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April 2011

Association News The 3 A's at NAHS Personal Profiles Alumni News and Announcements

North Attleboro High School
Alumni Association
Spring 2011 Newsletter

Friends and Fellow Alumni,

           I hope this edition of our eNewsletter finds you doing well and looking forward to summer. As the calendar turns to spring, we have included 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.

For the Alumni Association we are eagerly anticipating our 5th annual Alumni Awards Event on May 6th at Highland Country Club. In addition to another great group of inductees, we are very excited about a revised format to the event. Taking feedback from many alumni, we plan to provide a much more social festivity. Our "Evening of Recognition" will take on the look and feel of an elegant cocktail party with our inductees receiving their awards throughout the night. You will still get the chance to hear a few words from the winners, but you should have much more time to catch up with former classmates, faculty, and friends.

The mission of the Alumni Association is still strong, and the feedback received from our last donation of wireless NetBook computers to the Media Center has received great reviews. They are being utilized almost 100% all periods of the day and the staff is clamoring for more. The "Evening of Recognition" will feature some tremendous raffles and silent auctions to help further our cause, so I hope you will consider buying a ticket and placing a bid.

Thanks for taking the time to stay in touch with your alma mater and please pass this eNewsletter on to your friends. The network of NAHS alumni grows everyday. Be a part of it. If you are able to attend on May 6th, please seek me out. I'd love to hear your feedback.

Warm wishes,

Keith Lapointe '93
NAHS Alumni Association President

Association News


John Rhyno '66, Pat Fitzgibbons '74, and Don Johnson '79 will be among the eight individuals honored May 6 by the North Attleboro High School Alumni Association at its fifth annual awards night at Highland Country Club.

Rhyno and Fitzgibbons will be honored as recipients of the NAHS Alumni Community Impact Award, which recognizes alumni who have distinguished themselves both personally and professionally in their service to the North Attleboro community.

Johnson will be among four recipients of Excellence in Education Award, given annually to recognize current or past staff members at North Attleboro High School for exceptional commitment to excellence in the classroom and/or dedication to the students, staff and the school. This year's other recipients include Arthur Nunes, the late William C. Kummer, and Betty Graas.

Dawn Norris Doak '92 and Dan Patnaude '91 will be this year’s recipients of the Young Alumni Award, created to honor the achievements of those graduates within the last 20 years who have distinguished themselves by their achievements at a particularly early age in their professional, personal or civic endeavors.

This year’s winners will be honored at “An Evening of Recognition,” a cocktail party that will be held at Highland Country Club, Attleboro, MA, on Friday, May 6, 2011. This event starts at 6pm and will include raffles, a silent auction, and music by Liz and Danielle Bayer.

Tickets for the cocktail party, which include hearty appetizers and stations, cost $40 and can be purchased at the High School main office, or by contacting Katie Fisher at Katie@12occasions.com or Jack Johnson at the High School at 508-643-2115 x235. This event is open to the public.



Malia is the 3 year old daughter of North Attleboro native and NAHS Alumni Glen Jusczyk (Class of 1993) and his wife Meg. On April 1, 2011, Malia was diagnosed with Stage IV Neuroblastoma. Glen and Meg have moved their family to Massachusetts from Florida to ensure that Malia gets the best care possible from Dana Farber Hospital.

A fundraising event has been scheduled for:
May, 14, 2011 from 7pm - 11pm at Plainridge Race Course in Plainville, MA.

Tickets are $15.00/person when purchased in advance and will be $20.00/person when purchased at the door.

Please contact Sandra (sandramariaspencer@comcast.net) and/or Randy (sandramariaspencer@comcast.net) Spencer through email if you are interested in attending or helping out with the event.

The event will include food, DJ, an auction, silent auction, raffle items and a 50/50 raffle.

All donations may be sent to:
Soccer for Kids’ Sake
c/o Law Office of Randy J. Spencer, LLC
51 Man Mar Drive, Suite 3A
Plainville, MA 02762

Please write "Malia" or "Jusczyk" on your donation or in the memo section of your check to ensure that it goes directly to Malia Jusczyk.

All donations are 100% tax deductible and the Tax ID number is available upon request.

PLEASE MAKE EVERY EFFORT TO GET ALL DONATION ITEMS TO "Soccer for Kids Sake" BY MAY 5th. Please also ensure that all items are accompanied with information as to who was responsible for obtaining said items, we would like to give credit where credit is do. It would be greatly appreciated given the time necessary to categorize and ready the items.

Thank you all for your support of the Jusczyks during this time.

The 3 A's at NAHS

Academics: College-bound seniors have begun the college application process that will go a long way toward determining their post-high school plans. The NAHS Guidance Department has sponsored a number of college fairs in the High School cafeteria, and many seniors began visiting schools last summer. Teachers have already read stacks of college essay drafts and written dozens of recommendations. In other words, it's business as usual at North High. In our next newsletter, we'll look to share news about early acceptances and potential scholarship winners.

