Merrimack Valley Life

St. Joe’s grads encouraged to soar

Members of St. Joe’s Class of 2021 are (top, from left) Noah Vaillancourt, Jacob Ohannessian, Elie Bouraphael, Cole Gagnon; (middle, from left) Erin Olverson, Keegan Norton, Lillian George, Callan Nale, Madeline O'Donnell; (bottom, from left) Sophie Roscigno, Thomas Murray and Jiya Amin. Courtesy photos

Members of St. Joe’s Class of 2021 are (top, from left) Noah Vaillancourt, Jacob Ohannessian, Elie Bouraphael, Cole Gagnon; (middle, from left) Erin Olverson, Keegan Norton, Lillian George, Callan Nale, Madeline O’Donnell; (bottom, from left) Sophie Roscigno, Thomas Murray and Jiya Amin. Courtesy photos

St. Joseph Regional Catholic School graduated 12 students during its traditional graduation ceremony June 10.

During the one-hour, in-person, ceremony students and guests heard from four speakers including eighth-grader and Student Council President Erin Olverson who said, “As our year together as eighth-graders is now complete, it’s time for us to move on. Our journeys at St. Joe’s end here. We are ready to take on new challenges, meet new people and continue to grow physically, mentally and spiritually.”

Erin, who will attend Central Catholic High School this fall, was selected for Central Catholic’s Brother Augustine Pinard Scholarship. It is the highest merit scholarship that can be awarded to a student accepted for admission to Central Catholic High School. The student distinguishes themselves by their exemplary academic record and commitment to service. It is a half-tuition scholarship renewable for the student’s four years. This news was first shared with the student body during the school’s St. Joseph Feast Day Mass at which Bishop Peter Libasci was the celebrant.

Principal Mary Croteau, Erin Olverson and Bishop Peter Libasci stand together after announcing that Erin is the recipient of Central Catholic High School’s Brother Augustine Pinard Scholarship.

Principal Mary Croteau, Erin Olverson and Bishop Peter Libasci stand together after announcing that Erin is the recipient of Central Catholic High School’s Brother Augustine Pinard Scholarship.

Gene Bryant, St. Joseph School Advisory Board member, was the ceremony’s keynote speaker.

During her “charge to graduates,” Principal Mary Croteau reminded students, “Use your talents well, soar like eagles to ever greater achievements and make your St. Joe’s family proud of you. There may be times when you stumble, but remember that Jesus is by your side to help you get back up and try again.”

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