STUDENT SPOTLIGHT: 13 Wilmington Students Graduate From Austin Prep

READING, MA — Choose your actions wisely, use your gifts to help others, and be sure to appreciate the joy in everyday life was the advice the 142 graduates of Austin Preparatory School received during Commencement Exercises on Saturday, May 20th.

Their “joy” began at Baccalaureate Mass on Friday, May 19th, as the graduates, parents, faculty and leadership of Austin Prep, when asked by Fr. Ray Dlugos to “show your joy,” responded with thunderous applause and cheers. Fr. Dlugos is Vice President of Mission and Ministry at Merrimack College and an Austin Prep Trustee.

Headmaster James Hickey, Ph.D. P’22, ’23, ’24 learned the same valuable lesson about joy from his grandmother.

“Whatever you do make sure to find or – even better – create fun, and joy will certainly follow,” Dr. Hickey said. “Be intentional about it, make time for it, otherwise ‘life’ will get in the way of living a ‘happy life.’

In addition to technical skills, every person has “Human to Human,” or “Heart to Heart” skills which are more important, as those skills define us, Mrs. Barbara Marchetti, the Graduation Keynote Speaker, told the graduates.

“The majority of hiring decisions lean toward the ‘Human to Human,’ ” she said. “It is the ultimate tie breaker. If someone is deficient with a technical tool but makes up for it with his/her ‘Human to Human’ tools – guess who’s selected?”

Mrs. Marchetti is the founder and president of C-suite Corporation, a retained executive search firm which specializes in the talent acquisition of executives from the C-suite down to the director levels. She has more than 30 years of experience impacting the executive infrastructure of business and industry, and is an internationally known business strategist, trainer and public speaker who has worked with hundreds of companies and thousands of executives globally. Mrs. Marchetti is an Austin Prep Trustee and parent of an alumnus from the Class of 2017.

Her sentiment was echoed by the Class of 2018 Valedictorian Caitlyn Leonard of Peabody, who remarked that as adults they should choose their actions carefully.

“We will be defined in our everyday actions –– and those actions we make are our choice,” Caitlyn said. “So, will we choose to be defined by our open hearts? Our service to our country or community? Our love for our family and friends? Our hard work and determination? Our commitment to our faith? As we walk through those doors, we each have a choice, but as Austin Prep graduates I know the choice we will all make.”

The Class of 2018 has already started implementing many of the ‘Human to Human’ tools learned during their years at Austin Prep to help others and live a life filled with joy.

“Take the pen and write your own story,” Bridget Kelley of Melrose, Class of 2018 Salutatorian, told her fellow graduates. “Continue to make it a story of kindness, of spirit, of dedication, of acceptance, and of a love for life. I think that we as a class have already changed the world, because you have changed me, and we have changed each other, for the better.”

All 142 graduates were accepted to numerous four-year colleges and universities.

Congratulations to the following Wilmington students

  • Katelyn Ardito will attend Saint Anselm College in the fall.
  • Dylan Arnold will attend Xavier University in the fall.
  • Joshua Bartnicki will attend Northeastern University in the fall. He received the Charles and Helen McLaughlin Medal for Leadership and Determination to Excel – Austin Prep’s highest award – as well as the Medal for Mathematics and the Medal for Physical Science.
  • Thomas Burnham will attend Tufts University in the fall. He received the Medal for History.
  • Heeweon Hwang will attend the University of Washington in the fall.
  • Ellen Klucznik will attend Lehigh University in the fall.
  • Logan MacDonald will attend Babson College in the fall.
  • Phillip Marchese will attend Merrimack College in the fall.
  • Kristen Olson will attend the University of Massachusetts Amherst in the fall.
  • Megan Olson will attend Stonehill College in the fall.
  • Lindsey Rosania will attend Sacred Heart University in the fall.
  • Kaylee Todisco will attend Saint Joseph’s College, Maine in the fall.
  • Yiming Xing will attend Trinity College in the fall.

(NOTE: The above press release is from Austin Prep.)

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