MHSAA Financial Steward of Some Class Gift Accounts

The Medford High School Alumni Association (MHSAA) agreed to become the financial steward of Medford High School class gift accounts following a conversation in the fall of 2016 between MHSAA board member and district employee Allison Goldsberry and Mary Jo Petrone, who had been an administrator of the class gift accounts.

The remaining balances were never spent by the classes. Ms. Petrone reached out to the classes of 2011, 2012, 2013, & 2014 and didn’t receive a response. The MHSAA has deposited $49,262.10 into its account at East Cambridge Savings Bank. An itemized list of the accounts with class years and remaining amounts is below. The MHSAA also received notes from Ms. Petrone about the contacts and/or staff class advisors for classes that had that data available.

The MHSAA is a 501c3 organization and is compliant with the laws governing non-profits. Its board members are Allison Goldsberry, Dan Costello, Neil Osborne, Michael Cugno, and David McKillop. Goldsberry and Costello are the bank account signatories.

MHSAA intends to do the following with the money:

  • Make every effort to reach out to contacts for every class and find out if the class intends to use the money and/or if the class would like to donate the money to the MHSAA for senior scholarships or to MHS to cover expenses on the building’s “wish list”
  • Keep a detailed accounting of amounts available for each class
  • Develop and publicly communicate a plan for how long a period of time to wait, and how many attempts to contact a class representative, before using that class’ money for a senior scholarship, class gift, or administrative fees
  • File a yearly report with the school district that includes how any money from the class gift account has been spent and what remains

Class officers from the following classes are encouraged to reach out the MHSAA by emailing agoldsberry@gmail.com.

Itemized list

Class of 1999 $2,212.78
Class of 2000 $3,974.71
Class of 2001 $3,289.66
Class of 2003 $5,563.22
Class of 2004 $6,932.37
Class of 2005 $6,494.51
Class of 2006 $1,769.80
Class of 2007 $724.72
Class of 2008 $3,430.70
Class of 2009 $8,450.31
Class of 2010 $3,044.12
Class of 2012 $1,017.92
Class of 2013 $1,092.76
Class of 2014 $1,264.52
Total: $49,262.10

MHS Alumni Association Announces 2017 Scholarships!

The Medford High School Alumni Association (MHSAA) is offering three (3) scholarships to graduating seniors (Class of 2017) of MHS/MVTHS attending an accredited two or four year college/university or technical school in the Fall 2017 semester.

The General Scholarship and the Scott Ryan Memorial Scholarship are each $1,000 while the Ronald F. Kehoe Scholarship is $500. Details for each application are below.

Please submit applications via EMAIL ONLY. Applications can be in the email body or sent as an attachment. No special formatting is necessary. Applications submitted in paper form will unfortunately not be considered due to time constraints.

Please note: Students CAN’T apply for both the General and Scott Ryan scholarships; they can apply to only one of those. Students CAN apply to the Kehoe scholarship in addition to either the General or Scott Ryan scholarship.

The winning recipients of the scholarship will have their essays published in the MHSAA Fall newsletter and on www.medfordhighalumni.com. By submitting a scholarship application, applicants are agreeing that they understand that their essays will be published.

Applications are due on Monday, May 1, 2016.

Please EMAIL your application to Allison Goldsberry, agoldsberry@gmail.com.

The general scholarship (open to ALL graduating seniors) application must include:

1. Student name

2. School student will attend in the fall

3. A response (500 words or less) to the following question:

How has your experience at MHS/MVTHS influenced your future plans and goals?

The Scott Ryan Memorial scholarship (open only students to seeking to further their love of the arts in a higher education setting) application must include:

1. Student name

2. School student will attend in the fall

3. Creative field student is interested in pursuing (fine arts, performing arts, music, graphic design, theater, film, photography, game design, computer arts, web design)

4. A response (500 words or less) to the following question:

Why is your chosen creative field so meaningful to you and how will you use it to positively influence others?

The Ronald F. Kehoe scholarship (open to students with at least a 3.25 GPA) application must include:

1. Student name

2. School student will attend in the fall

3. A response (500 words or less) to the following question:

“How has your academic experience at MHS inspired your future ambitions and goals?”

Medford High School Alumni Association Awards Announced

The Medford High School Alumni Association (MHSAA) has announced the 2016 recipients of the annual MHSAA awards.

