Mount Royal Academy 2nd Quarter Academic Honors

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Mount Royal Academy has announced academic awards for the 2nd Quarter of the 2015-2016 school year. 21 students earned a position on the Headmaster’s List with a 4.0 average for the 4th quarter.

More than 55% of the student body attained Honor Roll recognition; placing on the Headmaster’s List, the High Honors List (no more than one B), or the Honors List (no more than one C). In total, 118 students received Academic Honors.

Grade 1

Headmaster’s List: Lindsey Smrkovsky, Mary Walsh

High Honors: Jackson Barns, Emily Beturne, Lucy Fryckowska

Honors: Hope Goyette, Blake La Mothe, Nicholas Lavertue, Finn McColgan, Sebastian Prieto

Grade 2

Headmaster’s List: Caitlin Richardson

High Honors: Francis Frykowski, Leah LaMothe, Bella Wallace

Honors: Matthew Bissah, Clare Castor, Taylor Goodspeed, Clayton Griffin, Edward Kanu, Blaise McMenaman, Audrey Wenger

Grade 3

Headmaster’s List: Luke Moorehouse

High Honors: Amelia Caravan

Honors: Evan Barns, Adalynn Beturne, Peyton Blackinton, Kaitlyn Costello, Marianne Dowsett, Claire Jackson

Grade 4

Headmaster’s List: Catherine Bellino, Joshua Bissah, Lauren Dustin, Max McColgan, Emily Richardson, Brennan Walsh

High Honors: Kyleigh Baker, Isabelle Correa, Sarah Cunningham, Spencer Cunningham, Nathan Kenyon, Felix Prieto

Honors: Sean Beturne, Peter Hogan, Terese Klucinec, Caleb Martin, Claire McMenaman, Katherine McMenaman, Padraig Mooney, Gabriel Ouellette, Abigail Sweet, Leo Wallace, Ellery Wheeler

Grade 5

Headmaster’s List: Nonah Dowsett, Victoria Kenyon, Maryrose McLaughlin, Anya Moorehouse

Honors: Nathan Hebert, Susan Kanu, John-Paul Martin, Lyndsey Patten, Julia Stout, John Paul Treece

Grade 6

High Honors: Liam Ouellette

Honors:  Samuel Hebert, Anne Klucinec, Madeline McColgan, Caleb North, Maryl Rees

Grade 7

Headmaster’s List: Marius Edwards, Brendan Moorehouse

High Honors: Emma Treece, Bridget Wallace

Honors: Nicholas Hogan

Grade 8

Headmaster’s List: Aidan Moorehouse, Tristan Ouellette

High Honors:  Madison Hemingway, Kateri Kalpakgian, Mary Grace Klucinec, Nicole Petrescu-Boboc, Andrew Normandin

Honors: Morgan Blackinton, Luke Bocko, John Klucinec, Curtis North, Antigoni Souliotis

Grade 9

Headmaster’s List:  Jacinta Hogan

High Honors: Erin Diebold, Rette Solomon

Honors:  Michael Fitzgibbons, Ivy Horner-Richardson, Alexis Matte, Alicja Nadolecka, Elizabeth Orlowski, Jaeda Rochford Hague, Maria Wallace

Grade 10

High Honors: Alexander Normandin, Aila Wenger

Honors: Kolbe Bocko, Josh Griffin, Alex Kalpakgian, Isabella Kenyon, Catherine Orlowski, Ezekiel Swenson

Grade 11

Headmaster’s List: Bernadette Klucinec, Naomi Nelson

High Honors: Johanna Fitzgibbons, Kealan Vasquez

Honors: Hannah Everitt, John Hogan, Cooper McCrillis, Autumn Rose Prunier, Callan Rees, Ian Vasquez, Madison Vasquez

Grade 12

High Honors: Anna Dahlberg, Adrianna Kenyon

Honors: Matthew Caveney, Miriam Caveney

Mount Royal Academy is maintaining its surging enrollment with 208 students currently enrolled for the academic year of 2015-2016. The school is in its 21st year of operation.

