Local grads create video for education

posted Jul 7, 2014, 11:32 AM by Fitch burg


Two Fitchburg High School graduates, Michael Richard, first row far right, and Bethany Bourghalt, created a video to promote higher education, the Fitchburg Going Places Initiative. Shown here are local graduates who took part in the video. (SUBMITTED PHOTO)

FITCHBURG — As the economy continues to languish, well-paying jobs are increasingly thin on the ground. Consequently, the importance of attaining a higher-education degree has never been more important. Recently, First Lady Michelle Obama introduced her Reach Higher Program, which encourages high school students to pursue training on a higher level, and gain some kind of economic stability. Launched in the beginning of May at College Signing Day, the program is working to inspire young people to rally the country around the President's "North Star" goal — that, by 2020, the United States will once again achieve the highest proportion of college graduates in the world.

The program spurred two Fitchburg High School graduates, Michael Richard and Bethany Bourghalt, to launch their own project, the Fitchburg Going Places Initiative. To publicize the program, the duo put together a video presentation that encourages students to further their education and realize that it could be a passport to success.

Mr. Richard, who has just completed his first year at Harvard College, spoke about how the video and the initiative came about in a recent interview.

"One of the things that I noticed is that Fitchburg has, in the past, been considered not to be one of the best places as far as education is concerned," he said. "That's all changed. Fitchburg is currently on the upswing, and the future for the graduates is particularly bright."

Mr. Richard said that his interest in the potential for higher education goes back quite some time.

"I'm currently a sophomore, majoring in economics and government," he said. "I've been passionate about government and civics for a very long time. What spurred this particular project was a story I read in the newspaper about Michelle Obama's Reach Higher Initiative, and that she and the president have really been focusing on promoting higher education, so that young people can strive and eventually enjoy a higher income. It's really important for these graduates to go after an associate or bachelor's degree to realize that dream."

The figures seem to bear this out. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, someone who does not complete college is likely to make about $20,000 a year, while those with a college graduate may earn more than $36,000.

Together with Bethany Bourgault, a film major at Syracuse University, Mr. Richard embarked on a project to create the video that would highlight the advantages of a higher education.

"The idea was to bring together graduates back to Fitchburg, and photograph them in their college attire or military uniforms," Mr. Richard said. "I supplied the vision, but Bethany was the one who actually filmed the whole thing."

Mr. Richard said that, after the footage was shot, editing the video was a relatively quick process.

"I spent about two hours at Fitchburg Public Access Television, putting the whole thing together," he said. "The resulting video really spoke to this vision and the importance of the whole initiative."

Mr. Richard said that the project had a great deal of support from local dignitaries.

"Mayor Lisa Wong was very much behind the whole thing," he said. "We also received help from Fitchburg High School Principal Jeremy Roach and Fitchburg School Superintendent Andre Ravenelle."

Mr. Richard sees the future for Fitchburg as being particularly bright. "Fitchburg graduates have real strength and ability, so we're going to work really hard to encourage this," he said.

The video can be viewed at http://www.fitchburg.k12.ma. us/. For more information about the initiative, contact Michael Richard at michaelpaulrichard@college.harvard.edu">michaelpaulrichard@college.harvard.edu.

Fitchburg kindergarteners improve fluency

posted Jul 7, 2014, 11:30 AM by Fitch burg

FITCHBURG — The Bay State Reading Institute recently released good news about its partner schools, Reingold, Crocker, South Street and McKay Arts Academy, in Fitchburg – a Massachusetts Gateway City. Working with BSRI, an innovative educational partnership, reading fluency of kindergarteners has dramatically improved. Getting kids up to grade level in kindergarten is especially important as it sets the foundation for higher student achievement in all the following grades.

When they entered kindergarten last fall, half of Fitchburg students were at high risk of reading difficulties. By May, most of those students had moved from the lowest achievement level to the highest. Across the four Fitchburg elementary schools, more than eight out of 10 kindergarteners are finishing school this month in the highest achievement category.

The Fitchburg schools use Dynamic Indicators of Basic Early Literacy Skills to assess student reading fluency. DIBELS is used widely across Massachusetts and the U.S. It measures reading fluency — how well a student can decode letters and turn them into the proper sounds and words — through a sequence of one-minute tests.

