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Caitlin Lee

Vincenzo DeRosa '14, Recipient of the 2022 Alumni Recognition Award

   

This is the 11th year of the Boston Trinity Academy Alumni Recognition Award.  It is given in recognition that a Boston Trinity Academy education prepares students for leadership and service in college and beyond.  We are delighted and proud to honor Vinny DeRosa with this year’s Boston Trinity Academy Alumni Recognition Award.

Vincenzo “Vinny” DeRosa '14 leads a life of faith, integrity, and service, and by his own account, his Boston Trinity Academy education prepared him to become a servant-leader. Since graduating from BTA in 2014, Vinny attended Saint John's University in Queens, NY, majoring in History with a dual minor in Theology and Philosophy. He was a member of the President's Society at St. John’s and also enrolled in the ROTC program.  He was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant one day before graduating.

After graduation, he went on to the Infantry Officer Basic Leadership Course at Ft, Benning, GA where he learned the fundamentals of being an Infantry Officer.  He then went on to Ranger School. In addition to becoming a US Army Ranger, he has earned his Air Assault Wings, Airborne Wings, Pathfinder Badge, and has graduated the Infantry Mortar Leader Course. He is currently completing his time as a Rifle Platoon Leader while also serving as the Training Officer for his Battalion. Vinny helped stand up a 1,000 soldier task force that assisted 70 hospitals, 66 nursing homes,12 EMS facilities throughout the commonwealth from late December through early April, as his battalion helped medical facilities with critical staffing shortages due to COVID.

He recently married his beautiful wife, Elizabeth, and they live in West Roxbury. They are active at Saint Mary of the Assumption Church in Dedham where he is involved in a ministry at church called i-thirst, which helps provide clean water to a vulnerable village in Nigeria.

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The Class of 2023 rose to the challenge last Wednesday in BTA's annual Junior Chapel. The juniors presided over the entire service, from the Call to Worship to the closing prayer.

Olivya Charles, Ehi Idemudia, and Taylor Tucker explained the meaning of the Advent Wreath: four candles, each representing a different aspect of the Christmas story and of the Christian life. The first candle is the Prophets candle, representing hope; the second, the Bethlehem candle, representing faith; third, the Shepherds candle, representing joy; and fourth, the Angels candle, representing peace. The girls encouraged Chapel attendees to strive to exhibit these values.

The Class of 2023 rose to the challenge last Wednesday in BTA's annual Junior Chapel. The juniors presided over the entire service, from the Call to Worship to the closing prayer.

Olivya Charles, Ehi Idemudia, and Taylor Tucker explained the meaning of the Advent Wreath: four candles, each representing a different aspect of the Christmas story and of the Christian life. The first candle is the Prophets candle, representing hope; the second, the Bethlehem candle, representing faith; third, the Shepherds candle, representing joy; and fourth, the Angels candle, representing peace. The girls encouraged Chapel attendees to strive to exhibit these values.

 I will lead blind Israel down a new path, guiding them along an unfamiliar way. I will brighten the darkness before them and smooth out the road ahead of them. Yes, I will indeed do these things; I will not forsake them. –Isaiah 42:16

Andrew Beck spoke on Isaiah 42:16, beginning by saying that God is both a promise maker and a promise keeper. The promise made in Genesis 3:15 is the first of many that revealed the Messiah, Andrew said. "These promises are important because they filled the Israelites with hope," Andrew stated. "Isaiah was an Old Testament prophet preaching to a nation that had turned its back on God; he was trying to get them to return [to God]," he continued. "The people were spiritually blind, unable to see the path ahead of them." Andrew explained that this can be symbolic of the "path" students are on at BTA. "It's easy to be focused only on an assignment," he said.

"God promises to lead us where we cannot see," Andrew said as he concluded his part of the service. "God will illuminate our path through Christ, and Christ will illuminate the way to God and lead us to Him. We must have hope in God's promises."

Jesus spoke to the people once more and said, "I am the light of the world. If you follow me, you won't have to walk in darkness, because you will have the light that leads to life." –John 8:12

Chloe Verrengia then spoke on John 8:12, reminding us that we frequently hear about "dark times." She said there is darkness in the stress of the need to be successful. "Exam week is full of stress," she affirmed. "Jesus said, 'I am the light of the world.' Think about the times you have 'walked in darkness.' Even when you are overwhelmed by circumstances, Jesus is walking beside you – always. We only need to look for Him. 'Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness.' During exams, take a deep breath and remember that Jesus is by your side. He will never leave you alone," she encouraged.

Lastly, Maeve Dujardin shared the meaning of the shape and colors of the candy cane, after which Serhii Nikulin prayed a beautiful benediction in Russian.

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Don't worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God's peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus. And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise. –Philippians 4:6-8

Chapel attendees had to listen fast when Mrs. Alice Drew, Visual Arts Faculty, spoke about recognizing God in 'your story.' "Everyone has a story," Mrs. Drew said. "This is how I've seen God working in my story." When Mrs. Drew was in college, she told God she wanted three things: to be an art professor (specifically teaching ceramics), a company to make her own dinnerware line, and her work to be represented in a gallery. She had her life all planned out, she said, with the idea she would remain single and live in London. However, she met someone special and got married but never made it to London.

Don't worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God's peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus. And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise. –Philippians 4:6-8

Chapel attendees had to listen fast when Mrs. Alice Drew, Visual Arts Faculty, spoke about recognizing God in 'your story.' "Everyone has a story," Mrs. Drew said. "This is how I've seen God working in my story." When Mrs. Drew was in college, she told God she wanted three things: to be an art professor (specifically teaching ceramics), a company to make her own dinnerware line, and her work to be represented in a gallery. She had her life all planned out, she said, with the idea she would remain single and live in London. However, she met someone special and got married but never made it to London.