Arts: The NAHS Theatre Company has had a very busy fall with field trips to Trinity Repertory Company in Providence for "Camelot" and to Wheaton College in Norton for "The Importance of Being Ernest." In October the NATC entertained Special Olympic athletes and sang the National Anthem at their regional Soccer Tournament. November brought the culmination of weeks of rehearsals, set building, and technical work to present the 1930's screwball comedy, "My Sister Eileen," to almost sold out and appreciative audiences. The Dance-A-Thon in early December had a theme of a semi-formal masquerade. The Theatre Company is currently in rehearsals for the One Act Play Festival to be held on January 15, 2011, at 7:00 pm, in the Judith E. Cobb Theatre. All three plays have student directors.

Athletics: It was another successful fall for NAHS sports teams, led by the undefeated Girls Volleyball team that finished 20-0 to win the Hockomock League (21-1 overall). Here are the records of our other fall teams: Girls Cross Country (2-2), Boys Cross Country (3-1), Field Hockey (5-11-2), Football (10-1), Golf (7-9), Boys Soccer (8-5-5) and Girls Soccer (6-8-4).

In addition, Anthony Sherman ('07) will lead the University of Connecticut Huskies football team against the University of Oklahoma in the Fiesta Bowl on New Year's Day. This marks UCONN’s first ever Bowl Championship Series appearance. Congratulations, Anthony.

To learn more about NAHS Athletics, visit http://sharepoint.naschools.net/highschool/Athletics/default.aspx.

Alumni News and Announcements


           The Class of 1962 is currently planning for a 50th reunion in 2012. A core group of classmates have begun to plan for the reunion with a suggested time frame of Columbus Day Weekend in 2012. That would be the weekend of October 6th, 7th and 8. Over 30 classmates have been located and they would like to locate many more. Class members should contact one of the following with their email address, phone number and suggestions: Bruce Brockway (bbrockw62@comcast.net), Terry Maloney (maloneytk@comcast.net), Mary Jane (Riley) Poirier (mjay122744@yahoo.com), Barbara (Tourigny) Stanford (barbarastanford@hotmail.com)


           Aimee Morrison Hefron ('90) and her husband Mike Hefron ('87) welcomed their third child, Rorie Grace Hefron on Friday, September 10th, 2010 at 10:03am. She weighed 8 pounds 5 ounces and was 20 3/4 inches long at birth. She is a happy and healthy baby girl. She was also welcomed home by her identical twin big brothers Liam and Seamus Hefron - now 2 years and 9 months old.
           Rebecca Cahoon-Bedard ('94) graduated from Bridgewater State College in Jan 2010 with a BS in Criminal Justice. She got married on July 4th 2010 to Eric Bedard and they welcomed their first child on Aug 31, 2010.
           The Class of 1995 will be hosting their 15th Year Reunion on Friday, November 26th at 7pm at the Highland Country Club in Attleboro, Ma. The price of tickets are $35/person and $60/couple. Please make checks payable to: The Class of 1995. Checks can be mailed to Jessica Blake Scola; 1782 Lombard Street San Francisco, CA 94123. Kindly submit payment by Friday, November 5th. A block of rooms have been reserved at the Holiday Inn on Rte 1 in North Attleboro for Thursday, November 25th & Friday, November 26th at a rate of $95/night. Mention the NAHS Class of 1995 when booking your reservation to get this discounted rate. For further inquiries, a class e-mail account has been set up: NAHS1995@yahoo.com We are looking for old pictures from our high school days to present during the evening of the Reunion. Please send your jpeg files to our class e-mail account.
           Jeni Brett (Malette) ('95) was promoted to Chief Petty Officer in the Navy. She been in the Navy for 14 years and is currently on a deployment to the Persian Gulf region on USS MILUS DDG-69. When she returns from deployment (sometime around the holidays) she be going to a new ship, USS Sampson DDG-102. They’re both home ported in San Diego where she lives with her husband Jason (also a Chief Petty Officer in the Navy) and her two children, Sam, 9 and Anna, 4.


           After high school, Hanna Brezinski-Jackson (Herrman) ('01) attended Framingham State College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and moved to San Diego, CA in 2007. She married her husband David in April of 2009, who is now serving aboard the USS Higgins in the United States Navy. She is presently employed as a veterinary technician here in San Diego, and attends night school to achieve a post-baccalaureate degree in biology.
           Private First Class Gunnar Mattson ('08) is currently deployed in Iraq in support of Operation New Dawn until around August 2011 . His unit's mission is an advise and assist operation, helping the Iraqi Army and Iraqi Police build up it's strength to take complete control over their own country.

Many thanks to all who contributed to this newsletter!

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