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
The 2016 Cross Country Team at the Feast of the Three Saints Road Race
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.
Mrs. Jane Danahy Foss, 97, William A. MacNeil Award Winner
Marie Rivier Award Winners
Zeal: This student strives to live what PMA is all about, learning, excellence, service, and pride in our school.
Joshua Dionne, ’16:
Kiwanis Club Scholarship Recipient
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!