Headmaster’s Lenten Message

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Dear Families,

In the seemingly blink of an eye, the season of Lent has arrived. It never fails that inasmuch as Lent is a season of preparation, it is a struggle to even prepare for Lent. This shouldn’t be a cause for disappointment or self-criticism, but we shouldn’t be afraid to look deep into ourselves either, for it is there that we find the source of renewal: “truth is the bread of the soul” (Bishop Jacques-Benigne Bossuet). The heart is undeniably hungry for mercy.

“February 10, 2016, might just be the beginning of a new chapter in our life, or that new chapter might be in the life of someone else whom we meet today. As we receive ashes at the beginning of this Lenten Season we are marked with a cross to remind us of the reality of sin, and the cost of that sin” (“The Jubilee of Mercy: Ash Wednesday’s Witness”, Father James Sullivan, February Magnificat).

Our everyday experience of human sin – the injustices received and the charity absent in ALL of our interactions – create this insatiable desire for mercy. We would rather live without sin than with sin, and the works of mercy are the only way to overcome and expel this interior dissatisfaction.

It is customary that households and families take up penances together during Lent to renew the human heart by detaching from worldly affections, and thereby focus more intently on the reality of grace.

This Lent, we are adopting a school-wide penance. We are going to practice the spiritual works of mercy. But don’t be alarmed or intimidated; we can’t escape opportunities to practice these because we live in such close proximity to each other. So why bother you might ask? To the extent that we intend to impart mercy, mercy will be given; if we can re-direct these everyday works of mercy to the good of the other and the glory of God, then we can renew our ordinary experiences and thereby fend off the reality of sin.

Alas, here are the spiritual works of mercy. Again, these are excellent opportunities to manifest the limitless mercy of God (which means we can never stop doing them!):

  • Counseling the doubtful
  • Instructing the ignorant
  • Admonishing the sinner
  • Comforting the sorrowful
  • Forgiving injuries
  • Bearing wrongs patiently
  • Praying for the living and the dead

At the end of Lent, we encounter the truth of mercy. It is my prayer that we will continue to instruct and form children in the way of mercy, so they can find true fulfillment in the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.

Yours Truly In Christ,

Derek Tremblay
Headmaster

Mount Royal Academy’s Annual Spelling Bee

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Mount Royal’s annual elementary school spelling bee was held this past Thursday in the St. Joseph Center. Students from grades one through six advanced from their class spelling bee to participate in the school bee, moderated by Mrs. Robin Moorehouse.  Participants were Finn McColgan (Gr. 1), Caitlin Richardson (Gr. 2), Luke Moorehouse (Gr. 3), Cathy Bellino (Gr. 4), Lauren Dustin (Gr. 4 – Mrs. Diebold), Anya Moorehouse (Gr. 5) and Tino Prieto (Gr. 6).

The competition lasted 1-1/2 hours as students fielded words delivered from the Scripps National Spelling Bee list at and above grade level. Lauren Dustin emerged as the school winner, with Anya Moorehouse coming in second place and her brother, Luke Moorehouse in third. This event was part of Mount Royal Academy’s celebration of Catholic Schools Week.

Student Essays Par Excellence

Rhetorical effectiveness is integral to the classically influenced curriculum at Mount Royal Academy. Essay assignments create prime opportunities for students to exercise command of the subject. Presented here are two examples par excellence.

Whether Surrogate Motherhood is Good

One of the greatest theological minds humanity has ever seen is that of Saint Thomas Aquinas. He is the author of many profound works, but he is most famous for the Summa theologiae. This immense and innovative opus became one of the main foundations for Catholic moral teaching. In his Summa, Aquinas presents his readers with numerous moral questions and a thorough, analytical process to determine the truth. Although, in its magnitude, the Summa clarifies most moral questions, one might wonder what Aquinas’ thoughts would be on a contemporary moral issue, such as whether surrogate motherhood is good. Would the perspicacious Aquinas deem this issue to be morally permissible, or would he find the idea appalling and unnatural?

