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Merrimack Valley

November 28, 2013

Congregational leader visits Lawrence, lauds Notre Dame High School

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Flete said Notre Dame not only prepared him for college, but for his career in insurance.

At Notre Dame he learned how to tie a tie, speak eloquently, write a resume as a freshmen and was writing 10-page papers as an underclassmen and up to 40-page essays by his senior year.

“I couldn’t have done it without them. They helped me pave the way and I was trained to succeed,” said Flete, the first member of his family to graduate from high school. He went on to Northern Essex Community College where he received an associate degree in criminal justice and is pursuing a bachelor’s degree also in criminal justice from University of Massachusetts, Lowell.

Wicks donated $6,750 which would sponsor a student.

“I wanted to support Robert who loves the school and loves Lawrence,” he said.

Nami Morales worked at Stoneham Savings Bank as a student at Notre Dame and is still employed there after graduating from Salem State University.

Morales said she could not have gotten the job without the training she received at the school.

“Notre Dame means home. Any time I visit, there is someone there to hold my hand when I need it,” Morales said.

Notre Dame board member Ted Gaffney agreed, thanking donors.

“Thank you for being committed to Catholic education and believing firmly in what Catholic education provides to its students,” Gaffney said. “Keep doing what you’re doing. It is having a huge impact educationally, giving them a sense of fulfillment, accomplishment and pride is really incredible and nothing less than awe inspiring to see.”

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