After hearing about the North Shore Young Writers Conference from two mainstays of the English department, Mrs. Zygmont and Mrs. Viscosi, Kephirah Pierre, ’19, decided to enroll in this two-day conference. She spent February 3rd and 4th at the Waring school in Beverly, MA and was immersed in days of writing.
While in this program, Kephirah was assigned to different groups, such as fiction, poetry, and did activities such as collaborative writing where the participants would write a poem in groups. At the end of the conference she was able to present her work in front of the crowd and showcase her writing talents.
The attendees of this conference have the opportunity to submit their writing for publication in the Lupine Literary Journal, which is an literary issue that features the works of students throughout the greater Boston area. Kephirah is featured twice in the LLJ Vol.2 Issue 2 published on Tuesday, March 28, first with her original poem,
“Ribbons of Gold” and second with her collaborative poem,
“Like a Platypus.”
Kephiria’s future goals are to become an author so the North Shore Young Writers Conference was a step in the right direction. She recommends this conference to any aspiring writer because you will get to interact with other young writers as well as meet experienced authors and poets.
Project Pocketbook” is a service project for the community started by two PMA Alumni, Yadira Cruz Valdez, ’02 and classmate, Sylvia Martinez, ’02. They collect gently used pocketbooks and fill them with everyday essentials and toiletries. These filled pocketbooks are given to local agencies who distribute them to women in need. PMA was excited about “Project Pocketbook” and did what we could to help. We donated 50 filled pocketbooks and donated another 30 to this cause.
PMA Coat Drive
On Wednesday, November 9, seven PMA students went to Lazarus House in Lawrence to donate needed clothing. Over the month of October, as part of its Works of Mercy initiative, PMA emphasized the Corporal Work of Mercy, Clothe the Naked and collected gently used coats to be donated for those in need. The group went after school and organized the coats and placed them on hangers. It was a wonderful hands on experience of charity for the students and the first of many more opportunities sponsored by the Panther P.A.W.S. (Promoting an Affirming and Welcoming Society) club which was inspired from PMA’s previous club, Rachel’s Challenge.
Shining Star: Nathalie Garcia, ’19
PMA sophomore, Nathalie Garcia is an outgoing student who is an active member of the PMA community. Since 7th grade, Nathalie has been involved with the NDignite Connection program from the University of Notre Dame after recommendations from her former teachers and principal. Nathalie states “…It is one of the best opportunities I have been presented with.”
Through this program she worked with a group of UND students carrying out their summer service hours in Lawrence, and helped develop a youth empowerment blog that was later presented to predominant figureheads in the community, from teachers to politicians. She was even presented with an award by Mayor Rivera but Nathalie is quick
to say that the award wasn’t the most valuable thing she took with her from this experience. “It was a new awareness of the fact that the only people who can and will bring
positive change to my community are me and my peers. Since then it has been a goal of mine to lead a successful life so that I can come back and contribute to my city.”
UND also flew Nathalie and her mother to their campus in Indiana to spend a weekend at Notre Dame. She got a feel for curriculum and life at Notre Dame and saw firsthand how it was a positive atmosphere because the people were are all dedicated to bettering their communities.
This program also presented Nathalie opportunities to express herself through writing: one of her passions. NDignite organizes creative writing and photography competitions for the summer, and she was selected the winner in her category for two years in a row. Last summer she submitted a winning short story and this past summer, she submitted a free verse poem entitled “Capture It.” The theme of the writing entries was “If I Were President,” but since politics is not her favorite topic, she decided to focus on self-expression.
Now, as a high school sophomore, Nathalie is officially a NDignite Alum but she still stays in contact with her friends at Notre Dame and will forever be grateful for the opportunities this program presented her with.
The 2016 Cross Country Team at the Feast of the Three Saints Road Race
Our students love being a part of the local community. On Saturday, September 2 PMA’s Cross Country Team competed in the third annual Feast of the Three Saints Run For Scholars Road Race. Proceeds from this race will go towards St. Alfio Scholarships. Scholarships are awarded annually to area high school students, entering college. Four PMA runners placed in their divisions, Sam Mather, ’19, Emma Powell, ’19, Shakira Henriquez, ’18, and Elaina Latino, ’20.
PMA Students and Staff Honored
The Rotary Club of Methuen honored outstanding students and teachers at their 6th Annual Celebration of Achievement, on Tuesday, April 12 Long time Spanish teacher, Mrs. Giannantonio was named Methuen Rotary’s PMA Teacher of the Year. Robert Pauley,’16, received a Rotary College Scholarship and Angela Walukevich, ’17 was chosen PMA Student of the Year. They are pictured at the ceremony with PMA Head of School, Mrs. Rose Maria Redman and Guidance Counselor, Judy Winters.
CAC Basketball All Stars
Jodi-Ann Simmonds Brown, ’16 and Camille Holleran, ’17 were and Ronnie St. Peter, ’18 were named CAC All-Stars for Basketball.
Al l three students were selected as All-Stars by a combined vote of all the coaches in the Commonwealth Athletic Conference league. They were awarded their plaques at luncheon banquets held for the CAC All-Star winners.
There were 24 All-Stars named in total from the 144 players in the league. We are honored that three were chosen from PMA.