Before attempting to think as Aquinas would on a modern issue, it is important for one to understand some of the ideas in Aquinas’ moral philosophy. For one thing, Aquinas thought that nature is a state of being and that being is good; therefore, anything that is contrary to nature is not good. Secondly, Aquinas believed that one of the best qualities of human nature is reason, for man uses reason to decide a course of action. He also identified that sin disorders reason; therefore, if one’s reason is disordered, his actions are, consequently, disordered. Lastly, Aquinas realized that man is limited to what God makes possible because “between God and man there is the greatest inequality.” Therefore, man cannot go beyond what God has ordained he can do without committing the sin of presumption. These ideas in Aquinas’ moral philosophy can be used when discerning whether Aquinas would see surrogacy as good.

Before giving his own answer to a controversial issue, such as surrogate motherhood, Aquinas presents his readers with a series of “objections”: answers that may be given to this question by others. For example, an objection could be that it would seem that surrogacy is good because it allows a couple who, for whatever reason, are unable to have children, to finally complete their family. Further, Aquinas might give the objection that surrogacy is beneficial to the surrogate mother because not only is she paid for her services, but also she sometimes becomes close to the family. Lastly, Aquinas might present the objection that surrogacy is good because it is a thriving enterprise in countries such as Thailand and India that employs countless women who would otherwise be unable to support themselves. Therefore, it could be argued that surrogacy is good.

On the contrary, it is written (CCC 2376):  “Techniques that entail the dissociation of husband and wife, by the intrusion of a person other than the couple (donation of sperm or ovum, surrogate uterus), are gravely immoral. These techniques (heterologous artificial insemination and fertilization) infringe the child’s right to be born of a father and mother known to him and bound to each other by marriage. They betray the spouses’ ‘right to become a father and a mother only through each other.’ ” Taking the information acquired from such an authority, Aquinas would then formulate his own response to the presented question. Using the three aforementioned ideas in Aquinas’ moral philosophy, one could discover the conclusion that Aquinas would likely come to. Firstly, recall that Aquinas holds reason to be among the best qualities of human nature. In fact, he once wrote “Whatever is contrary to the order of reason is, properly speaking, contrary to the nature of man.” Indeed, surrogacy is unnatural inasmuch as the child is created outside of the natural way; surrogate motherhood entails going well beyond the limits ordained by God, which Aquinas identified to be sinful. Lastly, as Aquinas also believed, anything that is unnatural is contrary to the good. Therefore, Aquinas would determine that surrogacy is not good.

Aquinas’ process for answering questions, however, does not end with his own response. Rather, Aquinas gives a direct response to the objections in order to clarify any other questions his reader might have. As a reply to the first objection, Aquinas would think that because surrogate motherhood entails a couple willingly allowing another to enter into their marriage for the sake of creating children, it is essentially adultery, or, as is the modern term, an “open marriage.” This cannot be good, for, as the Catechism of the Catholic Church identifies, it is a betrayal of the promise of fidelity that the couple swore to each other and, therefore, it does more harm than good. In response to the second objection, Aquinas would point out that, in reality, after having her body used to grow and nurture another’s child, and then paid as though it were merely an expensive service, the surrogate mother is usually forgotten, never again to see the child she cared for as her own for nine months. In reply to the final objection, Aquinas would say that while surrogacy is indeed a common practice in such countries, it is mainly beneficial to the organization that employs surrogate mothers rather than to the women themselves. Therefore, as Aquinas would clarify, such arguments fail to validate surrogacy.

