WORCESTER, Mass. – The 224 graduates of St. John's High School's Class of 2012 were told repeatedly during their commencement on Sunday that "to whom much is given, much is expected."
Headmaster Michael Welch encouraged the new graduates to continue to be community leaders even after leaving high school.
"The Class of 2012 has embodied the motto 'to lead is to serve,'" Welch said. He noted that this class helped mark the school's 50th year at the Shrewsbury campus, but encouraged them to look forward rather than back. "You mark the beginning of our next 50 years."
Valedictorian Matthew Barrieau followed his love of books when writing his speech and tried to tell the story of his and his classmates four years at St. John's.
"It's not my story, it's the story of a place, the story of a time, the story of a people, the story of an idea," Barrieau said.
He looked back and talked of the story of his teachers and that of his fellow classmates, but ultimately encouraged his classmates to go out and create their own stories.
"Now our journey is over. The story of how we got to this point defines us, but it is up to us to find our own stories moving forward," Barrieau said.
Barrieau was also awarded the school's Award for Scholastic Excellence. The Xaverian Award was given to a pair of students, Michael Badjo and Benjamin Nason, at the graduation.
The 244 graduates came from towns all over Worcester and Metrowest Counties. The list of graduates is as follows:
Alexander Paul Afonso, Thomas Angaramo, Zachary T. Angelo, Ryan Norman Anger, Halldor A. Arnarson, Raphael J. Astorga, Michale Thomas Badjo, Andrew Michael Bailey, Myles Christopher Barber, Timothy R. Barrett, Matthew Blais Barrieau, John Dolan Barry III, Joseph T. Barry, Connor Matthew Bertram, Calum James Bonazoli, Robert James Bonner, S. Enzo Bonnici, Ethan Frederick Borchelt, Joseph Larkin Bottini, Jonathan Peter Brien, Nathaniel Patrick Brosnihan, Tyler J. Brunyak, Joseph Thomas Bryant, Benjamin William Burger, Zachary P. Byczko, Matthew Michael Cafarella, Thomas John Calderini, Jr., Steven Philip Caligaris II, Colin Thomas Campbell, Shane Thomas Cannon, Dallas Michale Cantlin, Sean Carroll, Connor Andrew Casey, John Warren Cavanaugh III, Alexander J. Cesnek, Thomas P. Ciarlante, Joseph Patrick Clark, Nathaniel J. Coderre, Nicholas John Colacchio, Charles T. Confalone, Charles T. Confalone, James C. Couture.
Also, Matthew J. Dacey, Harry Dale, Ryan Patrick Danahy, Brendan Thomas D'Auteuil, Samuel Louis Del'Olio, Jeffrey David Desko, Joseph Luis Diaz, Alexander Vincenzo DiMauro, Derek Anthony Donato, Sean Brian Donnelly, Kyle J. Dorion, Michael Anthony Dougert, James Paul Duquette, Nasser Eledroos, Kevin Conor Comeback Emmerling, Francis Raymond Ermilio, Edward John Falkowski III, Matthew A. Farraj, Nicholas Anthony Fedor, James Mathew Feraco, Nathaniel John Fiedler, John Martin Finn, Matthew Daniel Flowers, Andrew Connor Foley, Conor Denis Foley, Eric David Frary, Paul Albert Frazier, William Reardon French, Tyler James Friedman, Thomas Anthony Frongillo, Jr., Tyler G. Gaffney, Sean Thomas Gavin, Nicholas Vincent Gentile, Dimitrios Georgiadis, Paul Gialanella, Nicholas Gilgun, Jacob Glynn, Colin Goodman, Nicholas Herbert Gorius, William Gray, Collin Richards Gribbons, Matthew Edward Griffin, Jon Paul Gualdarrama, Zacahry Joseph Guida, Gregory Riley Hamilton, Cameron Ray Handy, James P. Handy, Warren William Hayden, Myles Hebert, William Hemdal, Nicholas Stephen Henn, Roger Richard Holden, Colby John Hyland, Michael Warren Jameson, Bradford Roland Janowski, Edward Thomas Charles Jarrell, Alexander Drew Jasmin, Matthew Robert Jeniski, Anders Richard Johnson, Benjamin Lee Johnson, Tanner William Johnson, Ryan Michael Johnson, Rohan Kapoor, Christopher Joseph Karwaski, Gregory A. Kasper, William Patrick Kearney, Ryan Michael Kenyon, Patrick Ian Kirwan, Carl Forrest Knowlton III, Spencer Koury.
