On June 1, the Class of 2016, along with their families and fellow middle school students, gathered for Recognition Day. The celebration began with a reading of their class history, a special tribute for each graduate by their middle school teachers, piano performance by Ethan Behr, violin performance by Madeline Sawyer, and concluded with an award ceremony. Congratulations to the Class of 2016!
The following Mater Christi School 8th Graders achieved 98% or higher in their classes during the 2016-2017 academic year. Congratulations to the following students for their outstanding academic performance:
Mathematics: Maren Altadonna, Claire Ammirato, Caitlin Salmon, Alessandra Magg, Isabella Magg, Dallas Martell, Madeline Sawyer
Science: Maren Altadonna, Claire Ammirato, Dallas Martell, Madeline Sawyer
Literature: Maren Altadonna, Claire Ammirato, Henry Ammirato, Ethan Behr, Amanda Holt, Caitlin Salmon, Madeline Sawyer, Claire Reilly, Alessandra Magg, Isabella Magg, Dallas Martell, Lily Oliver
English: Maren Altadonna, Claire Ammirato, Amanda Holt, Madeline Sawyer, Alessandra Magg, Isabella Magg, Dallas Martell, Caitlin Salmon
Social Studies: Maren Altadonna, Claire Ammirato, Henry Ammirato, J.B. Bahrenburg, Ethan Behr, William Bond, Isabella Magg, Madeline Sawyer, Michael Walsh
Religion: Maren Altadonna, Kian Arani, Claire Ammirato, Henry Ammirato, J.B. Bahrenburg, Ethan Behr, Elizabeth Breen, Amanda Holt, Isabella Magg, Dallas Martell, Claire Reilly, Caitlin Salmon, Madeleine Sawyer, Michael Walsh
French: Maren Altadonna, Claire Ammirato, Kian Arani, Ariella Aubin, J.B. Bahrenburg, William Bond, Alessandra Magg, Isabella Magg, Dallas Martell, Caitlin Salmon, Madeline Sawyer, Lily Oliver
2016 Mater Christi School Award Recipients
The Catherine McAuley Award
This award is presented by the Vermont Sisters of Mercy. The Sisters of Mercy celebrated their 125 years in the State of Vermont in 2000. On that occasion, they chose to inaugurate the Catherine McAuley Award. The award is in the form of a large plaque on which are engraved the names of the recipients. The recipients are 8th graders who exemplify Catherine McAuley’s ability to recognize ways in which God gifted her and her courage and generosity in using these gifts for others.
The President’s Award for Educational Excellence
Criteria for this award include scoring in the 85th percentile in reading or mathematics on a standardized test and a grade point average of 90 or higher from grade 4 through the second trimester of 8th grade.
The President’s Award for Educational Achievement
The purpose of this award is to recognize students who show understanding, educational growth, improvement, commitment or intellectual development in their academic subjects but do not meet the criteria for the President’s Award for Educational Excellence. It is meant to encourage and reward students who work hard and give their best efforts in school.
The Mater Christi Principal’s Award
The Mater Christi Principal’s Award is presented to students who demonstrate an understanding of the Mercy tradition through their constant respect for everyone both within the Mater Christi School community and also in the wider community.
The D.A.R. Good Citizenship Award
The Daughters of the American Revolution Good Citizenship Award is presented to an 8th grader who has managed to balance well his or her spiritual, academic, sports and family lives. He/she has exhibited the qualities on which the Society of the D.A.R. is based: Honor, Service, Courage, Leadership and Patriotism.
Jhamille Renton Award
The Jhamille Renton plaque hangs permanently in the school lobby and small copies are given to the recipients. Recipients of this award exhibit Jhamille’s qualities of loving others, especially small children, have a ready smile, are hope-filled, and love life. Jhamille died while in 8th grade at Mater Christi in 1991.
The Frederick M. Peyser Award and Art Achievement Awards
The recipient of the Frederick M. Peyser Award displayed not only creative ability and potential in a variety of art mediums but has more importantly, exhibited a positive attitude and work ethic in the classroom.
John J. Hartnett Award
The Hartnett Award is given annually to one or two students who exhibit outstanding performance in the areas of academics, school spirit and sports. The plaque commemorating this award is on display in the lobby of the middle school.
The Joseph McNeil Memorial Award
The Joseph McNeil Memorial Award is given to students who have shown team spirit and performed outstandingly in Mater Christi School’s sports programs. These students consistently demonstrate a love and respect for sporting during physical education classes and in extracurricular activities. The recipients’ names are engraved on a plaque which is permanently displayed in the middle school lobby and they receive a certificate of this accomplishment.
The Kristen Lauré Charlebois Memorial Literacy Award
This award was instituted in memory of Kristen Charleboiswho attended Mater Christi School throughout her elementary education years and who died while a sophomore at Rice High School. She is remembered for many wonderful qualities and talents including her great love of reading.
Mater Christi’s head librarian gives the Kristen LaureCharlebois Award to one or two eighth graders who exhibit the same devotion to reading. The students’ names are engraved on the plaque which is displayed in the school lobby.
The Ryan Collins Memorial Award
The Ryan Collins Memorial fund was established to acknowledge deserving youth in their love of science. Designed to honor Ryan’s independent adventurous spirit, the fund was established to pay tribute to a young man who was a science enthusiast at Mater Christi School. The fund enables the school to give an award each year to a graduating student from Mater Christi in recognition of his or her interest in the field of science.
The Emily Lyman Creative Writing Award
The Emily Lyman Creative Writing Award was established by the Lyman Family in memory of Emily who died in 2012 as she began her freshman year in high school. Emily attended Mater Christi School throughout her elementary years.
Band and Instrumental Award
The Band Award recognizes 8th grade students who have shown leadership, talent and remarkable cooperation throughout the years. The Band Award hangs on a plaque in the school lobby.
The Drama Award recognizes 8th grade students who have exhibited outstanding dedication, passion and performances in Mater Christi School theatrical productions.