LOWELL — The week leading up to Lowell Catholic High School's commencement ceremony is always a whirlwind of activity.
Seniors started bright and early Monday morning with a parade encircling the neighborhood, decorated cars honking in what has been an LC Senior Week tradition since 1992.
They spent a day in reflection Tuesday, reading sincere letters from staff and administrators that detailed how they've made a positive impact on others on campus. Staff member Laura Dupre was chosen by the students to deliver a farewell address, and she encouraged each of them to perpetuate the mission of LC by using their talents to make a difference in the world. Laughter and tears set a tone of nostalgia in McNamara Hall when class advisers presented a slide show of memories from their high-school career.
At the UMass Lowell Inn & Conference Center that evening, seniors and their families attended Senior Recognition Night. The class also dedicated the yearbook to Dupre for her supportive and welcoming presence in their daily routine.
Kimberlie Janescko of Dracut was named valedictorian, earning the title with a GPA of 4.51. She will attend Quinnipiac in the fall to study Nursing and has earned a Trustee Award Scholarship.
The Saint Francis of Assisi Award, presented annually to the graduating senior who administrators and teachers believe epitomizes the Lowell Catholic mission, went to Jaclyn Coppinger of Dracut, who will take a double-major of English and Secondary Education at Providence College.
The 106 students in the Class of 2019 collectively completed nearly 17,000 hours of community service, and one-third of the class earned Lowell Catholic's Service Learning Commendation for individually completing more than 180 hours in their four years at LC.
Together as a class, they earned more than $20 million in merit-based scholarships, and all students who applied were accepted into accredited colleges and universities. Two will continue their education in preparatory schools while pursuing professional careers in football and hockey.
A Baccalaureate Mass was held in the Keith Gymnasium on Thursday morning and Commencement Ceremonies took place at the Immaculate Conception Church that evening.