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July 2009

Association News The 3 A's at NAHS

North Attleboro High School
Alumni Association
Summer 2009 Newsletter

Greetings from the President:

           As another school year comes to a close, we celebrate another successful year for the Alumni Association and look forward to more great things to come. Elections were recently held and the new Alumni Association Board of Directors are President: Keith Lapointe '93, Vice President Stacey (Bliss) Nassaney '92, Treasurer Steve Parkinson '91, Secretary Morgan (Beith) Tower '00, and Mitch MacDonald '79 continues to serve as our Past President. I am very excited about being given the opportunity to President for another year.

In this addition of the eNewsletter you will find recaps of the Spring, including the 2009 Distinguished Alumni Banquet and the Academics, Arts, and Athletics at the High School. Looking forward to the Fall we will be planning our first Fall Fundraiser. Morgan Beith '00 will be chairing the event and we are actively looking for help with the planning. Please let me know if you are interested in helping.

Finally, I am excited to announce that we intend to make another donation to the High School shortly after the first of the year. We continue to be committed to improving the technology at the high school and are still looking for additional donations. Please follow this link to find out how to make a donation, including online donations. Every donation helps us make valuable contributions to the current high school experience. www.nahsalumni.org/donations.cfm

I hope you enjoy a happy and safe summer and I look forward to seeing many of you soon.

Warm wishes,
Keith Lapointe '93

Association News

NAHS Alumni Association Honors Eight Individuals at Third Annual Awards Banquet
By Mitch Mac Donald '79

Over 100 friends and family of our community and our high school gathered May 8 at the North Attleboro High School Alumni Association's 3rd Annual Awards Banquet to honor eight individuals whose dedication, service, and accomplishments remind us all of the tremendous work and wonderful people who make North Attleboro High School a very special place.

Among those honored were Dr. David Christianson ('79) and the late Clayton Dietz ('41). Both received the Joseph W. Martin, Jr. Distinguished Alumni Award, named after the distinguished graduate of the class of 1902. The award is given annually to recognize the outstanding professional, personal and civic achievements of the men and women graduates of North Attleboro High School.

Dietz, a World War II veteran who passed away on March 26, was a Brown University graduate who enjoyed a remarkable career in international banking, having worked in Brazil, New York City, and several countries on the Asian and African continents. David Christianson, PhD, is the Roy and Diana Vagelos Professor in Chemistry and Chemical Biology at the University of Pennsylvania, where since 1988 his research interests have focused on the structure, mechanism, and inhibition of metal-requiring enzymes. He has published more than 150 papers in this area.

Richard Beaudoin, PhD, Class of 1993, received 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.

Educator Excellence Awards were presented to Elaine Bedard ('69), Judith E. Cobb, Jim Frutchey and Ed Shockro. All four served more than three decades in the classroom at NAHS, and have left a lasting positive impression on literally thousands of students.

Finally, the Association presented an Honorary Alumni Award, posthumously, to Mr. Jack Fitzgibbons, Sr., father of five NAHS graduates who in his life was among the most ardent and dedicated supporters of the school's students, athletes, and programs.

About the NAHS AA: The North Attleboro High School Alumni Association is a non-profit, volunteer group of alumni, friends, faculty, and administrators of North Attleboro High School. The members seek to build and strengthen the community of NAHS graduates and to explore opportunities to enhance the educational experience of current and future NAHS students. Membership is open to all graduates, parents, and friends of North Attleboro High School.

The NAHS Alumni Association will be hosting a Fundraising Event this
Fall. Enjoy good competition and great company during our
"Trivia Night" in October . . . but the question is,
Are You Smarter than a Ninth Grader?!

The 3 A's at NAHS

Academics: Formal Class Night was held at the North Attleboro High School on Wednesday, June 3, 2009.

Senior Essayists: Shums Alikhan, Sarah Sieber, Abigail Sprague

Principal's Awards: Jillian Brunelli, Julianne Cappadona, Kathryn Czepiel, Abigail DelVecchio, Lauren Goldberg, Amy Goss, Hannah-Lee Hilsman, Patrick Keen, Caitlin Kenney, Alexandra Kostaras, Brian Lewis, Jennifer Lougee, Alexander Lovejoy, Christina Perera, Bradley Quade, Chelsea Ryan, Stephanie Solomon, Bethany Tupper, Jacquelyn Tupper, Carolyn Udall, Alexandra Van Buren

President's Education Awards: Shums Alikhan, Jillian Brunelli, Julianne Cappadona, Lauren Crepeau, Kathryn Czepiel, Abigail DelVecchio, Kerry Fitzpatrick, Lauren Goldberg, Amy Goss, Alison Higgins, Hannah-Lee Hilsman, Nicholas Howard, Patrick Keen, Caitlin Kenney, Alexandra Kostaras, Brian Lewis, Ashley Llewellyn, Alexander Lovejoy, Stephen Norris, Christina Perera, Bradley Quade, Chelsea Ryan, Stephanie Solomon, Bethany Tupper, Jacquelyn Tupper, Carolyn Udall, Alexandra Van Buren, Nicholas Wade, Benjamin Whalen

Academic Awards:

J. Mott History Award Julianne Cappadona
Art Award Andrew Reach
John Bellissimo Outstanding Business Student Award Thomas Tati
English Award Brittany Tupper
French Award Kaitlyn Feeley
Marie J. Scanlin Literary Award (Excellence in Writing) Kaitlyn Feeley
Mathematics Award Stephen Norris
Music Award Peter Mitchell
Science Award Alexandra Kostaras
Jacquelyn Tupper
Spanish Award Nisha Patel
Theater Arts Award Olivia Lander
The Vincent P. Baldasaro Award for Excellence
          In Law and Government
Nicholas Howard
Crockett Award: Amy Chea
Athletic Trophy Cup Awards: Julianne Cappadona
Nick Wade
Massachusetts Secondary School Administrators Association: Amy Chea
School Council Award: Lauren Goldberg
Gregory Reddington
School Committee Service: Shaun Crimmins
Valedictorian: Jacquelyn Tupper
Salutatorian: Kerry Fitzpatrick
Bob and Linda Gay Education Scholarship: Jack Blais
Dedication of Yearbook: Mr. Robert Albertini

Arts:: The NAHS Theatre Company ended their very successful year with a Red Carpet themed party and the induction of eight new students into our Troupe 1088 of the International Thespian Society. The Theatre Arts Medal and Kathleen McKiel Scholarship were awarded (based on a vote by the Company of qualifying seniors) to Miss Olivia Lander, a lighting specialist, stage manager, and President of the Theatre Company. Olivia is headed to Regis College with our best wishes and requests to return for many visits.

Excellence in Acting Awards went to graduating seniors Alison Higgins and Caroline Munger. Excellence in Technical Theatre went to Olivia Lander. Voted by their peers as Best Thespians were Olivia Lander and Connor Bry. Elected as officers for next school year are President Travis Garlick, Vice President & Scribe Connor Bry, Treasurer Kim Fears, and Secretary Mary O'Donnell.

Production work is underway on the fall play, "Clue," based on the popular board game and film, which will have three alternate endings for the audience to choose. Dates of the fall play are Friday and Saturday, November 21st & 22nd. We invite all the NAHS alumni to come and see this murderous mystery!

Athletics: Spring Sports Results 2009
Boys Lacrosse 4-14
Girls Lacrosse 4-13
Boys tennis 11-7
Girls Tennis 17-3
Girls Softball 10-10
Baseball 12-8
Boys Track 8-1
Girls Track 5-4

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

Many thanks to all who contributed to this newsletter!

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