Mrs. Drew was working at her dream job in Rochester, New York, when her husband took a job in Boston. This was not part of 'her plan.' It was a big step of faith, she said, and she had to continually recall Philippians 4:6, Don't be anxious. "You have to let God be a part of your story," she told her audience. "Invite Him into it."

After the move to Boston, Mrs. Drew got a gallery on Newbury Street. In 2011, she submitted work for and attended an art show in Philadelphia. While there, she was approached by a vice president of the Lenox company who asked her if she was interested in doing a dinnerware line!

In the midst of all the "dreams come true," the Drews had a little girl who was born with a heart defect. Mrs. Drew hung on to Joshua 1:9, Be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go. "I couldn't get lost in the 'What ifs'," Mrs. Drew said. At the same time her dinnerware line was coming out at Macys, her two-month-old daughter was having heart surgery. She heard a gentle whisper from God: "This [all your dreams and plans] isn't as important as you thought it was."

Matthew 6:33 says " 'Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and He will give you everything you need.' God will give you what you need," Mrs. Drew emphasized as she closed. "Don't seek the world's idea of righteousness. Seek His. It's not about what you do. Whatever you're doing, keep God in the front of your mind. Invite Him in. He will show you where to be."

 

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Moriah Garcia Nelson

Baby Garcia Nelson

Carlos and I welcomed this little chick into the Garcia Nelson family on Easter Sunday! - Spring 2020

Faith Hinz

Faith HInz's new baby Teddy

Our son Teddy Hinz was born on February 6th! - Spring 2020.

 

Class of 2007

Leighanne Sturgis Dunlop

Leighanne got married

I got married twice in 2020 (to the same person!). We had our legal wedding in Mexico because it was the only country that allowed both US and UK citizens (my husband is from Scotland). With our marriage license we were able to apply for my visa to live and work in the UK. After our church wedding in November we received news that my visa was granted and I finally joined my husband in Scotland after 2 years of long distance (with 4 months of that as a married couple). So now I live and work in Glasgow Scotland with my husband Peter! - Spring 2021

Joqui Girón-Meléndez

My husband continues on his med school journey. We find ourselves in Chicago and we'll be here for two years! I'm now 36 weeks pregnant and expecting to deliver December 12th of this year. I'm still teaching Spanish, but my classroom and school environment is very different. I now work for The Stony Brook School, specifically their online extension school called Gravitas. During quarantine I found out that I actually enjoy teaching online. I miss the busyness of a school environment, but our new puppy Tobin keeps me busy! It's been a busy transition, yet God's provision is evident everyday. I'm thankful for my new midwife, my doula, and the birthing center I found. I'm thankful for friends from various stages of life visiting us in Chicago, and I'm thankful for our neighbors. I'm thankful for our friends around the country, supporting us in this season of "waiting"(similar to advent) for our first-born daughter. Here's a picture of our 3-month old puppy! - Fall 2021

 

Class of 2008

Halier Martinez

Halier at Mayan pyramid in Cancun

Seeing how 2020 had the world on hold, not much has changed in terms of my goals and career. Once school starts up for in-class session, I will start my pursuit to becoming a firefighter. Currently, the Arizona heat has kicked, in giving us week-long temperatures of 110+. So, work and an air-conditioned household have been my saving grace. The children are growing and developing as the days go on. Daniel (7) has been learning a vast amount of school subjects and general knowledge. Damian (4) is becoming more verbal and environmentally inept. Their mother and I learned the hard way how difficult it is to be a teacher without being biased towards them and figuring out what's their best path of learning.

At work I have not had any real shocking experiences with COVID-19 cases, our state and hospital have had low amounts of cases coming through, and for that I am grateful because my family has less exposure.

The next subject I can relate to is travel. Last year, we traveled to Dominican Republic, Cancun, and Mexico City. Once this pandemic clears up, we plan to travel to Japan, Singapore, and France for our next trips. - Spring 2020.

Jay Taylor

Jay with baby

John Stanley Taylor was born January 19. The whole family is doing great, settling in. We are staying safe and enjoying life. I transferred to a new duty station right as all this started, and long story short, I can't actually start that job until after I have what is normally deemed an elective surgery. So, I have just been at home with Bethany and baby for four wonderful months now. - Spring 2020.

 

Class of 2009

Ashley Costa Hayward

James Ashley and baby Theo

My husband, James and I just celebrated the birth of our first son! Theo Jackson Hayward was born on June 13, 2021 at 10:46 p.m and weighed 7 lbs and 6 oz. He was born at Winchester Hospital and we're so over the moon and so in love. We're incredibly grateful that he came out healthy and is so happy. Glory to God! - Summer 2021

 

Class of 2010

Ian Mulholland

Ian spent three years living in Delhi while working for the Self-Employed Women's Association, the world's largest trade union of informal sector workers. Ian supported the growth of SEWA's producer companies across India while also building and leading digital initiatives within the organization. Ian returned to Boston in 2018 to work at MIT Solve -- an initiative to help tech based entrepreneurs in underserved parts of the world grow through MIT's expertise and resources -- he manages the tech and data infrastructure at the organization. - Fall 2020

 

Class of 2011

Paul Park

After I graduated Purdue, I moved back to Boston to work at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, where I focused on developing small molecule inhibitors for various types of cancer. Then, in fall 2019, I started my PhD in BBS program at Harvard to study and learn more about potential ways to develop novel cancer therapies. I hope that my research will translate into helping patients in the future! - Spring 2020

