Pope John Paul II Catholic Academy

On June 7th, Pope John Paul II Catholic Academy graduated 83 students from the Class of 2012. The ceremony, which took place at Boston College High School, featured an address from the Mattapan Campus Valedictorian, Frederick Dauphin, who reflected on the theme for the year, Dream Big. “We, as a class, were determined, we showed respect, we were enthusiastic to learn, we were accountable to our friends, and by the end of the day, we mastered something new…we all believed in God.”

Valedictorians from the other campuses, Douana Offre from Neponset, Cindy Vo from Lower Mills, and Mariel Rojas from Columbia, each led the crowd in the Welcome, the Pledge of Allegiance, and the Pope John Paul II Catholic Academy Prayer. Before presenting the students with their diplomas, Regional Director Russ Wilson instilled the words of Pope John Paul II in the student’s hearts, “’The future starts today, not tomorrow.’ Make today count and your tomorrow’s are sure to count as well.”

Two special awards are given out at graduation, the Dorothy Devereaux Award and the Spirit of Pope John Paul II Award. The Dorothy Devereaux is given to a graduating student from each campus who exhibits strong personal character and is given on behalf of the Archdiocese of Boston. The recepients were Valorie Leo from Lower Mills, Avelino Damoura from Columbia, Legen Watty from Mattapan, and Thomas Moran from Neponset.

The Spirit of Pope John Paul II is presented to a student from each campus who was selected by his or her peers as the student who most consistently fostered respect for all, exemplified the virtues of peace, love and patience, and has lived his or her time at the Academy in the spirit of Pope John Paul II. The award was presented to Loyanni Carvahlo-Mendes from Columbia, Daniel Jean-Lois from Lower Mills, Jean Dolce from Mattapan, and

Duana Offre from Neponset.

This year, 100 percent of graduates were accepted to a high school of choice and received over $103,000 in financial awards. Our graduates will be attending some of the top high schools in the state, including Archbishop Williams, BC High, Boston Arts Academy, Boston Latin, BU Academy, Cathedral, Catholic Memorial, Cardinal Spellman, Cristo Rey, Elizabeth Seton, Fontbonne, Latin Academy, Matignon, Newton North, Notre Dame, St. Joseph Prep, and Xaverian.