The following was submitted by Boston College High School:
For High Honors a Soph., Jr., Sr. must have at least a 3.80 quality point average and all grades '"C+" or higher. Freshmen need a 3.6 quality point average and all grades '"C+" or higher.
For Honors a Soph., Jr., Sr. must have at least a 3.20 quality point average and all grades '"C-" or higher. Freshmen need a 3.165 quality point average and all grades '"C-" or higher.
Burlington: Honors: Edward C. Wetzel ‘16
Everett: High Honors: Samuel Vasquez ’14 and Matthew F. Donohue ‘16
Honors: Igor Campos Carvalho’14
Lynnfield: High Honors: Eric Simonelli ‘15
Malden: High Honors: Delsin David '14 and Danny Nguyen '16
Honors: Ismail Chineye Asongwed '14, Kolby Lavrik Vegara '15 and Kenny Wilson Delino '16
Medford: High Honors: David Gentile ’14 and John M. O'Brien 2015
Honors: Keshler S.G. Charles '15 and John F. Glynn '15
Melrose: High Honors: James F. O'Donnell '14, Daniel Casey '16, Anthony A. Ioffredo '16, Edward J. Kelley '16, Jacob A. May '16, Matthew W. O'Donnell '16, Noah A. Peterson '16
Honors: Samir Aslane '15, Robert A. Brodeur '16 and Andrew T. McCormack '16
Merrimac: High Honors: Liam Maxwell Rich’14
Nahant: High Honors: Matthew C. Ryan ‘14
North Andover: Honors: Emaad Syed Ali '15 and John Roy O’Connor '15
Revere: High Honors: Kenny Builes '14, Michael J. Kelley '14, Matthew S. O’Keefe '14 and Gabriel Drumond Depinho '16
Honors: Walter A. Carrera '14, Sergio Manuel Leon '16 and Alejandro D. Montoya '16
Salem: High Honors: William M. Kraemer ‘15
Saugus: Honors: Christopher J. Kelble '14
Somerville: High Honors: Christien P. Mendoza Exconde '15, Jesse O. Najarro '15 and Alex E. Santos '15
Honors: John W. Dres 2014, John P. Lynch 2015 and Brandon R. Payzant '16
Stoneham: High Honors: David A. Vaccaro’14
Honors: Sean P. Moynihan’14
Swampscott: High Honors: Michael Wade Norcott '14
Honors: Peter R. Amato '16
West Newbury: High Honors: William Callahan Duggan '16
Winchester: High Honors: Thomas X. Pinella '14, Nathan S. Batty '15 and John D. O'Donnell '16
Honors: Alexander J. Farone '15
Winthrop: High Honors: Thomas J. Nee '14, Christian G. Navarro '15, Nicholas R. Triant '15 and Cameron A. DeAngelo '16
Honors: Grant Herbert '14
Woburn: High Honors: Robert J. Ferullo ‘15
Boston College High School is a Jesuit, Catholic, college-preparatory school for young men founded in 1863. The school enrolls approximately 1600 students from more than 100 communities in eastern Massachusetts.
When I first saw the headlines this week, I thought there must have been a typo. Sadly, I was wrong: the International Olympic Committee had decided to drop wrestling from the Olympics, starting in 2020. A sport that has been a staple of the Olympics since about 708 B.C.
My first reaction was disbelief. Then confusion and sadness. And finally anger. The Olympics without wrestling just doesn’t make sense.
I know that most people think of wrestling as a distraction, a minor sport at best. That is, if they’re not confusing real wrestling with “professional” wrestling. The “entertainment” that consists of face painting and chair throwing.
Real wrestling, the kind that takes place in high school and college fieldhouses all across the country, is a whole different animal. Real wrestling is as graceful as ballet, as complex as chess, and as captivating as anything that Shakespeare ever wrote.
I never wrestled, but I spent four years watching my son on the mat in high school. For my boy, wrestling taught him lessons that were more valuable than anything he learned in the classroom. Cliché’s like, ‘the harder I work, the luckier I get.’ Truths like, ‘you get out what you put in.’ As my friend Carlos is fond of saying, there’s a lot of wisdom on the mat.
Most teens don’t want to stand out, most teens are happy to slide by unnoticed. And yet to wrestle means to step onto the stage alone beneath the glare of the spotlight. It takes incredible courage to do the thing that makes you vulnerable, and to do it in front of a room full of people. It takes guts, and no one can save you. And you survive. Sometimes you survive by not getting pinned, sometimes you survive by just showing up. And you do it over and over, again and again.