Kadeem Thompson

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Kadeem Basketball

I graduated from Saint Mary's University in 2017 with a BA in Psychology. I went on to play semi-pro basketball in England, UK. I also coached the U17 and U18 basketball teams. I decided to take a year off to build my foundation off the court. (I started thinking long-term and bigger picture!) I came back to Toronto where I am from. Within a year, I was able to build the company Ballerism Activewear and am CEO/Founder. Check it out here.  Ballerism is an active wear clothing line that specializes in sport themed retail items, and custom team uniforms for all athletics. The brand was created for more than just the ballers. It represents the doers of our society, the sharp minds who execute, the resilient attitudes that persevere, and the focused personalities that make up the winners. - Winter 2021

 

Class of 2012

Rachel Fiolek

Rachel Engagement Photo

I'm an Associate at Brown Brothers Harriman, and am currently working as a business analyst in their Relationship Management department. My team supports the RM's by providing them with the tools and technologies they need to service their clients. 

In my free time I like to train for triathlons. Lobsterman in Maine has been my favorite. It's a rural and hilly but beautiful course. I travelled to the Holy Land and Turkey right before lockdowns started and hope to achieve my goal of 30 countries by age 30. I still have 10 to go so we'll see!

I'm getting married this October - Spring 2021

Yaritza Gomez

Yaritza DVM

I am working now at Fresh Pond Animal Hospital in Belmont, MA. I primarily work with small animals but sometimes get wildlife critters! I love my job! - Spring 2021

Izzi McPherson

Izzi and Craig Wedding

This past summer, I married my best friend, Craig. We are now expecting a baby girl in March, so I am taking some time away from work to tend the house and raise our child. My husband teaches and coaches for a private Christian school in Hackensack New Jersey. Moving to New Jersey, settling in a new town and preparing for a baby has been an exciting adventure! - Fall 2020

 

Class of 2013

Matt Benjamin

Matt and Fiance

I am currently working at Progressive Insurance. I'm engaged and planning a wedding for November 2021.

 

Emilie Hodge Osman

Emilie and daughter

Siwar and I are still serving among the Syrian refugee community in Turkey and we are expecting a baby boy in October! - Spring 2021.

Molly Richmond

Molly and Nate

I just finished my 2nd year at Harvard Law School and have held several different internships throughout law school - with a federal judge, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office, and with an international law firm. This August I'll be marrying my fiancé Nate Otey! Shortly after that, we plan to move to the UK for a year for a joint degree program I am pursuing. - Spring 2021

 

Class of 2014

Joanna Balla-Elliott

Dylan and I are moving to Chicago this August for him to begin his PhD in Economics at University of Chicago. I'll be teaching 5th grade at a small, faith-based IB school in the city - Spring 2021

Derrick Du

Derrick and Bride

 

Derrick got married in the Fall of 2020!

Sam Melton

Sam at Disney

Got married on October 16, 2020!

Toni Oloko

Toni and Dr. Mike Milway (BTA Faculty) participated in an informal virtual fireside chat on Zoom to discuss how a great education can be leveraged to disrupt the world of dentistry for good. Toni is the co-founder of Dandy, the fastest growing dental tech startup in the United States. To date, Dandy has raised over $60M.

Amanda Perkins Ward

Amanda's wedding photo

On May 21, 2021, I married my college sweetheart Ryan Ward! It was the most lovely Boston wedding, and we are so thankful that the pandemic had declined enough to make it feel like a truly carefree celebration. Ryan and I met through the Bowdoin Christian Fellowship. We now live in East Boston and are (mostly) working from home this summer. Ryan is studying for the Bar Exam full time after graduating from Northeastern Law School, and I am on and off Martha's Vineyard running summer programs for high school and middle school students through my ministry organization, FOCUS. - Spring 2021

Zachary Ravichandran

Zac Ravichandran Portrait Photo

This is the tenth year of the Boston Trinity Academy Alumni Recognition Award, and it is given in recognition that a Boston Trinity Academy education prepares students for leadership and service in college and beyond.

Zachary Ravichandran leads a life of faith, integrity, and service and by his own account, his Boston Trinity Academy education prepared him to become a servant-leader. After graduating BTA in 2014, he attended Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and during summers, he worked as an intern software engineer for BAE Systems, MITRE Corporation, and Trip Advisor.

He graduated RPI Summa Cum Laude in 2018 with a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering and received the Wynant-James William Prize, awarded for outstanding scholarship.

Currently, Zac serves as a Computer Vision Engineer at MIT's Lincoln Labs developing computer vision algorithms that relate to object detention, semantic segmentation, image segmentation, and 3D mapping of autonomy systems.

He also serves as a Boston Fellow because of his love of and service to others based on the redemptive love of Jesus. One of his nominators commented, "Although a quiet leader and one not to boast of his accomplishments, Zachary Ravichandran takes every task seriously stewarding his energy and resources to promote God's justice."

We are delighted and proud to honor Zac Ravichandran with the 2021 Boston Trinity Academy Alumni Recognition Award.

 

Class of 2015

Dylan Balla-Elliott

Dylan and Joanna are moving to Chicago this August where Dylan will begin his PhD in Economics at University of Chicago.  - Spring 2021

Victoria Hansbury

I graduated this spring from Southern Adventist University with a B.S. in Biomedical Biology and minor in Chemistry. I will be attending Columbia University's College of Dental Medicine in the fall as the next step in pursuing my dream of becoming a dentist. - Spring 2020.