The “Mustangs Give Back” Award is presented to an alum of Medford High School that has given back to Medford High as a teacher, staff member, administrator, coach, parent, or community supporter. Former Medford High School teacher John McAdam (’71) has been selected as the 2016 recipient of the “Mustangs Give Back” Award. McAdam worked as a teacher in the Business and Social Studies Departments at Medford High for over three decades. Over the years McAdam has gone above and beyond to serve the students of Medford High School. His service includes regularly volunteering to sell tickets at sporting events, teaching in the Medford High Auto School Program, serving as Interim Athletic Director during a prior vacancy, and advising the former MHS Bank. Even in retirement, McAdam can be seen at Mustang sporting events and teaching in the MHS Auto School Program. His length and depth of service to Medford High makes him clearly deserving as this year’s “Mustangs Give Back” Award.

The “Honorary Mustang” Award is presented to a member of the Medford High School Community that did not graduate from Medford High School, but exhibits and embodies the level of Mustang Pride to earn the distinction of being an Honorary Mustang. This year’s recipient, former Medford Mayor Michael McGlynn, has clearly exhibited Mustang Pride as a homegrown Mustang. During McGlynn’s 28-year career as Mayor, he constantly pushed for the best resources and opportunities for the students of Medford High School. His many years of overwhelming support to generations of Medford High School students make him worthy to be this year’s “Honorary Mustang.”

The “Young Alumni” Award is an award designed to honor Mustangs that have graduated from Medford High within the past fifteen years and have quickly gone on to respected successes and/or have provided noteworthy service to the Medford High School Community. With an extensive array of nominations, the MHSAA Board of Directors has decided to select two recipients for this award–Nick Tucci (’01) and Chris Murphy (’04). The first recipient, Nick Tucci, currently serves in the role of Assistant Principal at Medford High, a position where he has excelled since taking on in 2014. Prior to being an Assistant Principal, Tucci worked as a teacher at Medford High for several years where he taught Advanced Placement/Honors courses and served as a dedicated club advisor. Chris Murphy, our other Young Alumni Award recipient, demonstrates strong commitment to Medford through strong community involvement. Murphy’s involvement in the Medford community includes running as a previous Medford School Committee candidate, serving as on the Medford Football Booster Club Board of Directors (where he currently serves as President), and sitting on the Medford Park Commission.

The “Local Business Honor Roll” is the final award to honor the local businesses in the Medford community that consistently support Medford High School’s students and the Medford High community. John Brewers Tavern has been selected as the 2016 recipient of this award. Owners Bill and Sue Honeycutt (both MHS alums) served as leaders of service in the local business community. John Brewers often sponsors events supporting Mustang sports teams and annually hosts the annual Medford Night with Tom Convery and the MHSAA . Bill and Sue’s generosity to the community does not go unnoticed and their service to Medford High is appreciated by many.

Recipients will be honored at Medford Night 5 with Tom Convery and the Medford High School Alumni Association on Friday, November 25, 2016 at John Brewers Tavern on 7 Highland Avenue in Malden, MA. The MHSAA will be presenting the awards at 8:00 pm. This event is free and open to all members of the public. It will be a night of fun entertainment and socialization for Medford High alumni from all years. Tom Convery (’70) and the Medford High School Alumni Association invite alumni to come to honor this year’s award recipients. Four of the five recipients will be recognized at this event. Nick Tucci will be recognized at the Medford High School pep-rally on Wednesday, November 23 surrounded by his colleagues and students.

Congratulations to the Mustang Hall of Fame Inductees!

The Medford High School Mustang Hall of Fame Board of Directors is pleased to announce thirteen inductees to the Mustang Hall of Fame Class of 2016.

To Be Inducted As Athletes:

  • David Richard, Class of 2001, Football, Indoor Track, Outdoor Track
  • Megan Richard, Class of 2005, Soccer, Basketball, Softball
  • Paul Cavallaro, Class of 2006, Soccer, Indoor Track, Outdoor Track
  • Collin Tracy, Class of 2007, Hockey, Lacrosse
  • Bridget Souza, Class of 2007, Volleyball, Basketball, Softball
  • Arantxa King, Class of 2007, Soccer, Indoor Track, Outdoor Track
  • Kayla Scire, Class of 2008, Basketball, Volleyball, Outdoor Track
  • Philip Galebach, Class of 2009, Cross County, Indoor Track, Outdoor Track
  • Gregory Wilson, Class of 2010, Hockey, Baseball

To Be Inducted As a Coach

  • Lou Ruggiero, Coach, Cross Country

To Be Inducted for Community Service

  • Martin Murphy, Jr., Class of 1970, Community Service
  • Alfred Luongo, Community Service
  • Andrew Pallotta, Class of 1979, Community Service

The 2016 Induction Ceremony and Banquet will be held on Sunday November 20, 2016, at the Irish-American Hall, Malden, MA. A social hour at noon will be followed by the induction ceremony and banquet.Tickets are now on sale. The price is $45 per ticket. Tables of ten are available.

