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LCS Class of 2014

The results are in!

Congratulations to the Louverture Cleary School graduating class of 2014 for their 100% pass rate on the Baccalauréat II, Haiti's national exam for students exiting secondary school. Their success qualifies each one to continue his or her studies at university.

Rising Philo (U.S. 13th grade) students, Usnaëlo Dorcelant and Dolph-Froid Payoute were named national laureates for their exceptional scores on the Baccalauréat I exam. LCS 2014 National LaureatesTheir success, and that of the graduating class, marks another excellent year for LCS. Historically, LCS students pass the BAC at a rate that is four times the national average.

Be on the lookout for an interview with our laureates in the next edition of Haitian Project NewsNot on our mailing list? Click here to sign up!


Welcome, Volunteers!

2014-2015 Volunteer Teachers

LCS's 2014-2015 Volunteer Teachers (from left): Rachel Thelen, Michelle Paquette, Kristin Soukup, Connor Branham, Kaitlyn Guzik, Amanda Haluga

The new team of Volunteers hit the ground running this August, participating in a wall pour on their very first day. Now in their final week of in-country orientation, sifting ash, rubble and compost have become second-nature...almost. These tasks well in-hand, the team prepares to face their next big challenge: the classroom. Classes begin September 8th.

Here are a few words from Amanda Haluga (Providence College, '14) on her first impressions of LCS:
When I first arrived I had no idea what to expect, but when we arrived I was captivated by the campus and even more so by the staff, students and Volunteers that I met. Volunteer orientation has been such a challenge, but a joy because of these people and the beautiful place they have created. Even though this experience is so different from anything I've ever had, I know this is where I am supposed to be and I am looking forward to a wonderful year here at LCS.

Let Us Be on Our Way

Top: Rev. Carl Jean, C.S. (LCS ’02) bestows a blessing on the graduates at the conclusion of their Baccalaureate Mass; LCS Principal Marjorie Mombrun (LCS ’07) welcomes family members and guests to LCS’s 19th commencement exercises; Super Guide (Class President) Andy-Gessy Walter (LCS ’14) passes the torch of leadership to rising Philo (U.S. senior +1) student, Nadine Certitude. Bottom: THP Director of Community Development Christina Moynihan addresses the guests and graduates on issues facing Haiti; THP President and Head of LCS Deacon Patrick Moynihan awards Francesca Desimeau (LCS ’14) her diploma; Director of the Office of External Affairs, Jean-Roger Polidor (LCS ’06) announces the advent of five perpetual named scholarships, provided through the generosity of various members of the THP community.

Graduation seems to get better and better every year. LCS's 19th commencement was another excellent example and probably the smoothest we've ever had. All 44 members of the Philo class graduated, Christina gave a moving speech, and several of our Haitian supporters were in attendance, including the class Marraine (Godmother) Myriam Baker and newly re-elected THP Board Member Patrick Brun.

Thanks to the generosity of many of our supporters and their families, one of this year's highlights was the announcement of five named scholarships in memory of Capt. Lawrence L. Beason, Jr. (brother of former THP Board Member Cathy Reineking and her husband Dean Reineking, a current board member), Janet Mauro (one of THP’s early founders), Ace and Audrey Mullen (former THP Board Member and his wife), and in honor of Robert E. Moynihan, and Christina Moynihan (to honor her work with the women and children of our Santo neighborhood).

The scholarships will be awarded later in the summer after the results of the Baccalauréat, Haiti's national exam, are announced. (In Haiti, a student must pass the exam in order to enter university.) 

The scholarship endowments represent the fulfillment of one aspect of our Rise, Let Us Be on Our Way capital campaign to stabilize THP and the current LCS by raising $2.9 million in the form of $1 million for the Endowment for Capital Improvements, $1 million for an endowment to support the annual operating costs for LCS’s Office of External Affairs (OEA), and $900,000 for the Endowment for University Scholarships (in the form of nine $100,000 named scholarships - all of which are already underway).

The completion of this campaign will also lay the foundation for THP to build a second LCS in another part of Haiti. We have already raised nearly 50% of this goal in gifts and pledges.

This will be our last update for the academic year. I look forward to resuming the weekly updates on September 3rd.



A Bit of Hard Work Before the Pomp

Top: Philo (U.S. Senior +1) students Frantzie Chouloute and Réno Laroche touch up the paint on an academic building; Rheto (U.S. 12th grade) students help the cooks prepare chicken while Philo and Rheto students sift rice for Saturday’s meal. Bottom: Philo students write the graduation speech in the four languages of LCS; Philo student Djim Guerrier paints the mural designed by the Class of 2014; THP President Deacon Patrick Moynihan and Director of Operations-Haiti Esther Paul work behind the scenes to prepare for Saturday’s graduation ceremony.

It's graduation week. The campus is a rush of students and paint; deliveries and set-ups. After a year of wear, the school puts back on its pretty face. 

It's amazing how fast this week comes each year. It seems like it was only yesterday that I was warning the "newly-arrived" Volunteers that the year would fly by quicker than they could imagine. And, bang, it has. 

Full disclosure: I am the Grinch in this annual drama. Due to my reputation, the staff has learned to go to Esther for permission for everything from the menu to the streamers. Lest there be a lot crying in LCS-ville. 

And, yes, on graduation day each year my heart does grow in size. This year with Christina taking my place for the President's speech--I am sure it will be bigger than ever before. 



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