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  • Sacred Heart High School Holds Graduation Ceremony

    Published on July 1, 2020

    KINGSTON, MA, : Sacred Heart High School in Kingston awarded diplomas yesterday to its final graduating class. An outdoor baccalaureate mass, officiated by Father John Graham of Sts. Mary & Joseph Collaborative, was celebrated on the front lawn of the high school. The event marked a new beginning for members of the Class of 2020 and the final chapter for the high school which announced in February that it would discontinue grades 9-12 at the end of this school year due to declining enrollment and budget deficits.

    Following the mass, Class Valedictorian Lily Lonergan, Salutatorian Paulina Spacek, and President Michael Hurm each addressed their fellow graduates and their families. Academic awards and scholarships were presented to individual students. Mrs. Diane Hunt presented the William Christopher Hunt ’87 Scholarships to William Mayo, Michael Hurm, Paulina Spacek, Samantha Latini, and Scott Hokanson. The William Christopher Hunt ’87 Scholarship Fund was established by the Hunt family in honor of Sacred Heart alumnus Billy Hunt, who loved his time at Sacred Heart especially his friends and baseball. He had a deep devotion to Sacred Heart and the lessons he learned during his time there. Billy was killed on September 11, 2001 in the terrorist attacks in New York City where he worked as a bond trader. To commemorate the final graduating class and to further honor her son’s legacy, Mrs. Hunt announced that, in addition to the five scholarships noted above, every graduating senior would receive a $1,500 scholarship from the William Christopher Hunt ‘87 Scholarship Fund.

    The Class of 2020 received their diplomas from Head of School Sister Alice Marie Lyon and Principal Jean Marston. A keynote address was delivered by Marie Kenniston Bruninghaus ’83, an alumna and beloved former teacher and coach. Ms. Bruninghaus, who was awarded the Ketteler Medal Award at the ceremony, reminded the Class of 2020 that, as graduates of Sacred Heart, they are members of a small army who can call on each other any time, any decade, to join together to serve others. That, she said, is the fabric of Sacred Heart.

    Attendance at the ceremony was limited due to social distancing requirements. Thirty local members of the Class of 2020 received diplomas yesterday. The graduating class included eight international students, who had returned to their hometowns in China due to the pandemic; these students will receive their diplomas by mail. The ceremony was live-streamed on social media for the international students as well as extended families and friends of all the graduating class.

    Below is a list of the Sacred Heart High School Class of 2020:

    Name                                                  Hometown                          College Attending

    Maxwell Allen                                    Bridgewater                        Bridgewater State University

    Maddison Larsen-Molina                 Bridgewater                        Boston University

    Paulina Spacek                                  Bridgewater                        Bentley University

    Tyler Murphy                                     Carver                                  University of Massachusetts Dartmouth

    Zhuo Sun                                            Duxbury *             Bentley University

    James Tierney                                    Duxbury                Seton Hall University

    Margaret Bulger                                Hanson                                Marist College

    Ryan Graham                                     Hingham                             Johnson & Wales University

    Michael McPhail                               Hingham                             Lynn University

    Cameron Dwyer                                Kingston                              University of New Haven

    Kevin Fehrm                                      Kingston                              University of Denver

    Yu Fu                                                   Kingston               *             University of Connecticut

    Scott Hokanson                                 Kingston                              Maine College of Art

    Michael Hurm                                   Kingston                              Saint Anselm College

    Lily Lonergan                                     Kingston                              Baylor University

    William Mayo                                    Kingston                              Stonehill College

    Julia Ward                                          Kingston                              Fordham University

    Siqia Weng                                         Kingston               *             University of Southern California

    Chaofan Wu                                       Kingston               *             Boston College

    Zachary Crossman                            Lakeville                              Unknown

    Ethan Secakusuma                            Lakeville                              Wentworth Institute of Technology

    Valerie Downey                                 Marshfield                          Mass College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences

    Samantha Latini                                Middleboro                         Clemson University

    Kayla Turner                                      Middleboro                         Syracuse University

    Leo Darling                                         Pembroke                           Unknown

    Peilin Jiang                                         Pembroke*                         New York University

    Yirui Zheng                                         Pembroke*                         American University

    Hannah Boyd                                     Plymouth                            University of North Carolina Wilmington

    Sophia Capone                                  Plymouth                            Florida Gulf Coast University

    Anabella Driscoll                               Plymouth                            Dean College

    Edward Kiesewetter                          Plymouth                            Plymouth State University

    Hanyi Li                                              Plymouth*                          Pratt Institute

    Wenrui Li                                            Plymouth*                          Unknown

    Jonathan Menard                              Plymouth                            Johnson & Wales University

    Ariana Murphy                                  Plymouth                            Baylor University

    Benjamin Andrade                            Plympton                            Bryant University

    Matthew Day                                     Plympton                            University of Rhode Island

    Luke Harrenstein                Plympton                            Villanova University