McFarland Awarded BU Medeiros Scholarship

Communications News

Newly minted alumna Amanda McFarland is headed to Boston University as a recipient of full tuition, four year Cardinal Medeiros Scholarship.

McFarland is one of only 12  graduates in the Archdiocese of Boston receiving the highly competitive scholarship. She received her award last night, May 24, during a ceremony at BU with Cardinal Sean O’Malley.

Medeiros Scholars are chosen for their academic achievements, demonstrated leadership skills and contributions to their schools and communities. The scholars were selected by a two-person committee composed of representatives from BU Admissions and the Archdiocese of Boston.

McFarland was the Class of 2017 Valedictorian. During her time at MAHS, she was the secretary of the Student Council, co-founder and committee head of Activists Among Us, and an active member of the Varsity Cheer Team, Yearbook, Ambassador Club, Math Team and Campus Ministry.

She taught fourth grade Religious Education class for two years at St. Agnes Parish. She also volunteered at Cradles to Crayons, Cor Unum, and the Arlington Food Pantry. She completed 221 hours of community service.

Amanda is an AP Scholar with Distinction and has earned Effort Recognition for all 4 Years of high school, the Harvard University Book Award, the Arthur O’Leary Academic Achievement Award and certificates of excellence in AP French, AP Calculus, AP World Literature, AP Physics, 20th Century History, Latin, and Theology.

Amanda will major in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology.

The scholarship is named for Cardinal Medeiros who was born in the Azores and migrated as a child with his family to Fall River, Mass. While serving as Bishop of Brownsville, Texas, his work with migrant workers came to the attention of BU Chancellor and Texas native, John Silber. In 1970, Medeiros was named Archbishop of Boston, then Cardinal, and in 1982, was granted an honorary degree at BU. Shortly after Medeiros’ death in 1983, Silber recommended that the BU Board of Trustees establish a scholarship in Medeiros’ name. Since 1986, the university has expended more than $35 million on scholarships for Archdiocesan students.

Dr. Heim Receives Seven C’s Woman Award

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Dr. Melissa Lewis Heim, former history teacher and a dedicated mentor to fellow teachers, was honored with this year’s Seven C’s Award.

Presented annually at graduation since 2000, the Seven C’s Award is awarded to a member of the community for her outstanding dedication to Mount Alvernia. The award recognizes:

Women of Courage – who have spirit and strength

Women of Confidence – who believe in their own self worth

Women of Character – who have a moral and an ethical core  

Women of Competence – who have the skills to live in any world

Women of Compassion – who are able to feel deeply for and with others

Women of Commitment – who understand the value of making promises and keeping them.  

Women of Community – who work to balance their own needs with the needs of others

Before presenting the award, Ms. Eileen McLaughlin said:

“…she was a department chair who helped me grow not solely by observing me and offering me critical feedback – but more importantly helped me grow by engaging me in conversation about student achievement, the importance of imagination and the river of time – the ways in which history is alive in every current event we encounter.

We thank her for modeling for each of us here at MA what it means to be a Seven C’s Woman. She represents for each of us that in order to become the people we were created to be we must consistently enter in to the work with a sense of faith and mission, commit the time, and imagine the possibilities.”

Sophomore Pitches Perfect Game

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Big Mustang softball news: Grace D. ’19 pitched two no-hitters in the past week. Last night, she pitched a perfect game with 13 strikeouts against Notre Dame of Tyngsborough.

Congratulations, Grace!

Meet the Top 5 of the Class of 2017

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We are proud to share with you the Top 5 members of the Class of 2017!

Congratulations to Valedictorian Amanda M.., Salutatorian Elizabeth C. and Senior Scholars Grace A., Elizabeth D., Katherine F.!

Great job, ladies!

Class of 2017 Accepted to 75 Colleges & Universities Around North America & Ireland

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We are proud to announce the Class of 2017 has been accepted to 75 colleges and universities in the United States, Canada and Ireland.

Thirty-one girls from the Greater Boston area make up the Class of 2017.  They are due to graduate on May 20.

Additionally, they are collectively received $5,609,716.00 in renewed scholarships, merit awards and/or grants, as of April 7, 2017.

Two students received letters of intent to play sports in college, one at Assumption College in Worcester, another at Endicott College in Beverly. Another student received the President’s Scholarship to Regis College.

Congratulations, ladies, on your achievements!