The writings of Saint Thomas Aquinas are some of the greatest moral works humanity has ever seen. His Summa theologiae provides a basis to determine the truth behind many moral questions. However, as many modern issues are very different for those of Aquinas’ time, one might wonder if the thought process of Aquinas so masterfully displayed in the Summa could possibly be applied to a more contemporary moral problem, such as whether surrogate motherhood is good. Using some of the ideas in Aquinas’ moral philosophy, one could very well determine that surrogacy is not good; indeed, surrogacy involves going far beyond the limits set by God in order to create life, a process that is so unnatural and contradictory to nature that it cannot possibly be good. Truly, Aquinas would be appalled by the practice of surrogate motherhood. Yet, it is a very real and, in some countries, prevalent aspect of society. If one of the greatest theological minds would be horrified at the prospect of surrogacy, while such a matter barely registers in the modern mind, what does that say for humanity as it is today?

            –Bernadette Klucinec, 11th Grade Morality Class

The Manipulations of Animal Farm

In George Orwell’s Animal Farm, the tactics used to manipulate and brainwash the victims are clearly demonstrated by Squealer and Napoleon. These principal conspirators strategically use historical revisionism, false statistics, meticulous language and repetition of slogans to gradually deceive the naive animals, enslaving them in illusions of prosperity and freedom. As Squealer says, “Tactics, comrades, tactics!”

The first example of manipulative language takes place in Chapter III when Squealer is sent to explain the hoarding of the milk and apples. His excuse for taking these things is simple: that they need them to stay healthy, and if they fail in their “brainwork” Jones would come back. “Surely there is no one among you who wants to see Jones come back?” pleads Squealer. Also, in Chapter VI, Napoleon creates a new policy allowing trade with neighboring farms. All the animals remember, or think they remember, passing laws forbidding any dealings with humans, trade, or money, but Squealer assures them it is probably a dream, and nothing of the kind exists in writing.

Throughout Chapters V-VIII Napoleon and Squealer imperceptibly modify history pertaining to Snowball. They begin by saying that Snowball is a criminal, a dangerous character and bad influence, and next they are accusing him of destroying the windmill. Anyone with common sense would realize that a little pig is incapable of such a feat and blame the destruction on the storm which took place the previous night. After this, Squealer and Napoleon are allegating Snowball as the culprit to all mishaps, claiming that he is in league with Frederick of Pinchfield Farm, and consequently is acting as his guide. Subsequently the declaration is made that Snowball actually fought against the animals in the Battle of the Cowshed and was in fact Jones’ spy even before the Rebellion was thought of.

Squealer and Napoleon complacently use false statistics to put the animals under illusions of prosperity. Every Sunday morning Squealer reads long lists of figures that apparently prove that the production of every class of foodstuff has increased by such and such a percent. The majority of animals do not remember what the rations were like in Jones’ time, and none understand the figures, so even though they are more than often starving, they believe what he says. Furthermore, Minimus composes a ridiculous and altogether untrue song which lavishly flatters the wisdom, love, and good heart of “Comrade Napoleon”. Its essence expresses the mindset of the animals and maintains their loyalty to Napoleon, who usually receives the credit for every successful achievement and stroke of good fortune.

Repetition of slogans is another one of the tactics pigs use. Clover often cautions Boxer not to exhaust himself, but he will not listen. “His two slogans, ‘I will work harder’ and ‘Napoleon is always right’ seem to him a sufficient answer to all problems.” Even when the information spread by Squealer is questionable, if it originated from Napoleon, Boxer promptly believes it. In the end, these two slogans are the death of him. Moreover, whenever an argument made by Squealer seems unsubstantiated, he hastily ends it by threatening, “Surely you do not want Jones back?” Conjointly, the sheep cyclically chant, “Four legs good, two legs bad” which puts an end to nearly every discussion. It could seem that this happens coincidentally, but it is not unlikely that the pigs use it to their advantage. Additionally, when the pigs begin walking on their hind legs and carrying whips in Chapter X, the sheep are instead taught to chant, “four legs good, two legs better.”

