King Philip Middle School released its Term 3 Honor Roll. To see the complete list click here.
King Philip Regional High School and Tri-County High School seniors were recognized for their successes in school at The United Regional Chamber of Commerce’s Spotlight on Education Breakfast. Held at Lake Pearl Luciano’s, on May 27, the United Regional Chamber of Commerce honored the top 10 students from the senior classes as well as the Unsung Heroes, students who excel in other areas, has outstanding leadership qualities, or is outstanding in some other way.
KING PHILIP REGIONAL SCHOOL Students: Caroline Arnold, Gianna Bender, Brian Berry, Sarah Burke, Lukas Cepkauskas, Andrew Dunne, Benjamin Elliott, Elise Lambalot, Amy Mason, Sarah Radford. The UNSUNG HERO is Olivia Mosolgo.
TRI-COUNTY REGIONAL VOCATIONAL TECHNICAL HIGH SCHOOL Students: Michael John Ambrose, Laura Beth Auerbach, Jessica Lyn Coates, Maximillian Roxin Dixon, Dillan William Hoyt, Christopher Gerard Lenzi, Lindsey Joyce Ogden, Cassius James Peter, Caroline Marie Read, Emily Rose Spillane. The UNSUNG HERO is Jake Ducharme.
Photos by Heller Photography.
by Elizabeth Cyr, Director of Public Relations
Last week, King Philip DECA held their annual end of the year senior banquet. First, superlatives were given out, everything from “Best Public Speaker,” “Most Likely to Become a CEO,” and “Biggest Dow Fan,” to “DECA Mom and Dad.” Competitive awards were also recognized. These awards included recognition of four top ten teams form our recent International Career Development Conference in Orlando, Florida. Since 2011, KP DECA has qualified at least one team in the top ten in international competition.
Each member of the senior DECA class was recognized for their involvement in the program. Then, the Senior Officer Team bid a tearful goodbye to the organization that has become a second family to them over their two years in the program. President Sam Boardman, Director of Membership Kayleigh Connor, Director of Communications Lexie Eblan, Director of Finance Evan Andrews, Director of Initiatives Norah Sandland, Director of Public Relations Grace Davis, and State Officer Devyn Vinson will be missed and ultimately remembered for their service.
Elizabeth Cyr is a King Philip student at Director of Public Relations for KP DECA.
House Minority Leader Bradley Jones, Jr. (R-North Reading) appointed Representative Shawn Dooley (R-Norfolk) to the Elections Task Force.
The task force was created as part of an election reform bill that passed the Legislature last spring, which expands access to early voting beginning in 2016 and allows for 16- and 17-year-olds to pre-register to vote. In addition to studying the costs and administrative requirements associated with implementing early voting in Massachusetts, the task force will also look at ways to reduce wait times at polling locations on election day, violations of laws prohibiting fraudulent voting and voter impersonation, same-day voter registration, and the feasibility of utilizing expanded technology, including election day mobile alerts, computer automated auditing, electronic transferring of absentee ballots and online voting.
“Representative Dooley has a clear understanding of the relevant issues the task force will be looking at, having served on the conference committee that reconciled the differences between the House and Senate versions of the election reform bill last session,” said Jones. “Combined with his background and experience as a certified municipal clerk, he is well-qualified to help craft recommendations that will expand access to voting while also ensuring that appropriate safeguards are in place to prevent voter fraud.”
“I am honored to have been appointed to the Elections Task Force. It is great to be able to continue with the work I started while serving on last session’s election law conference committee. Voting is one of the most important tools of our democracy and being able to make sure that right is safeguarded is a role that I am excited to take on,” said Dooley. “I am fortunate to have served as a Town Clerk and have proposed several bills this session which will help ensure our citizens’ voices are heard while aligning with the mission of this task force.”
The task force is scheduled to submit its report and recommendations to the Legislature on or before August 1, 2017.
Representative Dooley represents the Ninth Norfolk District, which is comprised of the towns of Norfolk, Plainville, Wrentham, Medfield, Millis and Walpole. He previously served as the Norfolk Town Clerk and as the Chairman of the Norfolk School Committee before winning a special election in January of 2014.
Seventh graders at King Philip Middle School recently raised $10,152.71 for the children of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital by participating in the Math-A-Thon. Every seventh grader completed the 250 problems in the Math-A-Thon booklet, and 220 of the students also collected sponsors. The money raised will help St. Jude in its ongoing fight against childhood catastrophic diseases. Much of the work done by St. Jude supports children with cancer and their families.
James Munn was the top fundraiser; he raised $620.
Jamie Sanislow collected $320
Ryan Lacy brought back $285.
Diego Cordero raised $280.
