"I have grown in my faith, been prepared for college, realize[d] what I want to do in college, and learned not only academic information, but life lessons." - Grace
The single most memorable moment in my high school career thus far is difficult to choose because so many things have taken place that I would call memorable, but a source of many of those memories is the time I've spent with Spellman's track team. The team became a family to me and beyond the tremendous physical shape it put me in, it taught me about discipline and helped me become a better leader, which is applicable outside of the sport itself." - Josue
High school education has pushed me to limits I didn't know was possible. I've learned so much these past four years; both educational and spiritual. Not only have I received excellent academic studies but I've matured through my high school experience. What I learn inside the classroom I am able to apply to my life. - Gaelle
Keyana Adarkwah ’16 was just six years old when she set her sights on Spellman. Attending St. Joseph School, Keyana was involved in her school’s plays and musicals which took place in their small gym space. To Keyana, entering the Spellman auditorium for the first time, the space was expansive and the Spellman Masses amazed her. She couldn’t wait to become part of the Spellman family.
By the time Keyana got to eighth grade, the majority of her St. Joseph School classmates had enrolled at Spellman. The students were well prepared academically for the journey they had ahead of them but coming from a small school they did have some trepidation about the size of the campus, how they would find their classrooms and the new challenge of having their own lockers. Keyana did have an advantage because her older sister, Keisha ’13 showed her the ropes. Keyana in fact admits that Keisha came to her rescue many times to get her locker open.
Through her years at Spellman, Keyana thrived. She became a Catholic School Foundation Scholar, a Big Sister for incoming freshmen, a member of the tennis team, an a capella & choir member, a member of student council and executive board, a volunteer for The Office of Admissions and The Office of Advancement and a regular in our musicals including “Thoroughly Modern Millie”, “Mary Poppins” and the upcoming “Bye Bye Birdie”.
Last fall, Keyana was crowned as the Class of 2016 Homecoming Queen alongside her St. Joe’s classmate, Homecoming King Cam Sass ‘16. She was then selected by America’s Homecoming Queen Association to represent Massachusetts on a float in the Autozone Liberty Bowl Football Classic. The Liberty Bowl officials stated that Keyana was selected based on her academic achievements, her community activities and her all-around status as an outstanding individual.
Volunteerism is important to Keyana. When her sister Keisha needed to complete hours for The National Honor Society, Keyana pitched in and helped out at The Randolph Food Pantry. In January, Keyana was nominated for The Voice of The Youth Award at the 10th Annual Martin Luther King celebration event in Randolph. She was honored for contributions she has made at several Randolph establishments including The Turner Free Library, The Chamber of Commerce and The Food Pantry. She also volunteered on Junior Service Day at The Yawkey Konbit Kreyold Center for Early Intervention in Dorchester.
UPDATE: Keyana is a proud graduate of the Class of 2016 and attends Bridgewater State University. She is studying Psychology and hopes to become a pediatric psychologist.
For Ryan McGaughey ’17, his Spellman experience so far can be summed up by one word: community. Prior to Spellman, Ryan attended Holbrook Junior/Senior High School. Being a Cardinal was already in his family; his brother Ricky a graduate of the class of 2013 and his sister Jaclyn of 2011. Ryan plays both football and basketball, and remembers the 2014 Boys Basketball season fondly. “I was in the stands. It was so cool to see everyone come together, and to watch them do it for Joey. I had chills chanting with the whole crowd.” Ryan was there to support the varsity team, and Spellman has always given the support back to him. When asked the best part of being a part of Spellman, Ryan thought for a moment. “Being part of a close community…it’s just an all around great experience. There are great moments you don’t even expect.”
Ryan has felt Spellman support from the immediate community on the hill several different times in his three years as a student, when he overcame medical obstacles that presented themselves his freshman and sophomore years. “There wasn’t a single person who didn’t support me…I still have the box of prayer chains Spellman sent.” However, Ryan still had one more hurdle. The first football scrimmage of Ryan’s junior year left him with a serious leg injury he is still working to come back from. But when asked about his senior season, Ryan was optimistic: “I won’t miss out.” And the Spellman community will be there to support him then, too.