Lastly: Keep the “Memorial” in Memorial Day
 
Memorial Day is dedicated to all those who died while serving in our country’s armed forces. In particular, we remember those names inscribed on our Fallen Heroes monument in front of the school.
 
The monument was referenced at Commencement by William Bottiggi, a representative of the US Merchant Marine Academy, who formally presented Timothy Chase ’17 with his appointment to Kings Point. Mr. Bottiggi’s cousin, Lt. Frederick Murphy ’66, is one of our Fallen Heroes. Lt. Murphy made the ultimate sacrifice during the Vietnam War.
As always, if there is anything we can do to better our students, please do not hesitate to ask. Thank you for being part of our family at Archbishop Williams.

Pax,

Dr. V.
Michael R. Volonnino, Ph.D.
Principal
Peeking Behind the Curtain: Junior Adonis Fernandez smiles in the background during the introductions of Mass on Thursday. Adonis offered the Peer Ministry introduction after Dr. V. finished. 
About Williams

Archbishop Williams High School is an independent, Catholic, college preparatory, grades 7-12 school. We endeavor to educate young men and women spiritually, intellectually, ethically, and physically. Driven by the love of Christ, in the tradition of the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth, we integrate learning with faith. We strive to graduate socially aware, morally responsible citizens prepared to succeed and to serve their local and global communities. 
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