Michael Picard

I stayed an extra semester at UConn because I needed more time to finish my second major in Philosophy, but I have now graduated. Technically, I graduated 2020 with a BS in Molecular Cell Biology and Philosophy. All is going well, currently I am applying for medical schools and am in the middle of the application process. I plan on working as a medical scribe this summer in Boston and then hopefully attending a medical school in the Fall of 2021. - Spring 2020.

Angelina Singer

Angelina at her book table

Angelina Singer published her sixth novel this past summer (part two of The Rewind Duology - a time-travel coming-of-age concept inspired by her passion for spreading awareness about chronic childhood bullying). After a massive success at Rhode Island ComicCon and speaking on two different author panels about world building and diversity, Angelina will be donating a portion of the proceeds from The Rewind Duology to KIND Campaign - a national non-profit organization that aims to prevent bullying by going into schools and teaching students better ways to interact with one another. She is also a board member of the Rhode Island Authors Association, where she is overseeing their up-and-coming Young Adult initiative while coordinating volunteers for their yearly author expo.

In addition to her work as an author, Angelina is a content editor for both Grove Collaborative (an e-commerce site specializing in organic goods) as well as Dash of Social (a Boston-based marketing agency). Also a paid blogger and editor, she helps clients achieve their literary dreams through written words, as seen on her website here: angelinasinger.com. Additionally, Angelina has a passion for helping younger writers find their way by mentoring high school students interested in pursuing a similar career. This passion for helping others also translates to the musical realm, where she is training to teach guitar to younger music students while supporting them the way music supported her from a very young age. - Fall 2021

 

Class of 2016

Pelumi Aderogba

I originally graduated a semester early (Dec 2019) but wanted to walk with the rest of my class (May 2020). I essentially graduated with Barney Honors from the Barney School of Business at the University of Hartford. For my senior year, I was president of African Student Union on campus and previously Vice President of ASU for 2 Years. I've recently joined Hillyer College, University of Hartford's Board of Visitors. As I finished school, I got an offer at Optum Ventures, a venture capital firm in Boston. - Spring 2020.

Grace Buckner

I just graduated from UMass Amherst with a B.S. in Public Health in May. While working on my degree, I had the opportunity to do research on the use of big data to tackle the opioid epidemic. I also interned with SNAP Education doing nutrition education in Lawrence, Lynn and Lowell last summer. My interest in organizational development and health policy has led me to pursue an accelerated, one-year, Masters in Public Policy, also at UMass Amherst. Pro-tip for current BTA students: state schools give you so much college credit for AP's. Work hard now, thank Mr. Belk later. Fun fact: I forgot to purchase my UMass graduation gear before COVID, so my trusty forest green BTA cap and gown came out of the closet for the at-home virtual graduation. - Spring 2020.

Janique Jean

Janique Graduates

I recently graduated in May 2020 from Salem State University with a major in Healthcare. During my time at Salem State a few things I did was become a Resident Assistant, president of my majors organization, and a student manager at my on campus job.

I will be completing my masters degree in Higher Education this fall 2020 at Salem State with an assistantship at Babson College in their Student Engagement office and a second assistantship at the STEP (Student Transition and Engagement Program) office. My assistantships come with free tuition and a free apartment! - Spring 2020

 

Class of 2017

Sam Belk

Sam Belk at Front Desk

Sam Belk is spending the school year working at BTA. - Fall 2020

Click here to read an interview with Sam about his experience.

 

Class of 2018

Jonathan Hodge

I am currently in my third year of undergrad, pursuing a bachelor's in nursing at UMass Boston. I am working in the VA hospital and have met some really interesting people during my time there. I moved to Quincy, MA this year as part of a new church plant in the city and am spending most of my time outside of school helping out with the church ministry here. I was playing on the UMass Boston baseball team last year but our season has been postponed indefinitely due to COVID-19. - Fall 2020

Ian Weston

Ian at Marathon Finish Line

In May, Ian ran the Providence Marathon with two ROTC friends. Recently, he won the following three ROTC awards and was appointed the Bay State Battalion Cadet Commander at WPI. - Spring 2021

The Association of the United States Army Medal
Given to a military science junior cadet ranking in the top 10% in ROTC grades, top 25% in academic grades, and who has demonstrated leadership to advance the standing of military science at the institution.

Veterans of Foreign Affairs Award
Presented in recognition of his outstanding performance, active participation in the ROTC program, and demonstration of character contributing to leadership. To be eligible, the cadet must be in good standing academically and militarily, must have outstanding achievement in community service and/or the cadet program. High moral character, exceptional professionalism in appearance and actions, outstanding military bearing. Potential and willingness to assume higher levels of responsibility and be involved in patriotic programs.

Lexington-Concord Chapter Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association Scholarship Award
Recognizes a junior or senior cadet majoring in a scientific or technical field and who demonstrates outstanding officer potential.

 

Class of 2019

Evan Weston

What a year it has been! For me, I spent my sophomore year at Suffolk University learning from home. Definitely not what I anticipated but looking back I was actually able to accomplish a lot, amidst a pandemic. This year I pushed myself to stay involved in my college community even though I was not on campus. I re-ran for a Senator seat for the Class of 2023 in the Student Government Association and was elected! I became the Class of 2023 representative for the Finance Committee where I was also voted in as Secretary. The Finance Committee handles the activities fee portion of student tuition which allows clubs and organizations to have a budget. I had the ability to have a say in how that money was used and vote yes or no on requests from groups. After being on the committee for almost a year, I decided to run as Treasurer of the Student Government Association in March and won. I am excited to serve the student body on SGA E-board and for all the things I will be able to accomplish through that. 

