Grade 8 Students Graduate from Saint Columbkille

On Friday, June 8, 29 students from Loyola Academy’s grade 8 class graduated at Saint Columbkille Partnership School at a ceremony held in St. Columbkille Church. Patrick Minihane, a graduate and winner of the Spirit of Saint Columbkille Award, spoke about his time at the school and led his classmates in reciting the school pledge, while reflecting on the meaning of the strong words. In closing, he challenged his classmates to consider a meaningful prayer: “Learn to love, learn to give, learn to learn, learn to live with the help of Jesus Christ for the Greater Glory of God.”

“As I look at our graduating 8th graders, I am incredibly proud,” says Head of School Dr. William Gartside. “They give me hope for the future and I look forward to seeing how they change the world.”

Students were also honored for their achievements in a variety of subjects, and the annual Saint Columbkille Partnership School awards were presented. A full list of awards and their recipients are below.

Math Patrick Minihane
Science Jonathan Mora
English Eric Moussignac
Spanish Patrick Minihane
Social Studies Alexandra Fernand
Religion Delaney Cruz
Physical Education Jonathan Mora
Music  Anna Carey
Art Jason Pena Rodas

The Saint Joseph The Worker Award, given to a student who has worked extremely hard to the best of his/her potential and is humble and caring, was awarded to Jonathan Mora. The St. Peter Faber Award, named for St. Peter Faber who was one of Saint Ignatius’ companions and noted for his scholarship and love for learning, was awarded to Elizabeth Kudinova. The Saint Ignatius of Loyola Award is given to a student who embodies a life and teachings of Saint Ignatius of Loyola, founder of the Jesuit order. S/he is open to growth, intellectually curious, religious, loving, and committed to social justice. The Saint Ignatius of Loyola Award was given to Alexandra Fernand. The Spirit of the Class Award, given to a student who has demonstrated leadership in the school and classroom and brings the best out of the people around him/her, was awarded to Delaney Cruz. The Spirit of Saint Columbkille Award, given to a student who excels academically, gives service to the school and to his/her classmates and has a strong moral compass, was awarded to Patrick Minihane.

75 percent of the graduates are attending Catholic or independent high schools. Below is a list of schools that graduating students plan to attend in the fall:

  • Boston College High School
  • Boston Latin Academy
  • Boston Latin School
  • Boston Public
  • Cambridge Rindge and Latin School
  • Catholic Memorial
  • Dana Hall
  • Fontbonne
  • Matignon
  • Minuteman
  • Mount Alvernia
  • Newton Country Day School
  • Newton Public
  • Saint Joseph Prepatory High School
  • Watertown Public
  • Xaverian Brothers