GloucesterTimes.com, Gloucester, MA

May 18, 2013

St. John's Prep At-A-Glance


Gloucester Daily Times

---- — Number of seniors: 300

Salutatorian: Matthew Brady of Marblehead

Class officers: President Joseph Flynn of Melrose, Vice-President Tucker Mathers of Boxford, and Senior Class Representatives Brian Poirier of North Andover, David Roy of Melrose, and Christopher Scangas of Peabody.

Graduation: Sunday, May 19, at 11 a.m. at Ryken Field on the St. John’s Prep campus

Graduation speaker: Jay Pawlyk of Peabody, a 1991 graduate of St. John’s and a member of the English Department faculty

Valedictorian: O’Neil Danis of West Newbury

Class gift: The Class of 2013 dedicated their class gift to The Fund for St. John’s, which supports program in all aspects of student life.

Prom: Friday, May 10, at the Park Plaza Hotel in Boston

Special senior activities: By longstanding tradition at St. John’s, seniors ring the spire bell in Xavier Hall on their last day of class. They also celebrate with a brunch for their mothers, a luau for their fathers, and True Blue, a reception for all classmates and their parents.

What makes the Class of 2013 special and unique?

“I feel fortunate to be a part of the St. John’s Prep graduating Class of 2013. These past four years have been terrific and I have wonderful memories of our time together. One memory I believe speaks to our uniqueness is the senior retreat on Cape Cod. The intense and thoughtful conversations that occurred cannot be found just anywhere; to engage and listen to my classmates thoughts and stories meant a lot to me and further united our class. Also, our athletics have truly been terrific; winning multiple state championships this year are memories I will never forget. I am honored to be graduating this year with such a special class.” – Joseph Flynn

“The class of 2013 is impossible to neatly describe. However, this impossibility is what makes this class spectacular; we are truly unique. We are a combination of extremely talented, unforgettable young people that I have come to know and love. While the Class of 2013 has won awards, produced tremendous work, and brought home championships over the past four years, our legacy lies not in our accolades but in our more meaningful and lasting relationships that we have created. Although we all move on from our high school years, I will always remember the Class of 2013, and how we, together, left our mark on St. John’s and beyond. It has been a ride.”

– Daniel Milaschewski

“What makes the Class of 2013 at St. John’s Prep special and unique? Well, for the past four years, we learned how to love one another and be grateful for the people who love us. A friend helped another friend study for a test. Friends went to a football game or other competitions to support and cheer for those who competed. Our teachers would go extra miles to assist their students to achieve our goals. The adults are so open and giving, which made us imitate and follow their example since the first time we stepped foot on campus.” – Sovannarath Pong