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St. Paul grads look back, gaze forward

By MIKE CHAIKEN

EDITIONS EDITOR

As they gathered in the lower cathedral of the Cathedral of St. Joseph in Hartford, the members of St. Paul Catholic High School’s Class of 2017 had an opportunity to reflect on the past four years and the future beyond before they graduated last Tuesday.

“I had really great memories (at St. Paul) but my fondest memory had to be being on the United Way (of West Central Connecticut) Youth Boards,” said Jaymie Bianca as she gathered among her classmates, donning her cap and gown before walking into the upper cathedral. “I was able to meet kids from other schools. We set up a senior citizen prom. We did the (United Way) Day of Caring. We did a lot of community service events. It allowed me to reach out beyond St. Paul, which is great.”

“I think my fondest memories will be spending all theses years with such a close family,” said Nicholas Palumbo. “Our class is really close and we’ve been able to spend these four years together and (experienced) events the school has planned. I think these are going to stick with me for a long time.”

“My fondest memory was doing the Monday Morning Assemblies with our grade. It was a great way to start off our week. We sat together with our grade. We just went over the events for the week,” said Mae Archacki. “It was something where we all bonded together and were all in the same room.”

“I think looking back on our freshman convocation (was my favorite memory). It was the first time we were really together as a class. We didn’t know each other yet— although I knew a couple of people from my middle school. It was a chance for us to be united as one for the first time,” said Elizabeth Theriault “Looking back now and to see all of us and see how we’ve grown as a family… and as people, I’m just going to miss everyone so much.”

Heading into the future, Bianca said, “I’m just looking forward to know that this is nowhere I peak… I know when I move on to college, it’s the beginning of my career. That’s when I really begin to narrow down what I want to do in life. I’m really looking forward to doing that and being able to see what I can accomplish in later years.”

“I’m looking forward to independence because we’ve been so close together, I just want to go out on my more own and explore the world,” said Theriault. “I’m just ready for it.”

Palumbo, who will be attending Quinnipiac University, said, “I feel like I had such a great base at St. Paul. I’m looking forward to continuing drama…  In St. Paul’s drama program, I feel I learned a lot from here.” Addtionally, he said, “A lot of teachers have inspired me at St. Paul so I’m also going to go into education.”

“I’m looking forward to being more into the world because it was a very close knit community (at St. Paul),” said Archacki. “But I know I will always have these people there to come back to and to call for help when I need something in the future.”

Upstairs, before family and friends of the graduates, valedictorian Jordan Silva told his fellow graduates in his commencement speech, “When we leave here tonight, many of us will go on to pursue higher education, some with hopes of pursuing a professional career. Some of us will decide to dedicate their lives to service to our country and some of us will take on a trade. In whichever case, we will all play an integral role in society and have the opportunity to not only honor our past, but shape our future. So set your goals high, find your purpose, and trust in God and each of us will make a positive difference in the world.”

“Although right now, this graduation may still seem to many of us to be a culmination of our life’s work, an ultimate goal that we have finally reached, the reality is that we still do have an entire lifetime ahead of us.,” said Benjamin Czuprinski in his salutatorian address. “Regardless of how great an achievement this graduation may seem, not a single one of us has yet reached our peak in life.”

The St. Paul Catholic High School class of 2017 is as follows:

