Due to field conditions at King Philip Regional HighSchool the Thanksgiving Football game has been moved. The game will be played at Franklin High School at 10:00am.
dePaul Stewart Miller 2016 of Norfolk achieved High Honors for the First Quarter at Boston College High School. For High Honors a Soph., Jr., Sr. must have at least a 3.80 quality point average and all grades '"C+" or higher.
Robert Luciano 2015 and Nathaniel McCarthy 2015 achieved Honors. For Honors a student needs a 3.2 QPA and all grades C- or higher.
Boston College High School is a Jesuit, Catholic, college-preparatory school for young men founded in 1863. The school enrolls approximately 1600 students from more than 100 communities in eastern Massachusetts.
Senator Richard Ross announced that internships in his State House office are currently available for college students for the spring semester. All interested students are encouraged to apply. “With a new Governor, administration, and legislative session beginning in January, this is an exciting time to be on Beacon Hill,” said Ross. “Interning in my office presents an excellent opportunity to experience the workings of state government and I am looking for driven, professional individuals who are capable of taking on real challenges daily.”
Intern duties include drafting correspondence with constituents, gathering news clips, legislative research, general administrative tasks, as well as attending formal Senate sessions and public hearings. Internships are unpaid, but present an opportunity to learn about the legislative process. Senator Ross and his staff will work with students to gain credit where applicable.
It is important to note that preference will be given to candidates from Senator Ross’ district, which includes Attleboro, Franklin, Millis, Natick, Needham, Norfolk, North Attleboro, Plainville, Sherborn, Wayland, Wellesley, and Wrentham. If a college student is interested, they are encouraged to send their resume, cover letter, and a writing sample to Richard.Ross@masenate.gov.
Molly Alfond, Isabel Allardi, Carter Ball, Hannah Balquist, Laura Benson, Ashley Berdos, Daniela Castro,Molly Citarell, Molly Coletta, Casie Curtin, Michela Del Mastro, Michaela Downey, Olivia Ely, Clara Forbes, Julia Govoni, Margaret Hall, Emma Kelley, Lynne Kelley, Hannah Leffelholz, Addie Lotito, Nicholas Mutascio, Kali Magane, Holland Nievergelt, Anton Pritchard, David Rochon, Alejandra Santillan, Adam Slamin, Kerri Strobeck, Nicole Zalewski and Connor Zimmerman.
Graduation chords with the colors of the Honor Society were also distributed to seniors Andrew Allen (President of the SHF), Gianna Bender (Public Representative), John Berdos, Henry Carr, Megan Choate, Sarah Clement, Orvill De La Torre (Vice President), Andrew Dunne, Ben Elliott, Peter Hogan, Amy Mason, Patrick Noonan, Jocelyn Pepper, Carly Schnabel, Kerri Strobeck, Ben Webster, Holden Cooper and Elise Lambalot. A reception of French foods followed the ceremony, which was attended by 75 relatives and friends of the honorees. Another successful event for the French Program at King Philip High School.
Cristina Figueiredo is the advistor for the Societe Honoraire de Francais at KP.
This past weekend the King Philip Regional High School marching band traveled to East Rutherford NJ to compete in the US Band Class III Open National Competition. The band took third place with a score of 97.688, their highest score ever in a US Bands competition and captured the Best Percussion for the competition.
This year’s senior drum majors, Shannon Walsh and Becky Flaherty led the band's 58 students onto the field to perform "On the Town" and by all accounts the group delivered the most complete show of the season.
After the award ceremony the marching band, staff and parents retired back to the buses for pictures, congratulatory hugs and reflection on a very successful season.
The following day, the band traveled to New York to explore New York City and Times Square. The culmination of the day was a trip to the Broadway show “On the Town”.
By Jackie Gately
While the elementary students at Norfolk’s Freeman-Kennedy School have returned to their daily routines, the Veterans Day Assembly held earlier in the week was one to be remembered. This year’s annual event included important messages from local politicians, veterans, and fellow classmates to honor all who served, past and present. It was a meaningful gathering, punctuated by music, thought-provoking speeches, and heart-felt thanks.
Assistant Principal, Kelly C. Whitmore, quieted vivacious elementary students, Grades 3 through 6, who filled the auditorium. She welcomed guests, students, and families to the assembly. Speakers included Norfolk Selectman, Jim Lehan, Commander of the American Legion, Ben McCarty, Senator Richard Ross, and Representative Shawn Dooley. Parents and a group of veterans from the children’s families also attended.
Jack McCreedy, Jack Dooley, and Sam Murphy, all of Mrs. Trombert’s 3rd Grade class, led the “Pledge of Allegiance” to commence the assembly.
The Freeman-Kennedy Advanced Band, led by Conductor John Fouracre, then performed a well-practiced and professional-sounding rendition of “The Star Spangled Banner.”
Lehan, delivered a speech in which he described veterans as “ordinary people doing extraordinary things.” He spoke to the children about the freedoms and liberties we enjoy, and that they come at great sacrifice.
“Those serving protect our liberty, our rights, and our very lives,” explained Lehan. He expressed gratitude for all the men and women who serve us, including the Police, Fire, and soldiers among us.
Lehan also pointed out a special lapel-pin he was wearing. The pin is symbolic of a season-long effort by the King Philip Regional High School Hockey Team to celebrate and recognize the Wounded Warrior Project, an organization dedicated to veterans. He announced that the Hockey Team’s efforts would culminate with a special event to be held in late February. All were invited.