To purchase tickets, email Medford Mustang Hall of Fame President, Dave Crowley,at dcrow88@gmail.com, or mail checks (payable to “Mustang Hall of Fame”) to Mustang Hall of Fame, P.O. Box 551, Medford, MA 02155.

MHSAA Now Accepting Scholarship Applications from Graduating Seniors

The Medford High School Alumni Association (MHSAA) is offering two (2) $1,000 scholarships to graduating seniors (Class of 2016) of MHS/MVTHS attending an accredited two or four year college/university or technical school in the Fall 2016 semester.

One scholarship is a general one open to all graduating seniors. The application details are below.

The other scholarship is in memory of Scott Ryan, a 1999 graduate, and will go to students pursuing a career in the arts or a creative discipline. Scott was highly intelligent, fun, kind, and known for his theatrical performances! We’re very excited to offer a scholarship in his memory to support a student seeking to further his/her love of the arts in a higher education setting. More application details are below.

All applications can be typed either in an email body or text document and sent via email; no special format is necessary. Email is strongly preferred!

Students can only apply to one of these scholarships.

The winning recipients of the scholarship will have their essays published in the MHSAA Fall newsletter and on www.medfordhighalumni.com. By submitting a scholarship application, applicants are agreeing that they understand that their essays will be published.

Applications are due on Monday, May 2, 2016.

Applications can be handed into Allison Goldsberry in the Medford High School library or can be emailed to agoldsberry@medford.k12.ma.us.

The general scholarship application must include:

1. Student name

2. School student will attend in the fall

3. A response (500 words or less) to the following question:

How has your experience at MHS/MVTHS influenced your future plans and goals?

The Scott Ryan Memorial scholarship application must include:

1. Student name

2. School student will attend in the fall

3. Creative field student is interested in pursuing (fine arts, performing arts, music, graphic design, theater, film, photography, game design, computer arts, web design)

4. A response (500 words or less) to the following question:

Why is your chosen creative field so meaningful to you and how will you use it to positively influence others?

Ronald F. Kehoe Memorial Scholarship

The Medford High School Alumni Association (MHSAA) is offering one (1) $500 scholarship in honor of the late Ronald F. Kehoe (’55) to a graduating senior (Class of 2016) of Medford high School attending an accredited two or four year college/university or technical school in the Fall 2016 semester with at least a 3.25 GPA. The MHSAA is offering the Ronald F. Kehoe scholarship on behalf of the Class of 1955. Ronald was an active member of the MHS community as a student and was the Class Valedictorian in 1955. Ronald’s former classmates presented the MHSAA a donation with the request that it be used in his honor to benefit a deserving MHS student (and soon to be alum).

Applications are due on Wednesday, April 27, 2016 to Allison Goldsberry, agoldsberry@medfordk12.ma.us or in person in the MHS library. All applications can be typed either in an email body or text document and sent via email; no special format is necessary. Email is strongly preferred!

The application must include:

1. Student name

2. School attending in fall

3. Response to “How has your academic experience at MHS inspired your future ambitions and goals?”

The winning recipient of the scholarship will have their essay published in the MHSAA Fall newsletter and on www.medfordhighalumni.com. By submitting a scholarship application, you are agreeing that you understand that your essay will get published.

Medford Night at the Boston Celtics March 21, 2016

Join us on March 21st at 7:30 pm for Medford Night @ Boston Celtics. Everyone who attends Jay Campbell’s Medford Night @ Boston Celtics will be allowed access to the Pregame Shoot around! Last year almost 600 Medford residents attended!

During the game:

-20 Medford Elementary students will take part in the Half Time High-Five Kids’ Tunnel!
– 6 Middle School students will take part in the Boston Celtics Anthem Buddies!
-Medford High School Boys vs. Girls Varsity Basketball Game at Half Time
– St. Francis vs. St. Raphael Basketball game before the start of the game!

