Dr. V's Weekly Update

Weekly Update: April 20, 2017: Easter Break Edition
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April 20,2017

Congratulations Meg!: Freshman Meg Miller recently competed in the National Boys and Girls Club Swimming Championship in St. Petersburg, Florida, finishing in the top 20 in the Finals in two events, the Backstroke and the Breaststroke, taking 14th and 18th place respectively. Way to go!
Easter Break

We hope everyone is enjoying Easter Break. There's a lot of news to get caught up on, even if no classes are in session.

Theater Review: Mary Poppins is a Hit!

The curtain may have closed two weeks ago, but the AWHS Theater is still ringing with the sounds of Mary Poppins. The show was an unqualified success with a charming cast led by seniors Jason Pinto and Hannah Cunniff as Mr. and Mrs. Banks, junior Olivia McDonnell as the title character, sophomore Sebastien Joseph as Burt, freshman Joe Costello as Michael Banks, and eighth grader (!) Bridget Byrnes as Jane Banks.
 
Between the excellent choreography and a set that was full of surprises (yes, we noticed the cake iced itself), there was a thrill-a-minute during the production. Co-directors Mrs. Linda DeRosa Coakley and Ms. Kelly Koeth and Set Designer Mr. Rick Martin deserve tremendous accolades for pulling this off.
 
While those on stage get the lion-share of credit, the play also marked the end of the tech crew careers of seniors Diana Blell, Karthik Arumugam, and the irrepressible Andrew Bucca. A special thank you goes to Mr Bucca, Andrew’s father, who has tirelessly worked on the sets for the past four years.
 
We can’t see what next year brings!
 
Alcohol Awareness Presentation: Taylor’s Message Wed. May 3, 7 PM.
 
On Wednesday, May 3, AWHS will welcome Kathi Meyer Sullivan for a powerful alcohol awareness presentation, Taylor’s Message at 7 PM in the AWHS Auditorium. Mrs. Sullivan, originally from Plainville, will tell the story of her daughter Taylor, who lost her life at 17 after an evening of underage binge drinking. Taylor was found dead in the woods having drowned in just two-feet of water.
 
Taylor’s Message is an extremely well-regarded alcohol awareness program. The evening presentation, which is intended for parents and students will be followed by a schoolwide assembly the following day (May 4) at 10 AM. All in the community are invited to both programs.
 
As we approach semi-formal, prom, and graduation party season, we feel that it is important to stress the perils of underage drinking. Please try and make arrangements to attend—and you can invite friends from surrounding communities.
 
For more information about Taylor’s Message, please check out the official website. 
Taylors Message PSA
Taylor's Message Public Service Announcement
Congratulations Sharon
 
Congratulations to senior Sharon Doherty who became AWHS’ alltime leading girls lacrosse scorer with her three goal, two assist performance in the Bishops 17-4 win over Plymouth on Wednesday. She has topped the 321 point standard set by Blayne Baker ’13. Awesome job!
 
The Patriot-Ledger had a nice write-up of this incredible accomplishment.
 
Baseball 4-0
 
With a 10-4 win at Carver yesterday, the varsity baseball team has jumped out to a perfect 4-0 start. The victory capped off three-wins-in-three days with a home-and-home sweep of Carver and a thrilling 13-9 triumph over Hingham. Seniors Casey Earle, Jack Rega, and Ben Murphy have been crushing the ball. Senior Brett Sullivan and freshman Myles McDermott each have two victories on the season.
 
The Bishops look to go 5-0 Tuesday at home against Scituate. First pitch is at 3:30.
 
Semi-Formal Tickets on Sale
 
Tickets to next Saturday’s Freshman-Sophmore Semiformal will be on sale through next Wednesday at all lunches. The bargain-basement price for this event is $30. The Roaring Twenties-themed event will be at the Terrell Room in Quincy from 7-10 PM.
 
Marathon Man
 
Newly-minted AWHS Athletic Hall of Famer Sean Quigley ’03 finished 11th in the Boston Marathon on Monday with a time of 2:15:34. He was the 7th fastest American in the race and the fastest Massachusetts resident. His time worked out to an astounding 5:11 pace.
 
Read more about his performance, here.
Signs of Spring: (Top) Sophomores Siveny Augustin, Sebastian Joseph, and Sebastien Joseph get ready for our new Ultimate Frisbee club. (Bottom) Eighth graders enjoy the mythic "class outside" in our amphitheater.
Run the Race
Hope you've taken the time over Easter break to get back into shape because it's racing season.

This Sunday, April 23, there will be the 7th annual Run for Charlotte in Braintree. This race is in memory of Charlotte Rose Kelly, the sister of sophomore Owen Kelly, who lost her battle with pediatric cancer. The Prayers for Charlotte foundation has donated over $175,000 for research and family support organizations in the fight against this terrible disease.

For more information on the Prayers for Charlotte foundation and to register for the race, click here.

The following Sunday, April 30, will be the first annual Kate’s Run. This 5K race will support the Kate Phalon McCarthy Memorial Scholarship Foundation. It will begin and end at Braintree High School. You can sign up for this race here.

We hope to see large contingents of Archies students and family members at both events! (Perhaps even a certain principal will lace up his Hokas.)

And Lastly: Respect our Field
 
Local news has widely reported the vandalizing of our turf field last Friday and Saturday evening by area teenagers. The individuals, who violated the clearly marked “No Trespassing” signs around the field, were engaged in considerable underage drinking, and caused substantial damage to our property. We are very grateful to our partners in the Braintree Police, who are actively working to apprehend those involved in this event.
 
It saddens us to have to repeat the message that nobody should be on our turf field unless it is part of a school-sponsored activity with school representatives present. Unauthorized access is trespassing.
 
We need to do everything we can to preserve our athletic facility so it can remain a resource for our community for years to come. If you or your child knows anything about this past weekend’s incident, we would be very grateful for the information.
As always, if there is anything we can do to better our students, please do not hesitate to ask. Thank you for being part of our family at Archbishop Williams.

Pax,

Dr. V.
Michael R. Volonnino, Ph.D.
Principal
About Williams

Archbishop Williams High School is an independent, Catholic, college preparatory, grades 7-12 school. We endeavor to educate young men and women spiritually, intellectually, ethically, and physically. Driven by the love of Christ, in the tradition of the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth, we integrate learning with faith. We strive to graduate socially aware, morally responsible citizens prepared to succeed and to serve their local and global communities. 
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