Outstanding 2013 graduates Honored for Service and Commitment in and out of the classroom

By: Buff Lindau

Every year graduating seniors are singled out by their classmates or their professors for their special outside-the-classroom achievements. Their volunteer work with needy youngsters, senior citizens, through Fire & Rescue Squads, Campus Ministry, student government, and more is remarkable. Awardees were named at the annual Senior Luncheon held May 9, 2013.

michael fayMichael Charles Fay Jr., of Yorktown Heights, NY, graduated with a BA in psychology, cum laude, and received The Saint Michael's Award for outstanding contribution to the community. "Michael Fay is a model of unselfish service to this community," said VP for Student Affairs Dawn Ellinwood in presenting the award. In his four years here he has accomplished more than can be named, she said. He has presented his academic research, particularly on treatment of Alzheimer’s disease, at seven New England Psychological Association Conferences. This year he served as president of the Student Association, as a member of the Founders Society, as a singer in the men's a cappella group Mike Check, and he directed a show, "The Shape of Things." Most recently, he had an internship in the office of U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy. He also worked on weekend late-nights as a grill master serving burgers and dogs to his classmates.

gabbi hallGabrielle E. Hall of Incline Village, NV, graduated with a BA in media studies, journalism and digital arts, magna cum laude, and received the John D. Donoghue Award, presented to "the graduating senior who has provided strong support, leadership and commitment to the college’s student publications." Mike Donoghue, Burlington Free Press reporter, Saint Michael's instructor, and son of John Donoghue, presented the award. Ms. Hall was multimedia editor for the student newspaper, The Defender, and with her co-producer Shannon Moore, she won second place in the online feature reporting category of the Society of Professional Journalists' Northeast competition. She was Online Media and Communications Coordinator for the Founder's Society; she sang Alto 2 in the Aca-bellas, and was a standout on the Alpine Ski Team. She has accepted a job at Southern New Hampshire University in its marketing department.

michael patrick o'neilMichael Patrick O'Neill, of Leominster, MA, was awarded the 2013 Elizabeth A. Durick Award, given to a senior who has made a significant contribution to the Christian goals of the college. He graduated with a BA in political science and religious studies, magna cum laude. "Michael participated in virtually every Edmundite Campus Ministry offering during his four years on campus," said the Rev. Brian Cummings, SSE, campus ministe. Michael served as a peer ministry leader, was a program coordinator for Connections, a Scripture-based faith sharing group, helped organize Taize Prayer services and participated in the weekly evaluation of the Sunday liturgies. "As a team leader in retreats for his peers, Michael witnessed to his faith, sharing his commitment and evolving understanding of what it means to be a disciple, a follower of Jesus Christ," He is one of several Saint Michael's graduates doing a year of service with the Jesuit Volunteer Corps next year.

olivia mccallOlivia M. McCall of Bridgewater, MA, graduated with a BA in sociology and anthropology, and received the Frank G. Mahady Memorial Award, presented to the graduating senior who best demonstrates the qualities of moral leadership and social justice, important to Judge Mahady. She took part in nine different MOVE programs, logging more than 1,000 volunteer hours in four years; completed an internship at a local non-profit; and was part of the Student Association, Founders Society of tour guides and Campus Ministry retreats. She coordinated a program for children at a local family shelter, was a middle school mentor and manager of other mentors; she ran the Community Service Orientation Weekend, joined extended service trips to Baltimore and the Cheyenne River Sioux Reservation, and helped lead the trip to the Dominican Republican. She was called a "team player and natural leader" possessing "humility, compassion, authentic presence and humor."

casey bonoyerCasey J. Bonoyer of Braintree, VT, graduated with a BA in Religious Studies and received the Donald Sutton Community Service award, presented to a graduating senior who has exemplified the ideals and commitment shown by Donald Sutton, founder of Saint Michael's Fire and Rescue squad. "He has been a role model and consistently goes out of his way to teach younger members of the squad everything he has learned."  He responded to more emergency calls than anyone on the department in recent years, and was named "On Duty Company of the Year," and plans to continue working as an emergency responder after graduation.

