Roundup of resident achievements: Trumpeter, unsung Heroine, and scholarship recipient (Updated)

Right:  Hyun Shin will perform with the New England Conservatory on May 20th. (photo provided)

My new roundup of resident accomplishments includes two different kinds of town seniors.

One of them was honored by legislators for being a “Wicked” good female role model. (Though, I know she would never word it that way!)

Another was featured in a March roundup for his work as an Eagle Scout. Now, he’s being acknowledged for his scholarship award from Corridor Nine.

Plus, a 10th grader is looking forward to his New England Conservatory orchestra performance.

10th Grade Trumpeter to Perform with the New England Conservatory Youth Jazz Orchestra – New England Conservatory of Music:

Hyun Shin, a 10th grade trumpeter from Southborough, MA who attends the Algonquin Regional High School, will perform with other middle and high school students in the New England Conservatory Youth Jazz Orchestra conducted by Ken Schaphorst at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, May 20 at NEC’s Jordan Hall, 290 Huntington Avenue, Boston. For more information, log on to or call 617-585-1260. (read more)

Algonquin senior strives to make people’s lives easier – Community Advocate:

On March 27, 22 local high school seniors were honored at the Corridor Nine Area Chamber of Commerce 2014 Scholastic and “Champion of Education” awards breakfast held at the Doubletree Hotel. Among the students honored was Algonquin Regional High School (ARHS) senior John Arnold, a resident of Southborough.

Arnold made the most of his four years at ARHS, becoming involved in a wide variety of extracurricular activities including band, jazz band and orchestra (first chair on saxophone and clarinet), choir (select choir member), National Honor Society, Tri-M Music Honor Society, school musicals, Ballroom Dance Club, and Relay for Life.

Outside of school, Arnold is involved with community service projects including meal packaging and organizing blood drives. Additionally, he is an Eagle Scout, Boy Scout instructor and troop guide, Sunday school teacher, church music teacher and musical director of plays. (read more)

Southborough resident Donna McDaniel honored at State House [last year]- from Southborough Wicked Local:

[Editor’s Note:   If this feels like deja vue, it’s because Susan already shared this story with readers last year. A reader posted the SWL link in a comment the other day. It led me to an April 29th story. I neglected to notice the 2013!]

Today at the State House Southborough resident Donna L. McDaniel was named a member of the Massachusetts Commission on the Status of Women’s 2013 class of Unsung Heroines.

“I am so glad for this opportunity to be able recognize Donna for all the work she does in Southborough,” said State Rep. Carolyn Dykema, D-Holliston. “Her good work plays a vital role in strengthening our community and today’s ceremony is a special opportunity to say thank you.”

The first woman to serve as selectman for the Town of Southborough, McDaniel is a model in giving back to the community which she continues to serve as a devoted Town Meeting participant and member of the Southborough Historical Society. Donna is also a passionate historian. She has documented the history of Southborough through Southborough Memories and has written widely on topics of race including Fit for Freedom and Not Fit for Friendship. (read more)

Updated (5/15/14 9:15 am): A big oops on a not so new story. I learned last night that Donna McDaniel’s award was last year.

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Donna McDaniel
9 years ago

Gosh… I looked for the new “Unsung Heroine” but found the same (old?) one–me, from 2013. Does make me wonder who it is/will be for 2014. Rep. Carolyn Dykema’s office was the person who seemed to have the most to do with it. I’ll send an e-mail along to her.

Donna McDaniel
9 years ago
Reply to  Beth Melo

Don’t fret, Beth. It’s a great honor… you can run it every day if you want!
Actually, it’s a very nice ceremony and each of the hundred or so women who receive the award say a few words about what they have done in their community–pretty impressive group, everything from food pantries and sports leagues to making dreams of a playground come true. It’s also a reminder that there is an official Mass. Commission on Women who work on items like equal pay for equal work.

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