At Our Lady Help of Christians Church in Newton, a Mass was celebrated by Bishop Reed, Auxilary Bishop of Boston, to induct the eighth class of Peter Lynch Scholars. Each Catholic elementary school selects their PL Scholars based upon, among other criteria, his or her grades, work ethic, and demonstrated care and concern for others in the school community and beyond. For the 2017-2018 school year, the Catholic Schools Foundation named 192 Peter Lynch Scholars from 51 Catholic elementary schools across the Greater Boston Area. Recipients from Saint John Paul II Catholic Academy were:
Columbia Campus: Marianna Castro, Stefany Contreras, Chlory Lamerique, Jovani Maestre
Lower Mills Campus: Jason Beauvais, Lawrence Gustama, Jadlie Lamartiniere, Daniela Lopez, Jamae Richards
Mattapan Campus: Falone Bertrand, Michael Brice, Sariah George, Karl Jean-Baptiste, Schaynalgee Souffrant
Neponset Campus: Aaron Collier, Saidah DaSilva, Elizabeth DeLorenzo, Angie Edouard, Anthony Martindale
Bishop Reed was accompanied by Michael B. Reardon, Executive Director of the Catholic Schools Foundation and Kathy Mears, Superintendent for Catholic Schools in the Archdiocese of Boston. "It is because of Peter Lynch's dedication and commitment to Catholic education that these scholarships are possible. He, along with the rest of the Catholic Schools Foundation, believes in you and your potential to succeed," Mike Reardon said while addressing the Peter Lynch Scholars inductees of 2017.
Mr. Lynch, known for his successful career as a money manager at Fidelity Investments, is a longtime supporter of Boston’s Catholic Schools and serves as chairman emeritus for the Catholic Schools Foundation. In his honor, The Peter Lynch Scholars Program was established in 2010 to honor Mr. Lynch’s involvement with the Catholic Schools Foundation and the Inner-City Scholarship Fund.