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Honors Convocation Recognizes Students’ Academic Excellence

2018-19 Augustine ScholarsAssumption College honored 73 students with awards for academic excellence during the 34th Annual Honors Convocation, held on April 23 in the Jeanne Y. Curtis Performance Hall. Awards ranged from departmental honors to special recognitions, to Augustine Scholarships, the College’s highest academic honor.

“The Honors Convocation recognizes those students who have not only demonstrated academic excellence, but also outstanding character and service to the community in which they reside,” said Louise Carroll Keeley, Ph.D., provost and vice president for academic affairs. “During the Convocation, Assumption’s 15 academic departments select the most meritorious student in each of their primary programs of study to receive a prestigious department award, a significant achievement for any undergraduate. On behalf of the College, I congratulate these devoted scholars for their commitment to learning.”

Each year, the College invites a distinguished alumnus to address the honorees on the value of a liberal arts education. This year’s keynote speaker Thomas McCarthy, Ph.D., ’71 enjoys a longstanding relationship with the College. His father, Prof. James McCarthy, served as professor of economics at the College and holds professor emeritus status at Assumption; each year, the Prof. James McCarthy Scholarship for the Study of Economics or Global Studies is given to a student during the Honors Convocation.

Since earning an economics degree from Assumption, McCarthy has served as an economics professor at Oakland University in Michigan; a staff economist for the Federal Trade Commission; and is currently a senior vice president and head of the health care antitrust practice of National Economic Research Associates, a consulting firm located in Los Angeles.

McCarthy shared that a liberal arts education provides students with knowledge, critical reasoning—which he called the “gem of a liberal arts education”—humility and most important, intellectual independence. “The temptation to stop thinking for yourself is great,” he shared with the honored students, adding that in a world filled with analysis and opinions, one might become apathetic. “I hope the liberal arts has nourished your instincts to [perform] your own evaluations and weigh an argument from both sides. It’s a good habit. And I hope you also have the confidence to trust your own conclusions. Be brave enough to rely on your learning.”

McCarthy said that a liberal arts education not only gives one’s life adaptability but also enriches it. “There are simply more things for you to enjoy when you are familiar with the many great books and many great ideas,” he explained. “These are skills that give you a breadth of interest and experience, so I would suggest you use all of what you’ve been given … Your liberal arts background is the key to that enormous and brewing life of facts and ideas … Enjoy what you have and do your best to pass it on. That’s what Assumption has done for students like you year after year after year.”



The Augustine Scholarship is awarded to rising junior and senior students, who—through their academic achievement, leadership, community service and good character—best embody the Assumption College mission. Students nominated for this prestigious academic distinction have demonstrated initiative and leadership in academic and co-curricular endeavors, and are of demonstrably good character. Grade point average alone is not evidence of initiative and leadership, even in the academic arena. The following is a list of the 2018-19 Augustine Scholars (pictured):

Sara Amato ’19, of North Attleboro

Thomas Barringer '19 of Saint Louis, MO

Gabriella Beamish '19 of Melrose, NY

Maia Campbell '18 of Worcester

Emily Capasso ’18 of Halifax

Lauren Crockett '19 of Cherry Valley

Katherine Golden '20 of Millis

Devon Joyce '19 of Leominster

Emma Lang '20 of Marshfield

Rachael McClure '19 of Westwood

Julianna Montminy '19 of Quincy

Thao Nguyen '19 of Worcester

Alicia Polak '20 of Lowell

Sarah Reilly '18 of Fairfield, CT

Emily Rizza ’19 of South Windsor, CT

Mark San Clemente '19 of Medway

Catherine Waclawik '20 of Blackstone

Renee Zahigian '19 of Winchester



The Donec Formetur Christus Presidential Award for embodying the spirit of Assumption College, announced by Assumption President Francesco C. Cesareo, Ph.D., recognizes a junior or senior whose life embodies the ideals of an Assumptionist education. The recipient understands the relationship between the intellectual and spiritual life, espouses the values of the Gospel in his or her life, and gives witness to the spirit of the Catholic intellectual tradition.

This year, the Presidential Award was given to John McBride ’18, a senior from Waterbury, VT. During the ceremony, John also received the departmental award for theology. 



