The sun was shining. Spring was evident. It was a feel good day that was perfect for the Archbishop Williams Halls of Fame Academic and Athletic inductions followed by the AW Gala, at Granite Links, Quincy. Five new inductees in the Academic and Athletic Halls were celebrated at a morning brunch held in the McGrath Center. Family and friends were treated to a celebration of their inductee that began with a welcome from President Dennis Duggan, who expressed both respect and gratitude for the inductee’s contributions and successes while students at Williams and the accomplishments post graduation built in part on the foundation of their AWHS education. President Duggan noted that the Athletic inductees represented 3% of all student athletes in our school’s history – truly a distinct group of women and men. And the Academic inductees have lived up to their yearbook predictions of “most likely to succeed” in ways that produce awe. Duggan saluted the inductees “who made a unique, invaluable, and indelible mark on our school, whether in the field of education, engineering, real estate or finance; or on the football field, or track; in the gymnasium or in competition. They represent league and state and national champions; all-stars and all-Americans; MBA’s and PHDs; patent holders and record setting investment strategists; phenoms and experts.”
Each inductee was introduced by a student, followed by a video interview of the honored Hall of Famer. Those videos shared favorite high school memories, teachers and gratitude for the opportunity to have been a Bishop and to be a Bishop today carrying forward the ideals of a Catholic education. Again and again, inductees reflected that Williams was “home”, a “family” that to this day holds a very special place in their hearts and heads.
The morning ceremony ended with inductees and their guests having the evening Blue and Gold Gala to cap the day’s events. There inductees were once again introduced and saluted. Seniors Bridget O’Reilly and Colton Casper spoke of their experiences of being Bishops. Like the inductees, Bridget and Colton each thanked their family for their sacrifices in making an AWHS education available to them. Sophomore Shannon Bralley kicked off the evening entertainment with a song accompanied by the Men in Black band, who had those in attendance dancing to the final 80’s and 90’s beats of the evening. Raffles and a quick round of donations for a new website coming later in this year energized the evening. Graduates and friends of Archbishop Williams came together to enjoy each other’s company as Bishops and to ensure the Family grows and flourishes in the coming years.
CONGRATULATIONS TO 2019 ACADEMIC AND ATHLETIC HALL OF FAME INDUCTEES:
Frank Caccavale, ’71 Academic
Jared Lewis, ’98 Academic *
Carmen Mariano, Ed.D, ’64 Academic
Gina Fabiano Mathews, Ph.D, ’87 Academic
Pamela Puzinas Milunovich, ’80 Academic
Bill Cameron, ’75 Athletic
James Joyce, Parent Contributor
Katharine M. Ford Lewis, ’95 Athletic *
Mark Sieminski, ’76 Athletic
James Swan, ’60 Athletic
**Jared Lewis is the seventh alum to be both an Athletic and Academic Hall of Fame Inductee.
***Kathie Ford Lewis and Jared Lewis are the first AWHS Mr and Mrs to be inducted into the Halls of Fame.