DIBELS testing allows teachers and specialists to catch and fix reading difficulties early on, which leads to increased student achievement in higher grades. When students are not struggling with reading fluency, they can focus on reading comprehension, or understanding of the words they read. DIBELS also allows teachers, coaches, and principals to quickly measure what kinds of instruction are helping each student, and change the instruction if it's not. It allows teachers to chart the improvement in their students, which gives them a sense of success, and no one is falling through the cracks. This transforms the culture of the school in a positive way.

"Progress on the DIBELS is a sign of successful teaching throughout the building," said BSRI chairman and co-founder Ed Moscovitch. "Kids are getting their problems fixed sooner, and getting work that really targets their abilities. The students are proud of their success, and they end up doing work that's far more challenging than was previously thought possible. We've got kindergarteners writing sentences and identifying parts of speech and 10-year-olds organizing debates. It's astounding."

Started in 2005, BSRI is a non-profit that currently teams with over 40 elementary schools across Massachusetts to transform schools by giving teachers and principals the support they need. BSRI has been a partner with Fitchburg Public Schools since 2010 and now works in four Fitchburg elementary schools to provide embedded training, coaching and support. Seventy-eight percent of Fitchburg elementary students are high needs (low income, ELL or SPED). Using BSRI's model, each school institutes a variety of modern, science-based instructional strategies which allow teachers to teach to each student's ability, beginning in kindergarten.

BSRI is a Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education Preferred Provider. In 2010, the organization was awarded a $5 million Invest in Innovation (i3) grant by the US Department of Education.

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Longsjo students explore Starbase

posted Jun 23, 2014, 8:07 AM by Fitch burg   [ updated Jun 23, 2014, 8:07 AM ]

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Longsjo Middle School fifth-graders Jadianna Rivera and Javon Worrell participate in the Department of Defense’s Starbase  program at Hanscom Air
Longsjo Middle School fifth-graders Jadianna Rivera and Javon Worrell participate in the Department of Defense's Starbase program at Hanscom Air Force Base in Bedford. 

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FITCHBURG -- Students in grade five at Longsjo Middle School had an opportunity to visit Hanscom Air Force Base in Bedford to participate in the Starbase program, a free youth exploratory program administered through the Department of Defense.

Throughout the school year all grade-five students spent a total of five days at the base.

Teachers Deborah French and Richard Maynard accompanied students on the daylong field trips, which were spread out throughout the year. Students were encouraged to choose a call name with a science related theme.

"The day was awesome," said Jadianna Rivera, known as Ruby. "I got to learn new things, and I liked learning about how a force is used to push an object."

She and Javon Worrell, known as Vulcan, worked on their CO2 cars. Students had the opportunity to race their cars along a track as a concrete way to explore and understand Newton's three Laws of Motion.

The Starbase leaders helped students become excited about science, technology, engineering and math through a variety of hands-on experiences. Using activities which were fun and engaging, teachers helped the students learn about physics, engineering, data analysis, and computer aided design. Michael Koski, STEM Specialist for the Fitchburg Public Schools, was enthusiastic about the program and the enrichment opportunity it gives the students.

"Starbase gave our students opportunities to experiment with and apply what they have learned in class. Forces are so much more exciting when you experience them than when you calculate them," said Koski.

Starbase program students also had an opportunity to consider different careers that would likely be best-suited to them. By playing a career game, the students were able to match their interests with specific career fields. Students were encouraged to consider careers in a variety of fields.

"The program was a great success this year," said Koski.

Plans call for the Longsjo Middle School grade-five students to participate next year. Longsjo Middle School offers an extended learning time to all its students, which allows for increased instructional time.

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Fitchburg students make science look easy at STEM fair

posted Jun 23, 2014, 8:06 AM by Fitch burg

By Juanita Doss, Correspondent
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Kira Lor, 5, demonstrates her "Ooey Gooey Slime" at the 20th annual Science, Math and Technology Fair at Crocker Elementary School in Fitchburg
Kira Lor, 5, demonstrates her "Ooey Gooey Slime" at the 20th annual Science, Math and Technology Fair at Crocker Elementary School in Fitchburg on June 10. 

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FITCHBURG -- Crocker Elementary School students filled the gymnasium with projects ranging from electric circuits to erupting volcanos at the school's 20th annual Science, Math and Technology Fair on June 10.