Jordan Michael Silva – Valedictorian

Benjamin Chester Czuprinski – Salutatorian

Jeremy M. Adams   , Katelyn Nicole Albert, Mae Elizabeth Archacki * , Eric Attle + , Victoria Ashley Bairos * , Julianne Marie Balavender , Pia Barlotta * , Jack Ryan Bator + , Violet Yvonne Bell , Jaymie Dawn Bianca # * , Grace Marcia Carey * , Alexia Megan Chrzanowski , Hannah Rose Cifone + , Paul Richard Crouse , Benjamin Chester Czuprinski # * , Alyssa Corinne Daly , Noah Thomas Diaz * , Bianca Allysandra Di Lernia , Molly Li Eaton * , Mariah MacKenzie Fiscella , Ryan T. Flanders , Elliot A. Garcia , Arthur Edward Grant * , Robert Matthew Gray , Melissa Teresa Gurzenda * , Thomas Dean Houle , Karina Rook Hubeny , Brigid Catherine Johndrow + , Joseph Johnson Barnes , Austin Michael Jones , Alyssa Rose Kaczynski , Annie Kathryn Karner * , Natasha Kempes , Elijah James Kennedy , Hyung Jun Kim, Christian M. King , William Michael Konikowski, Matthew Keith Koser, Thomas Justin Kretsch *, Evan J. Kulig * +, Victoria Elizabeth Lagace * +, Wesley Lahey, Andrew John Lee +, Jaeui “Jay” Lee, Wenbo Li, Molin Liu, Peter Nicholas Longo, Chantell-Marie Lopez, David Lyder, Jr. *, Erika L. Malczynski, Luke Maluszewski, Lyndsey Marie Martin, Jacob James Mazzarelli, Morgan Lynne Middleton *, Alessandra Milardo, Devin Jacob Moore +, Miriam R. Morek, Daniel Morelli, Jr. +, Alexa Marie Morneault, Alexandria Leigh Mourges *, Emily Kathryn Mourges, Meagan Mulcahy #, Marc Georges Noujaim, Hunter Oakes, Andrew Michael Owsianko +, Sydney Rose Palma +, Nicholas Jacob Palumbo # *, Yixian Pan, Zachary Robert Parent , Eric Peter James Passeck , Sophia Kristine Penisse * , Brooke Perez , Pierce Peake Piana , Harley Michele Pilch , Brandon Kenneth Poirot , Tyler Michael Posten , Amelia Anne Sanchez * , Joseph Mark Schigas + , Madison Elizabeth Shea , Anna Elizabeth Shields , Jordan Michael Silva # * , Timothy James Singler * , Nadia Veronica Skarba * , Daniel Michael Spatafore, Jr. +, Gregory John Stefanko, Thomas James Stolfi, Elizabeth Strasser *, Anne Elizabeth Sullivan *, Elizabeth Grace Theriault *, Rebecca Lynne Thibodeau, Paulina V. Varela-Marin, Yuhao Wang, Naomi Monica Wells, Evan J. Winslow, Chandler Thomas Wright, Christopher John Zajac, Matthew James Zering, Alec D. Zukauskas,

# Summa Scholar *National Honor Society + Legacy Student

Bristol Eastern top students look to the future

By LISA CAPOBIANCO

STAFF WRITER

As their senior year comes to a close, Bristol Eastern High School students Alexandra Allen and Emily Stadnicki have their eyes set on the future.

The valedictorian of Bristol Eastern’s Class of 2017, Allen will attend George Washington University where she will study accounting and political science this fall. While she hopes to become a certified public accountant for a firm, Allen said there is a chance she may also venture into politics, since she will attend school in D.C.

“I have always been a numbers person, so I easily fell in love with accounting,” said Allen, adding how she always wanted to attend a big college in the city. “Community engagement is also important to me and the easiest way to get involved is through politics.”

The salutatorian of Bristol Eastern’s Class of 2017, Stadnicki will attend Worcester Polytechnic Institute, where she plans to study biochemistry and math. Although she never met him, Stadnicki said she will walk in the footsteps of her grandfather, earned his Ph. D. at WPI.

“My grandfather was a biochemist. He created different medicines,” said Stadnicki. “I never met him, but he’s had such an impact on the way I see the world. He just had such a love for life and helping people, and I want to continue his legacy.”

For the top seniors, juggling academics, extracurricular activities and work did not come easy.

From serving the math team and band to indoor track and soccer to varsity lacrosse, Stadnicki dove into different areas of interest throughout high school.

Although she enjoyed being a part of so many different groups of people, Stadnicki said what she accomplished outside Bristol Eastern was a rewarding part of her high school experience.

Through her involvement with the Bristol Soccer Club, Stadnicki has helped children with special needs enjoy the game of soccer.

“It’s been the most rewarding experience that I’ve done since my sophomore year,” said Stadnicki, adding how she will always remember the bonds she formed with her teammates.

Although she enjoyed participating in the National Honor Society and running brackets for the dodgeball tournament, Allen also found working with youth to be a rewarding part of her high school experience. For the past 10 years, Allen has trained at Risu Martial Arts Academy, where her job entails teaching and guiding children.

“My job is to teach and guide kids through martial arts so that they may become well-rounded people,” said Allen. “It’s such a rewarding experience seeing a student embrace their confidence and succeed.”

Looking back on their time at Bristol Eastern, Stadnicki and Allen grew in a variety of ways, especially in the area of leadership.

Through her experience serving as a student representative for the Board of Education this past school year, Allen used her voice to bring a change to the high school midterm schedule. Last December, Allen addressed the board about adopting a half-day schedule for midterm exams, which were originally administered on full days of school.

In May, school officials unanimously approved the change, which will take effect during the 2017-2018 school year. The new schedule now mirrors that of final exams, which, like midterm exams, count for the same weight in students’ grades and cover material from the same period of time.

“I realized that we students also had a voice in school policy,” said Allen, adding how she hopes future student representatives also will ‘speak up in order to make a change for the better.’ I had the honor of speaking up for myself and others in hopes of change.”

Besides serving as band president and captain of the varsity soccer team and lacrosse team, Stadnicki also joined Bristol Eastern’s new freshmen mentor program, which gave her an opportunity to offer an additional support to incoming high school student.

“I hope I showed them that you can really do whatever you want in the school,” said Stadnicki. “It’s possible to succeed in many different areas of your interests as well as academics. You can make so many new friends and new memories.”