leah allenLeah J. Allen of Milford, MA, graduated with a BA in English, cum laude, and received the Dr. Marie Henault Award, presented to a graduating senior who has contributed in some way to women’s issues on and off campus. In presenting the award, Julia Berberan, director of the college’s Center for Women & Gender, said that Allen is "passionate about gender equality" and has been a thoughtful and creative volunteer at the center. She focused her study abroad experience on International Perspectives on Gender and Sexuality, acted in UVM's performance of the Vagina Monologues and recently completed an illuminating thesis on Motherhood in Frankenstein.

cory smithCory W. Smith of St. Albans VT, graduated with a BA in history and received the Martin Luther King Jr. Society Award, presented to seniors who have demonstrated outstanding leadership in promoting interracial understanding and positive awareness about the African American community, enlightening the community to Dr. King's principles. The presenter quoted Dr. King who wrote about "a high blood pressure of creeds and an anemia of deeds" in too many lives. But Smith, the presenter said, "combines both creeds and deeds" in his dedication to service, willingness to be helpful to others, and ability to challenge people around him. "He has compelled many of us… to see beyond the veil that too often inhibits our ability to see our common humanity," said Dr. Moise St. Louis, recalling how Smith stood to proclaim during this year's MLK Convocation, "I am not just the student with Asperger's, my name is Cory Smith and I have many talents." St. Louis said, Smith "led quietly in the background" by example.

eric jaukkuriEric Jaukkuri, English major, from Quincy, MA, received the Reverend Gerald E. Dupont Award for outstanding contribution to the community. He was cited for energy and enterprise in bringing exciting events to campus as co-secretary of programming for the Student Association. He brought John Hodgeman, Macklemore and other national figures. He was also cited for his leadership in the MOVE (Mobilization of Volunteer Efforts) Extended Service program, and for his work as a tour guide through the Founders Society, as an Orientation leader, and as an organizer of campus ministry retreats through LEAP. "He shows unending willingness to help others whether with a cup of coffee and a hug or doing any odd job that needs to be take care of to ensure the success of an event," the presenter said. "His attention to doing the right thing embodies the ideas of courage, vision, devotion and faith."

chris moskalChristopher V. Moskal of Springfield, MA, graduated with a BA in media studies, journalism & digital arts, Magna Cum Laude with Department Honors, and received a Community Service award. He was cited for leadership in the college's MOVE (Mobilization of Volunteer Efforts) program, including serving as coordinator of the Winooski Youth Connection and Senior Citizens programs, for leading an extended service trip to Baltimore, coordinating a 30-member team for the Penguin Plunge to support the Special Olympics, and for leading religious retreats. Moskal was also a four-year varsity tennis player and was Secretary of Athletics on the Student Association Executive Board. "He's also a juggler, a lover of Paul Simon, a great prankster and quite honestly one of the best people I know," the presenter, Caroline Ward, VP of the senior class, said.

anna castronovoAnna Julia Castronovo, of Worcester, MA, graduated with a BA in political science and received the 2013 Class Appreciation Award for Community Service. She was cited for being "passionate, intelligent and hilarious." She coordinated special events for the class, and for participating in extended service trips to New Orleans and the Dominican Republic, where she "gave of herself completely."  "She opens herself up to experiences and to people and lives her life authentically,” the presenter said. "She will speak up and speak out, and she has a soft heart of gold."

nora mooreNora McNulty Moore of Cheshire, CT, graduated with a BS in business administration, and was praised for her work as president of the senior class. She is the fifth member of the Moore family to graduate from Saint Michael's. Her father William Moore is a 1974 graduate; her sister Mary Kate, a 2006 graduate; her sister Mairead, a 2009 graduate, and Maureen, a 2011 graduate. Nora Moore was praised for being "a wonderful presence on campus since her first day here" and for outstanding leadership. "We all have benefited from the time and energy she spent putting on events for us and coordinating such a stellar senior weekend - she has brought our class together." She was praised particularly for her genuine warmth and ability to make all members of the class feel connected.

ashley lincolnAshley Lincoln of North Adams graduated with a BA in biology and received a Community Service award. She coordinated the service project Cause for Paws, an animal shelter program, for three and a half years. She went on Extended Service Trips to New Orleans and Kolkata, India, and helped coordinate the Dear Hillary Campaign to bring relief to the Congo. She was praised for being "So passionate about the dignity of all living things, and for being equally compassionate and inspiring in her work ethic and desire to make a difference every day," said the Student Association President in presenting the award. "She has incredible strength about her in all areas."

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