North Attleboro High School
Summer 2015 Newsletter
Greetings Friends and Fellow Alumni,
The school year has come to a conclusion, the weather is getting warmer and I'm sure you are all very excited for some rest and relaxation this summer. The NAHS Alumni Association has had a busy and productive year and our newsletter provides our supporters an overview of the activities and events we engaged in. In addition, we want to inform you of upcoming activities that we are sponsoring to give everyone a chance to get involved.
Towards the end of 2014, we sponsored our fourth annual Patriots Raffle. Andrew Plante, NAHS Class of 2002, was the winner and got to enjoy the Patriots beat the Miami Dolphins 41-13 at the December 14th game at Gillette Stadium. The net proceeds from the raffle totaled just under $1,000.
In January, we held our 8th Evening of Recognition cocktail night at the Highland Country Club. The event was a nice opportunity to hear from fellow alumni who have excelled in their lives either professionally or personally. There were five award recipients including Dr. Jeffrey Sutherland (’58), and Dr. P. Barry Ryan (’70), both recipients of the Joseph W. Martin, Jr. Distinguished Alumni Award. Laurie Blake, posthumously, was the recipient of the Excellence in Education Award and Anthony Sherman (’06), and Tara Rose (’03), were both recipients of the Young Alumni Award. Plaques for these five distinguished individuals are proudly hung in the Main Lobby of the High School next to the other fifty-four plaques awarded to recipients of this event dating back to 2007.
At the conclusion of the awards ceremony, the NAHS Alumni Association announced a donation of four Dell laptops to NAHS. As an association, we are dedicated to continue striving towards our goal, which is for every student to have access to a laptop.
The Association provides immediate support for one of the school's most important priorities—technology--because we realize that technology is no longer a luxury, but a necessity.Thank you to the dozens of individuals who financially support the NAHS Alumni Association and enable us to make technological donations for our students. Our supporters are listed in the donor section of this newsletter.
In May, we wished farewell to our student interns, Sakshi Wadhwa and David Simonds and were able to recruit two new student interns, Shannon Kingsley and Lauren Ruddy. Shannon and Lauren, both juniors and members of the National Honor Society, will be assisting us in fundraising efforts and spreading awareness. We look forward to working with them throughout the summer and into their Senior Year.
The mission of the NAHS Alumni Association is more important than ever. You are likely aware that the Town of North Attleboro continues to struggle with budget shortfalls and the recent failure to pass a Proposition 2 1/2 override left our schools facing deep cuts again. Regardless of how you feel about the issue of the override, you can make a financial difference to the high school by donating today.
This summer, we plan to kick off a Capital Contribution campaign. Inserts will be placed in the Free Press and donation letters will be distributed throughout North Attleboro, requesting donations. Our goal is to raise $5,000, which will go directly towards the purchase of laptops and other technological enhancement our students will take advantage of during the school day. We have provided a copy of the Fundraising Letter in this e-newsletter (by clicking here) or you can go online at www.nahsalumni.org to donate.
Included in this newsletter are many updates from recent activities at the High School in Academics, Athletics and the Arts. In addition, catch a glimpse of our top ten students and be sure to see what's going on in the lives of your classmates in Alumni News and Announcements.
I hope you enjoy this latest edition of the newsletter. We continue to try to spread the word about our mission and the deep needs we are trying to fill at the High School. Please forward this newsletter and be sure to check out our Facebook page.
All the best,The 3 A's at NAHS
Thomas Pirri '02
NAHS Alumni Association President
The NAHS Alumni Association congratulates all 307 graduates in the Class of 2015. Welcome to the NAHS Alumni Association!
North Attleboro Graduating Class 2015 Top Ten
NAHS Art Department News Spring 2015
The NAHS Art Department joined with the Music and Theatre Departments to present the Fine Arts Festival in May. Pickering Gymnasium was filled with a wonderful variety of student art and great music. The Cobb Theatre played host to several musical and theatric stage productions.Several students and staff attended the festival during the school day, and many more students joined parents and the community during the evening. Four student artists—Mitch Cupp, Ellie Fortier, Meredith Johnson, Nicole LaFond and Savanna Nelson—were honored to have some of their work selected and later displayed at The Preservation Framers in downtown North Attleboro. Rachel Faris and Savanna Nelson received Art Department Scholarships, and Ellie Fortier received The Preservation Framers Scholarship.
