Mystic Valley Class of 2012 Graduates
Eighty students graduated from the Mystic Valley Regional Charter School on Friday, June 15th. The Commencement Ceremony was held at the school’s new facility on Eastern Avenue. The class is Mystic Valley’s largest graduating class to date. Ninety-four percent of the graduates will be enrolling in a four year college in the fall. Thirty-one of the graduates were awarded the John and Abigail Adams Scholarship which entitles them to attend any state college or university tuition free.
Mystic Valley’s band played throughout the ceremony. The Invocation and Benediction were delivered by the Reverend Gerald Whetstone of the First Church of the Nazarene, Malden. Mystic Valley’s Assistant Director for Grades 9-12, George Benzie, spoke briefly to the graduates and then introduced Salutatorian, Fallon Bushee, and Valedictorian, Benjamin Soper.
After the awarding of the diplomas to the graduates, awards were presented to students who excelled in various academic subjects. The winners were: Overall General Excellence Benjamin Soper and Fallon Bushee, Art: Siobhan Gallagher; English: Shannon Bushee, Science: Abigail Vincent, Latin: Shannon Bushee, Spanish: Fallon Bushee, History: Leandra Furtado, Math Benjamin Soper and the Outstanding Effort Award was won by Ariana Mirzakashani.
Father Paul Soper, Pastor of the Saint Albert the Great Parish in Weymouth and uncle of Valedictorian, Ben Soper, delivered the Commencement Address. Following Fr. Soper, Neil Kinnon, Chairman of the Mystic Valley Board of Trustees, congratulated the graduates on their accomplishment.
The graduates are going to a wide variety of colleges: Assumption College, Bentley University, Boston College, Brandeis University, Bridgewater State University, Bryant University, Bunker Hill Community College, Clark University, Colby-Sawyer College, Fitchburg State University, Fordham University, Framingham State University, Franklin Pierce University, Hudson Valley Community College, Iona College, Lesley University, Massachusetts College of Art and Design, Massachusetts College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences, Middlesex Community College, New York University, Nichols College, Northeastern University, Quinnipiac University, Pace University, New York City, Regis College, Roger Williams University, Saint Joseph's College-Maine, Salem State University, Sewanee: The University of the South, Simmons College, Smith College, Suffolk University, Syracuse University, University of Maine, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, University of Massachusetts, Boston, University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth, University of Massachusetts, Lowell, University of New Hampshire, University of Southern Maine and Westfield State University.
The members of the Mystic Valley Class of 2012 are: Klysmann Afonso, Karl Afrikian, Jenna Amari, Patrick Appleby, Nohamin Ayele, Julia Bellefontaine, Tyler Bonaccorsi, Giancarlo Bonet, Benjamin Bottrell, Michael Brown, Fallon Bushee, Shannon Bushee, Marisa Cagno, Raquel Cappotto, Neide Celstin, Christopher Coleman, Evan Conley, Alyssa DiFilippo, Jordan DiPietro, Jammika Dorcelus, Jarred Erickson, Samalie Eugene, Nicholas Falzone, Michael Farnkoff, Jacqui Finn, Michaela Flaherty, Ashley Foley, Joseph Foley, Laurie Fontile, Diandra Franks, Leandra Furtado, Siobhan Gallagher, Stephanie Hansen, Patrick Holden, Kyle Howard, Emma Justice, Ryan Keane, Zachary Kelso, Shane Kinnon, Kristina Kontos, Alexandra Krasco, Ariana Larson-Santeusanio, Vuong Le, Dimitry Legagneur, Stephanie Le-Nguyen, Michael Levine, Anna Luti, Angelika MacClellan, Rosaria Marraccino, Christopher Matthews, Richard Meara, Ariana Mirzakashani, Christopher Mui, Ngobitak Ndiwane, Taylor Newton, Amanda Ng, Christina O’Brien, Brian O’Connor, Jonathan Paul, Joseph Pescione, Olivia Petrella, Danielle Phinney, Amanda Pires, Amanda Powell, Gemima Previlus, Angelica Quintnilla, Benjamin Reis, Zachary Riley, Alexa Romancewicz, James Rossi IV, Joseph Russo, Amber Scarpaci, Larissa Silva, Benjamin Soper, Gregory Statho, Zakaria Stour, James Tran, Wilson Tran, Abigail Vincent and Ricky Yu.