The following is a list of this year’s Departmental Award recipients:

Amanda Arnold '18, Saco, ME; Graphic Design

Jaqueline Avola '18, Westborough; Organizational Communication

Andrew Bisconti '18, Peabody; Marketing

Caleigh Bryson '18, Needham Heights; Classics with a Concentration in Latin

Brenna Burke '18, Salem; International Business

Isabella Camasura '18, Bristol, CT; English: Writing and Mass Communications

Christian Copeley '19, Concord, NH; Music

Elizabetta Creaghan '18, Boxborough; Philosophy

Meghan Cushing '18, Gorham, ME; Secondary Education

Kellie Duquette Webster; English Literature

Shant Eghian '18, Seekonk; History, Political Science, and Classics with a Concentration in Greek

Sidra Esa '18, Harvard; Studio Art

Jessica Ferronetti '18, Andover; Spanish

Alexandra Fleming '18, Acton; Elementary Education

Lindsay Gomes '18, Seekonk; Psychology

Raysan Guerrero '18, Worcester; Criminology

Cynthia Henderson '18, Holden; Sociology

Daniel Heston '18, North Scituate, RI; Computer Science

Chantal Jordan '18, Lewiston, ME; Human Services and Rehabilitation Studies with a Concentration in Communication Sciences and Disorders

Noor Kawmi '18, Worcester; Biology

Hanna Leck ’18, Spencer; Art History

Michaela Lievi '18, Easton; Biotechnology and Molecular Biology

Ashley Lockwood '18, Feeding Hills; Economics

Emma Maguire '20, Trumbull, CT; Italian Studies

John McBride '18, Waterbury, VT: Theology

Kathleen Montgomery '18, Winchester; Accounting

Sarah Morley '18, Pittsfield; Chemistry

Chandler O'Brien '18, Naples, FL; Management

Alexis Pastore Baldwinsville, NY; Actuarial Science

Mariah Peck '18, Suffield, CT; French

Monica Rettler '18, Lee's Summit, MO; Biology with a Concentration in Neuroscience and Behavior

Zachary Shepard '18, West Kingston, RI; Environmental Chemistry

Jenna Snyder '18, Granby, CT; Human Services and Rehabilitation Studies

Jean-Pierre Tetrault '18, Manchester, NH; Foreign Languages

Carly Wheaton '18, Marshfield; Mathematics

Philip Yazbak ’18, North Attleboro; Data Analytics



The Ray Marion Award: Katelyn Montgomery, a senior from Winchester; Kathleen Montgomery, a senior from Winchester; and Sara Morley, a senior from Pittsfield.

The Father Richard Brunelle Memorial Award in Computer Science: Zeheng Song, a junior from Beijing

The Dr. Eugene W. Byrnes Scholarship in the Natural Sciences: Devon Joyce, a junior from Leominster

The Mary Whiton Calkins Award in Psychology: Holly Olson, a senior from Marshfield

The Community Service Learning Award: Michela Lavin, a senior from Ledyard, CT

The William James Award in Psychology: Kristen Folan, a senior from Norwood

The Prof. James McCarthy Scholarship for the Study of Economics or Global Studies: Jedidiah Scott, a senior from Milton Mills, NH

The Award in Medieval and Early Modern Studies: Samuel Birney, a senior from Shrewsbury

The Luca Pacioli Accounting Achievement Award: Katelyn Montgomery, a senior from Winchester

The Shirley Thompson Scholarship in the Visual Arts: Namukulwa Nakazwe, a junior from Worcester

The Award in Women's Studies: Mina Kelley, a senior from Brooklyn, CT

The Colleen Ritzer Memorial Award: Colleen Barry, a junior from Southborough

The Omer & Laurette Bolvin Scholarship in French or Foreign Languages: Sofia Boncaldo, a first-year student from Holbrook

David L. Christianson Award for the Study of Foreign Languages: Renee Zahigian, a junior from Winchester

The George E. and Sarah Denomme Scholarship: Lauren Robichaud, a sophomore from Holden

The Cynthia Courtney and Adelard F. Landry Scholarship in French Studies: Jennifer Futtner, a junior from South Windsor, CT

The Leo and Madeleine Remillard Scholarship for the Study of French: Teddy Gadie, a junior from Millville

The Joseph E. Sheerin Merit Prize in the Study of Classical Languages and Literatures: Sophia Sawtelle, a first-year student from Haverhill

The Special Award in Public History: Trevor Delp, a senior from West Newbury

The Ray Marion Special Award in World History: Laura Cavanagh, a senior from East Rockaway, NY

The Ken Moynihan Special Award in American History: Kurt Falter, a senior from Walpole

The Paul Ziegler Award in European History: Sean Sullivan, a senior from Hopedale

Kimberly Dunbar, Director of Public Affairs, Assumption College @AssumptionNews