Monday, June 23, 2014

Graduation & Academic Convocation

Our school year has ended on such a positive note, none more so than at our two major academic celebrations:  our Graduation Ceremony for the Class of 2014 and Academic Convocation for Grades 9 - 11.  Our students represent the highest level of commitment to our school's core values and demonstrated this in each of these beautiful, memorable ceremonies.  

Pictured below are photos from Academic Convocation, followed by all of this year's award winners.

Science Department Leader Sheri Prosperi introduces the Science Awards for Excellence in Academics and Core Values.  Seated on stage are student leaders Gianna Tringale, Brianna Collard, Grace Fanikos, Bill Sheerin (left) and Sectra Okundaye and Junior Class Officers Devon Guanci, Joe Hurton, and Meg McCarthy (right).

Ryan Cunningham receives the Service to Community Award from Assistant Principal Dennis O'Leary

Academic Convocation 2014

Welcome & Introduction  Kim Smith
Masters of Ceremonies   William Sheerin                                       
Special thank you to retiring faculty  Gianna Tringale & Sectra Okundaye   
Alana Anderson
Nancy Frederick
Susan O’Keefe
Trish Osborne
Pricilla Wall

Core Values                         
Wakefield High School is a student-centered community committed to excellence in teaching and learning.    Grace Fanikos
Wakefield High School is a respectful learning community that promotes personal responsibility and acceptance of individual differences.  Brianna Collard

English Department     Presenter:  Paul Bavuso
Grade 9   Excellence in English Language Arts - Michael Raso
Grade 9   English Language Arts Dept. Core Values Award - Kylie Dube
Grade 10 Excellence in English Language Arts -  Jessica Dubuque
Grade 10 English Language Arts Dept. Core Values Award - Jeremy Keegan
Grade 11 Excellence in English Language Arts -  Waverley Stanfield
   Grade 11 English Language Arts Dept. Core Values Award -  Sumbal Shahzadi

Business/Technology/Culinary Department    Presenter:  Jay Callanan
Grade 9    Excellence in Business/Technology  -  William Holman
Grade 9    Bus/Tech Dept. Core Values Award  -  Jack Spicer
Grade 10  Excellence in Business/Technology  -  Alexander Guerriero
Grade 10  Bus/Tech Dept. Core Values Award  -  Akash Altman
Grade 11  Excellence in Business/Technology  -  Carolyn Harney
Grade 11  Bus/Tech Dept. Core Values Award  -  Joshua Chavez

Wellness/Life Skills Department     Presenter :  Greg Gibbs
Grade 9   Wellness and Life Skills Core Value Award – Eleni Rizos
Grade 9    Excellence in Wellness and Life Skills Award – Alexis Christie
Grade 10  Excellence in Wellness and Life Skills Award – Grace Hurley
Grade 10  Wellness Core Value Award – Mark DeVincent
Grade 11  Excellence in Wellness and Life Skills Award – Michael Mouradian
Grade 11  Wellness Core Value Award – Jillian Raso

Social Studies Department    Presenter:  Rob Rozzi
Grade 9    Top Student -  Kelsey Czarnota
Grade 9    Core Values -  Caroline Bennett
Grade 10  Top Student -  Kady Yip and Kristy Yip
Grade 10  Core Values -  Sarah Grady
Grade 11  Top Student -  Will Bergendahl
Grade 11  Core Values -  Nicholas Webb

Art Department     Presenter:  Joy Schilling
Grade 9-    Excellence in Art  - Emily Heil
                   Core Values Award - Carly Holbrook
Grade 10   Excellence in Art - Julianna Hardiman
                   Excellence in TV - Matthew Hoenig
Grade 11   Excellence in Art - Colleen Perry
                   Excellence in Photography - Lucas McCarthy
                   Excellence in TV - Daniel Bertini
Alternative School Program    Presenter:  Jill Charie
Core Values Award - Lindsey Fiumara
Academic Excellence Award - Justin Suarez