In 1994, now-retired teacher Georgette Morin and a group of parents started Crocker's fair to encourage students to take an interest in science. Once the children of those parents moved on to another school, she continued the fair annually with help from her sister, Louise Morin, and Kim Bellio.

"I want kids to explore science and nature," Georgette Morin said. "There's more to school than just reading and math, as well as life."

At the first fair, the gym and cafeteria were taken over by students and their projects.

Aiden Golden, 8, demonstrates the science of his exploding volcano as Thomas Siart, 8, watches at the 20th annual Science, Math and Technology Fair at
Aiden Golden, 8, demonstrates the science of his exploding volcano as Thomas Siart, 8, watches at the 20th annual Science, Math and Technology Fair at Crocker Elementary School on June 10. SentinelandEnterprise/Charles Sternaimolo 

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This year 100 students presented 90 projects, up from last year's fair in which 82 students showed 92 projects.

Fourth-grader Christopher Macri presented a hands-on electric circuit that he created with two batteries, a wire and a light bulb.

"Instead of pressing a button to turn on the light, I decided to make a game out of it," Christopher said.

Anyone who stopped at Christopher's project could take part in his game of using a wand to trace a curved wire bar all the way to the bottom. If the wire was touched, the buzzer and the light would turn on.

Second-grader Dylan Nowd excitedly showed off his volcano -- one of many built by students at the fair. He jumped up and down with a smile as he spoke with judges.

"There are three types of volcanos -- cinder cone, shield and composite," said Dylan. "I'm representing a composite volcano, which is the most dangerous. I made it out of homemade dough and permanent paint."

Dylan used vinegar and baking soda to make his volcano erupt.

Fourth-grader Gisselle Torres proved that a skewer can go through a balloon without popping in her presentation on molecule separation in balloons.

"When you put lotion on a skewer and stick it through a balloon, It won't pop because the knot inside holds the molecules together," Gisselle said.

Even after being retired for 10 years, Georgette Morin continues to come back and coordinate the fair because of her love for children.

"It's important that they learn science," she said. "It's also a nice way to learn about it as well as parents and students working together."

The fair consisted of six judges. However, there was no first-, second- or third-place winners. Everyone was a winner, and everyone received a blue ribbon.

Zander L’Ecuyer, 10, gets an up close and personal demonstration of the wonders of dry ice by "Kosmic Kelly" Lavoie at the fair.Sentinel
Zander L'Ecuyer, 10, gets an up close and personal demonstration of the wonders of dry ice by "Kosmic Kelly" Lavoie at the fair. 

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Trio named Teachers of the Year after kids spell out their praise

posted Jun 23, 2014, 8:05 AM by Fitch burg

By Katina Caraganis , kcaraganis@sentinelandenterprise.com
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EXTRA CREDIT: Celebrating their Teachers of the Year awards at Workers’ Credit Union on Thursday are, from left, Sharon Salmonson of Sky View Middle
EXTRA CREDIT: Celebrating their Teachers of the Year awards at Workers' Credit Union on Thursday are, from left, Sharon Salmonson of Sky View Middle School in Leominster, with her student, Samantha Lin; Christopher Landry of Memorial Middle School in Fitchburg, with his student, Michaela Wakefield; and Julie Davis of Leominster's Southeast Elementary School, with her student, Rhyannon Sims. Joining them, at right, is Dave Rodgers, Workers' senior vice president of community relations. SENTINEL & ENTERPRISE / JOHN LOVE 

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FITCHBURG -- Three local teachers nominated by their students for their work inside the classroom were honored in a small ceremony Thursday afternoon at Workers' Credit Union as Teachers of the Year.

The award, sponsored by the Sentinel & Enterprise Newspapers in Education Program and Workers' Credit Union, asked students to submit essays about their favorite teachers and what made them stand out over all others.

Each teacher was honored Thursday afternoon with a gift card from Workers' Credit Union, and each student was given a Kindle e-reader.

The contest was open to all students in North Central Massachusetts.

Click here to read the students' winning essays

Samantha Lin, a sixth-grader at Sky View Middle School in Leominster, nominated her math teacher, Sharon Salmonson, because her teacher "really cares for everyone and their grades," according to Samantha's essay.

"Her love for the universe goes beyond the universe," she wrote.

Samantha also said Salmonson makes math fun for her students by experimenting with real-world concepts to which her students can relate.