Mrs. Jane Danahy Foss, 97, William A. MacNeil Award Winner
Mrs. Jane Danahy Foss, ’97, Director of Admissions, was named the 2016 William A. MacNeil Award winner by ACCAP of New England (Association of Catholic Admissions and Advancement Professions). The William A, MacNeil Award is “presented to a current member of ACAAP whose contribution to a member organization(s) and/or to the profession encompassed by the membership reflect honor on ACAAP, its mission and its purpose. The recipient will have served in the advancement or admissions profession for a reasonable length
of time and be honored for a pattern of service and performance rather than for unusual success in a single event. The award honors William MacNeill, the first President of the New England Association of Catholic Development Officers (NEACDO) for his 30+-year commitment to Catholic school advancement and for the inspirational example of leadership and knowledge he has embodied to all in the profession.” She received her award on Thursday, March 10 at the ACAAP Spring Conference.
Marie Rivier Award Winners
The Mother Rivier Awards are special to the PMA community because they are awards given to the students by their peers. Classmates nominate who they feel exemplify characteristics of Marie Rivier, the woman Apostle who founded the order of the Sisters of Presentation of Mary.
The students were nominated in the following four categories:
Compassion and Service: This student is willing to help and be attentive to the needs of others.
Perseverance: This student has shown perseverance in the face of difficulties and has been an inspiration to others.
Zeal: This student strives to live what PMA is all about, learning, excellence, service, and pride in our school.
Faith and Prayer: This student helps others by the way he/she lives his or her Faith and relies on God.
Joshua Dionne, ’16:
Kiwanis Club Scholarship Recipient
Joshua Dionne, ’16 of Salem, NH was recently honored with the Citizenship Award by the Greater Lawrence Kiwanis Club. Joshua was honored during a luncheon meeting at the Lanam Club on Thursday, December 3. This award is given to a college-bound high school senior who has worked to make his/her community a better place. The recipient must also must have outstanding academic achievement.
As an active member of student council, cross country, interact, yearbook, select chorus,
drama, track, and a member of the Tri-M Honor Society, Josh works hard to make PMA a better place and always with a smile on his face. We can see why he was chosen for this award. Congratulations, Josh. We are proud of you and your accomplishment!
National Honor Society Induction
On Thursday, October 29, PMA conducted the annual Honor Society Induction Ceremony. Thirty students were inducted into the school’s various honor societies: National Honor Society, Societe Honoraire de Francais (French Honor Society), Tri-M (Modern Music Masters), and for the first time this year, Sociedad Honoraria Hispanica (Spanish Honor Society). The induction was led by the NHS officers, and concluded with a musical performance by Tri-M. We are very proud of all the students who were inducted, as well as the current members of these Honor Societies.
Overcoming the pain
Henriquez adjusts to sport, now one of CAC’s elite
On Cross Country, Dave Dyer
Posted: Monday, October 12, 2015 1:00 am
The adjustment period is well behind Shakira Henriquez.
Last year as a freshman at Presentation of Mary, Henriquez decided to go out for cross country without really knowing what to expect. She just knew that it might work out for her.
“I’ve always been busy with sports and I wasn’t interested in soccer or volleyball,” said Henriquez, a resident of Lawrence. “I used to run track in middle school so I thought I’d give it (cross country) a try.”
Henriquez quickly found out that there is a big difference between track and cross country.
“The distance was a big adjustment,” said Henriquez. “I was getting pain all over my body and I wondered if it was a good idea. … But, by the end of the year, I started to like it.”
As the pain subsided, Henriquez also started to improve and, by the end of the season, had worked herself up to the Panthers’ No. 3 runner.
Not satisfied, Henriquez decided to come to tryouts this year better prepared, so she ran six days a week during the summer. The results have been dramatic.
From the start, Henriquez established herself as PMA’s No. 1 runner and she has finished first in five dual meets with times well over a minute faster than last year. She is a whopping two minutes faster on her home course.
She had a breakout race the week before last, establishing herself as one of the top runners in the Commonwealth Conference, when she bested the field at Greater Lawrence, beating Reggies’ standouts Nilsa Sosa and Suheiry Pereyra, both of whom had placed first in dual meets.
“I was nervous because I heard they were really good,” said Henriquez. “I was thinking ‘can I do this?’ Beating them gave me a big boost.”
If the summer running helped, Henriquez also continues to get a boost with memories from last year’s captain, Maria Splaine.
“She had a great story, how she overcame cancer and she said I looked like a really good runner,” said Henriquez. “She’s inspired me a lot to run my best.”
Also a varsity basketball and softball player, who lettered in both sports as a freshman, Henriquez had a simple goal for her sophomore season.
“My top goal was to be known at PMA and to get known in the Eagle-Tribune,” she said.
Consider it done.
Eric Tang, ’16: A National Merit Scholar
Eric Tang, ’16, has been named a Commended Student in the 2016 National Merit Scholarship Program. A letter of Commendation from PMA and National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC), which conducts the program, will be presented by Rose Maria Redman, PMA Head of School, to Eric.
About 34,000 Commended Students throughout the nation are being recognized for their exceptional academic promise. Although they will not continue in the 2016 competition for National Merit Scholarship awards, Commended Students placed among the top five percent of more than 1.5 million students who entered the 2016 competition by taking the 2014 SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT).
“The young men and women being named Commended Students have demonstrated outstanding potential for academic success, “commented a spokesperson for NMSC. ”These students represent a valuable national resource; recognizing their accomplishments, as well as the key role their schools play in their academic development, is vital to the advancement of educational excellence in our nation. We hope that this recognition will help broaden their educational opportunities and encourage them as they continue their pursuit of academic success.”
Congratulations, Eric. We are proud of your achievement!