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Merrimack Valley

June 8, 2014

Notre Dame Cristo Rey grads uphold tradition of success

LAWRENCE — The list keeps growing.

Seven years' worth of Notre Dame Cristo Rey graduates have all been accepted to four-year colleges, and members of the Class of 2014 have added some impressive schools to the list.

Valedictorian Nicholas Furnari plans to attend University of Notre Dame in the fall. Salutatorian Ashley Lopez is headed for Georgetown University.

This year's graduating class has 64 students who received their diplomas yesterday at St. Mary of the Assumption Church in Lawrence. In addition to classroom learning, they were encouraged to participate in experiential learning programs that allowed them to gain work experience and help identify potential careers.

Notre Dame is one of 26 high schools in the Cristo Rey national network of schools. All 26 share the mission of providing a quality private education and internship opportunities to students from families with limited incomes, but Lawrence's school has made the mission a reality.

Students from the local school have rated the highest in overall workplace performance for the second time, out of 8,000 Cristo Rey students in the country.

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