Aside from my involvement in SGA, I am an active member in my chapter of Theta Phi Alpha sorority. I served as sisterhood chair spring semester and was able to host online sisterhood events since we were not able to meet in person. There's quite a bit you can do over Zoom! It doesn't stop there.....In the spring I ran for Recruitment Chair and Social Chair of my sorority. I will be in charge of running the entire weeklong recruitment process and every detail that comes along for this huge event in September. As Social Chair I will be planning events with other greek organizations on campus, as well as, other colleges in Boston. Lastly, I was voted in as the Junior representative for our Standards Board which handles the sorority's conflicts and other private matters. 

I am so grateful for these opportunities and all the lessons I have and will learn from these positions. My love for leadership started at BTA and it hasn't stopped. - Spring 2021

 

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Moriah Garcia Nelson

Baby Garcia Nelson

Carlos and I welcomed this little chick into the Garcia Nelson family on Easter Sunday! - Spring 2020

Faith Hinz

Faith HInz's new baby Teddy

Our son Teddy Hinz was born on February 6th! - Spring 2020.

 

Class of 2007

Leighanne Sturgis Dunlop

Leighanne got married

I got married twice in 2020 (to the same person!). We had our legal wedding in Mexico because it was the only country that allowed both US and UK citizens (my husband is from Scotland). With our marriage license we were able to apply for my visa to live and work in the UK. After our church wedding in November we received news that my visa was granted and I finally joined my husband in Scotland after 2 years of long distance (with 4 months of that as a married couple). So now I live and work in Glasgow Scotland with my husband Peter! - Spring 2021

Joqui Girón-Meléndez

Tobin puppy

My husband continues on his med school journey. We find ourselves in Chicago and we'll be here for two years! I'm now 36 weeks pregnant and expecting to deliver December 12th of this year. I'm still teaching Spanish, but my classroom and school environment is very different. I now work for The Stony Brook School, specifically their online extension school called Gravitas. During quarantine I found out that I actually enjoy teaching online. I miss the busyness of a school environment, but our new puppy Tobin keeps me busy! It's been a busy transition, yet God's provision is evident everyday. I'm thankful for my new midwife, my doula, and the birthing center I found. I'm thankful for friends from various stages of life visiting us in Chicago, and I'm thankful for our neighbors. I'm thankful for our friends around the country, supporting us in this season of "waiting"(similar to advent) for our first-born daughter. Here's a picture of our 3-month old puppy! - Fall 2021

Deb Griffith

Deb G

After a decade working in public schools as a teacher, curriculum writer, and director of literacy, I'm back to school myself for a masters in social work at UC Berkeley! - Fall 2021

 

Class of 2008

Halier Martinez

Halier at Mayan pyramid in Cancun

Seeing how 2020 had the world on hold, not much has changed in terms of my goals and career. Once school starts up for in-class session, I will start my pursuit to becoming a firefighter. Currently, the Arizona heat has kicked, in giving us week-long temperatures of 110+. So, work and an air-conditioned household have been my saving grace. The children are growing and developing as the days go on. Daniel (7) has been learning a vast amount of school subjects and general knowledge. Damian (4) is becoming more verbal and environmentally inept. Their mother and I learned the hard way how difficult it is to be a teacher without being biased towards them and figuring out what's their best path of learning.

At work I have not had any real shocking experiences with COVID-19 cases, our state and hospital have had low amounts of cases coming through, and for that I am grateful because my family has less exposure.

The next subject I can relate to is travel. Last year, we traveled to Dominican Republic, Cancun, and Mexico City. Once this pandemic clears up, we plan to travel to Japan, Singapore, and France for our next trips. - Spring 2020.

Jay Taylor

Jay with baby

John Stanley Taylor was born January 19. The whole family is doing great, settling in. We are staying safe and enjoying life. I transferred to a new duty station right as all this started, and long story short, I can't actually start that job until after I have what is normally deemed an elective surgery. So, I have just been at home with Bethany and baby for four wonderful months now. - Spring 2020.

 

Class of 2009

Ashley Costa Hayward

James Ashley and baby Theo

My husband, James and I just celebrated the birth of our first son! Theo Jackson Hayward was born on June 13, 2021 at 10:46 p.m and weighed 7 lbs and 6 oz. He was born at Winchester Hospital and we're so over the moon and so in love. We're incredibly grateful that he came out healthy and is so happy. Glory to God! - Summer 2021

 

Class of 2010

Ian Mulholland

Ian spent three years living in Delhi while working for the Self-Employed Women's Association, the world's largest trade union of informal sector workers. Ian supported the growth of SEWA's producer companies across India while also building and leading digital initiatives within the organization. Ian returned to Boston in 2018 to work at MIT Solve -- an initiative to help tech based entrepreneurs in underserved parts of the world grow through MIT's expertise and resources -- he manages the tech and data infrastructure at the organization. - Fall 2020

 

Class of 2011

Paul Park

After I graduated Purdue, I moved back to Boston to work at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, where I focused on developing small molecule inhibitors for various types of cancer. Then, in fall 2019, I started my PhD in BBS program at Harvard to study and learn more about potential ways to develop novel cancer therapies. I hope that my research will translate into helping patients in the future! - Spring 2020

Kadeem Thompson

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Kadeem Basketball

I graduated from Saint Mary's University in 2017 with a BA in Psychology. I went on to play semi-pro basketball in England, UK. I also coached the U17 and U18 basketball teams. I decided to take a year off to build my foundation off the court. (I started thinking long-term and bigger picture!) I came back to Toronto where I am from. Within a year, I was able to build the company Ballerism Activewear and am CEO/Founder. Check it out here.  Ballerism is an active wear clothing line that specializes in sport themed retail items, and custom team uniforms for all athletics. The brand was created for more than just the ballers. It represents the doers of our society, the sharp minds who execute, the resilient attitudes that persevere, and the focused personalities that make up the winners. - Winter 2021

Christian Wolfe & Lily Montagna

Christian and Lily Wedding

We got married in September 2021!

