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Sunday, January 28, 2018
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The excitement level was in high gear on January 25th as Ludlow High School seniors entered the auditorium to be measured for the caps and gowns. This yearly tradition signifies the countdown that will lead them to receiving their all important high school diploma at the UMass Mullins Center in Amherst, on May 31st.  

"This was the first assembly for the class of 2018 to gather and begin to prepare for their upcoming graduation,” explained Nancy Kurty, LHS Assistant Principal.  “As you can imagine they are both excited and nervous about the short timeline they have to accomplish a multitude of tasks such as completing college applications, keeping track of their academics and deciding their futures. It's definitely a mixed bag of emotions for them."

Matthew Goncalves, senior class president, said this day means a lot to him, and his classmates. “We’ve become family, so it’s a big day for all of us- graduation is real, now!  We’ll all be going our separate ways in a few months, but we’ll always be family.”

Although excited about graduating and beginning a new educational journey Goncalves shared, “I know there will be lots of emotions when we get our diplomas.  It will be the end of everything we’ve known for the last four years, but we’re excited and ready to start our new lives.”

Goncalves will be heading to Southern New Hampshire University for criminal justice in the hopes to one day be a police officer in Ludlow.

“I’m excited. It’s been a long time coming,” shared Vanessa Bernardo when asked how it felt to be at this point in her educational journey.

Bernardo explained that she plans on attending a community college to explore her career opportunities before transferring to a four year college. “I’ve been waiting four years for this and I can’t wait to start new. I will miss all of my friends, though, and the bonds we’ve made.”

Student council president, Matthew Lussier, said he had mixed emotions, “I’m extremely excited, a little sad, and it is a bit nerve racking, when I think about graduating.  There are only a few more months left to spend time with the people I’ve grown up with my entire life.  Although heading off to college will be a wonderful experience, sometimes change can be a bit scary.”

“I’ve grown up with such a great group of friends. We’ve experienced some amazing things together - I’m glad we will be together for our graduation,” shared Lussier. “I’m also excited to see what the future will bring to all of us.”

Lussier has received early acceptance to Boston College and is waiting to hear back from other colleges before making his final decision.  He plans on majoring in political science and hopes to then attend law school.

The LHS class of 2018 advisors, Diana Sands, Kerry Valentine and Lindsay Gauthier, all agreed this class has been very enthusiastic and passionate about participating in school spirit events; winning the winter spirit week this year.

“They are also very thoughtful and kind,” added Gauthier. “When designing their senior t-shirt (Worth the Wait- Class of One Eight) they made the decision to add the name of their classmate, Gus [Adamopoulos], who tragically passed away in 2010, when they were 4th graders.”

“In addition to his name, Gus's basketball number - #11 - was added to the sleeve of the  t-shirt as a reminder to  everyone of his love of the game, and his fun, competitive spirit.  A t-shirt was also presented to his family,” added Sands (photo below).

“It’s always bittersweet watching the senior class prepare for their next journey,” shared Tesha Ward, LHS 12th grade guidance counselor.  “I have truly enjoyed working with this class.  The kindness and determination these students have shown, truly makes them stand out from the rest.”


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LHS & BMS student/musicians participate in the Quabbin Valley Junior/Senior Music Educators Association Music Festival January Students of the Month CTEC Walter E. Quigley Jr. Student of the Month Award- January 2018 Brian Walsh Receives 2018 Pioneer Valley Excellence in Teaching Award Boys and Girls Swim Teams End Season UNDEFEATED and LEAGUE CHAMPIONS! WORTH THE WAIT, CLASS OF ONE EIGHT- the Countdown Begins!
CTEC Walter E. Quigley Jr. Student of the Month Award- December 2017 December Students of the Month Arrha Credit Union Recognizes Ludlow High School National Honor Society Portuguese Club Opening their Hearts to Others LHS Student/Athletes Selected All-League in the PVIAC- Fall 2017 CTEC Walter E. Quigley Jr. Student of the Month Award- November 2017 November Students of the Month LHS National Honor Society Raises over $11,500 for the Annual Mayflower Marathon Senior Althletes Attend 2017 MIAA Sportsmanship Summit at Gillette Stadium LHS Senior, Matt Lussier, VFW Voice of Democracy Contest 1st Place Winner October Students of the Month Life Skills Students Keeping the Community Informed John & Abigail Adams Scholarship Recipients LHS students attend Multiband Concert & Band Day Event at UMass Amherst CTEC Walter E. Quigley Jr. Student of the Month Award- October 2017 LHS Football Team Shares their Bench with a Buddy 8th Annual College Fair 2017 Halloween Band Bash- Ghoulishly Fun! National Honor Society Members Participates in Rays of Hope Walk/Run LHS Battle of the Classes Raises over $2,000 in Supplies to Support Hurricane Victims in Puerto Rico improbable PLAYERS Make Real Life Connections to Addiction, Substance Abuse and Long-term Recovery LHS Soccer Team Spreads Awareness of Red Ribbon Week Lighting it up Pink for Breast Cancer Awareness Month CTEC Walter E. Quigley Jr. Student of the Month Award- September 2017 Golf Tournament Raises Money for LHS Scholarships in Memory of 2007 Graduate, Brett Williamson French 4 Honors Students Present Franco-American Connections Best Buddies Carnival = Fun & Friendship Over $1,000 raised for hurricane victims International Foods