NAHS Music Department News Spring 2015
The Music Department had a very busy year indeed! Each year, thousands of students from around the state audition to perform in one of five district music festivals. The district you audition in is based on your geographic location in Massachusetts. This year in our Southeast District, North Attleboro was well represented with 18 students accepted. Following this audition, students with exceptional scores from each district were invited to audition against the best from around the state. This year, once again, North Attleboro was well represented with 5 students earning a spot to perform. They put on a wonderful performance at Boston's Symphony Hall.
In competition, the Marching Band returned to the Massachusetts circuit after an eight year hiatus, competing in three competitions this past October and earning bronze medals. In the Spring, the Concert Choir and Select Choir both earned silver medals, while the Concert Band earned a bronze.
The Music Department also took 90 people to NYC in May to sight see and attend a Broadway show. Students and chaperones were able to climb the Statue of Liberty, visit the 9/11 Memorial, and see an incredible production of Les Miserables.
The Music Department also hosted its first 5K road race in May. With a theme of "Back to the 80's," almost 500 runners took part in the inaugural fundraiser, raising almost $9,000 to support not only the NAHS Music Department but the K-12 program as well.(Submitted by Mr. TJ Rizzo ’01)
NAHS Theatre Department News Spring 2015
The NAHS Theatre Company produced the musical "Once On This Island" in April with the Music Department. A wonderful time was had by all involved.
In May we joined the Music Department again on a thoughtful and fun-filled trip to New York City and visited the Statue of Liberty, the 9/11 Memorial & Museum, Times Square, and saw the Broadway production of Les Miserables. In June we participated in the Fine Arts Festival and then inducted seven new members into the International Thespian Society, Troupe #1088.
New Officers were recently elected to the E-Board of the Theatre Company. They are: President- Olivia Pettengill, Vice President- Meredith Johnson, Treasurer- Abigail Rodriguez, Secretary- Lyndsey Burtch, Scribe- Michaela Goodman, Trustee- Nicole Boulanger, and Trustee- Katie Irey.
Our Fall Play is Pride and Prejudice, a romantic comedy based on Jane Austen's novel. We hope to see you all there on Friday or Saturday, November 20th & 21st, at 7:00 pm in the Judith E. Cobb Theatre.(Submitted by Ms. Lisa Forsgard, NAHS Theatre Director)
Boys and Girls Tennis both won league titles. Boys and Girls Outdoor Track both won league titles. Boys Lacrosse finished in second place in the league and Girls Lacrosse finished third. All six teams made the MIAA tournament. Boys track finished as runner up in the Division II East Championships. We had 22 league all-stars in all sports. Melissa Beaupre and Andrew Hanwell were our Athletic Trophy Cup winners. The Fisher Kelley Banquet was held at the Attleboro Elks again and was a huge success. Lindsay Paquin was awarded the Dr. Grant Award and Jake Wallace received the Dr. DeYoung Award.(Submitted by Mr. Kurt Kummer ’84, Athletic Director)
Below are the records of the spring varsity teams:
NAHS Alumni Association Award Recipients
The NAHS Alumni Association honored five individuals at the eighth annual Alumni Awards Banquet on Saturday, January 31, 2015 at Highland Country Club in Attleboro. Dr. Jeffrey Sutherland ’58 and Dr. P. Barry Ryan ’70 received the Joseph W. Martin, Jr. Distinguished Alumni Award, Tara Rose ’03 and Anthony Sherman ’07 received the Young Alumni Award, and the late Laurie Blake was the posthumous recipient of the Excellence in Education Award.
Click this link to view pictures from the Banquet and learn more about the recipients: http://www.nahsalumni.org/awardwinners.cfm
The Alumni Association has partnered with the NAHS Yearbook Department and have yearbooks from the 1940 - 2014 graduating classes available for sale. Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested. For an inventory of the yearbooks and the number available from each class, click here.
List of Donations & Volunteers
The commitment of those listed in the following pages is North Attleboro High School's greatest sources of strength. The parents, alumni, students, friends, faculty, staff and businesses give of themselves for the greater good of the school. We value and appreciate the many ways in which their active participation improves the everyday experiences of those at North Attleboro High School. We offer our sincerest thanks to all those who contribute. We thank you for your generosity and for supporting the NAHS Alumni Association.