 

Class of 2012

Rachel Fiolek

Rachel Engagement Photo

I'm an Associate at Brown Brothers Harriman, and am currently working as a business analyst in their Relationship Management department. My team supports the RM's by providing them with the tools and technologies they need to service their clients. 

In my free time I like to train for triathlons. Lobsterman in Maine has been my favorite. It's a rural and hilly but beautiful course. I travelled to the Holy Land and Turkey right before lockdowns started and hope to achieve my goal of 30 countries by age 30. I still have 10 to go so we'll see!

I'm getting married this October - Spring 2021

Yaritza Gomez

Yaritza DVM

I am working now at Fresh Pond Animal Hospital in Belmont, MA. I primarily work with small animals but sometimes get wildlife critters! I love my job! - Spring 2021

Izzi McPherson

Izzi and Craig Wedding

This past summer, I married my best friend, Craig. We are now expecting a baby girl in March, so I am taking some time away from work to tend the house and raise our child. My husband teaches and coaches for a private Christian school in Hackensack New Jersey. Moving to New Jersey, settling in a new town and preparing for a baby has been an exciting adventure! - Fall 2020

Melissa Perez

Melissa and husband

Melissa and bridesmaids

I married Kris Longoria on August 14th, 2021. Some of my BTA friends were my bridesmaids (along with my 2 sisters): Joanna Mawhinney, Jenay Israel, Aliyah Harris, Parand Jalili, and Julia Mel (left to right). - Fall 2021

Class of 2013

Matt Benjamin

Matt B Wedding

Just got married November 6 and my now wife and I just bought our first house. - Fall 2021

Emilie Hodge Osman

Emilie son

Siwar and I are still serving among the Syrian refugee community in Turkey. In September we welcomed Ayaz Joshua into our family! - Fall 2021

Molly Richmond Otey

Molly and Nate

I got married to Nate Otey in August and we are in Cambridge, England while I complete a Masters in Law at the University of Cambridge! - Fall 2021

 

Class of 2014

Joanna Balla-Elliott

Dylan and I are moving to Chicago this August for him to begin his PhD in Economics at University of Chicago. I'll be teaching 5th grade at a small, faith-based IB school in the city - Spring 2021

Derrick Du

Derrick and Bride

Derrick got married in the Fall of 2020!

Sam Melton

Sam at Disney

Got married on October 16, 2020!

Toni Oloko

Toni and Dr. Mike Milway (BTA Faculty) participated in an informal virtual fireside chat on Zoom to discuss how a great education can be leveraged to disrupt the world of dentistry for good. Toni is the co-founder of Dandy, the fastest growing dental tech startup in the United States. To date, Dandy has raised over $60M.

Amanda Perkins Ward

Amanda's wedding photo

On May 21, 2021, I married my college sweetheart Ryan Ward! It was the most lovely Boston wedding, and we are so thankful that the pandemic had declined enough to make it feel like a truly carefree celebration. Ryan and I met through the Bowdoin Christian Fellowship. We now live in East Boston and are (mostly) working from home this summer. Ryan is studying for the Bar Exam full time after graduating from Northeastern Law School, and I am on and off Martha's Vineyard running summer programs for high school and middle school students through my ministry organization, FOCUS. - Spring 2021

Zachary Ravichandran

Zac Ravichandran Portrait Photo

This is the tenth year of the Boston Trinity Academy Alumni Recognition Award, and it is given in recognition that a Boston Trinity Academy education prepares students for leadership and service in college and beyond.

Zachary Ravichandran leads a life of faith, integrity, and service and by his own account, his Boston Trinity Academy education prepared him to become a servant-leader. After graduating BTA in 2014, he attended Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and during summers, he worked as an intern software engineer for BAE Systems, MITRE Corporation, and Trip Advisor.

Zac graduated from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 2018 with a B.S. in Electrical Engineering and a minor in Computer Science. He now works at MIT Lincoln Laboratory, where he focuses on robotics and computer vision.

He also serves as a Boston Fellow because of his love of and service to others based on the redemptive love of Jesus. One of his nominators commented, “Although a quiet leader and one not to boast of his accomplishments, Zachary Ravichandran takes every task seriously stewarding his energy and resources to promote God’s justice.”

We are delighted and proud to honor Zac Ravichandran with this year’s Boston Trinity Academy Alumni Recognition Award.

 

Class of 2015

Dylan Balla-Elliott

Dylan and Joanna are moving to Chicago this August where Dylan will begin his PhD in Economics at University of Chicago.  - Spring 2021

Ciarán Crawley

Ciaran wedding

I graduated with a BFA in Communications Design from the Massachusetts College of Art and Design this Spring, a little later than expected because of a transfer and taking time off to work full-time as a designer at a video production studio.

I am currently working as a Visual Designer at Mendix, a software startup in the Boston area. I also got married in June! I'm currently volunteering as a designer with West Roxbury Main Streets and do pro bono design work for local non-profits. - Fall 2021

Victoria Hansbury

I graduated this spring from Southern Adventist University with a B.S. in Biomedical Biology and minor in Chemistry. I will be attending Columbia University's College of Dental Medicine in the fall as the next step in pursuing my dream of becoming a dentist. - Spring 2020.

Michael Picard

I stayed an extra semester at UConn because I needed more time to finish my second major in Philosophy, but I have now graduated. Technically, I graduated 2020 with a BS in Molecular Cell Biology and Philosophy. All is going well, currently I am applying for medical schools and am in the middle of the application process. I plan on working as a medical scribe this summer in Boston and then hopefully attending a medical school in the Fall of 2021. - Spring 2020.

