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Northborough students showcase creativity in state tournament

April 2nd, 2014

Northborough students from the Robert E. Melican Middle School and Advanced Math & Science Academy present their original project at the Destination ImagiNation Regional Tournament March 23. (Photos/submitted)

Northborough – Two teams from Northborough advanced to the state finals in the Destination ImagiNation (DI) Tournament, a creative problem-solving competition for youth, at the regional tournament held March 22 and 23. Marion E. Zeh School students Lauren Dennis, Sabrina Ferro, Sarah Cassidy and Shrutika Kumar won first place in the elementary school category. In addition, [...]

Peaslee students selected for all-state chorus

April 2nd, 2014

(l to r) Ally Cashin, Michaela Berk, and Kerri Walsh, with their music teacher, Katrina Whalen, show off their special t-shirts they wore as part of the All-State Treble Chorus . Missing from photo is student Colleen Mulligan. 
Photo/Nance Ebert

Northborough – Four girls from the Marguerite E. Peaslee School recently traveled to Boston to sing in the first ever All-State Treble Chorus. From the 600 students that auditioned, the girls were part of the final 200 that were selected to participate in the chorus. “I am really proud of them,” said Katrina Whalen, the [...]

Corridor Nine honors students and ‘Champions of Education’ at annual breakfast

April 1st, 2014

Corridor Nine officials pose for a photo with the 2014 Scholastic Award recipients.
Photo/courtesy Ron Bouley, Ron Bouley Photography

Westborough – Susan W. Whitten, principal of Northborough’s Marian E. Zeh School, Marlborough Savings Bank, and 22 local high school seniors were all honored at the March 27 Corridor Nine Area Chamber of Commerce 2014 Scholastic and “Champion of Education” awards breakfast held at the Doubletree Hotel.

Marlborough Savings Bank was named as a Champion of Education award recipient in the business category while Whitten was honored for Outstanding Volunteer Service.

Bock chosen as next Westborough School Superintendent

March 28th, 2014

Westborough – The Westborough School Committee has announced that it has chosen Amber Bock to become the next school superintendent. Bock, who will begin her tenure July 1, will replace Marianne O’Connor who is retiring after 35 years as an educator and administrator. Bock is currently the assistant superintendent of curriculum and instruction in Weston. [...]

Shrewsbury preschoolers get a head start on healthy living

March 26th, 2014

Kristin Stewich stands next to one of the workshops that Home Depot of Shrewsbury built and donated for each classroom. (Photo/Nance Ebert)

Shrewsbury – First Lady Michelle Obama’s push for a healthier generation has really caught on over the last few years. However, she has some competition with Kristin Stewich, nurse at Shrewsbury’s Parker Road Preschool, whose passion and energy have inspired a school garden and united volunteers to work toward one healthful, common goal. She even has three- and four-year-olds talking about kale.

Westborough student wins prestigious art competition

March 23rd, 2014

Samantha Cusson’s winning drawing “Self Portrait in White” (Photo/submitted)

Westborough – Westborough resident and Landmark School senior Samantha Cusson recently won two Boston Globe Scholastic Art Awards. Cusson received a Gold Key Award, for the drawing, “Self Portrait in White,” and an Honorable Mention Award for her drawing, “Self-Portrait in Black.” Cusson’s Gold Key Award advances her to the national level of competition. More [...]

Mr. MHS 2014 crowned in pageant’s 25th year

March 22nd, 2014

Bailey Medeiros, Miss Massachusetts Teen 2014, congratulates the newly-crowned Mr. MHS 2014, Ryan King, who competed as Mr. Senior Class.

Marlborough – Fourteen contestants representing classes, clubs and sports competed good-naturedly in categories including talent, formalwear and interview at the 25th annual Mr. Marlborough High School (MHS) Pageant, presented March 21 at the 1LT. Charles W. Whitcomb Middle School Auditorium. Crowned Mr. MHS 2014 was Ryan King, Mr. Senior Class. Named first runner-up was David Dorsey, Mr. TV Production; and second runner-up was Peter DiPersio, Mr. Track and Field. Also among the five finalists were Chris Allen, Mr. Latin Club; and Jake Bishop, Mr. Ski Club.

Generations interacting to overcome language barrier

March 19th, 2014

Henry Liu and Ning Yin participate in a conversation circle at Algonquin Regional High School.

Photo/Ed Karvoski Jr.

Northborough/Southborough – There is much more gained than is lost in the translations when a group of Chinese-speaking senior residents of Northborough meet every other week for a conversation circle with bilingual students of the Community Action Program (CAP) at Algonquin Regional High School (ARHS).

Kelly Burke, director of the Northborough Senior Center, reached out to CAP while seeking assistance for residents who speak only Chinese. This is the second year that CAP students have been visiting the center to help seniors learn new technology. Burke approached the CAP faculty advisor, Eileen Palmer, who found students fluent in Chinese and interested in the idea of a conversation circle.

Northborough elementary school ‘jumps for heart’

March 18th, 2014

Fourth-grader Hayley Norton and fifth-graders Catey Johnson, Heart Hero Chandler LaValle, Madison Norton and Heather Loretta show their support for the Jump Rope for Heart event. LaValle had open heart surgery when he was a few days old.

Northborough – The Lincoln Street School hosted its sixth annual Jump Rope for Heart event March 13 to help raise money for the American Heart Association.

Dollars for Scholars launches new website

March 18th, 2014

Marlborough – Citizens Scholarship Foundation (CSF) of Marlborough Dollars for Scholars® program officially launched a new website Feb. 28, through a new software tool provided by Scholarship America®, Dollars for Scholars’ parent organization. This new website,, will allow the program to help students in the community access more scholarships. Through the website, students will [...]

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