OLM School Holds 8th Grade Graduation, Honors Awarded

As 34 OLM 8th Graders walked into OLM Church on Tuesday evening, June 7 to celebrate their graduation, it marked the last time they would gather together as a class. Many who have been at OLM since Pre-K or Kindergarten will be leaving the school after 9 or even 10 years in the same school. Like all graduation ceremonies, the evening provided a chance for the graduates and their families to reflect on and celebrate their achievements at OLM and to look forward to the next phase of their journeys as they begin their high school careers.
Of the 34 graduates, six were awarded academic scholarships at BayView, Bishop Hendricken and LaSalle. In total, all 17 boys will be attending Bishop Hendricken High School and five girls are heading to St. Mary’s Academy, BayView. Six students are attending LaSalle Academy, with the remainder heading to Prout, Portsmouth Abbey, North Kingstown and East Greenwich High Schools, with two moving out of state.
At an awards dinner on Saturday, June 4, which was held after the graduates celebrated mass as a class with the parish community, several students were honored with individual recognition for excellence in a variety of subject areas.
In recognition of their fine academic achievements, five OLM students received Gold Presidential Awards, indicating that they had achieved at least a 4.5 overall average (out of 5.0) for each middle school year. Ten students earned Silver Presidential Awards, with at least a 4.0 average for each middle school year.
A complete listing of the 2016 OLM School graduates, intended high schools and award recipients follows:

Cecilia Marie Bianchi – St. Mary Academy-Bay View ~ Christian Values ~ ✶Silver
Lily F. Brockmann – LaSalle Academy
Collin Christopher Caldwell – Bishop Hendricken
Victoria Min Cannon – LaSalle Academy ~ ❖ Social Studies ~ ✶Gold
Aiden Thomas Clarkin – Bishop Hendricken
Michael S. Couture – Bishop Hendricken ~ Christian Values
John Peter Curran – Bishop Hendricken
Alexia Reine DelVecchio – Lexington High School, South Carolina
Ava Kathleen Dzilenski – LaSalle Academy
Sierra Faith Fiore – North Kingstown High School ~ ❖ Art ~ ❖ Religion ~ ✶Gold
Kelly Elizabeth Gallagher – LaSalle Academy
Tess Casey Gleason – LaSalle Academy
Matthew S. Goppold – Bishop Hendricken
Michael Raymond Gregoire – Bishop Hendricken ~ ❖ Social Studies
Michael Paul Hanlon – Bishop Hendricken ~ ✶Silver
Dominick C. Hines – Bishop Hendricken ~ ✶Silver
Andrew Robert Hurley – Bishop Hendricken
Benjamin Christopher Kane – Bishop Hendricken ~ ❖ Music ~ ❖ Robotics ~ ✶Silver
Madelynn Elizabeth Knudson – Portsmouth Abbey ~ ❖ Computer Science ~ ❖ Language Arts ❖ Physical Education ~ ❖ Science ~ ✶Gold
Bradley Charles Lombardi – Bishop Hendricken ~ ❖ Physical Education ~ ✶Silver
Brooke Ann Mattos – St. Mary Academy-Bay View ~ ✶Silver
Timothy James Moren – Bishop Hendricken ~ ❖ Computer Science ~ ❖ Language Arts ~
❖ Science ~ ❖ Spanish ~ ✶Silver
Susan Anne Mueller – LaSalle Academy ~ ✶Silver
Daniel Joseph Nygren – Bishop Hendricken ~ ❖ Math ~ ❖ Religion ~ ✶Silver
Grace Marie Pelletier – St. Mary Academy-Bay View
Gianna M. Plante – East Greenwich High School
Erin Susan Quarters – Cardinal Newman, South Carolina
Ishita Rai – St. Mary Academy-Bay View ~ ❖ Math ~ ❖ Spanish ~ ✶Gold
Matthew Nicholas Simonetti – Bishop Hendricken
Elliana Jillian Spagnolo – St. Mary Academy-Bay View
Eric D. Tanionos – Bishop Hendricken
Miguel Antonio R. Torres – Bishop Hendricken ~ ✶Silver
Andrew James White – Bishop Hendricken ~ ❖ Music
Elyse M. Yanusas – The Prout School ~ ✶Gold

❖ Academic Awards: Awards are given to students who achieve exceptional grades, participate in class, and show enthusiasm for the subject.
✶ Presidential Awards: The Silver Award is given to students who achieved at least a 4.0 overall average for each middle school year. The Gold Award is given to students who achieved at least a 4.5 overall average for each middle school year.

With a tradition of excellence in Catholic elementary and middle school education since 1951, Our Lady of Mercy School offers its students an opportunity to pursue excellence in academics, athletics and the arts on their journey as young saints and scholars. Accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, the Pre-K through Grade 8, co-educational Catholic school located in East Greenwich provides a nurturing, values-driven environment built upon the teachings of the Catholic Church.