This morning, the Saint Benedict Academy community celebrated its Closing Ceremony for the 2014-2015 Academic Year.
Students, faculty, and families gathered for Mass on the Solemnity of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus at 8:30 with celebrant Father Jerome Day, O.S.B., at Saint Raphael Church. All of the school’s altar servers and the “graduating” sixth grade class processed into the Church for the Mass. After Mass, Altar Servers were recognized for their contributions this year by being inducted into the Order of Saint Raphael and the Order of Saint Gabriel Divisions of the SBA Archangel Altar Servers Society. The school then recognized veteran educator Mrs. Sue Freethey, our second grade teacher, who begins her new adventure in retirement after more than 25 years of service to Saint Benedict Academy. The school presented her with a bound copy of photos through the years, including photos of all of Mrs. Freethey’s previous classes, and a necklace set with aquamarine.
The closing ceremony continued in the gymnasium at 10 AM.
After a welcoming song and prayer, the awards portion of the program began. A representative from Casella, Inc. recognized Samuel and Sean in Grade 3 for being winners in the annual Casella art contest. Mr. McLaughlin also recognized Ana in Grade 2 for being New Hampshire’s winner of the Healthy Lunchtime Challenge this spring. Ana will travel to Washington, D.C. in July where she will be the NH delegate to the Kids’ State Dinner hosted by First Lady Mrs. Michelle Obama at the White House. Mr. McLaughlin then handed out certificates from the Music, Spanish, P.E., and Educational Technology classes for outstanding achievement. Students in grades 4-6 who earned Honors and High Honors for the Third Trimester were recognized. Mr. McLaughlin concluded this portion of the program by recognizing students, nominated by their teacher, for the Good Christian Award – a recognition of a student’s commitment to living out the mission of our school.
This year’s recipients are:
Pre-K – Corynn
K – Damiana
2 – Elizabeth
3 – Sarah
4 – Fritz
5 – Hannah
6 – Theresa
The program continued with a special recognition of students in Grade 6. The sixth graders each prepared a speech describing their time at SBA and thanking the parents and teachers who aided them on their journey. They presented their family members with flowers. Mrs. LaPalme then led the community in a blessing on the Sixth Grade students and other students and faculty – including Mrs. Freethey, Mr. McLaughlin, and Mrs. DiTullio – who will be leaving Saint Benedict Academy for new adventures this fall. The program concluded with SBA’s “End of Day” Prayer and a closing song.
Students bid farewell – some holding back tears through their smiles – to teachers and friends and headed off into a sunny afternoon and the beginning of summer vacation.
Remember, the first day of school this fall is Monday, August 31.