11th Annual Esperanza Academy Graduation

Featuring keynote speaker Adriana Rojas Garzón and Michael Helman, who will be presented with the Malcolm Coates Award for Service and Leadership.

Adriana Rojas Garzón


On Friday, June 8, 2018 at 5:00 p.m., Esperanza Academy, located in Lawrence, will host its 11th annual graduation ceremony in Grace Episcopal Church (35 Jackson Street, Lawrence). Sixteen students will be graduating from the all-girls’ middle school and the ceremony will feature a keynote address by Adriana Rojas Garzón and a presentation of the Malcolm Coates Award for Service and Leadership to Michael Helman.

Rojas Garzón is assistant general counsel for the capital markets businesses at Bain Capital, LP. Prior to this role, Rojas Garzón worked with the Neighborhood of Affordable Housing’s Foreclosure Prevention department, where she worked with the housing counselors to negotiate loan modifications for numerous low- to moderate-income clients. She was also an associate in the corporate department of the law firm of Sullivan & Worcester LLP, where her practice focused on credit transactions, corporate, securities, and mid-sized private equity transactions.

Rojas Garzón holds an LL.M. from Boston University School of Law with concentrations in Securities and Financial Services Transactions, a JD from Boston College Law School and a B.S. degree in Economics and Marketing from Boston College. She has been admitted to practice law in Massachusetts and New York and is a member of the Massachusetts and Boston Bar Associations. Adriana serves as a director on the Board of City Year’s Seven Generations and as a council member on Milagros para Niños, an initiative at Children’s Hospital in Boston, which has raised more than $8.2 million in funds for Hispanic children who cannot afford medical care. She is a former director of ALPFA (Association of Latino Professionals for America) and a past honoree of Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly as one of its In-House Leaders in the Law.

Helman, owner of Ruff ‘n Tumble Playcare in North Andover, will receive the Malcolm Coates Award for Service and Leadership. Helman has been a trustee at Esperanza Academy since 2012 and worked tirelessly behind the scenes to support the mission and vision of the academy through his work on the Development Committee. Helman’s connections within the Merrimack Valley have helped Esperanza grow and flourish.

The 2018 graduating eighth graders, all of whom are residents of Lawrence, are: Idahlia Baptiste, Leticia Baptiste, Ariatnny Castillo, Keahilani Diaz, Angely Gabriel, Miosotys Gabriel, Mariah Inoa, Cora Lara, Kiara Luciano, Dyani Monclova, Kathleen Morales, Noemi Morel, Daelly Osorio, Alyshia Solomon, Janelky Vargas, and Dasmin Ventura.

Esperanza Academy—a tuition-free, independent middle school in the Episcopal tradition which welcomes girls of diverse faiths, races, and cultures from Lawrence, Massachusetts—inspires students to become active learners and responsible global citizens. The school, with its nurturing environment and academically rigorous curriculum, empowers girls and prepares them to meet challenges with courage, integrity, and respect. Esperanza is 100% dependent on the support of individuals, corporations, and foundations whose contributions fully fund a transformational education for underprivileged girls.

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