Archbishop Williams Students make their Mark at the Massachusetts State House

Two Juniors attend Mass. Student Government Day; 2015 Girls Basketball D.3 State Championship team recognized.

Archbishop Williams High School students were recently involved in two very exciting events at the Massachusetts State House in Boston.

Juniors Kate McCormick and Katelyn Vinay attended Massachusetts Student Government Day. As a part of this Program, students gave presentations to a student Senate of their peers as part of a group debate on the merits of a new type of high school diploma for Massachusetts. McCormick was among the first students to speak thus setting the agenda and tone of the meeting. McCormick and Vinay and their teacher Ms. Meaghan Roach, then were then part of a small group of students chosen to visit with the State constitutional officers in the Senate reading room.  McCormick and Vinay met with State Auditor Bump, Attorney General Healey, Sec. of State Galvin, Treasurer Goldberg and Lieutenant Governor Polito. Each gave the students words of encouragement while talking about their own political goals, the importance of women’s involvement in politics, and how each of them came to be involved in public service. 

The Bishops Girls Basketball team was honored at the State House in recognition of their 2015 D.3 State Basketball Championship with local State Representatives and political leaders.  The Student-athletes were treated to a personalized tour of the State House, including both the Senate and House chambers, and had a team photo taken with members of the State Assembly. The Championship team, accompanied by newly-named Head Coach Matt Mahoney and AWHS Principal Dr. Michael Volonnino, then met with their corresponding town or city representatives and received personal congratulations on their accomplishments.  Dr. Volonnino commented on attending the event, “I was very excited to be a part of the Commonwealth’s celebration of our girls basketball championship team.  Not only was it an opportunity for our students to meet and engage with current political leaders, but it also enabled exclusive access to visit a place with such a rich history.  Our students really enjoyed the experience!”

AWHS President Dennis M. Duggan, Jr., Esq. ’70 applauded both the Government Students and Basketball team on their visits to the State House, “I couldn’t be more proud of our Student leaders for seizing this opportunity to see and experience our State’s political epicenter.  On both occasions our girls represented Archbishop Williams High School with distinction. I hope we will continue to have opportunities both to showcase the excellent students we have at Archbishop Williams and to expose them to our system of Government.”