A Tribute from an Alumni

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Madison Padilla put together a 4×4 book, with a cover made from her plaid uniform with a fleur de lei emblem attached. The staff and I treasure this book. This tribute is to our school, our philosophy, our teachers. I chose to put her book in this newsletter to share with you an example of some the notes we get from time to time from our alumni. In addition, each month we feature an “Alum” on our website. I hope you will take some time to read about some of our graduates and where their journey takes them after SMA.  -Toni Dimuzio


I wrote this book to show my sense of gratitude for the teachers here at St. Martin Academy. I didn’t think I could just say thank you for nine years of hard work from people who actually care about you. Every teacher at St. Martin Academy is they’re for one thing, their passion to teach children and to embark on something new. They are there to inspire the children to dream and to teach the wonders of God and his passion to bring out the best in everyone. I have learned something amazing from my time at SMA and that is to never, never give up to dream above the dreams in your head. Trust in God for He is the one who guides us and helps us to be who we want to be.

I am who I am today because of my parents and the teachers at St. Martin Academy. I have just one more thing to say to you “Thank you, Thank you, Thank you.”

To my teachers on my graduation day…. This book is for Mrs. Dimuzio

By Madison Padilla  (Class of 2008)

All of my life I have never understood the intelligence of scientists and the attraction of celebrities. I believe in real people who have accomplished great things and on the way have overcome many obstacles. I have always had a passion to lean new things and do the best that I can despite having to deal with what keeps me from leaning things easy.

In the past nine years I have learned to try my best and even if I don’t get the best grade be happy with my efforts.

It’s OK to make a mistake.

I am very luck to have had someone as intelligent and with such great leadership qualities as you as a leader in my life. You are a person who I feel has great desire to teach children. You are truly amazing! You have stood up for me, been my advocate and showed me that you can do and accomplish anything you desire.

Mrs. Dimuzio, thank you for everything you have done for me in the past 9 years. I appreciate everything I know that if there is ever a time to make a difference in the world it is now while I am young. I have learned that in so many different ways in eh past 9 years. I will only pass once on this earth, and I know that I can say I want to accomplish something but what’s the point if I never do it. I own it to myself to accomplish great things. I will try to apply everything I learned at SMA into something I can take with me throughout my high school years.

This is what I have learned at SMA:

I learned that I cannot crumble or fall apart.

I learned that trying hard is what matters most.

I learned to cherish those who have shown me kindness and nothing but kindness.

I have learned the value of friendship.

I have learned many things at SMA over the past 9 years. I wanted to share with you a poem that reflects a lot of my last year here.

It is called “Dream Big”

If there is ever a time to date

To make a difference, to embark on something worth doing, it is now. Not for any grand cause necessarily…But something that tugs at your heart, something that is your aspiration, something that’s your dream, you owe it to yourself, to make your days count,

Have fun. Dig deep.Stretch. Dream big.

Know though that things worth doing seldom come easy,

There will be good days,

There will be bad days,

There will be times when you want to turn around, Pack it up and call it quits,

Those times tell yourself you are pushing yourself that you are not afraid to learn by trying


Because with an idea, determination, and the right tools, you can do great things.   Let your instincts, your intellect, and your heart guide you. Believe in the incredible power of the human mind,

Of doing something that makes a difference, of working hard

Of laughing and hoping

Of lazy afternoons

Of everlasting friends

Of all the things that cross your path this year, the start of something new

Brings the hope of something great. Anything is possible

There is only one you.

And you will pass this way only once

Do it right! –Unknown Author


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