MHSAA Announces 2017 Award Recipients

For the fourth consecutive year, the Medford High School Alumni Association will be presenting a series of awards that recognizes accomplished MHS graduates and upstanding members of the community that have gone above and beyond the call of duty for service to students of Medford High School. Honorees are selected by the MHSAA Board of Directors based off nominations from the community.

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. Community volunteer and current Medford City Clerk Ed Finn (’72) has been selected as this year’s recipient for his twelve years as a volunteer for the Medford Mustangs Football Booster Club. Ed is also recognized for his efforts in honoring Medford High Alumni during his fifteen-plus years of service on the Mustang Hall of Fame Board of Directors, which include time as the Board President.

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, Lisa Bowler, has served the students of Medford High in her nearly 20-year tenure as a MHS staff member. Lisa’s supportive nature and welcoming presence at MHS has been an essential element in the school community throughout the years for students, faculty, staff, administration, and parents.

The “Young Alumni” Award is presented to Mustangs that have graduated from Medford High within the past fifteen years that have accomplished success in professional field and/or have provided significant service to the Medford community. Current Medford High teacher Nicole Sanford (‘06) is this year’s recipient for her service in going above and beyond for the students of Medford High School. In her seven years as a MHS teacher, Nicole has been an advisor for the Class of 2016 and Asian Club, works as a lunch duty monitor, and serves as the Lead English teacher for the Humanities Department. She also runs the Medford Summer Recreation Camp. Her persistent dedication to Medford High and the Medford Community makes her an outstanding young alum.

The “Small Business Alumni Award” recognizes a local small business owned by a Medford High alum that supports the Medford High School students. Many small business offer financial and moral support to the sports, club, and other student organizations at Medford High. The owners and employees of Pompeo Insurance in West Medford Square have demonstrated their Mustang Pride for many years by offering consistent support to the students of Medford High School.

The 2017 MHSAA Honorees will be recognized at Medford Night 6 with Tom Convery (MHS ‘70) and the MHSAA at John Brewers Tavern, 7 Highland Avenue in Malden, on Friday, November 24. The event will run from 7pm-12am and honorees will be recognized at 8pm. The event also includes trivia, music, dance contests, and raffles to support the MHSAA scholarship fund. There is no cover charge and plenty of free parking.

Medford Night 6 Nov. 24th!

Mark your calendars for Medford Night 6 with Tom Convery and the MHSAA!

Catch up with old friends, applaud the 2017 MHSAA award recipients, and take a chance at trivia. Make sure to stop by the MHSAA raffle table. All raffle proceeds go the MHSAA scholarship fund that provides college scholarships to graduating MHS Seniors.

This event kicks off at 7 pm and run through until midnight. There is plenty of free parking and NO COVER CHARGE.

Location: John Brewer’s Tavern, 7 Highland Avenue, Malden

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Board members
Dave Crowley, President
Megan Richard, Vice President
Alyssa Sluz-Beck, Treasurer
Joe Barletta
Mark Romano
Reggie Graham
Jeanne McAdam Wilson
Janet Lemmi-McGuire
John McAdam
Kayla Scire
Paul Mattatall

MHSAA Financial Steward of Some Class Gift Accounts- Updated Oct. 19, 2017

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
Class of 2016 $5,000.00 (updated Oct. 19, 2017)
Total: $54,262.10

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/videography, 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?