Modifying past events, presenting fake calculations, speaking with deceptive language and promoting hypnotic repetition of slogans are the controlling strategies the pigs use to brainwash and manipulate the citizens of animal farm. Keeping the populace under the illusion of freedom and prosperity enables the dictators to gradually seize control, and by the time the commandments are replaced, the animals accept the idea of their inferiority unreservedly.

  Elizabeth Orlowski, 9th Grade, American and British Classics I

Catholic Schools’ Week: Year of Mercy

Dear Families,

In P20151129t1213-652-cns-pope-bangui-mercy.jpgope Francis’ message for Lent, he fittingly gravitates towards the Jubilee Year of Mercy as a source of inspiration. Jesus uttered the simplest justification for mercy during his public ministry: “I desire mercy, and not sacrifice” (Mt 9:13). The Pope explains that, “the mercy of God is a proclamation made to the world, a proclamation which each Christian is called to experience at first hand.”

This fixation on mercy is not without connection to Catholic education. An authentic and dynamic Catholic education instructs and forms children to know the truth, and subsequently practice mercy. But we cannot practice mercy unless we are willing to allow ourselves to be transformed by the saving grace of Christ. Pope Francis again identifies the ultimate expression of mercy: “In Christ, the Father pours forth his boundless mercy even to making him ‘mercy incarnate’ ( Misericordiae Vultus , 8).”

Like most things in life, this is easier said than done. Nevertheless, we will continue to relentlessly soften the hearts of children, so they can both know WHO mercy is, and therefore become a missionary of mercy.

I was so pleased when the faculty presented the “Year of Mercy” as the theme for Catholic Schools’ Week. Students will decorate classroom doors, experiencing first-hand the Holy Door; the Holy Door represents that the Church is open to sinners. We will also demonstrate our knowledge of the truth in math and spelling bees, sharing the academic excellence achieved in good-natured competition, for we must be merciful at all times, even in tense moments. Students in grades 1-8 will also submit essays on mercy.

Academic and moral excellence, made manifest in the works of mercy: this is the greatest gift of Catholic education. It is also the path forward in a movement fundamentally aimed at transforming the culture through the renewal of Catholic education.

Yours Truly In Christ,

Derek Tremblay
Headmaster

Looking to the Saints for Lessons in Perseverance

Dear Families,

JP IIThere is an unmistakable rhythm to the academic calendar. I think we would all agree that the drudgery of winter is a trying time, both in school and in the home. I admit to being victimized by the aforementioned stagnant spirit.

Reaching the halfway point, and successfully transitioning into the second half of the year presents an occasion for joyful reflection on all of the achievements and graces received in this academic year.

I think now is an especially great opportunity to look towards saints who have both spoken about and modeled perseverance and courage in the face of enduring challenges.

“God does not require that we be successful, only that we be faithful” – Mother Teresa

“Pray as if everything depended on God and work as if everything depended on you” – St. Ignatius

“People are made for happiness. Rightly, then, you thirst for happiness. Christ has the answer to this desire of  yours. But he asks you to trust him. True joy is a victory, something which cannot be obtained without a long and difficult struggle. Christ holds the secret of this victory.” – St. John Paul II

“A single act of love makes the soul return to life.” – St. Maximilian Kolbe

Yours Truly In Christ,

Derek Tremblay
Headmaster

State Sen. Jerry Little Visits Mount Royal Academy

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New Hampshire state Senator Jerry Little visited Mount Royal Academy in Sunapee late last week.

The Senator toured the school with Headmaster Derek Tremblay and visited multiple classes including a 4th grade classroom, offering some insight on being a politician.

Senator Little then addressed the high school students in an assembly, which the senator acknowledged that the students must have been grateful of to miss some class time. He spoke about his initial desire to go into the field of radio broadcasting and how the industry changed, leading him into a career of politics starting with Governor Sununu.

Senator Little is serving his first term in the New Hampshire Senate, having been elected in 2014 to represent District 8, which includes the towns of Newport, Sunapee, New London, and 23 others.

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