For example, she said, Salmonson had a circle party one day in her classroom, and she brought in food in the shape of circles. Students were able to measure radius, diameter and circumference.

"Learning in this way makes kids want to do math," she said.

If a student is struggling, she said, Salmonson will get the whole class involved to help that student succeed.

"Mrs. Salmonson 'sparks' learning in her students," she wrote. "We're all happy to come into math class because we know that Mrs. Salmonson would be there to help us. Every day we walk out of the classroom learning something new. Mrs. Salmonson doesn't accept failure."

She also wrote that she feels it "takes a teacher to teach," and it takes "you to cooperate to create a great future."

Michaela Wakefield, a seventh-grader at Fitchburg's Memorial Middle School, nominated her science teacher, Christopher Landry, saying he truly cares about his students.

"He offers different opportunities for students to take notes, both audio and visual," Michaela wrote. "He develops educational opportunities where students can use their technology to learn. Mr. Landry listens to students, and comes in early in the morning every day to help students."

She said when she first entered his classroom at the beginning of the year, her "self-esteem needed work."

She joined his drumming and juggling groups at the middle school.

"This past year he told me 'I can't' is not an option, have a positive outlook, and if you put your mind to something, you can do it," she wrote. "Mr. Landry is one of those teachers who students are always returning to see."

In her essay nominating her teacher, Julie Davis, at Leominster's Southeast Elementary School, fourth-grader Rhyannon Sims called Davis a "cool math teacher" who makes all of her students smile, and said kids leave wanting to shake their "groove thing."

"Mrs. Davis is the coolest teacher ever," Rhyannon wrote. "My math teacher made a difference in my life because she makes math more interesting for me with silly dances."

The teachers said they had no idea their students were nominating them, and said they were "humbled" by what was written about them.

Newspapers in Education is a program that puts newspapers in the hands of students of all grade levels in order to strengthen their reading skills, as well as allow them to relate current events to what they are learning in school.

Workers' Credit Union has been a major sponsor of the event for more than 10 years.

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Region's best track and field athletes compete at New England meet

posted Jun 23, 2014, 8:02 AM by Fitch burg

By Matt Stewart, Correspondent
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The high school outdoor track and field season came to a close for competitors with the New England Championships on Saturday at Bridgewater State University, with a pair of locals earning medals for finishing in the top eight in the region.

Gardner High senior Aly Comeau made the most out the final race of her career, setting a new school record in the 100m hurdles with a time of 15.10. The performance enabled the Wildcat senior to finish in fourth place overall and also put her as the top performer from the state of Massachusetts.

Comeau broke her own school record in the 100m hurdles in nearly every championship meet to close out her year and will attend the UMass Lowell in the fall as part of the school's track team.

Fitchburg High junior Leo Ramirez did not have his best throw of the season, but his toss of 52-10.50 was good enough to medal with a sixth place showing.

Ramirez made it to the finals and leapfrogged Evan Adams from Norwalk High School (CT) to take sixth on his final throw.

"(Ramirez) didn't secure sixth place until his final throw, which added some excitement to it," Fitchburg head coach Chris Woods said. "Two of the top guys in front of him did not throw as well as they had, but that's the nature of the beast I guess. I think overall Leo is happy with how things worked out."

The performance marked the end of the high school year for Ramirez, but the Red Raider junior might be entering into the USA Track and Field Junior Olympics at Fitchburg State University later this month.

It was a disappointing end to the career of Nashoba Regional junior Sarah Militano. Militano, who will be moving to Long Island, New York with her family this summer, competed in her final New England Championships.

Despite having seed times in the top 10 for both the 100m dash and 200m dash, Militano fell short of matching last week's personal bests. She missed the finals in the 100m dash, finishing 17th with a 12.61 second time. She later finished 16th in the 200m dash, posting a 26.08.

Just one week prior at All-States Militano ran a 12.27 in the 100m and 25.60 in the 200m, which were her seed times and personal bests entering the meet.

"(Militano) had a great start, but couldn't get the explosiveness to carry over to the rest of her race," Nashoba Regional sprinting coach Ben Langelo said. "Her whole body of work in her career was very impressive, she's a two time record holder in outdoor and the dash record holder in indoor, it's just really kind of a bummer for her to end her time her like this."

