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Graduates earn more than $1.1 in scholarships

Class of 2018

Class of 2018

South Lancaster Academy celebrated its 135th commencement on Sunday, June 10, 2018, graduating 18 students. These seniors were awarded more than $1,165,000 in scholarships.

Of the 18 seniors, 13 plan to attend Seventh-day Adventist colleges, one is attending New York Institute of Technology, one attending Quinsigamond Community College, one entering the Navy and two are undecided. Eight students are National Honor Society members with five earning highest honors with a cumulative GPA of 3.9-4.0, one with high honors of a cumulative GPA of 3.75-3.89 and one with honors of a cumulative GPA of 3.5-3.75.

Four additional awards were presented. The Prudential Spirit of Community Award was presented to Daniel Hammond andGeovanny Sanchez. The Worcester Telegram Award went to Danielle Malivert. Evan Garrity received the Caring Heart Award. Michaela Hernandez was the first recipient of Melissa Martinez Kidder scholarship.

We were honored to welcome alumnus Melissa Kidder, class of 1982, to present this scholarship. The scholarship was established this year by Lanu Stoddart Williams to honor her friend diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer. The scholarship is awarded to students going to a SDA college to study STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, mathematics). Donations to this scholarship can made in the business office at SLA.

We applaud the accomplishments of each student. We see bright things in their future and look forward to seeing them return to SLA as shining examples of God's love in their lives.

Many alumni attended the graduation ceremonies. We welcome each of these alumni back to SLA at any time.

Many alumni attended the graduation ceremonies. We welcome each of these alumni back to SLA at any time.

Farewell to six staff members

We are having to say good-bye to several staff members at the end of this school year. Each of them has left an indelible mark on South Lancaster Academy committing countless hours of service to our students. Their work here was more than a job as they made it a true mission. We will miss each one. Our prayers go with them on their future endeavors.

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Jeffrey Lambert
Principal
Years at SLA: 11
Moving to Florida

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Jonathan Nino
Religion/Chaplain
Years at SLA: 10
Focusing on mission work

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Jon Nosek
Maintenance/Transportation/Vocational Arts
Years at SLA: 13
Retiring

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Theresa Robidoux
Vice Principal/Registrar
Years at SLA: 13
Transitioning to Assistant Education Superintendent at Southern New England Conference

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Elizabeth Sassone
Teaching Assistant
Years at SLA: 18
Retiring

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Patti Vandenbroek
Business/Technology/Yearbook
Years at SLA: 22
Retiring

8th grade students enjoyed educational trip to Washington D.C.

8th grade students visited the Marine Corps War Memorial inspired by the iconic 1945 photograph of six Marines raising a U.S. flag during the Battle of Iwo Jima in World War II.

8th grade students visited the Marine Corps War Memorial inspired by the iconic 1945 photograph of six Marines raising a U.S. flag during the Battle of Iwo Jima in World War II.

Each year, the 8th grade class at South Lancaster Academy takes a trip to Washington D.C. to visit important historical sites. The following article is one student's impressions.

By Jhoan Ogando

It was Tuesday, May 29th. The day was finally here! I had my suitcase packed and I had my outfit on. My dad drove me to school and everything was ready for the class trip. We prayed and then we went in the bus to start driving before we hit traffic. WE STILL HIT TRAFFIC!

This year, my class got to not only visit Washington D.C., but also New York. We stopped at the 9/11 memorial where the people who died that day are remembered. It was a beautiful place and it was good to pay respects to the people whohave passed away.

After long hours of driving, we stopped at Golden Corral where everybody had a good meal and good time. We went to the Holiday Inn Hotel in Largo, MD. It had free breakfast, a pool and the rooms were big. We had lots of conversations and watched TV. 

We visited many monuments and museums on the trip, including the Smithsonian, the Arlington Cemetery and the Martin Luther King Jr. memorial.

Even though we didn't get rolled ice cream, it was such a great experience. It was like a mini vacation with your closest friends. I thank all the chaperones who came with us and my teacher Mrs. Oliveira, who did her best to make the best class trip we could get.