On Tuesday, September 6, 2016, The Academy at Penguin Hall celebrated our blessing and dedication of the opening of school. More than 60 students and over 150 families, local leaders and state officials were here to celebrate the opening of the only all girls college preparatory high school on the North Shore.
The day began with our Welcoming Ceremony. In this ceremony, all faculty and administration staff members lined up to shake hands with every student; we officially welcomed them as members of our community.
Our Blessing and Dedication ceremony began with an extraordinary performance by the newly established Academy Choir, lead by the music and theater teacher Kevin Crowley. The choir performed the song, “Starting Here, Starting Now.” After an impressive performance, Molly Martins our founding President welcomed everyone to this historic day.
“In girls schools we have a saying that our schools should not be judged by the absence of boys, but rather by the presence, the self-confidence, poise and empowerment of the girls themselves.” Said, Molly Martins.
The blessing of our school was then given by Deacon James Manzi. Jr. who also serves on the Board of Trustees at The Academy at Penguin Hall.
The Lt. Governor Karyn Polito gave a very inspired and empowering speech to all students, family, and friends. “As you all know well, the Academy at Penguin Hall is poised to be another one of the Commonwealth’s excellent learning institution” said the Lt. Governor.
“As future leaders of not only the Commonwealth but of our world,” said Lt. Governor Polito, “the young women who walk the The Academy’s halls are poised to receive an education with distinct advantages that will allow them to realize each of their individual potentials.”
The ceremony concluded with The Academy Choir performing the song “Seasons of Love.” A reception and guided tours of the new, innovative 21st century learning environment followed. It is obvious that here will: “Educate, Enlighten, and Empower young women to live and to lead exemplary lives.”
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Dean Tsouvalas is a founding member of the leadership team and the Director of Advancement and Communications. He is so proud to be part of the incredible team at The Academy at Penguin Hall.