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April 2013

Association News Academics and the Arts at NAHS Alumni News and Announcements

North Attleboro High School
Alumni Association
Spring 2013 Newsletter

Association News

Friends and Fellow Alumni,

           I hope this edition of our eNewsletter finds you doing well and I'm sure many are looking forward to the summer. As the calendar turns to spring, the Alumni Association is proud to report that we have made a donation to purchase Windows 7 and MicroSoft Office licenses to enable the 12 laptops that have been generously donated to the High School to be put into circulation. In addition, we have partnered with current student leaders at the High School for a fundraising event for students and alumni to interact in a fun and welcoming environment.

The North Attleboro High School has experienced a number of success stories over the past 2 years. Advanced Placement (AP) enrollment, AP exams administered as well qualifying AP scores by our students have increased tremendously leading NAHS to the prestigious distinction of being the ONLY school in the state of Massachusetts to be selected to the AP District Honor Roll as well as the AP Stem Access Program. In addition, NAHS is the recipient of a $6M grant for the renovation of the science labs. The project is expected to be completed in September 2013 and will include 12 state-of-the-art science labs.

While the High School has much to be proud of, the current state of technology has not kept up with the unprecedented growth over the past five years. The NAHS Alumni 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.

In March, we officially kicked off the Capital contribution campaign. Inserts were placed in the Free Press and donation letters were distributed throughout North Attleboro requesting donations. The current ratio of students to computers is 7-to-1 and there are only 25 laptops in the entire school. We are striving for a 1-to-1 ratio and are confident this campaign can improve that ratio.

You can click here to download the donation form. All completed forms may be sent to: North Attleboro High School Alumni Association / P.O. Box 1051, North Attleboro, MA 02761.

Included in the eNewsletter are many updates from recent activities at the High School in Arts, Academics, and Athletics. Also, be sure to see what's going on in the lives of your classmates in Alumni News and Announcements.

I hope you enjoy this first edition in 2013 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.


Thomas Pirri '02
NAHS Alumni Association President

Academics and the Arts at NAHS

  • Spring is testing season at NAHS. Beginning in May, over 200 students, the most in school history, will sit for a variety of Advanced Placement exams.
  • Spring is also the time for academic awards and senior exercises.
  • The National Honor Society Spring Awards Assembly is scheduled for Thursday, May 16, 2013, during periods 3 and 4.
  • Informal Class Day and Senior Class Night are scheduled for June 5th, at 12:09 PM and 6:00 PM respectively.
  • Commencement is scheduled for Friday, June 7th, at 6:00 PM on Beaupre Field. All are invited to attend the Senior Class Night and Commencement.
  • The NAHS Theatre Company and Senior AP English class recently travelled to Trinity Repertory Company in Providence to see "Crime and Punishment," and were later visited by actors and techies from Trinity Rep during Theatre classes to discuss the production.
  • The Spring Musical this year is "The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee" an irreverent comedy about a high stakes spelling competition. The show is under the direction of Ms. Lisa Forsgard, with musical direction by Mr. Rob Couture. Mr. Dan Snizek, NAMS music teacher, will lead the pit orchestra. The show will be presented on May 10th and 11th, at 7:00 pm, in the Cobb Theatre. Tickets are $12.00/$10.00. Please be advised, this is not a show for very young children as some mature themes are addressed.
  • Members of the Basic Video classes recently attended the High School Video Production Conference in Millis, Massachusetts, and met teachers and students from around the state. They were able to attend several workshops led by professional film and television directors and producers and also viewed films by other high school students.

Alumni News and Announcements


The North Attleboro High School Hockey Alumni hosted The 5th Annual NAHS Hockey Alumni Game to raise money for the North Hockey program on Saturday, April 6th at 7 p.m. at the Lori Hockey rink in Walpole on Rt 1. The game featured North High School Hockey alumni over 30 years old playing the alumni under 30 this year. There were events for the kids between periods, raffles and much more, including an after party for alumni, friends and family.


1945 - Martha Quilty Tufts passed away in 2012. She lived in Texas.


NAHS classes 1950, '51 & '52 are planning a triunion, or 3 class reunion where reunions are getting smaller each year. We will enjoy the company of schoolmates we passed in the halls so many years ago. It will be held on Tue 17 Sep 2013 in the Attleboro area.


1960 - Last year Jonathan Rickard was elected a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland, located at the National Museums, Edinburgh. He is the author of Mocha and Related Dipped Wares, 1770-1939, (University Press of New England, 2006), and a contributor to the annual journal, Ceramics in America, as well as The Magazine Antiques, Maine Antique Digest, and Early American Life. He has lectured extensively on design and ceramic history on both sides of the Atlantic.

