Posted by Christina Jedra April 12, 2013 10:00 AM
The following was submitted by Malden Catholic High School:
Malden Catholic High School is pleased to announce that Joseph Ahearne of Medford has been officially appointed to the United States Naval Academy.
Ahearne, a senior at Malden Catholic High School, and Vice President of the Student Council, states that the structure and academic experience that he received at MC has been the driving force that aided him in his Naval Academy decision. “Malden Catholic taught me to have the right attitude. There is a lot expected from the students here and we are taught to perform Plus Ultra or “More Beyond”.“That is the way I approach every aspect of my life,” says Ahearne. This positive viewpoint is exactly the way that Joe Ahearne lives his student life at Malden Catholic. Ahearne is the secretary of the National Honor Society, a member of the MC Ambassador Program, a recipient of the George Eastman Young Leadership Award, and the captain of the Malden Catholic wrestling team, where he is a two-time Catholic Conference All-Star Wrestling winner.This driven young student is also a three sport athlete, active infootball, wrestling and lacrosse. He is a member of the St. Francis Xavier Scholars Program, and an avid participant in both the Spanish Club and the Crystal 99 newspaper.
Ahearne’s service to the community is numerous. This senior helped organize the walk for the Juvenile Diabetes Association at school, was a participant in the Malden Catholic Leadership Institute, and a “Light the Night” participant. According to him, “Malden Catholic and the Annapolis Naval Academy offered the best of both worlds. The similarities include tradition and the opportunity that tradition affords. They are both top notch institutions.”
One of the requirements necessary to enter the Naval Academy is a letter of recommendation from a person of authority. Congressman Edward Markey proudly was the author of this supporting letter for Ahearne. Congressman Markey, a current candidate for the US Senate, is also a graduate of Malden Catholic High School Class of 1964.
Ahearne is the son of Ms. Maureen Donovan and Mr. Michael Ahearne and the grandson of Mrs. Mary Donovan of Somerville. His father was a thirty-year member of the British Royal Air Force and his grandfather served in the Army during the Korean War. This July, soon after graduation, Joe Ahearne will enter the United States Naval Academy with the support of his family and the pride of Malden Catholic.