St. Raphael graduates dream big for the future

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PROVIDENCE—“There’s something extremely powerful about hearing ‘The Class of 2010,’” said St. Raphael Academy Valedictorian Joseph Mello, smiling proudly as he addressed his classmates at their graduation.

Dressed in yellow and purple caps and gowns, 114 graduates, their families and friends filled the Cathedral of SS. Peter and Paul on Sunday, June 13.

Students from the Class of 2010, the 83rd class to graduate from St. Raphael, have been accepted to some of the most prestigious universities and colleges in the country, including Brown University, St. John’s University, Rhode Island College and the University of Rhode Island to name a few. Seniors were offered scholarships totalling close to $2 million for a total of almost $8 million over a four-year college career.

Principal Michael Sweeney said that the graduates have taken to heart the words found in the Gospel of Matthew, performing four times the amount of Christian service hours that was asked of them, volunteering their time in their home parishes and communities.

“As a Lasallian school, we taught you that attending to those who are in need is of utmost importance,” Sweeney said. “I am confident that as you continue with your lives, you will take these lessons with you, and that we have prepared you for a life dedicated to learning, leadership and service to the church and its community.”

On behalf of his classmates, Salutatorian Zachary Burkett expressed his gratitude to the families of the graduates for their support and guidance that they needed to be successful at St. Raphael.

The parents of graduate Adrienne Corain of Rumford expressed their joy at their daughter’s achievement.

“It’s a very proud moment for us,” said Judy Corain. “She is our second child to graduate from St. Ray’s.”

“They have had a very good experience at St. Ray’s,” Dennis Corain said. “We are looking forward to a wonderful future for these graduates.”

As she helped her daughter graduate Danielle Gaboriault with last minute preparations, Sandra Gaboriault expressed that sending her daughter to St. Raphael was the right choice for their family.

“I am so proud of her,” she said. “I am very happy that I sent her here.”

Memories are what will keep the Saints spirit alive, said Mello, reminding his classmates that they have each contributed something to the Saints experience whether they know it or not.

“These are the people who will catch you when you fall and raise you up when you impress,” said Mello. “We all are now held together by a bond that will last a lifetime. We are the Class of 2010 and that will ring true forever.”

The Class of 2010 has been a motivated, spirited, and dedicated group, said Burkett, who shared that his fellow graduates will be leaving behind a legacy that will long be remembered in the years to come.

“I am proud to be a member of the Class of 2010,” he said. “I thank all of my classmates for accompanying me on this four- year journey.”

Principal Sweeney thanked the students for their commitment to their school and prayed that their experiences at St. Raphael Academy will help them to make future decisions grounded in the Gospel.

“It is important for all of you to embrace the tasks ahead of you, remembering who you were, who you have become and who you are called to be as members of our society and as children of God,” he said. “No matter where you go or whatever you do, you are always a member of our Lasallian and Saints family.”

St. Raphael Class of 2010

Rose Adjo Aka

Lea Mary Alexandre

Alan Alezker

Jessica Lopes De Almeida

Byron Barrientos, II

Justin Beaucage

Nayin Bedoya

Thomas Benevides

Skyla Sage Blackinton

Sarah Blais

Tobias Bremner

Joseph Brooks

Evan Buchanan

Zachary John Burkett

Jason Cabral

Sean Calia

Karolina Carcamo

Calvin Carpenter

Emilia Carter

Richard Casiello

Adrienne Corain

Sky Corporan

Cory Cotter

Alexandra Elizabeth Cribbin

Brett Crowell

Brandon Cyr

Thomas Dalton

Eric Michael Darragh

Chelsey M. Da Silva

Mitchell DeFazio

Cameron Devall

Emily Dickervitz

Dominic Robert DiSano

Eric Doane

Michael W. Dolan

Sarah Durrell

Taylor John Fagan

Brandon M. Feld

Kendra Fhon

Michael Fournier

Jonathan Franklin

Luzelly Frias

Danielle Gaboriault

Kyle Galvin

Jatnna Michelle Garcia

Thomas Maxwell Glaser

Sean M. Goodwin

Efrain Alonzo Greco

Kayla Jean Haggarty

Hannah Hanson

Jared J. Hughes

Kyler M. James

Jeremy Jerauld

Danisha Johnson

Amelia Kah

Jaretta Sankay Konneh

Kevin Kosowski

Brianna Laurila

Jordan Lazieh

Redmond C. LeClaire

Julia Lemay

Katherine Lesperance

Katurah Lespinasse

Aimee Levesque

Deven Lopes

Emma Lynch

Sohill Madan

Megan Malloy

Yelena Malyuta

Daniel Marcello

Robert Marshall

Joseph Martin

Daniel McCarthy

Felicia McGuire+

Joseph B. Mello

Jose M. Mercado

Alexander Microulis

Michelle Elizabeth Montella

Brian Moreau

Amanda Morra

Jean-Paul Mouawad

Hillary Mullen

Joshua Michael Nason

Kaitlin O’Brien-Ethier

Kathryn Rachel Ann Otoski

Ashley Mae Papineau

Alex M. Pavao

Alexandra Perry

Vanessa Peterson

Nael Pierre-Louis

Kevin Pinto

Kyle Proulx

Kayla Quigley

Kaitlyn E. Quinn

Katelyn R. Rego

Jessica Robbins

Kevin Roca

Jean-Daniel Roussel

Keven Salazar

Cody Seaton

Kyle Sequin

Megan Simoes

Megan Rose Skrydalewicz

Jared Sneesby

Michael Standring

Tyler P. Sutton

Christopher Symonds

Joseph Tanner

Joseph D. Traupman

Ariana Varella

William Vieira

Dillon Jeffrey Vota

Leo Weeks

Robert Williams, V

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