McCarty, himself a veteran, and Commander of the American Legion, spoke of the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. He asked students to imagine, if they could, a government that would wall citizens in to prevent them from leaving. McCarty pointed out how we are to be part of a country whose “government allows for dissention and disagreement.”
When Ross took the stage, he encouraged students to think about the country’s history. He highlighted important documents, like the “Bill of Rights” and “The Declaration of Independence,” which he said define who we are, and why we are willing to protect those freedoms that define us as a people.
Ross pointed out that the Constitution of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts is the oldest constitution in the nation, and he invited students to come into the State House for a visit. He thanked the all veterans, past and present, for defending those tenants held by our forefathers and by which we live.
He then drew attention to a statue that students pass by daily as they file through the school lobby. It is a remembrance of Army Sergeant Adam P. Kennedy, who died in 2007 at age 25, serving during Operation Iraqi Freedom. The Freeman-Kennedy school, which opened in 2012, is named in part in Sergeant Kennedy’s honor.
Ross said that Sgt. Kennedy was a resident of Norfolk who attended Norfolk schools, just like the students in the audience today. “We all carry a piece of that [loss] in our hearts, and I want to thank the school for keeping that memory alive,” he said.
The Chorus, directed by Leslie Levine, gave an uplifting performance of “The Spirit of America.”
It was followed by the “Royal Oak March,” performed by the Freeman-Kennedy Advanced Band.
Representative Dooley spoke of and gave thanks for the many military sacrifices made throughout the years by our veterans. In addition to World War I, World War II, and other military efforts, Dooley expressed appreciation for the Coast Guard and National Guard, and those who were instrumental in Hurricane Katrina and 9-11.
He also remembered others who served on U.S. soil, like the 555th Parachute Infantry Battalion, an all-black airborne unit of the United States Army during World War II that served as “smoke-jumpers” in the Pacific Northwest. In addition, he reminded of the humanitarian efforts currently underway in Liberia. Dooley emphasized, “all of these Veteran’s are heroes, willing to fight for our freedom.”
Next, the Glee Club, directed by Leslie Levine, performed a touching rendition of “You are Our Heroes.”
Perhaps the most endearing words were spoken in letters of thanks written and read aloud by the children. Izzy Melanson, Miles Gallagher, Molly Piller, Palina Yakimovich, Sara Sylvestre, and Ethan Hurwitz read handcrafted letters to the veteran’s in attendance. They told stories of family members who proudly served, freedoms and rights we enjoy because of their service, and gratitude for keeping us safe. Each of the veterans in attendance was presented with a folder of letters as a keepsake from the children. In Sylvestre’s letter, she aptly closed, “I can thank you, but I can never repay you.”
On cue, the third grade classes held up pieces of colored paper to form a giant American Flag that spanned the bleachers.
Finally, a slideshow of photographs filled the auditorium screen. The photos depicted veterans and listed their military name and rank, but as important was each veteran’s relationship to someone present in the school. In addition to their name and rank, their title included “grandfather of…,” “mother of…,” and “son of…,” naming the student, teacher, or administrator to whom the Veteran belonged. This added a very meaningful dimension.
To close the assembly, trumpet player Jeremy White expertly played a solemn rendition of “Taps,” which was echoed from afar by unseen trumpet player, Ava Cardner. It was a moving performance that resonated within the stillness of the full auditorium.
NCL's annual Santa Breakfast will be held on Saturday, December 6th from 9 to 10:30 a.m. in the H. Olive Day School cafeteria. Ring in the season with a Holiday Sing A Long featuring, Stacy Lake “Small Singers Shakers”, followed by a visit from Santa himself. Continental breakfast treats for all ages will be served.
Children ages 1-12 yrs: $10 each NCL members/$12 non-members
Adults: $1 NCL members/ $3 non-members
Children 12 months or younger: free
Register online at norfolkcommunityleague.org or by mailing your check (payable to Norfolk Community League) to NCL Santa Breakfast, PO BOX 450, Norfolk, MA 02056
For questions, please contact Tricia Frazier or Colleen O’Shea: email@example.com
The Norfolk Community League announced their annual Halloween Candy Give Back program was a success. On November 3, the NCL organized the drop off that produced, 74 boxes of donated candy. The sweet Halloween treats were then delivered to Operation American Soldier.
Girl Scout Troop 74746 volunteered to help collect and sort the candy.
In related Norfolk Community League news, the group is holding a Comedy Night on November 15th at the Italian American Club in Walpole. Doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets are $30 per person and includes appetizers and snacks (cash bar). Three comedians are scheduled to perform including headliner Ira Proctor. Tickets are available online at www.norfolkcommunityleague.org/events. Ticekts will not be sold at the door.
The event is open to everyone.
New players will be introduced to hockey in a fun, positive and safe environment. Previous ice skating experience is necessary, and the first 40 players to register will receive a free USA Hockey goodie bag and more. Full equipment is highly recommended, and KPW will supply a limited amount of equipment for new players to borrow. At the very least, players must have a helmet and gloves.
King Philip Walpole Youth Hockey is a non-profit community hockey organization for boys and girls from Norfolk, Plainville, Walpole and Wrentham. Players learn from USA Hockey-certified volunteer coaches who help new players build confidence and develop fundamentals through a focus on small-area games, skating skills and fun.
The Try Hockey for Free Day will begin with registration at 5 p.m., and include an hour of hockey at 6 p.m. and then a pizza party before Norfolk Arena’s open skate at 7 p.m. Norfolk Arena, 1 Dean St., Norfolk.
Interested players must register prior to the event. More details and registration information can be found at www.kpwhockey.org or by contacting KPW president Randy Yanoshak at 571-215-7729.