Roundup of ARHS news: Student achievements, a service dog at school and the list of town graduates

Above: Students entertained while raising scholarship funds at the annual Tri-M Open Mic Coffeehouse (Photo from NSMA Facebook page)

Recently, there’s been a lot of good press coming out of Algonquin. Much of it is related to students’ accomplishments and planned adventures. Below is a quick look. (Plus the list of graduates.)

ARHS junior dedicated to making an impact on the world – source:

Junior Jonny Manousaridis made recent headlines for his involvement in the Northborough-Southborough Unified Recreational Soccer Program.

On any given Saturday he coaches a dozen or so kindergarten to fifth-grade athletes. And, while each suffers with a disability – anything from ADHD to social anxiety to Down’s syndrome – all discover success on the field, the rewards reaching far beyond the soccer goal. (read more)

Algonquin Tri-M presents fifth fundraiser for scholarship fund – source:

ARHS’ music honors chapter, Tri-M, hosted its fifth annual Open Mic Coffeehouse on May 13. Proceeds from the event went to the Dennis Wrenn Memorial Fund.

A cafeteria full of students, faculty and three generations of family members were entertained May 13 when the Algonquin Regional High School (ARHS) chapter of the Tri-M Music Honor Society presented 22 acts in its fifth annual Open Mic Coffeehouse. (read more)

[Note: For some great photos of the event, also check out the Northborough Southborough Music Association’s Facebook page]

Junior sails off to Coast Guard – source:

Junior Naeema Ahmed will learn what its like to be a cadet in a week-long Coast Guard Academy Introduction Mission in Connecticut in July.

“I’ve always wanted to be in the military. So when I heard about the Coast Guard I thought, ‘This has what I want to do.” (read more)

Intern goes trans-continental source:

Junior Nathan Ding will spend his summer interning at WuXi AppTec, a global biopharmaceutical company.

“The best thing I want to get out of this experience is working with all these higher-up professionals who have done this stuff for so long and they know a lot about business and the whole industry and just getting to kind of pick their brains a bit on what to do and what not to do,” said Ding. (read more)

Local school psychologist’s service dog helps her children, students and herself – source:

ARHS psychologist Annmarie Choque has acquired a service dog to help her children, students, and herself.

“I think many students find me easier to relate to and connect with, as if being a person with a dog makes me more human or more like a regular person somehow. More students smile at me and make friendly conversation that would not normally think to stop and chat with a psychologist at school.” (read more)

Tray magnifique recycling program  – source:

Environmental Club members reduced the school’s carbon footprint by collecting Styrofoam lunch trays to be recycled by ReFoamIt, out of Leominster.

“You know, we go through 625 trays a day here.  If you think about that over a week, then multiply it by forty weeks of school; it’s a ton of extra material going into the trash,” Halpin said. (read more)

And finally…Congrats again to Algonquin’s Class of 2014 Southborough graduates. Click here for the long overdue list of 154 names.

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