For my son, and for many of his teammates, surviving taught them an important lesson: that he could rely on himself to get through his tough moments. Wrestling didn’t make those tough moments disappear. It just made them bearable.
I’ve talked to dozens of wrestlers, all of whom have told me that wrestling was, quite simply, the peak experience of their lives. For some, wrestling kept them out of jail. For others, it was the only thing between them and dropping out of high school.
I know that the only constant in life is change. Still, the idea of holding an Olympics without wrestling is hard to imagine. But unless the IOC reverses itself, that’s exactly what will happen in 2020. And for this I am sad.
In the meantime, I will distract myself by watching the first round of the state wrestling post-season tournament at Newton South High School this Saturday. It will be strange to show up and know that my son won’t be wrestling (he graduated last spring). For the first time in ages, I will have no skin in the game.
It doesn’t matter. Whether wrestling remains in the Olympics or not, it will always have a special place in my heart. Still, I’d give anything for one more Saturday of sitting by the side of the mat and rooting for my son.
I hope the IOC has the courage to admit that they made a mistake and welcome wrestling back into the fold. That would take guts. Wrestler-like guts. Hopefully, they are up for the challenge.
Jonathan Simmons is the author of Here For The Ride. His book, Bloodtime: A Father, A Son, A Year On The Mat, will be published next fall.
A Watertown teacher and her sister, a Gloucester teacher, are coordinating with the local Newtown, Conn. newspaper, The Newtown Bee, to collect 700 new and gently used teddy bears and distribute them to elementary students in Sandy Hook.
The sisters aim to collect 700 or more stuffed animals by Thursday night. They will then drive down to Newtown in a van donated by a Gloucester business and hand over the collection to The Newtown Bee, a local paper thrust into the spotlight over the weekend when a gunman shot and killed 20 children and six educators at Sandy Hook Elementary School on Friday.
The Newtown Bee will then distribute the teddy bears to Sandy Hook Elementary students, passing any extras out to the siblings of those affected by the shooting.
"Being teachers, this really hits home for us," said Elizabeth Donnellan, who teaches in Watertown. "I know that the 13-year-old students I teach would feel helpless in that situation, so I can only imagine what the elementary school students felt. A lot of kids will have a lot of nightmares for a long time."
So far, Elizabeth and her sister, Emily, have collected about 100 stuffed animals.
"Our Facebook page really blew up," she said. "People that we've never met are setting up dropoff sites."
On the cause's Facebook page, there are eight different places to drop the teddy bears off in Massachusetts:
- 18E Austin Court, Saugus (drop box)
- 145 Harris St, Revere (drop box)
- 37 Lakeview Ave, Natick (drop box)
- Cervizzi's Martial Arts Academy, Lynnfield branch - 5 Post Office Square (between 3:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.)
- Cervizzi's Martial Arts Academy, Winthrop branch - 63 oodside Ave (between 3:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.)
- Cervizzi's Martial Arts Academy, North Reading branch - 6 Washington Street (between 3:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.)
- Cervizzi's Martial Arts Academy, North Andover branch - 1060 Osgood Street (between 3:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.)
- The Dance Haven Center for Dance Education - 379 Salem Street, Medford (between 3:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.)
For more information, visit the Teddy Bears for Newtown Facebook page.
Jaclyn Reiss can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
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Six high school football Super Bowls will be played Saturday at Gillette Stadium, including four Eastern Massachusetts title games. The remaining Eastern Mass. Super Bowls will be held at Bentley University and Curry College.
The schedules are as follows:
9 a.m., Eastern Mass. Division 4A: Cathedral vs. Madison Park
11 a.m., Central Mass Division 2: Nashoba vs. Shepherd Hill
1:30 p.m., Eastern Mass. Division 1A: Barnstable vs. Everett
3:30 p.m. Eastern Mass. Division 2A: Beverly vs. Natick
6 p.m., Western Mass. Division 2: South Hadley vs. Wahconah
8 p.m., Eastern Mass Division 3A: Lynnfield vs. Bishop Feehan
10 a.m., Eastern Mass. Division 3: Sharon vs. Wayland
2 p.m., Eastern Mass. Division 2: Mansfield vs. Reading
6 p.m. Eastern Mass. Division 1: St. John's Prep vs. Brockton
10 a.m. Eastern Mass. Division 4: St. Mary's vs. Abington
1 p.m. Eastern Mass. Division 5: Dorchester vs. Upper Cape
Daniel Fishman, the libertarian, first-time politician from Beverly running for Massachusetts' 6th Congressional District seat held by Democratic incumbent John Tierney, is filing an official complaint with the Federal Election Commission (FEC) after being barred from Thursday's televised debate with Tierney and Republican challenger Richard Tisei held by WCVB-TV.