Foreign Language Department     Presenter:  Ruben Reinoso
Grade 9    Core Values Award - Allison Lee   
Grade 10  Core Values Award - Senila Yasmin
Grade 11  Core Values Award - Jennifer Sullivan
Excellence in Italian – Alessandra Amatucci
Excellence in Latin - Michael Raso
Excellence in French - Kristy Yip
Excellence in Spanish – Lauren Sallade

Science Department      Presenter:  Sheri Prosperi
Excellence in Applied Science - Courtney Hart
Science Department Core Values Award in Applied Science - Megan Sullivan
Excellence in Biology - Jackson Kehoe
Science Department Core Values Award in Biology - Louise Canavan
Excellence in Chemistry - Averi Parece
Science Department Core Values Award in Chemistry - Olivia Wright
Excellence in Physics - Grace Fanikos
Science Department Core Values Award in Physics - Jillian Raso

School-To-Life Program/Connections   Presenters:  Alyssa Lapane &
      Caitlin Torelli
Grade 9 Core Values Awards; Connections Program - Jennifer Synan,
                                          Grace Marando
Grade 9 Core Values Awards; School to Life Program - Zachary Carito
Grade 10 Core Values Awards; School to Life Program - Matthew Raposo

Math Department       Presenter:  Bill Hoover
Excellence in Geometry - Briana Cieniewicz
Grade 9 Core Values Award - Mark Chiodi
Excellence in Algebra 2 - Kady Yip
Grade 10 Core Values Award - Sarah Custodio
Excellence in Precalculus -  Thomas Dascoli
Grade 11 Core Values Award - Olivia Wright

Performing Arts Department    Presenter:  Tom Bankert
Grade 9    Excellence in Performing Arts  -  Jackson Kehoe
Grade 9    Performing Arts Core Values Award  -  Evan Arambages
Grade 10  Excellence in Performing Arts  -  Averi Parece
Grade 10  Performing Arts Core Values Award  -  Caitlin Mogan
Grade 11  Excellence in Performing Arts   -  Adam Tarpey
Grade 11  Performing Arts Core Values Award  -  Julia Blois

Technology Integration   Presenters:  J. Martin, C. Gosselin
Excellence in Technology Integration  - David Goss, Matthew DeBenedictis,
                                                                  Senila Yasmin, Shannon Quirk

Service to Community Award    Presenter:  Dennis O’Leary
Service to Community Award - Ryan Cunningham

Junior Book Awards      Presenter:  AJ Beebe & Suzanne Burns
Rhode Island School of Design - Amy Wilson
Brown University - Lauren Sallade
Harvard University - Thomas Dascoli
Yale University - Carolyn Harney
Renssalaer Medal Award - Sasha Krutiy
Dartmouth College - Kayla Geaney
Princeton University - Courtney Hart
Wellesley College - Abigail Murphy
Williams College - Will Bergendahl
Boston University - Waverley Stanfield
St. Anselm College - Andrew Wallace
St. Michael’s College -  Daniella Iannuzzi, Joseph Murray
Regis College - Joseph Hurton
Rhode Island School of Design - Amy Wilson

Final Remarks    Junior Class Officers:  Joseph Hurton, Devon Guanci,

 Megan McCarthy, Daniella Iannuzzi

Wednesday, June 4, 2014


Prom night started with the Grand March, sponsored by The Savings Bank, at the upper common.  Thank you to Class of 2014 Advisors, Scott Lashmit. & Bill Hoover,...
The students looked great for their families & friends at the promenade...
Then off to Danversport Yacht Club for dinner & dancing. Without a doubt, the best part of the night is when WHS teachers started to arrive - at one point more than 20 - to see our kids.  At each arrival they were swarmed with students who were so happy to see them!

We are all very proud of our Seniors!

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

A Class Day to remember

Today is Senior Class Day and it's after 9pm and the Class of 2014 is happy and worn out! They started with a cookout and DJ at Walsh Field this afternoon, complete with carnival games and photo booth, then moved inside to the theater where the students watched their homemade Senior movies (awesome! sentimental! beautiful!) followed by a really fun hypnotist show...

