Cristo Rey Boston celebrated the graduating Class of 2018 last night with a beautiful Baccalaureate Mass presided over by Father Anthony Cusack, followed by the Senior Award ceremony.
The night was filled with many touching tributes to the Class of 2018 and heartfelt reflections on their experiences of the past four years.
During the award ceremony, students were recognized for their growth and accomplishments. The night started with a presentation of a scholarship award from the MDR scholarship fund to Gianni Rosa to help with her tuition to Providence College.
Principal Ray Dewar and Vice Principal for Academics Carrie Wagner presented the 30 members of the National Honor Society with their graduation stoles. Congratulations to the following NHS students for their accomplishments:
Rusenny Abreu, Chantal Arias, Alys Bosque, Jamila Brown, Mari Cabreja, Christopher Carmona, Anna Centeio, Pedro Cintron, Francely Clases, Nieomi Colon, Jovany Depina, Kaylin Florentino, Manuel Gonzalez, Johan Mendez, Mercy Moncada, Cyan O'garro, Javier Oller, Elena Ramos, Raquel Rivera, Anagabriel Rojas, Gianni Rosa, Melinda Rosa, Alicia Rosario, Pamella Saco, Jaqueilly Santana, Penelope Soto, Catherine Tabares, Nerelly Tejeda, Mylda Vaz, Alexandria Walker-Wiggins.
Specific seniors were acknowledged for their growth, maturity and accomplishments over the past four years.
Men’s Athletic All-Star Award was presented to Anthony Baez for being a student best described as a competitor, determined, courageous, tough, a fighter, and possessing tenacity.
Women’s Athletic All-Star Award was presented to Jasmine Martinez for being a student who always gave 100% on the volleyball court and played passionately.
The Sportsmanship Award was given to Jose De Los Santos for exemplifying character, sportsmanship, leadership, talent, and perseverance that went well beyond the school walls, the playing field, and even the city of Boston.
Work Study Award to Jaqueilly Santana for demonstrating the five characteristics of an exceptional worker: initiative, reliability, productivity, communication, and judgment.
Math Award was given to Manuel Gonzalez for being a student who would never settle for merely completing the tasks but always pushed for true understanding.
Art Award went to Alexandria Walker-Wiggins for being a student who appreciated the time and thought it takes to prepare an outstanding work of art and as a result, created breathtaking paintings.
Science Award was given to Pedro Cintron for being a student with an inquisitive mind and genuine desire for understanding.
Humanities Award to Stephania Mejia as a student who has grown in her engagement with politics and in her desire to be an informed citizen, a committed voter, and an activist who speaks out against injustice.
English Award to Alicia Rosario for being a student who has unlocked great potential as a writer, thinker, and persuasive communicator.
Service Award to Melinda Rosa, for showing an exceptional spirit of service during the last four years.
Pillar Award - Growth: Cristin Feliz for demonstrating perseverance, self-awareness, and the desire to contribute positively to the classroom and the larger school community.
Pillar Award – Resilience: Raquel Rivera for her ability to not only recover when things go awry, but to flourish and grow despite the obstacles.
Pillar Award – Relationships: Ben Cruz for being a beacon of positivity and always caring about those around him.
Pillar Award – Excellence: Kaylin Florentino for setting impressively high expectations for herself and having the self-awareness and work ethic to follow through on her lofty goals.
Perfect Attendance: Chantal Arias
Most Improved: Kianette Baez
Salutatorian Recognition: Chantal Arias – Boston College, Class of 2022
Salutatorian Recognition: Mercy Moncada – University of Massachusetts Honors College, Class of 2022
This year’s most prestigious awards were presented by Cristo Rey Boston President Kevin Kraska. The Salutatorian award was shared by two students with identical GPA’s. Congratulations to two students who have been quiet but powerful leaders in their class, and always set a great example for their peers to follow.
Valedictorian Recognition: Anagabriel Rojas – Brown University, Class of 2022
The Valedictorian Recognition is the evenings most valued award, as it is the result of four years of hard work and dedication. Anagabriel Rojas not only achieved the highest grades in her class, but possessed an energy and passion that is contagious, approaching academics with a vigor that made each of her teachers’ jobs just a bit easier. She never missed a learning opportunity and always pushed herself to come to a deeper understanding of in-class material. Congratulations Anagabriel.
Congratulations to the Class of 2018 for their growth and accomplishments. Each student has a special story to tell and all of them have brought something unique and precious to the Cristo Rey Boston community.