List of Colleges & Universities

  • Assumption College
  • Bentley University
  • Boston College
  • Boston University
  • Bryant University
  • Butler University
  • Colby College
  • College of the Holy Cross
  • Commonwealth Honors College
  • Connecticut College
  • Curry College
  • DePaul University
  • Emmanuel College
  • Endicott College
  • Fairfield University
  • Fisher College
  • Fitchburg State University
  • Framingham State University
  • Howard University
  • Johnson & Wales University, FL,RI,COL NC
  • Lasell College
  • Lesley University
  • Loyola University Maryland
  • Massachusetts Bay Community College
  • Mass College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences
  • McGill University
  • Merrimack College
  • Middlesex Community College
  • Northeastern University
  • Parsons: The New School for Design
  • Penn State University Park
  • Plymouth State University
  • Providence College
  • Quinnipiac University
  • Regis College
  • Roger Williams University
  • Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey
  • Sacred Heart University
  • Saint Anselm College
  • Saint Louis University
  • Saint Michael’s College
  • Salem State University
  • Santa Monica College
  • Siena College
  • Skidmore College
  • Southern New Hampshire University
  • Spelman College
  • Springfield College
  • Stonehill College
  • Suffolk University
  • SUNY, Plattsburgh
  • Syracuse University
  • Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland
  • University of Alabama
  • University of British Columbia
  • University of Colorado, Boulder
  • University of Connecticut
  • University of Maine, Orono
  • University of Massachusetts, Amherst
  • University of Massachusetts, Boston
  • University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth
  • University of Massachusetts, Lowell
  • University of New Hampshire
  • University of North Carolina, Charlotte
  • University of Pittsburgh
  • University of Rhode Island
  • University of Scranton
  • University of South Florida
  • University of Tampa
  • University of Toronto
  • Wentworth Institute of Technology
  • Westfield State University


Learn to Play Softball From the Mustangs

Communications Athletics, News

After the great success of clinics, we are offering a spring softball clinic.

The 2 hour clinic introduces your daughter to this fun sport. Lead by our coaches, our players will go over the details of playing, from the rules to techniques and skills like throwing, catching and hitting.

The clinic is free and open to girls in grades 4-6.

It takes place on Sunday, May 7 from 4:00 – 6:00 p.m. at Mount Alvernia High School, 790 Centre Street in Newton.

If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. Julie Gosselin ’83, Athletic Director. by email or 617-969-2260 x35

Register online today. 

Fore MAHS!

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It is that time of year again!

For 23 years, the MAHS Golf Tournament has brought our community together to not only play a round of golf, but to support our work at 790 Centre Street. Your generosity helps us continue to provide our students with the wonderful opportunities that are an integral part of the Mount Alvernia experience.

Whether you are a current or past parent, alumna or friend of MAHS, we hope you can join us for this wonderful longstanding tradition.

Visit the official Fore Mount Alvernia page for information about the tournament, sponsorship opportunities and register to play.


Please contact: Mrs. Erin Tracy DiGuardia, Director of Advancement & Alumnae Relations by email or by phone: 617-969-2260 x. 27

Senior to Play Ice Hockey for Endicott College

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Congratulations to Maeve M. ’17 upon receiving a letter of intent from Endicott College in Beverly. She will play Division 3 ice hockey for the school.

Maeve is a two season athlete, along with hockey she plays softball.

Celebrating the Season of Lent

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The school community gathered on Wednesday morning to celebrate the beginning of the Lenten season with a liturgy.  I thought about my word choice in that opening sentence – celebrate may seem like a less appropriate verb choice as we enter the Lenten season.  My choice is deliberate though, and echoed by Mount Alvernia’s Campus Minister, Mrs. McCourt, who announced enthusiastically at the end of mass that she “LOVES Lent”.  As Mrs. McCourt continued to speak she expressed exactly what I was feeling about Lent – it’s an opportunity, and we should celebrate opportunities.  Lent provides an opportunity to live a bit more intentionally.

One means of appreciating the season is to intentionally think about the needs of others during Lent.  The Campus Ministry program at Mount Alvernia is sponsoring a Lenten Toiletry Drive to benefit The Second Step.  “The Second Step fosters the safety, stability, and well-being of survivors of domestic violence.  Its residential and community-based programs build on the strengths, needs and values of the individuals and families that it serves.  In partnership with survivors and in collaboration with the community, TSS lays a foundation for a future free from abuse and full of possibility.  TSS also works to address the root causes of domestic violence and end it in our time.”  

From March 1st through April 7th Mount Alvernia High School will be collecting donations to help these women and their children.  In the past, we have collected travel-sized items for distribution at the Pine Street Inn, but this year we are looking for full sized items to provide a helping hand to mothers who are often coming to The Second Step with just the clothes on their backs.   

7th and 8th grade students are asked to donate toothpaste

9th grade students are asked to donate deodorant

10th grade students are asked to donate shampoo

11th grade students are asked to donate conditioner

12th grade students are asked to donate feminine hygiene products

Thank you in advance for supporting this endeavor, but also for reminding your daughters that this opportunity to provide for others in need also gives each of us an opportunity to express our gratitude for all that we have.

Pax et Bonum

Eileen McLaughlin