Cimmino, Haddad, Eberhardt lead Mount's graduating class

Cimmino, Haddad, Eberhardt lead Mount's graduating class

Above, from left, are Jeffrey Cimmino, Jacob Haddad and Lauren Eberhardt.

WOONSOCKET - Achieving the top grades out of 153 students, Jeffrey Cimmino is the valedictorian, and Jacob Haddad is the salutatorian of the Mount Saint Charles Academy Class of 2015. Ending her time at Mount with the third highest academic record, Lauren Eberhardt has been named mistress of ceremonies for the school's graduation, to be held Sunday, June 7, at 1 p.m. in Brother Adelard Arena.

Vale-dictorian Cimmino, of Wrentham, Mass., is the son of Mindy and Gerald Cimmino. Cimmino is a member of the National Honor Society and has been listed on the Excelsior Honor Roll for four years. He was named a National Merit Scholarship Commended Student and has received numerous awards throughout his academic career including the following: the Stephanie Zaidman Book Award of the R.I. Social Studies Association, the Clarkson University Book Award, the Robert Mondor French Language Scholarship, and the Wildermith Scholarship of the John Whitmer Historical Association. In addition, Cimmino placed third in the annual National History Day competition and was the first place winner in the Holocaust Education and Resource Center of R.I. Art and Writing Contest.

While at Mount, Cimmino also stayed involved in several school activities. He was a member of Mount's campus ministry program, was a tutor for the National Honor Society, and played intramural flag football. He also served as the treasurer of the Civil War roundtable club and participated in Model Legislature where he was president of the Senate during the 2015 season. An accomplished writer, Cimmino was published in the John Whitmer Historical Association Journal for his article A Tragedy of Idealism: Joseph Smith and the "City on a Hill," and was asked to present a condensed version for the association's September 2014 conference. Cimmino is also the editor of two blogs; one that discusses religion and a second that ruminates on American history.

Outside of Mount, Cimmino spent the summer of 2014 at Washington University in Missouri at the St. Louis Summer Scholars Program and was employed at James Breakfast and More in Franklin, Mass. In the fall, he will be attending Georgetown University.

Haddad, of Lincoln, son of Kara and Nicholas Haddad, has been named salutatorian. He is a member of the National Honor Society and has been listed on the Excelsior Honor Roll for four years. A devoted musician, Haddad played piano for the academy's jazz band and was a percussionist in the wind ensemble. He was a member of the Rhode Island Philharmonic Youth Wind Ensemble, Rhode Island All-State Band, and attended the Music Institute at Rhode Island College during the summer of 2014. He also worked as a camp counselor for Mount's Fine Arts Summer Camp.

In addition to his love of the arts, Haddad has been involved in Mount athletics since his freshman year. He was on the track team in grade 9 and played tennis during grades 9-12 where he served as team captain during his junior year. Throughout his career at the academy, Haddad stayed involved in a number of activities and community service initiatives. He was part of Mount's earth crew and student council and traveled to Washington, DC for Project Close Up, which gives students firsthand experience of our nation's democracy. Haddad was also a member of the Boys Scouts of America where he participated in various community service projects throughout high school and achieved the rank of Eagle Scout. During his junior year, Haddad was enrolled in Mount's Christian Action Program which afforded him the opportunity to volunteer at a local elementary school on a weekly basis. While at Mount, Jacob received several awards and honors including the following: the Hugh O'Brien Youth Leadership Scholarship Award, the Prudential Spirit of Community Award, the George Eastman Young Leaders Award, and the Holy Cross Book Award. In addition to his commitments at MSC, for over two years, Jacob was employed by 77 Restaurant and Pub in Woonsocket. In the fall, he will be attending Boston College.

Eberhardt of Franklin, Mass. is the daughter Kelli and Scott Eberhardt. Third in her graduating class, Eberhardt is a member of the National Honor Society and has been listed on the Excelsior Honor Roll for four years.

Eberhardt stayed very active during her time at Mount. From grades 9-12, she was the chairperson of the student activities social committee and a Best Buddies peer mentor for disabled students where she served as treasurer during her senior year. In her junior year, Eberhardt was a Mount Saint Charles peer ministry member and orientation leader and then a retreat leader as a senior. She also worked as an algebra tutor and as a camp counselor during Mount's Fine Arts Summer Camp.

The recipient of several awards, Eberhardt has been honored with the following accolades: the Bausch & Lomb Science Award and Scholarship, the Jeraldine Ferry Memorial Biology Scholarship, the Harvard College Recognition Award, and she took first place in the annual National History Day competition. Throughout her high school years, Eberhardt has been very active in the fine arts. She was a Rhode Island All-State flutist, a member of the Academy's wind ensemble and senior jazz band in addition to playing in the church pit band for school Masses. She participated in six musicals and plays, where she was even cast in a lead role.

Beyond Mount, Eberhardt has engaged in several educational experiences over the last five years. Most recently, she has shadowed at Massachusetts General Hospital in the pediatric clinic and during surgeries, participated in Boston University's summer High School Honors Program where she lived on campus and took credited chemistry and sociology of health care courses, and attended Tufts High School Veterinary summer program. From 2010-2012, she attended the Penn State Berks Forensic Program, Penn State Berks Campus Vet Program, Canine Country Club & Learning Center in Lewisburg, Pa., Tufts Junior High School Veterinary Program, and volunteered for the Baypath Humane Society in Hopkinton, Mass.

In the midst of her educational pursuits, Eberhardt also worked for several veterinarians in Pennsylvania and Ohio observing surgeries, medical procedures, and fulfilling office hours.

This summer, Eberhardt will be working in a pediatric surgeon's laboratory studying alveolarization and lung development. In the fall, she will be attending the University of Pittsburgh Honors College where she will be on track for pre-med with a major in Biology and Psychology and a minor in Spanish.

The Class of 2015 is made up of 153 students including four international students, one set of triplets, and six sets of twins. Most senior awards will be given at Academic Convocation on Friday, June 5, however, the academy's top two honor prizes for seniors, the Excelsior Award and the All-Mountie Award, will be announced during graduation.

In addition to the Class of 2015's commencement exercises on Sunday, members of the Class of 1965 will receive 50th Anniversary Gold Diplomas as the highlight and conclusion of their 50th high school reunion weekend.