Middlesex Charter grads ‘overcame obstacles’

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LOWELL — Lowell Middlesex Academy Charter School’s Class of 2016 received diplomas in a ceremony on Thursday at the Merrimack Repertory Theatre.

Number of graduates: 19

Speaker highlights: “These memories we keep with us will definitely help us in the years to come. And no matter what, we’re going to have this time — and this exciting and terrifying day — to remember it by.”

— Kevin Brown, one of two students to receive the Mathew Boule Ethical Value Award

“We overcame obstacles in our lives, and this is what winning feels like. This is not the end, it’s the beginning to the real world.”

— Natalee Ortiz, student reminiscing on the memories at Lowell Middlesex Academy

“You courageously and quietly did what needed to be done, and have been quite successful at overcoming adversity.”

— Anne Monoxleos, assistant director at the school. She was speaking about Kevin Brown and Alexys Cote, who received the Mathew Boule Ethical Value Award

“Without your (faculty and staff) hard work and dedication, they (students) wouldn’t be here today.

We really appreciate all you (faculty and staff) do.”

— Middlesex Community College President James Mabry, a member of the school’s Board of Trustees

“You are extremely creative, you have proven interests and passions for the arts, science and engineering, the health professions, and as a group you have pursued those interests.

“You have been painting, exploring, studying, building, experimenting all of those interests. That will be the legacy of the Class of 2016, and we’re happy to be part of your life.”

— Margaret McDevitt, executive director of the school