Principal's Society (Gifts of $100 or more):
Margo Brissette *
JD Bradley *
Stephen Doucette *
Janet Hale *
Justin Kwan *
Total Lawn and Landscape, Inc. *
Nancy Vigorito *
Brian Zibuda *
Rocket Club (Gifts of $50 - $99):
Jonathan Allen *
Karen Colleran *
Joe Farroba *
Elisabeth Klarwasser *
Jeffrey Redding *
Patricia Smith *
Virginia Walkins *
NA Contributor's Club (Gifts of $1 - $49):
William Burke *
Joan Grosse *
Janice Lacasse *
Sheila Quinlan *
* 2013 and 2014 - Repeat donor
We would like to sincerely thank all who have donated their time and effort to help North Attleboro High School in its continued effort to provide an outstanding education to its students. Our volunteers are the cornerstone of North Attleboro High School Alumni Association's ability to meet its goals; we could not achieve success without you!
Alumni News and Announcements
1950 - 1952 - NAHS classes 1950 thru 1952 is holding a tri-union on Wednesday, October 7, 2015. Contact Max Sarazin email@example.com 508-240-4658.
1975 - Tim Collins was appointed to the Ohio Supreme Court's Board of Professional Responsibility in May 2015 for a 3 year term. This is the 28 person board that is the trial court for discipline for Ohio attorneys and judges. In June 2015 he was elected the treasurer of the Dunham Tavern Museum, the house museum and farm within the city limits of Cleveland, which preserves life as it was in the 1850’s. The Dunham family moved to Cleveland from Mansfield, MA in the early 1800’s. He is also the President-Elect for the Federal Bar Association, Northern District of Ohio Chapter, taking office on October 1, 2015 for 1 year. Cleveland is hosting the FBA National Convention in September 2016.
1988 - Carol (Johnson) Mureddu was recently inducted into the 2015 Rhode Island Recreation & Parks Association RI Hall of Fame. Carol has been employed at the Newport Recreation Department since 1994. Click here to read the Hall of Fame Press Release.
1996 - Jeremy Adams lives in Landisville, PA, with his wife Amanda and their son CJ (6) and daughter Ali (3). He coaches lacrosse at Hempfield High School and teaches at Elizabethtown Area High School, both in Lancaster County, PA. Jeremy is also a trainer for the US Lacrosse Coaching Education Program and a volunteer with the Central PA Chapter of US Lacrosse.
2002 - Tim Stuart married his longtime girlfriend, Lindsey Colvin (’04) and currently reside in North Attleboro.
Tom Pirri married his longtime girlfriend, Katherine Armstrong on November 21, 2014 and will be moving to Georgia in September 2015.
Caitlin O’Connor will be getting married in October 2015 in Boston, MA to her longtime boyfriend Adam Mushaweh.
Roxanne Carafone (Leinen) and her husband Vincent Carafone recently celebrated the birth of their first son, Hamilton.
Ryan Padula and his wife Justine celebrated the birth of their first daughter, Skylar.
Andrew Plante will be getting married in October 2015 in Bristol, RI to his longtime girlfriend Mary-Kate Curtis (’05).
Justin Jackson and his wife Amy gave birth to their first baby girl in March. Her name is Emma Mary-Ruth Jackson..
Jamie Leblanc and his wife recently gave birth to their second daughter, Eva.
2004 - Paul O'Leary and his wife Elizabeth welcomed their first son Brendan on October 23, 2015.
2005 - Eric Schafer & Annie Schafer (formerly Lynn), were married on May 22, 2015.
Chris Udall & Rachael Udall (formerly Weintraub) just celebrated their first anniversary of being married (married July 5, 2014). Both were from the class of 2005, and both were class officers for officers of this class.
10 year Reunion. Plans are already in the works and it is scheduled for Friday, November 27, 2015. If anyone would like more info they can email our class officers at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
2007 - Greg Hebert & Laura Hebert (formerly Reiffarth) were married in April of 2014 and are now expecting their first child due in the beginning of 2016.
Michael O'Leary recently married his Clemson College sweetheart Catherine on May 23, 2015.
2011 - Nick O'Leary recently graduated from UCONN on May 9th with a degree in Biomedical Engineering and will begin his Masters in the Fall of 2015.
Many thanks to all who contributed to this newsletter!
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