Angelina Singer

Angelina at her book table

Angelina Singer published her sixth novel this past summer (part two of The Rewind Duology - a time-travel coming-of-age concept inspired by her passion for spreading awareness about chronic childhood bullying). After a massive success at Rhode Island ComicCon and speaking on two different author panels about world building and diversity, Angelina will be donating a portion of the proceeds from The Rewind Duology to KIND Campaign - a national non-profit organization that aims to prevent bullying by going into schools and teaching students better ways to interact with one another. She is also a board member of the Rhode Island Authors Association, where she is overseeing their up-and-coming Young Adult initiative while coordinating volunteers for their yearly author expo.

In addition to her work as an author, Angelina is a content editor for both Grove Collaborative (an e-commerce site specializing in organic goods) as well as Dash of Social (a Boston-based marketing agency). Also a paid blogger and editor, she helps clients achieve their literary dreams through written words, as seen on her website here: angelinasinger.com. Additionally, Angelina has a passion for helping younger writers find their way by mentoring high school students interested in pursuing a similar career. This passion for helping others also translates to the musical realm, where she is training to teach guitar to younger music students while supporting them the way music supported her from a very young age. - Fall 2021

 

Class of 2016

Pelumi Aderogba

I originally graduated a semester early (Dec 2019) but wanted to walk with the rest of my class (May 2020). I essentially graduated with Barney Honors from the Barney School of Business at the University of Hartford. For my senior year, I was president of African Student Union on campus and previously Vice President of ASU for 2 Years. I've recently joined Hillyer College, University of Hartford's Board of Visitors. As I finished school, I got an offer at Optum Ventures, a venture capital firm in Boston. - Spring 2020.

Grace Buckner

I just graduated from UMass Amherst with a B.S. in Public Health in May. While working on my degree, I had the opportunity to do research on the use of big data to tackle the opioid epidemic. I also interned with SNAP Education doing nutrition education in Lawrence, Lynn and Lowell last summer. My interest in organizational development and health policy has led me to pursue an accelerated, one-year, Masters in Public Policy, also at UMass Amherst. Pro-tip for current BTA students: state schools give you so much college credit for AP's. Work hard now, thank Mr. Belk later. Fun fact: I forgot to purchase my UMass graduation gear before COVID, so my trusty forest green BTA cap and gown came out of the closet for the at-home virtual graduation. - Spring 2020.

Janique Jean

Janique Graduates

I recently graduated in May 2020 from Salem State University with a major in Healthcare. During my time at Salem State a few things I did was become a Resident Assistant, president of my majors organization, and a student manager at my on campus job.

I will be completing my masters degree in Higher Education this fall 2020 at Salem State with an assistantship at Babson College in their Student Engagement office and a second assistantship at the STEP (Student Transition and Engagement Program) office. My assistantships come with free tuition and a free apartment! - Spring 2020

Kassiani Mamalakis

Kassiani Mamalakis graduated from Emerson in August 2020 and received a BFA degree in Theatre Education and Performance.

 

Class of 2017

Sam Belk

Sam Belk at Front Desk

Sam Belk is spending the school year working at BTA. - Fall 2020

Click here to read an interview with Sam about his experience.

Alex Lee-Papastavros

Alex LP and family

I graduated from Cornell University in May with a Bachelor's degree in biological sciences and a minor in business. I was blessed during my undergrad years to be part of Chesterton House, a Christian community on campus, which definitely made finishing my last two years during a pandemic a lot easier! During undergrad I was involved in Cru, a Christian fellowship, the Cornell Glee Club (a men's choir), and conducted research on stress physiology and bird migration.

I'm now back in the Boston area working as a research assistant for a lab at Joslin Diabetes Center in the Longwood medical area, and I'm really enjoying it so far. I'm not sure what my long term career aspirations are, but I enjoy research and am interested in studying human disease. I've gotten involved in Park Street Church's young adult ministry and am thankful for the community and for the gospel-centered mission of the church.

Class of 2018

Samantha Arrigal

I am currently in my fourth year at UMB in the nursing program, and will be graduating in the spring. Since my sophomore year, I've been working as a home health aid in Quincy.

This semester, I am in my pediatric and community rotation, and enjoying them both! :)  Fall 2021

Jonathan Hodge

I am currently in my third year of undergrad, pursuing a bachelor's in nursing at UMass Boston. I am working in the VA hospital and have met some really interesting people during my time there. I moved to Quincy, MA this year as part of a new church plant in the city and am spending most of my time outside of school helping out with the church ministry here. I was playing on the UMass Boston baseball team last year but our season has been postponed indefinitely due to COVID-19. - Fall 2020

Ian Weston

Ian and mascot

Congratulations to Bay State Battalion Cadet Commander Ian Weston, who is ranked 11th among all Army ROTC cadets in the Nation. Ian is studying Civil Engineering at WPI. - Fall 2021

 

Class of 2019

Caroline Karakey

Caroline a Capella

Caroline oil painting

I'm a junior at Connecticut College. I'm majoring in Studio Art and minoring in Art history. I'm involved in one of seven a cappella groups on campus: The ConnChords! (Follow us on social media @connchords). I'm taking my first oil painting class this semester and it has been incredible. Here is one of my recent works, as well as a picture of my group before our all group Halloween a cappella challenge! I'm in the top center. - Fall 2021

Evan Weston

What a year it has been! For me, I spent my sophomore year at Suffolk University learning from home. Definitely not what I anticipated but looking back I was actually able to accomplish a lot, amidst a pandemic. This year I pushed myself to stay involved in my college community even though I was not on campus. I re-ran for a Senator seat for the Class of 2023 in the Student Government Association and was elected! I became the Class of 2023 representative for the Finance Committee where I was also voted in as Secretary. The Finance Committee handles the activities fee portion of student tuition which allows clubs and organizations to have a budget. I had the ability to have a say in how that money was used and vote yes or no on requests from groups. After being on the committee for almost a year, I decided to run as Treasurer of the Student Government Association in March and won. I am excited to serve the student body on SGA E-board and for all the things I will be able to accomplish through that. 