North Middlesex senior Mike Niemi qualified for the New England Championship but opted to attend the New Balance Outdoor Nationals instead. The senior hurdler -- who will attend UMass Amherst in the fall -- finished in 21st place in the emerging elite category of the Nationals 110m hurdles race, with a 15.21 second time.

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Fitchburg student wins Ideal School award

posted Jun 23, 2014, 8:02 AM by Fitch burg

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FITCHBURG -- Emma Bourbeau of Fitchburg was among the eight regional winners of the Massachusetts School Building Authority's My Ideal School contest sponsored by Santander Bank who gathered recently for an awards ceremony at the Statehouse.

The contest challenged first-grade students from across the commonwealth to illustrate their vision of an ideal school. The other regional winners include Lauren Montiero of Bellingham, Anahi Gutierrez of Somerville, Jack Guy of Marblehead, Belal Shabaneh of Springfield, Mariah Kennedy of Webster, Elena Sun of Falmouth and Niamh Gallagher of Lakeville. Anahi Gutierrez of East Somerville Community School was awarded the grand prize for her drawing.

"We're pleased to support the Massachusetts School Building Authority in their efforts which have such a positive impact on so many students across the state," said Juan Davila, head of specialty banking at Santander. Davila and Pat Packard, Santander's director of government banking, presented the grand prize winner with a $200 award and recognized the seven other regional winners with $100 awards for their achievements and participation.

The My Ideal School contest is organized by the MSBA every year to promote discussion among students and teachers to foster thoughtful design and construction of schools in Massachusetts in order to better support student learning. The contest was open to all first-grade students currently attending a Massachusetts public school and thousands of submissions from across the commonwealth were submitted for the 2014 contest.

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FHS Ocean Science Team

posted Jun 16, 2014, 9:08 AM by Fitch burg

Along with the trophy that the Ocean Sciences Team won at the Blue Lobster Bowl competition on March 1, the team was awarded a day-long trip to sail with the M.I.T. Sailing Team. Yesterday the team traveled to the MIT Sailing Pavilion on the Charles River. The team got a lecture on the  principle of sailing from the team's sailing instructor. Then the MIT sailing team took the FHS team members sailing.

The FHS students were required to sail the boat, including setting the sails and steering the boat. After sailing for a couple hours, the FHS students were given a demonstration of an "autonomous water vehicle" that the MIT Ocean Engineering Dept is developing. The demonstration was given by a Professor of Ocean Engineering at MIT.

Strong showing for Red Raiders at pentathlon

posted Jun 10, 2014, 7:03 AM by Fitch burg

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Fitchburg junior Aisha Mathieu throws the shot put during Monday’s pentathlon.            SENTINEL & ENTERPRISE/JOHN LOVESentinel and Enterprise
Fitchburg junior Aisha Mathieu throws the shot put during Monday's pentathlon. SENTINEL & ENTERPRISE/JOHN LOVE 

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LUNENBURG - The girls' weight pentathlon was a little lonesome for Fitchburg's Chaiyanne Monteiro-Dobson last year, as she competed by herself and finished in the top five. This year featured a slew of teammates joining her, and in addition to individual success the Red Raider sophomore also had team success.

The three-person team of Monteiro-Dobson, Aisha Mathieu, and Kirstie Harnden was able to put together a second place showing overall at the throwing -focused event with 5,218 points, Monday afternoon at Lunenburg High School.

In addition to the strong contingent of Raiders, there were two girls from Lunenburg competing, and one boy from Fitchburg High in the boys' weight pentathlon.

"It was great to build a team around (Monteiro-Dobson) and try to win it," Fitchburg girls' head coach Sara DiPilato-Lamey said. "We wanted to end on a positive note, and the juniors (and underclassmen) are looking forward to next year. This is a good way for them to end this year and give them momentum for next year."

Monteiro-Dobson finished in fifth place individually, amassing 1,926 points. She finished eighth in the 100m dash (14.60), ninth in the 200m dash (31.02), 11th in the shot put (25-02.50), 15th in the discus (67-01), and eighth in the javelin (73-06).

"I didn't throw discus at all this year, and I ended up doing pretty well today," Monteiro-Dobson said. "I've thrown better in the javelin and shot put, but it was alright because I was having fun. I like this event more than the regular pentathlon."