100% of the money raised from Jay Campbell’s Medford Night @ Boston Celtics goes directly to the organization selling the tickets, including the MHS Alumni Association.

Tickets are $30 per ticket and MUST be purchased ahead of time.

Please use this form to purchase tickets that will benefit the MHS Alumni Association.

Mustang Boys Basketball Team to Play in Good Sports Invitational at TD Garden Jan. 24th

The Medford Mustangs Boys Basketball team has been selected to play in the 2016 Good Sports TD Garden Invitational!

The game takes place on Sunday, January 24th, 2016, and it is being played at the TD Garden. This event will provide our students, athletes, and fans with a truly unique experience, playing in a world-renowned, professional sports arena and creating memories that will last a lifetime.

Our Mustangs will play under the same roof that houses more championship banners than any other arena in the country, and our fans will be treated to a professional-caliber game presentation, featuring music and instant replays on the Garden HDX scoreboard.

Medford High will be playing Arlington Catholic at 7:00 pm. There are a total of eight games to played on January 24 at the Invitational. (Please note that this is a sanctioned MIAA game and not a halftime event of a Celtics game.)

Tickets are $15 and they are good for the entire day of games. Several elite basketball programs throughout New England are also scheduled to play in this event.

Tickets are on sale at the Main Office at Medford High and through Coach Skerry who can be reached at jskerry@medford.k12.ma.us

We hope to see you there and GO MUSTANGS!

MHSAA 2015 Awards Announced

The Medford High School Alumni Association (MHSAA) has announced the recipients of four awards that will be presented at Medford Night 4 with Tom Convery and the Medford High School Alumni Association.

The “Mustangs Give Back” Award is presented to an alum of Medford High School that has given back to Medford High as a teacher, staff member, administrator, coach, parent, or community supporter. Kathy Johnson is the recipient of this year’s award for her constant dedication to the students of Medford High School. For several years Kathy has served as an Assistant Principal Secretary, where she has gone above and beyond to support to MHS students. Furthermore, Kathy was an important asset in helping get the MHSAA get formed three years ago by providing the Board of Directors with various alumni records and documents from years past. Her distinct Mustang Pride and support for Medford High students is what makes her deserving of this year’s “Mustangs Give Back” Award.

The “Honorary Mustang” Award is presented to a member of the Medford High School Community that did not graduate from Medford High School, but exhibits and embodies the level of Mustang Pride to earn the distinction of being an Honorary Mustang. We are pleased to announce that this year’s award goes to former cheer-leading coach Cheryl Pasinato. Cheryl really put MHS cheer-leading on the map and the program became a powerhouse under her leadership! Cheryl, who coached from 1988 to 1999, took the team from a club activity to a varsity sport, winning a Novice State Cheer Title in 1989, the Massachusetts State Title in 1998, and a National Title in 1998. The team also won numerous GBL league and cheer invitational tournaments.

The “Young Alumni” Award is a new award this year to honor Mustangs that have graduated from Medford High within the past ten years and have quickly gone on to great achievements and success. The recipient of this year’s inaugural award is Janell Rocco of Medford High School’s Class of 2010. Janelle is the founder of Medford’s grassroots community organization, “Medford Overcoming Addition,” which serves as a group to battle the disease of addition within our community. Her work to support those that are battling addiction within the Medford community makes her deserving of the inaugural “Young Alumni” Award.

The “Local Business Honor Roll” is another new award to honor the local businesses in the Medford community that consistently support Medford High School’s students and the Medford High community. The recipient of this year’s inaugural award is the West Medford ice cream shop CB Scoops. Throughout the years CB Scoops has consistently supported and sponsored Medford High School students and programs, which is why they have been selected to receive this year’s inaugural “Local Business Honor Roll.”

All four recipients will both be honored at Medford Night 4 with Tom Convery and the Medford High School Alumni Association on Friday, November 27, 2015 at John Brewers Tavern on 7 Highland Avenue in Malden, MA. The MHSAA will be presenting the awards at 7:30 pm. This event is open to all members of the community and is a night of fun entertainment and socialization for Medford High alumni from all years. Tom Convery (’70) and the Medford High School Alumni Association invite alumni to come to honor Kathy, Cheryl, Janelle, and CB Scoops, support the MHSAA, and have an enjoyable night.

For more information on Medford Night 4 with Tom Convery and the Medford High School Alumni Association, please email the MHSAA at medfordhighalumni@gmail.com.