Fishman is arguing that the station's criteria for participants to join the debate - specifically that participants must have $50,000 in campaign contributions - violate FEC rules governing candidate debates.
The section of the commission's rules governing federal elections regarding debates reads: "For all debates, staging organization(s) must use pre-established objective criteria to determine which candidates may participate in a debate."
In his complaint, Fishman argues that the two weeks notice he was given by WCVB - he received an email from the station outlining its criteria on October 11, exactly 14 days before the debate - does not constitute pre-established criteria, and that "the requirements seem tailor made to exclude my campaign, which makes them not objective."
Fishman has staunchly refused to accept any corporate money throughout his campaign, and falls well short of the $50,000 requirement.
"The idea that you have to raise $50,000 is, that might make sense business-wise, but it's not what we want government to be," Fishman said in a phone interview on Tuesday. "That's the one that's probably the most glaring and not objective...everything else [criteria-wise] there is probably some debate about, but the $50,000 one is really unreasonable.
"The idea that a person wanting to run a grassroots campaign would deliberately be excluded, that's not very objective."
WCVB also requires that candidates have a campaign staff of at least three, a daily campaign schedule, regular communication with news media, and at least a 10 percent showing in the two latest independent polls.
"At the time of WCVB's [email], there had not been two independent polls indicating my support at less than 10 percent, so the criteria was impossible to achieve," Fishman writes in his complaint. "To this date there still have not been two polls indicating my support is less than 10 percent, only polls which did not include me."
He also argues that "regular communication" with the news media is a vague term that "lends itself to being used in a discriminatory manner."
A spokesperson for WCVB declined to say whether the station will concede to include Fishman, or file a response to the FEC defending its position, but did issue a comment regarding the complaint.
"We believe that the complaint is factually and legally unfounded," WCVB said in a statement. "In the fullness of time we believe the FEC will resolve the complaint in favor of WCVB."
But Fishman's complaint mostly hangs on the $50,000 requirement. In a phone interview, he accused the station of trying to preserve its advertising base with candidates by requiring them to at least have the means to advertise with them, under the assumption that those who do will.
Fishman says that setting the precedent that someone can win an election without spending the kind of money that Tierney and Tisei are spending on their campaigns - well more than $1 million each - would be bad business for T.V. stations.
He acknowledged that the station has never said anything to base his claims on, but alludes to it in a not-so-subtle way in his complaint.
"I appreciate that WCVB charges a great deal for advertizing (sic) and is concerned that candidates who have not raised $50,000 cannot afford to by ads from them," he wrote to the FEC. "My campaign is not less legitimate for not reaching their criteria however.
"With modern citizen based journalism, Social Media and Youtube (sic), the opinion that a campaign MUST raise cash like that is arbitrary."
With Election Day less than two weeks away, the next 6th District Representative will be decided long before anything comes of Fishman's complaint unless WCVB lets him participate, or he withdraws the complaint. Based on FEC timeframe guidelines for complaints, WCVB is not even required to respond until after the election.
If the FEC finds that there is reason to believe the station has violated its rules, an investigation can be launched, and the entire process from start to finish could take months.
A spokesperson for the FEC said that the station could face fines if found to be violating FEC rules.
Ryan Mooney can be reached at email@example.com. Follow him on Twitter @mooney_ryan.
Bailey ran into the woods heading toward Route 1 in Lynnfield and may still have his extend-a-leash dragging behind him. Bailey was last seen on Route 1 south near the Salvation Army in Saugus and also behind the Christmas Tree Shops in Lynnfield.
Anyone who spots Bailey, who is light brown and weighs 25-30 pounds, is asked to please call the Northeast Animal Shelter at 978-745-9888 immediately but try not to chase the dog. He is a puppy, is probably scared and hungry and can be coaxed with food.
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