Mathieu is a highly accomplished 400m dash runner and was Fitchburg's top performer in the sprinting categories. She finished fifth in the 100m dash (14.16) and third in the 200m dash (29.43). Mathieu was Fitchburg's second best individual performer with 1,824 points, good enough for 11th place.

"I felt really good about my times," Mathieu said. "The main reason why I ran was because I wanted one more chance to improve my 200m time, and I did better today than I did all season."

Harnden picked up the vast majority of her points in the throwing events. She shined in the discus, finishing in seventh place (77-02), and also post the second best shot put throw on the team (23-06.75), finishing 13th in the rankings. Harnden's 1,568 points was good enough for 16th overall in the individual standings.

Thais Feliciano performed third best among Fitchburg athletes, finishing 14th with 1,607 points. Feliciano scored most of her points in the 100m (14.61) and 200m (30.60), where she finished tenth and sixth respectively.

Sandy Duong cracked the top 15 with 1,597 points, and posted Fitchburg's second best showing in the javelin (66-02), which was 15th overall in the event. Lauren Fowler finished 18th with 1,528 points, with strong showings in the discus (65-07) and javelin (65-09), while Courtney Rouse rounded out Fitchburg's performances finishing in 25th with 1,141 points.

Lunenburg's Sam Day posted the only local first place performance on the day, as she won the shot put with a toss of 30-10.25 inches. Day is coming off an all-state performance in the event, and finished the weight pentathlon in 17th place with 1,550 points.

"I was a couple feet short of my best in the shot put, but I'm still pretty happy with it," Day said. "Getting consistently over 30 feet is pretty good."

Diane Ferguson also competed for the Blue Knights finishing in 30th with 812 points.

Fitchburg High sophomore Michael Bourque was the only local boy to perform, and also posted strong performances for an athlete who is a true thrower. Bourque impressed in his weakest events, finishing 13th in both the 100m (14.11) and 200m dash (29.32).

He cleaned house in his strong suit the shot put (38-11.75) and discus (104-02), where he finished second and fourth, and also took 13th in the javelin (85-01). Overal,l Bourque finished ninth with 1,929 points, which is a good start for future weight pentathlons.

"Bourque has surprising speed for a thrower, and had a personal record in the 200m dash," Fitchburg boys head coach Chris Woods said. "He's only a tenth grader, has enthusiasm for the sport and likes doing things, and he's going to turn into a good one for us, no doubt in my mind."

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Fitchburg High grad wins WCVB's Kirby Perkins A+ Scholarship

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Christian Pineda from Fitchburg High School will be attending Princeton University this fall.COURTESY PHOTOSentinel and Enterprise staff photos can be
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BOSTON -- Christian Pineda, a Fitchburg High School graduate who is attending Princeton in the fall, was named one of five winners of the 16th annual Kirby Perkins A+ Scholarship, WCVB-TV Channel 5 announced Monday.

The Kirby Perkins A+ Scholarship Fund honors the late Perkins, a NewsCenter 5 reporter who developed Channel 5's weekly "A+" reports -- a segment that still airs today. "A+" reports profile outstanding high school seniors who often overcome incredible odds to achieve success and go on to college.

Other recipients were:

* Sabetha Lafontant, Framingham High School, who will attend University of Massachusetts Boston.

* Kyle Dance, Boston Latin Academy, who will attend Bridgewater State University.

* Zhenya Pankova, Georgetown High School, who will attend Bridgewater State University.

* Deqa Aden, Worcester Academy, who will attend Grinnel College.

Checks were presented Monday at WCVB's headquarters in Needham.

"The stories of the A+ Scholarship fund winners are always inspiring," said Bill Fine, WCVB's president and general manager. "We applaud all of these students for their hard work and determination, despite challenging circumstances, propelling them to excellence in high school."

On hand to present the checks were Fine and Emily Rooney, Perkin's wife and former news director at WCVB-TV.

Fine and Rooney were joined by the Kirby Perkins A+ Scholarship Fund committee: Candy Altman, vice president of news, Hearst Television Inc.; James Barron, chairman and CEO of Barron Associates Worldwide, Inc.; and David Brown, chief advancement officer at the Forsyth Institute (former WCVB anchor and meteorologist).

Kirby Perkins, a longtime WCVB-TV staff member, died of a heart attack at the age of 49 in July 1997.

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