Archbishop Williams seniors Julie Bloomer and Jack Dunford are this year’s recipients of the Reuben A. & Lizzie Grossman Award. The purpose of the award, as stated in its charter, is “to recognize high ideals of leadership and service which have been demonstrated through outstanding accomplishments within the community and school, and to promote and encourage youths to place service above self.”
Both Bloomer and Dunford are peer ministers and model students at AWHS. Bloomer said she felt especially honored to receive the meaningful award.
“Community service has had a huge impact on my life. I have been able to realize the many gifts I have been given and use them to help others,” said Bloomer. “At Archbishop Williams, service is a priority and is taught as part of the curriculum. Service has enriched my high school career because through the lessons that I have learned in the classroom, especially in theology, along with the morals and values that have been instilled within.”
While at AWHS, Bloomer participated at a fundraiser at the TD Garden, volunteered at Bingo with the senior residents at Independence Manor and even traveled to Dunbar, Penn. to participate in a weeklong service trip.
“The service projects I have participated in the past four years at Archie's has allowed me to appreciate the gifts that I have been blessed with,” said Bloomer.
Like Bloomer, Dunford said attending AWHS has allowed him to share his passion for helping others.
“Service has played a key role in my development. I have met some of the best people I know through service and found a way to give back to the greater community,” said Dunford. “Archbishop Williams has made me into the man I am today. My time here has helped me to grow as a person both inside and outside the classroom.
Bloomer and Dunford recently attended an award luncheon at the Neighborhood Club of Quincy with AWHS Guidance Couselor Jane Keller. Both students were awarded with a $750 scholarship for their outstanding service contributions.
Kelleher said she could not be more proud of the pair.
“I cannot think of two more deserving recipients than Jack and Julie. They give, and give, and give to our school and to the community as a whole,” Kelleher said. “We are so proud of all they have done while here at Archbishop Williams and are so excited to see the great things they go on to do in college and beyond.”