Danvers —St. John’s Preparatory School held its 111thCommencement exercises on Saturday, May 22 at 11 am. Headmaster Edward P. Hardiman, Ph.D. awarded diplomas to 258 seniors during an outdoor ceremony held on the school’s campus.
“It would be foolhardy to attempt to summarize this experience given that each of you has endured this public health crisis in different ways, with different challenges, and different outcomes,said Dr. Hardiman, noting that the class included the first graduates since 1948 to have started at the Prep as seventh graders. While you each have different gifts, talents, and experiences, you have made connections, built bridges, and overcome obstacles. As you walk across the bridge to your next adventure, keep building, keep dreaming, keep adapting, keep learning, and always remember that you never walk alone. The Prep is always with you.
The Class of 2021 valedictorian was Michael Maddison of Lynnfield, and the salutatorian medal went to Jacob Garland of North Andover. Haverhill’s Jordan Young received the Xaverian Award; the highest honor the school can bestow upon a graduating senior, presented to the class member who best epitomizes the values and tradition of Xaverian education. The Commencement Address, delivered by a student-selected keynote speaker, was given by math teacher Anthony Lammana, a 2008 St. John’s graduate and a Somerville resident.
College acceptances for the class included five Ivy League schools as well as Georgetown, Howard, Notre Dame, Stanford University, Tufts, Williams College, New York University, University of North Carolina, Northeastern University, University of Michigan, UCal-Berkeley, all four schools in the UMass system, and the University of Virginia, among 218 total institutions to date. Graduating Eagles will fly away to locales as far west as California, as far north as Canada, as far south as Texas, and to many states in between.
St. John’s Prep is an inclusive, Catholic, Xaverian Brothers Sponsored School founded on the Xaverian values of compassion, humility, simplicity, trust, and zeal. Established in 1907, St. John’s offers an academically challenging program and wide-ranging co-curricular opportunities for students to grow and learn outside the classroom. Located on a 175-acre campus in Danvers, Massachusetts, St. John’s enrolls 1,500 students from approximately 80 area communities.
LOCAL GRADUATES IN THE CLASS OF 2021
Noah Michael Mooney Mathematics Medal, Chinese Medal
Luke Joseph Surette *
Eric Charles Wing Athletic Director’s Awards
Brenton Scott Babb Computer Science Medal
Michael Thomas Clifford
Evan Mitchell Hannibal *
John Daniel Kiely *
Cameron Douglas Smith
Hayden Barton Byrne * Social Studies Medal
Chase William Davis *
Luke Russell Magnuson * National Merit Commended Student
Peter Henry Bates Martin *
Charles Farrington Bragg Meurer *
Caden Alexander Vogt *
Patrick John Costello
Harris Dixon Fremont-Smith
Donald Franklin Paglia
Matthew David Quinn Academic Excellence
Miles Jackson Wauchope *
Peter Sullivan Wiehe
Renato Korzinek * Science Medal
Aidan Joseph Mueller *
Joshua Leonidas Vorias
Blake Biagio Buonopane *
Aidan Thomas Callahan
Cameron Scott Cummings *
Collin J. Lorenzen *
Jonathan Salvatore Santoro English Medal
* membership in the National Honor Society*