Tristan Stephani was able to raise $275.
Since 2007, KPMS has raised over $112,000 for St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital through the Math-A-Thon. St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is internationally recognized for its pioneering work in finding cures and saving children with cancer and other catastrophic diseases. Founded by the late entertainer Danny Thomas, and based in Memphis, Tennessee, St. Jude freely shares its discoveries with scientific and medical communities around the world. No family ever pays for treatments not covered by insurance, and families without insurance are never asked to pay.
The deadline for DARE to Dream Summer Day Program is Saturday, May 30. Applications went out right before April school vacation and can be found on program's web site. Extra copies are also available in the school offices.
All applications received after May 30 will be charged a $25 late fee.
Weeks are listed by the current grade (Spring 2015) of your child. Dates for the program are the following:
Please check out our website for a few examples of what happens throughout the week at www.daretodreamsummer.com. We also encourage you to "LIKE" us on Facebook to get updates, photos, and overall information about our program. As we enter our 23rd year, we look forward to your son/daughter joining us for what will be a memorable summer in 2015! Thanks, DARE to Dream Summer Day Program Staff
Plainville Farmers Market was scheduled to open this weekend but the new date is June 7. The reason for the delay is described as a "glitch". The message on the Farmers Market Facebook page read, "Due to a glitch the Plainville Farmers Market will not be opening until June 7th. Sorry for the inconvenience this may have caused. I just want to be sure everything is in place with the Town of Plainville before opening."
King Philip High School's Henry Carr and Foxborough High School's Erika Snow and were presented the 2015 Sam Berns Courage Awards for Peer Leadership by Norfolk District Attorney Michael Morrissey this month during a ceremony at Wrentham District Court.
“Like the extraordinary young man for whom this award is named, these seniors have shown a dedication to strengthening their schools and their communities through personal achievement and helping others undeterred, and possibly strengthened, by their own personal challenges,” Morrissey said after presenting the awards during Law Day ceremonies on May 8, 2015.
Foxborough’s Sam Berns rose to national prominence as the subject of the 2013 HBO documentary “Life According to Sam,” about his remarkable experience and achievement while living with Progeria, sometimes called premature aging disease. “As a District Attorney, I am too often dealing with the consequences of destructive decision making by young adults,” Morrissey said. “We have created this award, with the help of Sam’s parents and others, to recognize students who are building their communities, overcoming obstacles and giving of themselves. Henry and Erika are excellent examples of these kinds of students.”
Carr, who was nominated by KPHS Principal Lisa Oliveria, is president of KP Cares and the Leo Club, ranked at the top of his class, a football player and captain of the track team. While being treated for cancer, Carr learned that another student at KP had been diagnosed. He asked the school to connect them and buddied up with the younger student. He started KP’s “Random Act of Kindness Day” on the day before Valentine’s Day, and developed a DECA International project that eventually raised thousands of dollars for the Jimmy Fund and the families of two other students with cancer. He will attend Holy Cross in the fall.
Snow, who will major in robotics engineering at WPI in the fall, was nominated by FHS principal Diana Myers-Pachla. Shewho described Snow as a role model for other students, an honor student with extraordinary aptitude in science and engineering while staying active in the school’s music program. She is involved in her church and youth ministry, volunteer work with the homeless, and is the first female athlete on the high school wrestling team, earning a 6 - 2 record in her senior year.
“Henry and Erika deserve to be recognized for the talent and motivation that has made them leaders in their schools, and will likely make them leaders throughout their lives,” Morrissey said.
Presenting the awards with the District Attorney were Sam Berns’ parents, doctors Leslie Gordon and Scott Berns, and Brian Earley, the General Manager of Patriot Place, who helped create the award.
Pictured: Sam Berns Courage Award recipients Henry Carr and Erika Snow, at center, were congratulated on their awards by, from left, Sam’s parents Scott Berns and Leslie Gordon, Norfolk DA Michael Morrissey, who presented the awards, and Patriot Place General Manger Brian Earley, whose organization helped create the prize.
Opening day is Sunday, May 24 for Plainville Farmers Market. Held on Sunday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Old Wood School, 200 South St. There will be alpacas for the kids to meet plus fresh vegetables such as lettuce, radish, asparagus and beets. There will also be cookies, breads, granola and more.
Plainville Farmers Market is also on Facebook.
Plainville selectmen George Sutherland is donating a twenty planters to be placed South Stt. The town of Plainville is asking people to "adopt" these planters and to fill them with plants and maintain them from May until October. The planters can be picked up in Town Hall and should be spaced evenly along both sides of the street from the public safety building to the center of town at the lights.
(Source: Town of Plainville Web site.)