We moved to the cafe for ice cream sundaes and yearbook distribution - their favorite part of the event - where they've been signing each other's books for more than an hour...

And we'll finish off the night by sending the soon-to-be graduates home with their caps & gowns for the big day on Saturday!

Friday, May 30, 2014

Senior Awards Night

Congratulations to the Class of 2014 and their families for the many awards presented to graduating seniors for excellence and achievement last night at our 22nd Annual Senior Awards Night! 

Friday, May 23, 2014

Memorial Day Assembly

Memorial Day Ceremony
Field House
Wakefield Memorial High School

Following this morning's Memorial Day assembly, a 100-year-old WWII veteran said to me, filled with emotion: "I will never forget this day".  

I agree with his heartfelt sentiment, as today was the best Memorial Day ceremony in memory and among my very best days as an educator at Wakefield Memorial High School. I have never been more proud of our student body:  the level of respect, dignity, engagement, and appreciation exuded by all of the nearly 1,000 students in our field house was extraordinary and in many ways unique to who we are as a school.  The students' sense of community, demonstrated by their acceptance and respect for one another and our honored veterans, is far from typical.  Many students dressed up for school today. Many students were visibly emotional at various points of the program, especially when we recognized the four members of the Class of 2014 who will enter the service:

Derek Dussault & Sam Carr, US Navy; Brian Auld, Army; Steve Scarpa, Marines
The prolonged, meaningful standing ovation offered by our students to our veterans was particularly moving:

A gathering of our participating veterans following the ceremony
And the many students who spoke, sang, played an instrument, presented the colors, filmed the program - all of them so very professional.  Pictured below is senior Cam Ballard, who put together a World War II presentation, his area of great passion and expertise, and inspired us with a recitation of a WWII letter to servicemen.

Cam Ballard presenting WWII artifacts and historical information to our guests
My sincerest thanks to Kathy Lopez, Jack O'Brien, Rob Rozzi, and all members of the Social Studies Department for the organization of this special event.  Also kudos to Tom Bankert, Ana Morel, and our music students for the beautiful music during the ceremony. And finally I would like to extend my appreciation, on behalf of all of us at Wakefield Memorial High School, to the veterans who enriched our lives with their presence today.  

Friday, May 9, 2014

METCO Senior of the Year

Congratulations to WHS senior Anthony Lawson, recognized last night at METCO's Evening of Champions, where he was honored as Wakefield High School's "Senior of The Year". Anthony is truly one of the shining stars of the Class of 2014 -  a great student, a successful athlete, and most importantly an incredible person and friend to all.

Anthony Lawson with WHS Spanish Teacher/Track Coach Ruben Reinoso

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

2014 BioTeach School

Congratulations and thank you to Science teacher Rachael Barron, who took the lead in applying for WHS to become a 2014 MassBioED BioTeach school, in partnership with Massachusetts Life Science Center.  We just received word that we were selected for this grant-funded program and will receive $24,000 for capital equipment along with teacher training, curriculum development support, and student job-shadowing opportunities!  

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

WHS students in Switzerland

Our WHS Cultural Exchange student ambassadors are in Basel, Switzerland, having a learning experience of a lifetime!  Check out teacher and program co-coordinator Andy Moody's blog to share in their adventures:

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Service, Integrity, Leadership, & Spirit

Congratulations to Brian Dickey and Emily Hammond in their selection as 2014 SILS Award winners.  The SILS award for Service, Integrity, Leadership, and Spirit is sponsored by the Middlesex League Principals.  Each of the twelve Middlesex League schools selects two juniors to receive this prestigious honor at the annual awards luncheon, held today in Burlington, MA.

In addition to the qualities listed in the award’s title, recipients must demonstrate an excellence in academics, exemplary attendance, active participation in extracurricular activities, and a commitment to school and/or community service.  

