Thursday, June 14, 2018

Burlington High School Post Graduation Party

The Post Grad party for the class of 2018 was held Sunday night June 3rd at Kings in
Burlington. Kings has hosted the graduates the last four years and once again it was a huge
success. Kings General Manager Michael Belley and his staff did an amazing job.

We had 190 graduating seniors in attendance and many wore their 2018 Red Devil T-Shirt that
they received at post-grad party registration. Each year BHS art teacher, Keith Mistler has his
senior students create and submit potential logos for the graduation T-Shirt. Only one logo is
chosen. This year, student Kosta Stamides, designed the T-Shirt logo. The Burlington Chamber
of Commerce along with the following T-Shirt donors make it possible to purchase and print up
a T-Shirt for every graduating senior. An amazing keepsake!

The T-Shirt Sponsors are as follows:

3rd Ave Burlington
The Gutierrez Company
Riemer Braunstein
Burlington AFC (American Family Care urgent care)
Burlington Fitness Together
Cambridge Savings bank
Remax (Realty Experts)
Lahey Hospital and Medical Center
Exit Realty
Winbrook PROMO

Students were able to check in to Kings between 10:00 pm - 11:00 pm Sunday night. When
they arrived DJ Greg Gervais from Curtis Knight Entertainment already had the tunes cranking.
DJ Greg did an amazing job and many of the graduates were still dancing at 5 am. They were
also able to enjoy time with classmates and friends as they bowled, played pool and video

At 11:30 pm Hypnotist Frank Santos Jr. began his show. This is always a highlight of the night.
Frank does a phenomenal job of hypnotizing a group, as their classmates watch and laugh in
hysterics. A large photo booth with a wide array of props was provided by Curtis Knight
Entertainment. Many graduates enjoyed the photo booth throughout the entire night. Additional
entertainment was provided by FUN Enterprises, Inc. This included Two Tarot Card Readers,
Two Airbrush Tattoo Artists and an amazing Roving Magician. Graduates lined up throughout
the night to enjoy all of this entertainment.

On staff, we had Registered Nurses, Officer Fournier, Officer Devlin, Principal Mr. Mark
Sullivan, Assistant Principals Deb Deacon, and Rick Sheehan. In addition the Class Advisors
Mrs. DiCroce and Mr. Regan were in attendance, as well as dozens and dozens of parent
volunteers throughout the night.

Chicken Fingers, French Fries, soft drinks, and waters were donated by Kings. Tony Cs
donated trays of Mac and Cheese, Chips and Dip, as well Caesar Salad. Pizzas were donated
byPizza Works, Flatbread, Burlington House of Pizza and Dominoes. Newtowne Grille donated
Loaded Tater Tots, Not Your Average Joe’s donated Bread and Oil and Papa Gino’s donated
Cheesy Bread. Coffee, Donuts, and Munchkins were donated by Dunkin Donuts.

With Gift cards donated by Wegmans, Shaw’s and Market Basket we were able to buy ice cream, fruit, muffins, juice, and milk. Desserts were donated by LaCascia's and Roma’s Bakery.
Throughout the night we raffled off gift cards, as well as donations from Xtend Barre and Roots

As each senior left 5:00 am, they were given a gift bag which included a pair of sunglasses that were created by three of the graduating seniors; Coleman Began, Dylan MacKinnon, and Jeff Russo. The name of their company is Against the Grain. The sunglasses were packaged in a unique wooden case that displayed the Burlington High logo. The gift bags also included water bottles donated by the Burlington Education Foundation, accessories from CrossFit Exclamation, as well as coupons for free coffee at True North, free classes to Xtend Barre and discounts at Bed Bath and Beyond.

This party would not be possible without our Post Grad Party Committee, as well as all of our
parent volunteers and the following sponsors:

American LegionMillican-MacKenzie Post 273
Axial Financial
Bedford Farms Ice Cream
Burlington’s Patrolmen’s Assoc
Burlington Police Command Officers Union
Burlington Firefighters Local 2313
Burlington Rotary Club
Burlington Educator’s Assoc
W. Gochis Insurance Agency, Inc.
Gedick Bros
Ernie and Ruth Covino
Gulde Insurance Agency
LTB Insurance
Mount Hope Christian Center
Pandolfo Company, Inc
PTO Fox Hill
PTO Memorial
Riemer & Braunstein Robert C. Buckley, Esq.

