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Commencement 2021

St. Sebastian's School graduated 63 students during its 77th Commencement Exercises on Thursday, June 10, 2021. The ceremony was held outside on the West Campus field. General Joseph F. Dunford Jr., Former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, delivered the keynote address. Gabriel A. Twohig '21 was this year's Valedictorian and Alessandro G. Barbiellini '21 was the Salutatorian. Headmaster Bill Burke presented the diplomas to each graduate as Assistant Headmaster Michael Nerbonne read their names.

On June 9, 2021, the eve of St. Sebastian's Commencement, the Class of 2021 and their parents, along with members of the administration and faculty, gathered in the West Campus Center for the Baccalaureate Mass. As part of the program, graduates received a Commencement box containing the traditional St. Sebastian’s tie and pen, the St. Sebastian’s Book of Prayer and awards.

Congratulations to the Class of 2021!

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COMMENCEMENT AWARDS

Pursuit of Excellence in the Disciplines Awards
Presented to individuals selected by the faculty

English Literature - Alessandro G. Barbiellini, Gabriel A. Twohig
Latin - Nolan T. McGovern
History - Conor T. Mynahan, Will D. Perri, Max O. Samulka
Religion - Alessandro G. Barbiellini, Gabriel A. Twohig
English Writing - William D. Goldman, Joseph D. Pandit
Spanish - Brett T. Hogan
Drama - Alessandro G. Barbiellini, Cameron A. Howell, Daniel Y. Ko                                   
Music - Colin M. Lapus
Photography  - Aaron N. Pace, Reed T. Shachoy
Mathematics - Alessandro G. Barbiellini, Aidan G. Mulvey, Gabriel A. Twohig
Physics - Alessandro G. Barbiellini, Gabriel A. Twohig
Chemistry - Daniel Y. Ko
Biology - Timothy J. Ragnoni
Greek - Paul B. Vallace, Mark T. Wilson
Computer Science - Gabriel A. Twohig


MEDALS
The following Medals are awarded to individuals who, during their high school years, have achieved the highest grade point average in required courses in the respective disciplines

Humberto Cardinal Medeiros Memorial Medal for Modern Languages - Gabriel A. Twohig
Rev. Msgr. Joseph A. Beatty Memorial Medal for English - Alessandro G. Barbiellini, Max O. Samulka
Rev. Msgr. John F.X. Harney Memorial Medal for Religion - Max O. Samulka, Gabriel A. Twohig
Rev. Msgr. Charles D. McInnis Memorial Medal for History - Connor P. Arcara, Conor T. Mynahan
Paul A. Ablondi ‘57 Memorial Medal for Mathematics - Alessandro G. Barbiellini
John A. and Kathleen T. Nerbonne Memorial Medal for Classics - Max O. Samulka
St. Sebastian Medal for Science - Samuel J. Randall
St. Sebastian Medal for Fine Arts - Benen C. Kaczmarek, Reed T. Shachoy

The Headmaster’s Award
Presented to the graduate who has achieved the highest cumulative grade point average.

Gabriel A. Twohig

The St. Sebastian’s Scholar with Distinction Awards
Presented to graduates who have achieved a yearly average of A- or higher in every course, every year.

Alessandro G. Barbiellini, Aidan G. Mulvey, Conor T. Mynahan, Juan P. Oliva, Samuel J. Randall, Gabriel A. Twohig                                               

The St. Sebastian’s Scholar Awards
Presented to graduates who have achieved a yearly average of ‘B’ or higher in every course, every year.

Ryan J. Dufour, Carlos M. Garcia-Marxuach, William D. Goldman, Edward D. Harrington, Daniel Y. Ko, Nolan T. Mcgovern, Thomas J. Messineo, Timothy J. Ragnoni, Max O. Samulka, Nicholas J. Vallace, Paul B. Vallace, Mark T. Wilson

The Sr. Evelyn C. Barrett, O.P. Scholarship Award
Presented to that senior who, in the opinion of the Faculty, most exemplifies in body, mind, and soul the spirit of St. Sebastian's School

Jonathan D. Jones-Booker

The Robert S. Gilligan Award
Presented to seniors who best exemplify the qualities of courage, determination, and perseverance

Timothy J. Ragnoni

The Cardinal Cushing Memorial Medal for Student Service
Presented to a senior for exemplary service to the School

Colin M. Lapus

The Joseph P. MacDonald Award
Presented each year by the Student Council, in conjunction with the School community, to a member of the St. Sebastian's family for outstanding service to the School

John J. Doherty '62

The Reverend Charles K. Riepe Medallion
Presented by the Assistant Headmaster, in consultation with the administration and faculty, to the members of the graduating class who have shown true leadership in exemplifying the virtues of faith and honor for which the School stands

Alessandro G. Barbiellini, Gabriel A. Twohig

The Founder's Medal
Presented to the member of the Senior Class whose character, leadership, and fortitude most closely reflect the ideals that inspired William Cardinal O'Connell to found this School in the name of St. Sebastian

Juan P. Oliva

The Leslie C. Quick, Jr. Medal
Presented each year to seniors for exemplary initiative, creativity, and perseverance in advancing the mission of the School

Conor T. Mynahan

The Alumni Award
Presented to seniors, selected by the faculty, who possess strength of mind, body, and character; who display outstanding attitude, effort, and achievement; have innate commitment to excellence in all endeavors; and who have made many and varied contributions to St. Sebastian's School

Edward D. Harrington
 


BACCALAUREATE AWARDS

Cum Laude Society
Alessandro G. Barbiellini, Ryan J. DuFour, William D. Goldman, Edward D. Harrington, Daniel Y. Ko, Nolan T. McGovern, Aidan G. Mulvey, Conor T. Mynahan, Juan P. Oliva, Samuel J. Randall, Timothy J. Ragnoni, Max O. Samulka, Gabriel A. Twohig

Chapel Speech Award
Braeden P. McCabe, Juan P. Oliva, Timothy J. Ragnoni, Gabriel A. Twohig

Outstanding Leadership, Service and Commitment to the Debate Team
Alessandro G. Barbiellini

Athletic Commitment Award
Presented to Members of the Senior Class who have participated in athletics each season from their sophomore through senior years

Alessandro G. Barbiellini, Scott L. Behman, Sean E. Duffy, Daniel Y. Ko, Timothy J. Ragnoni, Paul B. Vallace

Letterman Award
Presented to Members of the Senior Class who have earned a Varsity Letter each season from their sophomore though senior years

John E. Mahoney, Juan P. Oliva, Nicholas J. Vallace

ISL Award of Excellence
For exhibiting the Independent School League ideals of integrity, sportsmanship, fair play and good citizenship while participating as a multi-sport athlete during his ISL career

Nicholas J. Vallace

Marine Corps Scholastic Excellence Award
Ryan J. DuFour, Max O. Samulka

Marine Corps Distinguished Athlete Award
Seamus C. Foley, Samuel J. Frisoli

Semper Fidelis Award for Musical Excellence
Christian A. Casiano

Mothers’ Medals
Presented to mothers with three or more Arrows who have graduated from St. Sebastian’s

Marcie Behman P ’13, ’16, ’19, ’21
Patti DuFour ’14, ’18, ’21
Diane O’Donnell ’17, ’19, ’21
Kathy Pace ’15, ’18, ’21
Liz Ragnoni ’16, ’17, ’21
Euri Twohig ’18, ’19, ’21
Andrea Vallace ’15, ’17, ’21, ’21