Junior SILS recipients Brian Dickey & Emily Hammond

I had the honor of introducing these two outstanding students at the awards ceremony today.  As SILS recipients, they both personify all of the qualities that characterize the award.  Brian is an intelligent young man of exceptionally strong personal character. He is kind and accepting, approaches all that he does with commitment and enthusiasm, and he is a person of great integrity.  Emily has such an unassuming, humble manner, coupled with the poise, confidence, and resilience of the most naturally gifted leaders I know.  She has a warm and engaging sense of humor, is generous and kind, and has the most wonderful spirit that ignites the very best in others. 

I was so proud of Brian & Emily as they represented Wakefield Memorial High School today!

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

WEF Celebration of Learning Banquet

 The annual Celebration of Learning Banquet, sponsored by the Wakefield Education Foundation, took place on Wednesday evening.  It was a wonderful night, celebrating excellence in teaching and learning across the district.  Pictured below are award recipients from Wakefield High School:

Juniors recognized for academic excellence & commitment to our school's core values
Joe Hurton, Daniella Ianuzzi, Courtney Sullivan, Dan Wensley
Seniors recognized for academic excellence & commitment to our school's core values
Lily Glynn, Maggie Barto, Dylan Sellers, Matt Guarino

41-year faculty member Nancy Fredrick

School Psyachologists Victor Branco & Jason Levene

Also recognized were retiring staff members Susan O'Keefe and Alana Anderson.

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Student artists recognized at Boston Globe Art Show

2014 Globe Art Show Winners
Wakefield High School receives 20 awards
Wakefield High School artists were awarded two Silver Keys and 18 Honorable Mentions in the Boston Globe Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. Student artwork was judged against hundreds of talented students from all over the state.

Silver Key Award Winners:

Michael Calamonici, After the Rain, Digital Photography

Hannah Roberto, Landscape at Night, Torn Paper Collage

What is the Globe Art Show?   Each year the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers partners with The Boston Globe to bring the competition to local communities. The Globe Art Exhibit is the longest running, most prestigious recognition program for creative teens in the U.S.  A panel of professionals review each work of art using the following criteria: originality, technical skill, and emergence of personal vision or voice.
The Awards are an important opportunity for students to be recognized for their creative talents. This exciting competition is open to art students in grades seven through 12 in all public, private and parochial schools in Massachusetts. The Alliance has an impressive legacy dating back to 1923 and a noteworthy roster of past winners including Andy Warhol, Richard Avedon and Robert Redford.
   The Wakefield High School Visual Arts Department recently entered the 2014 Boston Globe Art Exhibit.  High school students received two silver keys, and 18 Honorable Mentions. Listed below are our winners. The entire collection of award winning work will be exhibited at Arts Night on June 11 at the Americal Civic Center.

In addition to the two gorgeous Silver Keys above, the following students were recognized for their outstanding achievements:

Emily Heil, Valley Sunset, Torn Paper Collage, Art 1
Mary O'Connell, Self Portrait, Graphic Design
Haley Riley, Up Close and Personal, Graphic Design
Deirdre Beck, Reflective Portrait, Illustration
Deirdre Beck, Artistic Hand, Illustration
Amy Wilson, My Childhood, Illustration
Raquel Riley, Movie Night, Ceramics
Andrew Robertson, Angel of Mercy, Black & White Film Photography
Sarah Thompson, Wakefield Warrior, Black & White Film Photography
Karina Vargas-Aquino, Positive/Negative Print, Black & White Film Photography
David Willard, Self Portrait, Pencil Drawing, Art 2
Michelle Dejoie, Sunlight on Corn, Digital Photography
Bridget Rollins, Drinking Glass, Digital Photography
Bridget Rollins, Graffit Digital Photography
Kim Wiltshire, Heroes Digital Photography
Scott Barbaro, The Narrator TV Production
Jamison Kenney, Cash Flinging Rapper TV Production
Brian Saviano, Emergency Alert TV Production