Also, Hieu La, Amir Lahoud, Jeremy Thomas Laporte, Daniel John Laour, Michael F. Leahy, Joseph Zachary Leite, Edward Patrick Leonard III, Jason P. Leszyk, Mark Stanley-Edwin Lewandowski, Dex Edward Lindgren, Enrique Maria Lopez, Jeremy E. Lowell, Cornelius Leo Lucey IV, Zachary William Lucey, John Sixto Lundin, Iam James boetius MacClancy, Brendan James Madigan, Kevin Andrew Maldari, Nicholas James Maniatis, Thomas Patrick Martin, Thomas Joseph Matthews, Brynce Anselme Maxime, Peter James Mazzaferro, Mackenzie Roy McGoldrick, Matthew Barnes McGourty, Daniel Christman McMaster, Derek M. McMaster, Brendan Michael Melanson, Jordy Xavier Melendez, Maxwell Alexander Menard, Patrick Edward Merrill, Christian Robert Miccile, Samuel Edward Michaud, Beckley John Miller, Maximilian Kolbe Mita, Griffin Patrick Monahan, Efrain Montalvo III, Pedro Antonio Mora, Connor James Morette, Sean Patrick Morrison, Sean Joseph Moynagh, Kevin David Murphy, Daniel Stephen Musgrove, Andrew Joseph Nalivaika, Benjamin Chatfield Nason, Michale J. Neilan.
And Nickalas Lawrence Oates, Jonathan Aaron Oberman, Thomas J. O'Brien, Patrick Joseph O'Donnell, Kyle David Ofcarcik, Joshua O'Neill, David Andrew Ortone, Jr., Matthew Louis Palecki, Franco Leoncio Palma, Nickolaos D. Panteleakis, Jin Soo Park, Zachary Steven Paskalis, Alexander J. H. Patch, Robert Ervin Paulsen III, Andre R. Peppel, Evan J. Perotto, Joshua J. Perro, Anthony Joseph Perry, William S. Peterson, Joseph Martin Pieniazek, Robert Kelvin Pino, Jacob Thomas Poirier, Daniel Patrick Quick, John Manuel Quintela, Daniel Joseph Reagan, Vincent A. Rico, Nichlas M. Romano, Joseph Warren Roque, Christopher Robert Rose, Christopher Rutigliano, Jr., Michael Tony Samaha, Kyle Patrick Samant, Michael Anthony Sereti, Corbin Andrew Seward, Daniel Lawrence Shorette, Andrew J. Shoro, Nicholas Jennings Sieber, Pranav Singh, James Thomas Sior, Ryan James Skavis, Andrew Eric Smith, James Robert Smith, Stefano Sodano, Eric Solloway, Matthew Michael St. Denis, Michael George Staruk, Patrick Stocklin, Alex David Stolicny, Ryan M. Strzepa, Suraj Subramanian, Connor James Sullivan, Thomas Paul Sullivan, Patrick Talentino, Andre Franco Tarquinio, William Coughlin Templeton, John Paul Thrun, Jacob Joseph Tibbetts, Liam Christopher Toomey, Michael Gerard Tozeski, Stephen John Trudel, John Harold turner, Karl Louis Uy, Ryan Morgan Vahey, Philip William Vasiliadis, Steven John Vicidomino, Stephen Michael Walsh, David Joseph Wassef, Matthew David Whalen, Matthew Francis Whitenett, Matthew David Williams, Shaun Joseph Williams, Sean Joseph Wilson, Bradford Wyatt, Jose Luis Yarzebski, Eric Khalil Zacharia, Timothy J. Zawalich, Theodore Justis Zelley.