Aside from my involvement in SGA, I am an active member in my chapter of Theta Phi Alpha sorority. I served as sisterhood chair spring semester and was able to host online sisterhood events since we were not able to meet in person. There's quite a bit you can do over Zoom! It doesn't stop there.....In the spring I ran for Recruitment Chair and Social Chair of my sorority. I will be in charge of running the entire weeklong recruitment process and every detail that comes along for this huge event in September. As Social Chair I will be planning events with other greek organizations on campus, as well as, other colleges in Boston. Lastly, I was voted in as the Junior representative for our Standards Board which handles the sorority's conflicts and other private matters. 

I am so grateful for these opportunities and all the lessons I have and will learn from these positions. My love for leadership started at BTA and it hasn't stopped. - Spring 2021

Dan Mawhinney

Dan Wedding

Vanesiah and I got married in June! - Fall 2021

 

Class of 2020

Jared in Memoriam

 

Class of 2021

Julyssa Castro

Julyssa

In alignment with my Christian Ministries major, I started a new job in Student Ministries at Grace Chapel in Lexington! Working with my high schoolers each week has been the highlight of the semester. - Fall 2021

Candy Zhang

Candy in lab

Chemical Engineering and Chemistry are the majors I'm studying at WPI. This picture is from Chem Eng class. What we did was see how Pilot Plant Column Schematic works. It's for the distillation process. I'm on the dance team and involved with choir music. - Fall 2021

 

  • Alumni Class Notes
Valerie Ferrara

Then Jesus said to his disciples, "If any of you wants to be my follower, you must give up your own way, take up your cross, and follow me. If you try to hang on to your life, you will lose it. But if you give up your life for my sake, you will save it. And what do you benefit if you gain the whole world but lose your own soul? Is anything worth more than your soul? –Matthew 16:24-26

Boston Trinity's annual Veterans Day Chapel opened on Wednesday, November 10, with a moment of silence in honor of our country's many veterans. Selected members of the ninth grade class recited the poem "In Flanders Fields" by John McCrae, after which Lieutenant Commander Jason Ragain III, Chaplain, U.S. Navy, encouraged Chapel attendees to be "All In". 

Then Jesus said to his disciples, "If any of you wants to be my follower, you must give up your own way, take up your cross, and follow me. If you try to hang on to your life, you will lose it. But if you give up your life for my sake, you will save it. And what do you benefit if you gain the whole world but lose your own soul? Is anything worth more than your soul? –Matthew 16:24-26

Boston Trinity's annual Veterans Day Chapel opened on Wednesday, November 10, with a moment of silence in honor of our country's many veterans. Selected members of the ninth grade class recited the poem "In Flanders Fields" by John McCrae, after which Lieutenant Commander Jason Ragain III, Chaplain, U.S. Navy, encouraged Chapel attendees to be "All In". 

"A Chaplain is a pastor in uniform," LCDR Ragain began. Raised in a military family himself, he told a story of living on [military] base when a childhood friend died of a brain aneurysm at 12 years old. He wondered how to reconcile that with his faith. While the neighborhood grieved, he and another friend were sitting on the curb, trying to deal with their own grief, when a Navy Chaplain came and sat beside them. "I don't remember his name or what he said," LCDR Ragain stated, "but he was present." From that time forward he knew he wanted to help people in the same way. 

As an adult, LCDR Ragain held a teaching position in a Christian School and struggled with the decision to leave it, but he could not shake the calling to the military. He asked God, "What are You calling me to do?" But a better question, he told his audience, is "Who is it that You want me to be?" It is not a question of "Who am I?" but "Whose am I?"

"Whose am I?" LCDR Ragain reiterated. "That is a question the world will answer but the world will not lead you to the life you were created for. What happens when you don't get something you want? When you experience rejection? When someone else is better? We were meant for more than pursuing prestige or pleasure of comfort. God has set eternity in the hearts of all people (Ecclesiastes 3:11). We all have a 'God-shaped hole' but filling it with anything else will leave us empty. Don't waste your time on these things," he admonished. 

"You were made for more," LCDR Ragain continued. "You were made to be 'all in' for Jesus." How do we do this? "Deny self," he said. We were created to be in fellowship with God, but when man rebelled against God, sin entered the world and corrupted it. "Yet God treasures us so much that He gave Jesus to die for us." He explained that self-denial does not mean we stop having fun; it is recognizing who Jesus is and turning away from selfishness. Denying self also involves submitting to God's will by 'taking up your cross.' To the people in Jesus' day, 'taking up a cross' meant death. We have to 'die' to our selfish desires. Jesus submitted Himself fully to the will of God when He died for us. 

"God's will and purpose for us leads to following Jesus. We should strive in all things to be close to Him," LCDR Ragian said as he closed. 'People should see Christ in and through us. We need to function as we were designed to do. Don't waste your life on things that have no eternal impact. "

"Having fun is good, but it is not the end goal," he said. "Only Jesus can fill the God-shaped hole. Whose are you? Go 'all in' on Jesus!"

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