Monday, June 11, 2018

Six students graduate, receive scholarships from SYA in Burlington

On Thursday, June 7 at 6 p.m., six students graduated from Simon Youth Academy (SYA) at Burlington during the school’s formal ceremony.
Students donned their red and white caps and gowns and entered their graduation ceremony to the sound of the Burlington High School students Christopher Costello (senior) and Rayna Parry (junior) playing the iconic “Pomp and Circumstance.” BHS senior, Ivy Saltsman, sang the national anthem.
The academy’s Class of 2018 graduates were:
Sofia DeMacedo
Georgina Lopez Silva
Stephen Nigro
Kenneth Putney
Trishona Williams
Evan Yancy
SYA Director Jill Graham welcomed everyone to the ceremony as SYA teacher Gerard Coughlin performed as master of ceremonies.
Burlington Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Eric Conti greeted all in attendance and said, “We are so proud of our Simon Youth Academy at Burlington graduates and teachers. Congratulations!”
Sofia DeMacedo delivered the student address. On attending the academy, Sofia said, “I quickly realized that this was the place for me and that the program, the teachers and my peers would eventually be great supports to me during my journey toward a high school diploma”.
Following her address, Simon Youth Foundation (SYF) President and CEO Dr. J. Michael Durnil and Associate Director of Programs Jonathan Shapiro presented scholarship awards to SYA students Sofia DeMacedo and Evan Yancy.
SYF partners with Burlington Public Schools and other public schools to build Simon Youth Academies. Simon Youth Academies and Simon Youth Scholarships provide opportunities for meaningful education and professional development, ignite hope and serve as a starting point for students’ journeys toward lifetime success and achievement.
Durnil reflected on the students' achievements when he said, "Sofia and Evan represent what SYF is all about. They are students who recognized the importance of a high school diploma and - rather than letting circumstances define them - persisted and persevered to reach their graduation day. As Sofia and Evan set their sights on earning their college degrees, SYF is humbled to play a small role in helping them achieve their goals and pursue their dreams”.
“SYF believes all youth, no matter their personal circumstances, should have the opportunity and resources to pursue their dreams through education, and that financial reasons should never prevent students from achieving their goal. We are humbled to have the incredible support of our corporate partner, Simon, and its Simon Supports Education movement, in our effort to help all students reach their full potential,” Durnil said.
Jill Graham, director of the SYA at Burlington, said of the evening, “We were able to celebrate the accomplishments of six young men and women who were each presented with some difficult circumstances in reaching graduation day; we celebrated this milestone in their education with their friends and families in a memorable ceremony that recognized each individual student”.

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

BHS Press Release on 2018 Graduation

Burlington High School grads encouraged to take ‘leap of faith’

BURLINGTON, Mass., June 3, 2018 – Explore the unknowns. Take a leap of faith.

Those were some of the words of encouragement graduates of Burlington High School’s Class of 2018, made up of nearly 230 students, were told at the commencement ceremony held Sunday, June 3, at the BHS varsity field.

During his speech, valedictorian Benjamin Anthony Horgan said, “Receiving our diplomas here today is a representation of the potential that every one of us has. Now we all have different goals in life, I am sure of that. But one thing I believe we have in common is wanting to achieve personal success and happiness, no matter what that looks like.”

He congratulated fellow graduates at the ceremony, but reminded the seniors, “by no means are we done growing.”

Sarvesh Sakunala, salutatorian, told his classmates, “We are all going to reach a point in the near future where we will be faced with a choice of whether or not we want to take a risk. If there’s something you want to achieve, but it requires taking a leap of faith, I encourage you to do so.”

Sakunala said even failures are a learning experience and advised the graduates to always give their all.

He said, “Go beyond what you’re comfortable with and explore new unknowns. You may just be glad you did.”

Class President Neil Bhammar reminisced as he noted to the class that ' I am going to take you back to the past, explore the present, and peek into our futures. He ended by addressing his classmates ' I have no doubt that we will all do amazing things with our futures. Whether you are pursuing higher education, joining our Armed forces, or entering the workforce, I am confident that each and every one of us has the potential to change the world, but now it is up to you to fulfill it

School Committee Vice Chair Martha Simon told the class, “High school isn't always easy … but you persisted, and you persisted in a way that creates a foundation for you to be a star in the life that stretches ahead.”

Principal Mark Sullivan told students to continue surrounding themselves with caring and positive people, like the friends, family and community members who gathered on the field during graduation.
Sullivan said, “Believe in yourself, be a lifelong learner and always invest in your continued growth … investing in yourself will pay dividends as you travel through the ever-changing landscape of your adulthood.”

He said, “I hope as you leave Burlington High School it is with a sincere appreciation for our great community and for everything it has taught you. I am confident that you all have the knowledge, you all have the potential, but most importantly, you all have the drive to make anything possible.”