1962 - The Class of 1962 held their 50th reunion "Together Again Against All Odds" on the weekend of October 12th – 14th 2012. The reunion headquarters was located at the Taunton Holiday Inn. The final registration list included 70 classmates and 39 guests from all parts of the USA, Canada and even South Africa. On Friday night several class members attended the football game at Community Field. On Saturday tours of "The Little Red Schoolhouse", "The Falls Fire Barn" and the "Old High School" were well attended. Saturday night the class gathered for fellowship and a reunion dinner at the Holiday Inn and on Sunday a Brunch was held at the Inn. A memorial table for 22 deceased classmates was displayed in the meeting room. Thanks to Monica (West) Drahonovsky a reunion yearbook was published and enjoyed by all.


1971 - Cynthia (Bouthillette) Tanzi has been married for 28 years to David S. Tanzi and have 3 children. Their oldest daughter got married in October 2011 and lives in Boston, MA. Their second daughter has her masters in kinesiology and their son has almost finished his bachelors in sociology and belongs to the punk band OC45 out of Boston. Cynthia just started fundraising for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's Team In Training. Her goal is to raise $5,000 in the next 4 months to further research and development to find a cure for all blood cancers. While fundraising she will also be training to race walk the Nike Women's half marathon in Washington D.C. Cynthia has been with TNT for 2 1/2 years and became a TNT walk coach last year. Check out her my fundraising website at http://pages.teamintraining.org/ri/nikewhlf13/ctanzi

1974 - Susan M. Bouthillette-Bennett was promoted to Group Director-Human Resources for Tiffany & Co. Susan has been with Tiffany since 1990.

           Laurie Carpenter (Munroe) checked in with us! The last of her six children have graduated college and four of the six (so far) have blessed her with nine grandchildren, ranging in age from three weeks to 12 years old. She and her husband, Loren, still live in NA, as do all their children with their families. Laurie received her M.S. Ed a few years ago and she's working on her doctorate in education. After running a child daycare for 37 years, Laurie is beginning the shift to teaching at the other end of the education spectrum, college students. She loves it! Laurie is hoping, after a 15 year hiatus, that the Class of '74 will have a reunion next year!

1974 - Bernadette Varney Hamad ended up in an unlikely place based her high school experiences. She has been married for thirty years and has two wonderful children. She has led a career in middle school as a math teacher, curriculum leader, and administrator. Bernadetteis currently the Principal of a middle school. In addition, sheis anticipating completing the UCONN program for Executive Leadership in July earning her a certification as a superintendent. Her education truly is life long.


1992 - David Brauneis and his wife Ellanore welcomed their first child, Victoria Evelyn Brauneis, on October 23, 2012. Victoria weighed 9 lbs. 4 oz. and measured 20 1/2 inches long. Just days after arriving home from the hospital, they were evacuated from Hoboken, NJ due to Superstorm Sandy on a journey that took them through CT, NY, NJ, PA, MD, VA, WV, and NC. It was a very exciting first couple of weeks of life but now everyone is back home safe and sound.

1995 - Brooke Smith Marston & Tania Scholtes joined forces and opened "New England Treaures" located at 103 Church Street in Whitinsville, MA in February 2013. Brooke had originally opened Glow Airbrush Tanning in the same store space and teamed up with Tania to use the extra space to help local artists sell their handcrafted items on a consignment basis. So far the store has quilts, blankets, scarves, metal art, candles, hand dyes clothing, jewelry and much more.

           Emily Constantine (Thomas) and her husband Rob welcomed their second child, a girl, named Katherine Linda on October 5, 2012.

           Erica Launikitis (VanZandt) and her husband Bill welcomed their fourth child, Charles Richard Launikitis (Charlie) on February 7, 2013. He was 7lbs 10oz and 20.5 inches.

           Steve St. John is a Federal Agent with NCIS and is moving overseas to Bahrain this summer for work.

1996 - Gina Szigety (Carioggia) and her husband Mark welcomed their second son, Patrick, in July 2012. Big brother Luke (age 3) enjoys serving as constant entertainment. The Szigety family recently settled in Westwood, MA.

1998 - Bridget Mullen Faucher married Zach Faucher, who is an Architect, in 2005. They have a daughter, Kiley who was born in July of 2009 and a son, Wes who was born in July 2012. Bridget works at Houghton Physical Therapy in Attleboro as an orthopedic certified specialist Physical therapist.

           Matt Feid and his wife, Robyn, welcomed their second child Dylan James on Feb. 13, 2013 at 4:57pm. He was 8 lbs. 14 oz. and 21 inches. He joins his big sister Kaelynn (2) who adores him!


2002 - Bethany Alberts (Edwards) was married to Luke Alberts on July 21, 2012. Friends VinnyZuffante and Ali Farren, also NAHS 2002 alumni, were both in the wedding!

2003 - Meghan Mobley (Weldon) married Eric Mobley of Attleboro on May 26 2012 at Capron Park in Attleboro.


2012 - Jessica Schlicting made First Semester Dean's List at the University of Rhode Island and induction into the Phi Eta Sigma National Honor Society.

           Samantha Schlicting earned First Semester Dean's List At Curry College in Milton, MA.

Many thanks to all who contributed to this newsletter!

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